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December 19, 2012
 
 
5 Biggest Stories of 2012

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Behold the last issue of Tech Bisnow for 2012. Before we can leap into 2013, we look back at the tech stories that defined the last 12 months.
 
President Obama signs the JOBS Act.
President Obama gave a boost to startups when he signed the JOBS Act in April. Calling it a “potential gamechanger” for entrepreneurs, one of the key pieces of the legislation that opened the door for more people to invest in startups through crowdfunding. It means startups have yet one more way to raise seed funding, which has been lacking in the DC region.
 
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Everfi's Tom Davidson
Speaking of funding, startups did pretty well when it came to raising institutional money this year. Tom Davidson’s EverFi got some West Coast love, raising a $10M series B round from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, and Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, as well as firms like NEA and Rethink Education. Other DC startups to raise money this year: Speek, IntroHive, Veenome, Always Prepped, Zoomdata, Foodem, YaSabe.com, HomeSnap, FullCircle, SocialToaster, and Social Tables.
 
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Sequestration put plans on hold for federal IT contractors.
We can’t describe the year without using the “s” word. Before 2012 started, not many people had ever uttered the word “sequestration.” Federal IT contractors have been preparing for the automatic federal cuts (set to start in early January) since the summer by putting hiring and other expansion plans on hold. Economic estimates say the DC region would lose nearly a half million small business jobs. If Congress and the White House can’t come up with a plan in the next few days, the ax will come out in just a few weeks.
 
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Steve Case and Tim O'Shaughnessy
LivingSocial, one of the stars of the DC startup scene, shocked the community recently when it laid off 400 of its employees, the majority in sales, editorial, and customer service. It wasn’t that long ago that co-founder Tim O’Shaughnessy, here with Steve Case, told a NVTC crowd that the company was adding 150 employees a month—it went from 450 to 4,500 in about two years. It’ll be a company to watch in 2013. (Our 2013 resolution is to learn to spell Tim's last name without looking on LivingSocial's website.)
Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel laid out government's mobility plan.
Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel unveiled the government’s mobility plan this year that will make government info more accessible to the public and make the government’s management of its devices smarter and more affordable. The plan calls for standardized mobile contracts and streamlined procurement of mobile and data and voice plans. VanRoekel also called for a device agnostic plan and strategies based on the needs of the individual agencies.

Science Cluster Grows
 
Prince William County's Jeffrey Kaczmarek unveiled a new science accelerator.
Prince William County in Northern Virginia is home to a new science accelerator, which will include wet lab space for growing life sciences companies. The facility, approved by the Prince William Board of County Supervisors yesterday, will be housed in 9,000 square feet in Innovation Technology Park. The companies in the accelerator will enter into a license agreement with the county. Economic development director Jeffrey Kaczmarek says Innovation Technology Park is the largest and fastest-growing cluster of forensic and life sciences companies and facilities in NoVa.

To Beantown
 
Sevacall heads to Boston.
We hear the team at Sevacall, including Super Hero Seva Man, has been practicing their Boston accent for the company’s launch in the New England city this week. The Potomac, Md.-based company has lined up over 10,000 companies in the Boston area that will be a part of Sevacall’s app that allows consumers to request a service provider at a moment’s notice. Since the company officially launched its product four months ago, over 5,000 service calls have been placed in eight cities, including DC, Baltimore, and Philly.
 
Happy holidays to our readers! We're gearing up for a newsy 2013 so please send your announcements, story ideas, and predictions to Bisnow's Tania Anderson.
 
 
 
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