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DC’s Social Tables Raises $1.6 Million in Funding


Today, Social Tables announced $1.6 million in funding led by Militello Capital. The DC startup helps hotels and other organizations plan events: from building customized seating charts to tracking attendees to collaborating with colleagues. Launched just recently, Social Tables’s 3D rendering feature lets event planners show their potential clients what a space will look like… Read more »

Jifiti Raises $2.5 Million, Plans Expansion


Today, Jifiti, the Columbus-based gift sending and receiving platform, announced a total of $2.5 million raised. The seed funds came from the Simon Property Group, a real estate company that operates over 300 malls in the US and Asia; Schottenstein Stores Corp, owner of American Eagle and DSW; and the Jesselson Group. The main function of… Read more »

Maryland’s ReelGenie Raises $850,000 in Seed Funding

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ReelGenie, a video creation startup based just outside of Washington, DC, today announced $850,000 in seed funding from CNF Investments, the Maryland Venture Fund, faculty members from the Wharton School, and angel investors. ReelGenie helps you create videos of events like weddings or vacations by combining your own photos, videos, narration, and music. It’s a… Read more »

5 Ways to Optimize for SEO


If you are a startup, SEO is one of your cost-effective channels for increasing traffic.  Chances are, with all the recent changes (Penguin, Google+) you haven’t had a chance to optimize for the latest development.  The following five tips can help you get your SEO strategy up-to-date quickly: 1.  Utilize Your Keyword Placements When it comes… Read more »

Iblazr Pursues Kickstarter Funding for LED Smartphone Flash


The Kiev, Ukraine-based iblazr kicked off their Kickstarter campaign on July 23 to raise $58,000 for their attachable, LED phone-camera flash. After only three days, they are already at $28,700, and the remaining 39 days bode well for their success. Starting at $39, iblazr connects externally via 3.5mm headphone jack and uses four high-output CREE LED… Read more »

WeDeliver and the Importance of Taking Things Slow


“Slow and steady wins the race.” A platitude, for sure, but one with a lesson that continues to be applicable in many aspects of our lives. In my own life, I apply such a philosophy when putting on pants. Sure, it may take me a while to put them on – because 1) I loathe… Read more »

Chromecast Launched, Look Out Apple TV and Roku


Yesterday, Google announced the launch of Chromecast. Sundar Pichai, the Senior Vice President for Android, Chrome, and Apps, detailed the specifics about the USB device designed to give users a way to connect their phones, tablets, and laptops to their TV screens. Chromecast fits into the USB slot of any HDTV, and since it is… Read more »

Tim Wolters: Company Culture is All About the People


“It’s all about the people,” said someone important, at one point, in humanity’s history. While I’m too lazy to delve into whether someone of actual, historical relevance made any such proclamation (although, I’m sure someone has – right?), there’s no denying the truth behind such a statement. For Tim Wolters, this is an essential truth… Read more »

Revolution Growth Invests $40 Million in Austin’s Bigcommerce

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Today, DC-based Revolution Growth announced its biggest investment ever, $40 million for Bigcommerce. Chairman Steve Case will join the Austin startup’s board. This is Revolution Growth’s second announcement in July, following Optoro, and the third ecommerce startup in their portfolio. Bigcommerce hopes to leverage Case’s expertise in small business, partnerships, and international expansion, gained during… Read more »

Decode Global: Engaging Youth Through Social Impact Games


Angry Birds is about the present genocide of green pigs, in retaliation for past grievances committed against the birds in 1748, right? Okay, so maybe not, but what if mobile gaming could be utilized to narrate modern, global issues and mobilize (see what I did there?) youth activism? Well, that’s what Angelique Mannella hopes to… Read more »

Find Qualified Talent for Your Startup with GroupTalent


What do you get when you combine talented developers with hiring startups? Well, you get a very awesome match of innovation and creativity. GroupTalent is a hiring platform that allows employers and job seekers to find each other and set up interviews. The platform helps companies search, contact, and interview talented developers who are interested… Read more »

Yahoo! Japan Integrates First Third-Party Service: Kiip


Today, Yahoo! Japan announced a new partnership with Kiip, heralding the first time they have integrated a third-party service into their app. Kiip is designed to deliver real-world rewards to app users for completing tasks and reaching in-app milestones. Kiip, one of the world’s 50 most innovative companies of 2013, offers Yahoo! Japan more than… Read more »

The Ubuntu Edge Smartphone Seeks $32 Million on Indiegogo


Indiegogo’s all-time crowdfunding record stands at $1.6 million for the Scandu Scout, but the Ubuntu Edge Smartphone started their campaign today in the hopes of shattering that record while rolling out a low-volume, high-technology platform. Set to be a proving ground for advanced mobile technologies, the Ubuntu Edge’s core is comprised of convergence computing. While… Read more »

Angel Funding Opportunities Are Soaring in Washington, DC


Washington, DC, is growing as a close-knit entrepreneur community where startups can find angel investors who will also act as mentors to grow a business, venture capitalists say. The DC area has fewer venture capital firms than Silicon Valley, but steady startup investment is coming from tech industry veterans who have experience working with area… Read more »