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Startup Roundup: WantsThis launches, Laan Labs is better than our Abe Lincoln app joke

Introducing Technically Philly’s Startup Roundup. Here, we’ll parse out the small pieces that make our greater Startup ecosystem thrive. We want to keep you in touch with the innovations that we can’t quite get to covering, but that deserve highlight. If you’ve got news to share, get in touch. DEFINITE READS We’ve run into founder […]

Introducing Technically Philly’s Startup Roundup. Here, we’ll parse out the small pieces that make our greater Startup ecosystem thrive. We want to keep you in touch with the innovations that we can’t quite get to covering, but that deserve highlight. If you’ve got news to share, get in touch.

DEFINITE READS

We’ve run into founder Peter D’Orsi III at a few tech events over this past year, and we have to say that his new Web wish list startup WantsThis looks pretty sharp. Of course, he’s got some tight local competition with $1.4 million-funded wish list aggregator Snipi.

Duck Duck Go’s Gabe Weinberg – who promised to pen at least 100 posts on his blog this year – writes about some of the features he’d like to integrate on the startup search engine, including O’Reilly Paragraphs, more topic sources, strong documentation and an instant message search service. Weinberg has also interviewed DreamIt Ventures’ Steve Welch in a 30 minute video. That’s alotta Welch.

MIGHT BE WORTH YOUR TIME

Experimental mobile and Web developers and brothers Laan of Laan Labs have announced an update of its iVideoCamera app, which lets any iPhone record video and add real-time effects (though slower than the 3GS’s 30fps recording speed). The crew might be most known for its iPhone version of TweetDeck, but locally, it helped create the Rosenbach Museum’s Abe Lincoln app (There’s a stovetop hat for that) and Light Writer, which got some love from Philebs back in the day.

GIVE A GLANCE

Serial entrepreneur Will Herman has some advice for startups that Technically Philly is liable to take on itself: get yourselves a solid advisory board. As Herman reminds, a good board isn’t something that should only happen after funding.

An oft-covered startup in this column, Venmo has announced funding. We covered this yesterday in our Venture Capital roundup, true. Consider it the TP bonus: twice the coverage for twice the beat.

Startup Roundup will post weekly on Wednesdays until there’s not a Philly startup story left to link to on the Internet. See others here.

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Brian James Kirk

Brian James Kirk is a cofounder of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. Previously, Kirk was Web Editor of PlanPhilly, an independent online news resource covering planning and development issues in Philadelphia, and a freelance writer and designer. He resides in South Philadelphia.

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