Week in Review: February 18, 2014

The Silicon Bayou has been buzzing with tech and entrepreneurial news. Here are the most popular stories published on Silicon Bayou News in the past seven days:

GNO, Inc. Launches DestinationGNO Tool for Those Looking to Move To New Orleans

DestinationGNO is a dynamic, innovative relocation tool that highlights the quality of life in the region. The tool, created by GNO, Inc. in partnership with 504ward, was originally designed with the ultimate goal broken into three parts: to diversify lifestyle options, to have the tool to eliminate confusion and to recruit workforce to the region. Michael Hecht explains DestinationGNO as the lifestyle Turbo Tax, or a tool that takes you through the city in a linear way, acting as your electronic chaperone.

Community Buzzing as Application Deadline for New Tulane Business Model Competition Nears

After hosting one of the region’s premiere college business plan competitions for 14 years, the Tulane Entrepreneurs Association(TEA) has completely redesigned the contest to better reward the practical aspects of what make startups successful – the ability to rapidly adapt to customers’ needs. Local fans in addition to business model experts such as Alex Osterwalder and Roy Daya have both reached out and provided support and advice to applicants. Click here to read more.

Creativity Set Free: Tongal’s Take on Modern Advertising

Although often described as a bad tech cliche, the YouTube of ad agencies, Tongal is proving to be a positive combination of the two. Tongal is nothing short of a creation marketplace, a platform that facilitates video content by crowdsourcing creative work through contests. Many users never had access to bring their ideas to life before Tongal, explained SVP of legal and business affairs Roberto Facundus. “The technology connects creatives to those that need creative people.” For those who have not heard of Tongal, they were responsible for crowdsourcing the Speed Stick Super Bowl ad in 2013. Read more here.

Join Us at the Tech Crunch New Orleans Meetup and Pitch-Off!

TechCrunch events are part social gathering and part pitch-off competition where startups get to pitch their product or company in front of local VCs and TechCrunch editors. The legendary event is coming to New Orleans next Thursday, February 20th at Republic. Tech Crunch has already picked 15 entrepreneurs to dazzle them for a chance to win a spot at the final pitch-off, taking place alongside free beer from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.

Connect + Trade Launches Export Market Ranking and Services

New Orleans online strategy, marketing, and exports firm Connect + Trade has launched a ranking of the 30 best and 30 worst export markets in the world. The ranking is based on data from the company’s database of over 200 indicators and over 200 markets, and accompanies its new Export Market Finder and Export Market Strategy services.

Dinner Lab Cooks Up New Food Delivery Service

In a month long experiment, Dinner Lab has launched a food delivery service for both members and non-members to bring everyone the food they love in a more convenient format. The membership-based social dining experiment is offering different options from one chef each week. Foodies can choose either hot delivered lunches and dinners or mostly prepared foods to make at home and learn from the chefs along the way.

Third Consecutive CajunCodeFest Invites Innovators to Health Care Coding Challenge

For the third consecutive year, the code-a-thon known as CajunCodeFest (April 23-25), a signature event for the Center for Business & Information Technologies (CBIT) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette), will bring innovators together to build something meaningful. Using any framework or platform that teams choose, they will be put to the 27-hour health care coding test aimed at developing health care solutions.

ArcMail Reports Record Year

ArcMail Technologies, Inc., an email archiving solutions company, recently announced its best year yet. In addition to earning important industry recognition in 2013, including being named in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving (EIA), ArcMail successfully increased its customer base by 50 percent since 2010 and reported that thousands of organizations across North America now deploy their solutions.

3rd Annual NOLA 3 Day Startup Produces Two College-Centric, Big Ideas

Last weekend, students from UNO and Tulane came together for the 3rd Annual New Orleans 3 Day Startup held on the University of New Orleans campus.  Although this year’s group of students was a more intimate group than previous years, there was no shortage on big ideas. Both teams delivered clever college-centric ideas during the Sunday night pitches that were evaluated by guest panelist Jeff Serpas of GE Capital.


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