Take note of these 10 local tech startups, which are simplifying everything from planning a trip to finding the perfect parking spot.
The future of philanthropy, AuctionsByCellular facilitates silent auctions via text message or smartphone. Since 2011, CEO Jim Alvarez and his team have helped more than 250 charities raise $20 million. Auctionsbycellular.com
Chicago’s Girl on the Go
From errand running to house sitting to travel planning, Girl on the Go frees up your time by getting the work done for you. Other services include party planning, administrative work and personal shopping. Chicagosgirlonthego.com
Startup queen Jayna Cooke founded Closet Angels on a simple premise: Donate designer duds you’re no longer wearing, and Closet Angels will sell them, then give all of the proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Closetangels.org
The answer to your mani/pedi prayers, PrettyQuick finds available salons or spas nearby at the minute you need them. Sign on to grab a quick wax after the gym or blowout before picking up the kids. Prettyquick.com
The desk drawer limbo of unused gift cards finally finds its purpose with Raise, where you can sell cards you aren’t using and buy others at a discount. Check it out before your next online shopping spree. Raise.com
Constantly changing privacy settings make it hard to keep tabs on your social media presence, so Evanston entrepreneur Priyanshu Harshavat developed a way to scan and monitor your postings on your own terms. Socioclean.com
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