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Entrepreneurs and others who caught our eye, as profiled in the pages of the latest Business Journals: David Gardner, an angel investor infused with optimism; Doron Kempel, who's aiming to make IT simple; Nick Pearson Franks and Daniel Daoura, who have created a device for tracking down lost items; and Gail Warrior, founder of one of the nation's largest female-owned construction firms. Read more »

Hot Shots

Superfish CEO’s vision for visual search has changed the way we shop, search

by Leia Parker Superfish

A di Pinhas isn't just another Silicon Valley startup founder talking about a vision for changing the world: His computer-vision expertise and visual-search apps have already changed the way thousands of people search and shop the Web.

Pinhas is the Palo Alto-based chief executive of Superfish, whose free WindowShopper desktop and mobile application sent the company's revenue soaring to more than  ...

11 hours ago
Loot

How Amazon's first non-family backer discovered politics — and the internet gold mine

by Rachel Lerman Nick Hanauer

N ick Hanauer is a Seattle venture capitalist who has become a provocative figure on the political scene.

He was the first non-family investor in Amazon.com and later founded aQuantive, which Microsoft acquired in 2007 — giving Hanauer a $290 million payday.

He is founder of Seattle VC firm Second Avenue Partners, whose investments range from aerial drone maker Insitu (acquired by Boeing) to  ...

14 hours ago
Hot Shots

Can Steve Case save the American dream?

by Bill Flook Steve Case

I t's 7 p.m., central time, and Steve Case speaks with the same bright-eyed vigor of a man beginning his day. He's back on his red-white-and-blue blazoned tour bus after a full day of speaking engagements in Kansas City, Missouri, with the roughly four-hour drive to St. Louis ahead of him. They are set to arrive at their hotel not long before midnight.

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17 hours ago
Startups

Startup creates online marketplace for volunteers

by Steven Goldsmith MovingWorlds

A fter running in closed "beta" mode for three years, Seattle's MovingWorlds opened its online volunteering service Oct. 14.

MovingWorlds connects volunteers with charitable projects around the world in need of their specific skills. Members pay an annual fee to MovingWorlds, but the nonprofits usually provide food and lodging — sometimes even a stipend.

MovingWorld's off-the-beaten-path  ...

November 22, 2014 | 12:00pm EST
Hot Shots

Why Thomas Coburn ditched med school for startup

by Sara Castellanos Tom Coburn

I f life had gone according to plan for Thomas Coburn, he would be studying medicine at one of Boston's top med schools right now. But in 2011, as a Boston College undergraduate majoring in biology and theology, Coburn's aspirations shifted. He dropped out of school along with his founding team to focus full-time on what was back then a glorified PowerPoint presentation that (astonishing to them)  ...

November 22, 2014 | 9:00am EST
News Wire

Best of Uplinks: 8 things we learned this week (cat catchers are a thing), plus our favorite videos (Video)

by Alex Dalenberg Cat Catching

H appy Friday. It's a good thing Thanksgiving is on the way because a lot of people in startup land could probably use some comfort food. We're thinking Fab.com's Jason Goldberg and Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia in particular. Then there's Uber executive Emil Michael. We're guessing he's not inviting any journalists over to dinner next week.

Here's some food for thought going into your weekend: Our  ...

November 21, 2014 | 5:10pm EST
Startups

Meet the Demo Gods

by Cromwell Schubarth

L aunching at the annual Demo fall conference in Silicon Valley is a big deal for the dozens of companies that get accepted, but they all want the added prestige of being chosen as best of show.

None of the 10 Bay Area startups that pitched on their home turf on Wednesday and Thursday were selected as one of the five so-called "Demo Gods."

In the end, winning the award won't mean anything unless  ...

November 21, 2014 | 4:47pm EST
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