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Startup Update: Drippler and Echoer Apps Take Off, GrubHub Releases New Mobile Technology

By | May 6, 2012 at 10:00 am

If you’re an app developer, what’s more exciting than rave reviews and happy users?  How about 1 million downloads, which Drippler is just about to reach?  The app, which delivers personalized news to you about the devices you own, also just launched a new…

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Tony Bacigalupo of New Work City on the Disruptive Rise of Coworking

By | Mar 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm

The model of salaried employees working in offices is slowly shifting, says Tony Bacigalupo. And he’s accelerating that shift as mayor of New Work City, a coworking space in (you guessed it) New York City. When he’s not coworking, Bacigalupo is out and about in…

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Hard-Hitting Entrepreneur Cindy Gallop Says “Make Love Not Porn”

By | Mar 20, 2012 at 11:30 am

Cindy Gallop is older, female, and working on a startup related to sex – not the greatest combination for finding venture capital, she says. But with her sharp independence and honest vivacity, she sure makes for an inspiring entrepreneur. Gallop launched Make Love Not…

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Shane Green from Personal: “It’s All About the People”

By | Mar 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Shane Green wants you to have control over your data – not the data that apps or social networks are quietly monitoring, but the bits of messy, sticky-noted data you’re constantly looking up. Green is the CEO of Personal, which lets you create shareable…

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Marci Harris of POPVOX: “Just Do It. It Will Never Be Unscary”

By | Mar 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Marci Harris has seen both worlds. As a congressional staffer, she participated in the “zero-sum game” of politics, where the goal is often to beat your opponent or not get dragged down into a scandal. As an entrepreneur – cofounder and CEO of POPVOX…

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The Top 4 Takeaways From A SXSW Virgin

By | Mar 18, 2012 at 4:00 am

I have a confession.  I lost my virginity last weekend. My SXSW virginity, that is. As someone who’s been looking forward to the SXSW insanity for three years now (last year I was hiking, and the year before I was just flat out poor), I…

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Ben Milne’s Journey from College Dropout to Payment Innovator

By | Mar 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Struggling against government regulations and the dominance of credit cards, Ben Milne still manages to put the user first. In 2008 he founded Dwolla, a payment platform that lets you transfer money to friends or merchants (covered here), and he and his team have…

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Ami Ben-David is Trying to Beat Google in Mobile Search

By | Mar 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I tend to think entrepreneurs are crazy if they’re trying to build a new social network. So Ami Ben-David and co. must be really crazy – they’re trying to beat Google at search. Everything.me, or “The Everything Project,” is a mobile search engine that…

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Jared Malan of We&Co Wants You to Thank Your Favorite Barista

By | Mar 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Do you notice the salespeople you interact with every day? Jared Malan did, and he wants us all to – so he cofounded We&Co, a social commerce platform to thank great baristas, waiters, and bartenders while earning rewards. Sporting an orange bandana, Malan –…

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Intel’s Ekaterina Walter: Fail Your Way to Amazing Things

By | Mar 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm

As you’ll see in the video below, Intel social media strategist Ekaterina Walter is excited by the power of social media to connect us and help us “co-create” the products we buy from brands. A self-proclaimed “restless soul” with a passion for transcending cultural…

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Sara Morgan from Tailored: How We Overcame the “Trough of Sorrow”

By | Mar 15, 2012 at 10:30 am

Planning a wedding can be a lot like building a startup – it’s an emotional roller coaster with loads to do, and not enough time, and sleepless nights. But every struggle just makes Sara Morgan understand her customers better: she’s the founder of Tailored,…

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Sweet Labs’ Chester Ng: Startup Life Is A Rollercoaster – Embrace It

By | Mar 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm

If you’re a developer, you probably are very familiar with Sweet Labs, a San Diego-based startup that launched in a coffee shop 4 years ago by developers for developers.  Last June, they launched Pokki, a platform that enables web developers to create desktop apps…

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NYT Bestselling Author Charles Duhigg: Build a Better Startup by Changing Your Habits

By | Mar 14, 2012 at 8:19 am

Charles Duhigg was inspired by the story of an army major who prevented a riot in Iraq simply by moving away some food vendors. So began a decade-long interest in habits, culminating in the bestselling The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We…

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Chris Guillebeau Previews His New Book/Survival Guide, “The $100 Startup”

By | Mar 13, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Following in the footsteps of Timothy Ferriss and The 4-Hour Workweek, world traveller and entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau has written a book called The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future. Available on May…

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20-Year-Old Entrepreneur Brian Wong: “Try to Change Shit Up”

By | Mar 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm

20-year-old entrepreneur Brian Wong didn’t drop out of college; he just graduated at the age of 18. Since then, he’s worked as CEO of Followformation, on business development at Digg, and now as the founder of Kiip, a venture-funded mobile rewards platform. Wong is…

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Jenn Lim of Delivering Happiness: “Remember Your Higher Purpose”

By | Mar 13, 2012 at 11:30 am

Zappos was voted the #11 best place to work in 2012 by Fortune, partly thanks to its yearly Culture Books: a collection of employees’ views on the company culture and core values – like delivering “WOW,” embracing change, and creating fun “and a little weirdness.” And…

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How Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh is Revitalizing Once-Dying Downtown Las Vegas

By | Mar 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Striking a chord among entrepreneurs who startup to find greater meaning at work, Tony Hsieh’s bestselling book Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purposehas transformed into a movement and a community. As CEO of Zappos (acquired by Amazon in 2009), Hsieh is…