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3 DC Startups Team Up to Create a Platform for Virtual Weddings


Do you love technology and having a digital presence, but don’t want to fork over $3,000 for a social media wedding concierge? You’re in luck; starting today, a new online platform will allow currently-engaged couples to host their weddings completely online. That’s right: online, virtual weddings. “From increasing our mobile presence to launching SocialWeddingSpeek, we always… Read more »

Is RideScout Necessary for Developing Smart Cities?


RideScout has had a really good week. The DC-based startup, which aims to make ground transportation smarter and easier for people, offers a free mobile application that aggregates real-time data on all the available public, private, and social modes of ground transportation for users, giving them access to the cheapest or shortest travel options. In the… Read more »

DC’s SocialRadar Launches Its Mobile App for iOS


This morning, SocialRadar released its long-anticipated mobile app for iOS. SocialRadar is a DC-based startup led by Michael Chasen, which raised a $12.75 million Series A round last June. Utilizing social networks with geo-location data (including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, and Google+), the SocialRadar app enables users to discover whether someone within their network is nearby and provides information… Read more »

Flomio Offers Companies Flexible NFC Solutions to Indoor Tracking


Near Field Communication is a wireless technology that establishes radio communiation between smartphones and any similar devices equipped with the capability simply by touch (or, generally, bringing them into close proximity – no more than a few centimeters). If you have an Android phone, then you’ve probably already played around with what NFC is capable of; most… Read more »

No More Scalping! Get Your Tickets With Get the HookUp


Levi and Matt Benson found that when they tried to purchase or trade tickets at an event, they were often spending more time looking around for a good deal than actually enjoying the show. This isn’t a problem specifically surrounding them; we’ve all experienced this. To solve the issue, Levi and Matt started Get the… Read more »

Mitch Turck, Founder of Vendalize or Disguised Comedian?


After founding, Mitch Turck moved on to found Vendalize as a local search built specifically for your phone. It uses a “tags-as-keywords” model to provide the framework for a clean data, revenue, and engagement model. By keeping the data short and sweet, Vendalize seeks to give users the combination of both a faster and… Read more »

Touritz is Making Walking Tours Sexy and Cool


Imagine walking through the streets of Manhattan, being guided by the voice of Keith Richards, and all the while being shown pictures he’s taken of his favorite haunts or hearing his stories about key moments in The Rolling Stones’ history.  This cannot happen right now (unless you are a friend of Mr. Richards), but it may be possible in the… Read more »

Pressbox Offers Dry Cleaning Like Never Before


When examining an industry, Vijen Patel and Drew McKenna look for three key signals that indicate it is ripe for innovation: lack of technology, the absence of a brand, and fragmentation. To them, dry cleaning hits on all three signals. The question they pose is simple: Who among us dry cleans? The answer: Everyone. But they follow with… Read more »

Yopine, Real-time Social Polling App To Launch Version 2.0


Yopine is the simple, quick and social way to curate decisions and opinions based on real-time and hyperlocal polls and brainstorms. Soon, they will be launching their latest version 2.0 app with segmented contacts, Facebook and Twitter integration and more. Where should we go for lunch? What should I get mom for her birthday? There… Read more »

3 Problems With Self-Storage That Clutter Aims to Solve


Self-storage is the worst. I think this is because it creates the illusion of convenience: extra space to store my crap? 24-hour accessibility? It’s only located one mile away? Um, duh, of course I’ll get one; I have all of this extra crap that I can’t keep in my apartment, but I don’t want to… Read more »

SoundBetter Takes Advantage of the Freelancing Trend in the Music Industry


Nowadays, it seems like every other person you meet does work on a freelance basis. Whether it’s design, writing, or some odd job concerning pineapples, the freelance market seems to be more robust than ever. SoundBetter is tapping into an under-recognized portion of this freelance economy, and providing a freelancer marketplace for music production talent. SoundBetter offers a… Read more »

Timbre: An App for Localized Live Music Discovery


Going to live concerts is a treasured pastime, pursued by One Direction-teens and Billy Joel-Gen X-ers alike; indeed, going to live music events is the raison d’être for some. But there’s a lot of music out there, and it’s easy to get into this habit of only attending shows for bands or musicians with which we’re familiar. Where’s… Read more »

Project Fixup: Digital Matchmaking, Real-World Chemistry


When it comes to relationships, I have to be honest with you guys: I’m despairingly alone (and I’ll probably forever be). My dating life has been a complete disappointment, with several hours wasted on sites like OkCupid and [Star] TrekPassions looking for my ideal boyfriend. For Sarah Press, founder and CEO of Project Fixup, that online time could be… Read more »

Tim Hines of Business Traveler Social: Find a Technical Cofounder!


I’m an “idea man.” I’m really good at brainstorming remarkable, new thoughts into this world (a TV show about narwhal fairy princesses!). The problem, however, lies in the fact that I’m utterly inept when it comes to actually making these ideas a reality. Paul Allen, the cofounder of Microsoft, actually wrote a memoir bearing the same… Read more »