Macaw and YAPPERapp win DC’s Hottest Showcasing Startups

February 21, 2014

11:15 am

Last night was Tech Cocktail DC’s Mixer and Startup Showcase at 1776.  As always, we held our Hottest Showcasing Startup series, including the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll, as well as the Best Pitch award, as determined by the Live SMS poll.

Your winners are below.

Tech Cocktail Week’s Hottest Showcasing Startup – Reader’s Choice

YAPPERapp – Not only do App users lack quick and easy ways to find out what is going on around them, they are frustrated by the permanence and invasiveness of traditional social media. Traditional forms of social media are losing share to messaging apps because of privacy concerns and relevancy to the user in real time. Solution – Yapper lets you find out what’s going on right here and right now by connecting you to your physical community through chats that are broadcasted to anyone within a 5 block radius. The chats delete after 30 minutes of inactivity to ensure that they are relevant to location and time. Unlike competitors who share your location and personal information in order to connect you with people nearby, Yapper encourages real life interactions by connecting you through safe conversations happening nearby. Yapper allows you to see what is going on around you rather than who is around you and lets you completely dictate how you want to interact with your surroundings.

Tech Cocktail Week’s Hottest Showcasing Startup – Best Pitch

Macaw – We’ve cracked the largest problem in our industry, which is to allow designers to design in the way they’re accustomed to AND convert their design into semantic HTML and succinct, logical CSS. Adobe and others have tried for decades to make this a reality and haven’t even come close. Macaw has a completely custom engine, called Alchemy, which is built using the same logic a developer would use to achieve an unparalleled level of code quality.

Congratulations to the startups!

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When Zach Davis isn't getting lost in the mountains, he is hustling from Boulder, CO as Tech Cocktail's Director of Marketing. He is the author of Appalachian Trials, a book chronicling the mindset necessary for thru-hiking all 2,181 miles of the Appalachian Trail, a feat he accomplished in 2011. Zach is a green tea enthusiast, die-hard Chicago sports fan, and avid concert-goer. Follow Zach on Twitter: @zrdavis.

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