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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.

01/10/2013 – Aegis Mobility Receives 2013 Mobility Award for Preventing Distracted Driving

Aegis Mobility, the leading provider of software to promote safe and legal use of mobile devices while driving, announced that it has been awarded a 2013 Mobility Award for best software to prevent distracted driving.

01/10/2013 – Goodzer Releases API for more than 2.5 Billion Products from over 500,000 Store Locations

Goodzer (, the best source of product data from all kinds of local stores anywhere in the country, today announced that it will open its application programming interface (API) to third-party developers.

01/09/2013 – Scoutmob to launch location-based deal notification

Scoutmob, an Atlanta-based deal site, will deliver its location-based deals via Field Trip, a mobile app available on Android devices.

01/09/2013 – Sawbuck Realty App Aims to Satisfy Real-Estate Lust

HomeSnap, a free iPhone app created by Washington, D.C.-based online broker Sawbuck Realty, is aiming to satisfy your real-estate lust.

01/08/2013 – New Enterprise Associates raised the most money of any venture capital firm in 2012

Chevy Chase-based New Enterprise raised $2.6 billion last year.

01/07/2013 – Maryland TEDCO Realigns Investment Programs, Launches Funds

The Maryland Technology Development Corp. (TEDCO) on Monday announced the restructuring of its core investment programs, as well as the launch of several new affinity funds.

01/07/2013 – Media Alert: WeddingWire Announces Bride's Choice Awards 2013

WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, has announced the winners of the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2013.

01/07/2013 – Launches Mobile iPhone App for Super Simple Conference Calls, a platform for easy conference calling, today announced it has launched an iPhone app for free, visual and mobile conference calls.

01/07/2013 – VOXX International Corp : Audiovox Launches Car Connection® PRO; with ZoomSafer Technology

One of the key features of the product is its ability, through optional activation of the ZoomSafer software, to manage the driver's cell phone use even eliminating the ability to text while driving.

01/07/2013 – App Spotlight: Speek brings hassle-free conference calls to iOS

Back in October, I told you about Speek, a hassle-free conferencing service that was browser-based. Today, the company unveiled Speek for iOS, an app version of the service that leaves the browser--and your PC--out of it.

01/07/2013 – GramercyOne's Name Change to Booker

GramercyOne, a service management platform (SMP) that unifies operations and automated marketing on a single cloud-based system, changed its name to Booker, to simplify its brand and align with the company’s focus on helping service-based businesses run and grow successfully.

01/06/2013 – New Atlantic Ventures has raised $42.5 million for a new investment fund

New Atlantic Ventures, an investment firm based in Reston, has raised $42.5 million for a new investment fund that will total $125 million when complete.

01/04/2013 – We’re Speek-ing out!

As a DC tech firm, we have a soft spot for all DC start-ups. That’s why we are super excited for Speek, the newest player in the visual conference call game.

01/03/2013 – NEA leads $20M round in BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed, the social news website, began 2013 with almost $20 million in new financing from a team of investors lead by New Enterprise Associates, The New York Times reports.

01/03/2013 – CloudeAssurance Adds Cloud Security Benchmark: Top 10 CSPs to CloudeAssurance 1.2: The First and Only Cloud Security Rating Platform

CloudeAssurance, Inc. – an eFortresses Company, is proud to announce the addition of the Cloud Security Benchmark: Top 10 CSPs to Version 1.2 of its cloud security rating system platform: CloudeAssurance.

01/02/2013 – High Street Partners, Inc. and Tricor Group Members Create New Joint Ventures to Enable Businesses to Better Deliver Growth in Singapore and Japan

High Street Partners, Inc. (HSP) is pleased to announce the formation of two joint ventures with Tricor Group (Tricor), a leading international corporate services firm with its head office based in Hong Kong.

01/02/2013 – Startup Windsor Circle's 871% customer growth leads to $1.1M angel deal

When your company boosts customer count by more than 800 percent and revenue by 3,000 percent, potential investors are likely to pay attention.

01/02/2013 – What To Do After School? DC Startup Activity Rocket Has The Answer

As the parent of a kindergartener her father and I are swimming in mountains of ideas of things for our daughter to do after school. There are a lot of programs out there but not one central website to go to where we can check out everything. We’re just getting started and have a good 10-12 years more to plan for.

01/02/2013 – newBrandAnalytics Releases Social Intelligence Trends for 2013

The explosion of online customer feedback is transforming how businesses will use social intelligence to deliver a quality customer experience. Using information analyzed from 2012, newBrandAnalytics, a leading provider of social intelligence, has its finger on the pulse of the key trends that will unfold in 2013:

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