DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: TRANSITSCREEN

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Mass transit: It’s great to have, in a I-love-to-brag-to-my-friends-that-live-in-places-with-less-planned-infrastructure kinda way. But, also it’s the root of 105.3% of your recurring complaints re: living in a city. The truth about taking the DC metro is that it’s all fun and games until you actually need it. Then you’re left huffing and puffing, running for the Red Line only to find out that it’s actually not working and you’ll have to walk to your destination, starting by putting one foot in front of the another in the direction from which you came. Yes, the underground doesn’t come without its trials and tribulations. However, one DC startup is out to make train-bound commutes a little easier, with the gift of foresight. The company? TransitScreen. DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: TRANSITSCREEN

FORGET BRICKS – INTRODUCING HOMES MADE BY 3D PRINTERS

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When you mention evolution some might think of apes, or whales with little limbs looking sad, drawn across the page of your old science book. Or you might think of the Internet and get sidetracked into the thought process of how in the heck you survived without Google or a handheld database of everything you could ever need (or want to know). I bet if we played a word association game, you’d have to get pretty far down the list before “evolution” led to a light bulb that correlated with the word “printer.” But, given a closer look, I think anyone would be hard-pressed to disagree –– printers have come a long way, baby. FORGET BRICKS – INTRODUCING HOMES MADE BY 3D PRINTERS

DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: GIRLS’ NIGHT IN

As the nation’s capitol, DC has naturally become a hub for innovation, startups, and businesses with backbone. We’re constantly pushing the conversation, and proud of it. While our scene is full of some of your “typical” startups (side note: can a startup actually be typical?) such as software companies, tech companies, and non-profits, we also continue to have folks push the envelope as entrepreneurs in other, more out-of-the-box areas. One example is a local startup catering exclusively to women: Girls’ Night In. DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: GIRLS’ NIGHT IN

YOUR SMART HOME IS (PROBABLY) NOT TRYING TO KILL YOU

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No, your smart home is not trying to kill you.  It might be thinking about it, though.

That’s really the only reasonable conclusion after yesterday’s news that Amazon’s home assistant, Alexa, has started creepily laughing out of nowhere.

While Amazon claims the laughter is a response to a misheard “Alexa, laugh” command, I think we all know that they’re lying and that the machines have achieved sentience.  See you in the abandoned mine where the last of us humans hide out from the drone patrols. YOUR SMART HOME IS (PROBABLY) NOT TRYING TO KILL YOU

STRAVA: AN APP FOR RUNNERS…AND CITY PLANNERS?

Strava is a scrappy, fitness-oriented startup that burst onto the scene roughly four years ago, aimed at a niche market of city-dwelling athletes that might be able to benefit from heat map technology. Little did they know, the interest that would be waiting for them, not only in their target market, but beyond – in the offices of city planners, developers, public transportation officials, and more, it was easy to capture the attention of tall buildings and bustling infrastructures almost everywhere. STRAVA: AN APP FOR RUNNERS…AND CITY PLANNERS?

STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: URGENT.LY

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Car woes – we’ve all been there, without trying or wanting to end up in need of roadside assistance. Whatever your roadside assistance horror story, I’m sure it involves the same must-haves as everyone else’s. I’m talking impending doom, end-of-the-world type bad weather, wonky cell-phone reception, already running late to now hopeless plans, and a long wait despite some preconceived notion that having Triple AAA would be a lifesaver. Mine are almost always a result of locking my own keys in my car like the responsible, well-put together adult that I am…. which the universe rewards with roughly two hours curbside to reflect and mull over the question, “Why am I like this?” STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: URGENT.LY