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Contributors: Business - The Startup Line

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    Tuesday Aug 25, 2015 | 1:58 pm

    Maine reporter departs to cover Mass. tech startups for BostInno

    I usually use this space to write about what Maine’s startups are up to, but its real purpose is to be a vehicle to cover the wider innovation and startup community, which includes all sorts of stakeholders … including the media. Today’s news is about a fellow business reporter in Portland who is moving up in the startup world. Dylan Martin is leaving his job as online editor at Mainebiz (a position […]

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    Monday Aug 10, 2015 | 6:06 am

    How to pitch Steve Case, and answers to your other burning questions about his trip to Portland

    On Tuesday, the big news dropped that Steve Case, the billionaire co-founder of AOL, would be visiting Portland on Oct. 2, 2015, to learn more about the city’s startup scene and to host a pitch competition that would end with his handing a $100,000 check to a local startup. Case’s visit is part of his Rise of the Rest bus tour, which was designed specifically to highlight startup communities outside the major […]

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    Thursday Jul 16, 2015 | 2:59 pm

    Vets First Choice raises $52.3M in new investment round

    Vets First Choice, the Portland company that offers online pharmacy services for veterinarians, has raised $52.3 million from a group of new and existing investors, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The equity investment was raised from 33 investors, according to the document, signed by CEO Benjamin Shaw and dated July 15, 2015. The investment was officially made in Direct Vet Marketing, which is doing business as […]

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    Wednesday Jul 08, 2015 | 10:59 am

    MCED launches new online education platform for aspiring entrepreneurs

    — Want more guidance as you follow the path of entrepreneurship, but want to do it from the comfort of your own home? The Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development may be able to help. The independent nonprofit organization has launched an online education platform at www.MCEDonlineU.com. So far, the platform has one self-paced course available: “Launch Your Brilliant Idea.” The course is separated into 25 online learning modules, each roughly ten minutes long, that […]

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    Friday Jun 26, 2015 | 11:04 am

    The entrepreneur’s guide to flow and peak performance

    It turns out entrepreneurship is a lot like adventure sports — at least when it comes to neurobiology. When looking at what’s happening in the brains of serial entrepreneurs, it turns out they’re chasing the same thing as big-wave surfers and free solo rock climbers — peak performance, or what’s called “flow,” according to Steven Kotler, co-founder of the Flow Genome Project. He gave the Maine Startup and Create Week keynote address on […]

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    Wednesday Jun 24, 2015 | 5:00 am

    Know your ‘why,’ and other lessons of social entrepreneurship

    Donato Tramuto never considered the term “social entrepreneurship” when he entered the healthcare industry approximately 30 years ago. But he didn’t need labels to do what he did. Tramuto, an Ogunquit resident, is founder and CEO of Massachusetts-based Physicians Interactive, a seven-year-old company that is nearing $100 million in sales, and founder of Health eVillages, a global nonprofit that brings state-of-the-art mobile technology with embedded medical content to the most remote areas of the world. He […]

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    Monday Jun 22, 2015 | 1:47 pm

    Field thins for startups vying to compete on Maine’s version of ‘Shark Tank’

    Greenlight Maine, the weekly TV show loosely modeled on ABC’s popular reality TV show, “Shark Tank,” has released the names of the startups and their founders who have passed the first hurdle and been named a quarterfinalist. Portland Media Group announced the show earlier this month, then began accepting short video pitches from entrepreneurs who wanted to compete on the TV show, which is set to air its first episode on Sept. 12 […]

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    Thursday Jun 11, 2015 | 5:46 pm

    ‘Shark Tank’ announces date for Portland casting call

    “Shark Tank,” the ABC television show that allows entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas to a group of potential investors (or “sharks”) before a national TV audience, will hold a casting call in Portland on July 29. Back in April, we reported the TV show’s plan to cast its line for entrepreneurs in Portland, but an exact date and location were unknown before now. The casting call will take place on the morning of Wed., […]

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    Thursday Jun 11, 2015 | 6:05 am

    Startup Weekend: Women’s Edition

    This weekend, the Maine College of Art will be a hotbed of new business ideas, partnerships and entrepreneurial ambition as 40 women gather to spend 54 hours building businesses from scratch. The school, which has been lately increasing its focus on entrepreneurship, is the site for Portland’s fourth Startup Weekend, an event that brings together people interested in starting a business. Over the course of two and half days, people pitch their business ideas and […]

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