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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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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The South and Silicon Valley: 4 Tips For Bigger, Better Entrepreneurship

June 17, 2014 5:00 am0 comments
The South and Silicon Valley:  4 Tips For Bigger, Better Entrepreneurship

In Nashville last week, LaunchTN gathered entrepreneurs from 10 states and over 70 investment firms for a shindig known as SouthlandSE. The “investor-conference-cum-Southern-festival” goes on alongside Bonaroo. It is gaining steam as the “SXSW” of the South.

This year, CEOs from Silicon Valley companies, such as Box, Bonobos, PayPal, and Pando, shared the stage with top startups from Atlanta, Chattanooga, Memphis, and even Mexico.

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Boozy Lifestyle App Brings the Liquor To Your Door

June 12, 2014 8:53 am0 comments
Boozy Lifestyle App Brings the Liquor To Your Door

Drizly, a growing mobile app connecting liquor stores to their customers, was inspired by the question, “Why isn’t alcohol delivered?”

Boasting over 3000 items in their online store and the only app of its kind to be recognized by state liquor authorities, Drizly is currently available in LA, NYC, Boston, Brooklyn, and Chicago.

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High Sierra Launches ‘#TakebackMondays’ To Engage With Younger Audience

June 11, 2014 5:00 am0 comments
High Sierra Launches ‘#TakebackMondays’ To Engage With Younger Audience

Mondays are difficult to handle, especially if your weekend has been full of play. If one were to take a cursory glance on Twitter on a Monday morning, most tweets will be around Monday morning blues.

Building on this insight for engaging with young adventure lovers, High Sierra has launched the #TakebackMondays campaign on social media.

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Maharashtra Government Wants To Regulate Social Media

June 10, 2014 4:16 am0 comments
Maharashtra Government Wants To Regulate Social Media

In a recent development reported by IE, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar Monday suggested banning social media only to retract his statement minutes later. He was speaking in the context of rising instances of violence in the state which has noticed communal tensions due to derogatory content posting on Facebook.

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Uber and Lyft Issued Cease and Desist By State of Virginia

June 6, 2014 5:30 am0 comments
Uber and Lyft Issued Cease and Desist By State of Virginia

Virginia DMV issued cease-and-desist letters to Uber and Lyft on June 5th, citing violation of Virginia passenger carry laws.

Neither Lyft nor Uber has stated directly whether or not they will cease service at this time.

The letters specifically note VA codes 46.2-2000.1 (rideshare law) and 46.2-1400 (taxi service law), but the exact definition of how Uber and Lyft fit in to Virgina’s vehicle laws is hazy.

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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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California Bill Looking To Ban Retailers From Blocking Free Speech

May 22, 2014 5:00 am1 comment
California Bill Looking To Ban Retailers From Blocking Free Speech

Say you buy a new watch and that watch turns out to be worse than hauling around a sun dial as a time piece. So, naturally, you leave a review online about said crappy watch.

Well, in California, if you do that, you could potentially be sued by the retailer for defaming their product and reputation if you were presented with and signed a waiver nixing your right to leave negative feedback online.

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TechStars Chicago Announces Summer 2014 Class

May 21, 2014 11:20 am0 comments
TechStars Chicago Announces Summer 2014 Class

Made up of 10 startups, 6 of which were born in Chicago, the program will be hosted out of 1871, located in the Merchandise Mart downtown.
“The incoming class features a unique makeup. More than half of the companies are Chicago-based, which doubles the amount of local representation we had last year and is a testament to the power Techstars has to further establish a city like Chicago as a destination for tech startups,” Troy Henikoff, managing director of the Chicago division, wrote in the accelerator’s blog.

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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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Rdio Ups Service Quality and Availability

May 19, 2014 6:30 pm0 comments
Rdio Ups Service Quality and Availability

Rdio is now available for users in Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Greece, Croatia, Cyprus, Slovakia And Slovenia, increasing their demographic to 60 countries over the course of 4 years.

Earlier this year, Rdio also launched their Artists for Quality initiative in an effort to provide higher-quality music formats for their listeners.

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Who’s At EETN This Year?

April 30, 2014 5:00 am0 comments
Who’s At EETN This Year?

Niblitz is producing their third Everywhere Else conference this week in Memphis, Tennessee from April 30th to May 2nd.

Everywhere Else Tennessee is a conference for startups who exist everywhere else outside of the main-stage startup cities and helps foster more exposure, more networking, and more learning opportunities for entrepreneurs.

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Booze Delivery Startup, Thirstie, Expands Beta Into Chicago and LA Markets

April 25, 2014 5:00 am0 comments
Booze Delivery Startup, Thirstie, Expands Beta Into Chicago and LA Markets

Thirstie tags themselves as bringing convenience to the (legal aged) people by eliminating the arduous tasks of having to find a liquor store, waiting in an impossibly long line, and then having to lug your purchase(s) up three flights of stairs (or even one stair).

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What Google’s Revamped AdWords Can Do For Your Small Business

April 23, 2014 5:00 am0 comments
What Google’s Revamped AdWords Can Do For Your Small Business

With online usage declining and app usage on the rise, Google AdWords has relaunched their service to better accommodate these shifting statistics while also catering to SMB scaling.

Here’s an overview of the new features you’ll find in AdWords:

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Facebook’s ‘Nearby Friends’ Is More About Discovering Friends Than New People, Gets Its Location Sharing Right Though

April 18, 2014 10:56 am0 comments
Facebook’s ‘Nearby Friends’ Is More About Discovering Friends Than New People, Gets Its Location Sharing Right Though

In 2012 serendipitous discovery of people via apps was labelled as the next big thing in the Valley. You were expected to open your phone and up pops a list of potential new best friends. You walk to them, say hello and buy a drink to let the conversations happen. [...]

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