Iron Yard to offer free coding classes for kids [Startup Roundup]

Plus: An Arlington cybersecurity startup is raising $750,000.

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Arlington-based Syncurity is raising a $750,000 seed round, CEO and cofounder JP Bourget told DC. Syncurity was founded in August 2014, and was a member of the fall 2014 cohort of MACH37, a cybersecurity accelerator in Herndon, Va. The other cofounders are Ray Davidson and Mike Volo. The company helps improve the scripts and processes for security teams.
Alexandria-based Soapbox Soaps, which is like TOMS for soap, raised $1.1 million last week, according to an SEC filing.
Data management company Skai, which is based in Arlington, raised $126,000 last week out of a $806,000 round, according to an SEC filing 
McLean-based iMapData, a data mapping contractor, raised $1.5 million out of a prospective $2.5 million round on Tuesday, according to an SEC filing. A certain Dale Watson — probably not the singer — joined the company’s board.


WeddingWire announced Thursday the acquisition of Wedding Planner, a company that owns several online wedding marketplaces in Europe in Latin America. Here’s the press release; more background from the Washington Post; and additional numbers at the Business Journal.
AT&T will be servicing drivers with, the road assistance app based out of AOL’s Fishbowl Labs in Dulles, through its AT&T Drive platform, it announced in a press release.
Disruption Corporation announced the rollout of Disruption Community, making what looked suspiciously like a coworking space well, an official coworking space. More details on pricing here.
The Iron Yard launched a free coding class program for kids. Kids Academy is for children 7-12 and will take place on Tuesday evenings from March 17 to April 7. Sign up here.


D.C. is the best city for women in tech, according to a ranking by the personal finance website SmartAsset based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey. That’s in part because it has the highest proportion of women working in technology: 37.2 percent. That’s right: just 37.2 percent of tech jobs filled by women means D.C. deserves a cookie. Here’s more context on the report from the Post.


Former Optoro HR senior director Kathy Penny joined Canvas, the Reston-based cloud computing tool for companies, as Chief People Officer (that’s a new position), the company announced last Wednesday.

Companies: Urgently / Syncurity / WeddingWire / Optoro / Canvas / Iron Yard

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