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Gigwalk Helps You Find Short-Term Contract Work Fast On Your iPhone

Gigwalk Helps You Find Short-Term Contract Work Fast On Your iPhone

We are living in an age that features the emergence of new marketplaces that are changing the way many of us live and work.

Take Gigwalk.

It’s a mobile (iOS) marketplace connecting businesses with people via their iPhones for the purpose of getting work done anywhere, often across multiple venues simultaneously.

eTrak's Tiny Device Helps Keep Track of Those With Alzheimer's, Lost Pets and Cars

Back in November 2010, John Harris, a veteran of some 30 years in the consumer products and tech industries, tried to find an effective tracking product that could help members of his family take care of his mother-in-law, who has Alzheimer’s, and a niece, who is Autistic.

“Both of them get lost sometimes, especially my niece,” he explains. “But I couldn’t find anything suitable. The devices were all too big, weighed too much, and were too big to fit into a pocket. Plus their battery life was too low, about 24 hours.”

Pearl Connects You With Doctors, Lawyers, and Experts Whenever You Need Advice

Pearl Connects You With Doctors, Lawyers, and Experts Whenever You Need Advice

Startup companies divide broadly into two groups: Those that want to generate a lot of buzz, and those that don’t want to generate any buzz at all.

The latter usually are trying to remain in “stealth” while they build a prototype for a product or service that might otherwise be easily copied by a competitor.

But the Presidio-based Pearl.com, headed by CEO Andy Kurtzig, has been methodically going about its business for eight years now, very much below the radar, so much so we cannot even consider it a startup any longer.

Flipboard Adds YouTube, NY Times, Android, and a New Ad Model

Flipboard Adds YouTube, NY Times, Android, Tests New Ad Model

Palo Alto-based Flipboard scored a big win Monday when The New York Times announced that for the first time it would be sharing its content with the mobile app that enables users to flip through digital content much like the way we do with print magazines.

A Tale of Two Entrepreneurs: Bushakan's Wooden Glasses Stands

Tale of Two Entrepreneurs: Bushakan's Wood Glasses Stands

Last December, Lauren Van Horn was trying to find a glasses stand to buy for her husband, but the only ones available were ugly and made of plastic. She put a request up on Zaarly for one made of wood.

Architect Tobi Adamolekun, who likes to design and build things, responded. He sent her some sketches; she approved the design, and he went to work on machinery available at TechShop.

Cherrypick Expands its Mobile Dating Service Across All Platforms

Cherrypick Expands its Mobile Dating Service Across All Platforms

Cherrypick, the online dating service that takes the anonymity out of dating and gives would-be matchmakers a prominent role, has expanded beyond its iPhone app to android devices, tablets, and the web.

Shaker Brings a Sense of Place to Facebook with the All-Virtual Club 53 in SF

Shaker Brings a Sense of Place to Facebook with Club 53 in San Francisco

The latest club to launch in San Francisco -- Club 53 -- last Friday night by Israeli brothers Yonatan and Gad Maor, has an impressive list of musicians lined up to visit and perform, including Far East Movement, Mayday Parade, Escape The Fate, and Daniel Bedingfield.

The brothers’ company, Shaker, has partnerships with BandPage, a leading platform for musicians online, and Live Nation, which will promote tours to Club 53, including the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival.

What’s different about the Maor brothers’ club is that it is all virtual; its only “address” is Facebook.

Hark Emerges as the YouTube of Pop Culture Sound Bites

Hark Emerges as the YouTube of Pop Culture Sound Bites

Seattle-based Hark bills itself as the “world’s largest platform for pop culture sound bites,” attracting more than 60 million visitors per month.

Users listen to, and share, their favorite movie, TV, politics or other pop culture sound bites with each other through social media.

Stanford Student Incubator StartX Launches Multiple Medical Startups

Over the past two years, StartX has emerged as an incubator for entrepreneurs among Stanford students.

Founder Cameron Teitelman conceived of the accelerator when he was still a student on The Farm himself, and to date, StartX has helped some 160 founders (out of 2,000 applicants) launch some 60 companies.

Cairdean Winery Leverages Google Business Apps to Build a New Business

Cairdean Winery Leverages Google Business Apps to Build a New Business

Stacia Williams used to be a software engineer and a hobby winemaker on the side.

Today, she and her husband, Edwin Williams, run their own commercial winery, Cairdean, in Napa, that expects to turn out 5000 cases of wine this year.

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