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Chicago’s AvantCredit Raises $75M Series C for Online Consumer Lending

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The Chicago-based financial tech startup AvantCredit announced the closing of a $75 million round of Series C financing led by Tiger Global Management. In addition, the company has announced a $200 million credit facility led by Victory Park Capital. AvantCredit has grown rapidly since its launch at the end of 2012. The startup has revolutionized the online… Read more »


Macy’s Announces It Will Bring Fashion Incubator to Miami

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Macy’s, the American chain of department stores, announced today that it will bring its fashion incubator to Miami as an effort to foster talent in the city. The announcement was made by Edward Jay Goldberg, the Vice President of Government & Consumer Affairs for Macy’s during the annual Beacon Council One Community One Goal Meeting. Goldberg went… Read more »


OwnerAide Helps Real Estate Professionals Build Meaningful Networks

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Real estate is a tough field to navigate, for both homeowners and the professionals who work in the field. With the rise of highly successful web platforms such as Zillow and Trulia, real estate agents and brokers are faced with the challenge of keeping up. The founders of Portland-based OwnerAide know that real estate professionals are valuable members of… Read more »


The Thinnest, Long-Lasting Batteries You’ll Ever See

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California-based startup, Imprint Energy, is developing flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be printed on commonly used industrial screen printers. The startup has been testing ultra thin zinc-polymer batteries in wrist-worn devices. The startup’s idea is to make these thin batteries safe for on-body applications which would be otherwise impossible with bulkier lithium-based batteries. The idea is to sell the… Read more »


Starbucks New Charging Stations: Pros, Cons and Speculation

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Wireless charging is coming to Starbucks, starting with its San Francisco Bay Area stores. The coffee giant’s partnership with Duracell Powermat should cut down on brawls between latte swillers eyeing the same wall outlet. Starbucks plans to expand Powermat wireless charging over 2015, until it’s eventually available in every Starbucks and Teavana store. We salute… Read more »


Dynamically Loading Code Securely with Android

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Android has quite a number of security features that are built into the operating system that significantly reduce the frequency and impact of security issues. The system is designed so that when you build your apps with default system and file permissions, you can avoid having to make difficult decisions about security. Some of the… Read more »



South Florida Ramps Up Efforts to Teach Kids How to Code

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Miami’s entrepreneurial community recognizes the value that coding creates to individuals by creating more opportunities professionally. This summer a wave of summer coding programs became accessible for young people of all ages. These organizations aim at helping young people build the skills required to learn how to code. Coding camps are unique because it allows kids to create projects… Read more »


Propser Accelerator to Focus Solely on Women-Led Startups

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The St. Louis Business Journal today reported on a new accelerator opening in the Gateway city. Prosper is launching a startup accelerator that will funnel $600,000 annually into St. Louis area companies. That in and of itself doesn’t make them ground breaking. What does, however, is that Prosper will be focusing solely on funding women-led… Read more »


Leveraging Gamification for Your Small Business

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People like to have fun, but they can also be naturally competitive. Even mundane tasks can at times be turned into a game. This idea of competition and gaming has been used by major businesses for years through loyalty and rewards programs, but the expense of such programs often prohibited smaller businesses from taking part…. Read more »


ParkWhiz Raises $10M Series B for Prepaid Parking Service

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ParkWhiz announced this morning that it has closed a $10 million Series B round of funding for its prepaid parking service. The round was led by Jump Capital. Other participants include current investors Hyde Park Venture Partners, Alexis Ohanian, Amreesh Modi, Henry Feinberg, and Hyde Park Angels. Founded in 2006, ParkWhiz offers consumers a way… Read more »


The New Yorker Offers “Summer-Long Free-For-All” Online

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On a note to readers today, The New Yorker announced that non-subscribers will have free access to everything published in both the print and online versions. This means free access not only to new content published, but also a selection of past content based on the demand of readers. For avid readers and The New Yorker‘s… Read more »


Why I Love You Is Buffer for Love Letters

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How do I love thee? Let me text the ways… Leave it to geeks to figure out how to make their love more efficient and systematized. With Why I Love You, you can schedule email or text messages telling someone why you love them – a Buffer for love letters, if you will.  Here are some… Read more »


How to Disable Facebook Video Autoplay on Both Desktop and Mobile

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Facebook recently updated its features and introduced a new video autoplay option for users. With this new feature, videos and video ads on your Facebook page will be automatically played while you are browsing your newsfeed. When autoplay was first introduced, there was no settings option. If you were not interested in watching video, you just had… Read more »


5 BS Myths About Starting A Startup Debunked

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Having “your first” comes with plenty of unsolicited advice and a little side eye. For instance, during my first startup, my mom gave me more than side-eye. I got full-on stink eye! “YOU ARE GOING TO LEAVE YOUR GOOD PAYING JOB AND DO A STARTUP?” Kind of like having kids or getting married, suddenly people… Read more »


10 Great Apps You Should Have On Your iPhone or Android

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Every single day, a new app hits the market. Promising some new fun, convenience, or benefit that all of the other apps on the market cannot deliver the same way this ‘new’ app can. Luckily for people who like having the best of the best when it comes to apps on their iPhone or Android… Read more »