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Wholeshare Provides Access to Healthy Food in Local Communities

By | Apr 28, 2016 at 10:15 am

Access to healthy food should be a right, not a privilege. But in a lot of towns across America, there isn’t a Whole Foods for hundreds of miles. And while a lot of families rely on fast food drive-throughs and frozen dinners for sustenance, one startup aims…

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Clink Makes Saving Money Easier with Group Saving

By | Apr 19, 2016 at 6:16 pm

It has been proven time and time again that experiences trump possessions. In fact, there have been studies done that show people glean significantly more happiness from going on a trip than from buying a new phone. But if you can’t afford either, it’s…


Kuala Lumpur

With an Average Age of 24, Groupon Malaysia Embraces Its Youthful Spirit

By | Feb 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Launched in September 2010, GroupsMore was approached by Groupon just 3 months later and acquired by the end of January 2011. Since that time, the Malaysian daily deal site went from 8 employees and around 20 monthly merchant partners, to 120 employees selling hundreds…

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CEO of Ohio-Based Startup Buyvite: “There’s More Money Than Startups Here”

By | Jan 20, 2012 at 11:18 am

If your new startup is trying to rise above the noise and get noticed – and looking for funding – you might want to move headquarters to Ohio and/or hire a female CEO. Brandy Wimberly, Founder and CEO of Toledo, OH-based Buyvite, a group-buying…


Cofounder of Ensogo (Acquired by LivingSocial) Shares Insights for Startups

By | Jan 4, 2012 at 10:00 am

Paul Srivorakul is a cofounder of Ensogo, the Southeast Asian daily deal site acquired by LivingSocial in June 2011 for an undisclosed amount. Below, he shares some insights on the challenges he faced and where the daily deal industry is headed. Tech Cocktail: Can…


Ensogo Cofounder: Groupon Said, “If You Don’t Let Us Acquire You, We’re Going to Kill You” – and Other Acquisition Stories

By | Jan 3, 2012 at 11:30 am

Founded in 2009, Southeast Asian daily deal site Ensogo was approached by LivingSocial and acquired in June 2011 for an undisclosed amount. At the time, cofounder Paul Srivorakul reports, they had about an 85% market share in Thailand, 50-60%t in the Philippines, and 45-50%…


Ho Chi Minh City

How One Group Buying Site Customized for Vietnam – and Raised $61 Million

By | Dec 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Pho is a traditional Vietnamese soup; the broth is simmered for hours and then served everywhere from restaurants to street stalls to trains. One day, the founder of Pho Ta, an upscale soup chain in Vietnam, sat down for a meal at one of…


3 Lessons from OrderWithMe, Winner of Tech Crunch Disrupt Beijing

By | Nov 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm

OrderWithMe, the winner of TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing and a graduate of Chinaccelerator, wants to help small businesses in the United States buy from Chinese factories – at the same low prices as big companies buying in bulk. By grouping together orders, the Hangzhou-based startup…



Swarm Launches a Mobile Social Network Aimed at College Students

By | Oct 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm

It is true that some things – shopping or bar hopping, for instance – are better with friends.  In college, almost everything is done with friends, even the mundane and necessary thins, like laundry, running errands, and studying. Bloomington, IN-based Swarm is leveraging that…



Chicago Companies: Find Lawyers, IT Help, and More on Contact Karma

By | Oct 16, 2011 at 10:49 am

Genevieve Thiers, founder of the immensely popular Sittercity and the Small Business Administration Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006, is at it again: this time with a startup called Contact Karma. Contact Karma provides recommendations for B2B services like consulting, IT, legal, and…



PartyMonster Nightclub Discounts: A Group Buying Site with 1 Sales Guy

By | Oct 6, 2011 at 9:30 am

“It’s all about the people” is a phrase I’ve heard several times in Korea, and it also helps explain Seoul startup Partymonster, which offers discounts in one of the most social, “who you know” industries: nightclubs. “The lofty goal is to become what Live…


Hong Kong

CakeDeals Aggregates Deals in Growing Asian Market

By | Sep 10, 2011 at 2:40 pm

While the craze for daily deals may be calming down in the United States, they are still a novelty in Asia. Groupon acquired Indonesian deal site Disdus in April, and LivingSocial picked up Korea’s Ticket Monster in August and Southeast Asia’s Ensogo in June….

Location Based Services

So…You Come Here Often? Chatterfly Takes Loyalty Digital

By | Aug 10, 2011 at 8:00 am

In a world of extreme couponing, instant deals, and group buying, businesses are constantly looking for innovative ways to not only attract new customers, but to keep the ones they have.  Loyal customers are happy consumers. The loyalty model has been around for decades,…

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Lessons Learned In 8 Weeks Of Starting Wedobo

By | Aug 2, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Besides having a really cool name, Wedobo is a cool idea for a site.  Think of it as the Groupon model but applied just to the wedding industry.  Every week, there’s a different deal for a wedding vendor or service.  And considering how much…


Will Twitter’s Early Bird Get the Local Deal Worm?

By | Jul 16, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Last week, Twitter rolled out the Early Bird deals via the Twitter handle @earlybird. As explained on the Twitter website: “Twitter @earlybird Exclusive Offers are special time-bound deals, sneak-peeks, and events that are promoted by the official Twitter @earlybird account. We partner with select…


Exploring The Latest E-Commerce Industry Trends

By | Jun 3, 2010 at 4:35 pm

With the largest e-commerce conference in the nation taking place in Chicago next week (June 8th through 11th) and e-commerce sales expected to account for 53 percent of all retail sales in 2014, according to Forrester Research we were excited to explore the latest…