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10/16/2013 – A string of Washington area companies collect venture capital investments from investors including Updata Partners, LLR Partners

Venture capital deals in the fourth quarter may be off to strong start after a series of companies from around the Washington region collected millions of dollars from investors this week.

10/15/2013 – DLA Piper advises Vocalocity in $130m deal with Vonage Holdings

DLA Piper has advised Vocalocity, a provider in the SMB-hosted VoIP market, on the $130m (£82m) sale of its business to New Jersey-based telecommunications provider Vonage Holdings.

10/15/2013 – Nginx Raises $10M Series B Round Led By NEA

Nginx, the company behind the increasingly popular web server by the same name, today announced that it has raised a $10 million Series B round led by New Enterprise Associates.

10/15/2013 – TechBUZZ Presenter Parking Panda Makes Business Insider's 'Best Startups' list

Business Insider has featured a list of the 15 Best Startups to Work For in America and two Baltimore companies made the list: Parking Panda and Groove Commerce.

10/15/2013 – Logi Analytics Secures $27.5M Investment led by LLR Partners, Updata

Logi Analytics, the authority on embedded analytics, today announced that it has closed a $27.5 million growth equity investment led by new investor LLR Partners. Current investor Updata Partners also participated in the round.

10/14/2013 – Speek Partners with Dell to Offer Speek Pro to Entrepreneurs

Speek, a platform for super simple conference calling, announced that it will be featured in the new Dell Marketplace.

10/10/2013 – Fairfax County EDA wins top marketing award

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) honored the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) with a 2013 Excellence in Economic Development Award for the FCEDA’s unique and extensive program that works with foreign companies interested in establishing or expanding operations in the United States.

10/09/2013 – AnyPresence Wins Top Platform/API Award at DataWeek 2013

AnyPresence today announced that its enterprise backend-as-a-service platform won the Top Platform/API award at DataWeek 2013.

10/08/2013 – AdMobius & Lotame Partner to Enhance Mobile Ad Targeting

AdMobius, the first mobile audience management platform and Lotame, the global leader in unifying data management, today announced a partnership, designed to offer publishers access to true behavioral and demographic audiences to better target ad campaigns across mobile devices.

10/08/2013 – NHS to Work with Basho for Electronic Health Service

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is radically rethinking the way it deals with data, using Silicon Valley-based Basho Technologies’ Riak distributed database as part of its Spine2 database system used for dealing with its increasingly digitized health service.

10/08/2013 – Notable Solutions Awarded U.S. Army Certificate of Networthiness

Notable Solutions, a leading provider in secure information collection and output management solutions, announced today it has been awarded the U.S. Army Certificate of Networthiness (CoN) by the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM).

10/05/2013 – Merchants are minding their digital critiques

Greg Dodge, owner of Zavino at 13th and Sansom Streets, likes to say that there is no marketing like word of mouth, and once a week, a report arrives on his cellphone that lets him measure just what those words are worth.

10/04/2013 – Introhive plans to raise as much as $7 million

District-based Introhive plans to raise as much as $7 million to accelerate sales of its professional networking software, from a group of investors that includes CRM giant, according to CEO Jody Glidden.

10/02/2013 – Bets on Social Selling Platform Introhive

Introhive is an enterprise application that could help deepen the portfolio of sales, marketing, and CRM tools. The Introhive social selling app analyzes employee communications and compares them with other company data, to create an enterprise-wide view of existing relationships with customers and prospects.

10/01/2013 – Oxford Finance LLC provides $14.5M in financing to JAG Healthcare

Oxford Finance LLC has closed a $13 million senior secured term loan and $1.5 million revolving lined of credit to Ohio-based JAG Healthcare.

10/01/2013 – Cigital Secures $50M Investment From LLR Partners Read more about Cigital Secures $50M Investment From LLR Partners

Cigital, the world leader in software security services and solutions, today announced the completion of a $50M equity investment by LLR Partners.

10/01/2013 – Kirkland, DLA Piper Work on Active Deal: Business of Law

Kirkland & Ellis LLP and DLA Piper LLP worked on the deal to take private Active Network Inc. (ACTV), a company that manages online registration for marathons, business conferences and other events. Vista Equity Partners is buying Active for about $1.05 billion in cash.

10/01/2013 – New Enterprise Associates joins $10M round for drug accelerator

Chevy Chase-based New Enterprise Associates has joined in a $10 million financing for Cydan LLC, a Cambridge, Mass.-based orphan drug accelerator.

09/30/2013 – Revolution Ventures to Close $200 Million Fund Today for Companies Including MAVA Presenters Booker, Homesnap

Consider this another win not only for the D.C. area, but also for everywhere else not-Silicon Valley.

09/30/2013 – Silver Spring Startup Gets $500K State Grant

Weather Analytics, a young company that recently moved from Virginia to Maryland, was the latest recipient of a grant from the Maryland Venture Fund's InvestMaryland program.

09/27/2013 – NEA Wins Big as eBay and PayPal Acquire Braintree

The Chevy Chase-based venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates got fantastic news yesterday when one of its portfolio companies out of Chicago, Braintree, was purchased by e-commerce giant eBay for $800 million.

09/26/2013 – Bethesda-Based Novak Biddle Increases Investment in UniversityNow

Novak Biddle Venture Partners, the Bethesda-based venture capital firm, said on Tuesday it has increased its investment in UniversityNow, a San Francisco-based operator of two online universities, as part of the company's new $19 million third round.

09/25/2013 – U.S. IPO Activity Expected to Reach Highest Level Since 2007

2013 likely will be the strongest year for U.S. initial public offerings (IPOs) since 2007, with volumes reaching pre-crisis levels, according to a new report by accounting and advisory firm Ernst & Young.

09/20/2013 – Millennial Media Announces HSR Clearance for Its Proposed Acquisition of Jumptap

Millennial Media (NYSE: MM), the independent leader in mobile advertising and data, today announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, through the expiration of the required waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, with respect to its proposed acquisition of Jumptap, Inc.

09/20/2013 – Millennial Media’s Appnexus Deal Creates Mobile Ad Network to Rival Google

Millennial Media, one of the larger mobile ad companies, has joined with AppNexus to set up the Millennial Media Exchange, creating a mobile marketplace that, by one measure, would make it bigger than the one offered via Google, Business Insider reported.

09/19/2013 – Private equity firm LLR opens D.C. office

When we wrote, one year ago, about the rise of outside "growth" cash on the D.C. venture scene, LLR Partners was one of the firms on our radar. The Philadelphia-based investment group, which had put an undisclosed amount of cash in Columbia-based Message Systems, was clearly scouting out the region for more deals.

09/19/2013 – LLR Partners Appoints Jason Rigoli and Michael Levenberg

Industry veterans, Jason Rigoli and Michael Levenberg, have joined LLR Partners to broaden the private equity firm’s Security, Defense & Government Services portfolio.

09/19/2013 – UMD Recognized for Top Entrepreneurship Programs

The University of Maryland has once again made The Princeton Review's list of the country's top entrepreneurship programs.

09/19/2013 – JMI Equity-backed Empathica Acquired by Mindshare Technologies

Mindshare Technologies, a leader in Voice of the Customer (VoC) technologies, has acquired Empathica, the leading global provider of social Customer Experience Management (CEM) solutions.

09/18/2013 – Mandiant Expands Operations In Europe

Alexandria-based Mandiant Corp., a major security incident response management company, has expanded its European operations, opening an office in England, hiring key sales personnel in the region and announcing new agreements with a distribution partner.

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