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Facebook Sharing Down 11 Percent in 2013 According to AddThis

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According to a recent blog post by DC-based AddThis, Facebook sharing is down 11% globally from the previous year (using their data).  Although still the dominant sharing platform, accounting for 42% of the shares across the web (including both shares and likes), Facebook has taken it’s first downward turn after increasing 18% from 2011 to… Read more »

Last-Minute Gift Ideas from Up-and-Coming Startups


For all you last minute shoppers out there (I won’t name names–you know who you are), there’s still time! Whether you’ve been too busy to shop or have been procrastinating on those who are impossible to shop for, I am here to help make this stressful time of year slightly less so. Here’s a list… Read more »

D.C. Challenge Cup Points to Trends Among Tech Startups

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This post was previously published on The Challenge Cup News by author Emily Brown.  Today’s tech startup space differs from the one that created the tech bubble—and bust—in the 1990s. Entrepreneurs now pitch their tech products to an informed audience that uses technology daily; they can’t just roll out a fancy-sounding “dot com.” Today, innovations… Read more »

LivingSocial is Developing a CRM Tool for Merchants


The Washington Business Journal today reported that LivingSocial has been developing a customer relationship management tool (CRM) behind the scenes. Specifically, this tool will let businesses who offer deals through LivingSocial stay connected with the customers who purchase them. It’s important to highlight this otherwise hidden aspect of LivingSocial because a CRM will help with customer… Read more »

5 Things Blackboard’s Michael Chasen Learned Building a $2B Company


Last Thursday at Tech Cocktail Week, Blackboard founder and former CEO, and Social Radar founder and CEO, Michael Chasen, shared some insight gleaned from his rich entrepreneurial experience. Here are five pieces of unconventional wisdom he learned while building Blackboard to become a company that he took public and then sold for $1.7B. Here’s the… Read more »

Rachna Choudhry Went From Zero to Entrepreneur With DC’s Help


At one time, entrepreneur Rachna Choudhry was so green to the entrepreneurial world that she read a how-to-start-your-own-business-book cover to cover in a Starbucks before ever thinking about POPVOX. Ironically, her first lesson — and perhaps the biggest lesson — didn’t even come from that book. Choudhry realized she had to go out into the… Read more »

DC’s Fortify Ventures Shuts Down Accelerator Program

Fortify Ventures, also known as “The Fort,” today announced that it will be shutting down its accelerator program. The DC-based program has funded companies since 2011, including Social Tables, Venga, RidePost, TrendPo, and others. “We believe in the process of accelerating startups and Fortify has enjoyed running 17 companies through our program over the past couple… Read more »

StayAtHand Launches iOS App That Will Change Hotel Booking


“If man were designed to live a stationery existence, then legs would serve no purpose other than fodder for the mosquitoes.” Don’t bother Googling that – it’s a wholly contrived quotation from yours truly. Notwithstanding, I think it’s apropos of today’s human condition: humans can’t stay still; we’ve become an incessantly traveling species – and the… Read more »

Joe Corbett Becomes COO of DC Design Agency nclud


Yesterday, In The Capital reported that Joe Corbett is joining well-known DC design agency nclud. Joe will be relocating back to Washington, DC and reporting directly to CEO Kerry Gunther. He had moved to New Orleans earlier this year, where he started his own agency, Lanyap Creative, and had a brief stint at FedScoop. Before… Read more »

uKnow Launches uKnowKids 2.0


On Thursday night, DC-based startup uKnow hosted a new product launch and mixer at Uber Offices in Dupont Circle. uKnow’s mission is to help families protect their personal data and information from being misused to invade their privacy, impact their reputation, steal their identity, or threaten their safety. Their flagship product was uKnowKids, the world’s first… Read more »

Why Hinge Is Moving Their HQ to the Big Apple


Last week, we found out that Hinge will be relocating their headquarters from Washington, DC, to New York City. For CEO Justin McLeod, this decision boils down to one fact: the ecosystem for building a better Hinge is in New York. “It’s not that DC isn’t supportive; they’re very supportive and that’s why we started… Read more »

BuilDatAnalytics and Carsquare Win Big at Ballston LaunchPad Finale


At what was initially intended as a pitch competition to decide on the one company to win a $15,000 prize, the audience at the Ballston LaunchPad Challenge Finale was astonished to hear that two startups had been chosen as winners: BuilDatAnalytics and Carsquare. BuilDatAnalytics is a business analytics and information management company specifically for the construction industry. With the company’s software,… Read more »