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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 »




DC-Based Accelerator MACH37 Begins Second Class of Cybersecurity Startups

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Last week, MACH37 began its Spring session with a new batch of cybersecurity startups. This is the second class of companies for the DC-based accelerator. MACH37 is an accelerator located at the Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon, VA. The incubator program is a 90-day affair and is aimed at developing the next generation of information security product companies…. Read more »


Entrepreneur Fest 2014 Takes Place in DC This Weekend

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This weekend, American University will host Entrepreneur Fest 2014 in Washington, DC. The event was organized by the National Student Initiative in partnership with the university, and is aimed at giving students and other attendees the opportunity to get a glimpse inside the startup world through presentations by, and interactions with, current startup employees, entrepreneurs, and investors. The event… Read more »


Paul Singh Hires Former NBC News Correspondent as Crystal Tech Fund Venture Partner

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Paul Singh, founder of Disruption Corporation, today announced that former NBC correspondent Brooke Salkoff will be joining the team as Crystal Tech Fund Venture Partner. According to the company’s blog, Salkoff brings 17 years of television experience, along with her own journey as a tech entrepreneur, to the Fund. “I’m counting on Brooke to help… Read more »


GE Opens a Pop-Up 3D Printing Lab in Downtown DC

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The GE Garages DC program officially launches today, with a pop-up, collaborative fabrication lab in downtown Washington, DC. The program provides individuals with some hands-on experience with various manufacturing technologies, including laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC mills, and injection molders. Starting today, visitors can take part in several on-site activities, such as building smartphone cases using GE’s… Read more »