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LivingSocial’s New CEO is Former Shopping.com CEO and eBay Executive Gautam Thakar

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In a blog post just published this afternoon, the DC-based deals company LivingSocial has announced its appointment of Gautam Thakar for the role of Chief Executive Officer and President. The decision comes six months after cofounder and previous CEO, Tim O’Shaughnessy, announced his resignation from the position earlier this January. Thrilled to announce our new CEO. “Gautam… Read more »


Rohit Bhargava’s Tip for Startups: Stop Trying to Sell Advertising

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At last week’s DC launch event for Startup Mixology, the first book from Tech Cocktail’s own cofounder, Frank Gruber. Gruber was joined on-stage by a handful of local entrepreneurs to discuss some of the topics covered in the book. Among them was Rohit Bhargava, the founder of the Influential Marketing Group, author of Likeonomics, and trend curator. After giving his… Read more »





NGP VAN Launches Social Fundraising Tool with Gamification Features

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DC-based NGP VAN is already gearing up for the next political season. The political tech company, which provides solutions to Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations, launched publicly their new Social Fundraising tool that helps campaigners raise money more effectively. While most peer-to-peer online fundraising platforms keep efforts on the web, Social Fundraising integrates both… Read more »


Seven Tips to Build and Maintain a Successful Startup Brand

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Best friends: reliable, intuitive individuals with personalities that click perfectly. The same feelings often apply to favorite brands because the genius innovators behind them get into consumers’ heads, figure out what they really need and offer a clear, easy-to-use solution to the problem at hand. Thanks to this strategy, consumers trust solid brands and are eager… Read more »


Obama Visited DC’s 1776 Today [PHOTOS]

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President Obama spent this morning at DC startup campus 1776, meeting entrepreneurs and giving a talk about jobs and growing the economy. His visit comes the day before the 4th of July and also the day that the June jobs report was released. 1776 is an incubator, coworking space, and fund whose goal is to help startups… Read more »


DC’s iStrategyLabs to Open NYC Office in DUMBO, Brooklyn

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In a newsletter written earlier today, iStrategyLabs founder and CEO Peter Corbett announced that the company is opening an office in NYC. According to the post, Corbett will lead the NYC office and will split his time accordingly between DC and NYC. The new office will be based in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The news comes just a month after the… Read more »


Reduce Your Utility Use with Sol Vista  

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How much would you pay to reduce your utility use by 1420% per year? That astronomical reduction is exactly what The Bernstein Companies have realized since they became Sol Vista’s first client in 2010. Sol Vista enabled The Bernstein Companies to leverage a $25,000 investment in efficiency measures into annual savings of $300,000 and a… Read more »