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Startup News: Motivational Social Networks Edition

running Startup News: Motivational Social Networks Edition

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Steps to success Moteevate, formerly known as Fitango and self described as “the motivational social network,” went live last week. The site makes achieving your goals sound really easy by breaking them down into three steps: choosing from over 600 action plans (or making up your own), inviting your friends to “motivate and cheer you on,” and, finally, following the plan to accomplish your goal.

Keep running Fitocracy, the fitness social network that lets you track your workout progress and compete against your friends, has made some changes to their team. Cofounder and former CTO Richard Talens is now the Chief of Growth and Analytics, and senior engineer Daniel Roesler is stepping in as the new CTO. The company has also hired Jay Patel as a new backend developer.

New and improved The Tumblr app for iOS just got a makeover and is now faster and also looks better, with support for higher resolution photos as well as redesigned notification tabs which make navigation much easier. The improved app also includes offline support, which allows users to write blog posts, reblog, and leave comments while offline, which will be posted automatically the next time the iPhone connects to the Internet.

Perfect pitch The Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York (HBSAANY) and the National Association of Investment Companies announced the finalists for their inaugural Venture Capital Access Program, intended to provide “women and diverse entrepreneurs” with access to venture capital through accredited investors. The six finalists, Castle Surgical, MetaLayer, Shadow Digital, Take the Interview, Tiger Trade, and Torsch, Inc. will present their to HBSAANY on Wednesday.

Better Homes and Gardens Hometalk, the online home and garden social network, just launched a redesign. The site also announced that it now has a community of over 100,000 homeowners, renters and home improvement professionals.

Hablo espanol ZocDoc en Espanol launched last week, providing Spanish-speaking users with a free online service that helps find nearby Spanish-speaking doctors and dentists and book appointments.

Now hiring We hear that MoviePass is looking for a Full Stack Lead Developer & Architect, Alta Investors needs a Graphic Designer, and Boxee wants an iPad and iPhone Developer.