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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, […]

Add Strategy To Your Job Search With JobDash

by Brad Merrill - on May 30th 2014 - No Comments

When you’re looking to get hired, job search engines are a start, but for the founders of JobDash, they’re not enough. The Utah-based startup develops software to help job seekers and career services professionals achieve their employment goals. Behind JobDash are co-founders Dan Caffee (CEO) and Joel Cannon (CPO). Caffee is a serial entrepreneur with a […]

Hipmunk Raises $20 Million For Expansion

by Brad Merrill - on May 30th 2014 - No Comments

Online travel company Hipmunk today announced the closing of a $20 million Series C funding round. Adam Goldstein and Reddit co-founder Steve Huffman started Hipmunk in 2010, aiming to “take the agony out of travel.” The company helps users search for hotels, flights, trains, and rentals. Since its launch, Hipmunk has sought to differentiate itself with […]

Why Quora Is My Favorite Social Media Service

by Brad Merrill - on May 27th 2014 - No Comments

I used to spend hours staring at Facebook and Twitter. I still spend a good amount of time on Twitter, but Facebook has become secondary. Most of what I post there is automated—check-ins from Swarm, photos from Instagram, etc. It’s still fun to browse on occasion, but I can only handle so many baby/cat photos before […]

Fancy Hands Will Connect You With A Personal Assistant

by Brad Merrill - on May 27th 2014 - No Comments

For one flat fee, New York startup Fancy Hands connects startup founders with personal assistants, allowing them to delegate tasks without having to scour the Web for someone to fill the role. The service offers three pricing plans, based on the number of requests you need per month: 5 requests: $25/month 15 requests: $45/month 25 […]