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ZenHub: Bringing Order to Task Management Chaos

By | Nov 3, 2015 at 10:00 pm

Does the name ZenHub ring any bells? It totally should, because I covered their platform about two weeks ago: cofounder Matt Butler talked a lot about how extending an open source, coding community to students could only be a good thing. Butler and his…

Startups & Apps

This Site Gets You a Table at the Most Exclusive Resturants

By | Jul 15, 2016 at 9:47 am

Jessica Sidman just posted her final column as Food Editor at City Paper, and took the opportunity to spill some fascinating secrets about the ins and outs of food media. The whole article is pretty delightful, but one particular paragraph reveals her trick to getting…

Startups & Apps


The Best Restaurant Discovery Apps in NYC

By | Mar 30, 2016 at 4:56 pm

Deciding on a place to eat can be a daunting task, especially in a place like New York City. When it seems like every day there’s a new crop of restaurants to try out, more and more folks are turning to apps to help…


Aspen Institute Announces New Class of Entrepreneurial Fellows

By | Mar 18, 2016 at 11:34 am

Strong leadership is a necessity for any successful business, venture, organization, country, you name it. One thing good leaders do is create other good leaders, and the cycle continues. But even the strongest leaders, as unflappable as they may seem, have some room for…

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4 Couples Apps Perfect for This Year’s Valentine’s Day

By | Feb 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm

What is red, white, pink and shines romance all over the place? Valentine’s Day, of course! The “love holiday”, which many attribute to consumerism, is approaching for most countries around the world, so if that is the case of your country, you should hurry…



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App Developers Rejoice: Uber Launches an API

By | Aug 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm

On August 20, Uber announced the official launch of their API; developers now have access to many of the primitive features that power Uber’s ride sharing platform. And the API launch is perfectly in line with Uber’s mission to bring transportation as reliable as…



Foodspotting Acquired By OpenTable On It’s Third Birthday

By | Jan 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Foodspotting, the app that caught so many people’s attention for creating a new place to share all those photos of food that we are consuming, announced today on its blog that it has been acquired by OpenTable for $10 million. Since the launch of the app…



HDScores: Standardizing Data from Health Department Inspections

By | Oct 22, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Kitchen nightmare shows entertain over six million viewers a week, and the popularity of the genre doesn’t show signs of slowing. Rooted in these heavily produced food rehab shows is the reality that restaurants need to consistently meet inspection standards set out by local…


The Best Food Apps That Bring People Together

By | Sep 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Editor’s Note: This article about best food apps is a revised version of an article that appeared in a previous issue of The Social Media Monthly. If you like it, you might want to download The Social Media Monthly iPad app or iPhone app and subscribe, or order a print…



Impact Engine: New Accelerator Opening in Chicago for Social-Impact Startups

By | May 25, 2012 at 9:00 am

Chuck Templeton, the founder of OpenTable and chairman at GrubHub, always had a “light green tint” to himself, he says. When his daughter was born 7 years ago, he started wondering what the world would be like when she got older – and became…



CityEats Launches in DC, Directly Competing with OpenTable and Zagat

By | Dec 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm

A new site designed to make that tough decision of where to eat tonight a bit easier for restaurant-goers and food lovers has launched in DC.  From the Food Network, the reservation site CityEats is partnering with Graffiato’s Chef/Owner, Mike Isabella, and competing directly…

Startups & Apps


Local Search, Simplified and Streamlined, Thanks to

By | Aug 8, 2011 at 10:05 am

We all have our favorite ways to find places to eat, shop or play.  But whether you are a religious Yelp user, or you strictly look for places your friends have checked-in to already on Foursquare, we all end up doing what co-founder…


iPhone and Android Apps, Poetry and eCards for Valentine’s Day

By | Feb 12, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Whether you are wrapping up your Valentine’s plans or just getting started, there are a lot of apps on the market to help you make the day a special one.  Here’s a round-up of some Valentine’s Day-themed apps and website goodies: e-Cards YourCards is…

Startups & Apps


GrubWith.Us Social Dine and Meet People with Founder Eddy Lu

By | Oct 2, 2010 at 11:35 pm

When Eddy Lu and his business partner moved to Chicago to open a restaurant, they realized they didn’t know anybody in town. Rather than hit the loud, crowded bars every week, Eddy and his friend decided to do what any good creative entrepreneur would…


GrubHub Food Delivery Search Expands

By | Aug 31, 2007 at 11:12 am

Even with a drawer full of take-out menus finding places to order food can sometimes be a tough task., a Chicago-based food delivery and menu startup developed by Mike Evans and Matt Maloney, looks to help you find a place to order food…