Marie Arturi

It’s all about class as Buncee tops 100K users

By GREGORY ZELLER // Award-winning multimedia presentation platform Buncee has rocketed past a major milestone. This month, the Calverton-based “digital canvas” – which helps users create and share messages and presentations incorporating video, audio and other elements – notched its 100,000th user. That number had climbed past 107,000 by Wednesday morning, noted founder and CEO Marie Arturi, and interest in the innovative platform shows no sign of abating. While Buncee’s easier-than-PowerPoint pitch still attracts its…


Buncee seeks $3M (or so) for growth spurt

By GREGORY ZELLER // Buncee notched its 80,000th user on Monday, a cause for celebration certainly, but also a bittersweet milestone for the Calverton-based “digital canvas.” It’s been great so far, but it’s time for Buncee to stretch its legs. The plan: a $3 million (or so) funding round that will allow the 2010 startup to “hire more people and promote the heck out of this thing,” according to founder and CEO Marie Arturi. That…


Women driving the surge in U.S. innovation

By GREGORY ZELLER // Almost 15 percent of Americans are launching or running a startup, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor reports, the highest rate ever recorded in GEM’s 16 years of research. And the numbers get bigger from there: Twenty-four-million Americans are engaged in startup activities, with another 14 million running established small businesses. Optimism is also at a 16-year high – 51 percent of all Americans see good startup opportunities – and pessimism is inching down, with…


Buncee goes to the head of the class

By GREGORY ZELLER // Buncee is putting the “e” in education. Educators across the country are embracing the Calverton-based company’s “digital canvas,” which was originally designed as an e-greeting-type multimedia communications tool but has emerged as an award-winning educational resource. Buncee has become so popular as a teaching tool, in fact, that the company is in the process of rolling out an education-specific platform called Buncee for Edu. With some features not expected to go…