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BrightTag Rebrands as Signal, Launches New Open Data Platform

By | Jun 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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…

Business

Handybook Raises $30M in Series B Led by Revolution Growth

By | Jun 11, 2014 at 9:38 am

It was announced this morning that NYC-based Handybook has raised $30 million in a Series B round of funding. The round was led by Revolution Growth, a $450 fund co-founded by Steve Case, Ted Leonsis, and Donn Davis. Other participants in this recent round…

Android

Medyear’s Documentary on HIV/AIDS in Africa Highlights Software’s Ability to Affect Social Change

By | Jun 5, 2014 at 3:36 pm

On Monday, NYC-based startup Medyear released a short documentary on the social stigmatization of HIV/AIDS in South Africa, and how mere access to privacy tools can significantly improve the treatment of those dealing with the virus. Aside from highlighting the social impact that startups can continue…

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Chicago’s Brad Flora Sells Perfect Audience for $23 Million

By | Jun 5, 2014 at 9:05 am

On Monday, an acquisition was closed for the San Francisco-based Perfect Audience, which specializes in display and social ad retargeting across social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Under the terms of the agreement, Marin Software paid $22.8 million for the company, with about $5.4 million in cash…

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What is the Clothing Genome Project, and What Does it Mean for Our Shopping Experience?

By | May 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Shopping for clothes can be a fun experience – but it can also be hell on Mother Earth. While it’s definitely fun to browse around looking for some cute things to potentially wear, it’s frustrating when you’re really only looking for something more specific…

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3 Reasons to Dump Rapportive for Connect6°’s New PeopleDiscovery Platform

By | May 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm

If you’re reading this, then I’m sure that you are at least familiar with Rapportive. Used as a tool for learning about and connecting with people through various social media, Rapportive is invaluable for people involved with or within the startup community, where new and…

Business

DC-Based Distil Networks Raises $10 Million Round for Bad Bot Protection Services

By | May 28, 2014 at 10:05 am

DC-based Distil Networks today announced that is has raised $10 million in Series A funding for its cloud-based platform helping companies detect and prevent malicious bots. The round was led by the Foundry Group and Techstars’s Bullet Time Ventures. As part of this financing,…

Business

Why Ruby on Rails is My Go-To App Development Platform

By | May 26, 2014 at 9:00 am

When it comes to developing business web applications, companies are faced with a tough decision. There are a variety of development platforms or programs to choose from including Java, Python, and Ruby among others. But in my experience, Ruby on Rails is the go-to app…

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SoundBetter’s 4 Pieces of Advice When Considering That 500 Startups Application

By | May 23, 2014 at 4:32 pm

With an acceptance rate roughly between 3 and 5 percent, getting into 500 Startups‘s accelerator program is – to say the least – difficult. (To put those percentages into perspective, consider Stanford’s fall 2012 acceptance rate, a much more hopeful 6.6 percent). Yet, despite…

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Online Marketing Technology Leader BrightTag Acquires Signal

By | May 23, 2014 at 2:45 pm

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,…

Business

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

By | May 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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…

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

By | May 9, 2014 at 12:21 pm

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…

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DC-based newBrandAnalytics Raises $5M Round of Funding

By | May 6, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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…

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DC-Based Pinbooster Relaunching as Loop88

By | May 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

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…

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