Ali Ashif

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Meet the 11 ambitious startups from TechStars Austin’s 2014 demo day (roundup)

Now in its second year, TechStars Austin’s accelerator program definitely managed to top itself with the latest batch of graduating startups presenting at yesterday’s demo day event. This year’s crop included companies focused on homemade beer brewing, truly painless tax return filing, and an …

The anti-Facebook: one in four American neighborhoods are now using this private social network

Neighborhood gossip and community policing thrive on Nextdoor<p>It was early in the morning when the flooding hit The Knolls, a neighborhood of about 500 homes in Columbus, Ohio. The sewer overflowed, dumping a foot and half of water into Chuck Totten’s basement, where his wife Deb kept around $25,000 …

Ex-Myspace communications strategist <b>Paul Armstrong</b> warns of the vulnerabilities he sees in Zuckerberg's social media giant<p>Ten years ago I joined Myspace at its HQ in Beverly Hills. It was a pivotal time for the social network, just as they were being bought by Newscorp and during a key growth …

Our Nine Favorite Companies From The 500 Startups Demo Day

It’s that time again: 500 Startups just put on demo day for its ninth batch of companies at Microsoft’s conference building in sunny Mountain View, Calif. The seed stage investor and startup incubator showed off 29 products and services that range from making it easier to get a home loan to a …