Featured Startup Pitch: Minneapolis-based BoomBoom Prints wants to be the go-to marketplace for customizable products for kids


By Brett Brohl, BoomBoom Prints co-founder and CEO ELEVATOR PITCH Looking for unique items to transform your baby’s first bedroom, or artist-designed baby shower gifts for nieces and nephews? Enter Twin Cities-based BoomBoom Prints—an online marketplace that links parents with graphic … [Read more...]

Venture capital boom provides opportunities for startups

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By Andy Roe, SurePayroll general manager Venture capital is experiencing a boom, with funding hitting its highest levels since 2001, according to CB Insights’ venture capital year-in-review report. There was $47.3 billion in VC funding last year for 3,617 deals. And yet despite the headlines … [Read more...]

Lightning Pitch: TrustLeaf

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COMPANY: TrustLeaf PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION: Turning social capital into startup capital. TrustLeaf helps early-stage startup founders get funding from the people who believe in them most—their friends and family. With funding campaigns that anyone familiar with crowdfunding would understand, … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: Fashion apps for women are big business—startup myDiModa looks to tap into the men’s fashion market with its outfit matching app

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By Terrence Carroll, myDiModa founder and CEO ELEVATOR PITCH myDiModa has just introduced a new men’s style app, myDiModa, which uses innovative patent-pending artificial intelligence technology to detect colors and patterns to create stylish outfits from a man’s closet (existing or new). … [Read more...]

Lightning Pitch: Mindfulogy

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COMPANY: Mindfulogy PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION: Mindfulogy Zen Vibez – Self improvement you can feel. Mindfulogy, contraction of ‘mindful’ and ‘technology,’ is a young startup harnessing state-of-the-art science and tech to provide disrupting self improvement solutions. Our first product, the … [Read more...]

Norman, Oklahoma-based Nabo TV is taking on content giants in its quest to change the way people consume media

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A Q&A with Nabo TV founder and CEO Matt Hicks. The Norman, Oklahoma-based startup, which is building a media hub user interface for consumers, launched to the public last week with a Kickstarter campaign that enables early access to the service. The company has been bootstrapped to this … [Read more...]

Lightning Pitch: Tribecube

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COMPANY: Tribecube PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION: Cloud workspace for dispersed teams. Tribecube is a browser-based virtual workspace designed for dispersed teams and telecommuters, where everyone expresses their vital contribution without physically clustering together. Users can benefit from … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: Online startup competition platform Startup Rounds has big ambitions to build a full-fledged accelerator based on crowdsourcing


By Paul Hammond, Startup Rounds co-founder and CEO ELEVATOR PITCH Startup Rounds showcases exciting new products, where customers can discover amazing startups and influence winners. The platform aims to accelerate emerging businesses by hosting competitions and events to facilitate community. … [Read more...]

Lightning Pitch: eese

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COMPANY: eese PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION: Collaborative blogging enhanced by tastemates. eese is a collaborative blogging platform where authors create articles together—enhanced and funded by a crowd of people. The best collaborations on each article are voted for and rise to the top. We want … [Read more...]

Lightning Pitch: Kibako

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COMPANY: Kibako PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION: A better way to share files. Kibako is a free Mac app that makes it quick and easy to share files between family, friends and co-workers. Sharing couldn’t be simpler. Use the keyboard shortcut, drag the file to Kibako or automatically upload your … [Read more...]