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Startups - Silicon Nation: Twin Cities

How to sell stuff better? This tech startup thinks an app's the answer

by Meghan Holden App Data Room Orrin Broberg Scott Olson Jeff Cronk

ST. PAUL — The days of a salesperson pitching a product with brochures and print documents will soon be a thing of the past — or at least that’s the future App Data Room wants to see.

The fast-growing Minnesota technology startup aims to provide everything a salesperson might need to close the deal all in one app. The idea is to use the popular platform to gather all the sales pitch  ...

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Hot Shots - The new bankers

Lending Club CEO: 'We’ve taken a lot of steps to prepare for the next downturn'

by Mark Calvey Renaud Laplanche

SAN FRANCISCO — Lending Club has been on a growth tear even though its share price has swooned since last December’s $1 billion IPO. The company pioneered marketplace lending, facilitating its first loan in 2007.

More than $11 billion in loans have been made over its platform since then, including $4.38 billion in 2014. Earlier this year, Lending Club (NYSE: LC) doubled its San Francisco  ...

38 minutes ago
Startups - Silicon Nation: Boston

Meet the startup that's building its business out of Airbnb homes

by Sara Castellanos Coral leadership

BOSTON — Entrepreneur Andrew Carlone and two co-founders are building their online guidebook startup, Coral, out of stranger's homes in cities all over the country ranging from Boston to Seattle.

Using San Francisco-based company Airbnb, the trio will be renting out other people's homes for about two weeks at a time in cities that are popular tourist destinations, that also have a vibrant  ...

1 hour ago
Startups - Your cheatin' phone

Privacy startup taps Kickstarter to raise funds with smartphone snoopers in mind

by Eleazar David Meléndez man with mobile phone

MIAMI — A Sunny Isles Beach startup is raising funds with an idea apropos of that city’s anything-goes models-and-bottles yacht party culture: a tool that keeps your jealous boyfriend from reading your text messages or seeing if you’ve been swiping right on Tinder.

EndlessID isn’t exactly marketing itself as a way to keep your significant other from seeing what you’ve been up to. The  ...

1 hour ago
Executive Forum - Guest Contributor

5 truths startup founders should know about entrepreneurship

by Peter Voogd, founder of the Game Changers Academy Trinity Entrepreneurship

Fifteen years ago, people would have assumed you were crazy for expressing a desire to become an entrepreneur. But now the tables have turned. Dream “jobs” are disappearing fast, and creating your ideal opportunity is the new normal.

Still, a lot of people get into entrepreneurship with a blurred perspective, thinking that all you need is passion and work ethic.

Those people are in for a  ...

2 hours ago
Startups - Silicon Nation: Boston

Real estate tech startup could give industry ‘a slap in the face’

by Catherine Carlock SharpLaunch

BOSTON — Bob Samii, founder of Newton, Mass.-based digital marketing agency inMotion Real Estate Media, has launched a real estate marketing platform to help commercial properties have a better online presence.

SharpLaunch.com, a spinoff company of the nine-year-old inMotion, went live last week. The software allows users to create a website individualized for commercial properties, listing key  ...

3 hours ago
Startups - The on-demand economy

From consumer to business clients, tech support startup Eden targets new S.F. clients

by Cromwell Schubarth Eden Susie Sun Joe Du Bey Guy Morita

SAN FRANCISCO — Eden, a startup that just graduated from Y Combinator, is expanding beyond its original focus on helping consumer solve their tech problems.

It's now working with businesses, too, according to founder and CEO Joe Du Bey, and not just helping with their tech problems.

"We have quickly found out that there is a huge need for tech help across the millions of fast-growing businesses  ...

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