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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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Health Tracking App Nudge Adds Android and Adequate Sleep to its Pudge-Busting Lineup

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The Los Angeles-based health startup Nudge understands that being healthy is much more than simply eating right. Good health requires a steady mix of nutrition, exercise, hydration, and adequate sleep. The team also understands that Android is the favored smartphone worldwide, and that’s why they launched a new Android version of their health tracker app… Read more »

NGP VAN Launches Social Fundraising Tool with Gamification Features

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DC-based NGP VAN is already gearing up for the next political season. The political tech company, which provides solutions to Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations, launched publicly their new Social Fundraising tool that helps campaigners raise money more effectively. While most peer-to-peer online fundraising platforms keep efforts on the web, Social Fundraising integrates both… Read more »

The ReWalk Personal Exoskeleton System: The Ultimate Wearable Device

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Wearable technologies are popping up on wrists, faces, and more, but what if a wearable were meant for your entire body? Argo Medical Technologies creates “exoskeletons” for people living with spinal cord injuries so that they can regain movement and freedom in their lives. The company recently announced that its ReWalk Personal Exoskeleton System has… Read more »

Find Your Company’s Sales SweetSpot with This B2B Intelligence App

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If you run a startup, then you know that the all-hands-on-deck approach to business often requires your entire team to be salespeople. Most likely, you need people who can wear multiple hats, switching from development to marketing seamlessly, so you can keep your startup lean and mean. Last week, Xtra IQ Inc. launched SweetSpot, the… Read more »

Test Your Startup Idea in the #GetStarted2014 Challenge

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Do you have a great idea but aren’t sure whether it has legs? The folks at Simpleweb, Onboardly, and Rackspace want you to know that there’s still time to take the #GetStarted2014 challenge. But you need to hurry – entrants must submit their ideas and drum up enough votes by July 31. The three companies… Read more »

Ladies, Track Those Periods with a Tap and a Swipe Using the MeLady App

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Bold entrepreneurs are increasingly venturing into no-man’s land to develop apps that track women’s periods. Thanks to their innovations, we can take some control over this natural occurrence that few of us speak of, but is a force to be reckoned with all the same. One such company is startup Cool Apps, which recently launched… Read more »

All-Female Decorist Team Launches Personalized Digital Interior Design Service

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Decorist is a startup aiming to re-imagine the way we approach interior design and make the design process accessible to everyone. It’s not just about pretty little things, though. Decorist was developed by a team that features the former head of product development at Eventbrite, two Harvard MBAs, and one Stanford MBA, and the company… Read more »

Are Sketchy Weirdos Trying to Friend You on Facebook? Tell Them to FakeOFF!

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Has this happened to you? You accidentally confirm a stranger’s request to become friends on Facebook, only to realize that “friend” is a total fake. According to recent studies, between 10-20 percent of Facebook’s more than 1.35 billion users are inauthentic. That’s right – these phony Facebook users are either wholly constructed or stolen. Recently… Read more »

Tech Cocktail’s Weekly Job Spotlight: Let the Job Hunt Begin!

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Each year, May and June unleash a crop of newly-minted graduates upon the job market. If you are one of the bright-eyed and bachelor’s-degreed individuals looking to take your place in the working world, our Tech Cocktail Job Board might have the perfect position for you! This week’s top jobs are: Account Executive Digital Grassroots… Read more »

Own a Piece of DC by Purchasing a Share of One of Its Buildings

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We can’t all be real estate moguls like Donald Trump or Barbara Corcoran, but now DC residents can own a piece of an otherwise nondescript office building when it makes its debut on the Nasdaq next week. That’s right – a DC building will file for an IPO, allowing individuals to invest in a piece… Read more »

Win a Mentor Lunch with Steve Case of AOL and Revolution

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What would you do to score a mentor lunch with a hugely successful entrepreneur? Steve Case, co-founder and former CEO of AOL, is offering one lucky entrepreneurial hopeful just that. These days, Case is heading up Revolution, a venture capital firm dedicated to investing in world-changing ideas. He’s also the chairman of UP Global, an… Read more »