The Starting Gate

Startups come out of the cave

The most popular story on Starting Gate last week was Guide coming out of the startup cave, as CEO Freddie Laker calls it, and unveiling its plans to turn online news stories into videos complete with avatar “news anchors” such as a dog, robot or anime character (I‘m holding out for the cat). Guide ( is planning to launch its public beta at SXSW, where it was also selected to pitch in the SXSW Accelerator.

But that’s not all.

•  AdMobilize also came out of the cave, unveiling full of videos and other information that explain its new kind of advertising network — walkers and commuters can be paid for displaying the brands they already know and love, says CEO Rodolfo Saccoman.

•  Jared Kleinert, a junior at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, launched a private beta of Synergist,, a crowdsourcing site and online community for social entrepreneurs. Anyone can sign up for the beta, with which they can meet other social entrepreneurs, collaborate in a free online workspace and share their projects to gain support directly from the community. They can also back other projects and get rewards for helping others start social movements, he says.

This Wednesday brings Start-Up City: Miami, a huge one-day conference on Miami Beach, to continue the conversation about building a local tech hub and explore the practices of other successful cities in this arena. Because of overwhelming demand, the venue was moved to the New World Center’s main performance hall. The event will be livestreamed at and local watch parties include one at FIU’s College of Business Complex, Room 240, 11200 SW 8th St. Participate on Twitter with the hashtag #StartupMiami.

For more startup news and guest views, including a post about last week's Greater Miami Chamber Economic Summit where the tech talent pool and tech education were on the agenda, check out The Starting Gate blog on and follow me on Twitter @ndahlberg.

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