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. Several of the tips in this week’s roundups resulted from a quick email to TP. Without further ado….
Venmo, a young mobile payment startup based in University City received top honors at Mobile Monday Demo Night, after attendees used the service during a five-minute presentation to donate to a Haiti relief organization. Six-hundred dollars were donated in three minutes, adding to the $15,000 that Venmo says it has already raised for the disaster. It will be interesting to watch how Venmo continues to grow, considering XIPWIRE‘s competitive platform and business model, also based in the region.
PlaySay, a mobile language-learning flash-card platform was awarded third place at Demo Night. In an email to Technically Philly, founder Ryan Meinzer says the organization has grown to more than 4,000 users. We’re not sure at the moment how that compares to our report that the company had sold 3,000 products by July of last year.
MIGHT BE WORTH YOUR TIME
We grew the hell up on Garbage Pail Kids trading cards, so sue us for being psyched about LTL Prints launching an exclusive collection of the disgusting rugrats printed on LTL’s removable-adhesive wall prints. When we talked to co-founder Kendall Schoenrock two weeks ago, he had just lined up a deal with Topps for its Wacky Packages collection. Somehow we missed the writing on the wall. Err, well, the vinyl sticker on the wall. “It’s a stamp of approval for our product and our technology that a large product like Topps is willing to license content to us,” Schoenrock says.
The 67th Ward is getting a DreamIt Ventures-like summer incubation for startups, Jason Calacanis-backed NYC Seed, the Times reports. More importantly, DreamIt is now accepting apps for startup companies looking for some help and a modest investment this summer, due March 22, as we reported yesterday in our weekly Venture Capital Roundup. [h/t PhillyTechNews]
RedLasso announced last week that the video-sharing software is now hosting Wendy Williams content, sharing a highlight each day. We’re having a chuckle imagining RedLasso CEO Al McGowan sitting down to watch Williams’ show. He’s built like a linebacker and hopefully – we’re praying -won’t pummel us for a joke at his expense.
GIVE A GLANCE
Robert J. Moore of RJMetrics got some love on TechCrunch last October for his Twitter API data analysis, and followed-up on his continuing study Tuesday. Highlights: Twitter ended 2009 with just over 75 million user accounts, of which 40 percent never sent out a single tweet, and 80 percent tweeted less than 10 times. Ouch.
As spotted on the Philadelphia Flex User Group experienced Flex developer, an under-wraps, funded startup based in Downingtown is looking for a Flex developer to do some sexy design work. The job lead was posted by Rick Bullotta, co-founder of Burning Sky Software, an under-wraps Web site. We’re looking out for this one.
Startup Roundup will post weekly on Wednesdays until there’s not a Philly startup story left to link to on the Internet.