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Outsourcing Done Right: Impact Hub and The Case for Impact Sourcing

ImpactHub

In September 2010, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed that 86 percent of Americans agreed that U.S. companies utilizing outsourced services in foreign countries was one of the contributors to this country’s economy and unemployment. For Dave Haft, this percentage is surely concerning – after all, he founded Impact Hub, a startup built on the business of outsourcing – but… Read more »


Will Brackets Take Over Surveys and Polls as the Best Method for Consumer Engagement?

Bracketeers

Whether it’s responding to a poll from their website or getting invited to fill out one of their online surveys, companies are always looking for ways to engage the consumer and learn more about their wants, needs, and general insights. The reality, however, is that unless we’re deeply passionate about a specific experience with a company… Read more »


Is Your Advice Worth the Cash? Celly Cents Thinks So

CellyCents

Some of us give really good advice – whether that’s career-related or just general life-related, some advice can steer someone in the right direction at a time when they desperately need it. But is that advice or that conversation with someone valuable enough to be worth some actual money? Would you pay someone just to have a… Read more »


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 »