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Get Happier with Happify

Happify

Launched last week, New York City startup Happify is turning the latest research in positive psychology and neuroscience into daily activities to make us happier. Happify starts with a test to calculate your happiness score – from 1 to 100 – by asking about your emotions, relationships, work, and leisure time. Based on that quiz,… Read more »


StartUpTradeUp Allows Startups To Trade Resources

StartupTrade

When it comes to startups, the opportunities are limitless…unless something actually costs, you know, money. Every startup out there is constantly on the search for money – whether that’s through funding or bringing on clients – to fund even just their day-to-day operations. Often whatever additional funds are available will be used toward something essential… Read more »



F This: 6 Reasons Why Recoup is Going to Disrupt Social Commerce

Recoup

Do you know what f-commerce is? It’s okay if you don’t – most people aren’t acquainted with it. You have (certainly) heard of e-commerce (um hello, Amazon?). Well, guess what? Get over it because f-commerce is the next big thing…if done correctly. Recoup – a DC-based startup that runs an e-commerce platform connecting businesses to consumers through… Read more »



PubSlush: Crowdfunding Books and a Reluctant Publishing Industry

Pubslush

“It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore,” said the late Steve Jobs, in 2008, referring to Amazon’s Kindle. In late 2008, New York Magazine published a lengthy article on the state of the publishing industry. Portentously titled “The End,” the article covers the same concerns that… Read more »


LegiNation: Legislation Tracking and What Karen Suhaka Has Learned as a Serial Entrepreneur

BillTrack50

Despite having founded a total of six companies, Karen Suhaka isn’t afraid to admit that she’s persistently learning how to run a business. For the serial entrepreneur and founder of LegiNation (the company behind BillTrack50), learning along the way has been a crucial experience that has helped to mold the companies she’s operated as well as… Read more »


A Unique Social Media Aggregator: Organize Your Digital Information with Scruddle

Scruddle

Due to the sheer volume of information available on the Web, our social media streams can easily get muddled. Simply, your stream turns into the only reality where Britney Spears brushes shoulders with Syria and BuzzFeed’s “21 Cats More Constipated Than You” (not an actual BuzzFeed list, but you’re welcome for the idea). Scruddle will help you… Read more »


HedgeChatter: Twitter IPO and the Increasing Role of Social Media in the Stock Market

HedgeChatter

In April, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 150 points after a specious tweet made by The Associated Press claimed that an explosion at the White House caused injuries to President Obama. The tweet was quickly marked as fake, and the Dow stabilized after three minutes, but within that three-minute span, the hacked tweet “erased $136 billion in equity… Read more »


Jabid.com, Online Streaming, and the Changing Landscape of Cable

Jabid

In February of this year, Nielsen – the company that measures consumer TV viewership (among other things) – announced that it would begin initiating new plans to measure consumers who watch online television, by 2014. It made several major headlines – and rightly so. As more people move away from costly cable packages and toward online… Read more »


SoundBetter Takes Advantage of the Freelancing Trend in the Music Industry

SoundBetter

Nowadays, it seems like every other person you meet does work on a freelance basis. Whether it’s design, writing, or some odd job concerning pineapples, the freelance market seems to be more robust than ever. SoundBetter is tapping into an under-recognized portion of this freelance economy, and providing a freelancer marketplace for music production talent. SoundBetter offers a… Read more »


The 7 Best Music Apps You’re Not Using

MusicAppsYou'reNotUsing

Last week, I wrote about Timbre, a music app that allows users to discover live music from local and popular musicians based on their current location. Well, here are some other cool music apps that you probably don’t know about (but should be using). Lanyard If you go to a lot of live music events, then… Read more »


MouseHouse: Using Modern Technology to Improve Lab Efficiency

MouseHouse

Science is about discovery and innovation. That’s why it’s surprising to learn from Umar Khokhar, an MD/PhD candidate at the University of Chicago, that most life science labs still depend on archaic tools like paper and Excel to keep track of their data. For Khokhar, this disconnect between ethos and practice was bothersome enough for him to… Read more »


AskMore: Making Q&A Sessions at Events Less Boring

Askmore

As a conference organizer, Justin Lynch admits to hating having to deal with Q&A sessions. Mainly, these sessions have a tendency to fall off track, ultimately leading to wasted time. Part of the issue behind this inefficiency, he thinks, is accessibility to the speaker – there are several factors that prevent the right questions from… Read more »