startup

Would love some logo feedback (also looking to hire designer for touch ups)

Here's the logo and some additional information: http://i.imgur.com/90M7zzt.png

For those interested in the job (contact me at cwrichardkim@gmail.com):
The Old
We find that our current logo has a range of issues:
1) It’s too bland. We strived for simple, but ended up with bland.
2) Unrelatable to our primary audience (college students)
3) We strove for: Sleek, high quality, class, professional, fun

The New
We’re looking for a new identity for our upcoming expansion
1) Color scheme. Finding a color scheme that fits us is our primary mission. The colors have to work across the platform

Tech Start-up logo help please

Hi everyone,

This is my first attempt at an identity project, and not having proper graphic design (much less typographic) training under my belt, I would really appreciate some feedback from more discerning eyes!

The "client" is a technology startup, looking to make sense of financial networks. The goal of the identity therefore is to convey the idea of innovation, and data connections on a global scale.

I'm unsure about the proportions here, but my main conundrum is that I would like for the text and the graphic to have a visual relationship, e.g. echo each other in some small detail of form (I'm thinking United Airline's original logo by Pentagram here...) Any suggestions? I'm also afraid that it looks really boring.