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Three Startups Defending Democracy In America: Votizen, Memeorandum, and NationBuilder

The USA was founded by entrepreneurs who said “England has become bloated with bureaucracy. Let’s disrupt it by starting our own agile, more innovative nation.” But on the country’s 236th birthday, we find some democracy’s machinery needs a tune up. Political news, campaigns, and voting itself require an update for the 21st century. Considering our roots, its only fitting that entre...

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Virtual Currency Monetization Company Sponsorpay Gets 32M Uniques In June, 300% Mobile Growth This Year

Sponsorpay, a leading cross-platform mobile app monetization and user acquisition company, told us today that they have seen 300% growth in mobile business since January of 2012. Janis Zech, co-founder and chief revenue officer, also said Sponsorpay had 32 million unique visitors on mobile products in the month of June. While declining to share the exact user growth rate, Zech said there has ...

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Even health reform critics say quit repeal talk

Gobble Green might stop hiring if a health reform rule requiring it cover workers proves too expensive. But its co-founder fears a Republican challenge to the law will simply cause more uncertainty.NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The Supreme Court's decision on health reform brought a sigh of relief from small businesses. Whether they love or hate the new rules, they like certainty.They could draw up business plans for nex...

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Government misses small business goal - again

The federal government in 2011 missed its target of awarding 23% of all contract dollars to small businesses. That makes six straight years.NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- For the sixth year in a row, the government has missed its goal to award 23% of all federal contract dollars to small businesses.On Tuesday, the Small Business Administration reported that federal agencies gave out 21.7% to small companies. That sounds c...

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Zuckerberg's bride boosts wedding dress designer

Claire Pettibone, who designed Priscilla Chan's dress for her wedding to Mark Zuckerberg, has seen a 300% increase in sales at her Bevery Hills store in June.NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- As Facebook's stock continues to struggle, another business is booming thanks to the social network.On May 19, a day after Facebook launched the largest tech IPO in history, Mark Zuckerberg and his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan tie...

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Dear America: It's time to up our entrepreneurial game

The old paradigm -- get good grades, go to college, get a job, start a family -- is becoming a luxury for the few. How much longer are we going to tell this generation that "good" jobs will simply reappear? By Scott Gerber FORTUNE -- As millions of college students graduate straight into the unemployment line this year (two out of three carrying student loan debt, at an average of $26,000) educators, employers and po...

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Solar contractor sees a brighter future

(MONEY Magazine) -- Jeanine Cotter's two-hour commute from her San Francisco home to her job as in-house counsel at software maker Intuit gave her plenty of time to think -- mostly about how much she disliked commuting. "It was nonproductive time," says Cotter, age 46, who began making the drive in 2000. Those lost hours, combined with the demands of her work, made it difficult for her to meet her family's needs. "It...

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Smallknot: Pledge cash, get perks at local businesses

The team behind crowdfunding venture Smallknot wants to take the "buy local" movement one step further.NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- How much do you love your local coffee shop? Enough to help its owner buy new tables and chairs?The team behind crowdfunding venture Smallknot wants to take the "buy local" movement one step further. The new site aims to be a Kickstarter for small businesses, helping mom-and-pop stores rais...

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Enterprise Technology: Revenge of the Nerdiest Nerds

When Eric Frenkiel started an engineering job at Facebook (FB) in 2010, he encountered one of the world’s biggest databases: a stash of hundreds of millions of users’ likes, messages, and photos. After just a year, Frenkiel realized that he could use his experience to build a better data storage system for companies less tech savvy than his employer. He and Nikita Shamgunov, another Facebook engineer, left the ...

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On Health Care, Small Business Just Wants to Move On

Partisans on both sides of the health reform law have used small business to justify their positions. The National Federation of Independent Business was the lead plaintiff in the legal challenge that the Supreme Court ruled on today, upholding most of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate. The White House defended the law as a needed fix to cover small business owners and their workers, who are...

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