Vlipsy Raises $1.3M in Seed Funding, Graduates Techstars Atlanta Accelerator

Ohio Startup Enhances GIFs by Adding Sound, Attracting Skype and Viber as Early Partners Fresh off graduation from Techstars Atlanta, Canton-based startup Vlipsy has announced $1.3 million in seed funding from multiple investors—including JumpStart Inc., North Coast Angel Fund, Impact Angel Fund, Flashstarts, Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE)...

Cleveland Entrepreneur Brandyn Armstrong Wins $50K On Steve Harvey’s Funderdome With Portable Recording Solution, Studio Stick

Armstrong's Company Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Complete Fundraising and Launch Product Fresh off a winning appearance on Steve Harvey's Funderdome, Cleveland-based Studio Stick has announced a Kickstarter campaign to raise the final amount needed to launch its product—the world's first portable recording studio for smartphones and tablets. Founded by 25-year-old Cleveland rapper Brandyn Armstrong, Studio Stick is a...

JumpStart Inc. Receives $300,000 From Federal Government’s Regional Innovation Strategies Program; Plans New Fund

JumpStart Inc. of Cleveland is among 42 organizations nationwide that will receive funding through the U.S. Economic Development Administration's Regional Innovation Strategiesprogram. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Wednesday, Sept. 20, announced in a news releasethat 42 organizations — nonprofits, institutions of higher education and entrepreneurship-focused groups — from 28 states will receive...

Wiretap Keeps Social Networks Secure

In the workplace, communication boosts important measurables such as employee productivity and satisfaction, and reduces a company’s turnover rate. As the saying goes, “Communication is key,” and companies have long been looking to facilitate more effective internal communication. “Did you get the memo?” has evolved from actual paper memos to emails, and...

Cleveland Transformed Into A Tech Sector: PD 175

When you slow down at a traffic light, think of Garrett Morgan, an African-American inventor who sold his newfangled traffic light, the yellow light was his idea, to General Electric Co. in the 1920's. Morgan, along with numerous other inventors and entrepreneurs, made Cleveland a hotbed of innovation during the city's early...

Segmint Restores The Personal Relationship To Banking

The days of dropping by a local neighborhood branch to do your banking are practically over. With ATMs, online banking, mobile apps, and the ability to make check deposits straight from your phone, people have little reason to physically enter a bank and speak face-to-face with a teller. As personal interactions between...