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Lionel Messi Surprises Fans on a Google Hangout

SWOL

Miami-based startup SWOL (Soccer Without Limits) and Google teamed up with Ballon D’or-winning Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi to surprise the player’s fans. This happened during a Hangout video session last week as a surprise to a group of unsuspecting soccer journalists and Barcelona fans. The Google Hangout panel included Sports Illustrated senior writer and New York Times… Read more »


What Do Techies Eat? Find Out in ‘The Official SXSW 2014 Interactive Cookbook’

SXSW cookbook

Ever wondered what some of your favorite tech all-stars have for dinner, supper, or second dinner? Vegetarian chicken fingers? Gluten-full mac and cheese with prosciutto? Pizza burger tacos? Well, imagine no further! Cookbook Create has compiled over 100 recipes from the likes of Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti, and other past SXSW Interactive speakers in The Official… Read more »


Graduate Student Lending Platform CommonBond Expands Its Program to Law, Medical, Engineering Grads

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NYC-based CommonBond announced today that it has expanded its student loan consolidation and low-cost refinancing program to graduates of law, medical, and engineering programs, as well as to additional MBA programs at Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis, and University of Texas. This expansion by the graduate student lending platform follows the goals it set after raising $100 million… Read more »


Donate Money, Get Free Beer at DoNation’s Events

DoNation

If you want people to show up to an event, give out free beer. That’s probably psychology rule #1 of hosting events, and DoNation knows that. So the tech-savvy nonprofit set up events called “Do With Your Brew,” where local breweries give out free beer in exchange for donations to charities on DoNation. DoNation’s first… Read more »


How Entrepreneurs Can Benefit From Business Intelligence

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Much of the success of small and medium enterprises (SME) relies upon creating a system that is efficient and effective. Many entrepreneurs like to focus on sales and marketing, and some ignore optimizing their operations. However, business intelligence tools (BI) are changing the way many SMEs manage their data. According to a 2013 study by… Read more »


On-Demand Laundry Service Washio Expands To DC

washio app

I don’t know many people who enjoy doing laundry.  Actually, let me retract that.  I don’t know ANYone who enjoys doing laundry.  It’s a hassle and a time sink, and then you still have to fold everything and put it away.  There are many dry cleaners and laundry services out there to do this pesky… Read more »


iPad vs. iPhone: How Are They Different from a Developer’s Standpoint?

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Not only have smartphones had an impressive proliferation in the mobile device market, but tablets have become almost as popular for entertainment and business. For example, Apple has developed a concrete market over the last few years by introducing increasingly useful and engaging iterations of the iPhone and iPad. These gadgets have received great response from the market… Read more »


Aussie Entrepreneur Launches Roceteer For Mentoring Downtown Las Vegas Startups

Roceteer launches Downtown Vegas

With one of the fastest growing tech startup ecosystems in the country, there has been an influx of entrepreneurs to the downtown Las Vegas area. This has created a growing need for mentors to help guide new founders. Today, Roceteer (pronounced “rocketeer”) officially launched to provide mentoring assistance to fill this void. Roceteer is founded by… Read more »


Mompreneurs are Building Their Businesses by Selling on Facebook

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A report from Experian from 2013 has shown that mothers with young children, when compared to the general population, are more active on social media; they’re more likely to log into their various social media accounts on a daily basis, more vocal participants, and more likely to shop using mobile devices. Of all the social media… Read more »


The Upcoming Google Nexus 6 – 4 New Features We Can Expect to See

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The Google Nexus series is becoming more and more popular, and this year the series is scheduled to get another family member named Google Nexus 6. Although it is still a concept, the smartphone sports an attractive exterior design coupled with an impressive software and hardware package to complete the design. Nexus 6 is rumored to bear some of the… Read more »



Bring Your Own Device – 6 Steps for a Successful BYOD Program

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With smartphone use slated to reach 2 billion in the coming years, it’s no surprise that more than 65 percent of workers consider their personal mobile devices to be the most critical work device. The proliferation of mobile devices has encouraged employees to access work-related information on corporate networks through their personal smartphones and tablets. With the… Read more »


9 Years After Hurricane Katrina, Reaction’s Exo Housing System is the Future of Disaster Relief Shelters

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According to a housing survey published by the U.S. Census in 2011, more than 400,000 residents of New Orleans, La. were displaced as a result of Hurricane Katrina. And, while estimates vary, this number increases to 1,000,000 when you include residents from Gulfport, Miss.; Mobile, Ala.; and others. Setting aside the problem of long-term housing security (which… Read more »


Medallia and SXSW Do Some Good for Austin’s Homeless

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Startup Medallia and Austin’s Foundation for The Homeless are teaming up to do some good at SXSW. Volunteers with ‘Donate Your Swag To The Homeless’ t-shirts stood outside the ACC and collected any extra swag, the multitide of gifts and giveaways that one gets at the festival, to help Austin’s homeless. T-shirts, caps, totes, sunglasses, lip balm, notebooks, pens and other office/school supply-type… Read more »