Waste to Taste: Startups Repurposing Food Waste with Delicious Solutions

By | Jul 23, 2015 at 5:00 pm

What a better way to kick off a food startup column than to start with the end in mind – the topic of food waste. It’s unanimous across organizations such as the World Resources Institute, the USDA, World Food Day, and NRDC that in…


Use This Simple Tool to Figure Out if Your Significant Other is Cheating

By | Jul 22, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Over the weekend, Ashley Madison – the online personals and dating website targeted at married people and those in committed relationships – had the personal information of its users taken by hackers. And, if I were one of the approximately 37 million users on…

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Poshpacker: Upscale Backpacking Options for Your Digital Nomadic Ways

By | Jul 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Whether you consider yourself an avid explorer, casual traveler, or digital nomad who’s constantly planning your next adventure in between working wherever there’s a wifi connection, this latest trend in affordable travel may be right up your alley. DC based is the world’s first hotelier…

Gear & Gadgets

DrinkMate Funded on KickStarter in Four Days

By | Jul 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Last month a room full of eager entrepreneurs, techies, and everyone in between heard pitches from several startups in the DC area for the Startup of The Year Competition. Among the startups was DrinkMate CEO and Founder Shaun Masavage, the creator of a smartphone…


CircleBack Closes $12M Round to Improve Contact Intelligence

By | Jul 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Today, Vienna, VA based CircleBack announced the closure of a $12M round to continue better organizing your professional contacts. Founded in 2012, CircleBack’s free mobile apps provide users up-to-date contact information in a secure cloud based environment as a result of their artificial intelligence…

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Contactually Launches Tool to Measure Team Performance

By | Jul 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm

This afternoon, the Washington, D.C.-based Contactually – whose social customer relationship management tool helps individual team members at companies to form, develop, and maintain their professional connections – launched a new feature for their platform that allows organizations to measure team performance. Called “Activity…

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Hired is Ready to Connect DC’s Tech Talent With Amazing Jobs

By | Jul 9, 2015 at 8:00 am

Tech talent marketplace Hired has just announced its launch into the DC market. Hired is currently the leading online marketplace connecting those seeking jobs in technical fields, with growing companies. Hired launched in San Francisco in 2012. It began as with the purpose of…


Social Philanthropy Platform GoodWorld Raises $1.65M

By | Jul 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm

DC based startup GoodWorld lets you make donations through social media by simply tweeting or commenting #donate. Today they announced that they just closed a Seed Round of $1.65M. New York based Nyca Partners led the round with participation from Silicon Valley’s Camp One Ventures, and Georgetown, DC’s Fenway Summer…


Following Speek Exit, What Comes Next?

By | Jul 6, 2015 at 7:08 pm

There is no doubt that 2015 has been a bumpy year for Washington DC based Speek, but with an acquisition by Jive Communications there is a silver lining. In a followup to our piece breaking the acquisition news in June, we spoke with Speek…


Big Ideas Coming out of UMD’s Startup Shell Incubator

By | Jul 6, 2015 at 8:00 am

The University of Maryland is part of the reason that Maryland, as a state, is producing some really innovative entrepreneurial talent. Their student-run incubator and co-working space Startup Shell (shell, because the UMD mascot is the Terrapin -very clever, guys), which opened in 2012, is home to…

Tech Cocktail Celebrate

The Internet of Things Dissected By SmartThings CTO Jeff Hagins

By | Jul 2, 2015 at 11:00 am

It’s Thursday and we’re one day away from a holiday weekend, so let’s take a quick break to flashback with a fun throwback video for Throwback Thursday. This particular video is from our Celebrate Conference last year when SmartThings CTO Jeff Hagins had a conversation with Yahoo! Tech…


Sweetgreen Raises Fresh $35M to Dish Fast Salads

By | Jul 1, 2015 at 3:13 pm

Washington, DC based sweetgreen today announced a new series F of $35M to continue to expand into new cities and advance their mobile technology. Founded in 2007 in a small Georgetown and initially backed by friends and family, this is the third and largest…


Messaging App On Second Thought Wins First Women Startup Challenge

By | Jul 1, 2015 at 9:00 am

The number of women launching businesses has grown 68% between 1997-2014, more than twice the rate of men. However, women have a harder time getting funding for a number of reasons. Only 7% of investor money goes to women led startups, but Women Who…


Distil Networks Raises $21M to Expand Company

By | Jun 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm

DC area cybersecurity company Distil Networks just announced $21M raised in a Series B Round. The round was led by new investor Bessemer Venture Partners, with help from existing investors Foundry Group, Techstars, ff Venture Capital, Idea Fund andCorrelation Ventures. This round brings their total funding to…


Roadside Assistance Service Partners with Cost2Drive and Tollsmart

By | Jun 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm

The Washington, D.C.-based roadside assistance service startup,, has announced partnerships with two Northern Virginia-based companies aimed at helping consumers navigate road trips more cost-effectively. Through partnerships with Cost2Drive and Tollsmart, users can not only have access to on-demand user assistance, but also…


Jive Communications to Acquire Speek

By | Jun 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Today the WBJ is reporting that Northern Virginia based Speek is set to be acquired by Utah based Jive Communications. Founded in June 2012 by Speek CEO John Bracken, Andy Powers, and former CTO Danny Boice (a contributor), the service allowed users to…


Mobomo Acquires Intridea to Expand Digital Consultancy

By | Jun 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Two Washington DC based Web and Mobile development services companies, Mobomo and Intridea, are joining forces to expand their efforts. On June 16, Intridea announced the acquisition to Mobomo for an undisclosed amount. “Marc Garrett and Jürgen Altziebler have built an organization of exceptional…

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