Before Randy Apuzzo and Andy Fleming met, they both spent years working as web designers, each creating multiple Content Management System solutions for clients because of their frustrations with the limits of other solutions. In the summer of 2010, the pair crossed paths at an AIGA member event, which led to conversations on building a CMS together, and eventually exploring codes and ideas.
Adam Lyons is the CEO of Insurance Zebra, a highly innovative insurance comparison engine designed to make the process of shopping for insurance easier. Differentiating his company through a unique user experience that minimizes the need for lengthy forms and maximizes the speed to quote and bind online, Lyons, a business executive turned entrepreneur, has landed the support from exceptionally notable investors such as Mark Cuban, Floodgate, Silverton Partners and Birchmere Labs.
No one sees the need for insurance when life is going well. In fact, we often complain about paying monthly premiums on something that we’ll “never need anyway.” But once that car wreck, house fire or flood happens, we’re thankful we have the policy. Many startups view security in the same light as flood or fire insurance; it doesn’t get the same love that building an application or growing the company gets. But every day that startup founders neglect security is another day they’re exposing themselves to serious risk.
Here’s something car salesmen don’t want you to know: most car models are available in abundance. If you don’t come to an agreement at a particular dealership, you can most likely find a similar car at a dealer down the road. Those salesmen depend on emotional decisions, so they lick their chops in eager anticipation of a hefty commission when you fall in love with a certain make and model of car.
August brings us International Left-Hander’s Day on the 13th. Columbus set sail on his first voyage to the new world in August of 1492. International Homeless Animals Day takes place on the 17th. This month saw the premiere of the movie The Wizard of Oz in 1939. Celebrate International Strange Music Day on August 24. Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Ind. in 1958, and became a worldwide music sensation on MTV, which made its debut in August of 1981. The 44th President of the United States, Barak Obama, was born this month in 1961. And, in the words of musician, writer, actor and activist Henry Rollins, “Every year, August lashes out in volcanic fury, rising with the din of morning traffic, its great metallic wings smashing against the ground, heating the air with ever-increasing intensity.”
RetailMLS is 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.
Mike Colosimo is CEO of thrdPlace, a web and mobile platform that enables for-profits, non-profits and governments to measure, evaluate and maximize their community outreach. Working to create sustainable change by innovating on the intersection of environmental, social and economic challenges, Colosimo is a proven leader in both technical and creative environments.
With so many new apps launching these days, it’s a pain to sort through them all and discover new cool apps for your device, especially if you have an Android. This week’s Must Have App, Rex (by Mapsaurus), helps to discover new apps through recommendations based on the apps you already use and love.
Alan Jaffe, a jazz tubist and the entrepreneur who developed Preservation Hall into a New Orleans jazz tradition, once said, “New Orleans is the only place I know of where you ask a little kid what he wants to be and instead of saying ‘I want to be a policeman,’ or ‘I want to be a fireman,’ he says, ’I want to be a musician.’” It’s only fitting that music software startup Tutti Dynamics calls NOLA home.