Startups

TalkLocal reportedly moves to College Park [Startup Roundup]

Plus: EquityEats becomes the first equity crowdfunding effort approved by the District.

WHO’S GETTING FUNDED?

In the first equity crowdfunding endeavor approved by the District, EquityEats raised more than $80,000 and reached 40 percent of its goal within six days of launching, Elevation DC reports. The funds will go towards the creation of Prequel, a pop-up restaurant.
Chuck Ghoorah, cofounder of Cvent, joined the board of directors of TrackMaven, Tech Cocktail reports.
New Frontier Financials, a financial analytics firm for the weed industry, raised a potent $250,000 in seed fund on CannaFundr.com, an online platform for the industry.
Orchestro, a McLean, Va.-based data analytics company, raised $6.8 million, according to an SEC filing.
SemaConnect, a Bowie, Md.-based electric car charging station company, raised close to $16 million, according to an SEC filing.
Avizia, a video conferencing products company based in Reston, has borrowed $3.1 million, according to an SEC filing.
ThreatQuotient, a Vienna-based cybersecurity company, has raised $500,000.

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WHO’S GETTING BUZZ?

Online lobbying tool PopVox was featured in ThinkProgress. Here’s our profile from last September.
Fortune spotlighted LivingSocial in a couple videos with CEO Gautam Thakar, who discussed how he wants to “refound” the company.
The Metro Board of Directors Finance and Administration Committee is seeking public comment on the proposed 2016 budget and the fare scheme. Let it all out.

WHO’S MAKING MOVES?

Blackboard announced it will acquire Schoolwires, an education website for K-12 schools.
TalkLocal, which recently launched its mobile app, is moving its headquarters to College Park, according to the Feb. 6 edition of the Potomac Tech Wire.

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