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Science Inc’s Mike Macadaan: User Experience is Important From the Very Beginning [VIDEO]

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How integrated is the user experience into your product or service? According to Mike Macadaan, startups need to dedicate their time to user experience and establish a brand direction from the very beginning; otherwise, they run into a higher risk of criticism from their fans/users when changes are made later on. Macadaan is the CCO of Science Inc.,… Read more »


Jason Fried’s 37signals Will Focus Entirely on Basecamp and Change Its Name to Basecamp

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As the clock struck midnight on February 5, Basecamp’s 10th birthday, Jason Fried’s company 37signals announced that they’ll be devoting all their attention to Basecamp going forward – and renaming the company “Basecamp.” “We’ve become a bit scattered, a bit diluted. Nobody does their best work when they’re spread too thin. We certainly don’t. We… Read more »


3 Tech Startups Prove Miami is Not All Play

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As a Miami resident, there is nothing more upsetting than watching footage of Miami as portrayed on TV. Reel after reel of pretentious cars, fake tans, and string bikinis can really tarnish the image of this growing city. It truly devalues the Miami that locals grow to love. Last week, this misconception surfaced once again… Read more »


This Robot is Trying to Humanize Your Telecommuting Experience

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It’s quite ironic, really, to claim that a robot could help “humanize” anything. This presupposes, of course, the notion that robots – made of metal and lacking consciousness – represent a kind of anti-human. Nevertheless, KUBI by Revolve Robotics aims to humanize your telecommuting experience by giving you the opportunity to feel as if you’re actually in… 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 »


primeloop Joins 500 Startups Batch 8 Accelerator

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500 Startups today announced the 28 startups that will make up Batch 8 and head into the accelerator program in their new SOMA offices. Among those companies is one from right here in Downtown Vegas: primeloop. Thomas Knoll co-founded primeloop, alongside Mike Ciklin, after leaving his previous role as the Community Architect at Zappos. They… Read more »


Meet The Challenge Cup São Paulo’s Hottest Startups

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Last week was the Challenge Cup São Paulo’s Regional competition, held at SuperNova Labs.  Dozens of startups delivered their one-minute pitch on stage to a panel of judges, where one company from each category would emerge as the winner and move onto the final round. In the spirit of Tech Cocktail, however, we want your take.  We ran a… Read more »


500 Startups Announces San Francisco-based Batch 8

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500 Startups today announced the 28 different international and domestic startups that will be going through their accelerator program. They will be the eighth batch to go through the accelerator; however, this time around the program will be held in the new SOMA office, 500 Del Norte, in San Francisco. Regardless of location, the companies… Read more »


S3NSE: Real-Time Data Analytics Dashboards for Fast Decision-Making

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Economist and finance consultant Juan Montoya spent many years analyzing and modeling data for some of the country’s biggest companies and institutions.  Now a tech entrepreneur, Montoya founded S3NSE to help managers make faster data-driven decisions with the aid of integrated, beautifully visualized, and easily digestible data dashboards. Montoya’s aim with S3NSE is to resolve… Read more »