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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 »


Thinkers, Doers, and Makers: Yoshi Maisami Wants You at DC’s Ideaspace [Video]

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The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support! Washington D.C. is home to many co-working spaces like 1776, but Yoshi Maisami thinks our nation’s capital could benefit from having a commercial maker space. Thus, he founded… Read more »


Aaron Saunders and Clearly Innovative Are Helping Underserved Students in DC [Video]

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The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support! Two years ago, Aaron Saunders had the opportunity to host a summer hackathon in the DC neighborhood of Anacostia for kids in underserved communities, sponsored by his mobile… Read more »


Sage Salvo’s Words Liive Sheds New Light on English Language Arts [Video]

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The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support! Sage Salvo founded Words Liive because he wants to help students read more proficiently and study literature in more depth. To that end he’s developed an algorithm that… Read more »


Doers, Donors, and Door Openers Are Helping Marissa Jennings Build SocialGrlz [Video]

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The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support! While Marissa Jennings was at Bennett College she had to complete a senior project, and she decided to design a magazine for young African American women. However, during… Read more »


How GE and Local Motors Will Innovate Manufacturing [Video]

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Last night, Tech Cocktail held a DC Sessions event at the GE Garage in downtown Washington, where we got to sit down for a fireside chat with Local Motors‘ Chief Strategy Officer, Justin Fishkin, and GE’s Executive Director for Global Innovation & New Models, Stephen J. Liguori. The two companies have teamed up in 2014 for an initiative that… Read more »