EXCLUSIVE — Standard Bank Group, the largest bank in Africa, has joined the INV Fintech accelerator program as a partner, INV announced today. INV is the sister accelerator of Bank Innovation. Standard Bank, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, joins several financial services companies as INV partners.
Dwolla, the alternative payments company, has lost the two leaders of its API team. Alexander Taub and Michael Schonfield left Dwolla last Friday to launch Modern Mast. Taub’s title was officially Business Development & Partnerships, while Schonfield seems to have had the title of Developer Evangelist. Both were charged with running Dwolla’s API and based in New York. Taub ran the business side; Schonfield the technology side.
Collaboration ain’t what it used to be at Intuit. Intuit Collaboratory, an effort by the financial services and technology provider to work with other ventures, appears to have gone fallow. The site at www.intuitcollaboratory.com hasn’t been updated in months, and doesn’t look like it will be updated anytime soon. A ping to its “Submit Your Ideas” invitation yielded this message:At this time we don’t have any current challenges.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".