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July 30, 2015

Dining Discovery App Savoir Launches In Chicago

Last week, Savoir announced the launch of its free iOS app that helps foodies discover a curated selection of nearby restaurants. Now live with 600+ Chicagoland restaurants, the app offers each user a personalized set of recommendations, reviews, and promotions.

Savoir listings include Yelp ratings and up-to-date, complete menus. Beyond that, the service offers three exclusive perks to enhance users’ experience:

FitLens: food reviews from credentialed health and fitness professionals to help customers dine out while adhering to their diet and fitness goals. InnerCircle: reliable reviews from people you trust, like friends and family. Promos: special promotions from [...]
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July 15, 2015

Imagine Easy Acquires Cite This For Me, Launches New Research Tool For Students

Imagine Easy Solutions, the company behind some of the most popular research and bibliography services on the Web, today announced that it has acquired European citation and research website Cite This For Me for an undisclosed sum. The company has also announced Imagine Easy Scholar, a new research product that helps educators and students collaborate on writing projects.

Cite This For Me is Europe’s most popular bibliography generator. Following the acquisition, it will join Imagine Easy’s network of leading sites, which you’ve probably heard of: EasyBib, BibMe, and Citation Machine.

“Our goal is to set students up for success in the digital [...]

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July 7, 2015

Recover Your Grooveshark Playlists With This Tool

When Grooveshark shut down following its long series of legal battles, it left many users out in the cold with no way to export their playlists. But thanks to new music streaming platform StreamSquid, you can get your playlists back with a single click.

StreamSquid makes use of a loophole of sorts to provide a free, no-strings-attached streaming service: all of its tracks are served from YouTube and SoundCloud, and it operates within their requirements and TOS, so it’s unlikely to meet the same fate as Grooveshark.

StreamSquid offers a brilliant tool that allows users to recover their old Grooveshark playlists. Just click here, enter your Grooveshark [...]

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June 30, 2015

Thankbot Writes And Sends Handwritten Letters For Your Business

As an alternative to traditional direct mail, Brooklyn startup Thankbot will write and send handwritten letters on behalf of your company.

The concept is based on the premise that direct mail advertising, in its current state, sucks. We just throw most of it away. But how often do you throw away a handwritten note?

Thankbot was founded by Caroline Keim, who also founded design/development shop Milk & Pixels. She has built websites for a number of other startups, and she’s now taking the plunge herself.

“It was fun to be on the other side of this,” Keim told me in an interview. “I now completely understand why clients want to see [...]

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June 23, 2015

LiliLite: An All-In-One Bookshelf, Reading Light, And Bookmark

LiliLite is a bookshelf, reading light, and bookmark combined into a single easy product for reading in bed. The Kickstarter campaign has raised $25,000 of its $70,000 goal, with 22 days to go. The company hopes to deliver the product to backers worldwide this fall.

LiliLite is really simple: you mount it over your bed, and one side of the product holds a stack of books while the other side holds a single book, marking the page where you left off. When you grab your book to start reading, a sensor activates the LED reading light, which illuminates the pages just enough to read comfortably. When you put your book back on the shelf, the light automatically turns off [...]

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June 18, 2015

This App Helps Men Dress Well For Any Occasion

Mylo is a new app that helps men select the perfect outfit for any occasion. It pairs items from a wardrobe of 20 staple pieces, taking both the weather and the day’s activities into account.

After installing the app, you simply select your style and tell Mylo what clothing items you own, and it will tell you exactly what to wear each day—based on the weather and what you’re up to. If you’re missing any key items, you can purchase them from a curated selection within the app.

If you need an opinion on something, Mylo can connect you directly to a human stylist, who will make recommendations over a video call.

Mylo is in currently pre-launch [...]

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June 17, 2015

LawTrades Unveils Larry: 24/7 On-Demand Legal Help Via Text Message

NYC startup LawTrades has unveiled Larry, a just-crazy-enough-to-work service that provides users with legal help via text message. It’s an invisible app—half human, half robot—that answers legal questions 24 hours a day.

It’s a bit like having a lawyer in your pocket.

LawTrades, which we profiled last year, makes legal help more accessible to small businesses and consumers by offering a marketplace that connects clients with lawyers.

I spoke to Ashish Walia, COO of LawTrades, to see what this new service is all about.

Larry answers simple legal questions automatically

He explained that when someone subscribes to [...]

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June 17, 2015

Bluebridge Raises $2 Million, Launches Mobile App Studio

Bluebridge, the SaaS company that helps universities, corporate enterprises, and other organizations engage their audiences with custom mobile apps, has just closed a $2 million financing round co-led by Cultivation Capital and Allos Ventures. Angel investors Bill Godfrey, founder of Aprimo, Scott Dorsey, co-founder and former CEO of ExactTarget, and the HALO Investor Group also participated in the round.

This round of funding follows the $1 million seed round the company closed in September.

The company has also announced the next generation of its mobile app content management system, the Bluebridge Mobile App Studio. “The one-of-a-kind platform will make it [...]

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June 16, 2015

Competitive Gaming Platform FACEIT Reaches 1.5 Million Registered Users, Raises $2 Million

Competitive gaming platform FACEIT today announced that it has reached 1.5 million registered users with over 5 million gaming sessions hosted on its site every month. The London startup has also announced a $2 million round of funding led by United Ventures.

Founded in 2012 by Niccolo Maisto, Alessandro Avallone, and Michele Attisani, FACEIT is commonly known in gaming circles as the “Twitch of competitions.” The company attributes its rapid growth to its unique approach to competitive eSports. It offers structured online tournaments as well as daily, weekly, and monthly leagues. The goal of the platform is to eliminate the difficulties gamers typically [...]

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June 15, 2015

This Watchband Will Help You Analyze And Manage Stress

This month, Swedish startup hidn technology unveiled hidn tempo, the world’s first stress management watchband. Throughout the day, sensors on the band monitor your stress level, sleep quality, and physical activity. That data is then synced to the hidn tempo app, which analyzes it and gives you clear, actionable advice to help you manage and control your stress.

Behind hidn technology are co-founders Jonas Angleflod, Johan Lidenmark, and Michael Thonfors.

After spending 15 years in the telecom sector, Angleflod moved into the startup world eight years ago. “This is my third startup,” he told me in an interview. “The last startup I ran was a [...]

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