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TappBooks, a Marketplace for College Students to Exchange Textbooks

Around a year ago, we started following the fortunes of a pair of young East Bay entrepreneurs–Eva Sasson and Justin Mardjuki–as they launched their company, TappMob, run by college students, for college students.

Earlier this week, I caught up with them just as they were about to return for their junior years at Barnard College (Columbia), and the Wharton School (Penn).

They’ve expanded their team to “around fifteen” at colleges around the country, including Stanford and U-C, Berkeley, and have just launched a new product, TappBooks.

Meograph Makes Multimedia Storytelling Simple and Fast

Up until very recently, creating interactive, multimedia stories of professional quality has been difficult and time-consuming. But that started changing this summer when Meograph launched.

Meograph helps you quickly assemble rich media in an interface that resembles a video player, based on a series of simple prompts, such as who, what, when and where.

The Wedding Party App Captures All the iPhone Photos Taken By Guests on the Big Day

Ajay Kamat has reached the age (27), where it seems like a lot of his friends are getting married.

So, as CEO of Micromobs, which specializes in web-based group collaboration tools, he decided to design an app for people to share photos from the happy event.

Drowning in Data Overload? Check out Cue.

If you have the impression that information overload may be becoming a problem for you in this digital age, listen to Robby Walker, co-founder and CTO of Cue.

“Is there is too much information out there? Yes there is,” says Walker. “We sampled how much digital information enters the average person’s life each day, and we found that it averages 63,000 words per day.”

Deal Décor Set to Disrupt the Furniture Industry

When it comes to furniture shopping, lots of retailers come to mind – Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, IKEA, Williams-Sonoma, plus a whole host of others.

In fact, the furniture industry is so highly fragmented that the top 12 retailers nationally only control a cumulative 12.6 percent of the market.

In addition, a long complicated supply chain stretching in many cases from manufacturing plants in China and elsewhere in Asia and involving multiple middlemen, helps to inflate the cost of each piece of furniture substantially by the time it reaches you, the consumer.

The Little Startup Disrupting the Fashion Industry

BumeBox

If ever there were an industry ripe for disruption, it would be the fashion industry. Long ruled by a clique of insiders, who presumed they knew best what new styles you would buy; it’s been, in the words serial entrepreneur Jon Fahrner, a “historically closed industry.”

Central to how that industry functions is Fashion Week, which happens twice a year in the major fashion capitals of the world – New York, Paris, London and Milan.

These, of course, have been exclusive events attended by industry insiders, with little access for the public – until recently.

Fast-Growing Cater2.me Expands to New York City

If you’re going to the San Francisco Street Food Festival Saturday, one of the event’s sponsors this year is a startup we covered back in January, Cater2.me.

It’s a natural fit, because this is the startup that has been connecting many of those individual street vendors – people with a food stand or cart in the Mission, a truck, a pop-up café, or a stand at the Farmers Market – with the businesses downtown ordering meals for their employees.

Enter the Googleplex

Originally published on CaliforniaHomeDesign.com

From two founders and one employee working out of a friend's Menlo Park garage in 1997, Google has come a long way since then to fill its large Mountain View headquarters—fondly nicknamed the Googleplex.

Two Sense: Did I Overreact When My Boyfriend Cyber-Stalked Me?

My boyfriend, who lives in Hong Kong, just visited me here in SF. A few days into his stay he confronted me with his iPad, with which he had been tracking the location of my cell phone from Hong Kong. I was shocked. He even showed me a map from a few weeks before when I was in Palo Alto with a friend. The map clearly showed a little icon with my name on it, right at my friend’s address. My BF wanted to know who the friend was and why I hadn’t mentioned it to him. I, in turn, told him to leave immediately and lose my number. Later, my techie friend told me it’s because I had turned on the “Find My iPhone” setting. Apparently, all he needed was my Apple ID to track me—which he of course knew, since I used it all the time to download from iTunes. Did I overreact?

Wavii Delivers Real-Time, Facebook-Like Personalized News Feeds

Imagine scanning status updates for the topics you care about the same way you follow friends on Facebook, and you’ll get the idea behind Wavii, which crawls the web to deliver real-time personalized news feeds to its users.

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