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In July, 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer action will continue in Brazil, with the finals taking place on Sunday, July 13 at 2 p.m. CDT. The match will be broadcast live on ABC from Estádio Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. Circus showman PT Barnum, Ernie from Sesame Street and Princess Diana were all born in July. The first zeppelin flight took place this month in 1900. NASA was established in 1958. And Apollo 11 made its voyage to the moon in 1969. In the words of astronaut Neil Armstrong, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.”
Tricky is an iOS application for skateboarders to record video of tricks with their smartphones and share them with friends and fellow skaters. Skaters can build and explore the Tricky Video Map, which is an archive of trick clips from spots in your city and around the world. Skaters can also submit videos from competitions hosted through Tricky and sponsored by brands and local shops for prizes and exposure.
Daniel Menard is CEO of Double Stallion Games, an independent game studio based in Montreal, Canada, that focuses on mobile gaming. The company’s mission is to bring arcade style games to mobile, the right way, with HD cartoon graphics and great touch controls. The company’s first offering, Big Action Mega Fight (BAMF), is on the iOS mobile platform.
Global Material Exchange, known in the industry as GMEX, offers an online marketplace for industrial metal buyers and sellers to connect in real time.
June brings us World Juggler’s Day on the 17th, presented by the International Jugglers’ Association (IJA). Henry Ford made his first operational car this month in 1896. Celebrating birthdays in June are Superman; the Olsen twins, Mary Kate and Ashley; Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street; and architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Father’s Day is celebrated on June 15, along with the first day of summer on the 18th. And, in the words of English philosopher Sir Bernard Arthur Owen Williams, “If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.”
ParLevel Systems is aiming to disrupt the vending machine industry, an old business if there ever was one.
ABC’s Shark Tank is an intense way for budding startups to achieve funding, and preparation for an appearance on the show goes far beyond just the pitch and presentation.
For some, expressing your true feelings to someone you know is a tough thing to do. Enter TrintMe, a member of the Rackspace Startup Program that makes an award winning social app that lets you express your true intentions, or “trints,” to friends and friends of friends. Whether just asking to hang out, grab a cup of coffee or start a romantic relationship, TrintMe keeps your true intentions secret unless the recipient feels the same way.
By Justin Malvin, President, Slingr
May brings us Mother’s Day on the 11th. Dr. Benjamin Spock, President John F. Kennedy, Jim Thorpe (the world’s greatest athlete) and Frank L. Baum (author of The Wizard of Oz) were all born in May. International Museum Day is celebrated May 18; this year’s theme, chose by the museum community, is “Museum Collections Make Connections.” The first Kentucky Derby ran this month in 1875. World No Tobacco Day takes place on the 31st of May. And, in the words of Irish novelist, playwright and poet Oliver Goldsmith, “But winter lingering chills the lap of May.”
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