proXPN: Free VPN for Complete Privacy

Today proXPN re-launched its site and software to provide free, unlimited 512-bit encryption for all users. Available for both Windows and Mac, proXPN utilizes the OpenVPN protocol to establish a 512-bit encryption tunnel using a 2048-bit key.

proXPN is a personal virtual private network that provides users with privacy and safety while using the internet. proXPN encrypts all data passing between your computer and our servers, including everything over Wi-Fi and even through your ISP. This offers dramatically improved protection from Wi-Fi snooping.

Completely free of charge with unlimited data downloads and uploads, proXPN also offers optional paid subscriptions with more advanced features, such as support for mobile devices and access to the VPN’s server locations worldwide. Read the Full Story.

Fancy Hands Provides Personal Assistants on the Net

Need some help but don’t have enough work to hire someone? Joann Pan from Mashable writes that the Fancy Hands Startup offers the services of personal assistants via the web. Available around the clock, the company’s fleet of professional contractors are located throughout the U.S to do almost anything that doesn’t involve them getting up from their chairs.

The Internet came along and now it’s almost hard to remember how it was before,” said founder Ted Roden. “I want to do that for other things. In the future, I want people to say ‘For scheduling, I can’t believe I used to email back and forth.’ I want that to happen for a lot of aspects in your life.”

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The Reason Most Pitches Fail

Author Eric Ries writes that pitches usually fail because they answer the wrong questions.

Pitches usually fail because they answer the wrong questions. The right questions depend on the stage of your business—for example, some businesses are just getting started with an idea, while others are printing money. Focus your pitch on the key questions for your stage and if you keep getting non-key questions, something is wrong with your pitch. This post includes a hierarchy that you can use to classify your business and the key questions for each stage in the hierarchy.

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Video: Two New Stars from Europe’s Startup Sauna


In this video, Robert Scoble talks to two new companies from Europe’s Startup Sauna. First up is, a software company that makes a web-based data visualization applications for non-designers to create professionally designed infographics and visualizations in minutes.

The second new company is IJudgeFights, a browser-based and mobile platform that lets YOU be the judge.

ScaleArc Startup Plugs into Microsoft SQL for Instant Scalability

This week ScaleArc announced that the company’s iDB v2.0 database infrastructure software brings significant new capabilities to SQL Server environments such as instant horizontal scaling, higher availability, faster database performance, increased SQL protection and real-time query analytics.

According to ScaleArc, iDB takes a fundamentally different approach at the SQL protocol layer by providing customers with a wide spectrum of capabilities for their database environment in a single solution, without requiring any modifications to existing applications or SQL Server databases.

We simply plugged in the iDB appliance and it instantly accelerated our queries and scaled our SQL server environment without requiring hours of valuable engineering resources,” said Dr. Aleksandr Yampolskiy, Cinchcast CTO. “Cinchcast provides solutions that allow companies to create, share, measure and monetize audio content. With iDB, we’re able to serve more ad impressions to enable greater revenues for BlogTalkRadio, a Cinchcast-powered media property, plus the iDB dashboard gives us new insights into ad traffic on the site, visibility into the most frequent queries and more, so that we can better understand the database load and how best to scale the system.”

Until now, moving to advanced architectures like multi-master, or achieving instant scale and better performance within SQL server environments, has been costly and extremely difficult to implement. iDB v2.0 for MS SQL supports a wide range of functions including Read/Write splitting, dynamic load balancing and horizontal scaling, query caching for up to 24x faster query responses, wire-speed SQL filtering and real-time instrumentation and analytics. Read the Full Story.

CapsulePen Aims to Write Happy Ending on Kickstarter

We recently asked the question: “Do non-tech Startups stand a chance?

Entrepreneur Joe Cote would also like to know the answer. He is trying to get Kickstarter support for his CapsulePen invention, the first pill container that arranges pills lengthwise in a tubular container shaped like a pen.

There are 150 million people in America on prescription medication, over 500 million in the world. CapsulePen aims to enable as many of their lives as possible, as medication non-adherence is an expensive and potentially deadly problem, resulting in 89,000 deaths and $100 billion per year in unnecessary hospital costs.

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Startups Powered by GPUs

Gary Rainville writes that the GTC Emerging Companies Summit this week showcased nearly three dozen startups from around the world using GPUs to disrupt markets and delight customers. After a day of machine-gun style back-to-back mini-presentations, the event was capped by the announcement of five “One to Watch” awards. Winners raked in more than $20,000 in prizes each.

The companies shared a resolve to solve hard problems with sophisticated offerings, in many cases with NVIDIA GPUs.  Winners included:

  • Elemental Technologies, which provides processing technology that uses GPUs to quickly optimize video and stream it over IP networks
  • Numira Biosciences, which is working to accelerate the drug development pipeline for pharmaceutical companies by shortening compound discovery and pre-clinical testing processes
  • Splashtop, which is a provider of a highly rated remote desktop app that streams a PC or Mac to a smartphone with smooth, high-resolution video and audio.

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