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Advlo: Adventure Travel Startup Launches Self-Starter


Jon Maser was in southern Vietnam last year when he was looking for an inexpensive place to windsurf. Despite the country’s low cost of living and other affordable attractions, the tour operators were charging high prices and Maser chose to look for other options. “I decided that I was going to go out and find… Read more »

Justin Fishkin of Local Motors: We’re Approaching the Third Industrial Revolution [VIDEO]


Back in March, we held a Tech Cocktail Sessions DC event at the temporary GE Garage in downtown Washington, DC. At the event, we got the chance to talk with Justin Fishkin, the Chief Strategy Officer of Local Motors, and Stephen J. Liguori, General Electric’s Executive Director for Global Innovation & New Models. The video below features Fishkin’s portion… Read more »

29 Tips for Entrepreneurs & Women in Tech


Between the hundreds of Meetup groups and email invitations for the next panel on fundraising, the tech scene in any city can be hard to navigate. In DC alone, there are more than two dozen organizations that are angled as resources for women in tech or aim to teach people how to code. Together, they… Read more »

Angel Capital Association Takes Action to Avoid Threat to Startup Funding


The Angel Capital Association (ACA) on Tuesday May 20, 2014, launched a campaign to protect startup businesses from a devastating loss of angel capital if the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) increases the financial qualifications for accredited investors. ACA created the “Protect Angel Funding” initiative as a call to action to the startup ecosystem—from angel investors… Read more »

Techstars Chicago Announces 10 Startups in Its Summer 2014 Class


Techstars Chicago announced this morning in a blog post that it has selected ten startups to participate in the accelerator program’s summer 2014 class. Formerly Excelerate Labs, this will be the accelerator’s second season as Techstars Chicago, having launched their inaugural class last summer. Ten companies were selected in this year’s summer cohort: six from Chicago, two from… Read more »

Giphy Raises $2.4 Million Series A for Its GIF Search Engine


Last week, NYC-based Giphy raised a $2.4 million Series A round of funding, as reported by Strictly VC. According to a post published on the company’s blog, the round was led by Betaworks, with participation from Lerer Ventures, RRE Ventures, and CAA Ventures. “It’s been a little over a year since we launched Giphy, and since then we’ve been… Read more »

Patrick Dempsey from Grey’s Anatomy Invests in a Health Startup 

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Today, days after the season finale, Grey’s Anatomy actor Patrick Dempsey announced his first-ever angel investment, for a health startup called CrowdMed. CrowdMed helps patients with undiagnosed diseases get quicker and cheaper diagnoses.  “After meeting with several Silicon Valley healthcare startups, I was immediately drawn to CrowdMed’s mission of helping those who have run out of… Read more »

HelloWallet Founder to Keynote Tonight’s American Technology Awards Showcase at DC’s 1776


Tonight in Washington, D.C., TechAmerica will hold the inaugural American Technology Awards (ATAs) Showcase at incubator and co-working space, 1776, where the 40 finalists will demo some of their new products. It was announced a few days ago that HelloWallet CEO Matt Fellowes will keynote tonight’s event. Fellowes founded HelloWallet in 2009 as a way to improve the consumer financial… Read more »

Baltimore’s Curiosityville Acquired by Education Giant Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Baltimore-based Curiosityville, an education tech video game startup, was reportedly purchased by global education powerhouse, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), according to the Baltimore Business Journal. The acquisition was announced this morning for an undisclosed price. Curiosityville provides children between the ages of three and eight with an online, personalized learning environment, utilizing animated video games to teach basic… Read more »