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OpenDesks reaches 1,000 workspaces, Spling leaves for New York [Startup Roundup]

Technically Philly’s Startup Roundup parses 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. Follow along with a weekly email newsletter by clicking here and selecting the Startup Roundup button or follow […]

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Technically Philly’s Startup Roundup parses 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. Follow along with a weekly email newsletter by clicking here and selecting the Startup Roundup button or follow Startup Roundup’s RSS feed. If you’ve got news to share, get in touch.

MUST READS

OpenDesks, the service that helps connect freelancers and companies with open, temporary office space, now lists more than 1,000 shared work spaces, according to a press release.

Kembrel.com, the member-only Gilt clone for college students has taken over a retail shop at 18th and Chestnut for the next few months and kicks-off this Friday with a party. The move shows growth and could be an interesting marketing push. We covered the company in September 2010.

RJMetrics is offering 30-day free trials of its e-commerce analytics and service, valued at $500. It’s a marketing decision, for sure, but a bold one none-the-less.

GIVE A GLANCE

Recent DreamIt Ventures graduate Spling, which raised $400,000 in December, is moving to New York City according to a tweet by founder and CEO Billy McFarland.

DuckDuckGo ran 1,000,000 direct searches yesterday for the first time in its history.

Airtime, the startup which allows companies to control and change company-wide email signatures in real-time, has updated its software to work with Apple Mail.

MindSnacks has launched an iOS app for SAT vocabulary words, one of its mobile learning apps.

PackLate gets covered in Tnooz, a travel tech vertical news website, for its recent partnership with Tourico which connects the company’s last-minute listings with travel agencies and tour operators.

Lokadot has released a new version of its mobile tourism app to iTunes. Version 1.0.7 incorporates social functionality ties with Facebook and Twitter and a handful of other new features.

MIGHT BE WORTH YOUR TIME

CloudMine has hired new employee Steven Berlan, an engineer, bringing the company’s total employees to five.

KinderTown gets covered in Wired’s GeekDad column for its ability to curate kid-friendly content.

Viddler shares some of its production cycle, noting that it pushes new updates of the video sharing service nearly every day. Agile.

Philadelphia Facebook game-maker ToonUps announced this week that if its Valentine’s Day marketing campaign reaches 50,000 sent virtual “hearts,” the company will fund the installation of solar-powered generators in two Guatemala villages. The company also was recently covered on RadnorPatch.

ElectNext has put together a clever campaign latching onto the Valentine’s Day dating site crunch by continuing to compare its service to a dating site for political candidate matches.

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, or sign-up for its email newsletter.

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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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