E-Bird Archive

E-Bird news items since July 2015

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Now hear this: Get spring blossoming by attending "Entrepreneurship 101: Starting a Business in Fairfax County" on April 4. The FCEDA presents these monthly workshops with our partners the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, and the Fairfax County-based Community Business Partnership. Click here for details.

This shouldn't stay in Vegas: Siteworx of Reston and Whereoware of Chantilly were two of three North American companies honored in Las Vegas by digital content manager Episerver. It named Siteworx, which grew its certified developer staff by 75 percent in 2016, its North America Solution Partner of the Year. Whereoware received the North American Ascender of the Year award thanks to 154 percent growth in new business. The Street.com has more on the road to Ascend '17 Partner Day Awards.

Rootin' for Rudy: Sara Gilgore of the Washington Business Journal writes about Rudy the robot, which could help the elderly and others with disabilities to maintain independence. The human-sized, wheeled robot with a video screen on its chest enables doctors to check in with patients remotely, and it can deliver medication reminders and tote small items. Anthony Nunez, a George Mason University alumnus, is CEO of Fairfax-based INF Robotics, which produced Rudy.

In other robot news: Alion Science & Technology of Tysons Corner has joined with Reamda of Ireland to form Realion, which will seek to utilize Alion's engineering skills and Reamda's robotic capabilities to produce more-efficient and less-expensive robots for police and military use. Washington Technology's Nick Wakeman took note.

Laundry buddy: ThreadRobe, a startup based in the Kingstowne area of our county, says it developed an automated wardrobe bin that will identify, sort and store clean clothes from the dryer. According to the release cited by Potomac Tech Wire, a mobile app notifies the unit when to retrieve and steam items. Units accommodating 100 and 200 items are expected to be available next year with price tags of $3,750 and $4,250, respectively. Check out this video.

New digs in Reston: LookingGlass Cyber Solutions, a developer of a threat intelligence management systems, moved to larger headquarters in Reston, taking a 20,000-square-foot space on Parkridge Boulevard. According to the release picked up by Potomac Tech Wire, LookingGlass can accommodate its 140 employees as well as future growth.

Jelly roll: Digital marketing agency Jellyfish opened an office in Reston Town Center. According to a release picked up by citybizlist, the office will be home to more than 20 employees and serve as a development and technology hub for the Baltimore-based company.

Larger Pockits: Falls Church-based Pockitship, which specializes in shipping bulky items, announced it is expanding its service area into Baltimore. Stephen Babcock of technical.ly/Baltimore moved this story along, reporting that Pockitship has raised $1.7 million since 2015.

Oh, shoot: Bamboo SPX Services is the new name for Reston-based SharePointXperts, a Microsoft SharePoint consulting practice. According to the release via Potomac Tech Wire, SharePointXperts purchased the assets of Bamboo Solutions in 2016.