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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 »


BrightTag Rebrands as Signal, Launches New Open Data Platform

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It was announced on Tuesday that Chicago-based BrightTag has changed its name to Signal. This news arrives just a few weeks after the company’s acquisition of the digital marketing software company bearing the same name. BrightTag is a cross-channel marketing technologies company, and has launched a new Open Data Platform as part of the rebranding… Read more »



What Does Your Social Media Profile Reveal About You?

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In many respects, social media has made it easier for us to communicate with each other: We are able to keep in touch with friends from around the world, we can easily update family members about what’s going on in our lives, and we may even meet new friends or love interests more easily online…. Read more »



DC-Based Pinbooster Relaunching as Loop88

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DC-based Pinbooster, the leading marketing platform for Pinterest, has announced today that it will be relaunching as loop88. Loop88′s launch is accompanied by $500,000 in seed funding led by New Dominion Angels and the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT). Founded a mere two years ago, Pinbooster/loop88 helps companies like Whole Foods, Home Depot, Ghirardelli, Verizon,… Read more »


SocialRadar Launches Its Google Glass App

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This morning, SocialRadar has announced the launch of its app for Google Glass. The app is free and available now to download for Glass users. Back in January, the DC-based company led by former Blackboard CEO and founder, Michael Chasen, launched its mobile app for iOS. Using geo-location data from social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Instagram, and Google+,… Read more »


Entrepreneurial Life After College: Alumnify Proves It’s Viable

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We learned recently of some initiatives by local, San Diego universities to foster the idea that entrepreneurial career tracks are viable right after, and sometimes even before, graduation. Specifically, the University of San Diego (USD) recently had its V2 Pitch Competition and formally announced a winner. There were four different startups selected to split the… Read more »


Giift.com is the LinkedIn for your Gift and Loyalty Card Programs

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Loyalty cards are a strong marketing tool that can encourage returning customers for retail businesses. Following their success, a number of other customer retainers like gift cards, prepaid cards, mileage programs, memberships, vouchers, rewards, and coupons, have been introduced by different businesses. Even though they are money-savers for customers, having too many loyalty cards has… Read more »


With Datelytics, Online Dating Can Actually Be Fun

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We can all agree that online dating is the absolute worst, right? Sure, everything is fine and dandy when you’re chatting with the latest guy/girl with whom you were most recently matched on Tinder, or flirting with your soul mate (calm down, lunatic) on OkCupid, or even going on Grindr to find guys to “date”… Read more »



Chef’s Roll: The LinkedIn for Chefs is Thriving in San Diego

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Chef’s Roll was founded by Thomas Keslinke and Frans van der Lee as the self-proclaimed LinkedIn for chefs. It’s marketed worldwide to chefs and culinary professionals as a way to tell their story, showcase their talent, and connect with anybody from potential customers to casting producers. “Websites like this are gold to casting producers,” says… Read more »




How Mattr Can Help Brands Learn More About Their Target Audience [VIDEO]

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The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support! In a period when the majority of us spend hours online, platforms like Twitter or Facebook have become necessary tools for social engagement. Because of this, brands and… Read more »


SMPLE Is Like a Social Media Consultant for Small Businesses

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Many years and hundreds of startups later, small businesses still seem to be struggling to get online. SMPLE is attempting to tackle this problem with a unique, DIY twist. The general challenge most local business owners face is figuring out how to get their business online. While it might seem straightforward to most tech-savvy people… Read more »