Thinkific and the Science of Online Education

By | Aug 14, 2012 at 9:35 am

This year, Stanford University turned things upside down with experiments in the “flipped classroom.” For a few courses in biochemistry and computer science, students watched their lectures online and did problem solving, discussion, and practice during classroom time. According to the school, biochem students…



Meet Mystery Gift Machine, the Robot Who Buys Your Gifts

By | Aug 6, 2012 at 5:30 am

Finally, the robot we’ve all been waiting for: one that buys gifts for us. If you’re part of a group buying a gift for someone, everyone can just feed the Mystery Gift Machine with money and suggestions. It ships out an algorithmically awesome gift…



Say Bonjour to Abroad101: The Study Abroad Review Site

By | Aug 4, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Abroad101 collects study abroad reviews – for students who want to compare options and for colleges who want to recommend programs, see results, and improve their offerings. That sounds like an obvious value, but building a company is rarely so easy. Below, Abroad101’s marketing…

Social Good


The RAISE Project Helps Women Get Recognition in Their Field

By | Jul 30, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Closing the gender gap in technology is only half the battle. For advocates, the other half begins as soon as a woman lands a tech job: making sure her experience is comparable to her male peers’. The RAISE Project aims to help women get…



Seattle-Based Play My Survey Makes Survey Taking Fun

By | Jul 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm

How many times have you been asked to fill out a customer survey at the conclusion of some user experience?  Wait, let me guess – a lot.  It’s as common as it is tedious.  Playing twenty questions takes time from your day, and quite frankly,…

Social Good


Benevolent Puts a Human Face on Charity

By | Jul 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

Charity is about changing lives, but some ways are clearer than others. As donors, we want to see and feel the impact our dollars have on people’s lives, which is why programs like Heifer International or food drives are so popular – you can…


How .CO Became .COOL in 2 Years

By | Jul 20, 2012 at 9:29 am

“Nobody really cares about a domain name.” When .CO Internet negotiated with the Colombian government to sell .co domain names in 2009, they had an uphill battle ahead of them. Not only was dot-com synonymous with the Internet, but they had to get people…



Keep It Simple, Startups: The Fluidinfo Redesign

By | Jul 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm

On and off for the past 15 years, entrepreneur Terry Jones has been working on a grand vision for The Way Computers Should Be. He dreams of a massive database of Everything, where anyone can add information, and items are linked and searchable rather…



DC Startup Social Tables Gets a Makeover

By | Jul 13, 2012 at 9:22 am

After celebrating its first birthday, DC startup and The Fort resident Social Tables recently released a new-and-improved event management platform. Their story shows that you don’t have to be an expert to start a company – but you do have to be willing to…

B2B The eHarmony Approach to Hiring Employees

By | Jul 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Traditional recruiting sites often match employers with job candidates based on basic factors, like skills and past employment. Now, a new startup is offering an “eHarmony approach” to the talent search.’s mission is to ensure job candidates are compatible with their prospective employers….

Startups & Apps

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Based is Bringing The Mixtape Back

By | Jul 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Mixtapes aren’t dead, they’ve just gone digital.  At least this is the ambition behind Los Angeles-based After logging into the service through Facebook or Twitter, give your mixtape a title, design, and start adding songs by searching through the immense database.  Because you’re creating…



Find Coworking Spaces with Desktime

By | Jul 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Tired of getting the boot from your local coffee shop for hogging their Wifi? A Chicago-based startup looks to assist your search for a desk, while also giving shared workspaces the ability to manage their space. Sam Rosen, the founding partner of Desktime, was…


Instead of Writing Your Bio on, Crowdsource It on

By | Jul 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I don’t know about you, but when I need to write about myself, it takes me hours. (That bio paragraph below took me about an hour to write and I’ve already changed it – twice!) I’m never satisfied with the end result and I…



Why US Immigration Policy Drove One Startup to Singapore

By | Jul 6, 2012 at 11:00 am

When Finnish startup NonStop Games had to pick a headquarters, their first choice was not the United States but Singapore, a modern Asian city with much more attractive immigration policies. At the time, NonStop Games was scattered around the world, with team members in…



RentStuff: Rent Anything Online and Reduce Your Consumption

By | Jul 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm

RentStuff is a marketplace for renting anything under the sun, from bikes to Star Wars light sabers to power drills. It handles the whole process, including payments and security deposits, rental agreements, and reviews. As founder and CEO Christopher Jaeger explains below, RentStuff hit the…



Gojee Raises $2.8 Million, Reports Zero Revenue

By | Jul 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Gojee, that gorgeous curated recipe site, today announced that it raised $2.8 million in funding. This series A round includes California-based InterWest Partners as a new investor. Gojee previously raised $1.2 million in a seed round led by Kapor Capital. Gojee reported zero revenue in an SEC…



Social Defender: Your Brand’s One-Stop Online Reputation Manager

By | Jun 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm

As most entrepreneurs and small business owners can attest to, issues on social media can crop up quickly. Appearing on the scene nearly as quickly are startups promising to serve as the one-stop shop for managing all things social. The most recent is the…