Featured Startup Pitch: Bubblews is a social network built on the principle that its users should be compensated for their activity

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By Jason Zuccari and Arvind Dixit, Bubblews co-founders ELEVATOR PITCH Bubblews is a social network that brings a new meaning to ‘sharing’ on social media. Unlike other social platforms, which we believe to be the largest unpaid workforces in the world, we share ad revenue with our users. … [Read more...]

Moving from concept to business: The eight principles of Zero to One

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By Ross Beyeler, founder and CEO, Growth Spark I’ve met with hundreds of entrepreneurs all at varying stages in their ventures. The overwhelming percentage, however, seem to be stuck in ‘startup’ mode (and not the sexy startup your cousin John runs in San Francisco) where they really don’t have … [Read more...]

Metanautix emerges from stealth mode to help cut the complexity out of big data analysis

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A Q&A with Metanautix co-founder and CEO Theo Vassilakis. The Palo Alto-based big data analytics startup launched out of stealth mode in early August and revealed that it has raised a total of $7 million in funding. Investors include Sequoia Capital, the Stanford Endowment and Shiva Shivakumar. … [Read more...]

SwipeStation is an on-premise marketing solution built to ‘close-the-loop’ for marketers

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A Q&A with SwipeStation co-founder Sam Fresco. The Hertfordshire, UK-based startup, which offers a mobile device-connected scanner and printer for on-premise event marketing, announced in late July that it has raised £300,000 in Angel funding from investors Neil Sikka and Adrian Grumi. It was … [Read more...]

Pantry’s RFID-based technology powers vending machines with fresh food that you may actually want to buy

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A Q&A with Pantry co-founder Alex Yancher. The San Francisco-based startup, which offers technology that enables fresh food vending machines, announced the completion of a $1.3 million Seed funding round at the start of this month. Investors include 500 Startups, Menlo Ventures, Lemnos Labs, … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: RAZ Mobile wants to help nonprofits go mobile and make it easier for individuals to give

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By Dale Knoop, RAZ Mobile founder and CEO ELEVATOR PITCH RAZ Mobile seeks to disrupt the philanthropy space first by delivering an iTunes model for nonprofits. With credentials in the Cloud, any donor can give to any cause on RAZ Mobile in 20 seconds. Secondly, RAZ Mobile will encourage … [Read more...]

Advice Wallet plans for big expansion in Eastern Europe with its Settle mobile payments and loyalty app

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A Q&A with Advice Wallet co-founder Stas Matvienko. The Kiev, Ukraine-based startup, which offers a combined payments and loyalty app for consumers called Settle, announced the closing of a $1.5 million venture funding round at the start of August from Russian VC Life.SREDA. It was founded in … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: By tapping into unused call center agent time, LiveAnswer offers small businesses access to live, 24/7 customer support

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By Adam Boalt, LiveAnswer founder and CEO ELEVATOR PITCH LiveAnswer improves small business customer service and sales by answering their phones quickly and accurately with a live person at an affordable price. LiveAnswer provides small businesses with a custom scripting tool that empowers … [Read more...]

Recently-launched Tracksmith is a niche fashion brand for serious runners

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A Q&A with Tracksmith co-founder and CEO Matt Taylor. The Wellesley, Massachusetts-based startup, which produces premium clothing and bags for running enthusiasts, launched to the public in late July. It is backed by $1.6 million in Seed funding that the team raised back in November of last year … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: FirmPlay is out to upset the online job search paradigm by giving job seekers insight into companies’ cultural ‘DNA’

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By Vasilios Alexiou, FirmPlay co-founder ELEVATOR PITCH FirmPlay is a new job search platform that takes job seekers behind-the-scenes at companies through in-depth videos, photos and other rich content. The result—job seekers have a better chance to find a job and employer that’s right for … [Read more...]