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Share Your Social Media Content In Organized, Portable Collections With Yarnee

by Brad Merrill - on Aug 20th 2014 - No Comments

There are some serious problems with the way social media currently works for sharing content. If you post a series of related posts to a single network (live-tweeting an event, for example), your audience will often miss out on the context of those posts. It’s also very difficult to re-engage with older content, as each […]

igobono Lets You Trade Goods And Services Using Social Currency Instead Of Money

by Brad Merrill - on Aug 6th 2014 - No Comments
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Brooklyn startup igobono is a social marketplace where users can buy, sell, and donate goods and services using a social currency called “bonos” instead of money. It allows people to create a “social economy” on their own terms—one that’s unaffected by lack of money and economic downturns. Behind igobono are childhood friends Mike Dolan (CTO) and […]

LawTrades Provides On-Demand Legal Help For Startups, Small Businesses, And Consumers

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 30th 2014 - 1 Comment

NYC startup LawTrades is shaking up the legal industry, making legal help more accessible to small businesses and consumers than ever before. It’s a marketplace that connects clients to lawyers, streamlining the process and making lawyers more transparent and affordable. LawTrades has a founding team of three. Raad Ahmed, CEO, attended Saint John’s University and graduated […]

Italian Berth Booking Startup Marinanow Raises €370,000 In Seed Funding

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 28th 2014 - No Comments

Marinanow, an online platform for people who want to book berths for their boats, has announced a €370,000 seed round led by European VC firm United Ventures. Poised to become the Airbnb for yacht owners, the Italian startup is working to take advantage of all nautical leisure-related services around the world—a €200bn market. Behind Marinanow are co-founders Alessandro Sestini, […]

Garagesocial Is A Social Network And E-Commerce Platform For The Automotive Industry

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 23rd 2014 - No Comments

Boston startup Garagesocial has developed an online social network and e-commerce platform for the automotive industry. It aims to bring “the entire automotive community together on one platform” to “allow for an unprecedented level of networking and commerce opportunities for consumers and businesses alike,” I’m told. We interviewed Garagesocial founder Maxime Rassi, who received a […]

BadSeed Lands €250,000 In Early Stage Funding From United Ventures

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 17th 2014 - No Comments

BadSeed, a mobile gaming startup, has announced €250,000 of early stage investment from United Ventures, the European tech-focused venture capital firm. The funding will be used for the global launch of BadSeed’s second game “Sleep Attack” as well as the development of a third title. Founded in Italy in early 2012, BadSeed is run by a group […]

Former YouTube Execs Launch BuzzMyVideos, ‘Home To The Next Rising Stars Of Online Video’

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 17th 2014 - No Comments

London-based startup BuzzMyVideos, founded by former YouTube execs Paola Marinone and Bengu Atamer, is a technology-based YouTube multi-channel network that aims to be “home to the next rising stars of online video entertainment.” It provides the next generation of talented YouTube creators with the support they need to grow audiences and monetize their videos. The network […]

MailLift Will Send Handwritten Direct Mail On Behalf Of Your Business

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 10th 2014 - No Comments

It’s not common these days to receive a handwritten letter from a business (or anyone, actually), so when you do, it really makes an impact. Austin startup MailLift is helping businesses take advantage of that fact by sending personalized, handwritten letters on their behalf. Ideally, this improves customer acquisition and retention while keeping your staff “more focused […]

Google Acquires Music Recommendation Service Songza

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 2nd 2014 - No Comments

Google has announced that it has bought Songza, a three-year-old startup that competes with Pandora in making customized playlists of recommended songs. The price was not disclosed, but according to the New York Times, a “person briefed on the deal” said that Google paid upwards of $39 million for Songza. Both companies have declined to […]

Never Wait In Line At A Restaurant Again With NoWait

by Brad Merrill - on Jun 13th 2014 - No Comments
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One of the biggest problems with casual dining is waiting for a table. On a good day, you’re crammed between a couple of strangers in a tiny waiting area for ten minutes; on a bad day, you’re standing outside of the restaurant in the rain for half an hour. It’s a problem we all face, […]