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Women in Tech: Elizabeth Merkhofer with Ladies Who Code

Ladies Who Code

The Washington D.C. Metro Area is full of dozens of organizations dedicated to lowering the barrier for women and minorities in tech. DCFemTech, a collective of DC & Metro area women and minority focused organizations is launching a series of interviews with women in tech leaders to highlight their group’s mission, culture and events. The… Read more »


Bottles Waiting Taps Billion Dollar US Nightclub Industry

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I always knew the nightclub service industry was big, but I didn’t know it’s a multi-billion dollar economy within the US, per year. Las Vegas itself is one of the biggest centerpieces of the industry and they haul in $1.5 billion each year alone; some clubs hit around $75 million individually. There are people out… Read more »


Marketplace Lending Platform Bolstr Raises $1.7M

Marketplace Lending Platform Bolstr Raises $1.7M

The Chicago, IL-based Bolstr- the marketplace lending platform for emerging consumer, retail, and manufacturing businesses – has raised $1.65 million in seed funding. This amount was upsized from the originally anticipated $1.5 million target. Those that contributed to the this round include Montage Ventures, Kapor Capital, DRW Trading Group, Merrick Ventures, and Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich… Read more »


Knight Foundation Funds 8 Tech Innovations for Libraries

Knight Foundation Funds 8 Tech Innovations for Libraries

This morning, the Knight Foundation announced the winners of the Knight News Challenge on Libraries, which challenged people from around the U.S. to reinvent and innovate the ways through which people experience our country’s libraries. Focused on adapting libraries to the digital age, Knight awarded funds to eight projects that utilize in technology to advance… Read more »


Kickstart Seed Fund Successfully Closes Their $39M Fund III

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Kickstart Seed Fund today announced the close of their Fund III, $39 million, at StartSLC Festival, the largest tech festival ever held in Utah. As they move forward, Kickstart Seed Fund will continue to invest in seed startups based in Utah and the Mountain West region. Along with the news comes the announcement that two… Read more »


DreamIt Ventures Kicks Off Its Program for Women

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This week, startup accelerator DreamIt Ventures kicked off its Winter 2015 class in Philadelphia and the first run of its accelerator for women, DreamIt Athena. Announced in November, DreamIt Athena is a special program for women-led startups. Companies selected join the regular DreamIt cohort and get access to the same resources – including $25,000 in… Read more »


GlobalHack Shifts Their Entire Focus to Civic-Minded Projects

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GlobalHack, the nonprofit cofounded by Drew Winship and LockerDome CEO Gabe Lozano, has officially hired their first Executive Director after a successful first year of operations. Matt Menietti, currently Director of Operations for SixThirty, will be leaving to join GlobalHack full-time starting February 1. GlobalHack has also announced alongside this news that they will begin… Read more »


A Startup Partnership Made for the Sky

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Fashion and airlines – not a likely partnership. As two of the world’s biggest industries, they are both seen as luxuries not necessities, but just wait till you hear this story. Need & Rise: Individually The men’s fashion industry is a $160 million dollar industry – however, men hate shopping. It’s not because they don’t… Read more »


Pivotal Opens Office in Chicago’s Merch Mart

Pivotal Opens New Office in Chicago's Merch Mart

The San Francisco, CA-based Pivotal – the company that provides businesses with PaaS-based solutions utilizing Big Data, agile development, and the Cloud – has announced the opening of its new office in Chicago, IL. The new Chicago office is part of the company’s plan to expand across the U.S., and will house Pivotal Labs, the company’s agile… Read more »


From Uber to GSN Games, How LiveAnswer is Managing Their Calls

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Uber saw an opportunity when they hired Miami-based startup, LiveAnswer, to manage calls from drivers. Every missed call was a missed opportunity for their business. LiveAnswer is a technology platform that taps into the unoccupied time of agents at call centers, giving that extra time to small business owners who can’t commit to the traditional… Read more »


CEO of Snapchat to Speak at the Montgomery Summit

Snapchat Montgomery Summit

Recently the Montgomery Summit, presented by Macquarie Capital, announced the speaker lineup for their two-day conference designed to bring investors and leading executives from private growth tech companies together. The speakers are: Patrick Soon-Shion, founder of NantWorks Evan Spiegel, founder and CEO of Snapchat Andy Jassy, head of Amazon Web Services Fred Luddy, founder of… Read more »


Spreesy Turns Any Instagram Account Into a Business

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Spencer Costanzo and Braydon Batungbacal might be two young college dropouts, but they’re two young college dropouts with a plan. Specifically, their plan is to make Instagram shopper-friendly via their platform, Spreesy. You see, there are quite literally tens of thousands of people selling products on Instagram. Costanzo and Batungbacal simply want to capitalize on that market… Read more »


Who is Tampa Bay’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]

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Tech Cocktail is returning to Tampa Bay and we couldn’t be more excited!  We’ve teamed up with our local Tampa Bay Ambassador Gracie Stemmer to bring Tech Cocktail’s Mixer & Startup Showcase to the Tampa Bay area on February 4th, 2015 as part of Tampa Bay Startup Week. Join us on this entrepreneurial CELEBRATION taking place at Startup Week Chase Basecamp, where you… Read more »


Galvanize Hosts Inaugural Colorado Demo Day

Galvanize

Today Galvanize, the Denver based accelerator, held its inaugural Colorado Demo Day on its Golden Triangle Campus. It’s being billed as a unique opportunity for investors, press, and the public to rub shoulders with the local founders, 50 percent of whom are female. “While the San Francisco Bay Area may represent the center of the… Read more »