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Baltimore’s OrderUp Raises $7M Series A Led by Revolution Ventures

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This morning, the Baltimore, Maryland-based online food ordering and delivery startup OrderUp announced that it has raised a $7 million round of series A funding led by Steve Case’s Revolution Ventures, with participation from LivingSocial cofounder Tim O’Shaughnessy. With this new round of financing, the five-year-old company has raised a total of $8.25 million. Formerly known as LocalUp, OrderUp’s… Read more »


Top Tech Companies Are Now Using Ruby on Rails

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Tech professionals have hailed the Ruby on Rails framework as the future of web application design. There are no limits to who can use it; it is flexible (while remaining a powerful platform) and simple to use (while not compromising on key functions). Some think it is mostly suitable for small to medium enterprises, but… Read more »




DC’s Social Tables Closes $8 Million Series A Round

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The DC-based Social Tables, which helps hotels and organizations better plan and manage their meetings and events through a robust, Cloud-based diagramming and attendee management platform, just announced that it has a closed a whopping $8 million Series A round of funding. The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP). The company made the… Read more »


Rhapsody Acquires Music Discovery Startups SoundTracking and Ex.fm

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Rhapsody, the Seattle-based online subscription music service, announced today that it has acquired the NYC-based music discovery startup Ex.fm, as well as the Bay Area-based Schematic Labs, which created the music moment sharing platform SoundTracking. No amount was disclosed for either acquisition. Building the world’s best music service requires the world’s best team. Welcome to Rhapsody, @exfm & @SoundTracking. Let’s… Read more »




Spinnakr Cofounder’s New Project Can Improve Your Twitter Click-Through Rate by Nearly 20x

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I don’t think I have to raise the argument that social media has become one of the most prominent and indeed even identifying features of this generation. At a time when most conversations take place in the digital space, social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have become invaluable tools for coordinating discussions, sharing updates,… Read more »


Silk.co has Started an Interactive Database to Track the Number of Women Engineers in Tech

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Silk, a platform that allows anyone to transform their content in an easily readable and more engaging format, has recently started compiling data on the women engineers in tech. With recent attempts by large tech companies like Google and Facebook to increase transparency about the number of women among their ranks, the project is an attempt to… Read more »


Now You Can Sound Drunk When You’re Actually Sober

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When I first heard about Drunk Post translator, a hack created by Zantherus Community that translates otherwise sober-sounding text into drunk-sounding text, I really didn’t get the point. We want technology to help us NOT text when we are drunk, not the other way around. But I gave it a try anyway, by translating a quote by Steve… Read more »


Lingua.ly Launches iPhone App for Natural Language Learning

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Lingua.ly, the digital language learning platform that utilizes content that users engage with on the web to create personalized learning experiences, is now available on iOS. Earlier this year, the company released its Android app, followed by the launch of its web app. “The availability of Lingua.ly on iOS confirms our commitment to provide an… Read more »


Restaurants and Grocers Now Have Easier Access to Locally-Grown Food

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Everyone (or, at least, most people) wants local food – there’s no denying that. From our local grocery stores and Trader Joe’s, to farmers markets and even our very own gardens, we consumers have grown to associate “local” with freshness, health, sustainability, and community support. Direct Local Food, a Boise-based startup, is helping to increase access… Read more »



ParkWhiz Raises $10M Series B for Prepaid Parking Service

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ParkWhiz announced this morning that it has closed a $10 million Series B round of funding for its prepaid parking service. The round was led by Jump Capital. Other participants include current investors Hyde Park Venture Partners, Alexis Ohanian, Amreesh Modi, Henry Feinberg, and Hyde Park Angels. Founded in 2006, ParkWhiz offers consumers a way… Read more »