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Podio Revolutionizes the Way We Work

Podio is Revolutionizing the Way We Work

If you’ve ever had a job where some manager forced you to use software you hate, Podio is for you. “We have a democratic view of how work should work,” says Podio’s Lilly Hanscom. “People work best when they have control over the tools they use.”

Podio’s tagline is “Work the way you want to,” and what the company offers is project management software toward that goal.  Essentially, it enables you, the worker, to build your own apps.

Exec Finds You Real-Time Help for Small Tasks at a Flat Rate

Exec Finds You Real-Time Help for Small Tasks at $25/Hour

Too busy these days to get some of your basic tasks done? If so, Exec may be for you. This startup promises to “get anything you want done right away” for the flat rate of $25/hour.

Sosh Helps You Discover High-Quality Local Activities

Sosh Helps You Discover Local Activities

“What do you want to do this weekend?”

That question must get asked tens of thousands of times, at least, by people all over the city every week, and now there’s a startup ready to give you fresh new answers: Sosh.

Hotel Tonight Offers "Impulse Bookings" on Mobile and iPad

Hotel Tonight

Here’s a scenario. You decide to go out on the town with friends after work, but worry that you’ll have so much fun you won’t be able to handle a late commute home.

What to do?

Well, just pull out your smart phone (or as of today, your iPad), download the Hotel Tonight app, and score a great deal with a last-minute booking at one of a half-dozen local hotels, ranging from basic to luxury.

Social Video Platform Spreecast Brings Face to Face Conversations to Live Broadcasts

Seven years after co-founding StubHub, which was sold to eBay in 2007, Jeff Fluhr took a bit of a break. He noted a number of social media and technology trends before deciding on his next move.

“One thing I noticed was that what had been private conversations were becoming public conversations,” Fluhr says. “Ever since the advent of email, we’d been having these largely private, asynchronous conversations, text-based.

Snip.it Building a Social Network Around In-Depth Curated Content

Snip.it Building a Social Network Around In-Depth Curated Content

A year ago, as the Arab Spring rebellions were raging, Ramy Adeeb was desperately trying to keep up to date with developments in his native Egypt, and to share the best articles he could find with friends.

“I could share links of Facebook or Twitter, but they quickly got lost in the stream,” he recalls. “There was no permanence and no structure there. There was the need for a better way.”<--break->

Shoptiques Brings Small Boutiques From All Over to the Digital World

Shoptiques Brings Small Boutiques From All Over to the Digital World

Five years ago, when she was working for Goldman-Sachs in New York, Olga Vidisheva was on a business trip to Paris when she discovered an amazing pair of shoes in a little boutique there that cost only 50 Euros.

Samasource Combats Poverty by Bringing "Microwork" to Women Overseas

Samasource Combats Poverty by Bringing Microwork to Women in Poor Countries

Entrepreneurs are using technology to change virtually every aspect of how  we do business these days, and that includes inventing new kinds of non-profit organizations (NPO).

Local Startup Personal Capital Puts You Back in Control of Your Financial Life

Personal Capital Seeks to Put You Vack in Control of Your Financial Life

“Why shouldn't anyone be able to do anything and everything with their money with a few taps?” asks Bill Harris, CEO of Personal Capital, pulling out his iPad. “Managing your financial life should not be this complicated.”<--break->

Edmodo Pulls Education Into the 21st Century

Edmodo is Bringing Education Into the 21st century

One sector desperately overdue for innovation courtesy of technology is K-12 education, which leads us directly to San Mateo-based Edmodo, the free platform that enables teachers to create closed networks with their students in a Facebook-like UI that virtually reproduces and extends the classroom environment in many ways.

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