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Waleteros: Mobile Banking Without a Bank

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Miami-based startup Waleteros has one mission: to provide banking services to those who don’t have access to financial services. In the United States, that number is about 106 million people: nearly one-third of the U.S population is underbanked or unbanked according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). That means they don’t have bank accounts or regularly make… Read more »



NYC’s Bindo Raises $1.8M Seed Round Led by Gary Vaynerchuck

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Bindo, a NYC-based retail startup that offers a Cloud-based checkout system and tools to simply the way merchants manage inventory and customer relationships, announced yesterday that it has raised $1.8 million in seed funding. The round was co-led by Gary Vaynerchuck, Metamorphic Ventures, and East Ventures. According to The Wall Street Journal, Bindo plans to… Read more »


RideScout Expands to a Whopping 69 Cities across North America

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We’ve had our eye on DC-based RideScout for a while now. Back in November, the company launched its app for iOS and Android, aggregating all your ground transportation options in real time. Just last month, they expanded the service to Chicago – the company’s fifth city since the launch. And, this morning, the company has announced its “Summer of 69,” officially launching… Read more »


Medyear’s Documentary on HIV/AIDS in Africa Highlights Software’s Ability to Affect Social Change

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On Monday, NYC-based startup Medyear released a short documentary on the social stigmatization of HIV/AIDS in South Africa, and how mere access to privacy tools can significantly improve the treatment of those dealing with the virus. Aside from highlighting the social impact that startups can continue to make on a global scale, the documentary is also revealing… Read more »




WattB Wins Top Prize at Dept of Energy’s Apps for Energy Contest

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On Wednesday, Alexandria, VA-based energy startup, WattB, took home first prize at the Dept. of Energy’s Apps for Energy contest, a competition aimed at discovering the most innovative apps to help individuals, organizations, and communities make informed decisions about their energy use. The company placed first-place overall for their entry of WattBuddy, an app that gives people the… Read more »





DC-Based Ground Transportation Aggregator RideScout Expands to Chicago, Plans for NYC

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DC-based RideScout announced today that the company will be expanidng its service to the Chicago metro area. This is the fifth major city since RideScout was launched in November of last year, with the San Francisco and Boston regions having been its most recent expansions. RideScout provides a free mobile app that aggregates real-time data on all… Read more »



Innovation is in Demand and Uncle Sam Needs You!

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A groundswell of emerging opportunities exists for innovative technologists and companies interested in doing business with the federal government. At the 2013* (really 2014) GEOINT Symposium held April 14 – 17 in Tampa, FL, several speakers threw out names like “GEOINT Solutions Marketplace,” “DIA Open Innovation Gateway,” “NeedipeDIA” and App Malls.  So, what’s this all about? Most of us… Read more »