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50 Cent Will Play SXSW and Live Stream His Show Via Hang W/

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Can you smell the excitement in the air? Can you feel the adrenaline beginning to course through your veins? Tomorrow isn’t any ordinary Friday, it’s the kick-off of the Interactive portion of this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. There are going to be big announcements, major surprises, and breaking news stories around… Read more »


UP Global, Google Launch ‘Startup Women’ Initiative to Help Women Entrepreneurs Launch 1,500 Startups This Year

UP Global

UP Global, the organization formed last year as a result of a partnership between Startup Weekend and the Startup America Partnership, announced on Tuesday that it is launching Startup Women, an initiative to support female entrepreneurs around the world, with the hope of launching 1,500 women-led startups by the end of this year. The initiative is backed by… Read more »



Can’t Find Decent Talent? Breed Your Own!

The Internship Movie

Nearly 40 percent of all startup managers claim finding people with the right skills is the most troubling problem facing their business. Increased incentives to work in the startup world have brought about intense competition in the hiring space. Top talent seems to be getting snatched up right out of college — so how can… Read more »


Modify Watches Launches Mod-to-Order Kickstarter Campaign

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On March 1 Modify Watches launched their Mod-to-Order Kickstarter campaign, and with 23 days left on the clock, they have raised over $13,000 toward their goal of $50,000. The Kickstarter campaign is serving a two-fold purpose, according to Aaron Schwartz, Director of Player Personnel at Modify Watches. First, Modify Watches wants to expand their customization services… Read more »


Your Guide to the Nitty-Gritty of the Bitcoin World

TheRightWayToUseBitcoin

The widespread use of cold, hard cash has been on the decline for years as credit cards have experienced an uptick in popularity. Now, cash faces another formidable challenge from Bitcoin. This digital currency exists only online and has grown from obscurity to popularity since its introduction in 2009. If the idea of this kind… Read more »


Phone Halo’s StickR TrackR Triple-Threat Release

TrackR

Phone Halo today released the newest addition to their TrackR Bluetooth Low Energy device family: the StickR TrackR. The new product will be joining the roster of other TrackR products like the Wallet TrackR, Audiovox inSite, and Cobra Tag in an effort to help people keep track of their belongings. The StickR TrackR can be… Read more »


How to Win the SXSW Accelerator

SXSW accelerator

Are you headed down to SXSW this week? If you are, there is one must-attend event: the SXSW Interactive Accelerator Competition. The Accelerator is SXSW’s annual pitch contest that draws thousands of applicants from some of the world’s hottest up-and-coming technology companies. Past winners include companies such as NutShellMail (acquired by Constant Contact), Foodstopping (Opentable)… Read more »



DC Startup Speek Raises $5.1 Million in Series A Funding

Speek funding

Today, DC-based Speek announced $5.1 million in Series A funding to help the company develop its online conference calling product, as well as boost its marketing and sales efforts. The round included $2.7 million in previously raised convertible notes and additional investments from Middleland Capital, CNF Investments, 500 Startups, Michael Chasen (cofounder of Blackboard and founder of… Read more »


Acceleprise Welcomes Its Fifth Class of Enterprise Startups

acceleprise

Acceleprise, a DC-based enterprise startup accelerator, is starting a new session this week with a new class of enterprise startups. Founded in 2012, the accelerator provides mentoring and $30,000 in capital to startups working on software solutions for enterprises. Acceleprise hopes to invest $1.8 million in 60 startups by the end of 2015. Here’s Acceleprise’s fifth… Read more »


DC’s NextGen Angels Announces Its Managing Director

NextGenAngels

NextGen Angels has announced that Brett Gibson will take the helm as its managing director. The DC-based angel group that focuses on early-stage investments began looking for someone to fill this role at the end of 2013. With this most recent addition, we’re sure to see a lot more activity from NextGen Angels throughout the rest of… Read more »



Video Content in a Mobile World: Diet-Sized and Distributed

Mobile Apps

While the tech industry was buzzing over Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, the social network’s original blockbuster deal, Instagram, was quietly making some interesting news of its own. Action-sport channel Network A, a property of next-generation media start-up Bedrocket, announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind video series called #goodstuff. The lifestyle series, which focuses… Read more »


5 Mistakes Every Startup Should Avoid While Investing in Online Marketing

onlinemarketing

Online marketing is one of the most profitable channels to invest in during 2014 and beyond. Startup founders can be lured into spending huge amounts on ads and other website promotion strategies. The reason is obvious: many people can be reached for a few hundred dollars, which is nearly impossible in other forms of traditional advertisement strategies. However, the urge to… Read more »


How to Build a Startup with Fabulous Customer Support

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Before we launched our startup, my brother Gary and I were musicians who also bussed tables, waited on customers, and tended bar. You might say we paid our dues. Today, he and I are CEO and Chief of Culture of Mad Mimi, a company with about forty employees and 175,000 customers. In the early days,… Read more »