Steve Jobs and Apple Inc.’s iPad might be the poster child for how entrepreneurs sometimes get an idea for a product, then scramble to imagine how consumers will use such a thing.
This seems to have been the case for a software application developed last year by Oakland-based Ludo Mechanica LLC, which helps people give the boot to bad habits. Users of the app self-report behavioral and health data and then receive texted encouragement from trainers, friends and others to stick to their goals.
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When it comes to the science of beauty, Nicki Zevola knows her stuff.
The CEO of FutureDerm, Pittsburgh's own Estee Lauder, prides herself in educating women on the chemistry of cosmetics through her line of beauty products and an accompanying blog.
With two products already on the market, the startup has rolled out several new ones, including a customized face moisturizer designed to meet the personal needs of each user. FutureDerm Specialist is a patent-pending blend, bringing together elements of modern skin care chemistry, digital technology and the old-school apothecary, says Zevola.
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After poring over more than 100 applications, AlphaLab Gear, the new hardware accelerator from Innovation Works, has picked a very diverse initial group of companies to work with.
Rich Lunak, president and CEO of Innovation Works, called that diversity a strength for the program.
“There is a peer learning element to this type of program that the teams can really leverage, so having such a diverse set of entrepreneurs makes a more robust experience,” he said.
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What do you get when you put nine enterprising hardware tech startups into an industrial-chic space in a former bowling alley in East Liberty?
AlphaLab Gear, the cool tech startup accelerator brought to us by Innovation Works and created around the idea—modeled after AlphaLab on the South Side—of entrepreneurs making great hardware together.
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The first stage of AlphaLab's plan to merge Pittsburgh's manufacturing history with its high-tech future began officially this week with the opening of AlphaLab Gear.
The 10,000-square-foot office atop a rehabbed East Liberty warehouse is the latest addition to Pittsburgh's accelerator community. However, unlike the dozens of software-centered programs that have cropped up throughout the region over the past two decades, AlphaLab Gear is one of four programs across the globe designed to push makers of hardware and other physical products past the startup phase to profitability.
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