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Easy WebContent: Design a Website, No Expertise Necessary


Designing a website is way too complicated for most people, and Easy WebContent wants to change that. The Maryland startup built a suite of tools to help you design a website, then spice it up with things like animations, infographics, presentations, and music. “We keep our interface the most basic, so that users 45 years… Read more »

Secure Your Website Easily, but Thoroughly with ArmorHub


Washington, DC-based ArmorHub launched Thursday to offer small-to-medium sized businesses a priceless commodity in today’s world – website peace of mind. Specifically, ArmorHub offers a web security service that finds and fixes vulnerabilities in a simple, straightforward way. Together, founders Kendall Dabaghi and Evan Beard know a thing or two about both web security and… Read more »

7 Apps, Tools, and Resources for Tracking Hurricane Sandy


We encourage those in Hurricane Sandy’s path to take all necessary precautions to remain safe.  One of these safety precautions includes staying informed – below includes a list of resources and apps to help you accomplish just that. Dropcam Although typically reserved for home surveillance, many are using their Dropcam to broadcast their region’s live… Read more »

Adorii, Winner of Seattle’s Hottest Showcasing Startup, Brings Daily Deals to Wedding Products and Services


Weddings are expensive.  This is basic marriage science.  Between invitations, food and beverage for a couple hundred people, throw in a band, the cost of the venue, wedding attire and rings, and all the other miscellaneous expenditures and you’re looking at a serious hit to the savings account.  This is a very tangible problem that affects many… Read more »

VentureBoard: Resources for Student Entrepreneurs


I first contacted Avi Eisenberger about a week ago, sending him an email shortly after 11 pm. A response was in my inbox 15 minutes later. For the 22-year old Eisenberger, who graduated from the University of Maryland in May, this schedule is probably nothing new. After all, late nights are common for a college… Read more »

DC’s Smartly to Build Mentorship Website


Smartly, a new startup in DC that was founded in August, has plans to connect mentors with people in need of advice and (in the process) bolster a struggling US education system. Before tackling schools, Smartly will take a look at the corporate environment, where new employees could use some guidance. Below, cofounder and advisor… Read more »

Writer’s Bloq Marries Traditional and Indie Publishing

Writer's Bloq

Self-published authors have rallied around the term “indie publishing,” some calling the traditional publishing industry elitist, outdated, and irrelevant. Meanwhile, the “elites” have packed a few punches; novelist Sue Grafton said recently, “I compare self-publishing to a student managing to conquer Five Easy Pieces on the piano and then wondering if s/he’s ready to be… Read more »

Seeds: Microlending for Women Entrepreneurs


Spending a night in a Nairobi prison helped Rachel Cook see firsthand how much the region needs microlending. As she recounts, she was driving through Nairobi in a cab when four men with rifles blocked their path. Cook and her friend were ushered outside and taken to a local police station, where their cell phones… Read more »

Thinkific and the Science of Online Education


This year, Stanford University turned things upside down with experiments in the “flipped classroom.” For a few courses in biochemistry and computer science, students watched their lectures online and did problem solving, discussion, and practice during classroom time. According to the school, biochem students enjoyed the course more and attendance rose from 30 to 80… Read more »