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Should You Be a Mobile-First or Consumer-First Company? [VIDEO]

By | Mar 24, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Nowadays, companies everywhere are designing with a mobile-first approach – the idea that mobile experiences should be prioritized over web experiences simply because of the societal shift towards greater engagement on their phones. And that’s certainly the case; according to statistics from Pew, mobile…

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Circa’s Motto: Save Time, Stay Informed [VIDEO]

By | Mar 24, 2015 at 10:00 am

How often do you see people sitting and reading the actual, physical newspaper? Matt Galligan, CEO and cofounder of Circa, realized one day while waiting for his coffee that our culture surrounding news consumption has shifted: we don’t read for 30 minutes after we get…

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New York Tech Meetup: From Small Time to 42K Members [VIDEO]

By | Mar 24, 2015 at 8:00 am

At its foundation about 10 years ago, New York Tech Meetup was nothing more than an outlet for a small group of people to get together and discuss their tech companies. However, over time it’s slowly, organically grown into a central clearinghouse for anybody…

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To Build an Entrepreneurial Community, Listen to the Entrepreneurs [VIDEO]

By | Mar 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Della Rucker is the managing editor of Engaging Cities, an online magazine that explores new strategies and technologies in the public engagement and urban planning space. Throughout her tenure at the publication, she’s learned a few things about how policymakers should be interacting with…

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It’s Our Responsibility to Stand Up to Cyber Bullies [VIDEO]

By | Mar 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Back when Justine Ezarik, more commonly known these days as iJustine, was a kid she used to tear apart the family VCR much to the chagrin of her father. But she wasn’t destroying it, she was learning how all the parts fit together, and…

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SparkFun’s Jessica McDonald: Being a Woman in Tech Can Feel Isolating [VIDEO]

By | Mar 23, 2015 at 5:00 pm

It’s common knowledge that the technology industry is desperately in need of diversification among its ranks. Thankfully, however, many companies have realized this need to diversify and have made plans to work on recruiting more women and minorities. But as it stands, the current…

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Harper Reed: Technology is Hard, But People are Harder [VIDEO]

By | Mar 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm

“Technology is hard. I think that’s the main theme of my world: technology is hard.” So said Harper Reed when he stopped by to speak with us at this year’s SXSW. Reed, whose infamy is founded in his previous role as CTO for Obama…

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One of the Top Reasons for AddThis’s Success: Company Culture [VIDEO]

By | Mar 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm

While Rich Harris hasn’t been at AddThis for too long (he joined the company towards the end of 2013 as its new CEO), he’s managed to push the company through new growth while somehow maintaining a startup-like culture in the workplace. This is pretty…

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Buffer: Transparency & Culture for a Distributed Team [VIDEO]

By | Mar 23, 2015 at 8:00 am

Joel Gascoigne is the CEO and Cofounder of Buffer, which currently employs 30 people who are fully distributed around the world. Known for their transparency policy, the quickly growing team at Buffer has taken strides to intentionally create a positive culture at their startup. Hiring purely…

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How Runtastic Went from Software to Developing Hardware [VIDEO]

By | Mar 22, 2015 at 10:00 am

In order to create hardware, you need to be able to commit a lot of time and money; before considering going into the hardware business, this is definitely one of the top realities that you have to face. And according to Runtastic cofounder and…

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Gnomad Mobilizes Street Teams for On-Demand Advertising [VIDEO]

By | Mar 21, 2015 at 10:00 pm

Everything is on-demand today, so why not create on-demand advertising as well? “At events, or in big cities, you can hire a street team that will pass out flyers, or you can hire somebody like us that mobilizes human digital billboards,” explains Rich Winley of…

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Kathryn Finney: Diverse Communities Need More Exits [VIDEO]

By | Mar 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Recently, a reality TV show call for “powerful African American women in the tech space” arrived in Kathryn Finney‘s inbox. Rightfully so, she was outraged. The email went on to portray the producers’ idea of a “strong leader” with an “over-the-top personality”, but get…

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A Mobile-First Design for a Life Less Planned: HotelTonight [VIDEO]

By | Mar 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm

“Plan less. Live more,” Sam Shank says, is the focus of HotelTonight. “We focus on the absolute best experience for getting you into a great room at the best price at the last minute.” Shank says his company has major contenders to compete against. Priceline…

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One Month: Our Students are Our Biggest Asset [VIDEO]

By | Mar 21, 2015 at 10:00 am

What would you do if somebody dropped you off at the library and told you to learn history? Where would you start? For most people, I’d wager that they wouldn’t know what to do after finding the history section. Mattan Griffel, the CEO of…

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How do you Get More Minorities Involved in Tech? [VIDEO]

By | Mar 20, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Wayne Sutton, General Partner at Buildup VC, has one mission in life, and that’s to connect with, mentor, and educate underrepresented groups in tech fields. He does this through Buildup, but it’s important to realize that Buildup isn’t like most other traditional accelerators. On…

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Washington is Open for Business, Says the Mayor of DC [VIDEO]

By | Mar 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Muriel Bowser, the newly elected Mayor of Washington DC, wants you to know one thing: DC is open for business. In fact, there are about 1,000 people moving to our nation’s capital every month as a direct result of the thriving tech ecosystem that’s…

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Michelle Lee: USPTO Plans for Four Satellite Offices in Various Startup Hubs [VIDEO]

By | Mar 20, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Last Friday, Michelle Lee was officially sworn in as the new director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A historic moment, considering that Lee is the first woman to ever hold the position, but also unique considering her background. At SXSW,…