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Happinin is Using Real-Time Videos to Provide Unbiased Venue Reviews

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What’s happening? That’s the essential premise behind the new application Happinin. Currently available Baltimore, MD and Annapolis, MD, the app allows users to discover what’s going on in local venues, helping them to narrow down which bars to go to or which events to attend. Using real-time visual content via user-generated and -uploaded videos, Happinin… Read more »


D.C. Using Data to Envision Bike Lanes of the Future

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One bike every 13 seconds. One-hundred fifteen bikes in a 15-minute period. That’s what newly-installed bicycle sensors recorded during a recent evening rush hour on the 15th Street cycle track in Washington, D.C. – a massive number, considering the bike lane itself is just two years old. Darren Buck, the head of the Washington D.C…. Read more »


Fleksy Breaks Guinness World Record…Again

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Back in May the third-party keyboard Fleksy announced to the world that they had shattered the Guinness World Record for Fastest Texting. And then they did it again. This past week, Fleksy announced that they had trumped their previous effort and set yet another new Guinness World Record for Fastest Texting. Marcel Fernandes Filho, age… Read more »


Nanoplug Isn’t Your Grandparents’ Hearing Aid

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Somewhere between the size of a coffee bean and a grain of rice, the Nanoplug is a brand new hearing aid half the size of even the smallest, current hearing aids available at market. The German based company started an Indiegogo campaign in the hopes of raising $80,000; at the time of this writing they… Read more »


How Companies Like DC’s iStrategyLabs are Utilizing TechShop DC-Arlington

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On Tuesday, November 18, Tech Cocktail is holding TechShop’s DC Maker Event: Learn How to Build & Launch a Hardware Product Company where attendees can learn about the Maker Movement, explore TechShop DC-Arlington‘s various tools and resources, and speak with industry experts and current TechShop members. This Tuesday night, November 18, TechShop DC-Arlington is holding… Read more »


Pipeline Workspaces to Open Third Location in Coral Gables

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Pipeline Workspaces, a co-working space that started in Brickell to accommodate Miami’s growing, diverse community of entrepreneurs,  is expanding with a third US location in the City of Coral Gables.  Pipeline has leased a full floor totaling approximately 14,000 square feet at 95 Merrick Way, an office complex located at the gateway to the Coral… Read more »


LAFORGE Strikes Partnership to Compete With Google Glass

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The Google Glass competitor LAFORGE Optical last week announced the close of a $1.1 million partnership with SOMO Optical to fund lens development, manufacturing development, and LAFORGE’s proprietary camera system development. It’s the first partnership in a series of funding announcements we’ve seen from LAFORGE Optical as part of its series seed investment round. “The… Read more »


How TechShop DC-Arlington Enabled a High School Senior to Start a Business

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On Tuesday, November 18, Tech Cocktail is holding TechShop’s DC Maker Event: Learn How to Build & Launch a Hardware Product Company where attendees can learn about the Maker Movement, explore TechShop DC-Arlington‘s various tools and resources, and speak with industry experts and current TechShop members. Tomorrow night, November 18, TechShop DC-Arlington is having a… Read more »



Less Pizza and Beer: Why We Need Accelerators for Women

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Are traditional accelerators too male-centric? On November 5, Philadelphia accelerator DreamIt Ventures announced the launch of its DreamIt Athena program for women. DreamIt Athena is actually an accelerator within an accelerator: women founders will go through the program alongside the regular cohort, but get extra resources and programming targeted at their particular challenges. DreamIt is… Read more »



Startup Weekend Las Vegas: Register Now for This Weekend!

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Startup Weekend is a time-honored tradition and global grassroots movement to rapidly collaborate and build a business over a weekend. According to a press release from the Startup Weekend Las Vegas organizers, “Teams organically form around top ideas, as determined by popular vote. Each team has 54 hours to create a business model, code, design, and… Read more »


OrderWithMe Announces $28M in Additional Financing

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OrderWithMe, a retail innovation and inventory solutions company, today has announced $28 million in additional financing, led by existing investors which include Vegas Tech Fund, SOSVentures, BaseVC and Tony Hsieh with additional participation from Silicon Valley Bank, Pentland Group, Advantage Capital and several others. Jonathan Jenkins, CEO of OrderWithMe, moved the company to Downtown Las… Read more »


Zappos Pop-Up Store Constructed For The Holidays: Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos Pays Visit Downtown Las Vegas

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Just in time for the holidays, it appears that Zappos, the online retailer known for culture and customer service, is constructing a Zappos pop-up store in downtown Las Vegas in the space previously occupied by the Western Hotel. According to online reports, the space was purchased by the Downtown Project in the spring of 2013. Over… Read more »