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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. 
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