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Organizers are gearing up for the second Startup Weekend Philadelphia, a 54-hour hackathon intended to help teams build a business in a weekend. The event will take place at Drexel on October 14 to 16. Tickets are available here. Former launches include LaunchRock, which has since moved to the Bay Area, and presented to investors yesterday at incubator 500 Startups’s demo event.
RJMetrics has published a case study on customer JackThreads, an email-based shopping club for men’s fashion brands, which Thrillist acquired in 2010. The company says that JackThreads was looking for a way to keep track of user data with its rapid growth after acquisition. That in mind, the metrics company has added new features recently, like real-time analysis and drag-and-drop functionality, to its data dashboard. Co-founder Robert J. Moore tells us that the company broke internal records last month for customer acquisition, and has made three new hires in the last two weeks.
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The Small-Business Optimism Index dropped for the fifth straight month, according to a report from the Globe And Mail. And the Inquirer’s Mike Armstrong pens that small business owners aren’t borrowing money, many in fear of being turned down.
A local security startup is trying to cash in on a West Coast startup’s troubles. LifeShield Security is offering a free security system to 5,000 Airbnb users that sign up for the company’s security subscription service. It would be a steal if it didn’t appear that the company already offers regular deals subsidizing its hardware in exchange for signing up for a paid subscription model. Airbnb has been beefing up support staff, after it was criticized for neglecting a user’s home, which was vandalized late last month.
OpenDesks has redesigned, making it easier to find office locales with search, and better management tools for space-offerers.
MIGHT BE WORTH YOUR TIME
PhillyTechNews has a good read on some new local startups, including Zooyan, DoughMain, VITA Products, CloudMine, and MDconnectMe.
Former Philly DreamIt grad turned New York startup SeatGeek is getting a lot of publicity for its site redesign and new ad platform. In related DreamIt news, the incubator was featured in Portfolio last week.
The new Boxee interface features solid Viddler integration, Ars Technica reports.
Neat Company helped plant 10,000 trees in a state forest in Michigan, in a campaign partnership with The Arbor Day Foundation.
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