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.
MIGHT BE WORTH YOUR TIME
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.
GIVE A GLANCE
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.
Ooooh, Tinder’s founder poached some Philly talent: Technical.ly Playbook
DreamIt Ventures launches an internship program with Coded by Kids [Startup Roundup]
Old City carpooling company behind Ride, vRide raises $5M [Startup Roundup]
Traffic.com cofounder raises $1.2M for digital marketing startup [Startup Roundup]
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