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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 »


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 »


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 »


Tabeso, Switch SUPERNAP, and Work In Progress Spice Up the VegasTech Website

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The VegasTech.com website recently got a makeover thanks to the collaborative efforts of Switch SUPERNAP, Work In Progress, and a team of dedicated Las Vegas entrepreneurs. The group got together and worked their magic with the express purpose to reinvigorate the popular community website. “We are excited to partner with Work In Progress to continue… Read more »




Miami Startup Posto7 Joins Latin American Accelerator NXTP Labs

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Miami-based startup Posto7 will be one of 25 startups participating in the sixth class of NXTP Labs, a Latin American seed investment fund with an accelerator program. Posto7 is a mobile app that helps you share your favorite restaurants, hotels, and nightlife venues with your closest friends. The idea is that every recommendation on posto7 is relevant and reliable because… Read more »


3 Trends to Watch in Performance and Brand Advertising

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In this two-part series, Per Pettersen, founder and CEO of Impact Radius (and former co-founder of Commission Junction) highlights six key trends that are likely to affect the performance and brand advertising markets in 2014. 1. Mobile advertising will continue to explode With more than 4.8 billion mobile devices in use around the globe –… Read more »