Los Angeles

SmartestK12 is Giving Teachers More Time for Meaningful Interactions With Their Students

By | Mar 5, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Before pursuing an MBA and starting a company, Craig Jones spent four years teaching in the classroom. During each of those years, he taught more than 160 students. Motivating and teaching one’s self can already prove to be difficult – can you imagine having…


Los Angeles

Bishop Peak Technology: Providing An Efficient Transit Commute For All

By | Feb 25, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Three years ago John Osumi, Zach Negrey, and Jeff Brown met during an Android programming class at California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo. For a class project they developed a crude and clunky app that scraped together real-time vehicle positioning data from…



Aviary Cofounder Launches to Simplify the Way We Create Calendar Events

By | Feb 13, 2014 at 3:07 pm launched on Monday, a free calendaring tool that sifts through your email conversation and automatically creates events in your calendar. Rather than wasting time to manually create calendar events, the service automates the process and allows users to make edits at a later period….


5 Aromatherapy Tools to Ease Startup Stress

By | Feb 6, 2014 at 4:35 pm

It’s no secret that working on a startup can be extremely stressful and take a toll on your health. There’s also no shortage of advice on how to deal with it. However, one area that’s normally overlooked is the power of scent, or aromas. It may…


How Home-Based Entrepreneurs Can Be Productive, Not Just Busy

By | Jan 21, 2014 at 11:00 am

According to Forbes, 52 percent of small businesses in the US are home-based. Proper time management is a key factor, if not the most important element of any successful business, but it can be especially challenging for entrepreneurs who work out of the home. Working…



Looking for Happiness in 2014? Sign Up for Happier’s Life-Improvement Courses

By | Jan 6, 2014 at 2:51 pm

While the rest of the world excitingly anticipated the arrival of the new year, Boston-based Happier, Inc. announced a new way to help people lead happier lives in 2014: mobile life-improvement and wellness classes. It’s some refreshing news from the happiness and wellness company, and certainly comes…



Meaningfy, aka Automated, Virtual Cloud Analyst

By | Dec 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Andre Lessa has worked for several different Pittsburgh-based companies like Deloitte Consulting, Transportopia, ModCloth, Lockerz, Vivisimo, and American Eagle Outfitters. Over the course of his employment history, he has racked up 20 years of experience as a team lead, project manager, software engineer, and…



Jason Fried: 37signals Will Be Simplifying Its Product Line in 2014

By | Dec 9, 2013 at 2:26 pm

37signals, the company already known for its love of simplicity, announced at Tech Cocktail Sessions Chicago last week that they plan to simplify their product line even further in 2014. “We’ve done too much,” said cofounder Jason Fried. “Next year we’re going to slim…



Crowdasaurus is Building Crowdfunding Ecosystems

By | Dec 6, 2013 at 9:25 am

Josh Lucas, Jason Philips, and Tim Palko are creating ecosystems. Not the kind that you studied in elementary life science classes, but rather ecosystems that surround crowdfunding in order to get projects funded more often and to greater degrees. Their platform, Crowdasaurus, builds white-label…



AppCertain is Giving Parents Tools to Monitor Digital Natives aka Kids

By | Dec 3, 2013 at 9:00 am

Part of what makes the entrepreneurial scene so interesting is the diversity among startups. That is, one day you could be talking with a person who runs big data analytics to fulfill government contracts while the next day you get to interact with a…


The Legal Sector Continues to Ripen for Disruption

By | Nov 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Want to pay less for a lawyer? There are startups for that.  Want your lawyer to be more productive? There are startups for that. Want to NOT use a lawyer at all?  Yes, there are even startups for that. Make no mistake, lawyers serve…



For Sideqik, Healthy Communications Are Central to Success

By | Nov 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

Currently, marketers manage their partnerships by sending emails back and forth, manually syncing up marketing calendars, and working with IT or their agency to build custom landing pages. According to Kurt Uhlir, this allows too many opportunities for these partnerships to break down or…



“Cars Are Personal, Car Shopping Should be the Same,” says Vinsnap

By | Nov 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Marc Hoecker and Chris Coad are car guys, plain and simple. At one point, Hoecker actually went on a four-day stakeout and car chase to reclaim his stolen 1985 Pontiac Parisienne. Coad grew up in the automotive industry, and while he has too many cars…



SecretInk Gives Consumer Messaging High-End Privacy

By | Nov 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm

PowerInbox today released their free SecretInk application for sending secure, time-sentitive emails and SMS. The New York-based company recognized the high demand surrounding email privacy controls for consumer-level messaging in the wake of all the NSA revelations. The multi-channel web platform sends encrypted, private…


San Francisco

Joe Cardillo and are Disrupting Creative Agency Markets

By | Nov 7, 2013 at 9:00 am

Joe Cardillo thought he wanted to be an actor. But after receiving an undergraduate acting degree, he went on to do the journeyman thing for a while, ditch digging, teaching, and running a bar. And even though his acting destiny didn’t work out, he…


Kansas City

Wipad is Working to Be The Top Wireless Presentation Solution

By | Nov 6, 2013 at 9:00 am

In a market that’s already saturated with products, Mike Church’s Wipad is trying to establish a foothold and go toe to toe with Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast. Since starting out, there have been numerous challenges like finding backers, raising capital, and bringing the…


Atlanta Might be Unsexy, but Their Success Sure Isn’t

By | Nov 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm

They are a 500 Startups company, an ATDC Selects company, and they recently won the title of unsexiest startup at the Unsexy Conference. Who are they? This is, a startup dedicated to working with email senders and service providers to keep their email…