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18 HOURS AGO - TechCrunch

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And Just Like Magic, GoButler Is A Virtual Assistant Founded By Ex-Rocket Internet Execs

 “Text us to get whatever you want, whenever you want, wherever you are – it’s really simple and cool,” says GoButler co-founder CEO Navid Hadzaad. He could of course be describing Magic, the Silicon Valley startup (and Y Combinator alum) that offers an SMS-based virtual assistant and promises to get you anything on-demand. Read More

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MAR 31, 2015 - PandoDaily

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Chicago’s Avant acquires fellow Y Combinator alum ReadyForZero to bolster smart lending platform

Two of the most exciting names in consumer lending and debt management have joined forces. San Francisco- based credit education startup ReadyForZero has been acquired Chicago’s Avant, a big data-driven platform. Both companies have ties to Y Combinator, with ReadyForZero graduating from the accelerator in 2010, and Avant co-founders John Sun and Paul Zhang participating in a later class under a ...

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MAR 31, 2015 - PandoDaily

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Chicago’s AvantCredit acquires fellow Y Combinator alum ReadyForZero to bolster smart lending platform

Two of the most exciting names in consumer lending and debt management have joined forces. San Francisco- based credit education startup ReadyForZero has been acquired Chicago’s AvantCredit, a big data-driven platform. Both companies have ties to Y Combinator, with ReadyForZero graduating from the accelerator in 2010, and Avant co-founders John Sun and Paul Zhang participating under an earlier company called Debteye. The companies ...

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MAR 27, 2015 - Business Insider

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Ellen Pao lost, but gender discrimination in tech is real

The jury is in: Interim Reddit CEO Ellen Pao has lost her historic gender discrimination lawsuit against former employer and venture capital powerhouse Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, meaning she gets nothing.  But sexism and gender discrimination is a very real problem within the technology industry.  The reason you don't see many successful gender discrimination lawsuits is that it's so hard ...

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MAR 27, 2015 - Business Insider

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This founder had his leg amputated at age one. Now he's making artificial legs with 3D printers

Jeff Hubor was born with a non-functioning fibula that forced doctors to amputate his left leg when he was one year old. He’s used an artificial limb ever since. Now, he runs a company, Standard Cyborg, that makes prosthetic legs and is part of Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s most prominent startup lab. But it took almost 5 years for Hubor to ...

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