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Snaapiq: The App that Turns Your Selfies into Prizes

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Take a selfie and you can earn rewards or prizes – yes, it’s that simple. Enter a contest on the Snaapiq app, upload a photo, and see if you’re chosen. No gimmicks or hassle, just a fun way to share your pictures with a community and friends on social media. According to its site, “Snaapiq turns… Read more »


The Winners of CEA’s Innovation Entrepreneur Award Are…

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The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today announced the winners of the Innovation Entrepreneur Award during the Keynote Luncheon at Innovate!. Launched in 2012 by CEA’s flagship It Is Innovation (i3) magazine and the CEA Small Business Council, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs and businesses with revenues under $30 million and the contributions they make to… Read more »



How to Get Funded by DC’s Biggest Startup Investors

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What happens when you put seven startup investors on stage at a casual event, where ties are discouraged, jokes are made, and cocktails are on hand? You get some brutal honesty. Straight talk and telling it like it is were the themes of our August Tech Cocktail Sessions event in DC, where we were joined by… Read more »



Behind the Scenes of Samsung’s Acquisition of SmartThings

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On August 14, smart home startup SmartThings announced that they were acquired by Samsung, in a deal that some estimate to be around $200 million. On Tuesday, less than six weeks later, we sat down with chief consumer officer Maria Thomas to learn more details about SmartThings’ journey and the acquisition. Thomas said she didn’t… Read more »


Twitter Used to Have Hideous Business Cards

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On Tuesday, we were joined at Tech Cocktail’s DC Sessions by Martin Ringlein, the cofounder of nvite and former (and first) Twitter design manager. In addition to his insights about entrepreneurship, he shared a little tidbit from his time at Twitter that had the crowd laughing: “At Twitter I was running the design team, and… Read more »


Design and Smart Homes Discussed at DC Sessions Event

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Tuesday evening in Crystal City overlooking the Washington, D.C. views of Capitol and Reagan National Airport, Martin Ringlein of nvite and Maria Thomas of SmartThings shared their business insights and knowledge at Tech Cocktail DC Sessions speaker series event. Martin Ringlein, now the CEO and founder of nvite, after selling his last company nclud to Twitter, kicked things off… Read more »


Learn Spanish Anywhere, Anytime, and Completely for Free

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Over 6.5 million students take Spanish Language courses every year – that’s 70 percent of total foreign language enrollment in the US. Some might say that Spanish speaking skills are crucial to young Americans and that the US will become the largest Spanish-speaking nation by 2050. Fifteen years ago, SpanishDict.com pioneered the shift in Spanish… Read more »



TrackMaven Adds Google+ and Tumblr Support to Its Marketing Intelligence Platform

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TrackMaven, the analytics platform that provides deep intelligence for digital marketers to enable them to create competitive campaigns, will now provide support for Google+ and Tumblr. The social networks join others, like Facebook and LinkedIn, as the newest data sources for the competitive intelligence platform. “More and more, our customers are utilizing Google+ and Tumblr to… Read more »




DC’s Speek Launches “Speek for Business”

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This morning, D.C. startup Speek announced that it has launched a new product called “Speek for Business”. Core features of this new product include the ability to share screens for online meetings and collaboration. With this new offering, the company aims to further compete with similar services like WebEx, Join.Me, and GoToMeeting. “This is easily… Read more »