Startups

Startup BlockAvenue is Live and in Your Neighborhood

Over the past few weeks I have enjoyed talking with the team at BlockAvenue. They are launching their product today, and I believe that their success is inevitable. It’s powerful information for any neighborhood, with real information on everything you would want to know in any area. 50 million data points and growing, this has the potential to have a massive user base very quickly. They are part of the Cambridge MIT incubator in DogPatchLabs, and have the backing for growth. They are a team that you should watch! Here’s some more:

Launching today, BlockAvenue from Cambridge, MA. plans to take on the literal world of location based everything. They have utilized a massive amount of data points to give the user an actual interpretation of a real neighborhood. It has a powerful potential when it can be used by the public to determine the value or lack thereof regarding their neighborhood or potential neighborhood. Tony Longo, Founder of BlockAvenue, has the ambition to take this company to the public with a necessary product that provides real value in daily use. It’s engaging, interactive and informative, and that is a rare thing of value.

“Using BlockAvenue is very easy. The process starts by searching for any location: a city, town, neighborhood, intersection, street or even an alleyway. From there, consumers are able to zoom in and focus down into specific areas to see the makeup and score of the location. Consumers are also able to vote and comment on individual data points such as transit stops, coffee shops and grocery stores. Or, they could take a more thorough approach and write a full BlockReview on why an area is great…or not so great.”

After a beta review of the product, I see that this potential and the ease of use are extremely valuable. I can travel and have a full view of the place I am staying and the types of businesses I would like to visit, such as restaurants, hotels, where to get gas, and what areas I should avoid due to crime statistics. I enjoyed really zooming into the circles that provided more information, or would clearly provide it at some point. Interactive public engagement will make this product a travel or moving necessity.

Read the rest here—> http://www.startupleak.com/just-leaked-blockavenue-is-live-and-in-your-neighborhood/

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President’s Day, Abraham Lincoln and Newspaper from Wallpaper

In light of President’s Day, I would like to share a story and a rare newspaper involving the days of President Lincoln.

The civil war was nearing an end, the south was struggling for supplies, and the northern army was told to take the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. The south had a printing press, but was running out of paper. J.M Swords felt that it was necessary to give a public bashing to the north, in support of his beloved confederacy. So he prepared the print for the 1863 edition of The Vicksburg Daily Citizen, on the only paper he had left, wallpaper.

This paper is so famous that it has been reprinted thousands of times, and originals are extremely rare. So rare, in fact, that the Library of Congress has adopted special criteria for this paper to be authenticated. This paper, seen here, is an original. It is another stroke of luck found in an old box of newspapers given to me.

What makes this paper so amazing is that the south never printed the paper, the north invaded and took the area, added a very famous “note” to the bottom of the paper, bashing the south, then the north printed it.

So on this President’s Day, enjoy viewing this rare antiquity.

PatDDixon