News For Week of November 18: Samar Birwadker of Good.Co Announces a $1.3 Million Seed Investment Round

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samarSamar Birwadker of Good.Co announced a $1.3 Million Seed Investment RoundGood.Co is fixing hiring and retention using a scientific, people-first approach to personal strengths identification as a way to quantify workplace culture fit.


dana lobergDana Loberg and Sahin Boydas of MovieLaLa raised an undisclosed amount of seed fundingMovieLaLa is a social network and movie marketing platform for upcoming movies.



Laura DemmonsLaura Demmons of Sylvan Source announced additional breakthrough performance and cost structure results for its thermal industrial system which can treat a wide range of industrial and municipal waste waters. Sylvan Source has developed an innovative industrial platform applicable to broad industrial processing and thermal energy management.

Marcus Nelson of AddvocateMarcus Nelson of Addvocate was featured in Forbes. Addvocate provides the technology, the expertise and the guidance to help businesses magnify employees’ social voices to increase sales, inform customers, and enhance the reputation of their brand, their company and their products.


Richard White, UserVoiceRichard White of UserVoice was featured in News & Observer. UserVoice creates simple customer engagement tools that help companies understand and interact with their customers more positively and build customer.


Mark McGuireMark McGuire‘s startup Nextt was featured in Forbes. Nextt is a dedicated place for friends who want to do more together in the real world.



Cynthia Schames,Cynthia Schames of AbbeyPost won the Women 2.0 pitch competition in Las Vegas. AbbeyPost is a buy-sell marketplace exclusively focused on the $18B women’s Plus Size fashion market.


Gyft, Vinny Lingham, Founder

Vinny Lingham of Gyft was featured in Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC). Gyft  is a mobile gift card app that allows customers to buy, store, send, and redeem gift cards conveniently from.


Michalis GkontasMichalis Gkontas‘ startup Cookisto was featured in Latin America’s MSN Entertainment. Cookisto is an online marketplace where you can find great food prepared by local cooks or offer your own homemade creations.

Ioannis Verdelis, SyntelliaIoannis Verdelis‘ startup Fleksy was selected by Omate to be the first keyboard to ever be preinstalled on a smartwatchFleksy is an input method for touchscreen devices which offers a traditional tap typing interface coupled with some gestures for common functions such as space, delete and word correction.

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