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Doug Simpson

@dougsimp
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Karl Guttag

Navdy is a Head-Up Display (HUD) for your car that let’s you use all the apps you love while keeping your eyes on the road. You can think of it as Google Glass for your car but without the Glasses. Navdy works in the car you already have, simply place it on your dash and connect wirelessly to your smartphone.
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Ryan Hoover

@rrhoover
Product Hunt surfaces the best new products, every day. It’s a place for product-loving enthusiasts to share and geek out about the latest mobile apps, websites, hardware projects, and tech creations.
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Meredith Perry

@meredithperry
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Paul Reynolds

@OriginalMadJock
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Marc Berte

uBeam uses patented ultrasound technology to wirelessly and safely charge gadgets such as laptops and smartphones without plugging them into wall outlets or other energy sources. The company is enabling a world where device charging is a seamless and untethered experience. Think Wi-Fi of energy.
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Naval Ravikant

@naval
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Babak Nivi

@nivi
AngelList originally launched as a way to help connect entrepreneurs and investors, but since has expanded into such areas as recruiting, direct online investing, and “syndicates” which lets investors earn carry when they syndicate their dealflow.
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James Fisher

@bantheinternet
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Tatiana Parent

@Tatiana_Danger
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John Lauck

@johnlauck
The road travel market is huge. In fact, it makes up 78% of total travel & tourism spent in the US. Roadtrippers is the first complete road travel planner. Roadtrippers goes beyond basic driving directions and inspires people on where to go and what to do along the way. Roadtrippers launched in July 2012 and is the fastest growing, stickiest US travel site.
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Gagan Biyani

@gaganbiyani
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Neeraj Berry

@nrjbry
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Morgan Springer

@MorganSpringer
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Matt Kent

@mattkent
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Nate Keller

@n8keller
Hand-crafted dinners sourced from the best ingredients, delivered to your table. Sprig provides healthy food on-demand. Anytime you are hungry, you can order a locally-sourced, healthy dinner option directly from your smartphone. Once you order, it takes 20 minutes to get to your door. All meals are cooked by a team led by Executive Chef Nate Keller, who was executive chef at Google.
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Aaron Dragushan

@dragushan
Giftcard Zen saves consumers money at all national brands with instant discounts at checkout. $20 Billion in gift cards are unused every year after being bought. They languish in wallets and kitchen drawers. Giftcard Zen buys these gift cards then sells them at a discount to consumers who’ll use them.
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Leore Avidar

@bavidar
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Harry Zhang

@harryzhang
A simple API to integrate print & mail solutions into your applications, Lob is a suite of printing, fulfillment, and logistics API’s for developers. Their first product is a cloud printing API. Described as the Amazon Web Services for printing, Lob automates the printing & mailing of any type of physical collateral like posters, mugs, postcards, letters, photos, checks and more. Lob gives companies access to commercial print infrastructure and the ability to print on-demand.
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Ashwinn Krishnaswamy

@Shwinnabego
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Aneesh Bhoopathy

@abhoopathy
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Phil Ditzler

@philly__d
Send a webpage to a friend instantly with a keystroke. Highlight the best parts of articles. Easily retrieve links, comments, and highlights.
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Matt Rothstein

@marothstein
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Andrew Dietrich

@andrew_dietrich
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Aaron Frank

@arfrank
Final is a credit card, a mobile app, a better credit experience, a consumer advocate, and a way to protect your account from fraud, breaches, and card cancellation.
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Ankush Sehgal

@4nkush
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Arush Sehgal

@arush
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Nicolas Kermarc

@spacenick
BRANDiD is the most personal shopping service you’ve ever had. Connect to your own personal shopper in 20 seconds, and our drivers collect all your returns in-person.
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Ryan Hudson

@ketau
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George Ruan

@gemusan
Milk is an app that takes the pain out of grocery coupons. With the tap of a button, hundreds of digital coupons will be loaded to your grocery rewards card. To redeem the coupons, simply use your rewards card at checkout and the savings will be applied automatically. No need to scan a receipt or show the cashier anything.
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Dusty Davidson

@dustyd
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Rick Knudtson

@rickknudtson
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Tony Noecker

@noecker
Flywheel started in 2012 with a simple mission – to improve the lives of the millions of web designers & developers worldwide that build sites on the WordPress platform. Thousands of designers from every corner of the globe use Flywheel each and every day to launch beautiful WordPress sites for their clients. From tiny blogs to sites getting millions of visitors each month, they’ve got ‘em. Flywheel empowers designers and developers to focus on what they do best — build beautiful, functional sites for their clients. They do this with their combination of software, friendly expert support, and rock-solid infrastructure.
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Avish Bhama

@avishbhama
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Sean Lavine

Vaurum enables financial institutions to offer bitcoin to their customers. Vaurum has built a cryptocurrency exchange for financial institutions, allowing fully compliant organizations to plug into BitMe, their consumer exchange, enabling them to offer bitcoin to their customer base. They operate like the NASDAQ for cryptocurrencies, where they have one centralized pool of liquidity, compliant payment gateways around the world, and partnerships with financial institutions to help get bitcoin to the masses.
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Matt Boyd

@mattboyd
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Eric Bieller

@ericbieller
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Tom Moor

@tommoor
Sqwiggle is designed to bring your team closer with seamless communication and constant connection. Sqwiggle is an always-on, online workplace for remote teams to work together throughout the day.
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Chris Kaufman

@kauf
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Greg Schwartz

@uptogreg
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David Webber

@davesacre
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Mathew Piccinato

@mpiccinato
Life goes beyond meetings and appointments. Your calendar should too. UpTo gives you a more complete view of everything coming up that matters to you – without the clutter. Discover important events ahead of time and plan accordingly. It’s your calendar, but better. A new dimension of the calendar. Your UpTo calendar has two layers. The front layer is your existing calendar. The back layer includes calendars you follow based on your likes and interests. Expand your calendar to reveal the back layer of events with just a pinch or tap.
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John Shahidi

@john
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Sam Shahidi

@sammy
Shots is a fun, worry-free place to share and see photos of your friends. The Shots platform is designed so that only positive messages can be expressed.
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Claus Moberg

@clausmoberg
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Jami Morton

@JamiLiM
SnowShoe Stamps are small pieces of plastic with secret digital identities. Their stamps allow mobile game developers to sell toys that link to in-game content (Skylanders for mobile). At the same time, their stamps have been used as a physical factor of authentication for secure user log-ins and to authenticate purchases in brick-and-mortar retailers. SnowShoe Stamps have no batteries, no power, no circuitry, no antenna, and no moving parts. They work with all multi-touch mobile devices. Their API and SDKs can be integrated into a project in mere minutes, giving any developer the ability to bring magical digital:physical experiences to their mobile application.
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Jared Feldman

@iamjaredf
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Sam Hui, PhD

Canvs is the first social entertainment insights platform that immediately tells you how audiences reacted to content at scale. The platform, provides solutions for marketing, ad sales, and production by empowering decisions based on qualitative insights.
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Andrew Farah

@andrewfarah
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Jordan Messina

@jordanmessina
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Ben Redfield

@BenRedfield
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Robert Grazioli

@RobertGrazioli
Density is a device about the size of a deck of cards. When you plug it in to an outlet, it will immediately count the number of people in a room. The longer it listens, the better its data becomes: measuring visitor count, new v. loyal customers, visitor duration, etc.
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Caren Maio

@carenmaio
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Mike O’Toole

@mikeocool
Powering the real estate industry, Nestio is NYC’s most accurate residential listings database. Think MLS for rentals. Nestio offers landlords, brokers, and renters the ability to manage and communicate information in real-time about rental listings.
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Kristoph Matthews

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Self-storage made easy. Boxbee brings mobile technology to the world of storage. Their backend platform navigates the intricate logistics of box transport, sorting, and inventorying. Boxbee is storage that comes to you by the box. Think on-demand mini-storage. Customers can manage their boxes online and can retrieve them any time. With a push of a button boxes arrive. When the customer packs them up, Boxbee retrieves and stores them. Perfect for anyone living in dense urban cities.
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Wes McKinney

@wesmckinn
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Chang She

@changhiskhan
Datapad is an agile data visualization workflow for the modern era: prepare, explore, analyze, share. Datapad was launched by the creators of Pandas, Wes McKinney and Chang She, leaders in the data science community.
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Yo Sub Kwon

@jchysk
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Devin Egan

@devinegan
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Geoff Sanders

@GeoffSanders
LaunchKey enables secure user authentication on websites, applications, and other computer systems without the need for passwords. Launchkey utilizes the power of your smart phone or tablet for strong out-of-band authentication (OOBA) via the free LaunchKey mobile app. Anytime a user authenticates, a launch request is sent to their physical device for authorization. Launchkey has recently received Veracode’s highest security rating.
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Will Mayo

@wrmayo
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Geoffrey Mayo

Competition for reader attention has never been more intense. And now people are spending less time on computers and more time on their phones. Publishers have had to find an effective way to cram all of their content and advertising onto tiny little screens. And it’s not working. And everyone knows it’s not working. But what’s the alternative? SpokenLayer is transforming the way publishers think about mobile engagement. They let readers experience stories in a format perfectly designed for mobile consumption: audio. The SpokenLayer platform was built from the ground up with a specific mission: to give publishers of all sizes a fully integrated audio solution at speeds never before imaginable.
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Alexander Mimran

@amimran
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Michael Lawlor

@haltingstate
Minbox is a SaaS product that’s becoming the new standard for how SMBs send files. The app is designed for external file sharing instead of internal intra-company sharing and collaboration that Dropbox and Box already do well. Minbox consists of a rich web app (built in backbone.js) and a native Mac client (deeply integrated into the Finder) for the ultimate experience.
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Brad Sewell

Campaign is a vertically integrated online furniture brand.
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Brandon Zeuner

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AJ Vernet

@AJVernet37
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Ryan Swagar

@RyanSwagar
RP offers a cloud-based ad platform making it easy to scale campaigns, and help meet demand, change creative, or optimize performance in real time. Republic Project lets brands, studios and agencies distribute content across multiple sites and devices with simplicity, speed, and cost efficiency. Acquired by DG.
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Andrew Landau

@TheMandau
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Ryan Landau

@Chalkfly
The office supply space is a $45B vertical that has seen no innovation in 30+ years. ‘Big box stores’ control 75% of the market but their historical cost structure is inefficient when selling a commoditized product. Chalkfly is reinventing the experience of buying office and school supplies online. With over 50,000 products, 24/7 customer service, a 365-day return policy and a mission to change the world - Chalkfly is invigorating the industry.
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Garrett Gee

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Ben Turley

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Kirk Ouimet

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Scan has created web and mobile tools which enable both companies and consumers to benefit from mobile transaction technologies (QR codes, beacon, and more). These benefits include mobile commerce, social media, lead generation, analytics, networking, and more. (ex. “Scan to Follow”, “Scan to Like”, “Scan to Buy”).
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Chase Lee

@_chaselee
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Jeff Epstein

@jeff_epstein
Ambassador is a social referral platform for any business. Easily, track & manage referral / partner / affiliate programs that seamlessly integrate into your website or app. Ambassador enables any website to build a Dropbox or Fab style referral program to reward their customers for promoting their products online.
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Matt Galligan

@mg
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Arsenio Santos

@arsenio
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Ben Huh

@benhuh
Circa saves news readers precious time by delivering comprehensive yet to-the-point coverage in a format tailored for mobile lifestyles. Over 55% of U.S. smartphone owners are consuming news while mobile, but they’re reading content that was created for web & print. Instead of attempting to shoehorn long form news into an ill fitting environment, Circa delivers news in a format native to mobile lifestyles with an experience built for a world in motion.
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Carly Gloge

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Isaac Squires

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Ubooly is an educational Smart Toy® that is powered by mobile devices. Ubooly talks and listens to kids while encouraging creative and active play.
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Matt Singer

@MattBSinger
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Amanda Eilian

Since 2007, Videolicious has been a leading provider of automatic video creation solutions, with more than 1,000,000 users in over 100 countries. Their video editing technology has powered the creation of millions of videos for social media marketers, Fortune 500 companies, real estate agents, local businesses, and anyone else who wants to benefit from video’s power to sell and inform.
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Daniel Newman

@dannynewman
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Austin Gayer

@austindenver
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Joe Mease

@jmease
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Dusty Candland

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Roximity manufactures wireless iBeacons to place in physical locations and deliver personalized content to customers as they walk in the door and move throughout a venue.
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Darius Monsef

@bubs
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Chris Williams

@PureForm
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Aaron Epstein

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Creative Market is a platform for handcrafted, mousemade design content from independent creatives around the world. They’re passionate about making beautiful design simple and accessible to everyone. Acquired by Autodesk
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Felix Sheng

@felix
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David Bloom

@davidabloom
Ordr.in powers restaurant e-commerce. Their API lets global brands and individual developers add food ordering into any site or application. Ordr.in is customizable and makes sites more engaging.
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Adelle Charles

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Joshua Smibert

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Carbon Ads is an ad tech company behind a new kind of advertising network. Carbon connects advertisers to highly-relevant users through targeted verticals we call Circles. These circles are made up of influential publishers who lead or are engaged within their industries. To their audiences, Carbon brings well-designed, value-focused ads, displayed one per page above the fold, for quality brands, products and services that readers actually need and want. Acquired by BuySell Ads.
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Shawn Geller

@QuiklyShawn
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Scott Meves

@stereoscott
Quikly is all about speed. It’s simple. Amazing brands text you secret links for special rewards. The faster you click, the more you earn.
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Dave Boyce

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James Nicol

@nicoljames
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Erik Nilsson

@enilsson
Fundly helps everyone fund what they love. They do it by empowering individuals and organizations to raise money for the causes and communities they care about. Crowdfunding provides the trust, transparency and ties necessary to make global giving instantaneously impactful and hyperlocal.
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Micah Baldwin

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Graphicly renders all images for fixed-format EPUB in high-resolution with color-correction. Your content will look beautiful across all screens and be 100% compatible with any reading system. Graphicly creates the most beautiful and readable EPUBs. Acquired by Blurb.
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Steffen Hoffman

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Ethan Czahor

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Doug Ludlow

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Hipster is creating a real-time, visual public record of the world’s locations. Using their iPhones and Android devices, people share where they are and what they are doing by sending their friends a photographic postcard. The postcards become permanently attached to the locations they were sent from, and are forever accessible to all those who come later. Acquired by AOL.
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David Compton

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Mark Evans

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Steve Markowitz

@smarkowitz
A mobile-shopping app that finds the best prices on everyday items like toothpaste and toilet paper.
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David Lifson

@dlifson
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Chris Maguire

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Haim Schoppik

Postling is a tool that helps small businesses face the daunting task of social media marketing. Brought to you by the founders of Etsy.com, Postling lets users publish content simultaneously to the major social media platforms, including blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. Acquired by LocalVox Media.
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Alex Cook

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Andy Cook

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Rent anything, anywhere.
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Verdi Ergün

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Matt Niehaus

The iPad point of sale chosen by thousands of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, cafés, bakeries, delis, and more.
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Lauren McDevitt

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Josh Wais

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Shop now. Buy later. Wantworthy lets you save the products you want from any site as you’re shopping online and gives you a place to organize, compare and get feedback from friends.
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Bobby Ghoshal

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Matthew Ausonio

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Flud is a modern, beautiful and personalized mobile news ecosystem with a vision to empower it’s users to interact with each other to access, engage and broadcast content that is relevant to them.

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Jonathon Triest

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Prior to launching Ludlow, Jonathon worked as Creative Director for New York’s Discovery Productions. He founded and operated Triest Group, a design firm with a deep UI/UX focus. In addition to his role at Ludlow, Jonathon is a mentor at numerous technology accelerators including Silicon Valley’s Up West Labs, Cincinnati’s The Brandery, and San Francisco’s Highway 1. He is a board member of the Trico Foundation and Venture for America.

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Brett deMarrais

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Prior to joining Ludlow, Brett founded Wedit, a crowd sourced wedding video platform that reduced the cost of wedding videos and made them social. Within the first year of launching the company Wedit had won the top industry awards for customer satisfaction (Brides Choice 2012 and Best of The Knot 2012). Previously, Brett worked at Out of the Blue Entertainment. Brett is a Michigan Venture Fellow.

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Adam made the videos that introduced the world to Square, Flipboard, Airbnb, the JAMBOX, and most recently, Coin. He runs Sandwich Video from Los Angeles, and aims to do more of the same, but bigger.

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Blake Robbins

Fall Associate

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Blake is currently a Senior at Michigan State University. He previously hustled his way into interning: @nest // @SpaceX // @GA // @zaarly

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Sandy Kronenberg

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Sandy’s entrepreneurial career began by founding Netarx – a network integration and services provider to large enterprises. Netarx focused on advanced technologies including Business Intelligence (BI), Network & Information Security, Virtualization, Storage Area Networks, Unified Communications and Data Center Services. In 2009, Netarx acquired the VAR business of Analysts International (including Sequoia and Entree Systems). In 2011 Netarx was acquired by Logicalis (a division of Datatec - Symbol LSE: DTC) and Sandy joined as its Chief Technology Officer.

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Brad Feld is managing director at Foundry Group. He is co-founder of TechStar’s a mentor driven accelerator, and author of several VC books. Notable companies that Brad have invested in and/or sat on the boards include Abuzz (acquired by the New York Times), Anyday.com (acquired by Palm), Critical Path, Cyanea (acquired by IBM), Dante Group (Acquired by WEBM), Data Power (acquired by IBM), Feedburner (acquired by GOOG), Feld Group (acquired by EDS), Gist (acquired by RIM), Harmonix (acquired by VIA), NetGenesis, ServiceMagic (acquired by IACI), Service Metrics (acquired by EXDS) and Zynga.

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Eric Ries

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An entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup. He co-founded and served as CTO of IMVU, his third startup. In 2007, BusinessWeek named Ries one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech. In 2008 he served as a venture advisor at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers before moving on to advise startups independently. Today he serves on the board of directors for Code for America. In 2010, he was named entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School and is currently an IDEO Fellow. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Tara.

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Jason Nazar

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Co-Founder and CEO of Docstoc.com (acquired by Intuit), which provides the best quality and widest selection of documents and resources to start, grow, and manage your small business and professional life. Jason is also the creator and host of Startups Uncensored, the longest running and most widely attended technology gathering in southern California, which regularly brings together thousands of entrepreneurs, techies and investors. Jason was named one of the “Most Admired CEOs in Los Angeles” by the LA Business Journal, but he’s more proud of his three point shot and ping pong skills.