Social Media is the LinkedIn for your Gift and Loyalty Card Programs

By | Apr 24, 2014 at 1:18 pm

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…



With Datelytics, Online Dating Can Actually Be Fun

By | Apr 9, 2014 at 3:50 pm

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…



Now Faster, Bloop It Lets You Edit And Share YouTube Videos On The Go

By | Apr 8, 2014 at 1:25 pm

We’ve all done it before, fast-forward a YouTube video to the punch line or shared a video with friends with the exact time on the video that made you laugh. We just want to get right to the point! Bloop it is the app…

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San Diego

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

By | Apr 5, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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…


From Med School to Patient Care, Social Media is Changing Things Up in the Healthcare Industry

By | Apr 5, 2014 at 10:00 am

With nearly 75 percent of American adults using at least one social network—half of whom belong to more than one—there is no doubt that social media has had a huge impact on society. In the medical profession, social media has traditionally been used on…


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From 10K to 20M Users, LockerDome is One of St. Louis’ Hottest Startups

By | Mar 27, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Before Gabe Lozano founded LockerDome in 2008, he had a simple idea: imagine a social media platform built around what you like versus who you know. That is, the current models Facebook and Twitter operate on connect you to other people, but what if…


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

By | Mar 24, 2014 at 3:44 pm

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…


San Francisco

SMPLE Is Like a Social Media Consultant for Small Businesses

By | Mar 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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…


The Value of a Secret: What Startups Can Learn from Silicon Valley’s Latest Obsession

By | Feb 21, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Arguably the birthplace of corporate openness and workplace diversity, Silicon Valley has recently been plagued by the whisperings of its startups’ dirty little secrets. Thanks to Secret, the app that allows for the anonymous sharing of messages to one’s networks, the startup world is recently…



Fashom: Social Fashion Sharing for Everyday Fashionistas

By | Feb 17, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Famed Italian fashion designer Miuccia Prada once said that “fashion is an instant language,” and Fashom founder Mitali Saxena couldn’t agree more. She started Fashom to give everyday fashionistas around the world a platform to post their favorite styles and be inspired by peers near…

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Under New CEO, DC-Based AddThis Launches AddThis Pro

By | Feb 12, 2014 at 8:45 am

Today, DC-based AddThis launched AddThis Pro to help publishers drive more traffic and engagement on their websites. AddThis is a content engagement platform that lets publishers add sharing and following widgets. You’ve probably come across them – they reach over 97 percent of the…

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Las Vegas

Former Baltimore Raven Launches a Startup in Vegas

By | Feb 1, 2014 at 10:00 am

As an ex-NFL player, Gerome Sapp didn’t have trouble getting meetings to pitch his startup. But then he ran into another problem – what he calls “athlete syndrome.” Were people really interested in the idea, or did they just want to meet a former…

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DC’s SocialRadar Launches Its Mobile App for iOS

By | Jan 30, 2014 at 8:00 am

This morning, SocialRadar released its long-anticipated mobile app for iOS. SocialRadar is a DC-based startup led by Michael Chasen, which raised a $12.75 million Series A round last June. Utilizing social networks with geo-location data (including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, and Google+), the SocialRadar app enables users to…

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Los Angeles

Penned Provides a New Take on Cell Phone Novels

By | Dec 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Brian Sanders, the founder of Penned, opened my eyes to a whole new form of writing when we talked recently: cell phone novels. The first of these appeared in Japan in 2003 and were usually released in several installments of 70- to 100-word chapters….



Atmosferiq and “Tradigital” Media: A Platform for Managing Old and New Media Marketing

By | Dec 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm

While many assert that traditional media is dead, the reality is that traditional media is still very much alive – especially in the world of marketing. From TV and radio to newspaper and direct mail, ads through such media are still very much prevalent…


8th Stage Aims to Bring Back Artist Development in the Music Industry

By | Nov 24, 2013 at 10:00 am

“Artist development is dead,” as Marcus D. Cobbs – co-founder and CEO Of 8th Stage – bluntly puts it. Cobbs explains that, as recently as Justin Bieber, artists went through the funnel of artist development, wherein a record offers to develop a specific artist’s skills and…

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TweetWall Pro: The Tool You Should Be Using at Your Next Event

By | Nov 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Recently, I had the opportunity to make use of what I think is one of the most reliable and promising Twitter visualization products on the market. I know what you’re thinking… Who needs another product that piggy-backs on Twitter, with the purpose of showing…