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Whitney Phaneuf

  1. 9GAG, the Biggest Little Startup at Y Combinator's Demo Day

    What startups were the big winners at today's Y Combinator Demo Day? ReelSurfer, who we recently profiled, just closed a $880,000 seed round, and financial-advice engine SmartAsset raised $900,000 in seed funding. We also hear a San Francisco-based travel deals site that's staying "off the record" will soon announce a big round of funding.

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  2. New iOS App StrutType Time-Warps Images to the 1880s

    StrutType co-founder Christine Summers with her bird, Elvis

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  3. Feastly Launches Its Airbnb of Shared Meals in NYC

    In Cuba, they have a name for it: Paladares, privately owned small restaurants often inside the cook's home. In America, Noah Karesh is calling it Feastly, a website in private beta that aims to be the Airbnb of shared, private dining. Next week Feastly extends its service to New York City after enabling 60 meals for 1,000 users in metro Washington, DC.

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  4. If Coffee Is for Closers, Xactly Wants to Be the Caffeine

    A few years back I foolishly agreed to help a friend create a PowerPoint to motivate his startup's sales team. He wanted to add a video clip of the scene from "Glengarry Glen Ross" when Alec Baldwin gives his ABCs of selling speech. My friend meant no irony, no nod to David Mamet's masterful script about capitalism and cruelty, he meant it to convey "you close or you hit the bricks." Xactly doesn't need PowerPoint, because it's got something far more powerful: leaderboards.

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  5. InfoArmy Rethinks Competitive Intelligence, Hits 1,000 iPad-Only Crowdsourced Reports

    When it launched in mid-June, InfoArmy made two bold moves toward its goal to hit 100,000 competitive intelligence reports on leading companies: It's available only on iPad and its data comes from crowdsourcing. This week InfoArmy hits 1,000 reports, some of which are free via its iPad app including Yammer, Glassdoor, ZOHO, Evernote, and Trilliant.

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  6. Ben Lerer: I Started Thrillist To Prove I'm More Than My Last Name

    In a more serious moment at tonight’s PandoMonthly New York, Ben Lerer talks about getting out from under the shadow of his successful father, also his partner at New York-based venture firm Lerer Ventures.

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  7. Ben Lerer on What's Next: No "Thrillista," Likely Gadgets and Electronics

    Don't expect a "Thrillista" says Thrillist CEO Ben Lerer at tonight's PandoMonthly New York.

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  8. Bright Funds Modernizes the United Way Model for Giving

    The United Way pretty much invented social cause crowdfunding when it started collecting and allocating donations to select charities 125 years ago. But the nonprofit never moved beyond paper-driven campaigns. Launching in September, Bright Funds aims to automate the process by connecting nonprofits, donors and corporations through a consumer website and software platform.

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