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Mitch Turck, Founder of Vendalize or Disguised Comedian?


After founding, Mitch Turck moved on to found Vendalize as a local search built specifically for your phone. It uses a “tags-as-keywords” model to provide the framework for a clean data, revenue, and engagement model. By keeping the data short and sweet, Vendalize seeks to give users the combination of both a faster and… Read more »

Want to Invest In Your Favorite Small Business? Then, Fund the Republic


Crowdfunding should not be new to anyone. With growth expected to reach $5.1 billion raised in this year alone (representing an incredible 89 percent increase in dollars raised from 2012), the crowdfunding industry is certainly one on which you’ve kept your eye. Besides sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, however, numerous crowdfunding niches are really taking off, ranging from… Read more »

Need a Hand Figuring out Your Company Taxes? Monaeo Can Help


Anupam Singhal co-founded Monaeo as a cloud-based, mobile-first solution to help companies save money on employee-mobility related compliance, audits, and taxes. His solution automatically tracks the employee location information companies need to manage complex tax and immigration issues like payroll withholding, Nexus, corporate tax apportionment, and deferred compensation taxes. A lot of companies conduct multi-region… Read more »

Widen Releases Digital Asset Management Mobile App


Widen Enterprises, a digital asset management (DAM) software company based in Madison, Wisconsin, announced this week that they have produced a DAM mobile app for iOS. The company has also launched a mobile site for both iOS and Android devices. Through the Widen DAM iOS app (version 1.0) and mobile site, users can now easily access digital assets… Read more »

SecretInk Gives Consumer Messaging High-End Privacy


PowerInbox today released their free SecretInk application for sending secure, time-sentitive emails and SMS. The New York-based company recognized the high demand surrounding email privacy controls for consumer-level messaging in the wake of all the NSA revelations. The multi-channel web platform sends encrypted, private text and email messages inside and outside of social networks like… Read more »

TweetWall Pro: The Tool You Should Be Using at Your Next Event


Recently, I had the opportunity to make use of what I think is one of the most reliable and promising Twitter visualization products on the market. I know what you’re thinking… Who needs another product that piggy-backs on Twitter, with the purpose of showing tweets? Well, the truth is we don’t need another one, but… Read more »

Grapeword: Changing the Daily Deals Market, Grassroots Style


Paul Nichols, founder of Grapeword, truly believes that his customer acquisition and retention company is the next big trend in daily deal models. According to him, merchants are used and abused in the daily deals industry, and consumers find themselves fed up with email spam. “Some current solutions are better than others, but even the… Read more »

Tap Tap Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Enhance Wristband Technology


Who knew that we’d reach a time when texting and written communication would become passé? Or, maybe it’s just that sometimes words are too complicated, or in this age, too public. Tap Tap boldly (or quietly—to put it more accurately) forges against our increasingly social world to create a device that elicits a private “touch”… Read more »

Cirrus Link is Looking to be the Fed-Ex of Big Data


Companies that produce big data sometimes do not realize the potential of said data. Chris Houghton and Arlen Nipper started Cirrus Link to give those companies a delivery system that connects The Internet of Things to big data. ‘The Internet of Things’ refers to objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure. For example, businesses can… Read more »

Mark Doyle and Scruddle, A Portrait of Determination


“Time has always been the biggest challenge, especially as a solo entrepreneur,” says Mark Doyle, founder and President of Scruddle. “I spent a lot of time trying to develop a business model, coding the entire website and underlying services, running my outside software contracting firm, and finding time for my family.” He soon realized that… Read more »

GitBadger: Bridging the Disconnect Between Developers and Project Managers


Off the bat: GitBadger is not “the new GitHub.” GitHub is all about “social coding” – the notion that open discussion and open sharing are the keys to any development community; because of this, GitHub is open-sourced and open-distributed. While many of its key aspects are inherently social, GitBadger’s repositories are all private and are only accessible to team… Read more »