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TrackMaven Closes $14M Series B Round of Financing

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This morning, Washington, D.C.-based TrackMaven, the analytics platform that provides deep intelligence for digital marketers to enable them to create competitive campaigns, announced the closing of a Series B round of financing. According to a blog post penned by founder and CEO Allen Gannett, the $14 million in new funding was led by New Enterprise Associates and… Read more »


Send Holiday Cheer Through a Video Greeting with Congrats

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It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to share what you’re thankful for, and spread love and cheer to loved ones near and far. This year, technology is giving us new ways to connect virtually, including new apps such as Congrats and social media platforms like Facebook’s Say Thanks or Instagram video. Congrats, a first-of-its-kind video… Read more »



Lavasoft CEO Lists 5 Montreal Startups to Watch

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When it comes to Canadian tech startups, Toronto gets all the attention. And that’s for a reason. After all, Toronto’s startups are solving some very real issues, churning out innovative startups like Sojourn Labs’ electric car-bike vehicle and Spinesonics Medical’s ultrasound device for spinal surgeons. Last December, the Ontario government teamed up with Cisco Canada… Read more »


Happinin is Using Real-Time Videos to Provide Unbiased Venue Reviews

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What’s happening? That’s the essential premise behind the new application Happinin. Currently available Baltimore, MD and Annapolis, MD, the app allows users to discover what’s going on in local venues, helping them to narrow down which bars to go to or which events to attend. Using real-time visual content via user-generated and -uploaded videos, Happinin… Read more »


Tsu is the Only Social Platform Where You Actually Own and Monetize Your Content

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Despite all the previous media attention that highlights the issues surrounding intellectual property rights on such platforms like Facebook and Twitter, I’m sure that a vast majority of users on either network cannot say with 100 percent certainty whether they actually hold full ownership of the content they create, and subsequently post, on these social networks. You… Read more »


DC’s SocialRadar Acquires Gridskippr to Provide High-Accuracy Location Tech to App Developers

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SocialRadar, the Washington, D.C.-based startup that utilizes geo-location data from social networks to provide real-time information on people nearby, announced this morning that it has acquired the Baltimore, MD-based startup Gridskippr, which has experienced its own success through its advanced location manager and mobile advertising technology for smartphone apps. As a result of this acquisition, SocialRadar can further… Read more »


The Biggest Security Concerns with Social Media You Need to Know About

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Even the most effective and useful tools can present dangers for your company. Take social media, for example. Businesses can now connect with and reach out to their customers in a manner never before imagined a couple decades ago. This open line of communication can lead to nearly endless possibilities for product creation and improving… Read more »


What the Heck is MeowChat and How Did It Just Raise $8M?

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Minus, Inc., the New York-based company responsible for creating the MeowChat app, has announced that it has raised $8 million from investors including Eniac Ventures, Social Starts, IDG-Accel, and SIG. That’s a pretty sizable amount of funding considering that MeowChat hasn’t been covered much in the press; however, it’s apparently doing extremely well, so we managed… Read more »


Gremln Raises $500K for Social Media Compliance

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This week Cultivation Capital, a leading St. Louis based early-stage VC firm, announced that they have funded Gremln to the tune of $500,000. Gremln has built a comprehensive set of tools designed to give companies peace of mind by ensuring that their social media communications are compliant to SEC, FINRA, FFIEC, FDA, and HIPAA regulations…. Read more »


Contactually Raises Additional $2M in Seed Round for Its CRM Platform

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Contactually, the Washington, D.C.-based startup whose relationship management tool allows you to maintain professional relationships by recommending when to follow up with contacts, announced this morning that it has raised $2 million in additional seed funding. This funding brings the total funding for its seed round to $3.5 million. This additional financing comes from existing… Read more »


The Age of the Social Media Copycat

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There has been a trend of late among the leading social media platforms that I find to be concerning: Copycatting. Twitter, perhaps the worst offender, has recently redesigned its user profile pages in a way that is unmistakably Facebook-esque. There are also rumors it may do away with the @-mention, and that a new timeline-like… Read more »