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Monetate launched an open source development competition last week for Philadelphia that includes $5,000 in gear, including a MacBook Pro and 27-inch Cinema Display. Deadline is May 11th, so use that inertia to launch your next startup.
The second Startup Weekend, also a Startup America partner, will take place on October 7 at the University of the Arts. Oh, and if you’re into game development, Philly Game Jam takes place this weekend and GameLoop Philly is coming on May 21.
GIVE A GLANCE
myYearBook launched live video chat last year, and CEO Geoff Cook tells TechCrunch that it was able to avoid the Chatroulette nudity effect through effective abuse prevention with human and computer reviewing. There’s only a 1 in 1,000 chance of encountering nudity, he says, compared to Chatroulette’s 1 in 50 rate.
Wharton’s Business Plan Competition gets love at the Inky, as students vied for $116,000 in prizes. Stylitics, the grand prize winner, will help apparel makers track the success of fashion trends.
Radnor’s Relay Network, a stealth company, might soon a large round of Series A fundraising with First Round Capital, NewSpring and Internet Capital Group if there’s any truth behind a strange deleted Wikipedia entry, PhillyTechNews reports.
Forbes rated Philadelphia the 10th best large city for jobs, according to its Best Cities for Jobs list.
MIGHT BE WORTH YOUR TIME
Fortune magazine writer Chadwick Matlin hung out with Andrew Kortina of Venmo last Monday. The piece is largely complimentary, but raises a valuable point about the service: “If someone isn’t signed up for Venmo, I can’t give her my money. Until they join my network, she may as well not exist,” Matlin writes.
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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