Kristin is an aspiring entrepreneur who is enthusiastically navigating her way through the DC startup space. She has an unending passion for learning and is never satisfied with the status quo. During the day she is an ops, biz dev, and marketing maven for Fission Strategy

 

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Monitoring and Removing Stress Through Serenita

Stress Monitor App: Monitoring and Removing Stress Through Serenita

You are stressed out; I know this. You’re all hustling your asses off (even though no one cares) and completely maxed out on bandwidth. And just in case you were worried about having too much free time in the future, don’t worry, things aren’t going…

DC’s Contactually Raises $8 Million in Series A Funding

DC's Contactually Raises $8 Million in Series A

Washington, D.C.-based Contactually has just announced the close of a Series A round in which they raised $8 million dollars. The round was co-led by Rally Ventures out of Menlo Park, and Grotech Ventures out of D.C., with participation from Correlation Ventures and prior investors including…

13 Free Courses to Make You a Business Badass

13 Free Courses to Make you a Business Badass

If you follow my writing at all (don’t worry, I don’t suspect that any of you do), you’d know that I’m a huge fan of MOOCs. The fact that people can take free, quality, courses online, in their own time, and learn valuable real life…

This Is How Long Your Online Content Should Be

This Is How Long Your Online Content Should Be

There is A LOT of data out there on digital marketing and its dos and don’ts – from the best times to tweet to mistakes to avoid when email marketing. Online content is so easy to track and analyze that it isn’t very hard to come up…

Vendeve: Where Women Entrepreneurs Can Help a Sister Out

Vendeve: Where Women Entrepreneurs Can Help a Sister Out

I’ll admit that I often have mixed emotions when I hear about a startup, accelerator, pitch competition, or whatever else that is exclusively for female entrepreneurs and founders. On the one hand, I love that people are interested in encouraging women as entrepreneurs and helping them attain a…

Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Tour is Stopping in Chicago

Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Tour is Stopping in Chicago

We are proud to partner with Microsoft Ventures to promote their Machine Learning Accelerator in Seattle. Read the full series of stories, as they are published, here. The Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Tour is visiting 11 US cities to spread the word about their accelerator…

6 Startup Offices and the Cultures Behind Them

The way a company structures its office can say a lot about about it’s culture. Are they collaborative? Laid back? Creative? Or…none of those things. As much as the office’s aesthetics might reflect the culture, the opposite is true as well. These offices all reflect the spirit of…

Monkey: DIY Smart Lock for Apartment Dwellers

There are a lot of smart lock options out there and more and more homes are becoming keyless. However, most of the smart locks available have one big drawback, they don’t work for people who live in apartment buildings and have to unlock more than…

Did Someone Die In Your House? There’s an App for That

I recently learned about a new app called DiedInHouse, and really, what a perfect time of year to head down a rabbit hole of creepiness. The name pretty much says it all, but I’ll give a brief description anyway. It’s a web based service that…

8 Entrepreneurial Skills To Teach Kids [INFOGRAPHIC]

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It’s amazing how some of the lessons you learn as a kid really stick with you. Childhood is when you’re the most impressionable and you’re basically a human sponge, sucking up knowledge and “way of the world” information from everyone around you. The way the…

Highway1 Celebrates Second Anniversary by Increasing Investment

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Hardware accelerator Highway1 made a big announcement on their second anniversary. They’ve upped their investment to $100,000 for 8% equity or $50,000 for 5% equity. Brady Forrest, vice president of Highway1, said this to say about the program in a statement: “Highway1 is the…

Hypersphere: Because Your Fitness Routine Needs a Vibrating Ball

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Whenever the question involves a vibrating ball, the answer is yes. Always yes. We covered HYPERICE, one of the leading startups in athlete recovery and movement enhancement technology, a couple of months ago in a piece on sports technology. Now we’re talking about about…

Why Virginia Tech Should Be On Your Radar

We first reported on Virginia Tech’s entrepreneurial scene back in 2013. We knew back then that Blacksburg was becoming a hub of innovation and things have only gotten bigger and better for the university and town (err…city) since then. The university recently launched the Innovate Venture…

The Punniest Business Names in the United States

How much does a business’ name matter? Some might argue that the name is the most important branding tool that a business has. Others might argue that the name isn’t all that important, and what matters most is the product it puts out. There…

20 Most Googled Halloween Costumes of 2015

We’re still a couple weeks away from Halloween, but for those who shudder at the word “procrastination” (not me), I’m sure their Halloween costumes have already been carefully researched, materials and props purchased, and are probably 90% completed. And just like in years past, there are noticeable trends…

Riide Offers Electric Bike Leasing through RiidePass

We’ve told you the story of Riide before (actually twice before). They are a successful startup out of DC that has developed a lightweight electric bike. The purpose of Riide isn’t to make it easier to cheat at bike riding, but to give city dwellers…