Startup Roundup: Lifehacker has trust issues with Lose It Or Lose It, myYearbook donates to Haiti

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. If you’ve got news to share, get in touch. Several of the tips in this […]

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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. If you’ve got news to share, get in touch. Several of the tips in this week’s roundups resulted from a quick email to TP. Without further ado….

DEFINITE READS

Lose It Or Lose It founder Randy Schmidt offers insight into the how, why and how much of launching a startup Web product, and it doesn’t sound so daunting: Twenty-one grand and some serious, uhm, sweat equity.
Lifestyle-meets-technology aggregator LifeHacker ragged on Schmidt’s project, practically begging readers not to give money to the product. LifeHacker likely picked up the story when CBS3’s Nicole Brewer interviewed a contributor for her piece highlighting Lose It as a tech-savvy way to lose weight.
In light of the recent magnitude-7.0 earthquake in Haiti, New Hope’s myYearbook has pledged to donate at least $15,000 and up to $25,000 through its Causes social networking application this month. The company donated more than $250,000, contributed by members, to charities in 2009.

MIGHT BE WORTH YOUR TIME

IndyHall intern Parker Whitney is hot on the beat of interviewing the coworking space’s members. This week, Bart Mroz, one of the first guys in the trenches when Independents Hall launched in 2007, talks about those humble beginnings.
Cloud computing is continuing to gain edge with mainstream business use, and Web doc-sharing app Vuzit recently got some love for its related thoughts on the Web’s future at a recent SalesForce.com conference. Those aren’t dark clouds, friends.

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GIVE A GLANCE

South Philly’s P’unk Ave has redesigned its Web site. It’s minimalistic, sure. Admittedly, we thought�that’s it? But never second-guess a designer, we suppose. After all, it doesn’t seem that P’unk is hurtin’ for clients. The dudes have been hard at work on their impressive in-house content management system, Apostrophe. Period.
Startup Roundup will post weekly on Wednesdays until there’s not a startup story left to link to on the Internet.
 

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