Crowdasaurus Launches Digital Services and Consulting

Crowdasaurus

Crowdasaurus

Crowdasaurus doesn’t just build crowdfunding websites. Now, the Pittsburgh startup supports the growth of crowdfunding ecosystems as well with its digital services.

Successful crowdfunding is still an unrealized dream for most. Simply put, as crowdfunding as a practice has increased in visibility, so have the number of people asking for donations. Unfortunately, the pace of donor growth has not kept pace in most regions of the Country. 

Our home market is experiencing similar growing pains. Well connected project creators with strong networks are able to raise huge sums of money. And that’s awesome. But groups like nonprofits and individual makers struggle to find donors.

Crowdfunding Services
There is no simple solution. Crowdfunding is still maturing and needs active voices in our communities to help it along. Crowdasaurus is on a mission to increase the volume and frequency of people who believe in the unrealized potential of crowdfunding. To that end, we now offer a layer of marketing, network building, and consulting as a service to help your organization find success.

Not to worry, we still do the technical work of building white-label crowdfunding websites. But now our capacity is your capacity.

And in the spirit of the industry, those services are performed by a crowdsourced community of freelance digital professionals. Meet The Hardware Store, a coworking community that we’ve been cultivating for the last year or so.

Our spunky little sister startup provides a collaborative work environment for talented independent professionals in the Pittsburgh region. Crowdasaurus organizes that talent to support the growth and connectivity of regional crowdfunding ecosystems. Start tapping into those resources today.

WalkingThumbs announces the launch of the first App – Squareland

Squareland

Squareland

Please welcome our new baby, Squareland. Squareland is a very cool game that revolves around Blu, a cute and fun Owl. Blu’s pals are lost in Squareland! Help Blu blast through 80 levels of block-breaking madness on his quest to find his woodland friends.

Follow Blu’s guide, Pixie, as Blu smashes, rides and dodges the blocky landscape on his journey! Get Blu past the dangerous spikes and you might be lucky enough to meet a few cubic creatures to help him along the way… all while Blu bounces and tumbles to retro 8-bit beats and through dazzling summer, fall, winter and spring backdrops!

Squareland is available on iPhone / iPad / iPod.

Download Squareland Lite at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/squareland-lite/id859508361?mt=8

A first for Small Business: Dual-Band Wi-Fi Signals in One Device

 

Comcast Business

Comcast Business

Comcast Business recently launched the nation’s first wireless gateway service built specifically for a commercial environment with an integrated modem equipped to produce dual-band Wi-Fi signals. The Business Wireless Gateway allows entrepreneurs to assign one private wireless signal for their back-office needs and a separate public signal (Xfinity WiFi) for customers or visitors, creating a simple and secure solution for businesses of all kinds that want to take advantage of the many benefits of Wi-Fi.

This device and Business WiFi service are included with most Comcast Business Internet plans, and Comcast Business supports the device and provides customer service 24/7.

“We are making the Business Wireless Gateway available nationwide because research has proven time and again that Wi-Fi is a game changer for brick and mortar based small businesses,” said John Guillaume, vice president of Product Development, Comcast Business. “Many different types of customers – coffee shops, law firms, real estate offices, gyms, libraries and more – want to attract and retain visitors to their location and give employees the tools they need to be more productive. Wi-Fi can be critical on both fronts, and this device can help make that easy to manage.”

A recent survey of “Main Street” small business owners by Bredin Research indicated that some small business owners who don’t offer public Wi-Fi to their patrons have concerns about technical support, cost and customer misuse. Developed by Cisco, Comcast’s new Business Wireless Gateway addresses each of these concerns and more:

Private Wi-Fi

  • Fast – more than enough Wi-Fi speed to handle the demands and multiple devices of today’s modern businesses.
  • Private – a network that is separate and distinct from the public Wi-Fi, so the business is not impacted by activity by patrons.
  • Cost Effective – included with most Comcast Business Internet tiers.
  • Helps Productivity – through an expanded Internet experience for employees, who can connect wirelessly and quickly to the internal network, cloud applications and shared devices like printers.
  • BYOD – the rising popularity of bring your own device (BYOD) policies further enhances the appeal of Wi-Fi in the business setting, as employees increasingly want to use their own devices for work.

Public Wi-Fi

  • Speed – according to third party analysis, Xfinity WiFi is the fastest Wi-Fi in the nation.
  • Happy Customers – ensure visitors’ Wi-Fi experience is positive, which can lead to repeat visits, customer loyalty and new business.
  • Become a Destination – be a part of the largest public Wi-Fi network in the country and listed on an interactive Wi-Fi locator map – available through the Xfinity WiFi app and online.
  • Easy Installation – no additional equipment or routers required for public Wi-Fi; the public and private Wi-Fi networks, available through one device, are set up by Comcast Business technicians.
  • Increased mobility – Businesses will receive two logins to access millions of Xfinity WiFi hotspots for business or personal purposes while on the go.

“Today’s ‘main street’ small businesses want to offer Wi-Fi to their customers to get them in the store and keep them coming back, but concerns can arise from over security and how challenging it will be to set up and maintain a Wi-Fi network,” said Matt Davis, director of Consumer and Small Business Telecom Services at IDC. “The Business Wireless Gateway from Comcast Business gives SMBs a single box solution to quickly set up both public and private Wi-Fi, with public access being managed and maintained over the Comcast network. This can alleviate security concerns because customers are not accessing the same Wi-Fi network that your employees are.”

For more about Wi-Fi use in small businesses on social media, follow #SMBWiFi.

About Comcast Business

Comcast Business, a unit of Comcast Cable, provides advanced communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through a next-generation network that is backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast delivers Business Internet, Ethernet, TV and a full portfolio of Voice services for cost-effective, simplified communications management.

For more information, call 866-429-3085.

Follow us on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at http://business.comcast.com/social.

Applications Open for 2nd Annual GREAT Tech Awards Competition

GREAT Tech AwardsApplications are open for the UK government’s second annual GREAT Tech Awards competition, celebrating the best US and UK technology companies and hosted by UK Trade & Investment and the British Consulate General New York.

Technology companies headquartered in the US states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut are encouraged to apply to win a UK expansion package in one of six sector categories: education, finance, health, internet of things, lifestyle, and media. The award winners from the six categories will be chosen by a panel of judges representing the finest tech industry leaders, influencers, and entrepreneurs. Applications are open until Friday, 1 August 2014. Confirmed sponsors of the competition include Propel, Blick Rothenberg, Corinthia Hotel London, Taylor Wessing, and Second Home.

“I am thrilled to announce that applications are open for the second annual GREAT Tech Awards,” said Danny Lopez, British Consul General New York. “The GREAT Tech Awards will attract the best tech talent from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut, and will offer companies a unique opportunity to grow their business in the UK, which is the best place to do business in Europe. Let the competition begin!”

The panel of prestigious judges includes: David Karp, CEO/Founder of Tumblr; Pete Cashmore, CEO/Founder of Mashable; Lily Cole, Founder of Impossible.com; Douglas Atkin, FinTech Fund Portfolio Manager, Guggenheim Partners; Marco Mohwinckel, Global Head Integrated Care Solutions, Janssen Healthcare Innovation; Margaret Molloy, Global Chief Marketing Officer & Head of Business Development for Siegel+Gale; and Yinka Adegoke, Deputy Editor, Billboard.

Winners receive a customized package that includes: a roundtrip flight to London; five nights accommodation plus breakfast at the five-star Corinthia Hotel London, a welcome cocktail reception in honour of the winners; accountancy services by Blick Rothenberg; legal services by Taylor Wessing; recruitment services by Propel; three months free office space in East London, for two employees provided by Second Home; meetings with investors, property agents, mentors, and government officials; and attendance at the Innovate Conference in London.

Additionally, the Best of British Award will be awarded to recognize the transatlantic growth of a British technology company that has successfully established a New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Connecticut office. The winner of this award will enjoy promotion at events, in publications and more.

The Advisory Board includes: Nima Behkami, PhD, Director of Strategic Alliance, Merck & Co; Paul Murphy, Partner, Betaworks; Ziv Navoth, Co-Founder/CEO, Paragraph; Tarek Pertew, Co-Founder, Wakefield; and Bob Schukai, Head of Advanced Product Innovation at Thomson Reuters. Winners will be announced at the GREAT Tech Awards Gala on Thursday, 9 October 2014 in New York City, and will fly to the UK from New York during the week of 2 November 2014.

When: Applications are open online at www.gov.uk/great-tech-awards

All application packages must be received by 11:59pm on Friday, 1 August 2014

Winners to be announced on Thursday, 9 October 2014

Where: For more information and to apply, visit: www.gov.uk/great-tech-awards

Concurrent Technologies Corporation Awarded $15.3 Million Contract to Provide Technical Development for the Carriage, Stream, Tow & Recovery System

Concurrent Technologies Corporation

Concurrent Technologies Corporation

Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) has been awarded a $15.3 million contract from Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) to continue work on the Carriage, Stream, Tow & Recovery System (CSTRS) program. This cost plus fixed fee, indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract is to provide engineering services in support of the CSTRS to incorporate airborne countermeasures capabilities.

“CTC began development on CSTRS in 1999,” said Edward J. Sheehan, Jr., CTC President & Chief Executive Officer. “Since the original contract, we have moved through the stages of design, development, testing, and production. We provide innovative solutions to our clients—15 years after our initial work, the U.S. Navy still looks to CTC to provide continued technical development support for the CSTRS program. We look forward to aiding the U.S. Navy and U.S. warfighters in efforts to improve their airborne mine countermeasures capabilities.”

The overall objective of the CSTRS program is to design, fabricate, test and integrate a system for the carriage, stream, tow and recovery of all airborne mine countermeasures (AMCM) sensors being considered by the Navy to support the AMCM mission of the MH-60S helicopter. CSTRS provides the MH-60S helicopter with the widest, largest minesweeping capability by making AMCM Systems deployable from U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ships, allowing them to readily respond to mine threats.

“During the course of this contract, CTC will continue to provide support services similar to what we have been doing for the past 10+ years,” said Ed Peretin, CSTRS Program Manager. “In addition, we will assist the Navy with the transition of the entire system to the end user—Navy Sailors.”

CTC will provide the personnel, materials, facilities, equipment, and services for the engineering and technical support required to modify the design, fabricate test prototypes, flight test the CSTRS and develop the production level design changes to support CSTRS. CTC will provide CSTRS mission and platform analysis and scenario development support; CSTRS design and engineering documentation support; CSTRS hardware and software development support; CSTRS fabrication support; CSTRS integration test and evaluation support; CSTRS ground support equipment; maintenance and repair support of CSTRS; CSTRS support material; CSTRS meeting support; and training support.

Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) is an independent, nonprofit, applied scientific research and development professional services organization providing innovative management and technology-based solutions to government and industry.  As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, CTC’s primary purpose and programs are to undertake applied scientific research and development activities that serve the public interest. For more information, visit www.ctc.com.