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In and Around DC In Tech

Wow, there’s so much good stuff happening around DC, it’s difficult to keep up and it’s even harder to keep track. So I thought I’d spew some of the...

5 of my Favorite 2011 Startups

The quality of startups seeking funding in 2011 was very high.  Strong companies, strong teams and lots of them.  Of the companies that I saw, and liked and for one reason or another did not invest, here are 5 of my favorites for the year. (UPDATED Status as of Dec 2017) Villagize -  is a social network for local neighborhoods and communities. Villagize helps you discover and interact with the people who live on your street, in your neighborhood, and in your local community groups, such as your church or your school.  It's a hyper-local Facebook that will blur the lines between the real and cyber worlds.  Villagize has the potential to change the way we think of social networks and bring neighborhoods together. Founded by former AOL, Silvan Learning, and Koofers Executive, Gio Hunt, Villagize is still in its early stages and I predict will make an impact in 2012. (Stick a fork in this dog...

Another One Bites The Dust – West Coast Deal II

Another one bites the dust, packs up their bags, and leaves the DC area for Silicon Valley. Last week, YouEye, a firm that we covered back in February, left town for California. The company has been out on the money-raising circuit since the beginning of the year, received offers of funding at a reasonable valuation from several of the investors of the University of Maryland’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship Angel Network.  But after an expedition out west, YouEye received offers of funding at nearly twice the valuation that DC investors were offering. So walking in the footsteps documented in our article The West Coast Deal, which discussed local companies like PointAbout/AppMakr and Hitfix high-tailing it out of DC, YouEye’s CEO Kyle Henderson follows the money and headed west.  YouEye, a once Proudly Made in DC firm, becomes a Proudly Launched and Left DC firm. One possible bright side in the story for DC could be that several of the Dingman Angel investors co-invested with the west coast angels.  So we can hope that cash produced by a profitable liquidity event will be reinvested in DC....

Pete Bianco

In Memory of Pete Bianco

Peter Bianco, Serial Entrepreneur and DC Tech Scene Supporter.  Peter was one of the first members of Mindshare, an educational program for DC area tech...