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Why N.C.'s Triangle is crawling with startups

by Lauren K. Ohnesorge Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at HQ Raleigh

A bout a year ago, when the Triangle’s biggest entrepreneurship hubs – American Underground and HQ Raleigh– each announced separate expansions, I asked their top execs if there would be enough startups to go around - a legitimate question for an area that’s seen its share of funding difficulties.

Adam Klein, chief strategy officer for American Underground, and Jason Widen, executive  ...

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The Pipeline: Google's video gamble, Yammer boss departs Microsoft, and Gary Parsons pulls in big bucks

by Kent Bernhard Jr David Sacks

A look at the hottest deals, business moves and upstart entrepreneurs for July 25 from around the country, as reported by The Business Journals and other local business publications.

Deals and money plays

Silicon Valley…Google’s reportedly paying$1 billion to buy video game streaming powerhouse Twitch Interactive.

Boston… MassMutual launches a $100 million venture fund to back startups.

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This is what happens when you're smart enough to know you've met the next Bethenny Frankel

by Hilary Burns Julie Plake

J ulie Plake was 23 years old and fresh out of Penn State when she met soon-to-be reality TV personality and Skinnygirl Bethenny Frankel in 2005.

At the time, Frankel was a chef trying to build a celebrity clientele, and Plake was working for a luxury publishing company in New York City. The two crossed paths at a swanky event in the Hamptons and hit it off immediately.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Thanks to Twitch, Google now totally dominates the online video market

by Michael del Castillo

Late yesterday afternoon sources confirmed that Google had purchased streaming video site Twitch.TV for $1 billion, according to a VentureBeat report. Google, which already owns YouTube, the third most used site on the Internet, now owns well over half of the marketshare divided among the 15 largest online video sites.

Click here to read more about how one of the site's founders helped steer it  ...

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54-hours spent with entrepreneurial strangers: 10 lessons from Startup Weekend

by Andrea Martins Sunshine Coast Startup Weekend

I f you’re addicted to Angel List more than Craigslist and you follow Richard Branson rather than Kim Kardashian, it might be time to get yourself along to a Startup Weekend.

Startup Weekends are 54-hour “no talk, all action” events which bring aspiring entrepreneurs together to pitch, vote for, and then team up to work on the best of the Weekend’s ideas. With humble beginnings in  ...

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This company wants to put Sheryl Sandberg in your pocket

by Gina Hall Caroline Ghosn

I t was only a matter of time before tech solutions started cropping up to solve women's issues in the workplace.

Part algorithm and part social movement, Levo is building a brand on connecting women to information and mentors to ease the transition between college and the workforce.

"Education has rules and parameters," Caroline Ghosn, CEO and co-founder of Levo, tells me. "Women outperform men  ...

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Ready, set, go! 200 ideas for making money online

by Alex Dalenberg

Spencer Mitchell of Nebraska doesn't have the world's most glamorous job, he makes his paycheck through a combination of blogging and paid surveys, but he does set his own own schedule. If you're looking for some inspiration starting a work-from-home freelancing practice or micro business, or are just interested in earning some side income, this infographic Mitchell designed for his site  ...

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