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Jim McKelvey’s SixThirty Announces Their Spring 2014 Accelerator Class

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Yesterday Brian Feldt of the St. Louis Business Journal reproted that Jim McKelvey’s SixThirty, operating under the umbrella of Cultivation Capital, has officially announced the 4 startups that will be making up their 2014 class. The financial tech accelerator typically has smaller classes because they offer whopping investments to the affiliated companies. This year, each of the 4… Read more »



DC Gets 4th Place in a Ranking of the Hottest US Startup Cities 

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In a ranking of the hottest US startup cities released today by RJMetrics, Washington, DC, came in 4th place, trailing San Francisco, New York, and Seattle. The study was based on Meetup data from over 16,000 tech meetups worldwide. They took into consideration the number of total tech meetups, number of total memberships, density (memberships… Read more »


Messuzz Launches v2.0: Targets US, UK, and Saudi Arabian Markets

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The Norwegian based company Messuzz today publicly launched version 2.0 of their iOS messaging app designed to make local discovery easier by introducing users to people and events nearby. Today’s release is specifically targeting growth in the US, UK, and Saudi Arabia markets. “With the release of Messuzz 2.0, we’re seeing a huge increase in… Read more »


Take a Tour of Motorola Mobility’s New HQ in Downtown Chicago [PHOTOS]

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Yesterday, Motorola Mobility unveiled its new headquarters in the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. Occupying four floors of the Mart, the 600,000-square-foot Gensler-designed space will house the company’s 2,000 employees. Talking about Chicago as a hub for digital and cellular technology, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “Given its roots, this should have been the place.” The move marks… Read more »


5 Damn Good Reasons to Startup in Peru

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Chile, Brazil, and Mexico: the top three cities constantly mentioned when the conversation turns to successful startup ecosystems in Latin America. In recent months, there has been some buzz around a growing entrepreneurial scene in Lima, Peru. In a recent visit to the office of Wayra Peru, I was convinced that there is more to the rumors, and that Peru’s startup scene… Read more »


How Snapchat Reconnected Me with My Awkward Younger Brother 

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Thank you, Snapchat, for doing the impossible. My brother Sean and I have always had a tenuous relationship. He’s a few years younger than me, 23 now, and let’s just say we’re very different people. After we got over the fighting and slapping each other phase when we were young, we didn’t have much left… Read more »




APX Labs Secures $10 Million Series A Funding From NEA

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The Herndon, VA based APX Labs today announced that they have successfully raised $10 million of Series A funding led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA). To date APX has raised a total of $15.8 million for their software platform, Skylight, which enables large enterprises to create custom apps for smart glass and smart watch devices…. Read more »


4 Reasons Your Startup Should Embrace Workplace Flexibility

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In the consumer Internet space, 30 percent of startups say too much competition is their greatest hiring challenge. Startups with increased workplace flexibility are bridging the gap between this rise in competition and the need for top talent. In fact, 73 percent of working adults list a flexible work schedule as one of the most important… Read more »


Watch the Exclusive Trailer for FedScoop’s Short Documentary ‘Tenacity: Women Redefining Leadership’ [VIDEO]

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Last month, the DC-based startup, FedScoop, released its list of Top 50 Women in Tech, which includes the likes of private sector executives like Susie Adams, Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer for the federal government business, and public sector reps such Teri Takai, the Chief Information Officer at the Department of Defense. In celebration of these… Read more »


Google Seed Micro-Fund Coming Soon?

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This morning my curiosity was sparked as I was followed by newly a created unverified Twitter account @GoogleSeed. The new Twitter handle posted a tweet sharing that Google Seed is coming soon. Due to the name and it’s creation coinciding with Earth Day I wondered if Google would be seed bombing the country in an… Read more »


Tim O’Reilly: Google Is Becoming Our Global Brain

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Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, is wrapping up his Reddit AMA now, where he answered questions from the public about the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things refers to Internet-connected devices, sensors, and everyday objects that can send and receive data. Think of the Nest thermostat, which learns your temperature preferences and was acquired… Read more »


Give Back to Earth with 10 Eco-Friendly Crowdfunded Projects

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It’s Earth Day! And what better way to give back to our beautiful planet than by doing our part. Let’s start recycling those Starbucks cups, and turning off the lights, and if you are too lazy to go plant a tree, how about contributing to an eco-friendly project? We created a short list of crowdfunded projects… Read more »