So that’s why BufferBox is so hot

Amazon is increasing the speed with which it is rolling out its Lockers across the country by partnering with retailers such as Staples and RadioShack. That attention is helping lift the fortunes of startups that want to take on Amazon -- BufferBox being one of them.…

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Paul Graham’s Y Combinator, six years later

Paul Graham started Y Combinator, his unique blend of start-up school and incubator in 2005 and since then has spawned quite a quite a few well known names such as Dropbox, Justin.tv and Airbnb. Here is a video that looks at YC and its impact.…

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Table for Two and a Tablet, Please

Friends were skeptical when E la Carte founder Rajat Suri dropped out of MIT to become a waiter -- for research. Two years, later, his startup seeks to tame the "chaotic environment" of a restaurant with features designed to streamline tasks for customers and staff.…

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Xing Founder Tries Euro Twist on Y Combinator Model

Lars Hinrichs, who founded the European social network Xing, has launched a new startup fund/incubator called HackFwd, which calls itself a "pre-seed investment company." But some say the fund's asking price is too high: 27 percent of a startup's equity in return for an initial investment.…

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Entrepreneurial Stereotypes on Display at SXSW

Picture a tech startup founder. Are they male, maybe around 27 years old, and a resident of Silicon Valley? Apparently that's what it takes to build a tech startup according to the explicit and implicit wisdom shared at the Seed Combinator's panel today at SXSW.…

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TechStars Grades Itself

Updated: TechStars, a seed-stage investment program which has outposts in Boulder, Colo., as well as Boston and Seattle, recently decided to grade itself.…

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Can Cardpool Solve the Unused Gift Card Problem?

The gift card business has nearly quintupled from $20 billion in 1999 to $100 billion in 2010. Along with the growth has come a unique problem: nearly $5 billion worth of cards go unclaimed every year. Cardpool, a San Francisco-based startup, wants to solve that problem.…

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Notes From a Conversation With Y Combinator's Paul Graham

Last week, when down in Los Angeles, I had a chance to interview Paul Graham, co-founder of YCombinator on-stage at the Twiistup conference. The wide ranging conversation spanned a good 45 minutes and generically talked about the Internet start-ups and entrepreneurship. Here are some highlights.…

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