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Pierre Omidyar's Ulupono Initiative backs alternative farm in Hawaii

by Duane Shimogawa Murray Clay Panel

Ulupono Initiative, a Honolulu-based social impact investment firm founded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, has invested in a farming venture on Oahu with hydroponics farmer Nancy Jones.

The venture is aimed at increasing local food production, Jones and Ulupono Initiative officials confirmed on Tuesday.

Jones said the project involves developing a farm on land leased from the state and that it is  ...

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Brad Paisley-backed YouTube venture signs Wal-Mart for year two

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My Country Nation, a Nashville-based digital channel dedicated to the country lifestyle, has re-signed retail giant Wal-Mart as a presenting sponsor for its second year.

The sponsorship will allow the channel to expand its original series and programming as it aims to grow views and expand into a multi-channel network in year two.

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The Airbnb for event space launches in New York with $1.4 million seed round

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A happy hour in someone's private mansion, a photo shoot in an old industrial garage, or a corporate meeting within an art gallery? It may be unconventional to think of space being used this way, but unconventional is perhaps the word that best describes the space-sharing platform Splacer.

The Israeli-based company announced today that in addition to raising a $1.4 million seed round, it will  ...

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When her VC-backed startup got down to its last $150K, she made a drastic change

by Caroline McMillan Portillo Jessica Mah xl

Jessica Mah and Andy Su launched their startup, inDinero, to much fanfare in 2009.

Mah, the CEO, was 19 years old. Su, the company’s chief technology officer, was only 18.

The press generated talk of wunderkinds. It also brought inDinero (Spanish for “in the money”) a slew of users: small business owners who wanted tools to track their finances.

Mah and Su billed it as “ Mint.com for  ...

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5 things to know as Donna Karan exits namesake brand

by Teresa Novellino WWD CEO SUMMIT

Fashion designer Donna Karan is leaving her role as chief designer at Donna Karan International, stepping away from an eponymous New York-centric brand that she founded in 1984 to provide chic clothing for the growing number of women entering the workforce. She will be focusing on her own Urban Zen brand.

The news, first reported Tuesday evening by Women’s Wear Daily, has set off strong  ...

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Buying wine and liquor online is about to get more personal

by Sara Castellanos app 4

Soon, shopping online for wine and liquor will be as individualized as shopping for books on Amazon.com and choosing movies on Netflix.

Drizly, maker of a mobile and Web app that allows users to shop for alcohol and get it delivered, is paying marketing software startup BlueConic to collect information on Drizly users in an effort to bolster marketing efforts and make the experience more  ...

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Inside the Amazon deal Internet controlled garage door opener firm: 'They contacted us ... imagine our surprise'

by Carrie Ghose Garageio Amazon

When Amazon.com Inc. announced it was developing a cloud-connected voice control hub for the home called Echo, you can bet the engineers at Alottazs Labs LLC were interested.

With its Garageio smartphone-enabled garage door controller on the market for a year, the Columbus startup founded by an electrical engineer and software developer was already integrating the device with other Internet of  ...

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