Startup Roundup: Newsberry launches new WYSIWYG campaign editor, DreamIT is everywhere - Philly


May 12, 2010 8:30 am

Startup Roundup: Newsberry launches new WYSIWYG campaign editor, DreamIT is everywhere

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


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. Follow along with the Startup Roundup’s dedicated RSS feed. If you’ve got news to share, get in touch.


Old City’s Newsberry has launched a new in-browser WYSIWYG email campaign editor and is allowing users to test the demo. It’s a lot sexier than offerings we’ve seen elsewhere. We won’t mention any names ‘cos yes, we’re biased toward our region.

Philly’s NearVerse LoKast has reached 125,000 downloads in two months since launching at SXSW in Austin, Texas, two months ago, reports TechCrunch. Though the proximity-based and real-time social network was built with general use in mind, it’s quickly becoming a proxy for live music acts: a handful of bands were sharing exclusive content with users at indy rock staple festival Coachella, the publication reports. Pitchfork, get on this.


We reported last week in an update to this column the undergraduate winners of Temple‘s Be Your Own Boss Bowl business plan contest, but we missed the faculty and graduate student winners: WordPress marketing affiliate platform 123LinkIt took home $10,000 for the category.


DreamIT Ventures graduates SeatGeek, which forecasts bootlegged ticket sales so buyers can purchase them at the right time at the best price, was featured in the April issue of Fast Company. And oh, can we talk about their great sports blog? I don’t even follow sports.

On the DreamIT note, Steve Barsh‘s PackLate discount vacation planner—which works, coincidentally, a lot like SeatGeek, by allowing folks to cheaply bid on vacation rental vacancies—has expanded out of Colorada, with destination partnerships in Orlanda and Destin, Florida, South Tahoe, California and Park City, Utah. Be sure to check our Q&A with Barsh about the new venture.

Numote, which lets users control their television with a social network-minded iPhone or iPod touch app, and featured in the Boston Globe in March, is looking for business help in Philadelphia this summer. No word yet, but all signs point to this being a DreamIt-mentored company. Welcome to Philly, kids. And DreamIt, don’t say we never thought of you.


Vendor payment technology providers USA Technologies, based in Malvern, has announced a public offering of $3 million.

Digital media company DivX is still paying out to Malvern-based television e-commerce solution AnySource Media for its $7.2 million acquisition back in September, according to investor reports.

Berwyn-based Boomi Founder and CTO Rick Nucci talks with IT Business Edge about its cloud-based IT offerings.

We’re a little late on these, but mobile payment platform and Rittenhouse-based Venmo was recognized by New York Times’ Bits Blog last week. Also, founder Andrew Kortina was interviewed on the once-hyped Rocketboom Web tech show.

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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