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David joins us after a diverse leadership career with companies ranging from small startups to major enterprises. He succeeds Founder and former CEO, Kevin McCloskey. He has big plans for Househappy and has brought in some exciting new partnerships.

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Houshappy CEO, David Maoungian

When considering whether or not a startup will succeed Manougian says he “looks for brand potential, a unique customer experience, a business reason for the company to exist and most of all, the talent level of the people. In the case of Househappy it met and surpassed all these areas, especially the people.”

The primary area Manougian sees as a potential industry disruptor for Househappy is the opportunity to reach the next generation of homebuyers seeking a different experience than what exists today in how they search for, buy and maintain their homes. Househappy is passionate about providing these buyers and homeowners with a more visual and personalized search along with the tools to help them manage the most important purchase most people will make in their lifetime – their home.

To learn more about David and changes at Househappy, Malia Spencer, Reporter at the Portland Business Journal, was kind enough to write about us. Click here to check it out.

Whether you’re searching for a home for yourself or a client, Househappy has everything you need to find the perfect property for you.

Nothing is worse than running out of battery on the go. It seems like new tech innovations are released every day to combat this all-too-common issue. Starbucks even announced recently that it has begun to introduce mobile device charging mats to some San Francisco-area locations to give patrons a phone fix while fueling up with caffeine. But every once and awhile we hear about a mobile-related invention that sounds special. This is the case for the Mini Power, a tiny, one-time-use, recyclable phone charger. Created by designer Tsung Chih-Hsien, this award-winning device is expected to revolutionize the mobile charging industry, bringing more sustainable single-use chargers to the market. We hope so!

Source: Fast Company

Placemeter Algorithms Output from Placemeter on Vimeo.

This startup is extracting measurable data from live video streams to help you avoid waiting in those long New York City lines. Placemeter’s vision technology is able to count the pedestrians, calculate how heavy traffic is, and determine what is happening at any given location; this data is then used to approximate wait times to give users the power of knowing what a place is like before they arrive.

Placemeter relies primarily on New York traffic cams; however, to maximize the accuracy of their information, they have created an app for users to contribute data. On their site, the company encourages people to dig out their old, unused smartphones, download the Placemeter app, and place the phone in their window, adding one more camera feed to the Placemeter data collection.

“With every new camera added to our system, we can provide more accurate information about more places,” the company says.

In addition to avoiding that long line at your favorite coffee cart, this real-time pedestrian data is extremely valuable to city planners and business owners.

Source: Placemeter, TechCrunch

Video: Placemeter

The United Nations projects that by 2050, there will be 9.2 billion humans on earth. To solve the impending predicament of where we are going to house all those people, USC professor Behrokh Khoshnevis has come up with the concept for a massive 3D printer capable of creating an entire 2,500 square foot home––in just 24 hours.

Professor Khoshnevis designed a printer with two crane-like arms and a crossbeam to hold a printhead that dispenses super quick drying cement. Though the printer could create the structure of a home, construction workers would still be needed to prep the space, lay down foundation, install window head jambs, and insert a metal ceiling between the floors, along with other finishing touches.

Can you imagine building your dream home in a single day?

Source: Dvice

Image: Dvice

With $2 million raised in seed money, New York based startup Architizer aims to make architecture and interiors accessible to everyone. Though they are currently the largest platform for architecture and design online hosting projects with user-uploaded content, according to their chief executive and cofounder Marc Kushner, this latest round of capital will allow them to go after a $200 billion global construction supplies market.

Architizer––which cites Houzz and McGraw Hill as its primary competitors––allows firms to post photos, videos, and project details, then charges construction suppliers a varying monthly fee to link with builders and products.

“Manufacturers are desperate to get their products online,” Kushner said. “Architects from all over the world are telling us ‘Man, you guys have something going on.'”

This article can be found in its original form on Venture Beat.

Photo: Architizer

From established businesses like Google and Facebook to young startups like Househappy, the tech industry has built a reputation for being a fun, lucrative, and increasingly coveted career choice for young professionals. Fortunately, the tech industry also has a high demand for labor. In fact, according to US News & World Report, the tech industry is expected to be one of the fastest growing fields between 2012 and 2022; however, despite already high employment numbers, there are certainly established hubs within the industry. If you’re looking for a high paying tech job, you may want to consider moving to one of these top 10 tech towns:

1. Silicon Valley, California (Includes Cupertino, Fremont, Mountain View, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Jose, San Mateo, San Ramon, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley.)
Average salary: $109,000, up 7% in last year

2. Baltimore, Maryland/ Washington, D.C.
Average salary: $98,000, up 0% in last year

3. Los Angeles, California
Average salary: $96,000, up 4% in last year

4. Seattle, Washington
Average salary: $95,000, up 1% in last year

5. Boston, Massachusetts 
Average salary: $95,000, up 0% in last year

6. New York, New York
Average salary: $94,000, up 5% in last year

7. Denver, Colorado
Average salary: $93,000, up 3% in last year

8. Houston, Texas
Average salary: $92,000, down 2% in last year

9. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Average salary: $92,000, up 8% in last year

10. Austin, Texas
Average salary: $92,000, up 3% in last year

Source: Forbes

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