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Tales From The Twin Tech II Party

We're reposting this dispatch by staff Kim Hart from the Post I.T. blog. The idea of bridging the gap between D.C.'s tech crowds has hit quite a nerve. Last night, Twin Tech II was held at Avenue, a nightclub near the Convention Center downtown. It was the second networking event...

By Dan Beyers | September 19, 2008; 01:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

TechPost: Nine Tips for Building a Brand Online

Here's Zach Goldfarb's weekly update on the local technology scene. In a world of blogs, social networks, feeds, interactive media and so much more, how can a company build and nurture its Web presence? I asked three local well-known Web strategy firms -- r2i.ntegrated, iStrategy Labs and Viget Labs --...

By Zachary Goldfarb | August 22, 2008; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (4)

Tech Post: 'Speed Dating for Geeks'

Here's Zach Goldfarb's weekly update on the local technology scene. If you're a smart techie with Web talent, why come to Washington when you can go to Silicon Valley and snag a job with Google, Facebook or some up-and-coming start-up backed by millions in venture capital? Social Matchbox, a networking...

By Zachary Goldfarb | August 15, 2008; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (5)

TechPost: A Washington Online Broker

By Zachary A. Goldfarb Steven Wallman, a former member of the Securities and Exchange Commission, created online brokerage Foliofn in March 2000, confident that a start-up company at the intersection of finance and the Internet would enjoy the fruits of the dot-com boom. Problem was, March 2000 was the precise...

By Zachary Goldfarb | August 8, 2008; 03:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

TechPost: Advertising For Facebook Apps

SocialCash's marketing materials include this card. Can you tell what card number that is? Read on for more details. By Zachary A. Goldfarb Lawrence Lee, an employee of McLean business software firm MicroStrategy, packed up his bags earlier this year and moved to Silicon Valley. He wanted to see...

By Dan Beyers | August 1, 2008; 04:39 PM ET | Comments (5)

Tech Post: Venture Capital Clouds on the Horizon

Here's Zach Goldfarb's weekly update on the local technology scene. Featured: LivingSocial, Starfish Retention Solutions, iBelong Network, Millmark Education and SwipePay It is going to be an adventure for venture capital -- that's for sure. Locally, the National Venture Capital Association reported this month that second-quarter venture capital investment slid...

By Zachary Goldfarb | July 25, 2008; 01:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Twin Tech Towns Come Together

Here's Zach Goldfarb's weekly update on the local technology scene. It was a melting pot of the Washington technology community. They came out--hundreds of them--from all sides: venture capitalists, Web developers, government contractors, online marketing pros, consultants and bloggers. The goal of the "Twin Tech Party" was to bring together...

By Zachary Goldfarb | July 18, 2008; 02:17 PM ET | Comments (17)

Will the Twin Tech Towns Find Common Ground?

Here's Zach Goldfarb's weekly update on the local technology scene. In Washington politics, of course, we have the two-party system. In Washington technology, we have new and old. It's an election year, so it's not hard to guess which of those divided Washington worlds is trying to come together. In...

By Zachary Goldfarb | July 11, 2008; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (10)

TechPost: Washington's Twin Tech Towns

Here's Zach Goldfarb's weekly update on the local technology scene. In a way, the timing could not have been more perfect. On Wednesday night, from about six to nine, the local technology community came out in full force -- but in two very different places. On a tony street in...

By Zachary Goldfarb | June 27, 2008; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

TechPost: Clearing Up The Ad Confusion At AOL

Zach Goldfarb's weekly update on the local technology scene is back this week with his return from a special assignment reporting on the credit crisis. See what he was up to here. Ten weeks ago, Lynda Clarizio became head of Platform A, AOL's online advertising network, when it seemed that...

By Zachary Goldfarb | June 20, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

TechPost: Multitasking The Web 2.0 Way

Intridea, a D.C. area Web company with 15 employees, has no office. It hasn't received any venture capital. It's happy to work in the background. And in just a year in existence, it's launched four products. Intridea may be the model company for the modern Internet economy. It's much...

By Zachary Goldfarb | April 25, 2008; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Network of Social Networks

Clarence Wooten used to call himself an "entre-poor-neur." That was back in the 1990s. Wooten -- Baltimore-born, Howard County-bred, Johns Hopkins University-educated -- had created three technology companies, all while still in his 20s. He had spent so much time on those businesses that it took him seven years...

By Zachary Goldfarb | April 18, 2008; 08:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

WashingtonVC Targets Social Media

Eric Litman is a long-time Washington area technology guy who on his blog calls himself an "Internet entrepreneur and evangelist." Litman was one of four founders of a well-known local Internet development company in the 1990s called Proxicom. Using proceeds from selling that company and other ventures, he is...

By Zachary Goldfarb | April 4, 2008; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (5)

Hesse makes a personal pitch for Sprint

Two updates on Washington's big but crestfallen and departed technology and telecom companies today: Dan Hesse, having taken a series of actions to bolster Sprint, is leading a new advertisement to promote the company's Simply Everything plan, an unlimited calling/data/other features plan that costs $99.99 per month. Hard to...

By Zachary Goldfarb | March 21, 2008; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

TechPost: Freewebs Moves Into Social Gaming

Here's staff writer Zach Goldfarb's weekly update on the local technology community: Freewebs, the free online Web hosting service and widget maker based in Silver Spring, has spun off a new gaming company. It's all part of the scramble to build applications that work within Facebook and other social networks....

By Zachary Goldfarb | March 14, 2008; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Social Threesome and Video Mash-ups

Searchles is a social search, video and bookmarking site based in the District. It has received more than $1 million in funding from local investor Mark Walsh and is run by Elias Shams, a serial technology entrepreneur. The Web site has a nifty feature that lets you select YouTube...

By Zachary Goldfarb | March 10, 2008; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

A Celebrity, A Party, And Web 2.0

It took a "cewebrity" to get the Web 2.0 party started this week in Washington. He came in the form of Pete Cashmore, the British founder of Mashable, one of the top sites on the Web for tracking developments in social networking. The occasion for his appearance in Washington on...

By Zachary Goldfarb | March 7, 2008; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (4)

A Step Forward For D.C.'s Technology Startups

In November, three local technology and media executives joined to form LaunchBoxDigital's LaunchBox08, an incubation program for start-ups. The goal was to offer people starting technology and new media companies what they needed to get off the ground -- money -- and then the advice they needed to succeed. The...

By Zachary Goldfarb | February 22, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Readers Respond To AOL Exodus

Kendra Marr and I wrote a story that appeared in Monday's paper exploring what AOL's exodus means for the region. It elicited some heated comments. Here's an overview of some of the themes that readers brought up: * Does Washington have a university (or several) that can be a source...

By Zachary Goldfarb | February 19, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Assessing the loss of two giants

In just two weeks, two of Washington's biggest and best-known technology companies - AOL and Sprint Nextel - have taken steps likely to diminish their presence in the Washington region significantly. Sprint announced it is moving its executive headquarters from Reston to Overland Park, Kansas. And AOL's corporate parent, Time...

By Zachary Goldfarb | February 15, 2008; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

TechPost: Where does Washington stack up?

We'll kick this week's TechPost off with a by-the-numbers review of venture capital in the area. A couple weeks back, I http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/20/AR2008012002183.html">wrote about how venture capital in the region powered ahead in 2007, hitting a highpoint since the burst of the dotcom bubble in 2001. But today I want to...

By Zachary Goldfarb | February 8, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

 
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