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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 »


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 »


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 »


Tim O’Reilly Eloquently Explains How Tech Trends Happen

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Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, is currently answering questions about the Internet of Things in a Reddit AMA, a sort of open town hall.  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… Read more »


This is Tim O’Reilly’s Personal Mantra

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Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, took to Reddit this afternoon at 1 pm ET for an AMA, answering questions from curious Redditors about the Internet of Things. But of course, in the face of a digital legend, redditors couldn’t just stick to the topic at hand. So someone asked: what’s your personal mantra? O’Reilly… Read more »



Cybersecurity Startup Luminal Raises $600K from the State of Maryland, Closes $3.82M in Series A Funding

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Cybersecurity startup Luminal has been awarded $600,000 from the Maryland Venture Fund’s InvestMaryland, an economic development initiative set up by the state government and various venture capital firms, following its recent move from West Virginia to Frederick, Maryland. With this investment, Luminal closes a total of $3.82 million in a Series A round of funding. “Investing in young,… Read more »


Twitter & Foursquare Founders, Execs, Investors Among Others Prove #BostonStrong Finish Boston Marathon

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Today was a big day as the Boston Marathon resumed after last year’s horrific bombing. A number of tech startup founders, investors and entrepreneurs participated, so we thought we’d show some support by pulling together some of the notable techie Boston Marathon finishers. Congrats to everyone who participated and our thoughts are with the families,… Read more »