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Contributors: Business - The Startup Line

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    Thursday Oct 16, 2014 | 11:28 am

    Google: Brunswick has Maine’s strongest digital economy

    Brunswick, by virtue of its tech-savvy small business owners, has Maine’s strongest digital economy, according to Google Inc. Each year, Google partners with independent research firm, Ipsos, to evaluate the online strength of local small businesses across all fifty states. After weighing various factors, such as the likelihood of small businesses having a mobile-friendly website, maintaining an e-commerce platform, publishing a blog, and connecting with customers on social networks, the Internet giant recognizes […]

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    Thursday Oct 09, 2014 | 2:11 pm

    Maine Angels joins California, Boston angel investment groups as most active in country

    The Maine Angels is one of the most active angel investment groups in the country, according to the most recent Halo Report, a national survey of angel investment activity. The group, a collection of affluent individuals who pool their resources to invest in and mentor early-stage companies, closed 14 deals during the second quarter of 2014, enough to have it listed in the Halo Report as one of the eight most active angel investment groups in the […]

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    Friday Sep 19, 2014 | 2:51 pm

    Bangor’s Startup Weekend postponed until February

    — Bangor’s inaugural Startup Weekend was scheduled to begin this evening, but will not go forward because of a dearth of participants. Weak anticipated attendance was the reason for postponing the event, according to Jesse Moriarty, who works at the University of Maine’s Foster Center for Innovation and is one of the event’s organizers. The goal was to attract between 50 and 75 people who would gather Friday night and spend […]

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    Friday Sep 19, 2014 | 6:00 am

    InnovationME prints final issue, owner mum on mag’s downfall

    InnovationME, the locally published magazine aimed at Maine’s entrepreneurial community, is ceasing publication. The monthly magazine was launched in November 2013 and survived an 11-issue run. The September issue recently hit the streets, but there will not be an October issue. David Flood, the magazine’s Biddeford-based publisher, confirmed that he’s pushed the pause button on the project, but said it’s not necessarily the end of the effort. “We’re looking into a couple things, […]

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    Monday Sep 15, 2014 | 7:18 am

    Maine Startup and Create Week’s 2015 dates announced

    The organizers of Maine Startup & Create Week have announced the dates for the 2015 edition. The event will take place the week of June 22, 2015, according to Jess Knox, the event’s lead organizer. It will likely run through the following Sunday, which is June 28, but nothing is set in stone, he said. Additional details about the venues the event will use and more specifics about the schedule are yet to […]

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    Wednesday Sep 10, 2014 | 4:07 pm

    DemerBox surpasses Kickstarter fundraising goal for its boomboxes

    DemerBox, the Portland startup that’s taking on Bose and other giants of the audio electronics industry with its sturdy and portable boomboxes, has successfully reached its fundraising goal on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. The company, which I wrote about in an article published in today’s paper, met and exceeded its $60,000 fundraising goal this morning. Projects on Kickstarter only receive the pledged funds if they reach their goal. As of 3 p.m. […]

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    Tuesday Sep 09, 2014 | 12:28 pm

    Steve Jobs’ biographer to give keynote address in Portland

    Each year for the past five years, WEX Inc. has brought in a big-name speaker to keynote its Leadership and Creativity Event Series at the University of Southern Maine. Past speakers include Sen. George Mitchell, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodard and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. This year’s speaker, which WEX announced today, will be a special treat for those interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. Walter Isaacson, the official biographer […]

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    Wednesday Sep 03, 2014 | 3:33 pm

    Maine compared to developing nations for its Internet speeds

    A guy took a fishing trip to Maine and then compares us to a developing nation because of our Internet speeds. Tourism as a double-edged sword? It’s funny to joke, but the issue of Internet speed isn’t a laughing matter. Michael McKee, Bloomberg’s economics editor, recently took a fishing trip to Maine and returned with the dire conclusion that residents and businesses in some developing nations have better Internet service than we do. (Update: Michael told me […]

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    Thursday Aug 28, 2014 | 5:00 am

    Fact checking LePage on R&D, MTI and innovation

    Gov. Paul LePage appeared out of his comfort zone a few times during a presentation he made Tuesday night at the Casco Bay Tech Hub in Portland. While he took the opportunity to cover many of his routine campaign talking points, he also ventured into less familiar territory, such as high-tech industries and crowdfunding, and made some comments about Maine’s technology landscape that left some people scratching their heads and […]

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