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Erin Griffith

  1. Boundless, the free textbook startup, settles lawsuit with publishers

    Since before it even launched, textbook startup Boundless has been dealing with controversy. The company, backed by just under $10 million in venture funding, offers free versions of expensive textbooks to college students, compiled using open educational resources that are already available to the public. At the time, I called the idea "amazing, slightly insane, and totally doomed."

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  2. The ouroboros is complete: Forbes outsourced contributor outsources journalism to actual journalists

    I love the irony. Forbes has outsourced the production of content to non-journalists, who are now turning to actual journalists for content. And the topic? Crowdfunding. It's a snake eating its own tail.

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  3. Sailthru breaks out: marketing services company bags $20 million to ramp up marketing

    It's pretty rare to see an investor back a company that's trying to disrupt another company in its portfolio. But that's exactly what Scale Venture Partners is doing. Four years ago, the firm invested in ExactTarget, an email marketing software company. ExactTarget has since gone public on the NYSE.

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  4. Discount commerce done right: quiet NYC startup NoMoreRack will top $325 million in sales this year

    NoMoreRack is one of those startups that always sounds familiar and I'm not sure why. It's not because the company is pitching me all the time, nor is it because the company's every move is followed by the tech press. NoMoreRack has raised $52 million in VC funding, but it's only been written about a handful of times.

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  5. Meal kits are fine and all, but Feast wants to turn you into a cook for life

    Changing habits is tough. That's why so many fitness startups struggle. People have the best intentions of getting into shape. They want to. But not enough to make real, hard changes in their lives.

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  6. Nas and his manager have invested in 40 startups, and they're just getting started

    Counting the rapper Nas among your investors undoubtedly carries cool points for any startup. But is there much value beyond dropping a famous name? Nas, and his manager Aymen Anthony Saleh, are working hard to prove there is.

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  7. When competitors won't sell, Zuckerberg calls the man who did: Kevin Systrom

    Instagram is the billion-dollar purchase that just keeps on giving.

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  8. Spotify is now free on mobile. So why bother subscribing?

    At the moment, 20 percent of Spotify's users subscribe to Spotify's premium service. That's around six million people paying $10 a month, or $120 a year, for music, and represents the vast majority of Spotify's income.

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