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Miami’s LiveNinja Launches Katana to Give Online Shoppers an In-Store Experience

By | Mar 26, 2014 at 10:00 am

Miami-based LiveNinja today announced the launch of Katana, an immersive and customizable platform allowing businesses to drive sales by connecting customers instantly using real-time video chat technology. Now online shoppers don’t have to sacrifice the personalized assistance they receive from salespeople while shopping in-store….

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Is Square Moving To Miami?

By | Mar 25, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Is San Francisco-based mobile payment company, Square looking to set up shop in Miami? Maybe not yet, but they are throwing an event this week to celebrate Latino business owners, and Square’s Brand Leader, Ricardo Reyes recently visited LAB Miami.   It would be…

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Paul Singh Hires Former NBC News Correspondent as Crystal Tech Fund Venture Partner

By | Mar 24, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Paul Singh, founder of Disruption Corporation, today announced that former NBC correspondent Brooke Salkoff will be joining the team as Crystal Tech Fund Venture Partner. According to the company’s blog, Salkoff brings 17 years of television experience, along with her own journey as a…

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.CO Acquired By Neustar

By | Mar 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Today .CO Internet, the popular domain, just announced they have been acquired by Neustar. In a blog post, CEO and co-founder Juan Diego Calle shared the news in saying: “In our desire to take .CO to the next level, we are confident that now…

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DC Startup ID.me Raises $7.5M in New Venture Funding

By | Mar 19, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Security startup, ID.me, has reportedly raised $7.5 million in new venture funding, according to the Wall Street Journal. This funding follows the $1.2 million grant that the company received from the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology this past September. According to the SEC filing, the Mclean,…

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1776 Announces Partnership with UVA’s Darden School of Business

By | Mar 7, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Yesterday, 1776 announced a partnership with the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. The partnership is the second and latest effort by the DC-based startup incubator to collaborate with and support entrepreneurial programs at higher ed institutions. The partnership with Darden offers students and alumni access…

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Pebble Launches Official Evernote Integration at SXSW

By | Mar 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Pebble announced an integration with Evernote today. The popular device that is fueling the smart watch ecosystem, along with the popular productivity app, has given enthusiasts the abilty to access checklists, reminders and notebooks, with more rolling out in the near future. According to Evernote:…

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ABB’s Venture Capital Arm Invests in 3D printed Motor Component Maker Persimmon

By | Mar 7, 2014 at 9:58 am

ABB Technology Ventures (ATV) yesterday announced its 17th investment, a Series B financing of Persimmon Technologies, creator of a new high precision industrial robot and developer of breakthrough 3D printing processes using air fuel deposition to literally ‘print’ higher performing metal motor components. Since…

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RECESS Entrepreneur and Music Festival Launches Today with Backing from Mark Cuban

By | Mar 6, 2014 at 6:24 pm

RECESS, the college music and ideas festival, launched today with the help of Mark Cuban. The festival is the first of its kind, with the mission is to breed a new crop of world-changing entrepreneurs and to inspire college students across the country. Backed by Cuban…

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DC Startup Speek Raises $5.1 Million in Series A Funding

By | Mar 3, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Today, DC-based Speek announced $5.1 million in Series A funding to help the company develop its online conference calling product, as well as boost its marketing and sales efforts. The round included $2.7 million in previously raised convertible notes and additional investments from Middleland…

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Acceleprise Welcomes Its Fifth Class of Enterprise Startups

By | Mar 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Acceleprise, a DC-based enterprise startup accelerator, is starting a new session this week with a new class of enterprise startups. Founded in 2012, the accelerator provides mentoring and $30,000 in capital to startups working on software solutions for enterprises. Acceleprise hopes to invest $1.8 million…

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DC’s NextGen Angels Announces Its Managing Director

By | Mar 3, 2014 at 12:31 pm

NextGen Angels has announced that Brett Gibson will take the helm as its managing director. The DC-based angel group that focuses on early-stage investments began looking for someone to fill this role at the end of 2013. With this most recent addition, we’re sure to see…

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Chicago

Obama Confirms Funding for Manufacturing Innovation Hub in Chicago

By | Feb 26, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Chicago received a boost to its innovation engines today when President Obama made official that $70 million in federal money will go to the city to help create a manufacturing innovation hub. Formally called the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, the hub will receive…

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Bitcoin Takes a Major Hit After Mt. Gox Suddenly Disappears from the Internet

By | Feb 25, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox went offline late Monday night, and seems to have disappeared completely from the Internet (with even its Twitter stream getting lost to the void), putting the Bitcoin community in a state of confusion. In the last 24 hours, the value…

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DC’s Social Tables Announces Partnership with Hyatt Hotels

By | Feb 24, 2014 at 4:59 pm

DC-based Social Tables today announced a partnership with Hyatt Hotels Corporation to provide the hotel chain with its cloud-based diagramming and attendee management platform. Now, meeting and event planners will be able to leverage Social Tables for the numerous events and conferences that take…

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Here’s the Trailer for the New HBO Series ‘Silicon Valley’

By | Feb 24, 2014 at 10:49 am

In case you missed your fill of Sunday night HBO programming, last night the network released a full trailer for the upcoming series by Mike Judge Silicon Valley. The 90-second trailer is promising, and will surely provide a comedic take on the startup life. Silicon Valley…

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China’s Sina Weibo prepares for $500 million U.S. IPO

By | Feb 24, 2014 at 10:21 am

On the heels of Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp, China’s Sina Corp. has selected banks for an initial public offering of Weibo – a popular microblogging service in China, much in the way of Twitter – that could potentially raise about $500 million, according to a report from…