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8th Stage Aims to Bring Back Artist Development in the Music Industry


“Artist development is dead,” as Marcus D. Cobbs – co-founder and CEO Of 8th Stage – bluntly puts it. Cobbs explains that, as recently as Justin Bieber, artists went through the funnel of artist development, wherein a record offers to develop a specific artist’s skills and public image. The industry, however, has shifted away from that model… Read more »

Window Shopping Goes Digital with Reppio


Imagine a situation where you have to find a really cute, one-of-a-kind outfit for a fundraising event that’s, say, happening tonight. Much like everyone else, though, you don’t really have the time to go through your city’s local boutique stores to find that perfect ensemble. With Reppio, pinpointing the local retailer best tied to your tastes… Read more »

I’ve got 99 problems but software development ain’t one


Or, at least, it shouldn’t be. Was my title effective in luring you in? I think Jay-Z lyrics just have a way of attracting that kind of attention. Software development is (often) not a one-man project (unlike Jay-Z who – let’s be honest – is fully capable of handling anything on his own). It usually… Read more »

Want to Invest In Your Favorite Small Business? Then, Fund the Republic


Crowdfunding should not be new to anyone. With growth expected to reach $5.1 billion raised in this year alone (representing an incredible 89 percent increase in dollars raised from 2012), the crowdfunding industry is certainly one on which you’ve kept your eye. Besides sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, however, numerous crowdfunding niches are really taking off, ranging from… Read more »

Widen Releases Digital Asset Management Mobile App


Widen Enterprises, a digital asset management (DAM) software company based in Madison, Wisconsin, announced this week that they have produced a DAM mobile app for iOS. The company has also launched a mobile site for both iOS and Android devices. Through the Widen DAM iOS app (version 1.0) and mobile site, users can now easily access digital assets… Read more »

GitBadger: Bridging the Disconnect Between Developers and Project Managers


Off the bat: GitBadger is not “the new GitHub.” GitHub is all about “social coding” – the notion that open discussion and open sharing are the keys to any development community; because of this, GitHub is open-sourced and open-distributed. While many of its key aspects are inherently social, GitBadger’s repositories are all private and are only accessible to team… Read more »

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


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?


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


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


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


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


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 »