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January brings us a brand new 2014. Benjamin Franklin was born this month in 1706. The drinking straw was patented in 1888. Make Your Dreams Come True Day fall on the 8th. Amelia Earhart flew solo across the Pacific Ocean in January 1935, and first flight of the supersonic Concorde happened in 1976. The United Nations General Assembly first met in London in January of 1946. And, in the words of Suze Orman, “No one’s ever achieved financial fitness with a January resolution that’s abandoned by February.”
Information overload is a harsh reality of the online world – plentiful search results are great, but they often offer little context. ZEEF, an Amsterdam-based startup, however, believes that using human expertise as a filter while leveraging crowdsourcing and knowledge is the ultimate solution and an effective way to bubble the best results to the top.
Sean Hamawi is co-founder and director of Plutora, Inc., an Australia-based SaaS provider that enables companies to manage their enterprise IT pipeline, enterprise IT releases and IT environments with an Enterprise Release Management & Planning, Test Environment Management and Deployment Plan application. The solution is a robust on-demand Enterprise IT Release Management software built from the ground up to help organizations deliver effective and efficient releases while driving real value back to your business through improved efficiency via roadmap features.
Iexpress.Me is a design platform for people who like to be creative but are not graphic designers. It gives users the ability to make their online life more personal through unique posts, messages, pins and eCards designed on Iexpress.Me’s platform.
December brings us International Day of Persons with Disabilities on the third day of the month -  the theme of 2013 is “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all.” Inventor Eli Whitney and composer Ludwig van Beethoven were both born this month in the 1760s. The first day of winter falls on December 21. Texas became the 28th state in the United States in December 1845. And in the words of William Shakespeare, “When we shall hear the rain and wind beat dark December, how in this our pinching cave shall we discourse the freezing hours away?”
In today’s world, time might be your scarcest resource. In order to manage your time, you incorporate calendars, to-do lists, social networking event alerts or simply a series of notes scribbled in a notebook, on sticky pads scattered around or on the palm of your hand. So, what is the best thing to do with your time? SpotOn.it, a Rackspace Startup Program member, is working on a solution to help you answer that question and make the most of your time.
Benjamin M. Zises is the Founder and CEO of RetailMLS, LLC, the first multiple listing service (MLS) dedicated exclusively to the retail real estate market. Based in New York City, the company has streamlined the process of marketing and searching for retail space by aggregating listings into an easy-to-use, standardized and low cost platform.
A place now exists on the social web where businesses and social media influencers can promote their products and services in a native ads marketplace. Sverve offers affordable and comprehensive services for businesses and social media influencers. It works like this: social media influencers provide information about their blogs and connect with their peers by sharing content. Peers can also endorse each other to build their profiles. Sverve automatically aggregates their information and ranks influencers based on their endorsements.
November brings us World Hello Day on the 21st of the month, a day to bestow simple greetings to others and express your concern for world peace. Magellan sailed into the Pacific Ocean in November of 1521, and Lewis and Clark trekked the United States from east to west and reached the Pacific this month in 1805. Scientist Marie Curie was born in November 1867. King Tut’s tomb was discovered this month in 1922. The first iPod was sold in November of 2001. And, in the words of J.K. Rowling, from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, “October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.”
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