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Roadmap to Entrepreneurship w/ Andrew Weinreich (founder @ MeetMoi & SixDegrees). Early Stage (Oct 18) & Growth Stage (Nov 8). Learn Product, Marketing, Finance, Pivots, Hiring, Branding, Sales & more! Highly Recommended! Limited tix. 20% off w/ code garysguide20.

July 15 Info Session for GREAT Tech Awards (w/ UKTI & British Consulate General). 6 categories (Finance, Education, Lifestyle, Media, Health, Internet of Things). Judges incl. David Karp (Tumblr) & Pete Cashmore (Mashable). Last year winners incl. Codecademy. Prizes incl. round-trip to London, Innovation conf tix, meeting @ 10 Downing & more! Apply by Aug 01. Read More

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Startup News: Bloglovin’ Spreads the Love to iPads and Androids, and Bondsy Makes Bacon a Viable Currency

Bloglovin' app hits iPads and Androids this week.

Happy Cloud is making it rain Last week, on-demand gaming company Happy Cloud, Inc. announced it had raised a $4.25 million Series A, bringing its total funds to $7 million. The company is now preparing to deliver on-demand videogame demos to avid gamers, in the same way they might access on-demand TV shows or movies. Happy Cloud has also appointed Tamir Buchler to CEO; Mr. Buchler comes to Happy Cloud from IAC/InterActiveCorps’ Pronto.com. 

Bondsy is making a deal Showcased at last year’s TechStars Demo Day, unique trading app Bondsy is ready for download. Bondsy allows users to trade one random thing for another: homework help for bacon; cool clothes for a back massage; One Direction tickets for a first-born child. “When you’re not restricted to paying strictly with money, things get a lot more interesting,” said a Bondsy spokesperson. We hear the apps’ creator, Diego Zambrano, posted a homemade poutine to Bondsy and received nine offers in 30 minutes. What would you trade for a pile of fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds?  Read More