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Online Marketing Technology Leader BrightTag Acquires Signal

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Crain’s Chicago Business has reported that the online marketing technology company, BrightTag, has acquired Signal, a digital marketing software company. The terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed, but the Crain’s report stated that “Signal, a four-person [sic] company, will be absorbed into BrightTag, which has about 100 employees.” Since its founding in 2009, the… Read more »


Giphy Raises $2.4 Million Series A for Its GIF Search Engine

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Last week, NYC-based Giphy raised a $2.4 million Series A round of funding, as reported by Strictly VC. According to a post published on the company’s blog, the round was led by Betaworks, with participation from Lerer Ventures, RRE Ventures, and CAA Ventures. “It’s been a little over a year since we launched Giphy, and since then we’ve been… Read more »


Re/code’s Kara Swisher Says Your Every Move Will Be Screened

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Kara Swisher, the co-executive editor of Re/code, was in Downtown Las Vegas to share her insights on the technology industry during Tech Cocktail Week. When asked to provide predictions of future trends in the technology industry, Swisher quickly alluded to wearables, even though she finds some of them to be “irritating.” Nonetheless, she recognized that the… Read more »


DC-based newBrandAnalytics Raises $5M Round of Funding

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NewBrandAnalytics, a DC-based startup that provides social business intelligence solutions to help service-focused companies (hospitality, restaurant, and retail industries) improve customer relations, has reportedly raised $5 million in a new round of venture funding. News of the funding comes from a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on April 29. Not much is known about… Read more »


DC-Based Pinbooster Relaunching as Loop88

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DC-based Pinbooster, the leading marketing platform for Pinterest, has announced today that it will be relaunching as loop88. Loop88’s launch is accompanied by $500,000 in seed funding led by New Dominion Angels and the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT). Founded a mere two years ago, Pinbooster/loop88 helps companies like Whole Foods, Home Depot, Ghirardelli, Verizon,… Read more »


Miami’s LiveNinja Partners with IMRSV to Bring Emotion Recognition Technology to Online Shopping

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Just last month, Miami-based LiveNinja launched Katana, their real-time video chat platform aimed at developing better understanding and closer relationships between businesses and their customers. This morning, the company announced that it has partnered with NYC’s IMRSV to add emotion recognition technology to Katana, providing an additional layer of face-to-face interactivity previously unavailable to companies. “This is the… Read more »


Watch the Exclusive Trailer for FedScoop’s Short Documentary ‘Tenacity: Women Redefining Leadership’ [VIDEO]

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Last month, the DC-based startup, FedScoop, released its list of Top 50 Women in Tech, which includes the likes of private sector executives like Susie Adams, Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer for the federal government business, and public sector reps such Teri Takai, the Chief Information Officer at the Department of Defense. In celebration of these… Read more »


Come for the Fashion, Stay for the Fun: STYLECABLE to Launch in DC with a Pop-Up Party

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Need some new clothes for the spring season? Tired of the hackneyed designs you’re finding in DC clothing retailers and department stores? Want to try on original pieces while getting treated to an open bar? Then come out to STYLECABLE’s pop-up shop and launch party this Wednesday night (tomorrow!). The DC-based startup is celebrating the launch of… Read more »



Xeelion: Crowdfunding for College Entrepreneurs

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According to a 2013 report by the World Bank, the crowdfunding investment market is predicted to hit $93 billion by the year 2025. For 2014, it’s predicted that the industry could reach $10 billion. With this continual increase of crowdfunded investments, several platforms have emerged to fill the demand. Aside from popular platforms like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Crowdtilt,… Read more »



Greg Cangialosi Named CEO of MissionTix, Hopes to Take it Back to Startup Roots

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Baltimore-based MissionTix announced Tuesday that it has named Greg Cangialosi as CEO. MissionTix provides an online ticketing platform and consumer portal for events, concerts, and fundraisers, and Cangialosi plans to bring new ideas, technology innovation, and cutting-edge analytics to the team. “Our goal is to create the best experience around ticketing for both event organizers… Read more »


DC-Based WattB Wants to Help Reduce Your Electricity Bill

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Do you know how much electricity you’re consuming? Did you realize that you could potentially reduce your electricity bill by a significant margin, simply by measuring your energy use? For DC-based WattB, giving people the tools to measure their energy consumption and providing them with data on how to cut costs are top priorities; so… Read more »


3 DC Startups Team Up to Create a Platform for Virtual Weddings

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Do you love technology and having a digital presence, but don’t want to fork over $3,000 for a social media wedding concierge? You’re in luck; starting today, a new online platform will allow currently-engaged couples to host their weddings completely online. That’s right: online, virtual weddings. “From increasing our mobile presence to launching SocialWeddingSpeek, we always… Read more »