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Watch DC-Based Zoobean on Shark Tank This Friday

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DC-based startup Zoobean, which offers a web recommendation service that helps parents discover apps and books for their children, recently announced that its founders, Jordan Lloyd Bookey and Felix Brandon Lloyd, will be featured on tomorrow’s episode of Shark Tank. The episode airs at 9 pm EDT on ABC. “We were thrilled to present Zoobean to the Sharks,” said Lloyd, Zoobean’s… Read more »


DC Startup Urgent.ly Receives CIT GAP Funds Investment, Closes Seed Round

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This morning, the Center for Innovative Technology announced that it closed an investment in DC-based startup Urgent.ly through its CIT Gap Funds. The funding constitutes part of the company’s seed round, according to Chris Spanos, the cofounder and CEO of the on-demand roadside assistance startup. “Each year, we are seeing more entrepreneurs like the experienced team at Urgent.ly… Read more »


Charitweet Wants to Make Donating Less Annoying

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Making a donation to your favorite charity to support a cause you’re passionate about should be a seamless process, right? For some reason, sometimes it’s not. The process can be tedious, and not as spontaneous as people’s willingness to give. Charitweet is an online platform that uses the short and easy concept of Twitter to make donations… Read more »


Xeelion: Crowdfunding for College Entrepreneurs

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According to a 2013 report by the World Bank, the crowdfunding investment market is predicted to hit $93 billion by the year 2025. For 2014, it’s predicted that the industry could reach $10 billion. With this continual increase of crowdfunded investments, several platforms have emerged to fill the demand. Aside from popular platforms like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Crowdtilt,… Read more »


Kansas City’s Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…

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Last night we were back in Kansas City for a Mixer & Startup Showcase, and we had a blast! It included the Best Pitch award determined by our live SMS poll and the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll. Here are the winners: Kansas City’s Hottest Showcasing Startup – Best Pitch CouponCloud, Inc - They disrupt the $14 billion… Read more »


Quarterly Closes in on 50 Curators as Site Gets Cooler by the Second (or Quarter!)

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Imagine getting home from a long day at work, after a traffic-jam-infused commute, to find a neatly selected care package from the ever-so-”Happy” Pharrell Williams, or the “bizarre” Andrew Zimmern, or human daredevil Tim Ferriss. I mean, how cool would that be!?! Well, if you haven’t heard by now, that’s exactly the type of experience… Read more »



How Machine Learning Can Improve Customer Interaction

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The one thing most businesses strive for is to make sure their customers are happy. In the past, the approach to this was fairly simple, engaging the customer through cheerful face-to-face interaction and seeing to all their needs personally. But as technology advances, more and more business dealings are taking place online, away from the… Read more »



4 of the Coolest New Security Startups

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From your Internet history to public records, it’s hard to know what it is you need to be concerned about on the World Wide Web. The answer is: All of it. You can never be too safe when it comes to your online presence. While we’re (almost) always paying attention to the latest news in… Read more »


Spincard, The 6 Digit Pin To Your LinkedIn

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Sometimes, you can’t put a face to a name after a business meeting? Don’t worry, the majority of us – 98 percent to be exact – can’t remember a person’s name, but can easily point them out in a crowd. With that in mind, co-founder Anthony Montalbano and his team developed Spincard, a mobile app that… Read more »


5 Top Scheduling Apps for Busy Startup Founders

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After understanding the key scheduling tips for managers, we’re ready to dive into the tools. When choosing the right tool, remember to watch out for things like: Scheduling features and capabilities that make schedules accessible to both staff and managers. Reporting and analytics to help spot weaknesses in staffing and scheduling. Learning curve and ease… Read more »


5 Rumors Surrounding the Upcoming Google Nexus 6

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The Google Nexus phone has long been a top choice of Android users who want a smartphone with the complete package: awesome specification, stylish looks, stunning camera, a powerful battery and extra-smart features. The upcoming Nexus 6 phone from  Google is expected to provide more than its predecessors did and could even surpass the likes… Read more »


RoundPegg and Pathfinder Solutions to Offer Low-Cost Culture Development Tools for Nonprofits

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On Wednesday, RoundPegg, a Boulder, CO-based company that offers tools focused on highlighting a company’s culture, announced that it has formed a partnership with Pathfinder Solutions to offer those same services to nonprofit organizations at discounted rates. “We believe our communities are greatly enriched by the work of cause-focused organizations, and that it is important for RoundPegg to… Read more »


Spincard and Charitweet Win Tech Cocktail Week’s Hottest Showcasing Startups

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Last night we held our Hottest Showcasing Startup series at Work In Progress, and it was a complete success. It included the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll and the Best Pitch award determined by our Live SMS poll. And the winners were…drum roll…. Tech Cocktail Week Hottest Showcasing Startup-Reader’s Choice Spincard- An app that allows… Read more »