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02/22/2013 – Follow Friday: Siteworx, Zoomdata and Robert Neelbauer

Zoomdata Inc.: Expect to hear more of this early-stage data visualization company in the coming week. The startup, led by former Clarabridge Inc. president and CTO Justin Langseth, raised $1.1. million in seed funding late last year, and has since been putting that cash to work.

02/22/2013 – How Columbia Capital builds companies

The glue? That came from Alexandria’s Columbia Capital.

02/21/2013 – CIT Names Winners of Apps4VA Open and High School Competitions

The Herndon-based Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) on Thursday announced the winners of two Apps4VA app development programs, the Open and High School competitions.

02/21/2013 – IDA: Quantcast move will enhance Ireland's technological reputation

100 new Irish jobs will be created over the next two years after Quantcast decided to set up a base here. The advertising company has revealed plans to establish its Europe Middle East and Africa headquarters in Dublin.

02/21/2013 – Basho Technologies takes aim at more enterprises with upgrades

A new version of Basho Technologies‘ increasingly popular Riak open-source NoSQL distributed database has added upgrades for enterprise customers, a growing area of interest for the Cambridge, Mass.-based company.

02/21/2013 – How To "Series A Cliff"-Proof Your Startup

The first round of funding may come quick and easy. The next round? That's a different story. Here's how Speek CTO Danny Boice prepared for the inevitable.

02/21/2013 – Startups, Throw Out Your Financial Models: The Argument For Lean Modeling

This is a guest post from Konrad Waliszewski, the vice president of business development and finance at Speek, a company that helps people organize conference calls with a simple link rather than phone numbers and PINs.

02/21/2013 – Is Mandiant a 'digital Blackwater'?

When Kevin Mandia, a retired military cybercrime investigator, decided to expose China as a primary threat to U.S. computer networks, he didn't have to consult with American diplomats in Beijing or declassify tactics to safely reveal government secrets.

02/20/2013 – Is Canvas the new Blackboard?

For around a decade Blackboard has been the Learning Management System at KSC. However, during that time with Blackboard the Learning Managment System (LMS) industry has been changing dramatically. Given that, KSC is currently looking at an alternative LMS and it’s called Canvas.

02/20/2013 – CloudeAssurance Releases Its First Independent Cloud Security Benchmark Study Featuring the Top 10 Cloud Service Providers.

CloudeAssurance, Inc. – an eFortresses Company last month released its first Cloud Security Benchmark: Top 10 CSPs and added this report to its cloud security rating system platform: CloudeAssurance. This platform enables safe and secure adoption of Cloud Computing!

02/20/2013 – A look at Mandiant, allegations on China hacking

A private technology security firm described in extraordinary detail efforts it blamed on a Chinese military unit to hack into 141 businesses, mostly inside the U.S., and steal commercial secrets. China denies the claim. A look at the company, Mandiant, and why its report is significant:

02/20/2013 – TVU Networks Secures Significant New Round of Investment Funding

New Round of Financing from SoftBank Ventures Korea, Altos Ventures, and New Atlantic Ventures Will Drive Innovation in IP-Based Video, Expand Global Market Presence

02/20/2013 – Herndon-Based Endgame Names Paladin Veteran as Chief Strategy Officer

Endgame, a Herndon-based developer of real-time analytics platform for federal defense and intelligence clients, on Wednesday named Niloofar Razi Howe as its chief strategy officer. Howe, most recently managing director at DC-based Paladin Capital Group,

02/19/2013 – New Enterprise Associates Leads $8.2M Series A For Stormpath

Stormpath, the first easy, secure user management and authentication service for developers, today announced it closed $8.2 million in Series A financing. New Enterprise Associates and Pelion Venture Partners led the round, with participation from Flybridge Capital Partners.

02/19/2013 – FCEDA worked with 186 businesses adding 8,438 jobs to the county in 2012

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) said on Tuesday it worked with 186 businesses that added 8,438 jobs to the county's economy last year.

02/18/2013 – Grotech VC offers seven lessons on entrepreneurship “from the dark side”

Don Rainey, a former entrepreneur, says his 12-years “on the dark side” as a venture capitalist, have taught him a handful of lessons that still serve him daily, among them, answers to those questions and others.

02/15/2013 – Dominick Murray Confirmed as New Secretary of Maryland DBED

Dominick Murray, who once led Baltimore City's economic development efforts, has been unanimously confirmed to become the new secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED).

02/14/2013 – eBay Inc. and IDA Ireland Announce Creation of 450 New Jobs in Dundalk

An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D., together with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mr. Richard Bruton T.D., today announced 450 high quality new jobs by eBay, Inc., the world’s leading provider of online marketplaces and payment services. Based at an Operations Centre in Dundalk, this is supported by Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

02/14/2013 – Higher Logic Announces Connected Community Platform Expansion to Franchises

Higher Logic, announces the Connected Community Platform expansion into the franchise market for 2013.

02/14/2013 – DC-Based Quad Learning Raises $11 Million, New Atlantic Ventures and New Enterprise Associates were major participants ; Founded By Phil Bronner, former general partner of Novak Biddle Venture Partners

Quad Learning, a DC-based education startup aiming to help students obtain bachelor's degrees at a lower cost by linking together community colleges and four-your universities, said on Thursday it has raised $11 million in a combined seed and first round.

02/14/2013 – WealthEngine named as First Round of Presenters at Southeast Venture Conference

The Southeast Venture Conference, an annual event highlighting promising technology startups in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, has announced its first round of companies selected to present, including two each from Virginia, DC and Maryland.

02/13/2013 – Conferencing calling made easy by free online tool – Speek!

Interested to know about an easy to use, No Bridge/PIN requiring conference call tool? Check out Speek[.com]!

02/13/2013 – WealthEngine Releases New Report Showcasing Best Fundraising Practices for Advocacy and Community Organizations

WealthEngine™, Inc., the leading provider of sophisticated wealth identification and prospect research solutions, announced today the release of a report, Best Practices for Fundraising for Advocacy and Community Organizations, that provides nonprofits with actionable best practices for raising funds via campaigns, annual giving, major gifts and social media.

02/13/2013 – Vision Chain Changes Name to Orchestro, Names PV Boccasam As CEO

Vision Chain, a DC-based provider of services designed to help brands make better supply chain decisions using big data, said it has changed its name to Orchestro and appointed PV Boccasam, a general partner at Novak Biddle Venture Partners, as its new CEO.

02/12/2013 – IntroHive reaps talent from a Salesforce buyout

Corporate networking startup IntroHive has recruited three former Salesforce.com executives to its team, beefing up its sales and marketing presence after landing a nearly $2 million Series A funding round in December.

02/12/2013 – Mitre’s Ben King, James Tolbert, Nickyra Washington Win STEM Awards

Mitre Corp. engineers Ben King Sr., James Tolbert II and Nickyra Washington each won awards at a global conference in Washington Feb. 7 through 9 focused on global competitiveness in science, technology, engineering and math.

02/08/2013 – DC-Based Venable Hires Former FCC Cybersecurity Official

Looking to bolster its communications and cybersecurity law practice, DC-based law firm Venable has hired former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) official James Arden Barnett Jr.

02/07/2013 – In-Q-Tel-backed Cloudant receives investment from Samsung Ventures

Samsung Ventures, the venture capital arm of Korean electronics giant Samsung, has made an investment of undisclosed amount in Cloudant, a Boston-based provider of database services.

02/07/2013 – Former New Enterprise Associates’ Bryan Lamkin joins Adobe Systems

San Jose-based Adobe Systems, the large developer of web publishing software, on Thursday named Bryan Lamkin as its senior vice president of corporate development.

02/07/2013 – Database tech firm Basho gets funding from Tokyo Electron Device

Basho Technologies of Cambridge, maker of a NoSQL cloud database that aims to serve data-intensive Web and mobile applications, said Thursday it has reached a distribution agreement with Tokyo Electron Device and received a strategic equity investment from the Japanese technologies firm.

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