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Barely one month into its run at the current DreamIt Ventures class, “Charlie” was chosen to showcase at DEMO, a national startup conference in Silicon Valley that’s happening right now. Originally hailing from Chicago, Charlie aims to arm you with important information before meetings and conference calls.
Cloudmine CTO Marc Weil spent a few months in San Francisco doing business development, and while he was at it, he was part of a winning team at last week’s Facebook/Gates Foundation education hackathon. Here’s Weil on Coach Me, the tool his team built: “It’s specifically for coaches at an organization called Beyond21 that work one-on-one with high risk, low income high school students to get them into college. The purpose of the app is to allow the coach to engage their students to be sure they are jumping through all the correct hoops on time as well as to allow the student to share their accomplishments in their journey to get into college on Facebook for social validation.” Great news, but even better: Weil’s back in town.
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The Wall Street Journal named its list of 50 startups to watch and unfortunately, no Philly companies were on there. Though we should also note, as Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg did on the Philly Startup Leaders listserv, that nearly three-quarters of the companies that made the list are located in California.
Data visualization startup Metalayer has partnered with photographer Rick Smolan on a project called The Human Face of Big Data, according to the company’s blog. The project, launched in London and New York, is a mobile app that is meant to visualize demographics on people around the world. Read more about it on The Guardian.
ElectNext had the opportunity to pitch in front of British Prime Minister David Cameron last week when he visited New York City’s General Assembly (we’ll have a bigger update on ElectNext and its relocation shortly), VentureBeat reports. CEO Keya Dannenbaum was also featured in Seventeen Magazine’s “Electionista” blog. She’ll also be back in Philly this week to give a talk at the Tyler School of Art at Temple.
Take a look at what’s new at RJMetrics, including an internal hackathon that the analytics company is hosting next week.
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