Funding

DC’s Surprise Ride Accepts Deal from Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary

By | Mar 24, 2016 at 10:12 am

For one DC startup, the past year has been quite an adventure. Surprise Ride, a fast-growing e-commerce site for kids, was recently featured in an episode of  Shark Tank spinoff Beyond the Tank. They ended up walking out of the experience with a $50,000 investment from Shark Kevin…

Product Launch

Atlas Lane Launches in DC, Upgrades Property Management

By | Mar 9, 2016 at 11:08 am

Today, Washington, DC based property management company Atlas Lane is publicly launching. Having run quietly for the past few months while testing their platform and services, the company will now support Washington, DC and parts of Maryland within the beltway. Unlike other property management…

Gear & Gadgets

DrinkMate: iPhone Breathalyzer [REVIEW]

By | Mar 4, 2016 at 1:24 pm

Last year during one of Tech.co’s startup tour events I stumbled upon an entrepreneurial duo showing off a very small piece of hardware. That piece of hardware was an Android-connected breathalyzer called the DrinkMate. It was so small in fact that it may even…

Reports & Rankings

DC Is the Top City for Women in Tech

By | Feb 29, 2016 at 9:00 am

Nashville may be the best city for women-owned businesses, but DC is the best city for women in tech. This is the second year in a row that the capital region has earned the title, according to a report produced by SmartAsset, a financial software company. Kansas…

Books

Learn the Origin of AOL’s Iconic “You’ve Got Mail”

By | Feb 19, 2016 at 9:38 am

“You’ve got mail!” No matter your age, you’re likely familiar with the timeless greeting – a memento from the Internet’s early days, and a pithy and humbling reminder of the origins of our digital age. Thanks to early Internet pioneer and AOL cofounder, Steve Case,…

Announcements

Luma Lab Incubator to Launch at Howard University

By | Feb 18, 2016 at 10:06 am

When people think of innovation happening in the DC area they probably think of Georgetown, George Washington, 1776 and Crystal City. Despite its rich history and groundbreaking legacy, Howard University is probably not one of the first institutions that springs to mind. Now things…

Partnership

Startup Angels Partners with Google, Accelerates Startup Investing

By | Feb 15, 2016 at 4:12 pm

Last week Washington, DC-based Startup Angels announced a new partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs (GFE). The two organizations will join together in an effort to bring more capital to early stage startups and create more growth in startup investing on a global scale. Startup…

Videos

Accurate Stories of Dating in the Digital Age [VIDEO]

By | Feb 11, 2016 at 12:30 pm

As we approach Valentine’s Day, we wanted to take a look at some of the more unique situations that can arise as a result of dating apps and dating websites. Granted there is no shortage of creeps found at your local bar, it’s a…

Lifestyle

Social Tables Opens New 30,000 Square Foot Office in DC

By | Feb 9, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Social Tables, one of the fastest growing startups in the hospitality world, has opened up a new Washington, DC-based office. From a new serpent table to an incredibly pink entrance area, this 30,000 square foot office is designed with growth in mind. The company…

Accelerator

AT&T Aspire Application Deadline for EdTech Accelerator to Close February 5

By | Feb 3, 2016 at 10:19 am

From nonprofits to established organizations, there is continuous change benefiting the education space as a result of new technology. In an effort to kickstart these new ed-tech concepts, one telecom company created a $350 million commitment to make that happen. As part of AT&T’s…

Entrepreneur

DC and Federal Government Come Together, Discuss Transition To Tech

By | Feb 1, 2016 at 10:34 am

In a joint press conference last week, Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, Chief of Staff for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Vikrum Aiyer, President & CEO of the Washington DC Economic Partnership Keith Sellars, and Social Tables CEO Dan Berger discussed their continued…

Breaking News

President Obama Announces ‘Computer Science for All’ Initiative, Seeks New Funding

By | Jan 30, 2016 at 11:53 am

Today President Obama is announcing a new initiative that focuses on bringing computer science to K-12 schools, resulting in a prepared workforce after high school. The Computer Science for All Initiative would include $4 billion in spending for states and an additional $100 million for…

News

Knight Foundation Awards $450K to ‘Weighing the Wisdom of the Crowd’

By | Jan 26, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Today the Knight Foundation has announced the 17 recipients of the latest Knight News Challenge Award, including one Washington, DC-based venture. Out of 1014 entries, “Weighing the Wisdom of the Crowd” and 16 others will receive a portion of the $3.2M fund to use…

Opinion/Analysis

DC’s Trustify on the Importance of Recruiting a Diverse Team

By | Jan 14, 2016 at 9:05 am

The Trustify origin story would make a great movie. Cofounders Jennifer Mellon and Danny Boice were both seasoned entrepreneurs in their own worlds. It was fated (if you believe in that kind of thing) that they would meet, fall in love, blend their families,…

Startups & Apps

7 Hottest Startups Coming Out of DC Area Universities

By | Dec 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm

It should be no surprise that universities are often epicenters of innovation. The colleges and universities in the DC area are no exception. The DC metro area is home to some pretty exceptional educational institutions such as George Washington University, Georgetown University, American University,…

Ecosystems

Blackboard Continues Revitilization with New Office Space

By | Dec 21, 2015 at 8:19 am

Blackboard has had a pretty eventful year. As one of the companies that put DC edtech, or edtech in general, on the map, they’ve gone through several transformations over the last year. However, this latest change has them coming full circle. The company recently moved…

Entrepreneur

Being an Entrepreneur Means You’re Also a Public Speaker

By | Dec 16, 2015 at 10:00 pm

Does the phrase “public speaking” send shivers down your spine? Do your palms start to sweat and your mind starts to think of ways you can avoid opening your mouth? If this is your reaction, you’re not alone. According to the Chapman University Survey on…

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