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KillerStartups Weekly Roundup

Jon Stewart is signing off, Good Eggs is retreating back to the Bay, the greatest free diver in the world vanished…



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We don’t have to head into the weekend on a somber note, but this week served up ample reminder that the company of friends should be enjoyed as much as possible. So, huddle up to the campfire for the KillerStartups Weekly Roundup.


Killer Startups

  • As fun as it is to go for a tilt-a-whirl ride using the street view on Google Maps (not to mention, useful for gaining a sense of what a place looks like), ‘how bout on-demand videos that show what a place is really like, with human activity? Well-played, Vidpal.
  • Lifesaver makes one of the more difficult decisions families face – how to care for seniors – a no-brainer: in their homes, with a personal caregiver, at an affordable price.
  • A personal concierge to answer all of your local questions, wherever you go: sounds like an absolutely heavenly way to travel, right? When you hear the harps next, you can thank tripangel.
  • For many, the rhythm of freelance work is plain crazy – it comes at odd intervals, different speeds, with unpredictable income. Cushion stops the madness and gives freelancers a more sane view of their work schedule.


Living the Startup Life

  • It’s not too early to already feel nostalgic for the beginning of summer (especially if you’re a millennial, ha!) Indulge the longings with a trusty friend that no number of photo apps will ever replace entirely: old school pics.
  • Wearable art. Proceeds donated to favorite causes…. annnnd you would choose to buy at a chain retail outlet over this eCommerce site because… that’s right, you wouldn’t.
  • The thing about restaurant reviews is that they read like pronouncements instead of conversations, when the final word is each person’s firsthand experience at a restaurant. The new wave of critics (us), prefer to hear it from each other and keep talking.


Startup Tips & Trends

  • Email frequently turns into a teenager’s bedroom closet – everything gets tossed in, seldom to be seen again. Now you can bring anything to the surface easily (without risk of an avalanche).
  • It’s not what you know, or who you know, but who the data suggests: it’s the new way for companies and talent to connect. And it’s smart.
  • Want to break into foreign markets? Have a human translate your website. It’s the only option – and it’s now affordable.


Photo Credits

Alexander Ishchenko/Shutterstock | Ditty_about_summer/Shutterstock

Author : Keith Liles

Keith Liles is a freelance writer who loves travel, music, wine, hiking, poetry, and just about everything. He practices saying "yes" to life vigorously, rehearsing for the phone call when he's asked to tour with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Follow Keith on Twitter @KPLiles.

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