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1Mby1M Deal Radar 2011: crowdSPRING, Chicago, Illinois

Posted on Tuesday, Feb 8th 2011

Package design for a new type of potato chip, new pasta shapes, a name for a new building, the next LG cell phone – all are current or past projects on crowdSPRING, which describes itself as “the world’s largest online marketplace for buyers and sellers of crowdsourced creative services.” The designers and writers who join crowdSPRING provide logo, graphic, website, and industrial design; and company names, copywriting, taglines, and other creative services through a competition-inspired model in which they submit posted projects to buyers, who chose the entry they like best. The model has generated controversy, mostly about nonpayment of independent workers, the protection of creatives’ intellectual property, and the idea that companies want professional-quality creative work but are unwilling to pay for it. crowdSPRING says that it is attempting to address these concerns as part of its goal to disrupt old ways of buying creative services and introduce crowdsourcing into mainstream business.  >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar: Camp Bow Wow, Boulder

Posted on Friday, Feb 4th 2011

What do the Champagne houses Veuve Clicquot, Pommery, and Bollinger; the printer of the Declaration of Independence; and the German steel conglomerate ThyssenKrupp AG have in common? At one time, all were run by widows who took over the business after their husband died. It’s a path that many women have followed across the centuries, back through the Industrial Revolution, medieval Europe, the Roman and Sumerian empires, and perhaps even further. Today’s Deal Radar is the story of one woman entrepreneur, Heidi Ganahl, who found herself in a somewhat different situation: Her husband was killed in a small plane crash just as they were getting started on a business together. Ganahl went on to carry out their idea and found Camp Bow Wow, a dog boarding service, and Home Buddies, its in-home pet care component. >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar: Dura Doggie

Posted on Wednesday, Feb 2nd 2011

As part of the blog’s renewed focus on college entrepreneurs, today’s Deal Radar features Dura Doggie, a combination e-commerce and traditional retailer that designs and sells dog toys, but with a socially conscious bent. The company has an unusual business model – it donates 20% of its profits to four affiliated causes in a program called “Chews Your Cause.” >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar: WebiMax, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey

Posted on Monday, Jan 31st 2011

Following up on my Top 10 Online Advertising Trends of the Decade, Deal Radar will increase its coverage of online marketing and advertising and search engine optimization (SEO) in 2011, beginning with WebiMax. Recently recognized by TopSEOs.com, WebiMax focuses on online marketing specific to SEO, pay-per-click management, social media, reputation management, Web design, and e-commerce functions. >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar 2011: Latitude Learning, Saline, Michigan

Posted on Monday, Jan 24th 2011

Latitude Learning is an open source, performance-driven software as a service (SaaS) learning management system (LMS) designed to assist training firms, middle-market companies, Fortune 1000 enterprises, and non-profit organizations.  >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar 2011: HasOffers, Seattle, Washington

Posted on Wednesday, Jan 19th 2011

HasOffers is an affiliate tracking platform that enables brands to create and manage their own affiliate programs. Affiliate marketing, a growing segment in performance advertising, is when online advertisers (merchants) and online publishers (salespeople) share revenue. The publisher, or affiliate, is rewarded by the merchant for bringing in new customers or visitors to the merchant’s site; Amazon.com Associates is a famous example. An overview of how affiliate marking works is here. >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar: Market Force, Louisville, Colorado

Posted on Friday, Jan 14th 2011

Market Force develops customer intelligence solutions that are designed to enable large, multi-location businesses to see their stores through their customers’ eyes and act faster with confidence, thus increasing the bottom line. The company provides a variety of customer intelligence solutions, including mystery shopping, customer satisfaction, price auditing, merchandising services, and analytics to help companies better manage their retail locations and products. >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar: Global Sky, Las Vegas, Nevada

Posted on Wednesday, Jan 5th 2011

Global Sky is a Philippines-based call center that handles inbound, outbound, and back-office support functions. It aims to be a “branch office” for entrepreneurs, a place where they can outsource all non-core functions. >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar: Zayo Group, Louisville, Colorado

Posted on Sunday, Jan 2nd 2011

Zayo Group provides bandwidth infrastructure and neutral colocation solutions to wireless providers, carriers, enterprises, and other large consumers of bandwidth. Bandwidth is critical for these organizations to remain competitive and serve their customers, whose ever-increasing appetite for data-intensive devices and applications strains networks, prompting Time magazine to call bandwidth the new “black gold.” >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar 2010: Groupon

Posted on Wednesday, Dec 29th 2010

By Sramana Mitra and Melanie Blake

Deal Radar ends 2010 with a company that has made as many headlines this year as it has dollars – Groupon. Just a few weeks after turning down a $6 billion offer from Google, Groupon plans to raise $1 billion in private funds. First reported on VC Experts and a big story on TechCrunch today, Groupon has filed to authorize the sale of $950 million Series G preferred stock – 30 million shares at $31.59 a share, and its valuation is now $4.75 million. The company has already raised about $170 million in previous rounds from NEA, Accel Partners, Battery Ventures, and Digital Sky. The New York Times DealBook says that Groupon’s revenue’s may be $1 billion, making it, says Forbes, the “fastest-growing company ever.” TechCrunch called Groupon “the future of commerce,” others characterize it as a “one-trick pony” that’s been overhyped. Numbers, superlatives, and media attention aside, there is no doubt that Groupon is popular. Consumers of varying demographics love it. But will it last? >>>

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The 1Mby1M Deal Radar 2010: AppMakr.com and PointAbout, Washington, DC

Posted on Thursday, Dec 23rd 2010

As Deal Radar draws to a close for 2010, it’s fitting that one of final companies to be covered has its finger on the pulse of many of the decade’s important tech trends. AppMakr.com is a “no coding” platform that enables non-developers to create iPhone (and soon Android and Windows) mobile apps for their brands, large or small. >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar 2010: Deal Current, San Diego, California

Posted on Friday, Dec 17th 2010

The launch of Groupon just over two years ago sparked a remarkable, if sometimes overhyped, trend for group buying. Now, even companies such as Yahoo! want some of the action. What’s more, the group-buying model is changing and evolving as players such as Deal Current become part of the mix. Deal Current is a white-label platform for media companies to manage daily deal advertising on behalf of brands, assuming the management of deals for clients and making it easier for them to establish a social commerce presence. >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar 2010: PINK, Atlanta, Georgia

Posted on Wednesday, Dec 1st 2010

Whether they are presented as generally satisfied and happy (for example, June Cleaver in the early sitcom Leave It to Beaver) or as wanting something more (Betty Parker in the 1998 movie Pleasantville or Betty Draper in the AMC series Mad Men), the stereotypical image of a 1950s and early 1960s woman, often a housewife, has such a strong hold on the popular imagination that it’s easy to forget the actual picture is more complicated. Readers may be surprised to learn that what is considered one of the earliest business magazines for women was founded in the 1930s. Charm began as a fashion magazine but by the 1940s bore the subtitles “the magazine for the business girl” and “for women who work.” With the rise of popular magazines and later of the Internet and digital media, the number of career resources for working women and women entrepreneurs has only increased. One such resource is PINK, a multimedia Internet company that aims to help women be more successful in their careers and in their lives generally. >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar 2010: BeyondTrust, Los Angeles, California

Posted on Tuesday, Nov 30th 2010

Today Deal Radar goes deep into the IT machine to discuss an often overlooked topic: privileged accounts. Many readers will remember the highly publicized hacking of Google last January, which is again in the news following the release of the U.S. diplomatic cables. Let’s take a step back, says BeyondTrust, which creates products for privileged identity management. According to BeyondTrust, “the website that the user in China visited installed malware on the desktop that gave hackers enough access to the desktop to worm their way into Google’s Gaia single sign-on system. While the public would blame the hackers, or the misled user in China, if the user did not have administrative privileges on his or her desktop, giving them the rights to install software or change settings, the breach would have never occurred.” >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar 2010: Smart Guard Systems, Ahmedabad, India

Posted on Monday, Nov 29th 2010

Deal Radar’s NASSCOM 2010 Emerge 50 coverage continues with Smart Guard Systems, an Ahmedabad, India–based company that has developed high-definition Internet protocol (IP) surveillance cameras with triple codecs (devices or programs capable of coding and decoding digital streams or signals) using H.264, MPEG4, and MJPEG technologies. It is the subsidiary of eInfochips Ltd, which provides IP-driven design services.
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