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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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  • Monday Oct 27, 2014 | 2:05 pm

    Maine startup accelerator launches $10,000 annual prize

    The Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development has for the past five years held an annual showcase event where entrepreneurs who have graduated from its Top Gun startup accelerator program pitch their business to a panel of experts and live audience. The entrepreneurs’ sole reward has been feedback from experts and validation from potential customers. Next year, however, one entrepreneur will walk away with a $10,000 prize to help grow their business. Top Gun cupcakes for graduates of Maine’s […]

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    Thursday Oct 23, 2014 | 6:07 pm

    PopTech Day 1: ‘Work is love made visible’

    The diversity of the crowd at this year’s PopTech was clear to me as soon as I got inside the Camden Opera House, took off my dripping rain jacket, grabbed a cup of coffee and saddled up to a table where I met Makram. Makram is an imam of a Muslim congregation in Minneapolis and is attending his first PopTech because he’s passionate about social entrepreneurship and making positive changes in his congregation […]

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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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