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Novlr: Your Cloud Novel Writing Companion

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I recently caught up with Novlr creators Thomas Muirhead and Kimberley Pryor to discuss their new cloud writing software dubbed Novlr. Novlr was first conceived in November of last year after many ill-fated attempts at novel-writing using other mediums such as Microsoft Word and Google Docs. It is being developed by both Thomas and Kim… Read more »


Learn Spanish Anywhere, Anytime, and Completely for Free

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Over 6.5 million students take Spanish Language courses every year – that’s 70 percent of total foreign language enrollment in the US. Some might say that Spanish speaking skills are crucial to young Americans and that the US will become the largest Spanish-speaking nation by 2050. Fifteen years ago, SpanishDict.com pioneered the shift in Spanish… Read more »



Miami-Dade Named 2015 Code for America Fellowship City

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Miami-Dade is about to become a more tech-friendly county. That’s because it was announced Tuesday that Miami-Dade County will work with three Code for America app developers to solve civic problems. The announcement was made during the annual Code for America Summit in San Francisco. The county was one of seven governments chosen from 40 applicants. Code… Read more »


Las Vegas Pitch Event Sponsored by Cox and Inc.com

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Cox Communications and Inc.com are co-sponsoring an incredible event, Get Started Vegas (#GetStartedLV) at Rain Nightclub. This is a one-time, pitch-based event for Las Vegas startups, small business owners, and entrepreneurs to share their current business plan. Expert judges will select a winner who will receive a Cox Business technology and media package worth $15,000. The judges are… Read more »


Vator.Tv CEO Shares 8 Building Blocks to Create Regional Tech Clusters [Video]

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Bambi Francisco, Founder and CEO of  Vator.tv, spoke during Tech Cocktail Sessions in Las Vegas, where she shared layers for a foundation in building a regional tech hub based on her experience in Oakland. There needs to be eight building blocks in place before a city can become a tech hub: 1. Favorable infrastructure: Housing and commercial units… Read more »


It’s Key That New Startups Get Noticed in the Social Media Space

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When Aaron Irmas graduated from Babson College, he directed his entrepreneurial passions towards solving what he saw as a glaring issue for startups: getting noticed in the social media space. Irmas has always been interested in generating leads via social media, cleaving to the thought that it’s key for any new business – he’s not wrong. He… Read more »


Startups: Here are 3 ‘Real’ Problems to Solve

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Dear startups: What problem are you solving? If you’re looking for a new market to penetrate, let me help you to unearth markets that software has yet to eat and people who will adopt quickly because they don’t have an abundance of choice in solutions to their problems. A natural and good tendency for entrepreneurs… Read more »


iOS Users Can Now Enjoy Third-Party Keyboards

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Last week, iOS 8 wasn’t the only new release for Apple users. Taking a page from the Android books, iOS users will finally be able to download and install third-party keyboards as Fleksy released their next generation touch typing platform for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. To date, the award-winning keyboard has found its way… Read more »


Hinge: “Tinder Without the Creeps” Launches in Florida

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We can all agree that you can find some weirdos on Tinder! Wouldn’t it be nice to swipe right without the fear that the person may be a creep/crazy/sociopath? That’s what Hinge app offers for people looking to meet people. Hinge is a social discovery app that helps you meet new people through friends, and it’s launching… Read more »


Screen-Bridge Launches Fast Lane Membership Program

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Screen-Bridge announced the launch of their Fast Lane Membership Program, which will connect industry professionals and provide resources that offer opportunities with new media and social technology. “This program looks to collectively to push the entertainment industry into the digital space, by unifying television and social media professionals with different levels and areas of expertise,”… Read more »


NYC’s CommonBond Will Match Pencils of Promise Donations Today

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For today only, Pencils of Promise – a non-profit organization focused on building schools and increasing access to education opportunities through the creation of sustainable programs in the developing world – is partnering with New York City-based startup, CommonBond, on a 24-hour matching campaign that will fund its scholarships for students in Ghana, Laos, and Guatemala. The… Read more »


But First Let Me Take a Selfie

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From Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars Selfie to the hit song “#Selfie” by the Chainsmokers, the selfie has become a part of both pop culture and everyday life. However, a few years ago that wasn’t the case – people barely knew what the word meant. However, during that time a small group of entrepreneurs were working on… Read more »


Steve Case-Backed Andela Launches to Bridge Global Skills Gap in Software Development

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The Andela Institute, a talent accelerator that’s focused on closing the global skills gap in software development, has launched today. Andela looks toward the developing world to recruit promising top developers and then connecting them with top global employers. Today’s launch is held in synchrony with the announcement of the closing of a seed round of funding…. Read more »