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Articles tagged with: seed funding

Meet Swoop The Owl, Your iPhone’s Protector

If you sleep with your iPhone, or iPod Touch, you’re not alone, but what can you do to protect your phone from falling off the bed while you doze off? Jim McGraw wanted to find the solution to that very problem and invented a plush owl called Swoop the Owl.

The idea is very simple, just plop your iPhone into the Owl’s pouch and begin using. The kickstarter project currently has less than two weeks remaining and is nearly 25% funded.

3 Students Drop Out To Create Academic Software

TechCrunch reports that three students from the University of Pennsylvania have recently quit school to pursue their own startup. The product? CourseKit, an online platform that will allow professors to better manage their classes, and it works similar to the current course management software, Blackboard.

Having graduated University within the past year, I have used Blackboard and while slightly disorganized, I’ve found it to be ‘useful’ enough to grab documents, download my syllabi, and get the homework readings. I mean, who needs anything more? Just get the assignments, page readings, and begin to hit the books, right?

Indian-based Search Engine Raises $10 Million

An Indian-based search engine called Just Dial has just raised $10 million in funding from SAP Ventures and Sequoia Capital. The company was started in 1996 in Mumbai and allows consumers to search for local business through the Internet, phone, WAP, and through text messages.

Using the service, consumers are able to discover new restaurants, retail outlets, or search for plumbers or exterminators. It’s basically an easier-to-use form of the YellowPages in the United States. The service is now used by 57 million unique users spread over 250 Indian towns and cities.