Education

PubSlush: Crowdfunding Books and a Reluctant Publishing Industry

By | Sep 18, 2013 at 11:09 am

“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….

News

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

By | Sep 17, 2013 at 5:00 pm

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…

Mobile

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

By | Sep 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm

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…

Software

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

By | Sep 17, 2013 at 9:00 am

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…

Entertainment

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

By | Sep 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

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…

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Entertainment

SoundBetter Takes Advantage of the Freelancing Trend in the Music Industry

By | Sep 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm

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,…

Android

The 7 Best Music Apps You’re Not Using

By | Sep 7, 2013 at 10:00 am

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…

iPad

MouseHouse: Using Modern Technology to Improve Lab Efficiency

By | Aug 30, 2013 at 9:04 am

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…

Android

AskMore: Making Q&A Sessions at Events Less Boring

By | Aug 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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…

Android

8 Innovative Health Apps to Help You Lose Weight

By | Aug 21, 2013 at 4:10 pm

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…

Android

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

By | Aug 21, 2013 at 9:00 am

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…

Android

Pass The Hat: Despite Economy, Young Entrepreneurs Are Following Their Passions

By | Aug 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm

You’re in your last year of college. Sure, you’ll end up with that neato degree from Swarthmore or Berkeley, but what if the only job offer you get is a six-month unpaid internship, doing development and fundraising work for a large nonprofit? Ugh. I…

Android

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

By | Aug 6, 2013 at 8:54 am

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…

Events

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Reading Glue: Providing Reading Strategies That Stick

By | Aug 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm

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…

Education

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

By | Aug 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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…

iPad

Social2Step and The Importance of Rewarding Employees

By | Jul 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm

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…

Software

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

By | Jul 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm

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…