This is how Venturef0rth does Halloween

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…With a bake-off, obviously. While the overall costume-to-member ratio wasn’t at an all time high, the costumes we DID see were epic enough on their own. We’re proud to say that we have our very own in-house “Dude” (would you believe us if we told you his name was actually Jeff Labonski?) and in true startup style, a “Series A Round.”  Har har. Not the scariest of costumes, but quite clever nonetheless. Our members proved to be pretty creative when it came to baking, and the treats were (thankfully) delicious. There was that one person who brought in pumpkin-inspired clementines…

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Meet a member: seedRef

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Time to meet another cool tech company that works in Venturef0rth… but mostly hangs out by the darts lounge. Eddie and Jesse are lifelong friends and started seedRef to revolutionize the job screening process. Tell us your 15-second elevator pitch. seedRef helps companies avoid making poor, costly hiring decisions by delivering critical character insights of job candidates to recruiters upfront in the screening process. By completely automating the reference checking process, we’re able to gather more valuable data on more candidates – faster than ever before. When and why did you start seedRef? Jesse (my cofounder) and I feel strongly…

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Impart Creative

Meet a member: Impart Creative

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We’ve got some awesome companies in the Venturef0rth community, and we want to introduce them to you. First up – meet the three stooges of Impart Creative. Dan, Erika and Tim are loads of fun, and experts at what they do. They’re a creative agency focused on brand identify, web design, print design and UI/UX consulting… and they’re really good at ping pong. Tell us your 15-second elevator pitch. We make nerdy fun stuff. We do our best to make the Internet a better place. Our services range from print design to UX consulting with a focus on web design…

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Venture for America expands to Philly

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We heard about this cool program, and wanted to share the love and spread the word. Venture for America, similar to Teach for America, recruits talented recent college grads and sends them to work in the trenches of a startup in cities that are revitalizing through entrepreneurship. On that note… VFA has now expanded to Philly! Fellows are selected based on attitude and a high aptitude to add value to startups. They get structured training before starting at a company and receive ongoing mentorship during their 2-year fellowship. VFA is looking for partner startups to place fellows – these are…

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Matt Wallaert

Key takeaways from a Bing behavioral scientist

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Back in April, we had an awesome speaker take the Venturestage. He was so awesome, that someone in the audience decided to write up a recap of the talk. The speaker, Matt Wallaert, is a lead behavioral scientist at Bing and animatedly painted a picture of how behavioral psychology plays a huge role in product design strategies. It was an invigorating hour, to say the least! Aaron McLean, COO and co-founder of Eight Eleven Inc. captured the meat of the talk and wanted to share the knowledge with the world. Here you go. Check out his awesome takeaways here: http://eight-eleven.com/news/key-takeaways-bing-behavioral-scientist. Thanks Aaron!

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Startup PHL

Venturef0rth wins Startup PHL Innovation Grant

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We recently received an innovation grant through the Startup PHL “Call for Ideas” fund, and we are so honored… and stoked to jumpstart our project. Startup PHL: A history This initiative is a collaborative effort between the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation to bring new vitality to Philly.  Mayor Nutter is a huge advocate for the startup community in Philly and, through Startup PHL, he’s working to keep early-stage companies in the region and strengthen our entrepreneurial community. How we got here We had an idea for how we could give back more to the startup…

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Bites with Brooke

Nine-year-old entrepreneur runs food blog

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If you own a restaurant, watch out. You may be getting reviewed by a nine-year-old blogger. We recently heard about this ambitious young kid, and wanted to share a different kind of story than the usual company acquisition or funding round. It’s really never too young to start a business – in 2011, when Brooke was 8 years old, she started a restaurant review blog with a kid-friendly twist. She took the B2B model and switched it to K2K. Kid to kid. Bites with Brooke is designed with two goals: to help parents find the best restaurants to visit with…

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Startup PHL

Venturef0rth named Startup PHL Finalist

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We’re excited to share that we were named one of 20 finalists to receive a grant to strengthen the startup and early-stage business culture in Philadelphia! Venturef0rth exists to support our entrepreneurial community, and this grant would help us raise the bar. In November 2012, Startup PHL put out a “Call for Ideas” asking the question: “What are the gaps in Philadelphia’s startup and early-stage marketplace and how can our dollars make the most impact?” Our idea? Venturef0rth Commons. We want to expand our offerings to support round-the-clock events and programming for the community, right next to our shared workspace….

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Farm Truck

Gourmet food trucks are coming

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Lunch in Southern Liberties just got a little bit more delicious. And mobile. We’ve partnered with the Philadelphia Mobile Food Association to bring a rotisserie of gourmet food trucks to the hood – with the Venturef0rth parking lot being claimed as ground zero. Inspired by the model pioneered at 30th Street Station’s “Patio,” Love Park and the Navy Yard, this pilot lunch truck rotation is expanding the food options in our little slice of post-industrial early stage heaven. Starting on Wednesday, February 13, two trucks will set up shop in the Venturelot, driving forward every Monday and Wednesday from 10:30 am – 2 pm…

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