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DC’s Energy SAAS Opower Files for IPO

By | Feb 12, 2014 at 10:54 am

After months of rumors that Opower would go public, the DC-based energy efficiency company today filed confidential papers to launch an initial public offering (IPO) to see company stock. Opower is taking advantage of the new JOBS Act, which allows companies with less than…

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Jason Fried’s 37signals Will Focus Entirely on Basecamp and Change Its Name to Basecamp

By | Feb 5, 2014 at 1:31 am

As the clock struck midnight on February 5, Basecamp’s 10th birthday, Jason Fried’s company 37signals announced that they’ll be devoting all their attention to Basecamp going forward – and renaming the company “Basecamp.” “We’ve become a bit scattered, a bit diluted. Nobody does their…

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DC’s SocialRadar Launches Its Mobile App for iOS

By | Jan 30, 2014 at 8:00 am

This morning, SocialRadar released its long-anticipated mobile app for iOS. SocialRadar is a DC-based startup led by Michael Chasen, which raised a $12.75 million Series A round last June. Utilizing social networks with geo-location data (including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, and Google+), the SocialRadar app enables users to…

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Hyperlocal Social Site EveryBlock Re-launches in Chicago

By | Jan 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

Last February, neighborhood discussion site EveryBlock shut down, leaving Chicagoans without their source of daily hyperlocal news. But yesterday, Comcast re-launched the site, returning the reigns of information gathering and dissemination back to the Chicago neighborhoods that can tell their stories best. The resurrection came…

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24 Projects Receive a Knight Prototype Fund Grant; Deadline for New Applicants is Jan. 31

By | Jan 22, 2014 at 5:50 pm

The Knight Foundation today announced 24 new projects as part of its Prototype Fund, through which innovators receive $35,000 each to explore new ideas. Of the 24 projects, nine were discovered through the Foundation’s News Challenge: Health, and the group of winners also includes…

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With a Fresh $1M, Can Venga Help Restaurants Give Patrons a Personalized Experience?

By | Jan 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Venga recently closed a $1 Million Series A round from VCs and Restaurateurs led by Militello Capital and including Think Food Group (Jose Andre’s restaurant group) and Big Red Ventures (Cornell University’s venture fund), among others. Venga offers the only complete customer management system…

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LinkedIn Launches Volunteer Marketplace to Connect Users with Causes They Support

By | Jan 15, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Today, LinkedIn launched a Volunteer Marketplace to help users find the perfect way to give back to a cause they support. This move is good news for both nonprofits and people looking to make a difference with their time and skills. When you’re looking…

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Boston-Based BabbaCo Acquired by Barefoot Books

By | Jan 14, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Announced today, Boston-based BabbaCo, a monthly activity box for kids, announced that it was acquired by Cambridge-based Barefoot Books.  Terms of the deal have not be disclosed. BabbaCo founder and CEO Jessica Kim, will assume the role of President at Barefoot “with the goal…

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Watch DC Startup Eyebloc Compete on ABC’s “Shark Tank” Tonight

By | Jan 10, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Tonight, a Washington, DC-based startup’s entrepreneurial journey leads it to ABC’s popular TV show “Shark Tank.” Eyebloc,’s president, CJ Isakow will present his company’s solution to growing online privacy concerns. Isakow is focused on raising awareness for webcam hacking. According to Isakow, webcams are being used…

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Tim O’Shaughnessy to Step Down as CEO of LivingSocial

By | Jan 10, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Tim O’Shaughnessy announced this morning that he will be stepping down from his role as CEO of LivingSocial, as reported by Bill Flook from the Washington Business Journal.  Word first spread in an email to the company earlier today.  Purportedly, the decision to step down…

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Twitter Cofounder Biz Stone Introduces Jelly, New Q&A Platform for iOS and Android

By | Jan 7, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Twitter cofounder Biz Stone today unveiled his latest project, Jelly, a platform that uses your personal and extended network as a search engine, available for both iOS and Android.  Users submit questions, to which their friends can answer or pass along to their friends….

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A $6.5 Million Christmas Present for Ted Leonsis’s SnagFilms

By | Dec 26, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Christmas came a day early for DC-based SnagFilms. Launched in 2008 by Ted Leonsis, the documentary video streaming platform has reportedly raised $6.5 million, according to Washington Business Journal. According to the Form D filing it submitted to the SEC on Tuesday, the $6.47 million in equity comes…

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Exclusive from Project 100: Tesla Is Building a Supercharger in Downtown Las Vegas

By | Dec 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Last week, Las Vegas resident and Project 100 founder Zach Ware teased a photo of parts of a Tesla supercharger charging station with the caption “Supercharge much? Coming soon.” Ware says these parts will be used in a public supercharger that Tesla is installing…

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Las Vegas’s Drinkboard Rebrands as ItsOnMe

By | Dec 17, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Drinkboard, the app that lets users buy a round of drinks for their friends, yesterday announced a rebranding: The app is now called ItsOnMe after a year of working to obtain the new trademark. The hospitality-centric mobile gifting app can be used to send…

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DC’s Fortify Ventures Shuts Down Accelerator Program

By | Dec 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Fortify Ventures, also known as “The Fort,” today announced that it will be shutting down its accelerator program. The DC-based program has funded companies since 2011, including Social Tables, Venga, RidePost, TrendPo, and others. “We believe in the process of accelerating startups and Fortify has…

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Zaarly’s Eric Koester and Startup America’s Scott Case Create Main Street Genome

By | Dec 10, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Former Zaarly CEO Eric Koester has teamed up with former Startup America CEO Scott Case to create Main Street Genome, according to AngelList. We don’t know many details of this new venture, yet, but the AngelList profile states that Main Street Genome will be:…

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Joe Corbett Becomes COO of DC Design Agency nclud

By | Dec 10, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Yesterday, In The Capital reported that Joe Corbett is joining well-known DC design agency nclud. Joe will be relocating back to Washington, DC and reporting directly to CEO Kerry Gunther. He had moved to New Orleans earlier this year, where he started his own…