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Push Back Against Bad Brands, Products and Customer Service with Blacklist


Remember those summer camp or backyard tent ghost stories of your childhood? Of course you do! Those ghouls and goblins scared us under the covers of our sleeping bags. But these horror tales pale in comparison to the horror stories of adulthood: bad products, diasappointing brands, and lousy customer service. A helpless and infuriating feeling comes with customer… Read more »

Splash: Broadcast Event Photos from Attendees in Real-Time


Ben Hindman, former director of events for Thrillist, found that his day-to-day, repetitive event management work – like invitations, guest list management, and post-event recaps – was difficult enough without having to create a dedicated, online presence for his events. To adapt a solution to his need, Hindman and Brett Boskoff cofounded Splash, a New York… Read more »

Meet and Treat New Connections with myTreat


In recent years, online meeting sites and applications have focused on bringing the online connection offline for in-person meetings. The only problem is, these online sites are primarily focused on dating. Eric Lai and Ben Tao saw this as an opportunity to build a solution for users who want to make real-world connections online, but… Read more »

Betterific Is Collecting Entrepreneurial Ideas


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


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 »