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SPLIT DECISION: Splitwise CEO and co-founder Jon Bittner says the company is
SPLIT DECISION: Splitwise CEO and co-founder Jon Bittner says the company is "no longer bound to stay in Providence but we have chosen to." / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY
Without the opportunity to lure funding presented by Providence-based Betaspring, a nationally recognized business accelerator, Jon Bittner and his partners never would have brought their startup, Splitwise Inc., to the Ocean State. Nor would they have decided to stay, without a $50,000 investment from Providence in exchange for basing the company in the city for…

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