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03/12/2013 – Sawbuck Realty has launched their iPhone app, HomeSnap, and closed a new $2M round of funding

Sawbuck Realty has launched their iPhone app, HomeSnap, and closed a new $2M round of funding, led by DC-based real estate investor Robert Stewart.

03/12/2013 – Danny Boice: How I Won a SXSW Pitch Contest

Guest Danny Boice, co-founder and CTO, Speek, Washington, D.C.: So I go to South by Southwest. It’s my third or fourth time, whatever. I figure I’ll go, pimp Speek out, and grab some drinks.

03/11/2013 – Orchestro Relocates Headquarters from DC to McLean

Orchestro, a provider of services designed to help brands make better supply chain decisions using big data, said on Monday it has relocated its headquarters from DC to McLean, after nearly doubling its staff over the past 90 days.

03/11/2013 – A.R.E.S Extinction Agenda Getting Ported On Xbox 360

The 2D platform-shooter A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda, developed by Arcsys, will receive a Xbox 360 port in the near future.

03/11/2013 – DC Tech Get Exposed at SXSW

There's a good chance that several of these SXSW attendees are from DC. And some will compete in the 5th annual startup accelerator that starts today, including Zoomdata, ReelGenie, Tista Games, and Home Team Therapy.

03/08/2013 – Baltimore-Based ABS Capital Leads $30M Round for Alloy Digital

ABS Capital Partners, a Baltimore-based investment firm focused on late-stage companies in the education services, healthcare, media and communications and technology sectors, said it has led a new $30 million round of funding for New York-based Alloy Digital, owner and operators of several top YouTube channels.

03/07/2013 – Booker Named Finalist in NYC's Prestigious H.E.L.M. Award

Booker (formerly GramercyOne), a service management platform (SMP) that unifies operations and automated marketing on a single cloud-based system, has been named one of 20 finalists in the "Take the H.E.L.M." competition.

03/07/2013 – NEA invests more in Silicon Valley's Nevro

New Enterprise Associates invested more money into Silicon Valley-based Nevro Corp., a medical device company that focusses on improving pain relief in patients suffering from chronic pain.

03/06/2013 – Homesnap Builds First Mobile Real Estate Platform Around Iconic "Snap" Feature and Unrivaled Big Data

Homesnap is set to unveil its powerful new mobile real estate platform at SXSW Interactive in Austin.

03/06/2013 – WeddingWire and Celebrate Two Years of Partnership with Education for Wedding Professionals

WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, is excited to celebrate two years of collaboration with, the pioneering online boutique and planning resource for same-sex couples.

03/06/2013 – Must-Have Apps To Make The Most Of SXSW

Schmoozing is the name of the game at any conference, but this is the technorati big leagues. Get these apps to keep up with the digital Joneses.

03/06/2013 – Homesnap Uses Big Data and New Snap Feature to Build a Mobile Real Estate Platform

Washington, DC-based Homesnap is set to unveil a powerful new mobile real estate platform at SXSW Interactive. The company, which was formerly Sawbuck, is calling itself the first real estate platform built specifically for the mobile era.

03/06/2013 – Barrel of Jobs Wins IMA Best in Class Award!

Barrel of Jobs has won the Interactive Media Awards Best in Class Award for excellence in the design, development and implementation in the Recruiting category.

03/06/2013 – CloudeAssurance and the Holistic Information Security Practitioner Institute (HISPI) to Co-Sponsor the ISACA Silicon Valley Winter Conference in Santa Clara, California

CloudeAssurance, Inc. – an eFortresses Company, in partnership with the Holistic Information Security Practitioner Institute (HISPI) is Co-Sponsoring the 2013 ISACA Silicon Valley Winter conference scheduled for March 7th-8th.

03/05/2013 – SC Magazine Names Mandiant® the 2013 Professional Award Winner for Best Security Company

Mandiant, the leader in security incident response management, has been awarded the 2013 SC Award for exemplary professional leadership in information-technology (IT) security.

03/05/2013 – D.C. startups vie for supremacy at South by Southwest

D.C. Tech has quite the presence at South By Southwest this year, so much that the community's best known meetup is headed to Austin. So is Mayor Vincent Gray.

03/05/2013 – FireEye to establish its EMEA Technical Support Centre in Cork

FireEye, the leading provider of software protection against web and email next-generation security threats, announced that it will establish its EMEA technical support centre in Cork, with the expectation of creating approximately 150 new jobs. The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

03/04/2013 – DC-Based Personal Reveals $8.16 Million in Funding Over Past Year; Grotech Ventures a participant

Personal, the DC-based developer of a personal network and data vault that allows users to manage and control access to their digital information, revealed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it has raised $8.16 million in debt and equity over the past year.

03/04/2013 – Tyler Hannan - Basho Technologies - Interviewed at Strata Santa Clara 2013

Tyler Hannan - Basho Technologies - Interviewed at Strata Santa Clara 2013

03/03/2013 – Enterprise software companies like Zoomdata find a new target: individual employees

Reston-based Zoomdata debuted software last week that helps companies turn large sets of data into easy-to-understand charts and illustrations, but the upstart has adopted an unconventional sales approach: It won’t be selling directly to the companies it hopes to count as customers.

03/01/2013 – Four DC-Area Startups Selected for SXSW Accelerator Competition

A handful of DC-area technology startups have been named finalists in the SXSW Accelerator competition, scheduled for March 11-12 as part of the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin.

03/01/2013 – IDA Ireland launches ‘Connect and Invest - Limerick’ a new marketing initiative to promote Limerick and the Mid West region

IDA Ireland today launched ‘Connect and Invest - Limerick’ which is phase 3 of its ‘Connect and Invest’ series.

02/28/2013 – Canvas' SpeedGrader Enables Teachers to View, Grade and Annotate Student Assignments in Their Browser

Instructure, the company that builds the Canvas learning platform, has simplified the grading process with its SpeedGrader, which automatically converts student assignments into a format viewable in a browser window. Within the same window, teachers can also annotate and grade assignments without downloading documents.

02/28/2013 – Novak Biddle portfolio review led PV Boccasam to CEO job

Novak Biddle Venture Partners' PV Boccasam, like many venture capitalists, is a fan of the animal metaphor in ranking portfolio companies.

02/27/2013 – Columbia Capital and M/C Partners to Sell Baja Broadband

Columbia Capital, the Alexandria-based technology venture capital firm, said that it and M/C Partners have agreed to sell their stakes in New Mexico-based Baja Broadband to Chicago-based Telephone and Data Systems for $267.5 million.

02/27/2013 – Aegis Named Best Presenting Company at Canadian Financing Forum

Aegis Mobility, the leading provider of software to prevent workplace distracted driving, announced today that it has been awarded the Best Presenting Company in the IT and Creative category at the Canadian Financing Forum.

02/27/2013 – Aegis Mobility and National Service Alliance Form Partnership to Prevent Workplace Distracted Driving

Aegis Mobility, the leading provider of enterprise software to prevent workplace distracted driving, and the National Service Alliance (NSA), the premier provider of group purchasing programs to member companies operating in the building services industry, announced a partnership today whereby NSA will endorse and promote Aegis Mobility’s enterprise safe driving software (FleetSafer) to member companies who seek solutions to promote safe and legal use of mobile devices while employees are driving on the job.

02/27/2013 – Mandiant's Richard Bejtlich on China, IP and the new cyber war

Six months before Mandiant Corp. released its report on Chinese cyber espionage I had a long conversation with Richard Bejtlich, Mandiant Corp.'s chief security officer, on this very topic.

02/26/2013 – Two Silver Spring Companies Part of 'Inc. 500' Fastest Growing

Profits over the past three years were strong enough at two Silver Spring companies to place them among the Inc. 500, a list that singles out the nation's fastest-growing private companies. Silver Spring-based Sonatype and Special Operations Solutions were honored by Montgomery County Council Tuesday for the distinction.

02/26/2013 – Zoomdata launches iPad app for big data visualization

Zoomdata Inc., a Reston-based data visualization startup, announced the launch of its flagship app on the iPad app store Tuesday as it prepares to compete next month in a technology contest at the South by Southwest festival in Texas.

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