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Meg Rayford is a communications consultant based in Northern Virginia. She previously spent two years as the Director of Public Relations for a nonprofit startup, where she learned a lot about providing clean water for impoverished countries, even within the confines of a bootstrapped startup.

She is the editor of Tech Cocktail, and she develops media strategies for companies in Washington, DC and Virginia. You can read her most recent work in the marketing chapter of the upcoming book, "Social Innovation and Impact in Nonprofit Leadership," which will be published in Spring 2014 by Springer Publishing. Follow her @megkrayford.

 

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DC’s Marketing Software Firm Vocus is Acquired for $446.5M

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DC’s Vocus today announced it has agreed to be acquired for $446.5 million. Chicago-based GTCR is the buyer and will enjoy a premium of 48 percent on Vocus’ closing share price of $12.18. “For our shareholders, this agreement provides an opportunity to realize cash value for their shares at a significant premium to historical share… Read more »

Mike Judge’s “Silicon Valley” Disrupts HBO

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Hacking. Disruption. Critical mass of users. Oh, and a TED Talk to boot. Brogrammers, hold on to your iPhones because if you can’t laugh at yourselves, HBO’s “Silicon Valley” is going to be a rough ride. Mike Judge’s new show is all in good fun, though. A former “Valley guy” himself, Judge and his producers… Read more »

Chicago Ventures Invests in Web Tracking Service TrackIf

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TrackIf, the Minnetonka-based web tracking company, today announced that they have raised $3M to grow their member base and launch new business and advertising solutions. The funding was led by Chicago Ventures, Wisconsin Investment Partners, New Capital Fund, and Confluence Capital. TrackIf helps users monitor products online and sends them alerts if something they are… Read more »

Mom Invents Firefly Upsee to Help Her Special-Needs Child Walk

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For Debby Elnatan, entrepreneurship was the only option. Her son Rotem has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, and even his doctors told Debby to limit Rotem’s physical activity, meaning Rotem would have a limited life. But Debby had different plans for her son, so the Upsee, a harness that would help Rotem and other children like… Read more »

Urban Ag Company Terra Tech Launches MediPharm to Expand to Nevada’s Medical Marijuana Market

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Irvine, CA-based Terra Tech yesterday announced the formation of MediPharm to compete for medical cannabis permits in Nevada. The company is currently building out all the necessary components to apply for medical marijuana cultivation there, as well as to sell their product to patients. “This is another step forward in developing our application to obtain… Read more »

First Code School Launches in Durham, Securing the City’s Rise as a Southeastern Tech Leader

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Coding school and startup accelerator The Iron Yard today announced a partnership with Durham-based development firm Smashing Boxes to launch an immersive code school that will meet the Triangle region’s growing demand for a skilled technology workforce. Dubbed The Iron Yard Academy, the code school will be the first of its kind in Durham, NC, and the second in the greater Triangle region…. Read more »

Miami’s LiveNinja Raises an Additional $500K

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Miami’s video chat marketplace, LiveNinja, today announced that they have received an additional $500K in funding. This announcement comes on the heels of their launch of the Katana platform, which we reported last week. LiveNinja announced the funding news at today’s Startup City Miami event. The funding was provided by local, undisclosed angel investors, bringing… Read more »

Robocoin’s Bitcoin ATM Tries to Outrun Regulatory and Security Concerns

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Ahh, Bitcoin. The digital currency is making headlines, ruffling feathers, and challenging the very concept of money. Even as the financial powers that be – the IRS, Warren Buffett, and the rest of them – struggle to define and regulate Bitcoins, entire industries are cropping up around the new currency. One such industry involves getting… Read more »

Startups, Mind Your IP or Face the Dreaded Cease and Desist: Legal Tips from Daliah Saper [Video]

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The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support! Nine out of ten times, it’s just not worth pursuing legal action to help battle nasty comments online. But for that other ten percent of the time, make sure… Read more »

Miami’s LiveNinja Launches Katana to Give Online Shoppers an In-Store Experience

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Miami-based LiveNinja today announced the launch of Katana, an immersive and customizable platform allowing businesses to drive sales by connecting customers instantly using real-time video chat technology. Now online shoppers don’t have to sacrifice the personalized assistance they receive from salespeople while shopping in-store. Katana uses synchronous video, audio, text chat and screen-sharing features to… Read more »

Paul Singh Hires Former NBC News Correspondent as Crystal Tech Fund Venture Partner

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Paul Singh, founder of Disruption Corporation, today announced that former NBC correspondent Brooke Salkoff will be joining the team as Crystal Tech Fund Venture Partner. According to the company’s blog, Salkoff brings 17 years of television experience, along with her own journey as a tech entrepreneur, to the Fund. “I’m counting on Brooke to help… Read more »