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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 »



LiquidTalent is a New Mobile Platform to Find Local High Quality Talent in the Freelance Market

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As a freelancer, finding new and additional work takes a lot of time and effort. From seeking out new clients through personal leads to utilizing websites like Elance, oftentimes getting hired for a selected project comes down to how much you’re willing to put yourself out there and prove that you have enough talent to carry on with… Read more »



Mobile Developers Win 30K in Cash Prizes With App for American Cancer Society

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The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), in partnership with the Metro Atlanta Chamber, announced today the winners of the first ever Mobility Live Hack-Back Invitational. Team MTM-Hack, lead by Tamby Kojak and included team members Matt Byrne and Mahmoud Abouelnasr, bested 5 other presenting teams, winning $12,000 as the overall winner of the competition. Their application… Read more »


Not All Drones Are Made for Dropping Bombs

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The last we heard from Arch Aerial, they were being featured on ESPN’s Outside the Lines (OTL) segment for the use of their drones in sports. The market for drones has, if anything, grown since we last spoke to the team, and they’ve been planning some major updates as well. Arch Aerial today announced the… Read more »


Celebrate Conference Party Preview

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If you’ve ever journeyed to Austin, TX during SXSW then you know that the party makes or breaks a good time. It’s the capstone to a great day, weekend, or week. In short, no event is complete without a great party. And while, on the surface, these parties are a great way to blow off… Read more »




This is the World’s First Functioning, 3D Printed Car

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After some initial buzz in June, Local Motors has officially completed – or should I say printed – the world’s first 3D printed, drivable vehicle. The Strati, as it’s been named, was built by Local Motors alongside Cincinnati Incorporated, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and The Association for Manufacturing Technology. The car was built in three… 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 »


Brazil’s Yelp, Apontador, Gets $15M Investment From Movile

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Apontador, Brazil’s leading maps route and local search website,  has raised US $15M from mobile commerce platform Movile. Much like Yelp, Apontador provides Latin Americans with review and information about local businesses and restaurants. The investment will help Apontador develop its mobile-first platform to connect people on the go to local businesses while nurturing local… Read more »