Featured Startup Pitch: Like its name implies, Vent is an anonymous social network that lets its users ‘vent’ to strangers

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By Dean Serroni, Ventfeed co-founder ELEVATOR PITCH Vent is a social app that creates the essential platform for people to express their frustrations with a section of the world that wants to hear it, help out, favorite and add their own comments. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION Vent is a … [Read more...]

Startups and the new world of predictive lead generation

Doug Bewsher, Leadspace

By Doug Bewsher, Leadspace CEO Over the past few years, billions of dollars have poured into marketing automation tools. While these solutions, coupled with cloud computing and Big Data, have revolutionized the way startups find, attract, and retain customers, the real opportunity lies in … [Read more...]

Together Mobile launches out of beta as Rivet Works to help brands more effectively tap into user-generated content

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A Q&A with Rivet Works founder and CEO Mike Svatek. The Austin-based marketing services startup launched to the public last week. It was founded in 2013 by Svatek and Ben Lail, and the team has raised $8.8 million in funding to this point. SUB: Please describe Rivet and your primary … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: Beyond Pricing enables Airbnb and HomeAway hosts to implement dynamic pricing to maximize revenue

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By Ian McHenry, Beyond Pricing co-founder and president ELEVATOR PITCH Beyond Pricing is a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) tool to maximize revenue from your homeshare with data-driven pricing. We automatically update your rates daily on sites like Airbnb and HomeAway to capture local demand … [Read more...]

AllUnite seeks to challenge iBeacon with its free Wi-Fi-based proximity mobile marketing platform

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A Q&A with AllUnite co-founder and CEO Esben Elmoe. The Copenhagen-based startup, which offers a proximity marketing solution based on free Wi-Fi, completed a $3.7 million Series A funding round led by Northzone, which it announced earlier this week. It was founded in 2013 by Elmoe and Kasper … [Read more...]

AccuSure launches to help SMBs find the best deal on insurance

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A Q&A with AccuSure co-founder and CEO Jamie Reid. The San Diego-based startup, which offers small- and medium-sized businesses a solution for simplifying the process of comparison shopping for insurance, launched today at the DEMO Fall conference in Silicon Valley. It was founded in 2009 by … [Read more...]

With a significant new funding round completed, Paracosm is working to make the world robot-friendly

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A Q&A with Paracosm co-founder Anna Williams. The Gainesville, Florida-based 3D mapping augmented reality startup announced earlier this month the closing of a $3.3 million Seed funding round. Investors include Deep Fork Capital, New World Angels, iRobot and Atlas Venture. It was founded last … [Read more...]

An unsexy but important topic for growing startups: Getting payroll taxes right

Andy Roe, SurePayroll

By Andy Roe, SurePayroll general manager As you start a new business, the calculations surrounding payroll taxes may not be the first thing on your mind. You’re more likely thinking about bringing in new clients, promoting your services and developing your business plan. However, you are … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: Founders Network offers a value proposition for entrepreneurs based on facilitating long-term peer mentorship and support

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By Kevin Holmes, Founders Network co-founder and CEO ELEVATOR PITCH No one is better qualified to advise founders than fellow founders, and at FN we believe that authentic relationships are the foundation of success. By facilitating relationships between vetted tech startup founders, FN … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: Storj’s decentralized storage platform is designed to make the cloud secure for everyone

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By Shawn Wilkinson, Storj founder and CEO ELEVATOR PITCH Storj aims to create a cloud storage platform that can’t be censored, monitored or have downtime. Storj is a platform, cryptocurrency, and suite of decentralized applications that allows users to store data in a secure and decentralized … [Read more...]