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Under New CEO, DC-Based AddThis Launches AddThis Pro

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Today, DC-based AddThis launched AddThis Pro to help publishers drive more traffic and engagement on their websites. AddThis is a content engagement platform that lets publishers add sharing and following widgets. You’ve probably come across them – they reach over 97 percent of the online population in the United States (in fact, you can see… Read more »


Former Baltimore Raven Launches a Startup in Vegas

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As an ex-NFL player, Gerome Sapp didn’t have trouble getting meetings to pitch his startup. But then he ran into another problem – what he calls “athlete syndrome.” Were people really interested in the idea, or did they just want to meet a former Colts and Ravens player? “People stereotype me as just an athlete,”… Read more »


DC’s SocialRadar Launches Its Mobile App for iOS

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This morning, SocialRadar released its long-anticipated mobile app for iOS. SocialRadar is a DC-based startup led by Michael Chasen, which raised a $12.75 million Series A round last June. Utilizing social networks with geo-location data (including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, and Google+), the SocialRadar app enables users to discover whether someone within their network is nearby and provides information… Read more »


Penned Provides a New Take on Cell Phone Novels

Penned

Brian Sanders, the founder of Penned, opened my eyes to a whole new form of writing when we talked recently: cell phone novels. The first of these appeared in Japan in 2003 and were usually released in several installments of 70- to 100-word chapters. The amazing part is that these novels were so popular and… Read more »



8th Stage Aims to Bring Back Artist Development in the Music Industry

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“Artist development is dead,” as Marcus D. Cobbs – co-founder and CEO Of 8th Stage – bluntly puts it. Cobbs explains that, as recently as Justin Bieber, artists went through the funnel of artist development, wherein a record offers to develop a specific artist’s skills and public image. The industry, however, has shifted away from that model… Read more »


TweetWall Pro: The Tool You Should Be Using at Your Next Event

TweetWallPro

Recently, I had the opportunity to make use of what I think is one of the most reliable and promising Twitter visualization products on the market. I know what you’re thinking… Who needs another product that piggy-backs on Twitter, with the purpose of showing tweets? Well, the truth is we don’t need another one, but… Read more »


Mark Doyle and Scruddle, A Portrait of Determination

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“Time has always been the biggest challenge, especially as a solo entrepreneur,” says Mark Doyle, founder and President of Scruddle. “I spent a lot of time trying to develop a business model, coding the entire website and underlying services, running my outside software contracting firm, and finding time for my family.” He soon realized that… Read more »


F This: 6 Reasons Why Recoup is Going to Disrupt Social Commerce

Recoup

Do you know what f-commerce is? It’s okay if you don’t – most people aren’t acquainted with it. You have (certainly) heard of e-commerce (um hello, Amazon?). Well, guess what? Get over it because f-commerce is the next big thing…if done correctly. Recoup – a DC-based startup that runs an e-commerce platform connecting businesses to consumers through… Read more »


Shindig Goes Well with Any Drink

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Harry Raymond always fancied himself a refined drinker of alcohol, but no matter how much wine he drank, he could never quite remember the details about it. What was the region it came from? What was the vintage? What were the tannins like? What exactly are tannins? So, like most of us, he typically settled… Read more »


Why Inbox Could Topple WhatsApp’s Dominance in Mobile Messaging

Inbox

Since its release in 2009, WhatsApp has dominated the OTT (over-the-top) mobile messaging industry both globally and within the United States. With the recent release delay of BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) for iOS and Android, the (once-)popular messaging service finally attempts a comeback in the US market – but is it too litte, too late for BBM to rediscover its footing in… Read more »


Tapshare Introduces Photo Broadcasting

TapShare

When Myke Armstrong brought Tapshare into the mobile photo sharing world, he knew there would be some big time competition bearing down on him. Albumatic, Instagram, and Path already have a dominant share in the market, but he would not be deterred. The primary function behind Tapshare is to connect people nearby automatically so they can share… Read more »



Make Your Event a Hole in One with myhub

MyHub

Eric Hubbell, CEO and founder of myhub, knew the path ahead of him would not be easy when transitioning from the golf industry into the world of tech startups. Nevertheless, he left his secure job with KBS Golf Shafts behind and made the big leap. About 5 years ago, Hubbell moved from Vermont to Colorado… Read more »