Apps

Being an entrepreneur is about, “The journey through the ‘NO’ to get to the YES’ ” said by Ryan Caldbeck, CEO of CircleUp, on a panel at the Connections Conference in Indianapolis. CircleUp is an online social marketplace that supports direct equity investments from individual investors to small private consumer and retail companies. He was talking about the history of VitaminWater and how the creator went through bankruptcy, had a failed marriage and spent years going from local mom n’ pop to mom n’ pop store trying to convince each one to carry Vitamin Water out of his car… eventually it went national as we all know

LA-based company, Chewse has joined 500 Startups in Silicon Valley, making it the first starup from LA to join the prestigious accelerator program and seed fund.

According to 500 Startups, it provides early-stage companies with up to $250K in funding and its startup accelerator program, unique events and an experienced network startup mentors around the world plus…

Even though Lyft nor Sidecar presented at TechCrunch Disrupt 2012 they need to be mentioned as they were a huge time saver both getting from after party to after party and also to get to the airport.

Lately there has been a non cab, “hire your neighbor”, kind of transportation craze. Here in LA we have a towncar service called Uber that with a tap of an app we can get a door to door town car service ride.

MoviePass has launched a new payment card technology in what it says is a move to bolster the dwindling theater attendance across the US by over 100 percent.

Geo-location Based Technology
The new geo-location based technology via their membership card, or simply a debit card for movie theaters is activated with the MoviePass iPhone App, which has been released simultaneously…

Music Prodigy, a Los Angeles based music education technology firm serious on improving the way people learn, play and interact with music beat over 70 startups with their app Rock Prodigy to win the Silicon Beach Awards.

Founded in 2001 by 3 German MBA students, Carpooling connects people in over 40 countries and is available in English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish and Spanish.

The carpooling team has also grown, from the original three co founders to now over 50 people with one goal: to offer a new, sustainable transport alternative to all.

It’s unbelievable how often start up founders stifle their company from growing by not knowing how to effectively communicate their brand. From devising a tweet length pitch to having an easy to remember name, each branding opportunity is a touch point for a new customer to be attracted to what you have to offer. In this article the focus will be on how to successfully attract media attention.

If you ever have the opportunity in life to check out the Mall of America, a United States icon, I highly recommend it. Heir to the largest mall in America, and an empire started by his grandfather that now includes banks and manufacturing companies, Mark Ghermezian joined the family business but left the family empire last year to jump on the tech startup bandwagon.

Mimiboard, virtual, 3.0 version notice boards are disrupting publishing and news content aggregation in Africa, influencing even how media houses on the continent relay news.

The “TenHands” name emerged from the concept and philosophy of John Wooden, the UCLA basketball coach, who emphasized the value of teamwork and insisted that all ten hands (five players) touch the ball before shooting. TenHands’ vision is to enable every person and organization to collaborate more effectively and get more done together anywhere without boundaries.