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Former Optoro Executive Kathy Penny Joins Canvas as Chief People Officer

Former Optoro Executive Kathy Penny Joins Canvas

This morning, the Reston, VA-based Canvas, which provides Cloud-based software that enables companies to replace the use of paper forms, announced that former Optoro executive Kathy Penny has joined the company as its Chief People Officer. In this new role, Penny will work to cultivate the company’s culture, as well as oversee Canvas’s human resources –… Read more »


Leveraging Technology to Promote a Service Year among Youth

service year

On Friday morning I had the pleasure of attending a breakfast panel where the focus was service and technology. More specifically, the aim was to open a discussion about how to leverage technology to create interest and opportunities in promoting a year of service among young people. It was hosted by The Case Foundation in… Read more »


Tech Lady Hackathon: Civic Hacking for Women in Tech

Tech Lady Hackathon

The Washington D.C. Metro Area is full of dozens of organizations dedicated to lowering the barrier for women and minorities in tech. DCFemTech, a collective of DC & Metro area women and minority focused organizations is launching a series of interviews with women in tech leaders to highlight their group’s mission, culture and events. The… Read more »


Revmetrix Launches Retail Intelligence Platform with $2.2M in Funding

Revmetrix Launches Retail Intelligence Platform with $2.2M in Funding

Located right out Washington, D.C., the Arlington, VA-based Revmetrix announced this morning that it has secured $2.2 million in seed funding to launch its retail intelligence platform. The new (and apparently first ever, the company claims) omnichannel data platform allows retailers to leverage their own customer data for understanding customer behavior across different channels and devices…. Read more »


Georgetown Women Who Code: Empowerment Through Digital Literacy

women in tech

The Washington D.C. Metro Area is full of dozens of organizations dedicated to lowering the barrier for women and minorities in tech. DCFemTech, a collective of DC & Metro area women and minority focused organizations is launching a series of interviews with women in tech leaders to highlight their group’s mission, culture and events. The… Read more »


DC’s School Data Management Platform ‘Always Prepped’ Gets Acquired

Alma Acquires Always Prepped

Always Prepped, the Chevy Chase, MD-based education company that offers a school data management platform, has been acquired by Alma, a Portland, OR-based startup that provides schools with both a Learning Management System (LMS) and Student Information System (SIS) in one platform. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed. “Our acquisition of Always… Read more »


DC’s UrbanStems Raises $1.5M Seed Round

DC's UrbanStems Raises $1.5M Seed Round

UrbanStems, the Washington, D.C.-based startup that delivers hand-crafted bouquets in New York City and D.C., has announced that it has closed a $1.5 million round of seed funding. This new financing was led by D.C.’s Middleland Capital, with participation from Sagamore Ventures, NextGen Angels, and Great Oaks Venture Capital. “Ordering flowers hasn’t really changed in… Read more »


Code and Coffee: Casual Coworking for Women in Tech

Code and Coffee: Casual Coworking for Women in Tech

The Washington D.C. Metro Area is full of dozens of organizations dedicated to lowering the barrier for women and minorities in tech. DCFemTech, a collective of DC & Metro area women and minority focused organizations is launching a series of interviews with women in tech leaders to highlight their group’s mission, culture and events. The… Read more »


Cvent Cofounder Chuck Ghoorah Joins TrackMaven’s Board

Cvent Cofounder Chuck Ghoorah Joins TrackMaven's Board of Directors

The Washington, D.C.-based TrackMaven, which offers an analytics platform that gives digital marketers deep intelligence to create competitive campaigns, announced today that Cvent cofounder Chuck Ghoorah has been named to its Board of Directors. Ghoorah joins the likes of Harry Weller, General Partner at NEA; Joe Payne, former chairman and CEO of Eloqua; Sean Glass,… Read more »


DC’s FiscalNote Raises $10M Series B Led by Renren

FiscalNote Raises $10M Series B Led by Renren

FiscalNote, the Washington, D.C.-based startup whose artificial intelligence technology analyzes and predicts the outcome of legislation, announced this morning that it raised a Series B round of funding led by Chinese social network Renren. The social media giant joins early investors including Visionnaire Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Jerry Yang/AME Cloud Ventures, Steve Case, and Mark… Read more »


Never Miss a Call Ever Again with Callr

Callr

When scheduling calls in my calendar – whether that’s a company-wide conference call, personal call, or whatever – I always include two reminders to make sure that I don’t forget to make the calls; each workday is long, and remembering every call that I have scheduled for that day is something that is just slightly beyond my… Read more »


Women in Tech: Elizabeth Merkhofer with Ladies Who Code

Ladies Who Code

The Washington D.C. Metro Area is full of dozens of organizations dedicated to lowering the barrier for women and minorities in tech. DCFemTech, a collective of DC & Metro area women and minority focused organizations is launching a series of interviews with women in tech leaders to highlight their group’s mission, culture and events. The… Read more »


Women in Tech: Shannon Turner with Hear Me Code

Hear Me Code

The Washington D.C. Metro Area is full of dozens of organizations dedicated to lowering the barrier for women and minorities in tech. DCFemTech, a collective of DC & Metro area women and minority focused organizations is launching a series of interviews with women in tech leaders to highlight their group’s mission, culture and events. The… Read more »


Apply Now: Disruption Corp. Offers $3000 Scholarship to Learn Code

Disruption Corporation Offering $3000 Scholarship to Learn Code

The Arlington, VA-based Disruption Corporation announced earlier this week that they are offering a $3,000 scholarship towards one student’s tuition in an upcoming coding course that will be held at Disruption’s HQ in Crystal City. The #SparkDisruption Scholarship is made possible in partnership with The Iron Yard, the Greenville, SC-based accelerator and tech education organization… Read more »