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Startup News: Next Jump Brings Technology Into More NYC Classrooms, Behance Gets an Upgrade

The new Behance

HOP SCOTCH. New York City based Next Jump, a company that strives to better match consumers with businesses, has raised over $500,000 to bring technology into more than 750 classrooms. The campaign, which started late last year, funds projects submitted through DonorsChoose by shoppers on, Next Jump’s discounts and deals website. The initiative has already impacted the lives of 85,000 NYC students, most of them in needy public schools.

TARGET MARKET. PeerIndex, the social influence marketing platform, has raised nearly $3 million in Series A funding led by Antrak Capital. NYC resident and former Thomson Reuters CEO Tom Glocer also invested in the round. PeerIndex, whose CTO is New York tech evangelist Sanford Dickert,  seeks to identify “influential individuals” on social media and “facilitates sampling interactions between brands and these influencers.” Sounds effective—but kind of creepy. Read More

It's Who You Know

PeerIndex, Europe’s Answer to Klout, Talks Social Media’s Role in Credit Scores

Mr. Dickert.

PeerIndex, a London-based startup that scores social authority on a 1 to 100 scale, just released its “most influential non-celeb voices this year” list. Top of the heap? Kara Swisher, London blogger Umair Haque, technoblogger Robert Scoble and Brooklyn’s very own creative curator, Maria Popova.

Betabeat caught up with PeerIndex CTO Sanford Dickert, an occasional New Yorker, to ask about PI’s take on the trend of banks experimenting with the social graph as a metric for determining creditworthiness.

It’s something PI is aware of and has looked into, Mr. Dickert said, although it’s not necessarily on the startup’s roadmap. “Klout and PeerIndex and everyone, we’re just starting out. We’re about a year in right now but there’s been research in this area for now over five years,” the jetsetting Mr. Dickert told Betabeat over the phone from Barcelona. Read More