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Revealing John Goodman's Fitness Routine

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 6:28 PM

New Orleans-based incendii blows stuff up in New Orleans.

It used to be that working in the movie business meant living in Hollywood and accepting that star maps, televised car chases, and Perez Hilton were an inescapable part of an air-conditioned, gluten-free lifestyle. Thankfully, that's changed.

A decade long run...

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I Fought the Law (And I Won)

(4) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 5:03 PM

With films like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, All the King's Men, and The Ides of March focusing on the dark side of politics, it's amazing to realize that sometimes the political process can actually be used for good.

In 2009, the founders of San Francisco startup Getaround had an...

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When Press Kills Your Product

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 1:25 PM

Sidecar's founder swings by the Warby Parker bus

Companies will go to any lengths to get press. Think Taco Bell's '96 April Fools' stunt (and New York Times ad) claiming they bought the Liberty Bell and re-branded it the Taco Liberty Bell. Or when Goldenpalace.com auctioned off William...

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Reptile on Main Street

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 11:00 AM

OK Labs puts an iguana on it.

Iguanas get a bad rap. Night of the Iguana featured the eponymous lizard tormenting Richard Burton. And then there were the hallucinatory iguanas haunting Nic Cage in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call -- New Orleans. Iggy Pop's nickname is The Iguana.

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Startup City: Chicago

(11) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 4:22 PM

The Windy City Blows Up

Building a startup ecosystem is like mixing the perfect martini -- a delicate art. Use too much vermouth, or cheap gin, and you're drinking turpentine. Get it right, and you're, well, dancing.

If the startup ecosystem requires something like this -- abundant universities, a massive...

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Rotten Meat and the Making of a Brooklyn Star

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 6:33 PM

Ovenly's start wasn't all book clubs and brownies.

Startups are hard. Move fast, make the right decisions and get a break or two, or your business is dead meat. Few, though, have actually had dead meat in their business.

We found one that did in Brooklyn: treats-maker Ovenly,...

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Courting Latin Crossovers

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 5:07 PM

NYC rallies Latin American start-ups considering expansion

According to legend, then-Veep Dan Quayle concluded a 1989 trip to Latin America with the immortal words, "The only regret I have was that I didn't study Latin harder in school... " Hopefully your knowledge of our neighbors to the south is better...

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Go Green

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 9:42 AM

Sefaira and the future of sustainable architecture

Trying to change an architectural blueprint is a bit like asking the Titanic to make a U-turn. Altering a design or adding green features is often labor-intensive, technically daunting, and can require hours, if not days, of work.

New York and London-based startup...

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Life, Liberty and Message Encryption

(1) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 2:51 PM

Ben Franklin stole the thunder (er, the lightning?) as the most famous entrepreneur amongst the Founding Fathers. He created bifocals, the lightning rod and even the flexible urinary catheter. But it was Thomas Jefferson who built a technology to solve a problem that's still on everyone's mind: communication privacy.

Jefferson...

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Telly Time Is Money

(1) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 7:34 PM

Viggle rewards you to watch TV. (Really.)

Imagine if you'd been paid for all those years in front of the tube. Handsome dividends from the Arsenio Hall show? Capital (instead of merely cultural) gains from Springer? You'd be load-ed.

Well, now you can reap real benefits for your commitment,...

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Tip Top

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 1:29 PM

The fitness culture (and Emmy nomination) at Everyday Health.

Yes, he will get your email configured for you, but watch yourself. Should you ever lose it completely and bum-rush him in fury over a forgotten password, he will calmly neutralize you, put you on the floor, then return to his...

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Counter, Counter Culture

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 10:48 AM

You can hardly swing a foam dart gun without hitting an XBox in startupville these days. We're all for a little fun around the office, but at some point, the hoodie and Vans pendulum swings too far, and a little formality is needed. It's possible we're there.

The

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One Startup's Radically Open Culture

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 5:29 PM

Ever spend a year or ten in a tall tower with beige cubicles and beige colleagues drinking cup after cup of Keurig single serves, while the top brass hold closed door meetings? You have. Or at least you've dreamt that you have. And you know it's just all kinds of...

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Your Gateway Drug to Art

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 2:57 PM

"Don't forget. There was a time when the piano was avant garde technology." -- Jorge Colombo, artist

You're coffee hunting, and you brush past a man on the sidewalk and think he's a tourist based on the way he's standing there looking at his phone. But he's no tourist. He's...

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Buon Compleanno, Sonar!

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 12:54 PM

New York has a track record in networking tech. It's 1956, and Brooklynite Alfred Neustadter hacks together a device that keeps all your business contacts on a single rotating spindle file; the Rolodex goes on to become a hallmark of meeting people for the rest of the century.

Five and...

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Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 1:10 PM

Suppose you had a dream job where you did things like, say, design the new Chicago Cubs logo. But then, what if it wasn't really your dream -- and you had a kid on the way (like, really on the way) and you live in a big-ticket city. Would you...

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Designer Co-Founder Series: Fab.com

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 4:19 PM

Internet Week 2012 is upon us. To celebrate, and in the spirit of all things red-hot, we're covering startups that all have one thing in common: the designer co-founder.

Let's think about it this way: A social network for gay men racks up 150,000 users in no time. One day...

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Hear the One About the Lawyer Who Started a Company?

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 10:00 AM

We've got a few career changers amongst us here in the Wakefield bureau. Maybe that's why we like 'em. Here we feature three attorneys who turned in the legal spurs to build startups.

Josh Warrum, ADstruc drummer: Josh played gigs nearly every night in college at Kent State and toured...

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Fresh Start For Seamless

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 3:36 PM

It's really starting to look more and more like a George Jetson world. You pick up the slim rectangular machine off the table (the one with the little piece of fruit for a logo) and tap a button or two. 20 minutes later some guy appears at the door with...

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Expert Oddity: Sidetour Brings You Amazing Local Experiences

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 4:52 PM

Travel tends to make the out of the ordinary into de rigueur. You're in a cafe in, say, Warsaw and out of nowhere the leggy lady next to you is introducing you to her Crossfit-champion Icelandic friend who runs a back alley contemporary art museum that doubles as a circus...

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