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Publishers Clearing House Seeks AppTap’s Recommendations Expertise in New Partnership

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AppTap, the DC-based app discovery and advertising network, has partnered with lead generation legend Publishers Clearing House’s (PCH) rich media mobile advertising network, Liquid Wireless. This partnership aims to drive highly engaged consumers toward apps they love to play. Specifically, the two companies will integrate AppTap’s proprietary recommendations engine with first-party audience data to deliver… Read more »




DC’s Conscious Venture Lab Helps Entrepreneurs Put Purpose Before Profit

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What would happen if businesses around the world started caring as much about people as they do about profit? This is the question at the core of Conscious Venture Lab’s mission. Conscious Venture Lab is an early-stage business accelerator that works with entrepreneurs to build companies with societal purpose. Their goal is to develop and support businesses… Read more »


Is RideScout Necessary for Developing Smart Cities?

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RideScout has had a really good week. The DC-based startup, which aims to make ground transportation smarter and easier for people, offers a free mobile application that aggregates real-time data on all the available public, private, and social modes of ground transportation for users, giving them access to the cheapest or shortest travel options. In the… Read more »



The 1776 Challenge Festival is Coming to DC

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We’ve been following the 1776 Challenge Cup Tour over the last few months as they look for the world’s most promising startups that tackle global challenges in education, energy, healthcare, and cities. Today 1776 announced what they’ll be doing for the culmination of their event: The Challenge Festival. The Challenge Festival will be held from… Read more »


SmartThings’s Alex Hawkinson: 5 Key Tips for Running a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

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Last week, Startup Grind DC held a fireside chat event at nclud with SmartThings CEO and co-founder Alex Hawkinson. Aside from talking about his hopes for the DC tech scene and praising the area’s vast resources that encourage tech startup growth, Hawkinson spent some time speaking to the audience about his philosophy when it comes to startup capital and what… Read more »


Allen Gannett Closes Huge Series A Round for TrackMaven

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TrackMaven, under the leadership of  CEO and founder Allen Gannett, today announced a successful $6.5 million Series A funding round. The funds came primarily from New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Bowery Capital, and Acceleprise Ventures. The majority of said funding will be going towards product growth, sales and marketing, and expanding to about 50 employees in… Read more »


Who Is DC’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [POLL]

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Last year, a DC startup was chosen as the runner-up in the Hottest Startup in the Nation contest.  Who will breakthrough in 2014? In late February Tech Cocktail is headed back to the Nation’s Capital to showcase a fresh batch of sizzling hot DC-area startups.  Join us at 1776 to interact first hand with the dozen-ish early… Read more »


CoFoundersLab Acquires NY-Based Stealth Competitor Wonpy

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TechCrunch reported yesterday that DC-based founder matchmaking startup CoFoundersLab has acquired one of their competitors, stealth New York-based Wonpy. As part of the deal, Wonpy co-founder Erick Brimen will come over to CoFoundersLab as COO & VP of Finance. Wonpy’s other co-founder Luis Pallares will not be making the jump to CoFoundersLab. CoFounderLab has definitely been seeing considerable… Read more »



Former Fortify Ventures GP Carla Valdes Launches Handpressions

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Carla Valdes co-founded Fortify Ventures where she sat as a General Partner, managed their Distilled Intelligence (DI) event, and supported a portfolio of over 30 companies. Tomorrow she will be setting out on a different path with the launch of her new app, available for iOS, Handpressions; this marks Valdes’ first foray into the world… Read more »


DC’s SocialRadar Launches Its Mobile App for iOS

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This morning, SocialRadar released its long-anticipated mobile app for iOS. SocialRadar is a DC-based startup led by Michael Chasen, which raised a $12.75 million Series A round last June. Utilizing social networks with geo-location data (including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, and Google+), the SocialRadar app enables users to discover whether someone within their network is nearby and provides information… Read more »



Jonathon Perrelli Tells All About Fortify’s Closing of The Fort

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Following the fall 2011 pitch competition, Distilled Intelligence 1.0 (DI 1.0), Fortify Ventures conceived of an idea to open a tech startup accelerator, The Fort, in Washington, D.C. The doors to The Fort were officially opened in January 2012 and they welcomed an inaugural class of 12 relatively unknown startups. Among these first companies were… Read more »