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Elevator Pitch: Meporter Makes Everyone a Reporter

In the latest episode of “Elevator Pitch,” host Alan Meckler talks with Andy Leff about his startup Meporter, a local news site that empowers citizen journalists to share stories as they’re happening (not to be confused with Stephen Colbert’s meReport 6700).

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Elevator Pitch: BillGuard Aims to Protect Your Money

In the latest episode of “Elevator Pitch,” host Alan Meckler grills entrepreneur Yaron Samid about his company BillGuard, a credit card protection service that recently closed a $10 million round of financing.

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Elevator Pitch: One-on-One with OnSwipe CEO

In the latest episode of “Elevator Pitch,” host Alan Meckler gets pitched by OnSwipe CEO Jason Baptiste, who says his company’s tablet publishing platform is “insanely easy.”

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Elevator Pitch: Tutorspree Founder Gets Schooled

In the latest episode of “Elevator Pitch,” host Alan Meckler grills entrepreneur Aaron Harris about his startup Tutorspree, a site that connects students with private tutors.

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Elevator Pitch: Is Zaarly the Next Big Thing?

In the latest episode of “Elevator Pitch,” host Alan Meckler talks to Bo Fishback, CEO and co-founder of the buyer powered online marketplace Zaarly.

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Elevator Pitch: Is Gojee the Next Big Thing?

In this episode of MediabistroTV’s “Elevator Pitch,” host Alan Meckler gets pitched by Michael LaValle, the CEO of recipe curation site Gojee.

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So, what do you think? Is Gojee the next big thing? Leave your thoughts in the comments section…

Elevator Pitch: Alan Meckler Sizes Up Wanderfly

In the debut episode of MediabistroTV‘s “Elevator Pitch,” our CEO Alan Meckler meets with the founders of Wanderfly, a startup that provides travel advice based on a user’s interests and budget.

So, what do you think? Is Wanderfly the next big thing? Leave your thoughts in the comments section…

iWatch News Launches Today

Today marks the launch of the Center for Public Integrity’s new project: a free investigative news website updated daily.

iWatch News will feature stories on money and politics, health care, national security, government accountability and, of course, waste, fraud and abuse. The site already features an in-depth series on sexual assault on college campuses and the lack of law enforcement and consequences for sex offenders. We’re told to expect “deep-dig stories” on Medicare fraud and transparency in state governments in the near future. They plan to publish around 15 major reports every year.

The site will also feature daily original reporting and fact checking. CPI Director of Communications Randy Barrett told FishbowlDC: “Too often bogus ‘facts’ become accepted ‘truth’ simply by being repeated often enough. We want to shoot that down.”

“Quality investigative reporting is increasingly rare,” CPI’s executive director William E. Buzenberg said in a statement. Barrett echoed that: “You used to see this kind of [investigative] coverage often in…newspapers. Not anymore. We want to fill that vacuum.”

CPI is a non-partisan nonprofit, and accepts donations from individuals and foundations. They hope to also raise money later this spring with a digital edition available to annual subscribers.

Venture Capital Investors to Speak in D.C.

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A panel of angel investors and venture capitalists will be speaking in Washington D.C. on July 27th about how to get venture funding for your business.

Venture investing network FundingPost.com designed the “Angel Investor and Venture Capital” event to help businesses connect with venture capitalists in the Mid-Atlantic area. The panel will focus on early stage investing, VC-friendly business sectors, and how to actually get a VC to write you a check. A networking cocktail party will follow.

“We try to organize events that are educational, fun, and good networking opportunities,” said Joe Rubin, director and co-founder of FundingPost.

The ability to explain clearly and concisely what your business does is essential in getting venture funding, according to Rubin. Companies attending the $75 event will also have a chance to give a 2 minute elevator pitch to VC panelists, and speakers and attendees will receive summaries and contact info for all businesses involved.

Attendees can register for the D.C. event on the FundingPost web site. FundingPost has been holding VC panel discussions in D.C. for the past 7 years. The group holds similar events in 19 cities across the U.S. Upcoming panels are also scheduled to take place in Philadelphia and Chicago.

Panelists in D.C. include John F. Frankel, founder of ff Asset Management, Dave Troy, investor with the Baltimore Angels, Hannah Clifford, an associate with the Paladin Capital Group, Todd Klein, managing partner of Legend Ventures, Lenard Marcus, investment manager with the Edison Venture Fund, and Janet Yang, principal with Novak Biddle Venture Partners.

Former Verizon Washington D.C. President Marie Johns Confirmed as U.S. Small Business Administration Deputy Administrator

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Marie C. Johns, the former President of Verizon Washington, D.C. is the new Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Nominated by President Obama, Johns’ appointment to the position was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate earlier today.

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The SBA has provided counseling and assistance to small businesses nationwide since 1953. As the agency’s second-ranking official Johns will be in charge of management, policy development and program supervision.

“I am excited to join Administrator Mills and the entire SBA team to serve the interests of small businesses across this country. The SBA mission is fundamental to the economic strength of our nation; that is, give small businesses the support they need to grow and create jobs,” Johns said in a press release.

Johns has served as chair of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Greater Washington and Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science. She also founded the Washington, D.C. Technology Council and the Students Educated for Economic Development Success program (SEEDS), which trained over 200 high school dropouts for placement in entry-level positions in information technology.

A 21-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, Johns retired from Verizon Washington, D.C. in 2004.

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