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Glia Raises Cash To Match Consumers And Companies Around Values

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As another political cycle begins to ramp up, a new service called Glia has raised seed funding to connect consumers with the brands and companies that support their similar values.

Seemingly during every big election cycle, people become hyper-aware of how the corporations whose goods they buy and services they use on a daily basis spend their money on political and social campaigns.

It’s with an eye toward that hypersensitive political climate that Barry Klein, a longtime political consultant has raised the first capital to grow Glia (named after the neural cells that his wife has researched that are the basis for learning and cognition in the brain).

Along with co-founders Chris Rappley, a longtime startup consultant, and Tahlia Sutton, a product development executive, Klein has developed Glia to be an app that blends Yelp and eHarmony, for what Klein calls “values-based shopping”.

A user on the app simply fills out a profile of…

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Consider Pitching A “Virtual Startup” To Your Boss

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Editor’s note: Steve Sokol is the product lead for Respoke, a WebRTC platform as a service that allows web and mobile developers to add live voice, video, text and data features to websites or apps.

I have been part of several of startups, and I love the energy, excitement and sense of risk that comes with launching into uncharted waters. My last startup was acquired in 2007, and I’ve been working at the acquirer ever since. A bit over two years ago, I got the itch to do something entrepreneurial again.

When I talked with my boss about quitting to build a new business in the nascent WebRTC/web communications space, he made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. And that’s how I landed in my current position: For two years, I’ve had the unique opportunity to work as a co-founder at a virtual startup, housed under the corporate umbrella…

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Watch This X-Wing Make It To Space In Star Wars Premiere Ticket Bid

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An X-Wing has made it to space in real life, thanks to a project by a two-person space photography outfit from Essex, UK launched as an attempt to get tickets to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens VIP premiere. Project Helium Tears, which uses weather balloons to take pictures of Earth from the very edge of space, fixed an X-Wing model to one of their balloons and sent it up, capturing the flight in a short video viewable above.

The pair is hoping that J.J. Abrams’ stated love of practical effects will lead to him swooning over the launch, and result in tickets to the ultra-exclusive event. After all, short of actual venturing to the Star Wars universe, what could be better than attending the premiere of the new…

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Motor Trend gets their hands on the ATS-V–and does naughty things.

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The bad Cadillac of old is officially dead–no more garbage luxury cars that aren’t luxurious nor prestigious. But we need not shed a tear. The new Cadillac produces cars that Americans want–stuff that handles properly, looks fantastic, and is priced fitting of a luxury automobile.  Carlos Lago has the keys to a white ATS-V Coupe, which will be coming soon to a showroom near you. After reading some early first drives of the new member to the Cadillac V family, I think we’re going to welcome this family member with open arms. So go ahead, you’ve got twelve minutes to watch this video. You’ll be glad you did.  Just listen to that twin-turbo V6–it has a lot of nice things to say about life.

-Albert S. Davis

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