Articles by: Philip Nowak
Philip Nowak is the founder of Firmology, technology focused news and insight for small businesses and online startups. He honed his entrepreneurial chops while working for his family's Chicago-based window manufacturing business. Philip graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Economics.

NASA Developing Air Traffic Control System For Drones

September 2, 2014 11:56 am0 comments
NASA Developing Air Traffic Control System For Drones

After Google made news last week when it announced its top secret drone delivery program, Project Wing, and last year’s announcement of the Amazon Prime Air drone delivery service, The New York Times is reporting that NASA is developing an air traffic control system for drones. The new drone traffic [...]

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Google Unveils Top Secret Drone Delivery Program

August 29, 2014 3:05 pm0 comments
Google Unveils Top Secret Drone Delivery Program

After two years of research and development in a non-descript red brick building on Google’s Mountain View corporate campus, the tech giant has unveiled its top secret drone delivery program known as Project Wing. Google revealed the program to the world yesterday in an extensive profile within The Atlantic, which [...]

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ZipRecruiter Raises $63M For Its Online Job Board For Small Businesses

August 27, 2014 12:11 pm0 comments
ZipRecruiter Raises $63M For Its Online Job Board For Small Businesses

ZipRecruiter, an online job board for small businesses, has raised $63 million to rapidly scale the growth of its platform. The Santa Monica, California-based company was co-founded in 2010 by Ian Siegel, Joe Edmonds, Ward Poulos, and Will Redd, whose goal was to create Fortune 500-level recruiting tools for small businesses. The capital injection [...]

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Social CRM Platform Nimble Launches New iPhone App

August 26, 2014 12:51 pm0 comments
Social CRM Platform Nimble Launches New iPhone App

Nimble, the Social CRM platform, has released a new iPhone app. The new Nimble iOS app comes a week after updates to the user interface design of their web experience including the search bar, task and collaboration notifications, help center and inactivity notifications. The new iPhone app has been completely redesigned [...]

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HubSpot Files $100M IPO To Take The Inbound Marketing Company Public

August 25, 2014 6:13 pm0 comments
HubSpot Files $100M IPO To Take The Inbound Marketing Company Public

Hubspot has filed to go public on Monday with a $100 million initial public offering. The Boston-area based tech company, founded by Dharmesh Shah and Brian Halligan, filed its S-1 document with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissions and will trade under the symbol HUBS on the New York Stock Exchange. According [...]

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LinkedIn Acquires Newsle, The Google Alerts Of Professional News

July 15, 2014 11:06 am0 comments
LinkedIn Acquires Newsle, The Google Alerts Of Professional News

LinkedIn has acquired Newsle, the news alerts startup for your professional and social network. Newsle sends email alerts to its users whenever it finds news about their social network connections. We founded Newsle with a simple goal: to deliver important news about the people who matter to you. Three years and [...]

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Deal Alert: Plantronics M155 Marque Bluetooth 3.0 Headset $9.97

July 11, 2014 8:38 am0 comments
Deal Alert: Plantronics M155 Marque Bluetooth 3.0 Headset $9.97

Get a refurbished Plantronics M155 Margue Bluetooth 3.0 Headset at Yugster for $9.97, which originally retailed at $59.99. The headset has a noise-cancelling mic, weighs just 7 grams, and has 5 hours of talk time. You can also use the Plantronics’ Vocalyst Service to manage emails, texts and update Facebook or [...]

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Google Launches $100 Million Venture Fund To Invest in European Startups

July 10, 2014 10:36 pm0 comments
Google Launches $100 Million Venture Fund To Invest in European Startups

European entrepreneurs have a reason to celebrate this weekend as Google is bringing its bank account across the pond. Google Ventures announced today that they’re launching a new venture fund to invest $100 million in Europe’s most disruptive startups. “We believe Europe’s startup scene has enormous potential. We’ve seen compelling [...]

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Deal Alert: Apple iPad 32GB 1st Generation For $114.97

July 9, 2014 8:32 pm0 comments
Deal Alert: Apple iPad 32GB 1st Generation For $114.97

Get a 1st generation Apple iPad from Yugster for $114.97 for WiFi only and $124.97 for WiFi+3G. The 32gb tablet is refurbished and may have scuffs or scratches on the back, bezel and screen. Generic accessories included. Will not come in original packaging. Get the Latest Deal at Yugster >>  [...]

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Yelp Is #1 Review Site Consumers Use to Find Local Businesses [NIELSEN STUDY]

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Yelp Is #1 Review Site Consumers Use to Find Local Businesses [NIELSEN STUDY]

According to a recent survey by Nielsen, Yelp is the #1 review site that consumers use to search for local businesses. The study, which was commissioned by Yelp, contained some interesting findings including: 78% of consumers find local businesses through review sites 85% make a purchase within a week of [...]

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Box Announces BoxWorks Tickets for $150 Using Promo Code

July 6, 2014 10:38 am0 comments
Box Announces BoxWorks Tickets for $150 Using Promo Code

While Salesforce focuses on promoting Dreamforce, and giving away 24 free tickets to businesses that enter and win their Surfboard Sales Awards, Box is focusing on its own customer conference, BoxWorks 2014. The event is being held on September 2-4 in San Francisco and will feature keynote speakers such as [...]

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More Free Stuff From Salesforce (New Ebook): 100 Ways to Run Your Business from Your Phone

July 1, 2014 5:00 am0 comments
More Free Stuff From Salesforce (New Ebook): 100 Ways to Run Your Business from Your Phone

Earlier, we posted about the 24 Free Passes to Dreamforce that Salesforce is giving away. We’re not sucking up to Salesforce, we swear. They just regularly provide a lot of good and educational freebies for businesses to take advantage of. Now, they’re giving away their latest ebook to promote its Salesforce1 [...]

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Salesforce is Giving Away 24 Free Passes to Dreamforce

June 30, 2014 10:25 pm0 comments
Salesforce is Giving Away 24 Free Passes to Dreamforce

With keynote speakers such as Richard Branson, Colin Powell, Bill Clinton and music acts such as Will.i.am of the Black Eye Peas, Green Day, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Salesforce’s Dreamforce is by far the top conference that any tech company throws for its customers. And Salesforce knows it. [...]

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Get A Refurbished Apple iPad For $109

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Get A Refurbished Apple iPad For $109

If you’re in the market for a cheap Apple iPad, take a look at the deals that Woot is running right now on first generation iPads. They may be sluggish and slower than the latest models, but if you don’t mind, the deals may be too cheap to pass up. [...]

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Legal App Startup Shake Launches Pilot Program for Businesses

May 30, 2014 9:24 am0 comments
Legal App Startup Shake Launches Pilot Program for Businesses

Shake, the mobile-first legal app startup, announced today that it has launched a pilot program for businesses. The NYC-based company officially launched in 2013 with the goal of simplifying the process of creating binding legal agreements on a smartphone. Exited about @shakelaw going enterprise! With piloters @spotify @buzzfeed @Gundersonlaw @anomaly [...]

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Small Businesses Throwing Away $13.1 Billion Each Year on Paper Checks

May 29, 2014 9:05 am0 comments
Small Businesses Throwing Away $13.1 Billion Each Year on Paper Checks

Interesting post on the Dwolla blog today on the financial burden small businesses face by maintaining paper check operations. According to Dwolla’s research, there are 23 million small businesses in the U.S. and 67% of them still issue paper checks. Dwolla estimates that businesses can cumulatively save $13.1 billion by [...]

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Likeable Local Raising $500k to Help Small Businesses with Social Media

May 27, 2014 5:00 am2 comments
Likeable Local Raising $500k to Help Small Businesses with Social Media

Dave Kerpen, Founder and CEO, is used to doing big things. After getting married to his wife Carrie Kerpen in a corporate sponsored wedding in front of thousands of fans in a baseball stadium, the power couple launched their own word of mouth agency at the urging of their corporate sponsors. [...]

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Box Opens Office in Tokyo and Launches Localized Product for Japanese Businesses

May 20, 2014 10:45 am0 comments
Box Opens Office in Tokyo and Launches Localized Product for Japanese Businesses

Today, at its first-ever World Tour, Box has announced the opening of a new office in Tokyo as well as the debut of a new localized product for Japanese businesses of all sizes from enterprise to small businesses. “A revolution is taking place across the world as mobile and cloud technologies [...]

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Tech News for SMBs and Startups: Base, Dropbox, Google, iContact, Podio

April 15, 2014 8:21 pm0 comments
Tech News for SMBs and Startups: Base, Dropbox, Google, iContact, Podio

Podio is Holding a Live Support Event on May 6th, 2014. Podio, the Copenhagen-based project management platform, is holding a live support event for new and existing customers. The event will be held online, but those in Denmark really benefit as they get to check out Podio’s offices, meet the team, [...]

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Dropbox Opens Office in Australia; Hiring IT, Sales, User Ops

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Dropbox Opens Office in Australia; Hiring IT, Sales, User Ops

While Google is making news with the expansion of Google Computing infrastructure to startups within Asia Pacific, Cloud file storage provider, Dropbox, has announced its own with the opening of a new office in Australia. The Sydney office will be its fifth, the others in San Francisco (HQ), Dublin, Austin, and New [...]

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