Queue has developed a virtual solution that just may do away with physical lines for in-demand products

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A Q&A with Queue co-founder Joe Sanchis. The San Francisco-based company, which has developed a dynamic virtual ‘smart line’ for customers seeking to buy products with high demand, launched at the DEMO Enterprise 2014 show earlier this month. It was founded in 2012 by Sanchis and Darren … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: Mash Machine has reinvented the DJing experience for simpler music mashups

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By Guy Gross, Mash Machine CEO Elevator Pitch: Mash Machine is a new multimedia platform bringing audio and visual controls into a single tangible user interface. Creating music as simple as placing blocks on a table, and DJing as easy as moving these objects across the surface. Product … [Read more...]

Utrip launches its AI-based trip planner out of beta with $750K in new funding

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A Q&A with Utrip founder and CEO Gilad Berenstein. The Seattle-based startup, which offers a travel planner that utilizes predictive technology to help travelers complete itineraries, today announced the completion of a $750,000 Seed funding round. Investors include Matthew Upchurch, CEO of … [Read more...]

Shanghai-based ChaseFuture lands $400K to ease the college application and admissions process for international students

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A Q&A with ChaseFuture co-founder and CEO Greg Nance. The Shanghai-based edtech startup last week announced the closing of a $400,000 Seed funding round. Investors include Banyan Partners, Harbor Pacific Capital, Artesian Capital Management and Angel investors. It was founded in 2012 by Nance … [Read more...]

Airbnb of the sea: France’s Click & Boat secures $200K to expand its peer-to-peer boat rentals marketplace

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A Q&A with Click & Boat co-founder Edouard Gorioux. The Paris-based startup, which is a peer-to-peer boat rental marketplace, announced the closing of a €200,000 Seed funding round last week from unnamed Angel investors. It was founded late last year by Gorioux and Jeremy Bismuth, and is … [Read more...]

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Don’t get stumped by financier questions: Techniques that will even satisfy the ‘Shark Tank’ investors

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By Richard Weinberger, Ph.D., CPA How many times have we seen small business entrepreneurs go before the investors on ABC’s hit show ‘Shark Tank’ and get tongue-tied when asked basic questions about their enterprise? It happens all the time, and the next thing we hear is: “I’m out.” That doesn’t … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: Beveragewala wants to tap the huge demand for premium tea and coffee in India

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By Manish Hada, Beveragewala co-founder Elevator Pitch: Beveragewala is a one-stop for all your tea and coffee purchase requirements. We have the widest variety and offer convenience to our customers. Product/Service Description Beveragewala, as the name suggests, is your online provider of … [Read more...]

AlldayInternet wants to keep travelers connected while avoiding roaming charges and sub-par hotel Wi-Fi

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A Q&A with AlldayInternet co-founder Julio Astarloa. The Santander, Cantabria, Spain-based startup, which offers a wireless Internet access service for travelers in Europe, landed a €240,000 Seed funding round at the start of April from unnamed investors. It was founded in 2013, and plans to use … [Read more...]

Muut gets a new name and $770K to give online forums a makeover

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A Q&A with Muut co-founder Tero Piirainen. The Portland, Oregon-based startup, which offers an embeddable online forum solution for websites, announced last week the completion of a $770,000 Seed funding round. Investors include the Oregon Angel Fund and Portland Seed Fund. It was founded in … [Read more...]