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Social Media: Why Platform Distinctions Are Becoming Less Important http://alleywat.ch/13NP1Jy via @alleywatch #startup
Two of my most recent posts have been about new features on Facebook and Instagram, 2 of the main social media platforms around. In my post about Facebook embedding, I wondered how long it might be until we can tell social media networks apart only by their user base and not by their feature set. That time, I think, is now. Sure, the main networks do have distinguishing factors (Twitter is all about brevity, LinkedIn is marketed towards professio...
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This NYC Startup Just Raised $1.1M to Ensure Your Doctor is Up To Speed
The Medical Certification and Publishing Market is a $3.6B market. Yet, there are no household names associated with the space.   Board Vitals, hot off a fresh capital raise is planning to change that. The NYC startup is already one of the leading test platforms for medical specialty board exams. The company has built a massive database of up-to-date and relevant question banks for various medical specialties by aggregating content medical conten...
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LavaMap: The Founders Who Feel Real Estate is Overdue for Eruption http://alleywat.ch/11yCsnz via @alleywatch #startup
Jordan Preston and George Pafitis were high school friends from real estate families. They saw their families working too hard. And an industry ripe for disruption…   Tell us about the product that you are launching. LavaMap is a location-based search engine for commercial availabilities. The current focus and flagship product is the LavaTag, an interactive marketing platform that connects listing managers and property seekers like never before. ...
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#BehindthePitch: Advice From Female NYC Founders http://alleywat.ch/12kaojn via @alleywatch #nyctech #startup
Last week brought you the Advice From Women VCs. This week, we follow up with Advice from Female Founders.   All money is not the same.  There is good money and there is bad money.  Be choosy!  Bad money will kill you as quick, if not quicker, than no money at all. – Erin Newkirk, Red Stamp Get a ton of publicity and look outside NYC. – Michelle Madhok, Shefinds Media A pitch to a VC/Angel is not the same message as a pitch to a potential custome...
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This NYC Startup Delivers News To You Based On Your Exact Location
Police activity in front of your apartment building?   Obama dining in your neighborhood? Want to know exactly what’s happening in your location, at any given time but don’t know where to go to get this information? BlockFeed, a newly launched app for Andorid and iPhone pulls in content from hundreds of sources – from large publishers to small independent bloggers to provide the most hyperlocal source of news for any given location in the city. T...
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Many Entrepreneurs Over-Think or Under-Think Issues http://alleywat.ch/1kja5Wo via @alleywatch #startup
Startups and entrepreneurs are drowning in the information overload, where the volume of data created is like a new Library of Congress every 15 minutes. This creates a huge gap between data and meaning, making quick decisions even more difficult. We all need to take a little more time to think. On the other end of the spectrum, some people “over-think” things to the point of inaction. Acting without thinking, and thinking without action, are bot...
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This NYC Startup Just Launched the Next Big Thing in Social Networks
Eleven years after the founding of Facebook, we have all seemed to develop a love/hate relationship with the social network. What if there was a better option that focused on relationships first – probably the real reason you joined Facebook in the first place?
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These Are the 10 NYC Startups That Raised the Most Amount of Capital in June
There are 10 companies and in aggregate, they raised more than you last month...
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How to Write a Forwardable Introduction Email - Getting an introduction is a basic thing that startup founders do pretty much every day. We talked a
Say a founder is asking me to connect with a prospective customer or investor. Even if I know this customer or investor well, I can’t just introduce them. I need to ask if the person on the other end of the introduction is interested and has time to connect. How do I do that? I would send an email.
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This NYC Startup Just Raised $1.1M to Develop The Connected Smart Helmet
Deaths in involving motorcyclists accounted for 13% of motor vehicle related accident fatalities according to a recent study by the US Dept of Transportation. Helmets are 37% percent effective in preventing fatality and 67% effective in preventing serious brain injury. Despite this, not much has been done in terms of the evolution of the helmet.   Fusar Technologies just raised a $1.1M to change this.   The company is a building a modular technol...
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These 4 NYC Startups Events This Week Will Not Cause Indigestion
Here’s our curated list of a few NYC startup events that are coming up this week for your immediate reading pleasure… On Wednesday morning, join Open Source Fashion as they host breakfast with Jennifer Li, Founder of MuseFind – Caffeine & Convos: Interviews w/ Fashion Tech Founders at The Coffee Foundry. On Wednesday, join Talk NYC as they host Engage 2015 – Story Disruption and Engagement – ENGAGE: The NYC Digital Storytelling Conference 2015 at...
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Why Accelerate? Top Tips From Mentors and Graduates http://alleywat.ch/11lLW32 via @alleywatch #startup
Matt Cartagena, co-author of Accelerate – a book for startup accelerator programs and their graduates – offers some insights on what makes an accelerator, as well as some points to keep in mind if you’re considering applying to one…   Many founders in need of funding and resources consider applying to an accelerator program. The concept sounds great – prove your worth (to some extent), give up some equity and in turn receive funding, resources an...
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