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Jim Bankoff on Leveraging Culture to Attract Talent

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Last Wednesday, Vox Media chairman and CEO Jim Bankoff sat down with us at our Tech Cocktail DC Sessions. Aside from learning about his belief that content isn’t Vox Media’s product, we learned that the company’s success can be attributed to its unique integration of technology, talent, and culture in its business model. When it comes down to it, though,… Read more »


Kroger Selects DC’s iStrategyLabs as Social Media Agency of Record

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Big news for the team! @Kroger Taps @iStrategyLabs as Social Media Agency of Record http://t.co/jDzhkcX0e0 #dctech — Peter Corbett ✈ (@corbett3000) June 25, 2014 It was announced earlier today that DC’s very own iStrategyLabs has been chosen as the Social Media Agency of Record for Kroger. Huge news for the digital agency, which adds yet another big… Read more »


Get Your Text Messages Translated to Spanish during the World Cup

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Texting your friends about the latest soccer (sorry, football) match and want to sound savvy? For a limited time, you can get accurate and free English-to-Spanish and Spanish-to-English translations from Muuzii. Just text #copa (“cup”) to 95997 to get an instant translation. This promotion (available until July 15) coincides with the launch of Muuzii, a… Read more »


Jim Bankoff of Vox Media: Content Isn’t The Product

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Since its founding in 2011, Vox Media has quickly become one of the leading digital media companies. With popular websites from the the likes of Eater and Curbed to The Verge and Vox, the company’s successful development of topical media content has allowed them to outpace more traditional publications on the Web competing in the similar markets. At last Wednesday’s Tech Cocktail DC Sessions… Read more »


App Development Company 10Pearls Buys Gemini Security Solutions

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This morning, it was officially announced that 10Pearls – a software app development company located in Herndon, VA – has acquired Gemini Security Solutions. The acquisition is largely motivated by the company’s recognition that data be kept secure throughout the design and development process than merely being a secondary component. As part of this acquisition, the… Read more »


Cloud Software Platform 9LENSES Triples Staff, Doubles Office Space

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Last week, the Sterling, VA-based 9LENSES announced that they’ve double their office space to accommodate for the company’s rapid growth. In the past year alone, the company has tripled its total number of U.S. and international employees from less than 20 to more than 60. 9LENSES provides a cloud-based Enterprise Performance Software that provides decision… Read more »


After Hosting the Very First Maker Summit, TechShop DC-Arlington to Celebrate Grand Opening Tomorrow

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This week has been an exciting week for makers in the nation’s capital. Aside from the very first White House Maker Faire that took place on Thursday, TechShop – the membership-based, network of  facilities incorporating a do-it-yourself fabrication and prototyping studio, hackerspace, and learning center – hosted Maker Media’s inaugural Maker Summit on Tuesday at their Crystal… Read more »


Technology +Talent + Culture = Vox Media Formula to Success

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Content is King, but not what helped Vox Media raise capital and trust of investors. It takes more than that, there is a formula. That formula was shared by Vox Media’s CEO Jim Bankoff talk during Tech Cocktail Sessions, to a crowd of entrepreneurs in Crystal City Wednesday night. Tech Cocktail’s Frank Gruber led the… Read more »


Will.I.Am, Bill Nye, and a Robot Giraffe: Just a Few Things We Saw at the White House Maker Faire

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Yesterday, we got to check out the inaugural White House Maker Faire. In an effort to raise awareness about the growing maker community across the country and its lasting impact on American manufacturing and entrepreneurship, President Obama invited innovators from more than 25 states to showcase their products to all the important people in Washington,… Read more »


President Obama to Make Remarks About STEM, American Manufacturing

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Today is the first official White House Maker Faire, and we’re reporting on-scene to let you know the great things being made by and at maker communities – from Local Motors to TechShop – throughout the country. This morning, President Obama is expected to make remarks about our #NationOfMakers, likely citing policies and initiatives that… Read more »



Is DC becoming too expensive for older Millennials?

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Yesterday, The Washington Post featured a story on the rising rent prices in Washington, DC, and the effects that this is having on the older Millenial generation. Typically associated with people in their teenage years to those in their 20s, the title “Millennial” also applies to those in their late-20s and early-30s – a group whose… Read more »


Bon Voyage! It’s Easier Than Ever to Travel

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Travel used to be only for the old and wealthy. Vacations would be for families who wanted to go to Disney World or fanny packing through the battered roads of popular European cities. The rise of technology startups has opened up travel to a whole new generation. It is now possible for almost anyone, anywhere,… Read more »


DC-Based Personal Launches Fill It for Quick and Safe Auto-Filling on Online Forms

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Last week, Personal - a DC-based startup which provides a secured digital data vault for consumers’ information, passwords, and files – launched the world’s largest form library at Fill It, giving people a tool to securely and automatically fill almost any form in the world. Literally millions of forms are filled every day by people from all over… Read more »