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Lots of news from what appears to have been a rather successful Startup Weekend, a report on which Technically Philly is expecting soon from our own reporters. A few thoughts from Melih Onvural: it was inspiring, energetic and fun. The startups stretched from art apps to parking spot finders, and much more, Onvural wrote. PhillyInc’s Mike Armstrong also made an appearance, noting that MealTik, LaunchRock, WishGenius, GitHacking, all demonstrated business models on Sunday. There were even Phillies tickets for a prize. Don’t miss our coverage, here.
Viridity Energy, which is working on a pilot project with SEPTA to store regenerative energy from train brake systems, raised $14 million in a series B investment earlier this month, TechCrunch reports.
Laan Labs, who has made it on this roundup for a number of incremental iOS and Mac apps has launched what seems to be their most noteworthy and comprehensive yet: TapDJ, an iPhone app that allows folks to mix two songs from their music library and mix them using a traditional DJ interface.
Former DreamIT Ventures startup Parse.ly, now based in New York City, has raised $800,000 from a group of investors that includes Blumberg Capital and former co-founder and CTO of Invite Media Scott Becker.
In related news, DreamIt gets press on TechCrunch for its launch announcement for Manhattan. Don’t worry folks, it appears they will still be providing a Philadelphia program, though it’s being pushed back to fall 2011.
WizeHive got a mention in the Business Journal about its $1.0 million to $1.5 million investment from Robin Hood Ventures, Mid-Atlantic Group, and Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Peter Keys also reported last week that TicketLeap will soon start offering metrics for social media conversions. The company also announced yesterday that it will be the ticket provider for Comic-Con, the world’s largest comic book convention.
MIGHT BE WORTH YOUR TIME
For all you folks interested in launching your own startup, the Corzo Center has put together an event this Thursday featuring Alex Hillman, sponsored by Good Company Ventures, to talk about doing just that.
Breinigsville’s Liquid Interactive, based just outside Emmaus, took home a 2010 Leader Award in the Summit Emerging Media Award competition for work with Aria Health, the company reports.
RailBandit, makers of transit scheduling applications, is offering a 10-day free trial for its Android software.
Finally, Ruby on Rails developer Chris Conley is once again tracking his musings on chasing startupdom. Cheer him on at startuporbust.com.