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An Intro to the DC Startup Community with Peter Corbett

By | Nov 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Last night, General Assembly (in partnership with 1776) hosted a class that focused on helping newcomers navigate their way through the DC startup ecosystem. Titled “Intro to the DC Startup Community” (you really can’t get more straightforward than that), it was led by the always-enjoyable Peter…



DC’s eNotebook is Changing the Way Students Take Notes

By | Jan 20, 2013 at 10:00 am

Classrooms around the world are becoming more efficient every day. New technologies in the field of education are taking some of the burden off of teachers by helping students to become more successful learners. While many of these new innovations focus on how teachers…


DC Helps Businesses Do Better Targeted Marketing

By | Jan 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Companies and nonprofits have invested years, and many thousands of dollars, proliferating their email lists, only to watch email open rates decline by almost 50 percent over the past decade, says Roz Lemieux, CEO of She’s seen people moving to social media for their…


Andrew Nacin on the Future of WordPress [Video]

By | Jan 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm

One in every six websites uses WordPress.  Curious as to what goes into making the CMS tick?  So are we. Tech Cocktail had the opportunity to sit down with Andrew Nacin, one of WordPress’ lead developers, to learn how he handles working with open…



JetJoose: The Social Network for Flight Crews

By | Dec 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

During this season of mass-travel, many of us are thankful for the flight crews that get us to our destinations safely and comfortably. JetJoose Co-CEO and Co-Founder Ronan Keane decided that these crews deserved their own social network to help them make the mass-travel…

Social Good


Encore: An Innovative Way to Captivate Your Donors

By | Dec 10, 2012 at 11:00 am

How much do you know about the daily struggles and triumphs of the charities you support?  If you’re involved with a nonprofit yourself, how do you engage supporters and share the incredible stories that make your work worthwhile?  Newsletters, more often than not, are…

Startups & Apps


EventStir Launches Publicly for Crowdfunding Events

By | Dec 5, 2012 at 11:00 am

Today, EventStir launched publicly to allow anyone to pre-sell tickets to events. The DC startup is tackling a few annoyances: events that lose money because ticket sales are low, and events that don’t even happen because organizers are worried about losing money. Instead, EventStir…


Brian McClary of Ford Motor Company on The Future of Social Media [Video]

By | Dec 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Ever wonder what it’s like to oversee 150,000+ Twitter followers?  How about 1.7 million Facebook likes? Just ask Brian McClary, the Social and Emerging Media Analyst at Ford Motor Company.  In the off chance you don’t know Brian, it’s okay, because we asked him on your…


Travis Kalanick of Uber on Fighting for What You Believe In

By | Nov 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Disrupting an industry ain’t easy.  Just ask Travis Kalanick, co-founder and CEO of the oft-controversial Uber. “You’ve gotta be tough, you’ve got to fight for what you believe in.” The hail-a-personal-driver app has met resistance in both Washington D.C. and NYC, and has more recently…


Emily Brew of The Girl Effect on the Intersection of Private Sector and Non-Profit [Video]

By | Nov 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Out of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth, 70 percent are girls.  When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children.  This is a humanitarian issue.  This is a global stability…



3 DCWEEK Tech Cocktail Winners Represent the Innovation and Diversity of the DC Startup Scene

By | Nov 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Washington DC startups Encore, JetJoose, and Eventstir were named DCWEEK Winners at Tech Cocktail’s DCWEEK Mixer & Startup Showcase last Thursday. The event was held at Artisphere in Arlington, VA, and was sponsored by Amazon Web Services, The Boss Group, Sapient, CentricSource, American Airlines,…


DC Wins DCWEEK Hackathon, Wants to Give Back

By | Nov 16, 2012 at 11:00 am

When was announced as the first-place winner of the DCWEEK Hackathon, designer Laura McGuigan was in shock. “I still did not believe it when it happened,” she recalls. The idea had been hatched just three days before, but the problem is a massive…



DCWEEK Hackathon Runner-Up Sous Chef Brings Hands Free Recipes on Windows 8 for Surface

By | Nov 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm

It’s dinner party night.   You’ve been talking up your Shepherd’s Pie recipe around the office all week, and now is your time to shine.  You’re wrist deep in ground beef before realizing you forgot to add the Worcestershire sauce.  Frustrated, you go back to…


Hinge Wins DCWEEK Pitch Jam Competition

By | Nov 8, 2012 at 11:06 am

Today, Hinge won the DCWEEK Pitch Jam competition with their groovy one-minute pitch. Hinge is a dating site that connects you with friends of friends. Their pitch featured “slow jam” music in the background, backup singing about the perils of online dating (like “axe…



Charlie Firestone of the Aspen Institute: Critical Technology Policies That Are Being Debated Now

By | Nov 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Charlie Firestone will be a panelist at DCWEEK for “The New Economy: Technology for Social Impact.” He is the executive director of the Communications & Society Program at the Aspen Institute. DCWEEK is a week-long festival co-produced by Tech Cocktail and iStrategyLabs. Get your…



[Music Startup] Streams Your Local Music Scene Straight to Your iPhone

By | Nov 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm

If you’re content with listening only to Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, and Taylor Swift, the following post may not apply to you.  If, in the off chance you prefer music outside of what Universal Music Group, Atlantic Records, and Interscope Records wants you to…



DCWEEK Hackathon Announces Winners

By | Nov 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Hundreds of DCWEEK festival participants got down to business this weekend with a two-day hackathon, hoping to turn their idea into a product in 30 hours. DCWEEK is a week-long event for entrepreneurs, designers and developers, and social innovators that kicked off on Friday…