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Vault Coworking & Collaboration Space - News & Events - 1 Million Cups - Health Tech Hatch

Vault Coworking & Collaboration Space - News & Events - 1 Million Cups - Health Tech Hatch | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
1 Million Cups returns to Cedar Rapids to feature Health Tech Hatch at Vault Coworking & C...
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We're mighty proud to have been a part of Health Tech Hatch's early days. In a few short months, HTH made quite the name for itself in the health tech and crowdfunding community. After monumental movement (and self-evaluation), the founders have pivoted the platform. What's next?

 

You'll have to ask them yourself. 

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RecBob takes NextStep, begins Nike+ demo day tour

RecBob takes NextStep, begins Nike+ demo day tour | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
When five individuals in April unloaded from a vehicle with Iowa plates in Portland, you would have probably recognized them as Cedar Rapids-based startup RecBob.
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Save your RecBob swag, it's about to become a whole lot more valuable.   We've been fangirling the Cedar Rapids based foosball pros since the early days (orange power!), so we're anxiously awaiting the outcome of their Techstars Demo Day tour. Cheer them on with us (@nextstep_io).

 

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Jon Koob's curator insight, June 7, 2013 4:37 PM

Nike on mah feet!

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#10K Team Celebrations

#10K Team Celebrations | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
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Some of ours. Most of theirs. And 10,000 of everyone else. 

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We Create Here: 10k Users, Funny Cat Pics, Facial Tracking, Food Co-ops

We Create Here: 10k Users, Funny Cat Pics, Facial Tracking, Food Co-ops | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
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In case you didn't scroll through. Awesomeness last week: TU hits a huge milestone, local developers produce a cat app. Awesomeness kicking off this weekend: FilmScene's Open House, Summer of the Arts Fest, and Corridor Beer Fest. See you there.

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This Week: Holographs, Pop-Up Shops, Templeton Rye and Design Thinking

This Week: Holographs, Pop-Up Shops, Templeton Rye and Design Thinking | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
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Is it just us -- or is the Corridor community events catalog almost out of control (in the best way possible)? Pitches, workshops, techbrews and webinars. Love every pixel of it.  

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Iowa City startup Tutor Universe raises $300k, surpasses 6,000 users

Iowa City startup Tutor Universe raises $300k, surpasses 6,000 users | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
Just because the spring semester is coming to an end doesn't mean that Iowa City-based startup Tutor Universe is heading out on summer vacation. On the contrary, co-founder and CEO Michael Morrison says the company is busier than ever.
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Couldn't be prouder for our friends (and neighbors) in blue. The TU team made a huge splash on UI's campus, and now are taking the show across the world (or Universe, if you will). Tutor on!

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Photo by timmcdougall13 • Instagram

Co-founders Andy & Andrew of @icfilmscene @1MillionCupsICR #1MC @ Iowa City CoLab
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Love what they're building here. We'll be there opening week. How about you? ehttp://www.icfilmscene.org/

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OpenHack + Open Source Hardware meetup

OpenHack + OpenHardware

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013, 1:00 PM

Busy Coworking
218 E. Washington St. Suite 3W

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OpenHack Iowa City + Iowa Open Source Hardware Greetings coders and makers - once again we will be joining forces to build more awesome in the world. There will be some neat Arduino projects and also some cool software work going on. Ruby, C, Java, SQL, Solder, Nuts & Bolts there should be something for everyone. Bring your projects! Let's see thos...

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OpenHack Iowa City + Iowa Open Source Hardware
Greetings coders and makers - once again we will be joining forces to build more awesome in the world.
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Collaborative coding. Love it. 

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1 Million Cups This Wednesday | Radiology Protocols

1 Million Cups This Wednesday | Radiology Protocols | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
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There's a million reasons to join the Iowa City startup community. This Wednesday, it's the first-ever Iowa City 1 Million Cups at the CoLab. [Shot from Tutor Universe's pitch, last week] -- Sign-up: http://goo.gl/9Hdnd

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Facebook Will Remove 'Friends of Fans' Metric on July 10th

Facebook Will Remove 'Friends of Fans' Metric on July 10th | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
Facebook has confirmed that it'll remove the "Friends of Fans" metric from Page Insights. While noteworthy, this might not be such a bad thing after all.

Via Ally Greer
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Sculpt's curator insight, April 4, 2013 11:41 PM
We were never really in love with this metric. But with Facebook's obsessive focus on (emphasizing) reach, it comes as bit of a surprise.
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The CBJ Gets Sculpted: Social Media + Student Entrepreneurship

The CBJ Gets Sculpted: Social Media + Student Entrepreneurship | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
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We've littered this image everywhere, so we're sorry in advance for the recycle. But we can't help it; when your world is digital, it's pretty cool seeing your face in print. Sculpt aside, this is a fantastic issue filled with incredible young entreprenuers doing incredible things in the Corridor. We highly reco you pick one up. 

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1 Million Cups - Tutor Universe | Facebook

1 Million Cups - Tutor Universe | Facebook | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it

Facebook Event for 1 Million Cups. Sign-up!

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Coming to Vault -- 1 Million Cups of Tutor Universe.

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Health Tech Hatch Selected as One of 48 Innovators in The Hive at TEDMED 2013

Health Tech Hatch Selected as One of 48 Innovators in The Hive at TEDMED 2013 | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
Health Tech Hatch (Hatch), a resource to organizations, health technology companies and individual entrepreneurs creating innovative health and wellness products and companies, today announced it is one of 48 innovators selected to take part in...
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Another HUGE win for (client) Health Tech Hatch. Hatch is an Iowa City (and California) based startup doing incredible things in the health tech space. For locals -- Hatch also runs the Health 2.0 Meetup in Iowa City.

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GoodBlogs is Hiring!

GoodBlogs is Hiring! | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it


*Online Conversion Manager Wanted*

GoodBlogs, a Decorah-based tech start up, is looking for a web-savvy individual to join our team. The ideal candidate will be at home on the web, have an eagerness to learn and experiment in a fast paced environment, and be incredibly dependable and responsible. 

Specifically, the Conversion Manager's role is to work with clients that license our software in order to convert their targeted web traffic into a trackable action (an eCommerce sale, a lead, a phone call, etc). 

This primarily will be accomplished through developing "calls to action" and the A/B split testing of ads and "nudges" on the client's GoodBlog. No specific experience is needed, but the ability to try out new ideas and concepts and then track and report the results is critical. 

This is an hourly, part-time position with potential to become a full time position within the next 6 - 12 months. 

*About GoodBlogs*

GoodBlogs licenses a content marketing platform that encourages and rewards user generated blog posts. These blog posts then generate a large amount of targeted web traffic from search engines and social media sites. 

To learn more about GoodBlogs, please visit http://www.GoodBlogs.com/ ;

*To Apply*

Please send an e-mail (with the subject line: Online Conversion Manager) to Contact@GoodBlogs.com explaining why you're the perfect person for the job.

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Our good buddies at GoodBlogs are looking for an Online Conversion Manager (Digital Marketing/Metrics, is what it sounds like). OK. Not quite "Iowa City" news, I know, but if you've hung out at a Creative Corridor startup event, or spent some time in Vault, you've definitely met these guys.

We'll admit. Their job description sounds a lot like someone we'd snag for the Sculpt squad. So if things don't work out at GB....only kidding ;)

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4 Amazing Brand Stories That Will Inspire You

4 Amazing Brand Stories That Will Inspire You | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
Tell a compelling brand story to strengthen ties to your customers. Use these examples as inspiration for your own.
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When we look for amazing brand stories, we look in our own backyard. Turns out -- American Express does too. Peep the blurb on Coralville (superstar medical app) startup, Higher Learning Technologies, to hear how they got started.

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ParadigmGallery's comment, June 7, 2013 11:55 AM
thanks...nice read
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Iowa City’s Tutor Universe reaches 10,000 users

Iowa City’s Tutor Universe reaches 10,000 users | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
An online tutor marketplace based in Iowa City reached a milestone last week.
Officials with Tutor Universe, which connects tutors with students, regardless of school, announced that it eclipsed the 10,000 ...
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"10,000 users isn't cool. You know what's cool?" 

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ClusterFlunk founders take "leap of faith," leave school to build company

ClusterFlunk founders take "leap of faith," leave school to build company | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
Six months ago Iowa City-based startup clusterFlunk was little more than an idea. Now co-founders Joe Dallago and AJ Nelson have stopped attending the University of Iowa to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.
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Still feels like yesterday we met these guys in the basement "office" of Joe's house. Zero cash. Zero users. Zero doubt they were going to succeed.

 

We were sold immediately. 

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ParadigmGallery's comment, May 31, 2013 4:05 PM
great story...great idea!
Sculpt's comment, June 3, 2013 1:46 PM
Thanks! These guys are pretty awesome.
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1 Million Cups to Feature Two Startups on May 15th - Iowa City Area Development Group

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Double whammy! Cruise by the CoLab to geek out over good cofffee and conversation with local startups.

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UI Foundation's new fundraising campaign supports student entrepreneurs - The Daily Iowan

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Hell yes, student entrepreneurs!

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A New Data Center for Iowa

A New Data Center for Iowa | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
Facebook Newsroom - Today we’re thrilled to announce that Altoona, Iowa, will be the home for Facebook’s newest data center.
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According to startup community builder Andy Stoll, the benefit of Facebook's development is more closely tied to reputation than economic.  The social network is joining a bevy of left coast tech giants (Paypal, Yahoo, Google) with branches in the Prairie.

"We're Iowa. There's tech here." 

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Thanks for sharing!
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JPEC stands for... | Facebook

JPEC stands for... | Facebook | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it

JPEC | Facebook


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JPEC has spawned some really friggin' cool companies, if we must (and will) say so ourselves.

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This Week: TriTECHta, The Broken Chord and lots of events

This Week: TriTECHta, The Broken Chord and lots of events | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
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Major shoutouts inside to UI spinout startups like Clusterflunk, Tutor Universe and Translacare.

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Health Tech Hatch selected to participate in TheHive@TEDMED

Health Tech Hatch selected to participate in TheHive@TEDMED | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
Health Tech Hatch was selected as one of 48 innovators and accelerators that will participate in TheHive@TEDMED 2013.
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Loving the SPN write-up. Major moves for Team Hatch.

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ProofreadingPal: Getting Investors To Give You Back Your Business – with Brian Kaldenberg

ProofreadingPal: Getting Investors To Give You Back Your Business – with Brian Kaldenberg | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
Check out what today's guest did....
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We love Mixergy.com. And we love Iowa City tech startups (especially when they're also clients). Needless to say, we love this interview on how Brian scaled a tiny web-based company into a thriving online business in two years. 

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Today's Webinar Reminder | Mike Draper of RAYGUN

Today's Webinar Reminder | Mike Draper of RAYGUN | Startup, Iowa City! | Scoop.it
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Mike Draper has one of the coolest (founder) stories we've ever heard. Not to mention, the coolest clothing store we've ever shopped. Expect no shortage of profanity and brutal honesty in today's webinar, hosted by IASourceLink. 

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