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Betterific Is Collecting Entrepreneurial Ideas

Betterific

On Betterific, people post ideas starting with “Wouldn’t it be better if…?” Here are a few clever ones from over 5,700 posted on the public beta site: Wouldn’t it be better if your car sent you a text message instead of/in addition to your car alarm going off? Wouldn’t it be better if there was a… Read more »


Plotter: The Social Network for Maps

Plotter

Tom Nolan was prepping for a conference in a city he had never visited. After hours of research on the best restaurants, sightseeing opportunities, and optimal travel routes, he was ready to go. However, he soon found the map technology available to him to be lacking. Aggregating the myriad locations he had discovered onto one… Read more »



ReelGenie: The Power of Storytelling

photo album for family

Not too long ago, my parents celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary, and held a masquerade ball for friends and family. Leading up to the event, I wanted to put a slideshow together of photos of friends and family that told the story of their love. I will never forget showing my mum (yes, I am… Read more »


Paul Singh Steps Down at 500 Startups to Launch His Own Venture: Dashboard.io

Dashboard

Today, 500 Startups partner Paul Singh stepped down from his position and unveiled his new startup, Dashboard.io, which just raised around $250,000 from DC’s NextGenAngels.* Singh began working on the Dashboard.io technology before he even joined 500 Startups, but it became integral to the 500 experience. Over 400 accelerator companies got access to the platform,… Read more »


Meet Friends of Friends on Dating App Hinge

Hinge

Ever catch yourself looking at a friend’s friends on Facebook or social media? Of course you have! We’ve all done it, but meeting someone through a friend means  – gasp – you actually have to ask for an introduction. Or worse: a friend attempts to sell you on an intro! Well now there’s Hinge, a new social… Read more »


oLyfe Reveals Social Media Sentiment around the Oscars

oLyfe

During the Super Bowl, there were 5,679,596 related tweets. Unfortunately, you mostly didn’t see the infographics with interesting social media insights on them until a few days later. With ten very interesting and different movies vying for Best Picture at the Oscars this year, the anticipation and the debates right before the show are the most… Read more »


Where are you Gonnabe? Time to plan the future.

GonnaBe

Gonnabe is an app that aims to help you plan your future. Have you ever wondered what events friends, colleagues or industry leaders are doing this weekend? Gonnabe allows you to announce places that you will be in the future (can be marked public or private). From there, others will view and join you at… Read more »


Traffic App: Finding the right places – Where to eat and where to go from the people you trust

Traffic

Recently, I’ve been looking in the cities around me for the best and most interesting places to eat. Looking through Yelp and Google Local is helpful, but these sites seem to fall on two sides of the spectrum: hot or not. Typically, the reviews are raving fans or raging disbelievers. Facebook’s sporadic profile status reviews are… Read more »



Family Apps Help You Get Closer

FamilySocialNetwork

Someday, maybe, doctors will study a condition called Facebook fatigue. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Symptoms include a sudden outburst of “What the heck am I doing?” after you’ve wasted 15 minutes reading about your ex-girlfriend’s brother’s latest trip to the gym. A wave of apps are offering cures for this condition, in the form… Read more »


Personalized News App Offers Fun Games and Real World Rewards

NewsUpBeta

The powerhouse team behind the upcoming news sensation NewsUp has put hours of effort towards changing the way Americans inform themselves. Through experiences at companies and corporations including ChangeUp Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, NASA, Connect AI, Aramak, Ignition 72, 4Ten Technologies, and Starwood Resorts, NewsUp has an extremely impressive resume of leadership behind it in… Read more »


Attentive.ly Helps Businesses Do Better Targeted Marketing

Attentively

Companies and nonprofits have invested years, and many thousands of dollars, proliferating their email lists, only to watch email open rates decline by almost 50 percent over the past decade, says Roz Lemieux, CEO of Attentive.ly. She’s seen people moving to social media for their day-to-day communications, leaving organizations struggling to figure out how to engage… Read more »