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Mar 3, 2017

Kookaborrow – Share and Hire in your Local Area

Startup Name: Kookaborrow

Ed: As with most of these peer to peer businesses, building the app is the easy bit, actually getting enough people to download it, use it and actually complete a transaction is the challenge. Most successful new marketplaces (and therefore the only ones you hear about) in recent history have resorted to all manner of nefarious behaviour including faking users and inventory and comments/posts, manually processing transactions and using other more successful sites to poach users. I make no judgement on this except to say that they survived and most others didn’t. What is it? A mobile application connecting users looking for a items in their local area [...]

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Mar 1, 2017

Basin Commerce – Modernizing the Bulk Commodity Supply Chain

Startup Name: Basin Commerce

Most people forget that Industrial England was built on a network of canals with tow paths before the advent of steam, parts of the UK still have extensive canals but I had never realised the USA has a huge network of 25,000 miles of navigable waterways all over the country and Basin Commerce is planning make them more efficient.

Tagline: Modernizing the Bulk Commodity Supply Chain We are building an on-line market for the sourcing and buying of logistics services in the bulk freight industry. Think of Expedia or Travelocity for your travel bookings, but for of bulk materials. The market currently operates as it has for over 50 years.

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Feb 10, 2017

Pagely – We help startups scale WordPress.

Pretty interesting, these guys provide a documented way to scale hosted WordPress using Amazon AWS and unlike most of the other players in this market provide the configurations and their methods they are selling.

A few years ago this site melted down when the guys from 4 short links at O’Reilly sent me thousands of visitors in a matter of minutes to a page that was a collection of over 100 IOT Startups all with images of the devices, my traditional WordPress hosting just melted, likewise I hear similar reports from startups that have suddenly had their Techcrunch moment and their traditional hosting couldn’t cope.

Its almost impossible to solve this problem [...]

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Nov 14, 2016

Nodio – Blockchain-powered wi-fi router platform for de-centralized applications

Ed: Really interesting product which could be described as the love child of a Router/Firewall and an Personal Security Application Server with failover and security features that can cost tens of thousands from Cisco.

They say the street always finds a use for your product often in ways you didn’t envisage. While Nodio seems to very focused on the blockchain app aspect of the device, as a former owner of a networking and ISP company the router seems like an ideal solution for small offices or individuals who require high levels of internet security and uptime, it has a failover/backup 4G/LTE connection as well as mesh networking between devices and an onramp to the TOR [...]

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