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WATCH: CrowdTunes, ArchiveSocial, ShiftZen Demo at American Underground

ExitEvent and American Underground are partnering to bring those outside the Durham startup campus a peek inside. Each Wednesday at lunch, American Underground @Main hosts an event called HelpFest, in which members of the community (and sometimes guests) share some element of their business, strategy or passion, and take questions from the audience. August 13th, three fast-growing AU startups gave demonstrations of their products. First up, starting at 1:21 in the video, is ShiftZen, maker of online restaurant scheduling software. Second, at 10:45, is ArchiveSocial, a social media archiving tool for governments. Digital jukebox software provider CrowdTunes, 27:20, ends...

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One Year Later, American Underground Doubles Footprint on Main Street

Some predictions are merely predictions. Others are dead on. And American Underground gets credit for the latter. Today, the operator of startup campuses (and owner of ExitEvent) reveals a plan to double the size of its space on Main Street in downtown Durham by January, making room for 50 additional companies and meeting a 2012 goal of housing 200 companies by 2015. The expansion will happen on the third and fourth floors of the building owned by Self Help Credit Union and its rooftop, and will include 46 private offices for teams of 8-20, 12 new co-working desks, an...

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This Spring at the Startup Factory: Innovation in Daycare, Podcasts, Travel and Crowdfunding

They’re former sex toy marketers, grade school buddies, travelers to 120 of the world’s 196 countries. One is French, two Brazilian. Another has a form of chronic leukemia. Some moved to town from Washington D.C., Atlanta and Yosemite in California. And two teams in this spring’s Startup Factory class include husbands and wives. A dozen men and women moved into American Underground this week with compelling enough ideas to earn $50,000 and three months of mentorship from Startup Factory partners Chris Heivly and Dave Neal and dozens of other experienced advisors. They’ve set to work building businesses tackling hostel...

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