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12 Key Considerations for Facebook’s $19 Billion WhatsApp Deal


The app development world was abuzz last week with news of Facebook’s purchase of the WhatsApp messaging app for U.S. $19 billion. For that amount of money, according to a Harvard Business Review blog posting, Facebook could have purchased Sony, Gap or four aircraft carriers instead of the tiny startup that so far had accumulated barely… Read more »

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 »

5 Trends Driving e-Commerce in 2014


At this year’s Super Bowl, fans instantly knew where to go to buy that hot dog or grab a t-shirt, thanks to the NFL’s massive location-based marketing campaign. The league installed wireless transmitters throughout the stadium and Times Square that interacted with fans’ smartphones, so they could find all of the information they needed 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

Steve Jobs Tribute

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 »

DC and San Francisco Lead as the Top Cities for Women Entrepreneurs [INFOGRAPHIC]


According to analyses from NerdWallet earlier this week, Washington DC leads the nation in the best cities for women entrepreneurs. The high ranking should not come as a surprise, especially with resources like the Washington DC Women’s Business Center and National Women’s Business Council directly available for women in the region. San Francisco, the classic hotbed for startups and… Read more »

Cybersecurity Startup, ThreatStream, Raises $4M in Series A Round Led by Google Ventures


Today California-based ThreatStream announced that it has raised a $4 million round led by Google Ventures. The Series A round also involved Paladin Capital Group, Cloudera CEO’s Tom Reilly, and Hugh Njemanze, former CTO and founder of ArcSight. ThreatStream is a SaaS-based cybersecurity startup that has created the Optic platform, a crowdsourced cybsersecurity intelligence solution that goes… Read more »

Facebook Acquires WhatsApp for $16 Billion

whatsapp acquired by Facebook for $16B

Earlier today, Facebook announced that they will be acquiring mobile messaging startup WhatsApp for $16 billion.  Four billion of the acquisition will come in cash while approximately $12 billion will be paid out in Facebook shares. The WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app, available for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Nokia, which allows users to… 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 »

5 Very Real Implications of the Net Neutrality Ruling


In 2010, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that Internet service providers (ISPs) couldn’t block or otherwise unreasonably discriminate against web content. A year later Verizon challenged the so-called net neutrality regulations as it believed they overstepped the commission’s authority. On Jan. 14, 2014, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Verizon and abolished the… 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 »