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Pittsburgh startup to ‘democratize’ broadband with free wireless Internet

Meta Mesh, a Pittsburgh startup, is hoping to bring free wireless broadband service to neighborhoods through its PittMesh network, which lets anyone join the network using consumer-grade, off-the-shelf Wi-Fi hardware. The Wi-Fi access is provided by residents and businesses in a neighborhood that volunteer to host the necessary equipment. With enough hotspot nodes, PittMesh can [...]

12 communities experimenting with mesh networks

Whether to get around traditional ISPs or to bulk up resiliency in the event of a disaster, these mesh networks are worth knowing about. Mesh networks help people stay connected while avoiding traditional internet providers. Motivation around the country for creating community mesh networks ranges from a desire for social justice, improved information access during natural disasters or just [...]

The Hardware Store breaks down nurturing a Pittsburgh incubator

By Deborah M. Todd / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The standard model of an incubator program fueling small business seed costs to encourage big business returns is getting a revamp at Allentown-based co-working organization The Hardware Store. An event Thursday, titled “Let’s Build an Incubator,” broke down the legal ins and outs of a plan to create [...]

Startup Weekend Education Pittsburgh updates: keynote speaker, sponsors, judges, and more

....... at the gold level is local co-working space and technology services company The Hardware Store, which will also be handling all our digital media needs for the Sunday pitches. Many thanks to founder Josh Lucas for his ongoing support and documentation of startup events. Read More:

Pittsburgh’s Allentown gets free wireless Internet

Free wireless has arrived in Allentown, allowing people within a quarter-mile of host antennas on Warrington Avenue to use the Internet, with battery backup in case of power outages. The young company Meta Mesh developed the community networking prototype, PittMesh, and considers the Warrington project the first piece of what its founder, Adam Longwill, expects [...]

Meet The Hardware Store: Shoutside Media.

When was the last time you used a mobile website — to check a restaurant’s menu, to look up office hours or learn more about a company? Digital media has changed the way customers connect with businesses and the shift to smartphones makes a strong mobile presence essential to connecting with customers on the [...]

The Hardware Store Visits the Youngstown Business Incubator

The Youngstown Business Incubator has a simple mission: it accelerates B2B tech startups in Youngstown. Offering critical resources like space, counseling, equipment, and networking opportunities, YBI also aims to revitalize its downtown neighborhood. Sound familiar? Josh and Kamrul from The Hardware Store and Jennifer Wilhelm from the Urban Redevelopment Authority visited YBI to see how they differ [...]

The Hardware Store looking to expand opportunities with new incubator

Josh Lucas, founder of The Hardware Store, is looking to create a new vision for entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh. Over the last year, the Allentown-based co-working space has provided startups, freelance media producers, and nonprofits space to work, collaborate and grow. Now, Lucas said he's looking to launch a more formalized incubator out of The Hardware [...]

The Hardware Store: bringing up the Allentown neighborhood in Pittsburgh. Josh Lucas telling us about what The Hardware Store is all about. Find out more at Follow these awesome people on Twitter: John Chichilla (@chilla), Josh Lucas (@workhardpgh), and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron). Check out for more:

Fall Pitchfest 2014

The Hardware Store presents Fall Pitchfest 2014. Four times a year, Pittsburgh entrepreneurs present their work to the community in the form of 10 minute or 90 second pitches. The event is organized by Pittsburgh Tech Meetup. Heather Broman introduces LoDoMo, a resource for people to input information about their life, health, assets, family & [...]