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Meet stealth-mode Doofl. It’s scaling the Ice Bucket Challenge [Startup Roundup]

Plus: Would your code pass the Bechdel Test? Most of 18F's projects didn't.


Arlington-based Doofl Mgmt., a stealth-mode company that basically institutionalizes dares like the Ice Bucket Challenge, is seeking to raise $150,000, of which it has collected $8,000, according to an SEC filing. More details on Doofl’s concept are available on the LinkedIn profile of CEO Ted Decareau:

Doofl lets you be good and have fun at the same time. You create a fundraiser based on agreeing to complete a dare. Your network votes and pledges to get you to post the video of you completing the dare so the donations can be released to your charity. Product is currently in development and will be launched at the end of Q2 2015.

1776-based KickUp, a platform that helps teachers connect with each other for advice, is seeking to raise $300,000, according to an SEC filing. It has already rounded up $90,000 in debt financing.
Georgetown-based Red Hand, a company that owns the “Electronic Tenant Handbook,” a product for developers created in the early 2000s and initially bootstrapped, is embarking on a $1.5 million funding round, according to an SEC filing.
D.C. and San Francisco-based TransitScreen, which lists public transportation options by location and schedule, raised $600,000, it announced on its blog. raised $3 million in debt financing, according to an SEC filing. DC Inno reports that USAA led the round.


18F, the digital handyman of the government nested inside the General Services Administration, performed a version of the Bechdel Test on its own coding projects: “To pass, a project had to have at least one function written by a woman dev that called another function written by another woman dev.” Results 6 winners, 1 almost and 10 not yets. Sad trombone.
Herndon-based CIT Gap Funds is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to encourage the development of wearable technology for first responders in existing accelerators in Dallas and Chicago.
Barely two weeks after Deleware-based DeliveryCircle launched in D.C., Silicon Valley-based on-demand food delivery startup DoorDash is also setting up shop here.
The public now has access to a live analytics dashboard on government website traffic, E Pluribus Unum reports.
The D.C.-based Aspen Institute is accepting applications for its Urban Innovator-in-Residence program, which will offer office space, mentorship and networking opportunities to early-stage or mature organizations working to solve civic problems.
Apply by May 22


FiscalNote engineers described the tortuous process of choosing the right programming language in their blog post, “Why We Chose Ember.js.”
Yale alumni are not too happy about the university’s new offerings on Landover, Md.-based online education platform 2UBuzzFeed reports.
From drones to fintech to medical devices to privacy and cybersecurity issues, more and more regulatory issues concerning new technologies will be debated in Washington, according to TechCrunch report.

Companies: Social Tables / 18F / 76 Forward

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