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We The People Demanded A Better Wireless Market, And We Got It

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Last week, Congress passed an act that is destined to restore consumer freedom to the wireless market, leading to lower prices and more competition. The Unlock Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act was signed in by President Obama and will have a comparable impact upon the market. Further, this is the first bill passed as… Read more »


Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley Tells Entrepreneurs Not to Talk to Governments about Disruption

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On Tuesday night, Maryland governor Martin O’Malley gave a fireside chat at 1776 where he answered questions and shared his unique perspective on effective governance, the role of entrepreneurship in the economy, and the policies that he thinks will foster innovation in the United States. He was introduced by DC Mayor Vincent Gray, who is a… Read more »


Paul Singh’s Crystal City-Based Disruption Corporation Reportedly Raising $1.5M

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According to an SEC filing submitted two days ago, Paul Singh’s Disruption Corporation is raising a $1.5 million. First reported by the Washington Business Journal, the company may have already raised some funds towards that total amount, although no commentary was made by Singh himself to confirm this. The Crystal City-based Disruption Corp. serves as a… Read more »


Zainab Zaki Embraced Her Failure and Learned From it

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Part of starting up is failure – that’s a given. It’s never easy, but at the same time it’s a learning process and long does the entrepreneur last who sees failure in this light. Zainab Zaki was the COO at Tappedin, a social discovery tool for professional networking, before they closed their doors. For Zaki,… Read more »





Zvi Band: The Key to Successful Networking is Practice and Effort

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During Frank Gruber’s recent Startup Mixology stop in Washington D.C. at the Crystal Tech Fund, he sat down with a panel of guests to talk about different facets of starting up, launching new products, and leveraging networks for success. When Zvi Band, CEO of Contactually, took the mic, he made an interesting point: it’s obviously all… Read more »



EveryoneOn Partners with Sprint to Bring Internet to 50,000 Students

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EveryoneOn, a nonprofit devoted to closing the digital divide, is working with Sprint to provide low-income students across the country with affordable home broadband. The D.C.-based organization is working with the telecommunication company to implement their commitment of providing high-speed wireless broadband service for up to 50,000 students at schools across the country starting this… Read more »



DC-Based Employee Perks Startup, Aspire, Raises $400K Seed Round

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Aspire, a DC-based startup that gives employees the ability to choose their own company perks and benefits, has raised $400,000 in seed funding. According to the report by The Washington Post, participants in the round included K Street Capital, Acceleprise, and other New York-based as well as international investors. Aspire offers an online marketplace for… Read more »


DC-Based Halcyon Incubator Now Accepting Applications for Second Class of Social Entrepreneurs

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The Washington, D.C.-based Halcyon Incubator – an incubator created by the S&R Foundation that is specifically focused on social entrepreneurship – announced this week that the application process for its second class of fellows is now open. Back in June it announced its first class of fellows, all of which will begin the program this upcoming… Read more »




LivingSocial’s New CEO is Former Shopping.com CEO and eBay Executive Gautam Thakar

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In a blog post just published this afternoon, the DC-based deals company LivingSocial has announced its appointment of Gautam Thakar for the role of Chief Executive Officer and President. The decision comes six months after cofounder and previous CEO, Tim O’Shaughnessy, announced his resignation from the position earlier this January. Thrilled to announce our new CEO. “Gautam… Read more »