What's In A Name?

Name Your Startup With An Algorithmic Name Generator That Actually Works

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Startup names are often cringeworthy, unpronounceable, or horrifically lazy. You take some word, strip it of its vowels, throw a “.ly” on the end, and you’ve got your very own “Airbnb of X.”

A startup name generator called NameBird can save you the trouble and frustration of trying to mangle words and then find some nonsense spelling that would look good in a logo. The tool, which named itself, is hosted on Shobia, an awkward little site with a few career advice articles and a dead link or two. Read More

Got Marketing?

Forget PR Emails: App Used Heartfelt Letters, Nabbed Thousands of Downloads and Investor Interest

Dojo helps users find fun things to do in London (Twitter).

In this so-called tech- bubble of ours, it’s important to make your product stand out. And let’s be honest, publicity tactics like distributing flyers and spamming everyone with poorly-written PR emails isn’t good for anyone.

One London startup got much further by channeling their creativity instead of relying on typical marketing strategies. Dojo — an app that helps users find fun restaurants, popups and events — actually garnered 3,000 downloads in two weeks by handing out personal letters. Read More

Demo Daze

12 Startups Vie for VC at Techstars NYC Demo Day

Techies, techies everywhere (Sage Lazzaro).

It’s easy to get lost in a sea of startups these days, but when a company makes it through Techstars, we’re more inclined to pay attention to them

It was a big day for big dreams. Following a three month crash course in tech-business facilitated by Techstars and their team of 170 mentors, 12 startups presented their ideas Read More

Seed Money

This High-Tech Aeroponic Gardening System Lets You Water Your Plants From Afar

"Sprout to table" (via SproutsIO)

The days of getting down and dirty in the garden are over.

A new indoor food growing system allows users to Face Time with their fruits and veggies and even water them from afar with one click on the app.

The SproutsIO system was developed by students at the MIT Media Lab so even those who live in cramped Willamsburg apartments can have fresh, homegrown produce year round. Read More