Fishbowl Labs, Paleo Food and the Beekeeper Group

The big news I broke this week was that Fishbowl Labs, a cool business incubator space out in Ashburn, Va., is making changes all over the place. Though Lauren and Paul were mum on who is “moving on,” the new guidelines should provide a solid foundation for making sure whichever startups do land in the Fishbowl provide some sort of benefit to AOL (see: “cultural ROI”). I can say that Lauren called mHelpDesk “bootstrapped and badass,” which leads me to believe they might be staying put if they want to. AOL doesn’t take equity in return for letting you incubate your company there, and how much fun would it be to play in that QA lab for an hour?

I’ve been doing the paleo thing for a while now, so when I met Patrick Smith at Mindshare a few months ago, and he told me about Power Supply, I was interested in learning more about it. Would that I had extra dough to drop on chef-made paleo lunches! Power Supply just rolled out a new ordering system and has teamed up with Mindful Chef. Jeff Kelley cofounded Mindful Chef after running Eat Wonky, a aptly named food truck for the D.C. area. Did anyone ever try it?

Finally, the Beekeeper Group let me in on their buzz: growth and new hires. Shana Glickfield also heads up the Awesome Foundation, which I’d like to learn more about. And I didn’t have room in the article to talk about this cool pro bono project that Beekeeper is doing with the D.C. Public Library–they’re crowdsourcing references to the District in fiction. Want to help? Read about it here.


Another taxi on demand service for DC

So Hailo launched yesterday, bringing some competition for Uber and myTaxi and traditional cab services for people in the District who eschew the metro or their own personal transportation. I’d be curious to hear from anyone who has used Hailo, either in DC or in other cities. What did you think of it? Is it worth $1.50 extra per trip for the convenience of not having to flag a cab down and being able to know that you can definitely use your credit card for the ride?

Big News at 1776

1776 kicked things off bright and early this morning with news that they are hosting a Global Challenge Cup. As I reported earlier today, 16 cities are being invited to participate in the regional round. Some are obvious picks–D.C., San Fran, LA, Boston, and NY are often bandied about as startup hubs. It will be interesting to see what the participation from the international sector brings–Capetown and Moscow, Beijing and Sao Paolo, we’re all ears here in D.C. I’m slightly curious why Indianapolis didn’t get a nod, but Burfield says that other cities are welcome to host their own competitions–he just won’t be organizing them. Sixteen regional competitions, apparently, are enough.