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WHAT’S AFFECTING STARTUPS
First Round Capital’s Common App [find our previous coverage of First Round here]: Venture capital firm First Round Capital launched a “common app” for its portfolio companies, managing partner Josh Kopelman wrote on his blog. It’s one application that engineering students can use to apply for a job at First Round’s more than 170 portfolio companies. Check it out here.
Minority entrepreneurs [find our previous coverage here]: We asked the entrepreneurs who were part of DreamIt Access, DreamIt Ventures’ minority-led startup program: what’s the hardest thing about being a minority entrepreneur? Here’s what they said.
The longevity of Philly’s tech scene: Longtime Philly tech scene member Mike Krupit wonders if Philly’s current tech scene will last longer than the first.
WHO’S GETTING BUZZ
Curalate [find our previous coverage here]: The Pinterest analytics firm based in University City gets more love from Business Insider, which named them one of the coolest businesses in America. The startup is also partnering with The Recording Academy for a social media contest that’s giving away tickets to the Grammy’s, according to a release.
SnipSnap [find our previous coverage here]: Check out SnipSnap’s version 2.0, which CEO Ted Mann told us has been five months in the making. Read about the new features on the SnipSnap blog. The update has gotten love from TechCrunch and BetaKit, which also reported that the Callowhill-based couponing app has hit 350,000 users.
WHO’S MAKING MOVES
Lokalty [find our previous coverage here]: The Center City-based local loyalty rewards startup is shutting down — here’s why. The team is pivoting to a local business discovery platform, we reported this week.
ElectNext [find our previous coverage here]: The NYC/Philly/SF politics startup is retiring its 2012 candidate matcher, according to a blog post, and is working on new features with an eye toward state and local races.-30-
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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