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China’s Sina Weibo prepares for $500 million U.S. IPO


On the heels of Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp, China’s Sina Corp. has selected banks for an initial public offering of Weibo - a popular microblogging service in China, much in the way of Twitter - that could potentially raise about $500 million, according to a report from the Financial Times earlier today. According to two unnamed sources familiar with… Read more »

Happy Birthday Daniel Ek!


At some point today you’re going to listen to music on Spotify; it is Friday after all. All we ask is that you take 4 or 5 minutes to listen to one of your favorite songs, jam out, and go crazy dancing. You should do this because it’s Daniel Ek’s birthday today, and he’s the… Read more »

Macaw and YAPPERapp win DC’s Hottest Showcasing Startups

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Last night was Tech Cocktail DC’s Mixer and Startup Showcase at 1776.  As always, we held our Hottest Showcasing Startup series, including the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll, as well as the Best Pitch award, as determined by the Live SMS poll. Your winners are below. Tech Cocktail Week’s Hottest Showcasing Startup – Reader’s Choice YAPPERapp - Not… Read more »

Steve Jobs to be Featured on a Postage Stamp in 2015

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Do you know what’s better than buying a new Apple product? Buying an Apple stamp…? Back in 1995, I started a stamp collection. Three years later, during a family visit from New Jersey, the entire collection ultimately found itself all over my bedroom walls thanks to one rude, younger cousin. Needless to say, I quit… Read more »

Take A Vacation: WeHostels Now Offers 170,000 New Hotels


In late 2013 mobile travel startup WeHostels was acquired by StudentUniverse. As a direct result of StudentUnivere’s resources, WeHostels has been able to expand their market reach and are today launching a new version of their mobile app. Until now WeHostels has only offered alternative bookings like hostels and bed & breakfasts. However, the new… Read more »

Google’s Fund for Growth-Stage Companies, Google Capital, Launches Today


This morning, Google officially launched Google Capital, its growth equity investment fund aimed at making later-stage investments in tech companies. The launch comes nearly after a year since the fund was first announced last May. Google Capital is backed by Google itself (obviously) and led by partners David Lawee, Scott Tierney, and Gene Frantz. Unlike the company’s… Read more »

WeddingWire Celebrates Valentine’s Day With 3 New Wedding Apps

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It’s Valentine’s Day, and the data shows that an estimated 6 million people are planning or expecting a marriage proposal today. WeddingWire, then, picked the perfect day to announce the upcoming release of  three new apps to complement their web-based platform. The release of these new apps is driven by a two-part philosophy. On the… Read more »

2013 was a Big Year for Legal Startups; 2014 Could Be Bigger


Roughly $458 million was invested into legal startups in the last year by investors. This is a remarkable increase from the $66 million invested in 2012. And 2014 began with a strong January seeing almost $12 million done in four deals. Awareness and confidence in the legal startup arena is growing.  This is in part… Read more »

Short-Throw Projection Technology That’s Perfect for Head-Up Displays


At this year’s International CES, China-based QP Optoelectronics Co. Ltd demoed its short-throw pico projection technology. These pico/pocket projectors began showing up in late-2008/early-2009 and have rapidly become important alternatives in an industry traditionally dominated by large projection devices. While pico projectors can certainly be used in the classical sense (projecting videos and presentations and whatnot onto… Read more »