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Zoom Interiors on 'Shark Tank'

Philly-based ZOOM Interiors walks away from Shark Tank deal

Madeline Fraser, Elizabeth Grover and Beatrice Fischel-Bock founded Zoom Interiors to provide virtual interior design consultations. One year in, they went on Shark Tank. One year later, they're investor-less but more business savvy.

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Pittsburgh startup NetBeez monitors networks in real time

Founded in 2013 at Innovation Works' AlphaLab incubator, NetBeez uses "swarm intelligence" and network sensors called BEEZ to collect and process network and application performance. 

Kinsa Smart Thermometer

Local school children beta test real-time map of human health

With increasing concerns over serious contagious illnesses like measles and the tension between public safety and privacy regarding health information, the Kinsa Smart Thermometer could change the way health information is shared.

An overview of Liberty Avenue traffic, Downtown

Pittsburgh as a driving force behind transportation technology

From bus-tracking apps to robotic traffic signals, the New Year has introduced some big changes for Pittsburgh in the realm of transportation. Part One of Pop City's three-part series on transportation issues within Pittsburgh and across Pennsylvania.

Oakland hosted the second Anchor District Forum in December 2013

Eds and meds, unite: Anchor districts are new engines for job creation

Across the United States, anchor districts like Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood stabilize communities through creative placemaking and job creation. Here, an in-depth look at anchor districts in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Cleveland. 

"Maestro" Mike Brown

Maestro Frameworks challenges perceptions on ability and cycling in bike designs

Local bicycle fabricator "Maestro" Mike Brown has become a beacon of hope for people with disabilities who seek the freedom of riding on two wheels. 

We will grow

10 little things that will pack a big Pittsburgh punch in 2015

From its tiniest residents to its biggest ideas, Pittsburgh made some strategic moves in 2014 that have the potential to reap big rewards in 2015 and beyond. Pop City Media predicts the people, projects and places to watch. 

The team from Wombat Security Technologies

Investment booms in Pittsburgh thanks to new venture fund

Pittsburgh's entrepreneurial ecosystem takes another big leap forward, as Riverfront Ventures will invest $24 million in local early-stage companies.

Pittsburgh Regional Alliance Tech Crawl

Meet the brains behind the city's brightest tech ideas

Follow along on a four-day whirlwind of technological innovation, creative invention and mind-blowing possibility. The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance's Tech Crawl unveils the brains behind the city's best and brightest ideas for the future.

Roosevelt Park

Can small ideas add up to big change for cities? 13 projects that prove they can (VIDEO)

Urban revitalization is not built on stadiums and skyscrapers alone. Vibrant cities begin with passionate people working on the ground, doing the creative heavy lifting to make their communities better. Leading up to Urban Innovation Exchange Sept. 24-26 in Detroit, we take a look at 13 small projects with big potential.

Denver at dusk

What smart cities can learn from Denver

Fueled by collaboration, the Mile High City is investing in transit-oriented development while also preserving its historic neighborhoods. Denver has gained 50,000 new residents in the past four years, outpacing its suburbs and most other metro areas.

Beers at Roundabout Brewery

Craft beer might just be southwest PA's next big thing

In a post-industrial region packed with ready-to-be-repurposed spaces, the craft beer industry is booming. Whether you're looking to brew your own, grab a growler to-go, or settle in for some suds and sparkling conversation, the next generation of breweries has you covered.

Girls of Steel compete in the FIRST Robotics competition.

Planting the seed: Local organizations create opportunities for girls interested in STEM careers

In America, women are significantly underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math fields, but several Pittsburgh organizations are working to change the statistics. Through mentorship and hands-on experience these local programs are working to pave the way for a more gender balanced generation of STEM professionals.

Toby Greenwalt

Where old-timey and online collide: A Q&A with Toby Greenwalt, CLP's director of digital strategy

From his blog, TheAnalogDivide.com to his new gig as the first ever director of digital strategy at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Toby Greenwalt is shaking the conservative librarian stereotype by using his interest in technology to keep the public library relevant to communities.

Dan Rugh and his Children

Local biz in da' Burgh: A Q&A with Dan Rugh of Commonwealth Press

Commonwealth Press is the perfect example of the Pittsburgh startup dream—an entrepreneurial web designer made good. Learn more about how Dan Rugh translated tech and design skills into a successful branding firm and silk screen press.
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