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8 Innovative Health Apps to Help You Lose Weight


In all of 2013, it is expected that Americans will spend approximately $2.4 billion on weight loss services. Although not as expensive as Alex Wildenstein’s $2.5 billion divorce settlement, it’s certainly nothing to scoff at. According to the Boston Medical Center, it’s estimated that 45 million Americans diet each year; yet, more than one-third of US adults and nearly… Read more »

The Quantified Soul: A Guide to the Best Habit and Mood Tracking Apps


Self-knowledge through numbers – the idea that self-quantification tools can help us understand more about ourselves, ultimately leading us to improve our daily functioning and quality of life. This concept of the “quantified self” was made popular by Wired editors Gary Wolf and Kevin Kelly, just a few years back. Since then, we’ve seen an increase in technologies –… Read more »

Tim Hines of Business Traveler Social: Find a Technical Cofounder!


I’m an “idea man.” I’m really good at brainstorming remarkable, new thoughts into this world (a TV show about narwhal fairy princesses!). The problem, however, lies in the fact that I’m utterly inept when it comes to actually making these ideas a reality. Paul Allen, the cofounder of Microsoft, actually wrote a memoir bearing the same… Read more »

Reading Glue: Providing Reading Strategies That Stick


The ability to read is the foundation that helps children unlock nearly all other learning. However, literacy rates in America show an urgent need to help children improve – experts estimate that almost 40 percent of US 4th graders are not even at a basic level of reading proficiency. That’s why Reading Glue hopes to make… Read more »

Jeff O’Hara and Edmodo: Build Tools That Support the Needs of Your Users


By the end of the following school year, all students in the United States must meet the “proficient” level or above on state standardized tests per the requirements under No Child Left Behind. You read that correctly: ALL students. One hundred percent of American students must pass their state standardized tests regardless of socioeconomic background, learning disability,… Read more »

Social2Step and The Importance of Rewarding Employees


The success or failure of a company can sometimes come down to the culture of the company itself. Oftentimes, this culture is molded largely by how a company recognizes and rewards its employees. I once worked for a company that rewarded us with a day when we made ice cream in these soccer ball-like contraptions (that… Read more »

PageLines: A Drag-and-Drop Design Editor for Your WordPress Blog


The last time I created a WordPress blog, I spent hours scouring the free themes to find the perfect design. I customized colors, deleted columns, and changed background images. Then, when I finally thought I found the perfect template, I discovered one silly deal-breaker of a feature that I couldn’t change. I suspect this experience… Read more »

Sportech Labs: Patience is Necessary for Success


When you were younger, you were probably told by someone that “patience is a virtue” and that “good things come to those who wait.” Well, I suck at waiting, and my need for instant gratification (often in the form of Taco Bell) is probably the reason behind my not running a startup at this very… Read more »

Lessons from Coupla: Research Your Users, Don’t Trust Your Intuition


Despite seeing some decrease since the 1980s, the United States continues to have one of the highest rates of divorce, at a rate of 3.6 percent per 1,000 people in 2011. That translates into 50 percent of first marriages ending in divorce, and even higher rates for sequential marriages. For Coupla cofounder and CEO Adam Kramer, these numbers matter. It’s… Read more »

How to Get More Users: Lessons from Pick2Pay


The average American carries between three and four credit cards (technically, that number’s around 3.5, but I dare someone to charge their dinner on half of a credit card). More importantly, according to Srikanth Deshpande, “An American household could leave up to $600 on the table in credit card rewards every year” – that’s essentially… Read more »

From TweetPhoto to SlimSurveys: How Running One Company Laid the Foundation for Another


In life, some of us have initiative, and some of us have Initiative. If the distinction isn’t clear: presuppose that a capitalized letter on a common noun denotes “[noun] to a greater extent” or even just “[noun] squared.” For the cofounders of SlimSurveys, this Initiative comes in the form of starting a company…using lessons they learned… Read more »

4 Reasons to Use IntroHive in Your Sales Division


It pays to be well-connected – at times, quite literally. Being in sales is competitive, and it takes some good strategizing to be successful at it. I mean…not that I would know personally, since once I tried to sell Do-Si-Dos to a cousin in the Girl Scouts, but many of my friends have shared the frustrations associated with… Read more »