Techstars Commits to Diversity at White House Demo Day

By | Aug 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm

President Obama made major headlines today as he hosted America’s first ever White House Demo Day. It’s a massive event similar to any other demo day, the main difference being the fact that President Obama oversees the whole thing and will incorporate announcements and…


Steve Case Celebrates US Entrepreneurs Alongside the White House

By | Aug 4, 2015 at 6:00 am

There’s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur in America. After all, high growth companies now have the ability to start and scale just about anywhere thanks to the myriad technological advancements that lower the barriers to entry. Revolution’s Rise of the Rest…

Social Good

Waveborn Sunglasses Signs Troy Aikman as Official Spokesperson

By | Jul 31, 2015 at 8:00 pm

A DC based socially conscious sunglasses company just signed one of the most successful NFL quarterbacks of all time as their official spokesperson. Waveborn Sunglasses just announced a four-year deal with Troy Aikman that will bring him on as their official ambassador and spokesperson. “Signing…

Breaking News

Is EdTech Giant Blackboard Up for Sale?

By | Jul 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm

According to a report from Reuters, the DC based, edtech company could be yours for a cool $3 billion. Blackboard’s stakeholders are looking to sell. Their majority owner, private equity firm Providence Equity Partners LLC, has recently hired Deutsche Bank AG and Bank of America Corp to…

Product Launch

Growing KlowdTV Extends Viewing Options for Cord Cutters

By | Jul 29, 2015 at 4:00 pm

When Hulu and Netflix launched, few could predict the widespread impact that would result from their service. As a result of streaming media, cord cutters have detached themselves from costly cable companies who force them into paying for channels and networks they never intend…

Breaking News

SocialRadar Cofounder Kevin Alansky Leaves to Join CircleBack

By | Jul 28, 2015 at 11:01 am

CircleBack, a Vienna, VA-based company aimed at keeping user contacts up-to-date using artificial intelligence and machine learning, announced this morning that it has brought on Kevin Alansky as its Chief Marketing Officer. The news comes as a surprise, as Alansky is also the cofounder…

Startups & Apps

Monthly Subscription for Air Travel? Sure, Why Not?

By | Jul 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm

It seems like every week I’m hearing about another business taking on the Netflix style monthly subscription model. It’s being applied, successfully, to many different verticals (even tampons). Now it’s being applied to domestic air travel as well. Paulius Grigas, founder of One Go,…


Waste to Taste: Startups Repurposing Food Waste with Delicious Solutions

By | Jul 23, 2015 at 5:00 pm

What a better way to kick off a food startup column than to start with the end in mind – the topic of food waste. It’s unanimous across organizations such as the World Resources Institute, the USDA, World Food Day, and NRDC that in…


Use This Simple Tool to Figure Out if Your Significant Other is Cheating

By | Jul 22, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Over the weekend, Ashley Madison – the online personals and dating website targeted at married people and those in committed relationships – had the personal information of its users taken by hackers. And, if I were one of the approximately 37 million users on…

Product Launch

Poshpacker: Upscale Backpacking Options for Your Digital Nomadic Ways

By | Jul 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Whether you consider yourself an avid explorer, casual traveler, or digital nomad who’s constantly planning your next adventure in between working wherever there’s a wifi connection, this latest trend in affordable travel may be right up your alley. DC based is the world’s first hotelier…

Gear & Gadgets

DrinkMate Funded on KickStarter in Four Days

By | Jul 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Last month a room full of eager entrepreneurs, techies, and everyone in between heard pitches from several startups in the DC area for the Startup of The Year Competition. Among the startups was DrinkMate CEO and Founder Shaun Masavage, the creator of a smartphone…


CircleBack Closes $12M Round to Improve Contact Intelligence

By | Jul 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Today, Vienna, VA based CircleBack announced the closure of a $12M round to continue better organizing your professional contacts. Founded in 2012, CircleBack’s free mobile apps provide users up-to-date contact information in a secure cloud based environment as a result of their artificial intelligence…

Product Launch

Contactually Launches Tool to Measure Team Performance

By | Jul 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm

This afternoon, the Washington, D.C.-based Contactually – whose social customer relationship management tool helps individual team members at companies to form, develop, and maintain their professional connections – launched a new feature for their platform that allows organizations to measure team performance. Called “Activity…

Product Launch

Hired is Ready to Connect DC’s Tech Talent With Amazing Jobs

By | Jul 9, 2015 at 8:00 am

Tech talent marketplace Hired has just announced its launch into the DC market. Hired is currently the leading online marketplace connecting those seeking jobs in technical fields, with growing companies. Hired launched in San Francisco in 2012. It began as with the purpose of…


Social Philanthropy Platform GoodWorld Raises $1.65M

By | Jul 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm

DC based startup GoodWorld lets you make donations through social media by simply tweeting or commenting #donate. Today they announced that they just closed a Seed Round of $1.65M. New York based Nyca Partners led the round with participation from Silicon Valley’s Camp One Ventures, and Georgetown, DC’s Fenway Summer…


Following Speek Exit, What Comes Next?

By | Jul 6, 2015 at 7:08 pm

There is no doubt that 2015 has been a bumpy year for Washington DC based Speek, but with an acquisition by Jive Communications there is a silver lining. In a followup to our piece breaking the acquisition news in June, we spoke with Speek…


Big Ideas Coming out of UMD’s Startup Shell Incubator

By | Jul 6, 2015 at 8:00 am

The University of Maryland is part of the reason that Maryland, as a state, is producing some really innovative entrepreneurial talent. Their student-run incubator and co-working space Startup Shell (shell, because the UMD mascot is the Terrapin -very clever, guys), which opened in 2012, is home to…