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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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    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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