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Get Rich U.

There are no walls between Stanford and Silicon Valley. Should there be?

by April 30, 2012

Stanford University is so startlingly paradisial, so fragrant and sunny, it’s as if you could eat from the trees and live happily forever. Students ride their bikes through manicured quads, past blooming flowers and statues by Rodin, to buildings named for benefactors like Gates, Hewlett, and Packard. Everyone seems happy, though there is a well-known phenomenon called the “Stanford duck syndrome”: students seem cheerful, but all the while they are furiously paddling their legs to stay afloat. What they are generally paddling toward are careers of the sort that could get their names on those buildings. The campus has its jocks, stoners, and poets, but what it is famous for are budding entrepreneurs, engineers, and computer aces hoping to make their fortune in one crevasse or another of Silicon Valley.

@Zipmark Launches Mobile Payments Platform

After raising a $2 million funding round in December, Zipmark, a digital checkbook that allows consumers to send and receive money directly from their checking accounts via web or mobile, has announced the launch of their payment platform for developers. Using ZipMark’s Biller API, businesses can now offer their customers the option of using ZipMark’s service to quickly and securely pay directly from their checking accounts – at only a 1% surcharge. The company and its Co-Founder, Jake Howerton, are Graduates of the New York City Founder Institute.

In addition, the IBTimes recently named the company as one of the “Top Tech Companies to Watch in Silicon Alley.”

This story was covered across several media channels, including TechCrunchGigaOm, and IBTimes.

Zipmark plans to release an iPhone app at South by Southwest next month. Promo Video

Social Media Summit

9 Panels, 4 Workshops. All Free

Social media accounts for one out of every six minutes spent online in the U.S. There are over 200,000,000 blogs in existence and 77% of internet users read blogs. Social media networks allow an individual to communicate with the world; and the networks are changing how we communicate, collaborate, and how we connect. Social Media is changing society, business, journalism, education, law and politics. And it may be even be altering our brains. Join us on May 23 for the annual Social Media Summit where we will explore the impact social network sites have on our daily lives. The free day-long will consist of panel discussions and workshops featuring authors, academics and other leaders addressing various social media topics.

Now in its third year, the Summit attracts several hundred attendees each year. The panel discussions make it ideal for the layman as well as the technology guru. Attendees come from around the U.S. and several foreign countries and range in occupation from CEOs to students.Sessions are held concurrently so you can pick and choose which session to attend. And you can change your mind. Refreshments are provided throughout the day and the annual event concludes with a networking reception.

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