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News & Announcements

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.

02/26/2013 – What happens after you land that venture round? LLR Partners shares a few steps the firm takes.

While landing a round of venture financing can help drive a startup’s growth, the best venture firms bring more than money to the table when they make a deal.

02/26/2013 – Mandiant(R) Launches New Threat Intelligence Offering

Mandiant, the leader in advanced threat detection and response solutions, today announced the launch of Mandiant Intelligence Center(TM), a new offering that enables security teams to access Mandiant's threat and malware intelligence.

02/26/2013 – CrowdCompass Launches Event App Platform to Drive Attendee Engagement Before, During and After Events

CrowdCompass, the business event mobile app division of event technology leader Cvent, is meeting these fast-growing needs with the launch of its new Event Center.

02/26/2013 – NEA's James Barrett to Receive TCM Lifetime Achievement Award

The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM), a Rockville-based technology trade association, said it will honor James Barrett, a general partner at Chevy Chase-based venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates (NEA), with its third annual Lifetime Achievement Award.

02/25/2013 – Mandiant® Announces Integration with Palo Alto Networks’ Cloud-Based Malware Prevention Service to Accelerate Response Times for Targeted Threats

Mandiant®, the leader in security incident response management, today announced that it will team with Palo Alto Networks, the network security company, to integrate Palo Alto Networks’ next-generation firewalls and its WildFire modern malware prevention subscription with Mandiant’s recently announced product, Mandiant for Security Operation.

02/25/2013 – Sharing Google Docs Gets Easier for Canvas Users

Canvas users will be able to share Google Docs with groups of individuals more quickly following Instructure's update of its learning platform.

02/25/2013 – Solving Education Problems With Canvas Solutions: Video

Instructure CEO Josh Coates discusses Canvas' software solutions with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television's "Taking Stock."

02/25/2013 – Mandiant CEO Kevin Mandia points to smaller contractors as security "sieve"

Kevin Mandia, CEO of Alexandria-based information security company Mandiant Corp., is in high demand these days — thanks to his company's widely circulated report that linked the Chinese military to a series of cyberattacks on U.S. and foreign corporations and entities.

02/25/2013 – FireEye and Mandiant Enhance Partnership Leveraging the FireEye Next-Generation Threat Protection Platform

FireEye(R), Inc., the leader in stopping today's new breed of cyber attacks, today announced an enhanced partnership with Mandiant the core of which leverages the FireEye next-generation threat protection platform to provide joint customers with complete detection and remediation of cyber attacks such as zero-day and advanced persistent threat attacks.

02/22/2013 – NEA part of $17.3 million round for Euclid

Shopping analytics startup Euclid has raised $17.3 million in a series B venture round led by Benchmark Capital, with New Enterprise Associates, Harrison Metal and Novel TMT Ventures also participating.

02/22/2013 – Is Everyone Getting Hacked? Insights from former FCC chief of public safety and homeland security, named new Venable partner.

Jamie Barnett, who proposed and conducted FEMA's first countrywide emergency alert system test, says it has a simple explanation but serious cybersecurity implications. The former FCC chief of public safety and homeland security just joined Venable as telecom co-chair and cybersecurity partner.

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!

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