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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 »





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 »



MONTAJ Aims to Become the Instagram of Video

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For the average user, editing videos on a mobile device can be a tedious and time-consuming process. Videographers Demir Gjokaj and Dan Long wanted to help users overcome these challenges and creatively tell their stories using video. That’s why they created their mobile app, MONTAJ, which addresses the challenges of traditional video editing through an… Read more »


Deals of Scale is Reinventing the Common Coupon

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The global coupon industry has reached an all-time high and since its inception more than 125 years ago, coupons have evolved from traditional newspaper cut-outs into new digital formats. In a busy marketplace where an increasing number of consumers are looking for ways to save money, startup Deals of Scale believes it can find a… Read more »


Happy Birthday Cindy Gallop!

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Cindy Gallop, the creator of MakeLoveNotPorn.tv (NSFW), is celebrating a birthday today. Happy birthday, Cindy! Born in the UK in 1960, Gallop grew up in Brunei and came to her entrepreneurial career from the advertising world, where she worked with brands like Coca-Cola, Polaroid, and Ray-Ban. Her Twitter bio reads, “I like to blow shit… Read more »


Former Baltimore Raven Launches a Startup in Vegas

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As an ex-NFL player, Gerome Sapp didn’t have trouble getting meetings to pitch his startup. But then he ran into another problem – what he calls “athlete syndrome.” Were people really interested in the idea, or did they just want to meet a former Colts and Ravens player? “People stereotype me as just an athlete,”… Read more »