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Improve Workplace Collaboration with Weekdone

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As a startup founder, have you struggled with finding effective ways to collaborate and share ideas with your employees? Employee reporting is a common issue managers face. Especially when most employee reporting is done via email or Excel, it can become difficult to stay on top of each employee’s progress. Weekdone, a simple weekly employee… Read more »


Review Trackers Hauls in $2 Million From Midwest Investors

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Yesterday Review Trackers Inc, the Chicago based startup in Wicker Park, announced the successful close of a $2 million funding round from a host of premier Midwest investors. It was led by Milwaukee’s CSA Parnters and included other investors American Family Ventures, Jeff Rusinow, and SymphonyAlpha Ventures. “In today’s market, it is absolutely crucial for… Read more »


Let’s Get Physical During A Business Trip With Gymsurfing

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No more excuses, just because you are traveling it doesn’t mean that you can’t get your body moving. That’s the idea behind Gymsurfing, a mobile app that allows travelers to book gym day passes on the phone. Moreover, the San Francisco-based startup announced that it has acquired Miami-based rival GymXchange for US $1 million in all… Read more »


Whiteboard Unveils Their New Management Platform

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Whiteboard.co yesterday unveiled a brand spanking new web and mobile based app aimed at boosting productivity by bridging the gap between tasks at home and work. The platform encourages users to focus on completing tasks that matter most in their day: Whiteboard facilitates the smooth management of client projects, delegation of tasks, or even shared grocery lists…. Read more »


YouTube Announces Plan to Launch Paid Music Service Amid Criticism

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Google Inc’s YouTube announced today that it plans to launch a paid streaming music service, confirming long-running rumors that the  popular online video website will offer a paid music service. “We’re adding subscription-based features for music on YouTube with this in mind – to bring our music partners new revenue streams in addition to the hundreds of millions of… Read more »




BuzzFeed Supposedly Raising $200M Round

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VentureBeat reported that BuzzFeed may be raising a $200 million round of funding. It’s speculated that existing investors NEA, Lerer Ventures, RRE Ventures, Hearst Ventures, and SV Angel may participate in the round. According to VentureBeat‘s source, $200 million isn’t an exact amount, but rather a median figure. To date, the rapidly expanding producer of long-form journalism,… Read more »


Boston Cybersecurity Company BioCatch Raises $10M Series A

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It was announced this morning that the Boston-based cybersecurity company BioCatch has raised $10 million in a Series A round of financing. The round was led by Blumberg Capital and OurCrowd, with existing investors participating in the raise. BioCatch provides behavioral authentication and threat detection solutions throughout North America, Europe, and Latin America. The company’s solutions… Read more »


Bon Voyage! It’s Easier Than Ever to Travel

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Travel used to be only for the old and wealthy. Vacations would be for families who wanted to go to Disney World or fanny packing through the battered roads of popular European cities. The rise of technology startups has opened up travel to a whole new generation. It is now possible for almost anyone, anywhere,… Read more »


Solar Roadways Is Exactly What It Sounds Like, And It’s Awesome

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Solar freakin’ roadways, man: that’s what people are already saying about Scott and Julie Brusaw’s company, Solar Roadways. You see, they’re the perfect amount of entrepreneur mixed with big dreamer, and they’ve invented a way to power homes, offices, and schools by turning our roads into energy harvesting highways. Scott, an electrical engineer (MSEE) with… Read more »


DC-Based Personal Launches Fill It for Quick and Safe Auto-Filling on Online Forms

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Last week, Personal - a DC-based startup which provides a secured digital data vault for consumers’ information, passwords, and files – launched the world’s largest form library at Fill It, giving people a tool to securely and automatically fill almost any form in the world. Literally millions of forms are filled every day by people from all over… Read more »


Grand Central Tech Accelerator Begins First Session with Inaugural Class

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Last week, NYC’s Grand Central Tech - an accelerator offering startups with free rent for zero equity – announced its inaugural class of companies. For an entire year, the 16 selected startups will work out of the 15,000-square-foot Midtown space formerly occupied by Facebook, and will gain mentoring from successful entrepreneurs and industry leaders, as well as… Read more »


Waleteros: Mobile Banking Without a Bank

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Miami-based startup Waleteros has one mission: to provide banking services to those who don’t have access to financial services. In the United States, that number is about 106 million people: nearly one-third of the U.S population is underbanked or unbanked according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). That means they don’t have bank accounts or regularly make… Read more »



The Craziness of Online Dating

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Online dating has never been more popular. In fact, according to a study done in 2013 by Pew Research Center, 10% of Americans aged 18-24 have used online dating sites or apps. It would not be surprising if that number were significantly higher today. The overwhelming number of apps being released on a daily basis… Read more »