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Last Build Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:45:28 +0000


Local Motors, Kabam and Soft Robotics to Join Innovate! and Celebrate

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:30:32 +0000

Back in 2006, three alumni from the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkley, got together and created a professional social network called Watercooler. When that failed, they pivoted the product to an advertising-supported social network for sport enthusiasts known as...

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Drones Are Officially Big Enough to Smuggle Drugs Across the Border

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:20:09 +0000

Let’s be honest; technology has a tendency to cause more problems than it solves. From Twitter providing trolls with a platform to spread hate to artificial intelligence plotting the demise of the entire human race, innovation doesn’t always lead to a better world. And...

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Know Your VC Is the Yelp for Venture Capitalists

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:30:15 +0000

The venture capital and investor community as a whole has been under fire most of the summer as harassment allegations swirled around some of Silicon Valley’s biggest investors. When it’s time to pitch for money, most startup founders and entrepreneurs rely on the word...

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Facebook Has Taken Another Step Towards Combatting Fake News

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:50:51 +0000

There’s no denying that fake news has become a problem in today’s society. Whether it’s affecting the election or just generally mucking up your newsfeed, misinformation has begun to spread like wildfire in the digital age. Social media, in all its popular glory, has...

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How 3D Audio Is Making Art Museums Come Alive

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:20:10 +0000

You know stereo sound — it uses a left and a right channel to offer your ears a more well-rounded sound. And you know Dolby surround sound, which uses an array of speakers to give you sound sources from all over a room. But...

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Challenges in Managing a Global Business

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:30:13 +0000

In a globally competitive world, startups now have to balance working in multiple countries simultaneously to stay ahead of the competition. Doing business in different locations with different cultures can be a challenge, but smart entrepreneurs can stay afloat with the right approach. As...

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How This Mother of Three Found Her Way Back to Coding

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:15:48 +0000

Erica Epperson’s life was finally starting to slow down. For the past decade or so, after going through a divorce, Epperson had shifted her focus to her three young children and her elderly mother. They traveled constantly, often embarking on road trips that were...

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This Graphic Design Certification Could Be the Key to Your Career Growth

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:30:47 +0000

No two products are the same, but all products have something in common: they all use graphic design. A well-designed logo and attractive packaging can actually be the sole reason a consumer chooses one product over the other. So it’s no surprise that graphic...

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Scratchpad Accelerator Relaunches With Female Founder Initiative

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:30:57 +0000

After a two year hiatus, Bangor, Maine-based Scratchpad Accelerator is relaunching in Fall 2017 with a new focus on female founders. Starting in October, the accelerator will work with four or five female-founded, high-potential, high-growth entrepreneurial teams to validate their customer base, value proposition and...

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6 Twitter Accounts Every Digital Nomad Should Follow

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:50:32 +0000

It sounds like fun and games — and it can be — but being a digital nomad can also be a thankless chore. After all, you have to make sure you have either a steady stream of new gigs lined up in order to...

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Study: Personality Is More Important Than Skill to Potential Employers

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:30:52 +0000

Having the right set of talents can go a long way in getting you a job interview. After all, nothing makes a resumé pop more than a long list of special skills and plenty of experience to hone them. Employers regularly use a potential...

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Tech Has an Anxiety Problem. This CEO Is Working to Combat It.

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:30:32 +0000

Entrepreneurs need to make rapid decisions and act quickly in order to thrive. But those suffering from anxiety — which affects around 40 million Americans a year — actually make decisions with less clarity. And since running a startup often leads to problems like depression and anxiety, entrepreneurs...

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tracMo Launches Bluetooth 5 Tracker With 400 Foot Range

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:20:56 +0000

Today, Taiwan-based tracMo is announcing their first ever tracker featuring Bluetooth 5.0 technology. Trackers are small devices that you can place on commonly misplaced items such as keys, luggage, backpacks, small children (not really), and potentially now even your dog or cat. Due to...

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AI Weapons and Killer Robots? Not If Elon Musk Can Help It.

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:30:02 +0000

A recent vote out of the United Nations has intitated formal discussions on AI weapons: Should tanks, drones, and machine guns operate using processes automated through artificial intelligence? Not according to inventor and business magnate Elon Musk, who is among a group of 116...

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Teachers Need to Start Educating Students About Entrepreneurship

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:50:46 +0000

The kinds of subjects taught in school vary widely across the country. From math and science to Canadian literature and Facebook theory, students are learning more than enough about the whats, wheres, hows, and whys of the world. However, teachers of young minds have...

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The 3 Best Apps to Earn You Cash Back on Purchases

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:20:22 +0000

It’s easy to find an app or website that claims to save you money. But if you have to check in every hour to fill out a capitcha or some other menial task, you’re not getting money for free: You’re paying with your own...

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What Actually Motivates a Corporation to Work with a Startup?

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:30:23 +0000

Working with a corporation can offer all kinds of opportunities to a startup. It lets you test new functions of your app, figure out implementation techniques and, most importantly, learn from and build a lasting relationship with a potential partner. I’ve watched this process...

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How to Come Up With Ideas That Will Actually Excite Your Team

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:30:16 +0000

No man is an island, particularly in the startup world. Amazing ideas go to waste every day when founders don’t involve their employees in the decision making process. Fortunately, getting them to throw their hats in the ring doesn’t take much prodding. However, if...

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The Building Blocks of a Successful Startup

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:15:59 +0000

So, you’ve got a great idea for a new product or service that can change the world or transform an industry. Now, your goal is to bring your idea to life. There are many useful how-to guides on creating a business plan, attracting investor...

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How 9 Business Leaders Took In Solar Eclipse

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:48:57 +0000

The total solar eclipse has come and gone, and hopefully you had a chance to take it in. If you did not, don’t worry NASA has you covered. We were curious to see where some of the top tech titans and luminaries took in...

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How Technology is Changing the Modern Restaurant Business

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 18:30:46 +0000

In the hospitality industry, technology in the restaurant business is all about making things more convenient and easy to access for both the customers and the business owners. While there are quite a few ways in which hardware and software integration is affecting restaurants...

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How Shipping Costs Impact the Success of an Ecommerce Site

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:45:47 +0000

To compete in the ecommerce world,  there are a few things that you will need to do. Many businesses fail because they don’t take the challenges of running this kind of business seriously. Here are the key factors that could determine the success of...

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Building a Company Culture Means Asking for Feedback

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 14:30:37 +0000

Company culture is playing an increasingly larger role in the job selection process. A few years ago, ping pong tables in an office started a trend of perks qualifying as “good company culture.” Now, the stakes have been raised: Google has in-office saunas, Basecamp allows remote work from...

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How WEMO Powers My Smart Home (After 4 Years of Troubleshooting)

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 00:07:53 +0000

I’ve been using Belkin’s WEMO line of products since 2012, and in that time I’ve developed a love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with these things. I envisioned creating a smart home with WEMO’s simple plug and play system but as I’ve outlined previously, it started...

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How to Choose the Best CRM for Your Small Business

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 22:05:28 +0000

When your business is in its very early stages you are likely to have a small team and a handful of customers – managing contact details is not particularly challenging, right? But as your organization grows to the next level and your staff and...

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Which Ecobee Smart Thermostat Is Best for Your Home?

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:30:42 +0000

Ecobee is not focused anymore on building smart thermostats. They have moved a step further down the evolution line, designing voice-enabled products that can make the life easier and enable homeowners save precious time when performing daily tasks. One of the most advanced products Ecobee...

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Why Maine Needs More Startup Mentors

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:45:17 +0000

With the Maine tech ecosystem making waves, there is an increasing need for more mentors. Kerem Durdag, is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Maine Technology Institute, during which time he worked with 16 separate startups. He shares his thoughts as to why the EIR program...

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How Your Ecommerce Business Can Boost Sales With Discounts

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:30:05 +0000

For ecommerce businesses offering discounts in percentage and dollar amount can help drive people through the shopping cart process. However, not all deals provide the equal value but customers tend to choose the easier route. We’ll take a look at how the fashion industry...

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Why Are Fewer Startups Getting Seed Funding Deals From VCs?

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:09:25 +0000

Seed funding is the lifeblood of the startup ecosystem. It plants the seeds for companies that might turn into tomorrow’s Airbnb or Uber or WeWork. Then why are the number of “seed deals” slowing in Silicon Valley? Every quarter, plenty of hay is made...

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5 Surprising Stores Your App Can Earn a Profit

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:30:03 +0000

Developing an app that people want to use is no cake walk. It takes hours dedication and a considerate amount of investment to make an app that earns you the profits. However, revenue also depends upon the platform you choose to launch your app....

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7 SEO Hacks to Increase CTRs on Google

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:00:52 +0000

A quality content is always rewarded with a higher ranking in Google. Still, there are many hacks to help boost your CTRs (Click Through Rates). These well-tested WordPress hacks will give you unambiguous visions about what to do for higher CTRs. But before jumping...

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How to Maximize the WordPress Command Line Interface

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:00:23 +0000

The WordPress format may be easy to work with, but it still requires a lot of time to keep everything updated. Fortunately, developers who are looking to shave a few minutes off of their work can turn to the WordPress Command Line Interface (WP-CLI)....

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TechCo Top Stories: Cheap Movie Tickets, Sell Your iPhone, Outdoor Gadgets

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:50:22 +0000

Have you been worried about how many TechCo top stories you’ve missed out on over the week? With a dozen stories published every day, it can be hard to keep up. Fortunately, we’re as dedicated as you are to staying up to date on...

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The 29 Top Coding Schools and Bootcamps of 2017

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:30:12 +0000

Coding might be the last remaining industry that represents the American Dream: After passing a quick course from one of the best coding schools, enterprising and hard-working individuals can turn a skill into a career in the industry — something that you can’t really...

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Startup Spotlight: Curing Acne, Positive Mental Health and Voice Transcription

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:30:43 +0000

With school in session, the stress of homework and exams are going to start taking a toll. TechCo has some startup solutions. Each week we compile a list of startups aimed at streamlining your day or helping your quality of life. This week, we...

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Knowmail’s Accelerator Experience With “The Big Guys,” Microsoft

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:20:47 +0000

Email: Since the dawn of the internet age, it has remained both the most essential form of communication and the most needlessly time-consuming task any employee faces daily. In fact, the McKinsey Global Institute once clocked the average time spent answering email at 28...

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