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Tista Games Releases Video Games Following TV Episode Form


The video game industry is quickly evolving to fit a schematic that the movie industry has propagated. That is, big budget projects that are relatively “safe plays” for developers. This is problematic because current game developers spend far too much money on a single title with no indications that the game will be a success…. Read more »

Nice Laundry: Revolutionize your sock drawer (Kickstarter project)


This is a story of two friends who quit their jobs to revolutionize men’s sock drawers. After quitting, Phil Moldavski and Ricky Choi only took six months (with two months spent learning web development at dev bootcamp) to launch their first Kickstarter campaign on March 6th. Within the first 24 hours, the company attracted 283 backers,… Read more »

Property Investing Made Easy With Realty Mogul


Buying property: A smart long term way to diversify your portfolio, or an investment too risky to consider? There are myriad reasons why people don’t invest in property. Time, financial risk and limited networking are some factors, just to name a few. Realty Mogul is trying to change this roadblock. By offering a marketplace for accredited… Read more »

Get Funding for Your Social Impact Startup on WeSparkt


Social impact startups can sign up today to start raising funding on WeSparkt. WeSparkt connects startups in clean tech and renewable energy, health, education, and sustainability with accredited investors (defined by SEC income requirements). Startups can raise around $50,000 to $200,000 on the platform in exchange for equity. To protect investors, WeSparkt puts startups through… Read more »

Government Contracting Done Right with Hōrd


Lockheed. Boeing. Deloitte. Booz. At first glance, these names could all qualify as German existentialist philosophers; however, here in Washington, DC, we’re all pretty familiar with these government contracting studs. With direct access to government offices and international organizations, government contracting is (unsurprisingly) big business in the DC region. You cannot live in the DC area and not… Read more »

Homesnap Uses Big Data and New Snap Feature to Build a Mobile Real Estate Platform


Washington, DC-based Homesnap is set to unveil a powerful new mobile real estate platform at SXSW Interactive. The company, which was formerly Sawbuck, is calling itself the first real estate platform built specifically for the mobile era. This launch integrates big data, mobile-friendly home search, and a built-in social graph – called “Snap” – which… Read more »

Meet Friends of Friends on Dating App Hinge


Ever catch yourself looking at a friend’s friends on Facebook or social media? Of course you have! We’ve all done it, but meeting someone through a friend means  – gasp – you actually have to ask for an introduction. Or worse: a friend attempts to sell you on an intro! Well now there’s Hinge, a new social… Read more »

Share Rides Out of Town with RidePost


If hitchhiking was version 1.0 of ridesharing, then Craiglist was version 2.0 – without much of an upgrade in the creepy factor. But startups like RidePost are hoping to give a better reputation to splitting rides with relative strangers. Part of Fortify Ventures, RidePosts lets drivers post upcoming trips and invite passengers to split the… Read more »

DC’s Hottest Showcasing Startup, Seva Call Makes Finding Local Service Providers A Breeze


Finding local service providers -like dentists, computer repairmen, and movers- should be easy.   Unfortunately, in many parts of the country it isn’t.  Good news- for those who live in one of the nine cities covered by Seva Call (including DC, Boston, and Philadelphia), it is. Providing this convenience was enough to earn the DC-based marketplace the honor of… Read more »

Vookup: Your One-Stop Shop for Successful Event Planning


Want to get a group together for an Oscars Party? How about some cross-country skiing? Great – now how do we make it happen? We send out Evites, Facebook invites, and emails, but people still manage to slip through the cracks. We coordinate dates, times, venues, cost, and a seemingly endless list of details large… Read more »

Improv Comedy Meets Instagram With SnapDash


You’re hiding from your ex at the bar.  Okay, not really.  But pretend like you were- after all, it’s being documented. This is the premise behind SnapDash, a new app for iOS (Android coming soon) that prompts subjects with humorous scenarios to be acted out under a 5-second camera timer.  The result is a quasi-Whose Line… Read more »

Who is DC’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]

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Tech Cocktail loves DC Tech, so it comes as no surprise that we are beyond excited to host our first DC Mixer of 2013.  On February 28th, we’re headed to the brand new 1776 to showcase a fresh batch of local startups. < Sign Up for the Mixer Here > We’ll have a dozen up-and-coming startups on… Read more »

Take a Tour of 1776, a New Incubator in DC


Tonight is the launch party for 1776, a new 15,000-square-foot incubator in Washington, DC, that hopes to serve as a central hub for a growing startup scene. According to cofounder Donna Harris, the goal is to connect two worlds in DC that have always been separate: the tech startup scene and the industries surrounding government…. Read more »

Speek Gets Funded By Valhalla Partners

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Valhalla Partners today announced its seed investment in Ashburn, Va-based Speek, a simple visual conference platform that uses a personal link (e.g.,, rather than a traditional phone number and PIN to connect conference calls. Valhalla joins in the investment with several angel investors. Valhalla Partner Kevin Greene, who led the investment had this to say: “There’s a lot… Read more »

DC’s ProConIt Does Surveys Right


The ease and speed at which we can gather data today is remarkable and has increased, and in some cases, secured the bottom line of many businesses. ProConIt delivers the benefits of social evaluation, interactive surveys, and nicely designed embeddable widgets with their service. ProConIt’s widgets, called ‘Procons,’ are created after defining the topic of… Read more »

Experts Tell Congress: Help Startups Grow Outside the Valley


In testimony before the House Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship last Tuesday, experts from the startup industry urged Congress to support the growing startup scenes outside Silicon Valley. The caucus meets regularly to discuss entrepreneurship and learn from people in the industry. Its goal is to preach the importance of entrepreneurship to the rest of… Read more »