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2015 in Review: 7 of the Biggest DC Tech Stories

By | Dec 15, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Over the past year we’ve seen record-breaking funding announcements, rocky exists, and the local competition heating up. In DC we’re seeing more hyperlocal businesses going toe-to-toe with nationally recognized organizations such as Uber and WeWork, while others are outgrowing the area and moving to…

Announcements

Framebridge Hires Former Zappos Executive as VP of Operations

By | Dec 9, 2015 at 8:37 am

It’s been called (by us) the Warby Parker of  art framing. This DC startup has created an easy online and mobile service for custom framing. It’s an in demand service that people want, and the company has been growing steadily. They have gained support…

Trends

Dunkin Donuts Now Delivering to DC

By | Dec 1, 2015 at 10:10 am

Just when you were wondering if you would ever be able to order mediocre donuts – with icing that leaves a gross film on your tongue – on demand, Dunkin Donuts announced that they now deliver in DC. Apparently some people are excited about that. DC…

Product Launch

DC’s Personal Launches New Cloud-Based Platform

By | Nov 23, 2015 at 11:00 am

DC-based startup Personal has revolutionized how people protect their information online, while making it easy for people and companies to share passwords, credentials, and data with others who need it. The company is constantly coming out with new features, like their automatic form filling platform…

Product Launch

LivingSocial Launches ‘Restaurants Plus’ Platform in DC

By | Nov 20, 2015 at 10:01 am

We haven’t heard much from DC startup darling LivingSocial since they announced their new CEO, Gautam Thakar, over a year ago. One can guess that they’ve spent much of the last year with their heads down trying to figure out how to revamp the…

Reports & Rankings

The 12 Most Powerful Women in DC Tech

By | Nov 19, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Washingtonian Magazine recently posted a list of Washington’s most powerful women. This list features women across many different sectors – arts, philanthropy, education, law, and religion, just to name a few. However, one sector that appears to be missing is tech. While tech was not…

Entrepreneur

From Veteran to Entrepreneur: KlowdTV’s Bill O’Hara

By | Nov 11, 2015 at 4:14 pm

A graduate of the Naval Academy and a 5-year Navy Veteran, KlowdTV CEO Bill O’Hara leads the team dedicated to further advancing on-demand TV. When we last spoke to the team in July they discussed their future plans, so we checked back in to…

Entrepreneur

From Veteran to Entrepreneur: Sworkit’s Greg Coleman

By | Nov 11, 2015 at 2:18 pm

In honor of Veterans Day, I spoke with veterans who have used their skills and experiences from the military and turned them into successful entrepreneurial endeavors. For Sworkit’s COO Greg Coleman, there is a clear correlation between his training in the US Air Force…

Crowdfunding

ServingVETS Launches Crowdfunding Campaign, Expands Features

By | Nov 11, 2015 at 10:49 am

ServingVETS is a network dedicated to giving veterans a space to share their opinions about local resources. Using a ratings and reviews methodology, verified veterans are able to provide feedback on everything from educational opportunities, job seeking platforms, and health and wellness facilities. For…

Startups & Apps

Smart Nutrition Bottle Startup LifeFuels Named CES Innovation Award Honoree

By | Nov 10, 2015 at 5:05 pm

LifeFuels, a Reston, VA-based startup that’s created the very first portable, single- and multi-serve Smart Nutrition Bottle, has just announced that it has been named a 2016 CES Innovation Award Honoree by the Consumer Technology Association due to its top rating in the Fitness,…

Funding

DC’s Contactually Raises $8 Million in Series A Funding

By | Nov 10, 2015 at 9:00 am

Washington, D.C.-based Contactually has just announced the close of a Series A round in which they raised $8 million dollars. The round was co-led by Rally Ventures out of Menlo Park, and Grotech Ventures out of D.C., with participation from Correlation Ventures and prior investors including…

Incubators

Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Tour Comes to D.C.

By | Oct 28, 2015 at 11:12 pm

We’re proud to partner with Microsoft Ventures to promote their Machine Learning Accelerator in Seattle. Read the full series of stories, as they are published, here. We’ve talked about the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Tour for the past couple of weeks. The tour is visiting…

Ecosystems

The 5 Factors That Make a State Good for Startups

By | Oct 23, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Entrepreneurs decide where to design, manufacture and sell their innovative products and services based on a myriad of business-related policies. However, not all U.S. states are fostering an environment that welcomes innovation and supports entrepreneurial activity. To recognize and account for favorable and unfavorable…

Hackathon

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hosts First DC Business Association Hackathon

By | Oct 23, 2015 at 10:12 am

On October 17 and 18, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted their first hackathon. Led by FreeEnterprise.com, a US Chamber Web magazine, the goal was to illustrate how American businesses support the economy and create jobs. The hackathon was facilitated by San Francisco based…

Product Launch

Brainsy to Launch HR Tech and Expert Calling Network

By | Oct 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Scaling a business takes time, requires the right team members, and can come at great costs. However, one Washington DC based startup is looking to change that with their expert calling network (ECN). Brainsy, backed by Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt, is a platform that…

Business

Martin O’Malley to Host Civic Tech Competition in D.C.

By | Oct 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Fresh off his appearance on the Daily Show, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley is now turning his attention to the D.C. area’s civic tech community. On Wednesday, October 21, the former Maryland Governor will host a civic tech pitch competition at the Microsoft Innovation &…

Announcements

Riide Offers Electric Bike Leasing through RiidePass

By | Oct 18, 2015 at 10:00 am

We’ve told you the story of Riide before (actually twice before). They are a successful startup out of DC that has developed a lightweight electric bike. The purpose of Riide isn’t to make it easier to cheat at bike riding, but to give city dwellers…

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