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From pop-up chef to restaurateur, an entrepreneurial journey

by Joann Vitelli, Staff Writer

Jarrett Stieber was between jobs when a friend lost his location for their coffee shop and asked for help. They teamed up and began a coffee and dinner pop-up restaurant at Candler Park Market in Atlanta until the friend lost momentum and Stieber decided to continue on his own.

“I had the free time to do the pop-up and started growing the brand,” he said.

At the time, Stieber had plans to  ...

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How this Pittsburgh startup landed an equity investment from the Gates Foundation

by Patty Tascarella EF Photo PR

Pittsburgh-based personalized education tech startup Acrobatiq’s coup of getting an equity investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of its $9.75 million Series A funding round goes back to the company’s roots at Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Learning Initiative.

“They knew about the work we were doing and they provided grants to the OLI, so in a way, they provided  ...

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Entrepreneur spots hole in startup ecosystem, creates software to fill it

by Danielle Abril VisagePayrollCraigLewis

Craig Lewis has spent the past several years working within payroll and payment technology and the startup community. After getting a good feel for the industry and what it lacks, Lewis set himself on a new mission.

He would build a company that developed user friendly and modern payroll software for small businesses and not charge a dime.

“I had no idea how I was going to do that,” Lewis  ...

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HelloTech is your parents' tech support company

by Annlee Ellingson HelloTech — BuyYourParents.com

The Twitter parody account Bored Elon Musk was on to something when he tweeted recently, “Service that automatically restarts your mom’s computer when she has a ‘technical question.’”

If you’re remotely tech-savvy, you too likely have been drafted by your parents or neighbors or some other boomer in your life to help activate a feature on their iPhone or fix Wi-Fi that’s stopped  ...

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Harvard tech guru funds collaborative medical software

by Jessica Bartlett WORLD BUSINESS FORUM

An investment firm founded by Clayton Christensen, a Harvard Business professor who is described as the world’s foremost authority on disruptive innovation, has invested $8.4 million in a cloud-based platform intended to help physicians manage complex patients.

Rose Park Advisors led the $8.4 million series A funding round for ACT.md, a platform founded by Boston Children’s Hospital  ...

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Startup seeks to take the hassle out of military moving

by James Aldridge army

A San Antonio startup company called PCSgrades has launched out of Geekdom that is designed to give people in the military a reliable way to share information with their peers on neighborhoods, real estate agents, mortgage lenders, apartments and builders.

PCSgrades, named for the military term "PCS" or permanent change of station, is designed to take some of the angst out of finding real estate  ...

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Female entrepreneurs get their chance to make it big at upcoming Pitchfest competition

by Monica Mendoza The Bodie New Markers copy

Julie Adams launched her Lone Tree-based shoe company, Pakems, two years ago.

She designed a lightweight, water-resistant, warm boot that can be packed on ski, hiking or camping trips.

She sells the boots on Pakems.com and in 33 retail stores.


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And next week, she will get five minutes to pitch her business to the  ...

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