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Startup Rundown: 3D Printing Puts Birdhouse Makers Out of Work, and High-Tech Underwear Gets a Boost

Check out the winning 3D-printed birdhouse creation. Can we move in?

MakerBot spreads its wings It looks like the future of 3D printing is heading skyward—literally. MakerBot’s recently hosted the Birdhouse Challenge, wherein more than 160 competitors used the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer to make some serious avian swag. Top entries included a birdhouse shaped like the turret of a medieval Read More

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Startup News: Disrupting Burner Phones and Brunch With Jake Lodwick and Bre Pettis


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Brian Lakamp, New President of Clear Channel Digital, Talks Radio’s Evolution

Brian Lakamp

When he was promoted to President of Clear Channel Digital this month, Brian Lakamp, stepped into some very big shoes. The radio giant’s digital efforts had previously been steered by Bob Pittman, the legendary founder of MTV, who is now CEO of Clear Channel’s umbrella of corporate holdings. (Mr. Pittman’s associates also recently launched a seed stage fund for digital media.)

“We’ve got a big challenge in front of us, as streaming radio becomes the norm, and the social graph allows for personalization in a way that wasn’t possible a few years ago,” said Mr. Lakamp, speaking with Betabeat by phone. “Add to that the 750 local radio brands we work with, and you have a a massive opportunity.” Read More