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deja mi's Secret App Unveiled

I recently caught up with Justin to find out more. What’s the WedPics origin story? We had originally gone after weddings with the deja mi application because it’s one of the most obvious locations where group photo sharing takes place. We found we needed something targeted specifically toward weddings rather than trying to get people to use the bigger app. Plus, we wanted to solve a wedding-specific problem: Chasing down all of those photos after the fact is a huge headache. From some of the married folk on the deja mi team, it was a total nightmare and years...

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deja mi’s Secret App Unveiled

I recently caught up with Justin to find out more. What’s the WedPics origin story? We had originally gone after weddings with the deja mi application because it’s one of the most obvious locations where group photo sharing takes place. We found we needed something targeted specifically toward weddings rather than trying to get people to use the bigger app. Plus, we wanted to solve a wedding-specific problem: Chasing down all of those photos after the fact is a huge headache. From some of the married folk on the deja mi team, it was a total nightmare and years...

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The Smoffice is Proving Startups Don't Need Much

Everybody in Durham knows The Smoffice. That’s probably because it’s in the front window of Beyu Caffe, the caffeinated nexus of Durham entrepreneurship. Also, there’s a big sign that says “The Smoffice.” The “World’s Smallest Office” is the brainchild of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Durham, Inc. After The Makery won the Smoffice business plan competition, they moved into Beyu on May 1st. So, how’s it going? And, what is The Makery? To find out, I staged a Smoffice sit-down with co-founder Krista Anne Nordgren, who started The Makery with her two sisters. What’s it like...

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The Smoffice is Proving Startups Don’t Need Much

Everybody in Durham knows The Smoffice. That’s probably because it’s in the front window of Beyu Caffe, the caffeinated nexus of Durham entrepreneurship. Also, there’s a big sign that says “The Smoffice.” The “World’s Smallest Office” is the brainchild of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Durham, Inc. After The Makery won the Smoffice business plan competition, they moved into Beyu on May 1st. So, how’s it going? And, what is The Makery? To find out, I staged a Smoffice sit-down with co-founder Krista Anne Nordgren, who started The Makery with her two sisters. What’s it like...

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Deja Mi All Over Again

It’s not hard to get the grand tour of the deja mi offices. Just ask founder Justin Miller to show you the basement of his house. The company, he proudly boasts, is a true Raleigh startup—no cushy renovated Durham loft space for his team! Then again, it is a pretty nice basement—brightly lit, clean, and it seemed to fit about nine employees in a comfortably snug configuration. Sorry to call you out on this Justin, but if you want to claim the basement grunge mantle, you need to invest in a lava lamp, a Pink Floyd poster, and a...

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North Carolina Companies to Watch Take Over the World

CED just hosted an exclusive, fancy-pants dinner to honor its list of 25 North Carolina Companies to Watch . I couldn’t make the dinner, so I decided to make my own, even more exclusive list. Which of these 25 second-stage companies, I wondered, were most likely to grow into futuristic mega-corporations that control all politics, economics, and life on earth? Because really, if your company’s not aiming for that, what’s the point? Taking into account their names, their business models, and the vast amounts of my brain devoted to dystopian pop culture, I am proud to present: The North...

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Chapel Hill Joins the Startup Party

“Chapel Hill’s a nice place to live, but I wouldn’t want to start a business there.” At least, that’s the sense I get from my Chapel Hill friends, who worry the town focuses too much on maintaining its (admittedly amazing) lifestyle and not enough on growth. Case in point: Chapel Hill wants to charge $760 to operate a food truck. In Durham, it costs just $75. But there’s a new incubator in town, coming to the space 3 Birds Marketing currently occupies. If you can think of an incubator/bird joke here, feel free to mentally insert that now. Under...

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8%??? That's It?!?!

According to new Pew research, 8% of online adults use Twitter every day, while 15% say they’ve ever used it at all. When I first heard that, I was shocked. Just 8%? But everybody I know is on Twitter! Among the nerds I hang out with, daily tweeting (or at least tweet reading) is an assumed quality. And in a world where daily Twitter use is a given, nerds design products (and write articles) with that bias subconsciously in mind. But while we’re off debating how next-gen mobile payment apps will integrate with Google Glass and turn us all...

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