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“Hope is Not a Strategy” Q&A with Peter Shanley

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If you are part of a startup, you probably consider Eric Ries’ Lean Startup your startup bible and its scientific principles, startup commandments. Principles of the Lean Startup include: Entrepreneurs are everywhere Entrepreneurship is management Validated Learning Innovation Accounting Build Measure Learn We caught up with Lean Startup proponent Peter Shanley, principle of Neo, a… Read more »


‘Startupland’ Documentary Series Will Premiere in DC This March 13

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The highly-anticipated Startupland documentary web series has announced its global premiere for Thursday, March 13 in Washington, DC. The series looks at the stories of five early-stage startups as they navigate their ways through the accelerator process. The premiere will have two showtimes and will be shown at the E Street Landmark Theatre. Steve Case, the cofounder… Read more »





Celebrating The Startup Life: Gina Bianchini on Social Media, Failure, and Misconceptions

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How do you Celebrate your startup’s success?  In a world where hustle is the mantra, sometimes taking the time to pause, reflect, and commemorate is more beneficial to your team’s morale, and consequently your long-term success. On October 23 – 25, we invite you to Downtown Vegas to Celebrate entrepreneurship at Tech Cocktail Celebrate, a three… Read more »



Hooman Radfar on the Future of Social, Common Startup Mistakes, and “Not Being A Platform’s Bitch”

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I’m guessing you’re familiar with AddThis?  You know, the “world’s largest sharing platform” used by the likes of The Today Show, The Chicago Sun Times, and American Idol.  Amongst a sea of competition, AddThis has successfully scaled to more than 14 million publications, reaching more than 1.3 billion unique users monthly.  Here’s the million dollar question: how?… Read more »


Interview with the “Fabulous Five,” a Team of High School Girl Programmers

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Left to right: Jasmine Hall, Megan Prass, Gelsey Jian, Maryam Ermin Sinanovic, and Heritage Weems. Last week I interviewed the “Fabulous Five,” an all-female team of high school juniors who were one of ten winners of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. I ended the interview by asking if there was anything else they wanted to mention. “The… Read more »




Meet 16-Year-Old iPhone App Developer Jason Chitla [INTERVIEW]

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We’re chatting at 4 pm – after 16-year-old Jason Chitla comes home from school – and he’s rambling about things that most high schoolers don’t ramble about. He throws around phrases like “indie” developer, “appreneur,” and app store optimization strategy. He recalls struggling with the decision of freemium vs. paid and learning cocos2d, something I’ve… Read more »


Olympic Skater Sasha Cohen on Snoxx, Her New Startup [INTERVIEW]

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After winning a silver medal in the 2006 Olympics, figure skater Sasha Cohen is chasing after a new badge of honor: successful startup entrepreneur. She and cofounder Scott Annan are raising $25,000 on Kickstarter for Snoxx, socks that snap together. They’re inspired by Cohen’s days on tour, when she lost tons of socks. After less… Read more »


Startup Jackpot: Not Your Typical Pitch Competition

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This past weekend, a room full of people became investors at Startup Jackpot, a startup event raising seed money for other startups. Fifteen local DC startups went head to head for a cold hard cash prize of $10,000 at Canvas, a quirky coworking space nestled in the heart of Dupont. Rather than the usual panel… Read more »


From Trials to Triumph: 5 Tech Cocktail Week Speakers Share Their Story

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The road to success is paved with failure.  This will not come as news to any entrepreneur.  For this reason, within the startup world, there’s a tendency to celebrate such missteps.  In actuality, it’s not the failure that should be celebrated, but instead the lesson learned. That’s why today, we’ve called upon five successful professionals… Read more »