by Juilana Reyes via Technically Philly
It could take two whole weeks for a doctor to administer an STD test, ship off the samples, alert the patient of the results and get him back in for treatment.Biomeme wants to speed that process up.
The team behind the pocket-sized genetic test says it can process STD test results in under an hour, meaning that patients who need treatment could get it almost immediately, said Biomeme cofounder Jesse vanWestrienen. The tests are currently being piloted at Drexel and Penn.
by Claudia Thompson via Starticulate
There are a lot of things in life on a daily basis that can cause us to think ‘If only this had that then it would be perfect!’ But, who has the time to write to companies with suggestions on improvements for their products and services? What we could do with is a very cool online suggestion box for our thoughts.
A place has been created where it’s possible to put ideas forward that could make things that little better and more terrific – or as they call it - Betterific.
It’s a user-generated forum that allows people to share ideas about what they think could improve.. well, anything!
Wouldn’t it be great if…
by Katie Roof via Forbes
Black Friday sales began on Thanksgiving this year, giving ambitious shoppers a head start on holiday deals. Taking advantage of discounts has become an American tradition, with a record-setting 247 million people participating in Black Friday weekend last year. Cyber Monday also saw a record, with $1.5 billion in sales.
Yet with long lines and an inbox overloaded with discounts, it can be difficult to determine where to shop. Now the digitally savvy are in luck. There are countless smartphone apps that can help navigate the best deals in-store and online. These apps are also time-savers, so once you’ve wrapped your presents, you can sit back and enjoy some latkes and eggnog.
by Kevin Chen via Daily Finance
The holiday season is more than two months away, but retailers are already vying for your pocketbooks. And because the holiday shopping season accounts for roughly 20% of all annual activity, you can be sure that retailers are looking for ways to get you to spend more than you’d like to — some stores already have their Christmas displays up!
Luckily, there are ways for you to fight back using the Web and smartphone apps.
Whether you’re looking to get your shopping done early or save on a big-ticket item or two, here are three tech-savvy ways to save on holiday shopping.
Baltimore-bred tech entrepreneur and leader to support the upcoming DreamIt Health Baltimore program
November 27, 2013 – Baltimore, MD: DreamIt Ventures (“DreamIt”) announced today that Jason Hardebeck has joined the team as a Managing Director at the tech startup accelerator. Jason is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in established and early stage technology companies in a variety of industries, including software, consumer durables, and renewables. He was the founder and CEO of WhoGlue, a software company that was acquired by Facebook in 2011, and most recently, the Executive Director of gb.tc (the Greater Baltimore Technology Council). In his new role, Jason will join DreamIt managing partner Elliot Menschik, MD PhD in running the DreamIt Health Baltimore program. The role involves recruiting program applicants, sponsors, mentors, and speakers, managing the admissions process, designing the speaker and workshop programming, managing relationships with early-stage investors, and providing hands-on guidance and mentorship of the participating companies.
“DreamIt has built an incredible platform over the last 5 years, working with and launching 127 companies from all corners of industry. I am excited to be part of the DreamIt team and have the opportunity to work with extraordinary and ambitious entrepreneurs from around the world,” Hardebeck said.
Designed to help health IT startups rapidly find product-market fit and establish their first production customers, DreamIt Health Baltimore is the product of a tight partnership between DreamIt Ventures, Johns Hopkins University, BioHealth Innovation, the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore and additional leading organizations to be announced.
“Jason is an exceptional fit, both for our team at DreamIt and our goal for the Baltimore program to integrate with and augment the growing tech community in the city and the broader mid-Atlantic region,” notes Menschik. “A Navy-trained engineer-turned-successful tech entrepreneur and a key leader of the Baltimore tech community, Jason will be instrumental in ensuring that the DreamIt Health Baltimore program is a huge success in attracting and growing a generation of high-growth enterprises that make the most of the region’s wealth of health IT resources and opportunities.”
In addition to adding Jason to the team, DreamIt has undergone internal restructuring to support the accelerator’s growing programs and portfolio as well as future initiative and alliances.
The expansion of DreamIt’s healthcare vertical from Philadelphia to Baltimore has come with Elliot Menschik taking on a full-time role as Managing Partner, DreamIt Health to oversee these and future programs in the sector. Elliot is a physician/scientist/engineer turned repeat tech entrepreneur. He successfully sold his last health IT startup, HxTechnologies, to MEDecision, the health IT subsidiary of Health Care Service Corporation, where he went on to lead all EHR/HIE/Telehealth/Accountable Care businesses as general manager. He subsequently founded Venturef0rth, an urban campus for tech startups in Philadelphia, and is also adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches engineering and science students how to form and lead companies to take their technology to market.
Karen Griffith Gryga is now Managing Partner, DreamIt Funds, dedicating her time to leading all of DreamIt’s fund management and fundraising efforts. In this role, she is responsible for all of DreamIt’s investment activities in the portfolio companies, limited partner relationship management and development and reporting as well as business development activities for fund strategic partnerships.
Kerry Rupp, a Managing Partner at DreamIt for nearly 4 years, was recently promoted to CEO. In this role, Kerry will oversee the all of the accelerator’s initiatives including accelerator cycles, sponsorships, strategic partnerships, marketing, and operations.
“We are extremely excited about the expansion of the DreamIt team and what this means for the strategic and operational priorities of the company,” said Rupp. “As our portfolio continues to grow we need to staff our team accordingly to support both the companies and partnerships. These organizational additions and changes are setting us up for rapid growth and expansion.”
DreamIt just wrapped up their recruiting efforts for DreamIt Austin and DreamIt Health Baltimore and are in the process of interviewing finalists in order to select the participating companies. Both programs are scheduled to kick off in January 2014
About DreamIt Ventures
DreamIt Ventures is a pre-seed stage accelerator with the goal of helping exceptional teams build exceptional companies. DreamIt provides aspiring entrepreneurs with access to seasoned entrepreneurs and subject matter experts to help them validate and de-risk their ideas, a uniquely assigned and seasoned entrepreneur as a mentor, pre-seed funding, top tier accounting and legal services, a rigorous and creative working environment, and access to capital. DreamIt was founded in 2008 by three successful technology entrepreneurs who want to create the same type of opportunities that they were fortunate to have had themselves for the next wave of entrepreneurs. Since kicking off in Philadelphia with their traditional accelerator program, DreamIt has expanded to Austin, Baltimore, New York, and Israel, built a thriving healthtech accelerator program, been named among the top three accelerator programs in the world by Forbes Magazine in 2012 and launched 127 companies with an enterprise value greater quickly approaching $400M, featuring companies such as The Level Up, Parse.ly, SeatGeek, Adaptly, MindSnacks, ShowMe, AppAddictive, LearnBop, Take The Interview, Cloudmine, ElectNext,
SnipSnap, Charlie, Cloudamize, Vantageous, Reactor, PeerActive, and TrendKite. DreamIt alumni have collectively gone on to raise more than $100M in follow on funding. More information about DreamIt Ventures is available online at www.dreamitventures.com, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Programs
Hardebeck said he’ll remain executive director of gb.tc, although how the scope of the position might change is yet to be decided.
Hardebeck will take on the role of managing director of DreamIt Health Baltimore, which will shuttle early-stage health care startups through a four-month program beginning in January, providing them with stipends of up to $50,000 in addition to other professional services. The program will be based out of Bond Street Wharf in Fells Point, a Johns Hopkins University property that DreamIt is leasing from the university.
In exchange for the cash, mentorship and programing, DreamIt Health takes 8 percent in common stock of a startup that runs through its program, said Dr. Elliot Menschik, the Philadelphia-based healthcare entrepreneur who oversees DreamIt Health.
by Lauren Johnson via Mobile Commerce Daily
Mobile ticketing aggregator SeatGeek is leveraging mobile advertising to retarget consumers that have downloaded the company’s application to drive repeat traffic and sales.
The company began testing mobile retargeting initiatives in October and within the past two weeks is now running a full-blown mobile advertising campaign. SeatGeek is working with Urx on this retargeting campaign.
“Ticketing is an area that hasn’t seen a lot of innovation in the mobile app marketplace,” said Russ D’Souza, founder of SeatGeek, New York.
by Jenny Berg via Racked
Let’s face it: the whole bridesmaid-dress situation can be a little tricky. If you’re a bride (a nice one, at least), you aim to please a group of girls with different body types, budgets, and stances on the color pink. And if you’re a bridesmaid, you’re in danger of overspending on a study of hideosity in chiffon. With Brideside, two Kellogg School of Management grads are aiming to provide a solution.
The just-launched startup, based in Chicago, is an online retailer that gives customers the bridal boutique experience at home. Featuring dresses and accessories, the site allows for at-home try-on, and it has fit tools and editorial content.
We interviewed co-founders Sonali Lamba and Nicole Staple about the biz, what makes a good bridesmaid gift, and why pastels can work for winter.
Press Release via TicketNews
SeatGeek, the leading ticket search engine, today announced the release of its very first Android application, complementing the company’s previously release mobile applications for iPhone and iPad.
“With the addition of our very first native Android app, we’re thrilled that we can now serve the vast majority of mobile users with a native SeatGeek experience tailored to their device” said Russ D’Souza, co-Founder of SeatGeek. “We’ve seen Android traffic to SeatGeek.com grow by 50% in just a matter of 3 months, so it’s exciting to finally offer up a best-in-class product to help Android users discover the absolute best deals on event tickets.”
by Robert Ambrogi via LawSites
A little over a year ago, wireLawyer launched in beta as an online community exclusively for lawyers. At the time, I wasn’t kind to it. Iexpressed skepticism about the likelihood of success of a legal-vertical professional network and I called out the site’s founders for claiming to be the “first online professional network for the legal community,” which was not so — although Matthew Tollin, wireLawyer’s cofounder and CEO, disagreed with me.
I had not checked in on the site since then, so I was glad on Friday to have an opportunity to catch up by phone with Tollin to find out what is happening with the site, which is still in beta.
The major news is that wireLawyer recently launched a lawyer-to-lawyer referral feature. Building up this referral network will now be the primary focus of wireLawyer, Tollin told me.