Video: PDX Startup Vizify Makes You More Visible Online

In this video from the new Stumptwon Startups Blog, Erica Nochlin reports that Portland Startup Vizify offers a quick and free way to create an interactive, online slideshow about your life.

The lines between your professional and personal identity online are blurring. For instance, our research with hiring managers told us that their biggest pain point was finding a cultural fit,” said Arwa Jumkawala, Vizify’s director of marketing. “Our vizcard prompts are designed to address that; they showcase your achievements, but also your interests, and quirks.”

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PayTango – Swipe Fingerprint to Unlock Your Wallet

In this video, Brian Groudan describes how PayTango puts payments at your fingertips. Started by four Carnegie Mellon students, PayTango solves the problem of lost debit card and forgotten keys by replacing them with something you never leave behind: fingerprints.

We wanted to solve the problem of all these cards you have to carry around and things you need to identify yourself–there had to be a better way,” says Patel. “We realized biometrics might be the best way to solve the problem of keys and credit cards.”

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Video: SC13 Seeks Your Ground-Breaking Innovations in the Emerging Technologies Track

In this video, Torsten Hoefler from ETH Zurich describes the new SC13 Emerging Technologies Track.

The SC13 Emerging Technologies Track is a new element of the Technical Program at SC13. It is aimed at providing a showcase on the SC13 show floor for novel projects at a national or international scale. It is different from other aspects of the technical program, such as contributed presentations and posters, in that it will provide a forum for discussing large-scale, long-term efforts in high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis, rather than a recent research result that such a project might have achieved. Emerging Technologies will provide space in a booth at an attractive central location of the SC13 show floor. The booth will facilitate displays, presentations, and spontaneous discussions among participants and visitors.

If you have ground-breaking technologies in the works, the SC13 conference would love to provide you an opportunity to showcase it to the world leaders in supercomputing. Read the Full Story and get your submissions in today!

Slidecast: ShopKeep – A Point-of-Sale System from iPads to the Cloud


In this video, Jason Richelson, CEO and Founder of ShopKeep presents an overview of the company’s cloud-based Point of Sales system that runs from iPad devices.

ShopKeep is an iPad POS (Point of Sale) system that gives merchants the power to run and analyze their businesses in an elegant, easy-to-use and inexpensive cloud-based interface. By combining a iPad POS system with our detailed BackOffice reporting, you have the ability to generate powerful analysis of inventory, sales and customer relationship management with a service that never becomes outdated.”

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Video: Amazing DigiCortex Engine Maps the Brain with GPUs

In this video from the 2013 GPU Technology Conference, Ivan Dimkovic and Ana Balevic describe the ground-breaking DigiCortex Engine. Recently ported to CUDA, the application has seen huge speedups with GPU computing.

DigiCortexis my hobby project implementing large-scale simulation and visualization of biologically realistic cortical neurons, synaptic receptor kinetic, axonal action potential propagation delays as well as long-term and short-term synaptic plasticity. Current version of DigiCortex is heavily optimized for Intel CPUs (including Sandy Bridge AVX instruction set). The first CUDA-enabled version with GPU acceleration (CUDA optimizations done by Ana Balevic) is available as of v0.95

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Do Startups have a Sexism Problem?

Over at CNN, Laurie Segall writes that Sexism at startups has been thrust into the limelight following a bizarre chain of events at a recent tech conference.

This incident is indicative of larger problems in the tech industry,” said Nikki Stevens, director of Engineering at Refinery29, a fashion startup. “What’s hard is she isn’t the first person to get fired for speaking out, and she won’t be the last.”

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Video: Surviving the Startup Lifestyle

In this video, entrepreneurs discuss how to survive the Startup lifestyle.

How do we protect ourselves from being consumed—body and soul—by the pursuit of our life dreams? This recorded conversation from March 20, 2013 between Parker J. Palmer and Jerry Colonna examines finding a way to deal with the “deforming pressures” that threaten to crush the leaders of startup companies.

You can learn more about this topic in a CoJourneo Workshop coing up April 19 at Colonna at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

The Coming Entrepreneurial Age

Over at Venture Hacks, Babak Nivi writes that coming entrepreneurial age will be as important as the industrial age and the information age.

In the entrepreneurial age, physics and information will be replaced by entrepreneurship: the ability to serve a customer at the highest level of quality and scale, simultaneously. We will learn to put entrepreneurship to great use and it will be the basis for an organization’s differentiation and victory. This is not a statement that the winners are going to win. It is a statement that (1) the best strategy is to attempt to deliver the highest quality with the highest scale and (2) other types of differentiation should only be tactics that serve an organization’s entrepreneurial capability.

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Slidecast: SPM.Python Expoits Parallelism with Fault Tolerance


In this slidecast, Minesh Amin from MBA Sciences presents on the latest release of SPM.Python. Amin was recently awarded a patent for the technology, which now includes support for exploiting parallelism using GPUs by way of PyCuda. With this new feature in place, SPM.Python enables programmers to exploit parallelism in a fault tolerant manner across all three levels of abstraction: servers, cores, and GPUs.

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