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

By | Feb 11, 2013 at 11:00 am

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…

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New Dating App Let’s Date Assumes You Don’t Know What You Want

By | Feb 7, 2013 at 11:00 am

How often have you shared your dating site profile on Instagram? I’m assuming never. And this is one of the most promising signs for Let’s Date, a new dating app that launched publicly today out of Science Inc.: users are sharing their profiles on…

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Family Apps Help You Get Closer

By | Jan 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm

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…



Personalized News App Offers Fun Games and Real World Rewards

By | Jan 18, 2013 at 10:30 am

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,…

B2B Helps Businesses Do Better Targeted Marketing

By | Jan 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm

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 She’s seen people moving to social media for their…

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YourCauseorMine: A Dating Site Based on Causes You Support

By | Jan 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm

YourCauseOrMine combines your passion with your passion. It’s a dating site that matches people based on the causes they support, like the environment or women’s rights. “Get involved and maybe…get involved,” it proclaims. The site has all the trimmings of a normal dating site,…


JetJoose: The Social Network for Flight Crews

By | Dec 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

During this season of mass-travel, many of us are thankful for the flight crews that get us to our destinations safely and comfortably. JetJoose Co-CEO and Co-Founder Ronan Keane decided that these crews deserved their own social network to help them make the mass-travel…


Equals6 Social Network for Students Is Hottest Showcasing Startup in Boston

By | Dec 6, 2012 at 9:00 am

With the average LinkedIn user over 40 years old, it can be a staid and formal place for a student. Equals6, recently voted our hottest showcasing startup in Boston, wants to give students a professional place to network that’s a little more youthful. “Equals6…

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The Startup Revolution Hub, Brad Feld’s Crack at Hacker News-Like Social News Site

By | Dec 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Starting a startup community revolution ain’t easy.  It would take something along the lines of -say- a five book series and a dedicated online venue to host this community. As it happens, Brad Feld is the man for the job, and is doing just…

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ePowerhouse Helps Entrepreneurs Find Cofounders, Mentors, and Investors

By | Nov 30, 2012 at 9:00 am

Most accelerators give startups intensive help for a few months, then send them off into the world. ePowerhouse, a startup based in Boston, wants to give startups a long-term helping hand. ePowerhouse is a social network. You can create a startup profile, then post…

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SkinnyScoop Helps Women Help Each Other

By | Nov 19, 2012 at 11:34 am

Skinny Scoop, the site where women can recommend things to other women, launched publicly today. SkinnyScoop has built a community of hundreds of thousands of women who turn to each other for suggestions on apps and books, child care, beauty products, and more. In…

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The Battle to be the Best Dating Site

By | Oct 19, 2012 at 11:00 am

Editor’s Note: This article is a revised version of an article that appears in the May 2012 issue of The Social Media Monthly. If you like it, you might want to download The Social Media Monthly iPad app or iPhone app and subscribe, or order a print subscription. Nary an arrow…


People Discovery Engine Traackr Raises $1.5M Round

By | Oct 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Announced today, Traackr, an enterprise-grade people discovery engine, has raised a $1.5 million round of funding.  Investors include Traackr Chairman Robbie Vann-Adibé as well as an undisclosed group of employees from Google. Traackr offers a pair of services, one for enterprise and another for…

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Seattle’s LikeBright Aims to Make Online Dating Safer for Women

By | Oct 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

LikeBright is an online dating site that connects you with friends of friends, hopefully turning awkward online dating into a safe, natural experience. You can even vouch for your friends to help them get noticed. The Seattle startup launched out of TechStars Seattle at…

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Digital Royalty Launches Social Media Training Site

By | Oct 2, 2012 at 11:00 am

Today, social media consultancy Digital Royalty introduces the online Digital Royalty University: classes in social media, company culture, and personal growth. Digital Royalty University is based on the team’s years of social media work for personalities like Shaquille O’Neal and The Rock, as well…


Store Passwords and Bookmarks Online with MySocialCloud

By | Sep 19, 2012 at 9:00 am

Scott and Stacey Ferreira’s inspiration comes from high school, when the brother-and-sister duo noticed that content was disorganized online and took too many steps to actually view (like usernames and passwords). They set out to build a platform that allows easy access to your…

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JustFamily Introduces a Social Network for Families

By | Sep 18, 2012 at 11:00 am

An orphan raised by a blacksmith in the Mountain West, Nate Quigley’s grandfather grew up to become a forest ranger. At his funeral, they played a recording of him singing “Home on the Range,” which he used to sing at family reunions. “It was…