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Startups - Buffalo Business First

Can an eSports startup thrive in western New York?

by Dan Miner TylerSchrodt EGF

BUFFALO—Like an unexpected gust of wind, a promising eSports startup company emerged last year in Buffalo.

Electronic Gaming Federation has a novel take on an industry that is exploding across the world, attracting gobs of venture capital and new segments of news coverage from outlets such as Yahoo and ESPN. eSports focus on games such as League of Legends, where players control  ...

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7 Portland tech companies that are ready to fly

by Malia Spencer

PORTLAND— For several years now, Portland’s booming software sector has been defined by a handful of high-profile companies. You know their names: Puppet Labs, Elemental Technologies, Act-On Software, Urban Airship, Janrain, Jama Software, Simple and Viewpoint Construction Software.


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Want to invest in a budding pro golfer? This Cincinnati standout is waiting

by Steve Watkins Portz,jpg

CINCINNATI—People buy stock in companies all the time. What about buying a stake in a burgeoning professional golfer?

That’s the deal Northern Kentucky University golfer Clayton Portz is offering. He’s trying to raise $50,000 to play pro golf for the rest of the year. He’s hoping to make enough money to pay back his investors and then some.

Portz is a senior and just completed his college  ...

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Startups - Silicon Nation: Seattle

Startup connects salespeople and customers with tap of app

by Becky Monk

PUGET SOUND—CardTapp has developed a mobile business card that goes beyond a virtual introduction. The Bellevue-based startup’s founders Ben Brashen, Ryan Leopold and Dustin Swisstack thought there had to be a better way through technology to keep sales people connected to their prospective customers, facilitate sales and let customers make referrals.

To that end, the former loan offers and  ...

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Lockup to startup: An entrepreneur’s journey from behind bars to starting 2 businesses

by Mike Sunnucks

PHOENIX—When William “Lucky” Barker got out of prison in 2008, he had served eight years for aggravated assault.

Barker was 30 and couldn’t find a job. Twenty-two employers turned him down before he landed work with a construction firm.

Then, the Arizona native charted an usual path for many ex-felons. He started his own business.

Barker started Lockdown Clothing LLC with $50. The  ...

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News Wire - Food 2.0

Cape Cod seafood farm is pioneering high-tech oysters

by Sara Castellanos

BOSTON—Dozens of seafood lovers fall ill each year after eating oysters that weren't kept at the right temperature at some point in the process from ocean to plate.

A Cape Cod seafood farm is using sensors and thermal cameras to pioneer the idea that leveraging technology in the field of aquaculture can ultimately lead to fresher seafood, less sickness, and ultimately, better business.

Ward  ...

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Loot - Silicon Nation: Durham

Is this Durham startup the reason for the billion-dollar Rovi-TiVo deal?

by Lauren K. Ohnesorge TiVo logo

DURHAM—TiVo (Nasdaq: TIVO), the California technology giant that bought Durham startup darling Digitalsmiths in 2014, is being acquired by Rovi (Nasdaq: ROVI) for $1.1 billion.

And Richard Tullo, an analyst with Albert Fried and Company who has been following TiVo for the past four years, suspects Digitalsmiths, which has grown about 30 percent per year under its new owner, factored “a lot”  ...

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