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Trendbrew: The Shopping App Where Everyone Can Be a Trendsetter

Some people just love to shop. And it’s not only about making purchases, it’s about searching. It’s following trendsetters, being the first to know, seeing what fashion influencers are promoting, and then buying your well-researched items. More than that, it’s about finding deals, getting discounts, and for some, being the trendsetter yourself. Enter Trendbrew, the new centralized platform for shopaholics worldwide.

Trendbrew is a social shopping platform that connects shoppers, influencers, and retailers in one engaging ecosystem. You can create your own personal shopping feed and follow the feeds of others. Retailers can connect with influencers on the system to increase sales, and influencers earn a commission for all the purchases they inspire. You can shop influencer blogs, videos, and also trend stores, which are a collection of products and content created by influencers on TrendBrew. If you want an item, just click the wish button and retailers can send you personalized offerings for your consideration.

Brewing your own trends is easy. New content can be readily added using a simple browser-based bookmarklet. By clicking its Brew button you can add every type of content including reviews, videos, and products. You can brew your channel continuously while you browse the web and shop your favorite outlets. In so doing you’ll create your own personal shopping channel for your followers.

Beyond providing a social platform for shopping, the power of Trendbrew is in the wide variety of vendors it supports. It hosts more than 4k retailers with over 60k products from fashion to electronics, and beyond. Shoppers can shop trending products from any retailer, compare prices, get price drop alerts and earn rewards. Gone are the days of downloading numerous mobile apps from separate retailers. Just download Trendbrew and you gain access to their ever-expanding network of retailers.

Trendbrew also has integrated card-linked offers prompting you with special offers for using a particular credit card, such as Visa or MasterCard. In fact, in just a few weeks they’ll integrate with a service provider that will allow you to only enter your payment information once and make purchases without ever leaving Trendbrew’s system.

In a world where there’s an ever-growing chorus of shopping bloggers, Trendbrew gives you a unified platform to share your findings and discover new items. For those who love to shop, it’s the app for you.

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ExpoHound: Get Connected on the Social Network for Trade Shows

One of the main goals of going to a trade show is to make connections. You may be a sales professional wanting to find new customers. Maybe you’re a growing business looking for new suppliers. Business partners have been found on the floors of trade shows. Trade shows are a hotbed of professional activity and a great place for career growth and building your business.

How best to connect is often left to the wiles of individual attendees. The conventional method is to exchange business cards or add each other on LinkedIn. There are also several applications available to coordinate connections at specific events. But what about a social network for all events? For that, we have ExpoHound.

ExpoHound promotes engagement with event participants before, during, and after the event; allowing users to make the most of their experience. As a dedicated trade show social network, you need only join once and can use ExpoHound for all future trade shows. An event page contains all the information you need including a basic description, interactive attendee and exhibitor profiles, a discussion forum, event updates, and a personal notepad. It links to the event website, the schedule, and even the floor plan. Here’s CES Las Vegas, for example. In the future, they plan on adding sections for venues and vendors, as well as many other features for all user types.

Founded by established growth expert and avid trade show attendee, Jared Kinchen, ExpoHound is the result of his years of attending trade shows worldwide. As a serial entrepreneur and executive coach, he attends as many as 8-10 shows a year. With all this time invested into attending shows, he knows what works and what doesn’t work. What doesn’t work is the current model of downloading event specific applications that hosts all the connections and notes for that event. As soon as the event is over, you must transfer all your contacts and notes to a new system in order to stay in touch. Some events don’t set up any application to connect people at all. With ExpoHound you can keep everything in one place.

The multibillion-dollar trade show industry includes over 13,000 trade shows a year with averaging over 250 exhibitors and 2500 attendees each. For being one of the primary ways to connect with people in your industry, trade shows can be surprisingly disconnected. People only have so much time at an event and need every opportunity they can to maximize their experience. To find all the upcoming trade shows in your field and improve your networking efforts at the ones you are attending, join ExpoHound today.

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Untappt: Your In-House Cost Effective Recruiting and HR Service

As startups grow they quickly run into the issue of needing to set up HR software, payroll, and a hiring process. Initially, this is often done ad hoc, with online services cobbled together and job postings listed on popular sites. Over time though the need arises to get serious about staffing.

Untappt is an unprecedented service in the recruiting and HR space. They’ll set up your entire HR and payroll systems so you’re ready to recruit top talent to your company. Once set up, they’ll lead the talent search to bring in candidates for you. Long a bastion of hefty referral fees and signing bonuses, placing candidates is a lucrative field. Untappt is here to fix that costly problem for startups. They make personalized and experienced HR services within reach of emerging companies.

Untappt’s strong attention to personal relationships is quintessential to their culture and process. While the rest of us were working on optimizing our landing pages and pitching reporters to cover our businesses, they took a different approach. Founded by seasoned executives Tanya Bourque and Marie Burns, they used their broad network of personal relationships and solid reputation to launch their services. Now 4000 placed candidates in, they’re finally getting around to joining us mortals on the web.

There are two paths through Untappt’s service. First are ongoing clients. They’ll set up all your systems for you and continuously hire candidates at just a fraction of the cost of a conventional recruiting service. The second is they’ll set up your HR workflows and then coach you on how best to use them.

A couple other benefits of working with Untappt are their thoughtful approach to integrating personnel with companies. To help narrow in on great culture fits for your company they have a proprietary personality test they’ve developed. This helps find the right candidates for your team. In order for Untappt to integrate well with your company, they’re white-label, allowing startups to use their own name throughout the recruiting process.

Although currently their service is managed manually, there’s talk of Untappt becoming among the first HRaaS- Human Resources as a Service. They’re exploring automating their process so startups can readily set up their HR and recruiting systems, while still gaining access to their knowledge, coaching, and resources. Whatever the future may bring, for those making the leap to formalizing their HR and recruiting processes, Untappt is the service for you.

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Simple Intelligence: The Online Marketplace for Deep Learning Models

You have a Deep Learning model
And it’s ready to go
Completely refined
Time for the big show

One thing left
There is to do
‎Put it in the cloud
‎And send api calls through

It’s takes enough time
To understand neural networks
Launching a website
Has many quirks

And the model you made
Is valuable
People will pay
For your labor’s toll

A nueral marketplace
Is what you need
From the toils of webdev
You will be freed

Devops and sysadmin
And keeping servers online
Are well trodden fields
You should outsource and consign

Simple Intelligence
Is host for all
Deep Learning models
Both big and small

It starts with TensorFlow
And then AWS
Serve there for free
And then yes Yes YES

When people call
Your api
Your well trained model
Will fast responses supply

Simple Intelligence
Is the place to go
When your model’s ready
To let the data flow


Simple Intelligence is the fastest API for your deep learning model. It is a neural marketplace where data scientists and Machine Learning experts can deploy their models for free, and let other developers make API calls against them. They, in turn, can charge for the service, with just a small transaction fee paid to Simple Intelligence.

Based out of Seattle and founded by esteemed Microsoft engineer Rahul Suresh, Simple Intelligence is a much-needed platform for the emerging and growing field of deep learning. It takes years of study and research to develop accurate models that are trained on certain data inputs and can process future ones. Once built, these models need a place to be hosted so people can access them. Simple Intelligence provides the platform for you to do that.

Recently launched, there already is an initial set of models now available including describing images, adding captions to images, and boxing images so you can separate all the distinct parts. Anyone can send API calls through Simple Intelligence and get access to fast, real-time responses. Most typically you would integrate your application with them, such as if you wanted information on pictures people were uploading to your site. Although models are by no means limited to images, gathering information from the images your users upload is a great way to gain insight into who they are. In turn, you can provide more relevant content to them.

Although still very much in development, Simple Intelligence has been able to introduce its first customers on its platform. This critical step gives them critical feedback while they develop their service into the central hub for the multitude of deep learning models to come.

While serving deep learning models is Simple Intelligence’s first major milestone, they have much more planned for the future. “I envision a drag-and-drop model designer to edit different layers and tweak parameters without writing code,” says Rahul.