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BrightTag Rebrands as Signal, Launches New Open Data Platform

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It was announced on Tuesday that Chicago-based BrightTag has changed its name to Signal. This news arrives just a few weeks after the company’s acquisition of the digital marketing software company bearing the same name. BrightTag is a cross-channel marketing technologies company, and has launched a new Open Data Platform as part of the rebranding… Read more »



9 Ways to Support Diversity in DC Tech

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Last night, a few hundred people filled MLK Library for DCTech Meetup’s Women in Tech edition. After pitches from six women-led startups in the DC region, an all-female panel of local women in tech discussed the ways through which we can impact the membership ratio of the DC tech community. The Meetup was inspired by… Read more »


Kloset Karma App, Online Bazaar For Fashionistas On The Go

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The Miami-based Kloset Karma app is taking an existing habit of friends creating home “bazaars” , and amplifying it to an online community level. The app is basically a fashion exchange marketplace that enables users to exchange new or almost-new clothing pieces and accessories for brand new clothes without spending money. The startup’s mantra is “If you give, you… Read more »


6 #WorldCup Quotes For Entrepreneurs

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Soccer players and sportsmen in general are rarely known for their words of wisdom. Nonetheless, as we are hours away from the most-watched sports tournament in the world, 2014 FIFA World Cup, here are six pieces of sporting wisdom for you budding entrepreneurs to consider. On The Importance of learning “I am not a perfectionist, but I… Read more »


Constant Contact’s Small Business Innovation Program Announces First Class of Startups

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Yesterday, Constant Contact announced the first four startups in the inaugural class of its Small Business Innovation Program, a four-month-long accelerator program created to help entrepreneurs that are aiming to scale their solutions for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Constant Contact provides email marketing, social media marketing, event marketing, online survey tools to more than 600,000… Read more »


ISEBOX: The Super Charged Dropbox

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Most mornings I wake up to an inbox absolutely flooded with emails from PR agencies packed full of videos, photos, and pitches. When I was introduced to Joe Witte, VP of Business Development and Marketing at ISEBOX, I knew that I wasn’t the only person who thought it was an issue. ISEBOX, pronounced ‘ice box’, is… Read more »



#WorldCup Players You Should Definitely Follow

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup starts tomorrow and Twitter launched a campaign for #WorldCup to keep soccer fans engaged and connected. You can follow all the conversations about the matches, national teams and players. Players offer fans behind the scene insights of tournament and are especially active on Instagram. Here’s a list of the top players… 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 »


Handybook Raises $30M in Series B Led by Revolution Growth

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It was announced this morning that NYC-based Handybook has raised $30 million in a Series B round of funding. The round was led by Revolution Growth, a $450 fund co-founded by Steve Case, Ted Leonsis, and Donn Davis. Other participants in this recent round of fundraising include current investors Highland Capital Partners and General Catalyst… Read more »


Desk Drinkers Brings Craft Beers to Your Office

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We are nearly half way through this week and most employees are already counting the hours till Friday at 5 om comes around, or, 4.30 for you cheeky escapees. The destination for most startup employees is happy hour at their local watering hole. But what if happy hour could be brought to the office? That’s what Miami’s Desk… Read more »


Surviving the #WorldCup In Your Office

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup is here. For the next month, football (soccer for Americans) will be everywhere. So choose a team to support (I suggest Brazil), and get in the spirit. Here’s a guide to enjoying the World Cup on the go: 1. Set Up Your Calendar with Games: You’re not expected to watch… Read more »


PROsimity Is Tinder For Business Networking

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Let’s be honest, sometimes networking events can be unpleasant at its best. The small talk, the cheap drinks, the awkward moment when you can’t remember someone’s name and they are very offended… We network to make the right connections, it’s part of getting business done to find the right person to collaborate. Why does one… Read more »


Jason Aramburu Is Priming Edyn For A Big Future

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The New York Times recently reported about Edyn, a smart garden system that monitors and tracks environmental conditions. But it goes well beyond that as Edyn’s founder, Jason Aramburu, is trying to tackle the problems of drought and the global food shortage. The soil sensor and water valve devices are topped by solar panels, and… Read more »