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Boston Cybersecurity Company BioCatch Raises $10M Series A

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It was announced this morning that the Boston-based cybersecurity company BioCatch has raised $10 million in a Series A round of financing. The round was led by Blumberg Capital and OurCrowd, with existing investors participating in the raise. BioCatch provides behavioral authentication and threat detection solutions throughout North America, Europe, and Latin America. The company’s solutions… Read more »


Bon Voyage! It’s Easier Than Ever to Travel

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Travel used to be only for the old and wealthy. Vacations would be for families who wanted to go to Disney World or fanny packing through the battered roads of popular European cities. The rise of technology startups has opened up travel to a whole new generation. It is now possible for almost anyone, anywhere,… Read more »


Solar Roadways Is Exactly What It Sounds Like, And It’s Awesome

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Solar freakin’ roadways, man: that’s what people are already saying about Scott and Julie Brusaw’s company, Solar Roadways. You see, they’re the perfect amount of entrepreneur mixed with big dreamer, and they’ve invented a way to power homes, offices, and schools by turning our roads into energy harvesting highways. Scott, an electrical engineer (MSEE) with… Read more »


DC-Based Personal Launches Fill It for Quick and Safe Auto-Filling on Online Forms

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Last week, Personal - a DC-based startup which provides a secured digital data vault for consumers’ information, passwords, and files – launched the world’s largest form library at Fill It, giving people a tool to securely and automatically fill almost any form in the world. Literally millions of forms are filled every day by people from all over… Read more »


Grand Central Tech Accelerator Begins First Session with Inaugural Class

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Last week, NYC’s Grand Central Tech - an accelerator offering startups with free rent for zero equity – announced its inaugural class of companies. For an entire year, the 16 selected startups will work out of the 15,000-square-foot Midtown space formerly occupied by Facebook, and will gain mentoring from successful entrepreneurs and industry leaders, as well as… Read more »


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 »



The Craziness of Online Dating

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Online dating has never been more popular. In fact, according to a study done in 2013 by Pew Research Center, 10% of Americans aged 18-24 have used online dating sites or apps. It would not be surprising if that number were significantly higher today. The overwhelming number of apps being released on a daily basis… Read more »



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 »