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Twenty20’s vision for crowdsourced stock photos comes into focus

by Annlee Ellingson Twenty20

S tock photos have a bad rep. They're staged. They're awkward. They don't make any sense.

Yet today's social-media marketing campaigns require a daily churn of image-driven content for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and elsewhere. Meanwhile, every one with a smartphone is an amateur photographer. Launching out of beta today, Twenty20 aims to bring brands and shutterbugs together and has raised $8  ...

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Dick Costolo gives non-tweeters a pass and 8 other links worth tweeting (or not)

by Alex Dalenberg Dick Costolo

I t's happening. The FCC will regulate the Internet like a utility, marking a huge win for net neutrality advocates. Also, it made Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak very happy. Here is what Woz had to say.

And now, your Thursday Uplinks.

Social media absolution. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo pardons the non-tweeters of the world. Via the New York Times.

Speaking of which. Nobody tweets anymore  ...

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Startups

Cousins' bar stool conversation leads to startup hawking 'stoplight for your face'

by Dan Miner

H eads Up Display is preparing to ship its first 100 units and is looking to close the final $70,000 of a $100,000 seed round.

The tech company started with a barstool conversation between cousins Clark and Brendon Dever and was formalized during a Buffalo Startup Weekend in 2012.

The Heads Up systems involve a wearable LED device for industrial workers which essentially function as "a stoplight  ...

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Startups

Shake launches its mobile legal contract-writing tool for business

by Ben Fischer Shake photo

S hake, the maker of a mobile, automated legal contract writer, is bringing its first revenue-generating product out of the garage today.

The Manhattan startup has ended a nearly eight-month pilot of its Shake for Business tool, which can create and customize legally valid contracts with a few taps on a phone. The professional tool costs $10 per month per person and includes numerous premium  ...

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Tax prep startup aims to provide alternative to big-box shops, do-it-yourself sites

by Greg Ryan IRS CONGRESS

A new Boston company is hoping to bring a little excitement to an industry with a reputation that's about as stodgy as it gets: tax services.

The tax return preparation startup Greanlight, which launched Feb. 15, is entering a sector "that hasn't really been disrupted much," according to one of its co-founders, Kyle Kilcoyne, in part because of its seasonal nature and in part because of the  ...

17 hours ago
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How Flexus Bio went from coffee talk to $1.25B sale in less than 2 years

by Cromwell Schubarth Flexus Biosciences CEO Terry Rosen

B iotech returns are usually measured in years, not months.

But Flexus Biosciences of San Carlos, Calif., just went from inception in 2013 to a $1.25 billion sale agreement this week in less than two years.

"I've been in the biotech business for almost 30 years and I've never been involved in anything like this," Terry Rosen, CEO of the San Carlos company told me. "It's pretty remarkable."


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Why techies and coders should just start their own business already

by Mark Beckner, principal, Inotek Consulting Group Author Mark Beckner

T echnologists, programmers, consultants, here's a career secret: you can be immensely successful working not for a company but for yourself.

You can have freedom to pursue your interests, both personal and professional. You can make a healthier income and engage in life in a more meaningful way. You can leave the safety net of employment behind and pursue business independence – your ability  ...

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