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Jason Aramburu Is Priming Edyn For A Big Future


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 »

RideScout Expands to a Whopping 69 Cities across North America


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 »

Boost Employee Wellness with BARR Corporate Health

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Have you ever wondered how to get your employees feeling happier, more motivated, and engaged at work? Maybe it’s time to focus on their overall well-being. BARR Corporate Health provides corporate health strategies to improve employee wellness programs at companies across the country. With BARR Wellness, companies receive on-site coaching, customized wellness programs, and a… Read more »

6 Essential Writing Apps for Increased Motivation and Productivity

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Is there such thing as writer’s block? Some writers will deny the phenomenon and others will confirm it; the reality is that everyone has periods with increased productivity and days when they cannot write a single sentence. Everyone could use occasional inspiration, and there are tools that can bring your motivation levels to maximum. The… Read more »

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


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 »

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator Kicks Off Its Summer 2014 Class This Week

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This Monday, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) officially announced its 7th class. ERA is a New York-focused accelerator and has graduated 60 companies since 2011.  This summer’s class has an eclectic mix of consumer and B2B startups, with a lot of focus on some interesting yet underserved verticals, such as trucking, fashion, and hotel management. The… Read more »

Y Combinator Acquired by Andreessen Horowitz for $266 Billion? Only in a SHRTURL World

Y Combinator acquired by Andreessen Horowitz SHRTURL

You may have seen the recent news on TechCrunch that Andreessen Horowitz has bought Y Combinator for a mind-blowing $266 billion: “Venture Capital Firm Andreessen Horowitz Purchases Startup Accelerator Y Combinator for $266 Billion.” “To those of you who may be unsure about this step, just know that the people of Andreessen Horowitz are all… Read more »

Chicago’s Brad Flora Sells Perfect Audience for $23 Million

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On Monday, an acquisition was closed for the San Francisco-based Perfect Audience, which specializes in display and social ad retargeting across social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Under the terms of the agreement, Marin Software paid $22.8 million for the company, with about $5.4 million in cash and the rest in common stock. With this acquisition, Marin can… Read more »

Atlanta Tech Accelerator Flashpoint Raises Second Round of $1M fund


Flashpoint, an Atlanta venture aimed at launching the next generation of tech startups, has raised its second $1 million fund. As reported today in Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Georgia Tech based accelerator has helped seed startups who have collectively raised more than $65 million from firms including Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins and Andreessen Horowitz. With this new round of fund, Flashpoint plans to invests… Read more »

20 DC-Area Startups Selected to Present at TechBUZZ Summer 2014


The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) announced yesterday the 20 DC-area startups that will be presenting at this year’s TechBUZZ Summer 2014 event. Each company will be given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to an audience of investors, tech executives, and entrepreneurs. Launched in 2011, MAVA’s TechBUZZ event gives nascent to seed-stage companies an opportunity… Read more »

DC’s Social Entrepreneur Incubator Announces Inaugural Class of Fellows


Halcyon Incubator, a Washington, D.C. based incubator for social entrepreneurs, announced recently that it has chosen its inaugural class of fellows to take part in the program’s first class this upcoming September. The fellows were chosen for their innovative ventures that aim to provide solutions for a broad range of challenges, ranging from reducing carbon dioxide… Read more »

Miami’s Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…

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Last night, Tech Cocktail debuted its Mixer and Startup Showcase in Miami and it was a success! The event took place at The Stage, where Miami’s tech community had the opportunity to mingle as well as listen to some great startup pitches. As always, we held our Hottest Showcasing Startup series, including the pre-event Reader’s Choice online… Read more »

FashionTEQ Launches Smart Jewelry for Women On the Go


It is obvious that wearable tech is booming. According to a recent study, retail revenue from wearable technology is predicted to jump from about $1.4 billion in 2013 to as much as $19 billion in 2018. But some of the options in the market are not exactly fashionable. With this in mind, FashionTEQ, a wearable technology company based… Read more »