Venture Capital

This Real-Life Startup Story Sounds Like Last Night’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Plot

By | Apr 13, 2015 at 3:30 pm

While the premiere of the newest season of Game of Thrones was on the radar for most of the human population this past weekend, a sizable slice of that population was also on the lookout for another HBO series that returned on Sunday. Last…

Tips & How To’s

4 Smart Tips for Working with Online Influencers

By | Apr 13, 2015 at 2:32 pm

Influencer marking is the hottest marketing trend in 2015. According to a recent study by the Journal of Consumer Research, modern consumers often form opinions or make positive judgments about products and services based on the opinions of those they follow on social media….


Cheryl Shuman, The Queen of Cannabis

By | Apr 13, 2015 at 11:00 am

The first time a doctor suggested Cheryl Shuman to smoke a joint in order to overcome depression, this businesswoman thought she was being made fun of. However, almost 20 years later, she manages a millionaire fund that deals with cannabis and is the founder…

Women's issues


4 Double Standards VCs Have for Women

By | Apr 13, 2015 at 10:00 am

When sisters Donna and Rosy Khalife were raising funding for Surprise Ride, a monthly subscription box for kids’ activities, mentors told them to bring on a male cofounder so it would be easier to raise funding. But they resisted this “easy” solution – they wanted…

Programs & Resources


High Schooler Creates Tech Competition to Mentor Middle School Girls

By | Apr 13, 2015 at 9:00 am

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…

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5 Tech Solutions to Boost Your Marketing Efforts

By | Apr 12, 2015 at 8:00 am

Technology is a tool that can help amplify your company’s marketing efforts. During your early startup phase, it’s probably best to keep it simple and stick to the basics. But once you’ve hit your stride, you should start looking for ways to use technology…


Workboard Releases Updates to Help Track Company Goals

By | Apr 11, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Your team can’t achieve a goal it doesn’t know about. Far too few employees fully understand the goals of their organization and what they need to do to achieve those goals. Workboard has announced a major release to its suite of apps to help teams set…


Useful Ways for Startup Founders to Get Out of Ruts

By | Apr 10, 2015 at 7:00 pm

The risks, the rejections, and the uncertainty. These are a few of the harsh realities startup founders are likely to face when they decide to take that leap to start a business. We’ve heard it one too many times, and it can be a challenging…


One Man Shares Startup Advice to Himself 5 Years Ago

By | Apr 10, 2015 at 5:00 pm

For those who have been in the startup game for a few years, what would you give to be able to go back and share some startup advice with yourself before you got into startups? What have you learned working in the startup world…


Why Every Marketer Should Consider a Video Marketing Campaign

By | Apr 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Video marketing is currently in the best position it has been in since the conception of television ads in the 1940s. Marketers can now create a campaign, share it on a wide-scale, and track it down to every last detail, all from the comfort of…

Reports & Rankings

Rich Teens More Active on Instagram and Snapchat Than Facebook

By | Apr 10, 2015 at 3:00 pm

While some research published last summer showed that Facebook is still very much a part of the average American teenager’s life, it failed to show the dichotomy between those teens who actively use Facebook versus those who merely use it out of necessity. According…


The Legal Lowdown on Fake or Paid Reviews

By | Apr 10, 2015 at 9:00 am

Doing business in today’s marketplace means promoting your products and services online. An upside: the Internet affords many marketing opportunities. A downside: anyone with an Internet connection can write a bad – and fake – review about your company, product or service. Which raises…


Ben Parr on How to NOT Get his Attention

By | Apr 9, 2015 at 8:00 pm

On Wednesday night, Ben Parr, former editor-at-large for Mashable, joined us in DC for a fireside chat with Frank Gruber and to promote his new book, Captivology: The Science of Capturing Peoples’ Attention. In researching his book, which is all about how to captivate your audience,…


Joel Trammell: Management Is Not the Same as Leadership

By | Apr 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm

On Wednesday night we hosted an event for the DC crowd. Joel Trammell, CEO of Khorus and author of The CEO Tightrope, was one of two influential thought leaders who took the stage and answered questions from Frank Gruber and members of the audience. Trammell spoke…

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