01/30/2013 – GAP 50 Entrepreneur of the Week - Matt Howard (founder of ZoomSafer, now Aegis Mobility)
An experienced and successful software entrepreneur, Matt Howard founded Reston, Virginia based ZoomSafer in September 2008 following a distracted driving incident in which he nearly killed a nine year old boy.
01/30/2013 – Bridge Loan Trend Ain't Slowing says JLL
Owners with debt coming due that is out of balance or who'd rather not put more equity into a property will continue to ride the bridge loan wave, JLL's Wes Boatright tells us.
01/29/2013 – YOLO: You Only Launch Once With Speek Co-Founder Danny Boice At Everywhereelse.co The Startup Conference
That’s the basis for the talk that Danny Boice, co-founder of Washington DC startup Speek, will speak about on Monday February 11th at everywhereelse.co The Startup Conference.
01/29/2013 – Chevy Chase-Based NEA Co-Leads $35 Million Round for Houzz
New Enterprise Associates (NEA), the Chevy Chase-based venture capital firm, said on Tuesday it has co-led a new $35 million round of funding for Silicon Valley-based Houzz, the developer of an online platform for home remodeling and design.
01/28/2013 – Virginia Seed Fund CIT Down, Not Out
Virginia's economic development machine, the Center for Innovative Technology, has become a major early- and seed-stage investor. But with a smaller budget this year, will the investment pace continue?
01/28/2013 – New Platform from WealthEngine Mines Public Records to Target Wealthy Prospects
WealthEngine has introduced a new platform to help advisors target wealthy investors. The Bethesda, Md., company has launched FindWealth 8, a wealth intelligence platform that helps advisory firms locate and profile high-net-worth individuals.
01/28/2013 – Ernst & Young Opens Nominations for Washington Entrepreneur of the Year
Accounting and advisory firm Ernst & Young said it has opened nominations for its Greater Washington Entrepreneur of the Year awards.
01/25/2013 – Distil.it gets $1.8M investment; CIT participated
Arlington-based cloud computing startup Distil.it has received $1.8 million in venture capital funding, led by ff Venture Capital with CIT participation.
01/24/2013 – Chevy Chase-Based NEA Increases Investment in Leyden Energy
New Enterprise Associates (NEA), the Chevy Chase-based venture capital firm, said it has increased its investment in Leyden Energy, a Silicon Valley-based developer of advanced batteries for the mobile, consumer electronics and light electric vehicle markets.
01/24/2013 – Cloud application suite from Booker helps small companies book more business
As of last count, Booker is now processing about 1 million appointment requests for its customers on a monthly basis. It has grown beyond that into marketing and sales development functions.
01/23/2013 – newBrandAnalytics Delivers Social Intelligence To Customers’ Fingertips
newBrandAnalytics (nBA), the global leader in social intelligence, announces the latest release of nBA Insight, nBA Connect and nBA Advantage.
01/23/2013 – DC-Based Paladin Capital Group Invests in BuildingIQ
Paladin Capital Group, a DC-based private equity firm, said it has invested in San Francisco-based BuildingIQ, a developer of building energy management software, as part of the company's new $9 million round.
01/23/2013 – SocialToaster gets 50k signups in 24 hours with Shakira and UNICEF for child health campaign
A new UNICEF campaign is seeking donations for items like polio vaccines, rehydration salts and therapeutic food to ship to families (and their babies) across the world, and it’s enlisting the help of sincere-hips endorser Shakira and her boyfriend, Gerard Piqué, center-back for FC Barcelona. Oh, and Woodberry-based startup SocialToaster is in on the action.
01/22/2013 – High Street Partners Continues Global Expansion, Opens Munich Germany Office
High Street Partners, Inc. (HSP) announces the opening of its newest overseas office in Munich, Germany.
01/22/2013 – Three Orlando firms get $31M in venture capital investments; Pentaho Corp. receives funding from New Enterprise Associates
Software developer Pentaho Corp. received $23 million in October from Benchmark Capital, Duff Ackerman & Goodrich LLC, Index Ventures and New Enterprise Associates Inc.
01/21/2013 – Maryland venture capital plunges in fourth quarter
Despite the low numbers in Maryland and the nation, Julia Spicer, executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association in McLean, Va., said she is optimistic for the Greater Washington region.
01/18/2013 – Three Baltimore-area firms receive VC funding in 4Q; TEDCO invests in Vii Network
Columbia software company Vii Network received $40,000 during the quarter. The Maryland Technology Development Corp. (TEDCO) invested in the company.
01/18/2013 – DC-Based SnagFilms Raises $6 Million in New Funding; New Enterprise Associates participated
SnagFlims, the DC-based documentary and indie films site founded by Washington Capitals and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, said it has raised $6 million in a new round of funding. Participants included previous backers Leonsis, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Comcast and Terry Semel, as well new investor CNF Investments.
01/17/2013 – Blueprint Health reveals 11 startups in its third class; forMD selected
Blueprint Health, a mentor-focused health incubator that offers co-working space in New York City, has announced its Winter 2013 class of startups — its third; including forMD.
01/17/2013 – Sprint and Aegis Mobility Help Commercial Fleet Managers Address Distracted Driving
Sprint [NYSE: S] and Aegis Mobility have teamed to offer the FleetSafer(R) distracted driving application to help businesses, commercial fleet owners and operators focus on driving.
01/17/2013 – Chevy Chase-Based NEA Leads $3 Million Round for Curalate
New Enterprise Associates (NEA), the Chevy Chase-based venture capital firm, has led a new $3 million round of funding for Philadelphia-based Curalate, the developer of an analytics and marketing platform for social media site Pinterest.
01/16/2013 – WealthEngine Releases New Wealth Intelligence Platform to Enable Luxury Marketers to Precisely Target Customers & Prospects
WealthEngine™, Inc., the leading provider of sophisticated wealth identification and prospect research solutions, announced today the release of FindWealth 8, a powerful new wealth intelligence platform that allows luxury organizations to better understand their target audience and identify those affluent and high net worth (HNW) individuals who are most likely to become top customers.
01/16/2013 – Retail software startup Optoro raises $7.5 million from Grotech, others
Lanham-based retail software startup Optoro Inc. has raised $7.5 million in a Series A round led by Grotech Ventures, the company announced Wednesday.
01/16/2013 – Jones Lang LaSalle recruits CBRE's Bill Prutting
Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. has recruited longtime CBRE Group Inc. investment sales broker Bill Prutting in yet another reshuffling of the deck for D.C.’s real estate community.
01/16/2013 – New Enterprise Associates tops list of most active VCs
Bicoastal venture titan New Enterprise Associates ranked as the most active VC firm in the country last year, according to investment research firm CB Insights.
01/15/2013 – How Startups Can Avoid The Series A Crunch: Profile of Speek
At Speek, which provides super-simple conference calling solutions with a visual interface, we originally went to market with a convertible note for $750,000. We decided to take a more prudent course of action--one that would allow us to both aggressively play offense and sustain us through a potentially prolonged Series A capital raise--and raise a larger seed round.
01/15/2013 – Scoutmob’s Shoppe ‘Experiment’ Is a Home Run, Accounts for 30-40% of Revenue
Scoutmob co-founder and head of product Michael Tavani is also sharing that his company’s e-commerce product, Shoppe, has been doing well – so well, in fact, that it now accounts for 30-40 percent of the company’s gross revenues.
01/14/2013 – Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) has selected MKW to run its Munich, Germany marketing office
The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) said on Monday it has selected MKW to run its Munich, Germany marketing office, working with European companies considering expansion to the U.S.
01/11/2013 – New Enterprise Associates partner seeks 'quirky entrepreneurs'
Dayna Grayson set up a concession stand and sold hot chocolate, candy bars and other snacks at her brother’s soccer matches as a South Carolina middle schooler. In college at the University of Virginia, she opened her own house painting business to earn money.
01/10/2013 – Silver Spring-Based Sonatype Names New CSO and COO
Sonatype, a Silver Spring-based provider of technology and information services for agile software developers, on Thursday announced two key executive hires.