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    Tuesday Jan 06, 2015 | 4:07 pm

    Popular Mechanics touts Portland among top ‘Startup Cities’

    Portland’s startup community is basking in the warmth of some national attention this week. Popular Mechanics has picked Portland, Maine, as one of the top “Startup Cities” in the country. In its February edition, on newsstands now, the magazine’s editors chose 14 cities as “the best new places to start a business in America.” Portland is at No. 4, behind St. Louis, Missouri; Asheville, North Carolina; and Oakland, California. Lists like this may be […]

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    Wednesday Dec 31, 2014 | 5:30 am

    Cianchette of Liquid Wireless fame launches new Maine startup

    — Jason Cianchette, the entrepreneur who founded Liquid Wireless in 2008 and sold it a few years later to Publishers Clearing House for an undisclosed amount of cash, has launched a new startup in Portland. Cianchette remained with Liquid Wireless until earlier this year, when he left to pursue a new opportunity. What we know about his new startup is slim (Cianchette told me he isn’t ready to speak in detail […]

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    Tuesday Dec 16, 2014 | 11:23 am

    Maine biotech firm to make NASDAQ history today

    On Tues., Dec. 16, at 4 p.m., one of the granddaddies of innovation in Maine will take part in an honored tradition in the business world: Ringing the closing bell at the NASDAQ stock exchange. When Jonathan Ayers, CEO of Westbrook-based biotech firm Idexx, rings NASDAQ’s closing bell this afternoon at its site in Times Square, it will mark the first time a Maine-based company has drawn trading on the […]

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  • Friday Dec 12, 2014 | 5:18 pm

    Maine startup raises $10K on Kickstarter

    Pamela Castrucci is the latest entrepreneur to discover the benefits of crowdfunding. On Nov. 12, she created a campaign on the popular crowdfunding website Kickstarter seeking $10,000 to help her build Voice Kite, a software product that will allow people to more easily preserve and share memories by tethering digital photos with audio recordings. As of Friday afternoon, with two hours of the campaign to go, 152 backers had pledged $10,983 toward […]

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  • Thursday Dec 11, 2014 | 2:43 pm

    Top Gun startup accelerator unveils largest class ever

    Top Gun, the startup accelerator run by the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, keeps getting bigger. MCED on Thursday announced the Top Gun Class of 2015, which contains 35 companies spanning the manufacturing, aquaculture, food production and IT industries. That’s the most companies ever accepted into Top Gun, a result of the increasing number of quality entrepreneurs applying to the program, according to Don Gooding, executive director of MCED. Last year, 20 companies […]

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    Wednesday Nov 19, 2014 | 3:47 pm

    Maine company named one of world’s hottest startups

    — In a dystopian future, everyone works for the Company and is siloed into a job based on an aptitude test. Your job is to build websites for the Company. Working for the Company has its benefits, and you could rise in the ranks if you perform well. But there’s also a rogue element that wants to topple the Company and is recruiting people on the inside to help by embedding malicious code in […]

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    Tuesday Nov 11, 2014 | 6:11 am

    Brain candy: TEDxDirigo is ‘where innovation happens’

    — Unless you’re a Luddite who spurns SmartPhones and avoids the Internet, it’s likely you’re familiar with TED talks — those short, often insightful talks about “ideas worth spreading” given by everyone from graffiti artists to astrophysicists to entrepreneurs. The phenomenon that is TED — the acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design — began as a one-off conference in California in 1984, but has since grown into a global brand with independently run TEDx events […]

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    Monday Nov 10, 2014 | 6:00 am

    Maine Angels nears first successful exit

    The group of investors known as the Maine Angels has invested north of $10 million in early-stage companies since it formed in 2003. To date, no investor in the group has ever received a return on those investments — or what’s known in venture-capital lingo as a successful “exit.” However, that long-sought-after milestone may be on the horizon. One of the Maine Angels’ portfolio companies recently went public, meaning two members of the […]

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    Tuesday Nov 04, 2014 | 6:00 am

    New York tech company betting on Portland

    – The San Francisco Bay area has Silicon Valley. New York City has Silicon Alley. The Midwest has Silicon Prairie. Maine has, so far, lacked such a catchy moniker to elevate its technology scene in the eyes of others. But Dave Kerpen is on a one-person campaign to change that. His suggestion: Silicon Lobster. OK, some Mainers may cringe, but Kerpen might be onto something. Kerpen doesn’t live in Portland, […]

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