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TechShop DC-Arlington Opens in Crystal City

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TechShop, a membership-based facility that’s a do-it-yourself fabrication and prototyping studio, hackerspace, and learning center, announced today that it has officially opened its DC location in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, VA. TechShop DC-Arlington will give makers in the DC region access to tools and resources like 3D printers, laser cutters, plastics and electronics labs, a… Read more »


Tory Burch, Rich Barton, Steve Case Among Those Named Obama’s Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship

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On Monday, the White House announced 11 members to the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) program, a new initiative by the administration to develop entrepreneurial interest and activity in the US and beyond. Ambassadors include the likes of clothing retail star Tory Burch, AOL co-founder Steve Case, and Zillow co-founder Rich Barton. “When we encourage and support the innate… Read more »



Uppidy Acquired By Secure SMS Platform Gryphn For Undisclosed Amount

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Uppidy, an app that allows users to save, search, and share their SMS to the cloud, announced today that they’ve been acquired by Gryphn–now, ArmorText–an application for safe messaging for smartphones. The terms and details of the announcements were not disclosed. ArmorText technology allows the encrypting of videos, messages and pictures on the device so… Read more »


With Datelytics, Online Dating Can Actually Be Fun

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We can all agree that online dating is the absolute worst, right? Sure, everything is fine and dandy when you’re chatting with the latest guy/girl with whom you were most recently matched on Tinder, or flirting with your soul mate (calm down, lunatic) on OkCupid, or even going on Grindr to find guys to “date”… Read more »


Get Inspired by these Global Innovators

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The global marketplace has gotten a lot more crowded in the digital age. Fifty years ago, small businesses were able to access international markets indirectly as part of the supply chains of large multinational companies, but direct engagement was often limited to those firms with the resources and stomach for dealing with hassles like currency… Read more »



DC’s 2014 Spring Startup Weekend: Recap and Winners

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Looking for the next Airbnb? You just might find it at Startup Weekend DC. This past weekend at WeWork DC – Wonder Bread Factory, 13 new startups were created, money was made, $25k was invested, and three months of rent was waved away for one lucky startup. The Judges Panel: Benjamin Wald @benjaminswald – Managing Partner… Read more »


Digital DC Has $25K-250K Grants Up for Grabs [VIDEO]

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This is an advertorial sponsored by Digital DC, who hosted the Digital DC Day Party with us at SXSW. On March 5, DC mayor Vincent Gray unveiled Digital DC, an economic development initiative and marketing campaign to promote DC as the leading tech startup community. Perhaps the biggest announcement was a $1 million fund, which will provide grants between $25,000 and $250,000 to companies located in a… Read more »


DC’s Marketing Software Firm Vocus is Acquired for $446.5M

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DC’s Vocus today announced it has agreed to be acquired for $446.5 million. Chicago-based GTCR is the buyer and will enjoy a premium of 48 percent on Vocus’ closing share price of $12.18. “For our shareholders, this agreement provides an opportunity to realize cash value for their shares at a significant premium to historical share… Read more »




DC-Based WattB Wants to Help Reduce Your Electricity Bill

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Do you know how much electricity you’re consuming? Did you realize that you could potentially reduce your electricity bill by a significant margin, simply by measuring your energy use? For DC-based WattB, giving people the tools to measure their energy consumption and providing them with data on how to cut costs are top priorities; so… Read more »



Mobile Future’s Jonathan Spalter Shares the Wireless Innovation Story [Video]

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Mobile Future is a Washington, DC-based organization that bridges conversations between policymakers and innovators working in the wireless arena. In the U.S., policymakers have wisely let mobile consumers and entrepreneurs drive investment and innovation and, as a result, the nation’s mobile sector has grown exponentially. By helping to share succinct and simple stories of wireless… Read more »


3 DC Startups Team Up to Create a Platform for Virtual Weddings

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Do you love technology and having a digital presence, but don’t want to fork over $3,000 for a social media wedding concierge? You’re in luck; starting today, a new online platform will allow currently-engaged couples to host their weddings completely online. That’s right: online, virtual weddings. “From increasing our mobile presence to launching SocialWeddingSpeek, we always… Read more »