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...]

Perspectives: The women’s economy starts here

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By Michelle Patterson, Global Women Foundation and The California Women’s Conference For the first time in this nation’s history, women are now the majority of the workforce—and what a force that is. As the number of entrepreneurial women rises, it is clear that this country’s economy can begin to … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: Planet Jockey has built a gamified emotional intelligence training platform for developing better decision makers

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By Kevin Allen, Planet Jockey co-founder and chairman Elevator Pitch: Planet Jockey is an employee engagement company that creates gamified learning and collaborative mentorship platforms based on emotional intelligence techniques. Product/Service Description The Planet Jockey Leadership Academy … [Read more...]

XOEye launches to bring connected wearable technology to enterprise workers in the field

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A Q&A with XOEye Technologies co-founder and CEO Aaron Salow. The Ann Arbor, Michigan- and Nashville, Tennessee-based startup, which has developed industrial-grade smart glasses which allow real-time point-of-view remote collaboration, launched at the DEMO Enterprise 2014 show last week. It was … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: Netherlands-based FlxOne is helping digital advertisers use data to optimize campaigns in real-time

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By Matthijs Keij, FlxOne founder and CEO Elevator Pitch: Many real-time advertising analytics companies give insights and there it stops—FlxOne takes it a step further by automatically optimizing performance based on those insights. We focus on the trading specialists (trading desks, agencies, ad … [Read more...]