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DC Startup Urgent.ly Receives CIT GAP Funds Investment, Closes Seed Round

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This morning, the Center for Innovative Technology announced that it closed an investment in DC-based startup Urgent.ly through its CIT Gap Funds. The funding constitutes part of the company’s seed round, according to Chris Spanos, the cofounder and CEO of the on-demand roadside assistance startup. “Each year, we are seeing more entrepreneurs like the experienced team at Urgent.ly… Read more »



Charitweet Wants to Make Donating Less Annoying

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Making a donation to your favorite charity to support a cause you’re passionate about should be a seamless process, right? For some reason, sometimes it’s not. The process can be tedious, and not as spontaneous as people’s willingness to give. Charitweet is an online platform that uses the short and easy concept of Twitter to make donations… Read more »


Xeelion: Crowdfunding for College Entrepreneurs

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According to a 2013 report by the World Bank, the crowdfunding investment market is predicted to hit $93 billion by the year 2025. For 2014, it’s predicted that the industry could reach $10 billion. With this continual increase of crowdfunded investments, several platforms have emerged to fill the demand. Aside from popular platforms like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Crowdtilt,… Read more »


What Happens In Downtown Vegas…Should Excite Miami Tech

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I arrived in the Las Vegas eager to experience Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project and see what all the fuss was about. I left inspired by the project’s holistic approach to community building and a true proponent of Hsieh’s leadership style. It made me realize that, if done correctly, companies can rebuild neighborhoods that are sustainable… Read more »


12 People Define Work-Life Balance in 1 Sentence

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Discussing work-life balance is a huge can of worms, but before we twist off the lid, it might be helpful to figure out what work-life balance is in the first place. Is it a certain number of hours worked, or a number in your bank account? Perhaps it’s a mental state? “The answer to this… Read more »


A War for Founders Is Underway

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A few weeks ago, I took my first trip to Moscow to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC).  This was the most impactful event of my current startup, CoFoundersLab. Since 2011, I’ve visited many of the 40 cities we’ve launched in and enjoyed the privilege of meeting the visionary community leaders and government organizations who… Read more »


TechShop DC-Arlington Opens in Crystal City

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TechShop, a membership-based facility that’s a do-it-yourself fabrication and prototyping studio, hackerspace, and learning center, announced today that it has officially opened its DC location in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, VA. TechShop DC-Arlington will give makers in the DC region access to tools and resources like 3D printers, laser cutters, plastics and electronics labs, a… Read more »


Guy Kawasaki Joins an Australian Startup as Chief Evangelist

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Today, Guy Kawasaki and Canva announced that he is joining the Sydney startup as chief evangelist, responsible for growing their global audience. Kawasaki, who was the chief evangelist at Apple from 1995-1997, is now an advisor to startups like StumbleUpon, Ustream, and TripWire. He was an early adopter of Canva, using the design platform to… Read more »


Kansas City’s Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…

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Last night we were back in Kansas City for a Mixer & Startup Showcase, and we had a blast! It included the Best Pitch award determined by our live SMS poll and the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll. Here are the winners: Kansas City’s Hottest Showcasing Startup – Best Pitch CouponCloud, Inc - They disrupt the $14 billion… Read more »


Quarterly Closes in on 50 Curators as Site Gets Cooler by the Second (or Quarter!)

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Imagine getting home from a long day at work, after a traffic-jam-infused commute, to find a neatly selected care package from the ever-so-”Happy” Pharrell Williams, or the “bizarre” Andrew Zimmern, or human daredevil Tim Ferriss. I mean, how cool would that be!?! Well, if you haven’t heard by now, that’s exactly the type of experience… Read more »





How Machine Learning Can Improve Customer Interaction

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The one thing most businesses strive for is to make sure their customers are happy. In the past, the approach to this was fairly simple, engaging the customer through cheerful face-to-face interaction and seeing to all their needs personally. But as technology advances, more and more business dealings are taking place online, away from the… Read more »


4 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Should Avoid

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Repeating someone else’s mistake can be worse than making a mistake of your own. After all, plenty of entrepreneurs have come before you, so why not learn from both their successes and mistakes? Over the years, I’ve learned a lot through trial-and-error as an entrepreneur. Take some advice, from one entrepreneur to another: learn from… Read more »