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DC Startup Speek Raises $5.1 Million in Series A Funding

Speek funding

Today, DC-based Speek announced $5.1 million in Series A funding to help the company develop its online conference calling product, as well as boost its marketing and sales efforts. The round included $2.7 million in previously raised convertible notes and additional investments from Middleland Capital, CNF Investments, 500 Startups, Michael Chasen (cofounder of Blackboard and founder of… Read more »

Acceleprise Welcomes Its Fifth Class of Enterprise Startups


Acceleprise, a DC-based enterprise startup accelerator, is starting a new session this week with a new class of enterprise startups. Founded in 2012, the accelerator provides mentoring and $30,000 in capital to startups working on software solutions for enterprises. Acceleprise hopes to invest $1.8 million in 60 startups by the end of 2015. Here’s Acceleprise’s fifth… Read more »

DC’s NextGen Angels Announces Its Managing Director


NextGen Angels has announced that Brett Gibson will take the helm as its managing director. The DC-based angel group that focuses on early-stage investments began looking for someone to fill this role at the end of 2013. With this most recent addition, we’re sure to see a lot more activity from NextGen Angels throughout the rest of… Read more »

Video Content in a Mobile World: Diet-Sized and Distributed

Mobile Apps

While the tech industry was buzzing over Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, the social network’s original blockbuster deal, Instagram, was quietly making some interesting news of its own. Action-sport channel Network A, a property of next-generation media start-up Bedrocket, announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind video series called #goodstuff. The lifestyle series, which focuses… Read more »

5 Mistakes Every Startup Should Avoid While Investing in Online Marketing


Online marketing is one of the most profitable channels to invest in during 2014 and beyond. Startup founders can be lured into spending huge amounts on ads and other website promotion strategies. The reason is obvious: many people can be reached for a few hundred dollars, which is nearly impossible in other forms of traditional advertisement strategies. However, the urge to… Read more »

Bring Your Own Device and the Power of Work Environment


There are a lot of factors that can influence an employee’s satisfaction. They range from everything to how they are treated at work to how they fit the culture of the company. This year Forbes released its own list of how to increase employee satisfaction and included things such as leadership, communication and collaboration. The… Read more »

How to Build a Startup with Fabulous Customer Support


Before we launched our startup, my brother Gary and I were musicians who also bussed tables, waited on customers, and tended bar. You might say we paid our dues. Today, he and I are CEO and Chief of Culture of Mad Mimi, a company with about forty employees and 175,000 customers. In the early days,… Read more »

Simply Grid is Reducing Energy Costs and Cutting Pollution with On-Demand Electricity


In recent years, the United States has seen a rapid increase in the food truck and cart industry. And, while certainly an opportunity for entrepreneurial Saveur devotees (and the people whose appetites they fill), this explosion of growth necessitates an increased demand on energy and its consequent effects on the environment. I mean, it certainly can’t be… Read more »

’Tis (Always) the Season for Giving: 5 Rules for Introducing Gift Cards to Your Startup


Gift cards are easy, convenient, and beneficial — both for companies and customers. They ease the stress for customers seeking the “perfect gift,” while simultaneously bringing new people to your business and giving your brand exposure. If your startups offers the types of products or services that could be packaged into a gift card, here… Read more »

Google’s Project Tango Phone Renders Real-Time Space-Motion; Is it Inspired by Batman?


Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” is considered a cult superhero action movie, and–in my opinion–remains the most vivid and mesmerizing cinematic experience of recent years. So what drew me to this nostalgia about Bruce Wayne’s adventures, and what does superhero fiction have to do with the context here? Lucius Fox conceals his phone to map Lau’s location… Read more »

What Entrepreneurs Should Prioritize When Building a Mobile Strategy


As small business owners reach out to acquire new customers, it’ll be increasingly important to optimize users’ experience on mobile. Consider the following truisms on the web: Conversion is impossible without traffic. And conversion is extremely difficult when you have a poorly designed site. In the U.S., 80 percent of c-level executives believe that multi-screen… Read more »