— Cloud Computing: A Rocket Launcher for Innovation —

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After decades of software development, the breadth of new types of enterprise and consumer applications via cloud has never been greater.

Greg Mudd‘s insight:

Good article taht discusses how and why cloud computing is "a rocket launcher for the current wave of innovation", especially for startups. 

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How YOU Can ‘Sell Out’ To Help Cure Cancer

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Story of Cancer Foundation Store selling Martin W. Smith’s collections to benefit cancer research and Cure Cancer Starter.

Martin (Marty) Smith‘s insight:

We Pick Up Your Stuff

Added a cool new feature to our Story of Cancer Store. I’m “selling out” to help cure cancer. Every dollar spent on our Story of Cancer Store goes to our 501c3 nonprofit foundation to help cure cancer (I’m a cancer survivor).

When we didn’t want to throw away the hundreds of books I’ve collected over the years my brother Drew suggested we offer to help others who may have more STUFF than cash.

We will start by picking up donations in the Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill area but hope to expand soon. In the meantime you can send us your stuff too.

Donations are tax deductible and we will be glad to let you what sold and for how much (or you can do a SWAG for your taxes). If you want to “Sell Out” to help cure cancer give us a call or an email:


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Hate Keeping Up With Home Maintenance? Brightnest Can Help


Brightnest’s co-founder Justin Anthony describes his startup as “a digital dashboard for your home.” And after using the service that past few weeks, I understand that analogy. Brightnest brings not only home maintenance, but home ownership, into the Internet age.

Brightnest launched in early 2012. The company has since raised just over $1 million in funding led by TechStars’ David Cohen. 500 Startups, OCA Ventures, Quotidian Ventures and a handful of angels also participated. A graduate of 500 Startups, the company’s genesis came after the two co-founders were driving around and released that a car has an information display that can tell the owner all sorts of things. But a house doesn’t.

Now 18 months and one slight pivot later, Brightnest is, as Justin told me, serving its users with a very relevant, personalized experience through an engaging and smart signup process.

It takes about a minute to sign up…

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Houzz Expands Its Pro+ Service For Remodeling And Design Professionals To 425 Markets, Launches New Analytics Tool


Houzz is mostly known for the pretty pictures of homes on its website and mobile app that will stir up house envy in even the happiest of home owners, but the service also offers a wide range of tools that aim to help design and remodeling professionals find new clients. Late last year, Houzz launched its Pro+ platform that allows professionals to market their services on the site in 12 markets after raising a $35 million Series C round. Today, it is expanding this platform for professionals with its new Pro+ Dashboard analytics tools and opening it up to contractors, architects, designers, landscapers and other professionals in 425 new markets in the U.S. and Canada.

The importance of Houzz in the home remodeling market continues to increase. At the end of last year, the company reported that about 168,000 home professionals were using the service actively and today, Houzz says…

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3D Printing Companies: Short Interest Is Alive and Growing (DDD, SSYS, XONE, PRLB)

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Garden gnomesIf something is too good to last, it won’t. That could be the story among the publicly traded companies we are watching in the 3D printing business. Growth began to pick up smartly in the first half of last year, pushing shares of 3D Systems Inc. (NYSE: DDD) up around 250% by January of this year. Shares of Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS) were up 650%, mostly due to a merger with a competitor that completed in early December. ExOne Co. (NASDAQ: XONE) came public just over a month ago and shot up nearly 60% on its first day of trading. Service provider Proto Labs Inc. (NYSE: PRLB) is up 67% since its IPO in February 2012.

But times got a little choppy in January, and while every company got a boost from the ExOne IPO, the glow from that faded relatively quickly…

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