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Fleshbot Fiction Heats Up the Internet with Electronic Erotica


Lux Alptraum is a woman of many talents: writer, sex educator, and CEO. Her writings have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Hustler, and at, among many others. She has spoken at notable institutions like Harvard, Brown, Yale, New York University, Columbia, and Ohio State University, as well as SXSW. After being featured at New York City’s… Read more »

Create a Personalized Digital Shopping Magazine with Pickie


Online shopping has grown dramatically, year over year. And with that growth, new product discovery content has blossomed on the web and on mobile platforms. Pickie is one of the newer, more personalized mobile shopping options. An iOS application, Pickie is a mobile shopping magazine that leverages user interests and relevant web content to create… Read more »

FreshNeck: Netflix for Menswear Accessories


FreshNeck is a subscription-based, men’s accessories exchange service. Members can access FreshNeck’s vibrant and versatile stock of neckties, bow ties, pocket squares, and cufflinks based on their tiered subscription, through FreshNeck’s visually crisp website. Membership starts at $15 per month, and designers like Hermes, Brioni, and Versace are just some of the options at the… Read more »

MoonClerk Lets Non-Developers Accept Payments through Stripe


Stripe, a Y Combinator graduate, has become one of the most popular ways for startups to accept payments online. Sites like Reddit, Foursquare, Heroku, and Hipmunk are all up and running with Stripe. But Stripe is a developer product: you have to integrate it into your website’s code, or download a Stripe plugin for WordPress… Read more »

Localvore: Shop Local and Support the Maker Community


Last week was SFMade Week, a seven-day celebration of San Francisco’s local manufacturing sector. Attendees toured factories, donated money, and learned about the retailers who sell locally made products. Another champion of the maker community is Localvore, a marketplace for locally made, artisan manufactured goods from San Francisco and Northern California. From cinnamon oat soap… Read more »

VolunteerMark Makes Managing Volunteers Easy for Nonprofits


The day-to-day for a nonprofit is busy, to say the least. Keeping track of volunteers and their hours, information, and participation history is time-consuming and often falls to the bottom of the agenda. But Andrew Stanley and Venkat Dulipalli – the good Samaritans that they are – decided to take this problem head-on. VolunteerMark was designed specifically… Read more »

Reach New, Local Customers with Real-Time Offers on UMeTime


With the emergence of services like Google Offers and Groupon, businesses big, small, and in between are utilizing digital coupons and offers to increase their sales. Tim Rothwell and Brett Berman, cofounders of UMeTime, observed an overlooked gap in this industry trend. How can business owners use couponing services to acquire new customers and increase business… Read more »

Quarterly: Get Boxes of Startup Inspiration from Tim Ferriss, Chris Guillebeau, & More


This spring, Tim Ferriss was obsessed with the movie Bigger, Stronger, Faster, the Athletic Greens superfood cocktail, and something called a Buddha Board. And anyone who subscribed to Ferriss on Quarterly got a shipment of this stuff (and more) for $100. Quarterly sells quarterly shipments of stuff picked out by influential people. And some of… Read more »

Aidin Helps Patients Get Treatment After Hospital Visits


No one wants to be in a hospital, whether it’s because of your own health or that of a loved one. They are chilling and intimidating. However, they provide a needed and valuable service that we are all thankful for. Mike Galbo is the COO and cofounder of the data collection application for hospitals, Aidin. Galbo aims… Read more »

Shiphawk Offers Headache-Free Shipping


Do you sell on auction sites like eBay or Amazon? Like money, but hate shipping?  Me too! ShipHawk provides packing, shipping, insurance, and residential or commercial pickup services for shipments of any size.  “You can overnight a letter, or ship an earthmover, in less than three minutes from the comfort of your living room,” says Bodenhamer,… Read more »

Discover and Order Catering Services with CaterCow


Whether it is for the office quarterly review meeting, or a 4th of July bash, choosing and organizing an event’s catering is one more pain that you could do without. Chris Collins and Carly Chamberlain created CaterCow to provide a marketplace for consumers in need of catering to discover and order the perfect catering solution… Read more »