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OnTheGo Platforms Wants a Universal Smart Glass User Experience

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Portland-based OnTheGo Platforms (OTG) today announced the beta release of their Augmented Reality Interface SDK, otherwise known as Ari. The newly designed SDK will allow developers building for smart glasses, like Google Glass, to implement hand-gesture-controls for users. Ari’s release comes hot on the heels of OTG’s successful seed funding round that closed three months… Read more »




We Robot: The Uncertainty of Drones

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What is it with our fascination of robots taking over the world? A future where our streets will be protected by Robocops, and cars are automated without you having to touch the steering wheel. Is this perception of the future far-fetched? According to University of Miami School of Law Professor Michael Froomkin, we may be… Read more »



Mobile Future’s Jonathan Spalter Shares the Wireless Innovation Story [Video]

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Mobile Future is a Washington, DC-based organization that bridges conversations between policymakers and innovators working in the wireless arena. In the U.S., policymakers have wisely let mobile consumers and entrepreneurs drive investment and innovation and, as a result, the nation’s mobile sector has grown exponentially. By helping to share succinct and simple stories of wireless… Read more »


Miami Attracted $300 million of Venture Capital in 2013

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The Atlantic’s Startup City Miami yesterday announced a new report that revealed Miami has dramatically improved its ability to attract venture capital, ranking 16th highest among the 380-plus U.S. metro regions, raking in $300 million in the last year. The report was generated by The Martin Prosperity Institute and presented during yesterday’s summit, which explored the impact of… Read more »



First Code School Launches in Durham, Securing the City’s Rise as a Southeastern Tech Leader

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Coding school and startup accelerator The Iron Yard today announced a partnership with Durham-based development firm Smashing Boxes to launch an immersive code school that will meet the Triangle region’s growing demand for a skilled technology workforce. Dubbed The Iron Yard Academy, the code school will be the first of its kind in Durham, NC, and the second in the greater Triangle region…. Read more »


3 DC Startups Team Up to Create a Platform for Virtual Weddings

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Do you love technology and having a digital presence, but don’t want to fork over $3,000 for a social media wedding concierge? You’re in luck; starting today, a new online platform will allow currently-engaged couples to host their weddings completely online. That’s right: online, virtual weddings. “From increasing our mobile presence to launching SocialWeddingSpeek, we always… Read more »


Tech Cocktail’s Co-Founder Frank Gruber To Launch Delivering Hawaiianess: An Island Chain As A Startup

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After spending almost eight years building Tech Cocktail into an online tech startup news and events company with global reach, we’d like to report Tech Cocktail Co-founder and CEO, Frank Gruber has announced the launch of a new initiative called Delivering Hawaiianess. Delivering Hawaiianess will take the learnings from Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project in Las Vegas,… Read more »


Miami’s LiveNinja Raises an Additional $500K

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Miami’s video chat marketplace, LiveNinja, today announced that they have received an additional $500K in funding. This announcement comes on the heels of their launch of the Katana platform, which we reported last week. LiveNinja announced the funding news at today’s Startup City Miami event. The funding was provided by local, undisclosed angel investors, bringing… Read more »



Good.Co is Creating Happier Employees By Solving the Culture Fit Problem [VIDEO]

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The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support! According to Jonathan Wylie, 77 percent of Americans are disengaged at work. This isn’t to say that they’re necessarily bad at their jobs, they’re merely feeling, you know,… Read more »


Post-Accelerator and Growth Funding in Berlin

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A couple of weeks ago, a colleague and I went on a trip to Vienna, Austria to deliver a keynote to a state-funded innovation agency to discuss entrepreneurship and the role of mentoring. One of the key points that came out of that discussion was the role of accelerators and the state of growth funding… Read more »


Thinkers, Doers, and Makers: Yoshi Maisami Wants You at DC’s Ideaspace [Video]

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The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support! Washington D.C. is home to many co-working spaces like 1776, but Yoshi Maisami thinks our nation’s capital could benefit from having a commercial maker space. Thus, he founded… Read more »