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Time is On Our Side With Automated Vehicles

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A man climbs into the cab of a tractor trailer, hauling himself into the massive driver’s seat and shutting the door behind him as if settling into a captain’s chair. The steering wheel is massive, evoking the wheel of a mighty sailing ship even at it protruds from a dashboard covered in electronic controls and… Read more »



DC Tech: Vote in the Tech Cocktail DC 2014 All-Star Awards!

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Hotty toddys, cash gifts, and Love Actually – these are the best parts of the holiday season #amirite? After receiving your nominations for the Tech Cocktail DC 2014 All-Star Awards, we’re really getting excited for our upcoming holiday party to announce the winners. Join us this December 16 at the Crystal Tech Fund for Tech Cocktail DC… Read more »



International Startups Compete at ICT Summit ScaleMeGlobal Contest

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Right now in Warsaw, Poland, the ICT Summit, organized by The Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, is being held to support and educate international startups with speaker tracks on startup ecosystems, pitching, global success, mobile apps, scaling, and more. As part of this major startup conference that supports the Central-Eastern Europe region, the final stage of the… Read more »


How to Completely Destroy Your Pitch with 5 Simple Phrases

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I see over 150 companies pitch for funding every year. That’s about 3 per week. When you see that many pitches, you learn a lot, such as those things that help make a pitch a huge success and those that completely destroy the presentation and the presenter in one fell swoop.  In life, there are certainly things… Read more »


Check Out This Rap Song on the Top 10 Reasons to Code [VIDEO]

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“Beyond all the lifestyle perks[,] Coders change the world[.] When they puttin’ in the work[,] Medical research to help cure cancer[,] An algorithm just might have the answer[.] By 2030 we’re hitting the red planet[,] And I guarantee you Coders’ll be the ones that’ll plan it[.]” So goes two lines from a recent rap song… Read more »


Did Cyber Monday 2014 Surpass 2 Billion Dollar Mark?

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As reported by Adobe based on aggregated and anonymous data from Monday: “Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today released its 2014 Digital Index Online Shopping data for Cyber Monday. Total online sales came in at $2.65 billion, up 16 percent compared to 2013. The top 25 retailers, who each generated $30 million or more on Cyber Monday, saw online… Read more »


AvantCredit Raises $225M Series D for Online Consumer Lending

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AvantCredit, the Chicago,IL-based financial tech startup in the online lending industry, announced the closing of a $225 million round of Series D financing. Contributors to this round include existing investors Tiger Global Management and August Capital, as well as new investments from Peter Thiel, DFJ Ventres, RRE Ventures, and KKR. Additionally, AvantCredit has received $300 million credit… Read more »


Uber, Fooda, Drizy, Others Team Up to Select One Great Chicago Company for the Ultimate Office Happy Hour

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Five Chicago startups are teaming up for Happy Hour Delivered, a promotion aimed at giving one Chicago business the ultimate happy hour experience. Drizly, Instacart, Fooda, Uber and Handy will be providing food, drink, transportation, and cleanup altogether worth up to $2,330 for one Chicago office. “It’s the giving season!” said Fooda COO Jason Stulberg. “We… Read more »



What Does it Mean for a Drone to be Athletic?

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Buffalo, New York was absolutely drilled by a massive snowstorm at the beginning of November; it held humans indoors, and stranded others, for days as the snow piled up foot over foot. There was however one sector of the population that could get outdoors, although they aren’t humans. Drones could get up and get out… Read more »


LockerDome Reaches Yet Another Major Milestone

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First they rebranded, and then LockerDome grew their user base from 20 million to 40 million users in only 6 months. That was this past June, and today LockerDome has hit another major milestone in their life: they completed a Series B equity financing round. In total, the Series B round brought in $10 million… Read more »


How Cheezburger Almost Wasted All Their Funding

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Instead of issuing some fluffy press release about how wonderful the new Cheezburger app is, CEO Ben Huh got personal about his journey in a Medium post called “Rewriting Cheezburger Saved My Life” – including guilt over an employee’s death, self-doubts, and almost quitting. “To me, this release is my redemption,” he writes. “Every new… Read more »