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DC’s Disruption Corp. Partners with Miami’s Venture Hive for Founder Education

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This morning, the Crystal City, Arlington, VA-based Disruption Corporation announced a partnership with Miami-based startup accelerator and incubator Venture Hive. The unique partnership is targeted at providing early-stage startup founders and investors with more opportunities and increased resources on how to grow and run successful companies. “In Venture Hive we are partnering here with a true leader in… Read more »


The Fictionary is Maximizing the Potential of Custom, Kindle Dictionaries

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Dave Byard, founder of The Fictionary, has built an interesting platform that is targeting a market some might call completely cornered by Amazon: the e-reader market. He’s not building a new piece of hardware, but rather innovating on the pre-installed dictionaries on said e-readers. The Fictionary is comprised of these little fictionaries, a term Byard created… Read more »


DC’s EverFi Teams Up with NAM to Launch Future Manufacturing Careers Initiative

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EverFi, the Washington, D.C.-based education startup that utilizes technology to help teach students critical skills, has announced its partnership with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and its Manufacturing Institute to launch a national initiative aimed at developing and marketing career opportunities in the manufacturing field to students. “Manufacturing has undergone a dramatic transformation and now… Read more »


Contactually Raises Additional $2M in Seed Round for Its CRM Platform

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Contactually, the Washington, D.C.-based startup whose relationship management tool allows you to maintain professional relationships by recommending when to follow up with contacts, announced this morning that it has raised $2 million in additional seed funding. This funding brings the total funding for its seed round to $3.5 million. This additional financing comes from existing… Read more »


How Wearable Tech Will Transform Walkability of Our Cities

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Apple’s announcement in September regarding the 2015 launch of the Apple Watch has some pundits wondering if the tech giant can do for wearable tech what it did for the MP3 player and smartphone: create a must-have consumer device out of a fledgling, yet promising, product line. I think the more interesting question is, if… Read more »


Martin Ringlein on the Top Ten Traits of Entrepreneurship

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Last month, Tech Cocktail joined startup and tech enthusiasts in welcoming Maria Thomas of SmartThings and Martin Ringlein of nvite in Crystal City at Disruption Corporation, home of Crystal Tech Fund. An award-winning designer, developer, entrepreneur and angel investor; Martin most recently was at The White House as a President as a Presidential Innovation Fellow…. Read more »


1776’s Challenge Cup 2015 Competition Kicks Off in DC

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Today, DC-based startup accelerator/incubator 1776 officially kicks off its Challenge Cup 2015 global competition. Forty startups are slated to compete at tonight’s pitch competition; each of which will represent one of four categories: health, education, cities, and energy. Tonight’s Challenge Cup DC competition will be the first of sixteen regional competitions. At each of these competitions, startups will get… Read more »


DC’s ID.me Acquires Student Discount Platform Perkla

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ID.me – the McLean, Virginia-based company whose digital verification services enable members of various groups to digitally verify their identification and affiliation – has announced the acquisition of student discount platform Perkla. The announcement was made earlier today at Fashion Digital NY, the two-day event bringing together the most innovative startups in fashion and e-commerce…. Read more »


$100M Fund to Rewrite Operating System of Everyday Life

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Today, Bryan Johnson, the founder of Braintree, (which was sold to eBay/Paypal) has announced the launch of the OS Fund, a new $100 million fund focused on attacking big challenges – really big challenges. Johnson published a manifesto today, outlining the fund from his personal capital as: “…dedicated to investing in inventors and scientists who… Read more »



6 Ways to Become Your Own City Planner

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The trend is that governments are not only opening up data, but also their urban planning and budgeting processes. Public participation is taking on a whole new look. Local civic advocates are stepping up as collaborators who are well-versed in details once reserved for professionals. Wait – what? That’s right. Civic leaders around the country… Read more »


How to Close Your Fundraising Round

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It is a lot of hard work to raise money from investors. The process can be grueling and require leaping through a variety of different hoops as part of “due diligence.” Waveborn Sunglasses spent the past three months working with accredited investors to raise $500,000. Here are some of the best strategies to leverage at the… Read more »



Snaapiq: The App that Turns Your Selfies into Prizes

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Take a selfie and you can earn rewards or prizes – yes, it’s that simple. Enter a contest on the Snaapiq app, upload a photo, and see if you’re chosen. No gimmicks or hassle, just a fun way to share your pictures with a community and friends on social media. According to its site, “Snaapiq turns… Read more »