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Acquisition

1776 Continues its Expansion with Acquisition of Hattery

By | Apr 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Is world domination the ultimate goal of 1776? Possibly, but who could really blame them? The DC-based incubator and seed fund just announced its second acquisition in almost as many weeks, this time acquiring San Francisco’s Hattery. Hattery is a co-working, education, and events…

Ecosystems

DCFemTech Recognizes Top 30 Women Programmers

By | Apr 21, 2015 at 7:52 am

This morning, DCFemTech, the Washington, D.C.-based collective made up of more than 25 different organizations throughout the region all aimed at supporting women in tech, announced the recipients of their inaugural Powerful Women Programmers Award. Selected from nearly 80 nominations, the award aims to…

Funding

Blackboard Alumnus-Founded Full Measure Education Raises $5.5M

By | Apr 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Full Measure Education, the Washington, D.C. -based higher education startup founded by Blackboard alumnus Greg Davies, announced earlier today that it has closed a $5.5 million round of Series B financing. The round was led by Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. and Bull City Ventures. “Full…

New Media

Random Nerds Offers Tip System to Niche Writers

By | Apr 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Random Nerds has a different take on what a media company ought to be. The media site is relaunching today with a zero pay-per-click revenue stream. That means that the content published doesn’t include pop-up ads, sponsored articles, and meaningless content created solely to increase traffic to…

Startups & Apps

PitchLove: Pitch and Business Advice from Experts

By | Apr 20, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Building a business is tough. Many entrepreneurs struggle with making important decisions, while many more have trouble just getting started. In major markets, accelerators and other mentor networks are beginning to help provide guidance to thousands of entrepreneurs, but that’s only a small fraction…

Lifestyle

FunSeek Takes their Activity Finding Platform National

By | Apr 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm

As someone who’s lived in the DC area for over eight years, and also as someone who does not have gobs of expendable income, I’ve learned what a perfect town this is for the good ol’ staycation. But DC isn’t all Smithsonian museums and phallic-shaped…

Announcements

Women Who Tech Announces Women Startup Challenge

By | Apr 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Women Who Tech has one primary goal–to promote women-led startups. They recently announced a Women Startup Challenge where they plan to give away $50,000 (no strings attached) during the competition, thanks to crowdfunding and a partnership with prominent investors Fred Wilson, Joanne Wilson, and Craig Newmark of Craigslist and Craigconnects….

Events

CES Comes to the Capitol

By | Apr 16, 2015 at 4:00 pm

On April 15th, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) held CES On The Hill at the Rayburn House Office Building, as a chance for exhibitors to showcase products and services important to ongoing tech policy issues to Members of Congress, Hill staff, press, and invited guests. Exhibitors including Microsoft, Google, Samsung,…

Acquisition

1776 Absorbs Disruption Corporation, Expands Into Crystal City

By | Apr 16, 2015 at 1:44 pm

In March 2013, Paul Singh stepped down from his position as partner at 500 Startups and unveiled his new startup, Dashboard.io, which had just raised around $250,000 from DC’s NextGenAngels. Almost a year later, Disruption Corporation (the new name of Dashboard.io) announced the creation of…

Women's issues

4 Double Standards VCs Have for Women

By | Apr 13, 2015 at 10:00 am

When sisters Donna and Rosy Khalife were raising funding for Surprise Ride, a monthly subscription box for kids’ activities, mentors told them to bring on a male cofounder so it would be easier to raise funding. But they resisted this “easy” solution – they wanted…

Programs & Resources

High Schooler Creates Tech Competition to Mentor Middle School Girls

By | Apr 13, 2015 at 9:00 am

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…

Partnership

Urgent.ly Partners with Zendrive to Provide Accident Detection

By | Apr 9, 2015 at 12:35 pm

The DC-based Urgent.ly has recently partnered with Zendrive, known as the “the driver-centric analytics company” to provide accident detection technology to their users. Urgent.ly is a roadside assistance app that offers pay-as-you-go service for everything from flat tires, to empty gas tanks, to lock outs….

Product Launch

Pointless Corps Relaunches Community Site SpeakerRate

By | Apr 4, 2015 at 8:00 am

Public speaking is a common phobia among the general public, and there’s nothing more awkward than being at an event and watching a speaker fumble, get embarrassed, grow red, and fail to recover. Conversely, watching a skilled, confident speaker give a pitch, make a presentation, or…

Profiles

6 Questions to Ask Before Joining a Startup

By | Apr 2, 2015 at 9:00 am

“If You Had To Hire a Small Business Marketing Expert who would you recommend?” I got this message from a good friend on LinkedIn. I love startups and small businesses, and I enjoy meeting with and mentoring entrepreneurs in my free time. Join a…

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