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Pivotal Opens Office in Chicago’s Merch Mart

Pivotal Opens New Office in Chicago's Merch Mart

The San Francisco, CA-based Pivotal – the company that provides businesses with PaaS-based solutions utilizing Big Data, agile development, and the Cloud – has announced the opening of its new office in Chicago, IL. The new Chicago office is part of the company’s plan to expand across the U.S., and will house Pivotal Labs, the company’s agile… Read more »


From Uber to GNSTV, How LiveAnswer is Managing Their Calls

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Uber saw an opportunity when they hired Miami-based startup, LiveAnswer, to manage calls from drivers. Every missed call was a missed opportunity for their business. LiveAnswer is a technology platform that taps into the unoccupied time of agents at call centers, giving that extra time to small business owners who can’t commit to the traditional… Read more »


CEO of Snapchat to Speak at the Montgomery Summit

Snapchat Montgomery Summit

Recently the Montgomery Summit, presented by Macquarie Capital, announced the speaker lineup for their two-day conference designed to bring investors and leading executives from private growth tech companies together. The speakers are: Patrick Soon-Shion, founder of NantWorks Evan Spiegel, founder and CEO of Snapchat Andy Jassy, head of Amazon Web Services Fred Luddy, founder of… Read more »


Spreesy Turns Any Instagram Account Into a Business

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Spencer Costanzo and Braydon Batungbacal might be two young college dropouts, but they’re two young college dropouts with a plan. Specifically, their plan is to make Instagram shopper-friendly via their platform, Spreesy. You see, there are quite literally tens of thousands of people selling products on Instagram. Costanzo and Batungbacal simply want to capitalize on that market… Read more »


Who is Tampa Bay’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]

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Tech Cocktail is returning to Tampa Bay and we couldn’t be more excited!  We’ve teamed up with our local Tampa Bay Ambassador Gracie Stemmer to bring Tech Cocktail’s Mixer & Startup Showcase to the Tampa Bay area on February 4th, 2015 as part of Tampa Bay Startup Week. Join us on this entrepreneurial CELEBRATION taking place at Startup Week Chase Basecamp, where you… Read more »


Microsoft Ventures: What to Expect at the Accelerator

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We are proud to partner with Microsoft Ventures to promote their Digital Work Accelerator in Seattle. The team from the Digital Work Accelerator has been traveling across the country to conduct pitch events and information sessions to help startups apply to the accelerator. Got a question? Add your question here: Click to Tweet:@MSFTVentures @techcocktail #digitalwork #QnA The final days are… Read more »


Draper University Appoints New CEO and Launches Draper Ecosystem

Draper University Launches Draper Ecosystem Hires New CEO

Draper University, the unique program established by renowned venture capitalist Tim Draper which aims to empower a new generation of entrepreneurs through education and mentorship, has announced today that it is bringing on current Draper Dragon Fund managing director, Andrew Tang, as its new CEO. In addition, it also announced the launch of the Draper… Read more »


Galvanize Hosts Inaugural Colorado Demo Day

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Today Galvanize, the Denver based accelerator, held its inaugural Colorado Demo Day on its Golden Triangle Campus. It’s being billed as a unique opportunity for investors, press, and the public to rub shoulders with the local founders, 50 percent of whom are female. “While the San Francisco Bay Area may represent the center of the… Read more »


Smart Home for Photos Picturelife Gets Acquired

StreamNation Acquires PictureLife

In an email sent out to users early this morning, Picturelife cofounder and CEO Nate Westheimer announced that the company had been acquired by StreamNation, the Cloud storage platform that allows people to securely store, stream, and share their media content online. According to StreamNation, Picturelife will remain intact, and Picturelife’s employees will join the… Read more »


The Most Sustainable Tech Companies in the World

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The Global 100, a ranking of the most sustainable corporations in the world, was released last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos. This annual ranking has been compiled by Corporate Knights Capital since 2005 and judges corporations on 12 metrics: Energy productivity: How much revenue they make per unit of energy Carbon productivity:… Read more »



Threadflip: Bringing Consignment to E-Commerce and Online Shopping

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Call it consignment for online shoppers. Threadflip, a social marketplace and e-commerce platform allows users to buy, sell and find pre-worn women’s clothing, shoes, bags, and other accessories. “Threadflip is the first and only fashion e­commerce platform to develop full web and mobile experiences for both consignment and peer­-to-­peer consignment,” reads an excerpt from a… Read more »


Slyce Acquires Mobile Coupon App SnipSnap for $6.5M

Slyce Acquires SnipSnap

Today, the Toronto, Canada-based Slyce – the retail visual search platform empowering mobile apps such as Neiman Marcus’s image recognition shopping app –  has announced its acquisition of the Philadelphia, PA-based mobile couponing company SnipSnap. The acquisition is valued at $6.5 million and is a combination of both cash and stock. “SnipSnap and its four million users represent… Read more »


5 Benefits of Having a Blog

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It is amazing when you realize that 20 years ago, blogs were a really scarce (if not entirely nonexistent) thing found online. Today, there are over 150 million blogs on the Internet, which makes for pretty big growth. Without a doubt, platforms like Blogger and WordPress have a great deal of responsibility for this, given that… Read more »