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Video Content in a Mobile World: Diet-Sized and Distributed

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While the tech industry was buzzing over Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, the social network’s original blockbuster deal, Instagram, was quietly making some interesting news of its own. Action-sport channel Network A, a property of next-generation media start-up Bedrocket, announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind video series called #goodstuff. The lifestyle series, which focuses… Read more »

Breather Arrives in the US, Provides Quiet Spaces On Demand in NYC


Breather today made their long anticipated US debut, allowing their members access to beautiful, private, and quiet spaces on demand in New York City. This expansion comes not too far behind the funding round Breather closed in June 2013 where they brought in $1.5 million. Access to Breather’s spaces are reserved for registered members and… Read more »

Who are the Challenge Cup San Francisco’s Hottest Showcasing Startups? [POLL]


In case you missed it, Tech Cocktail has proudly partnered with 1776, the Washington, DC-based startup incubator, to bring you the Challenge Cup – a global competition to identify the hottest startups in education, energy, health, and smart cities. On February 27th, Challenge Cup will bring the excitement to San Francisco, where dozens of startups will battle for the four regional… Read more »

The DC Device Lab: How a Global Movement Is Encouraging Growth in DC Tech


From the outside, it doesn’t look like a much – a glass-enclosed room filled with tech gadgets in the corner of Canvas Co/work, a co-working space in DC’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. Considering the placid atmosphere at this chic, exposed-brick, Brooklyn-meets-Apple-store shared work space, the room more likely resembles a museum exhibit rather than any lab to which you’ve… Read more »

China’s Sina Weibo prepares for $500 million U.S. IPO


On the heels of Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp, China’s Sina Corp. has selected banks for an initial public offering of Weibo - a popular microblogging service in China, much in the way of Twitter - that could potentially raise about $500 million, according to a report from the Financial Times earlier today. According to two unnamed sources familiar with… Read more »

Happy Birthday Daniel Ek!


At some point today you’re going to listen to music on Spotify; it is Friday after all. All we ask is that you take 4 or 5 minutes to listen to one of your favorite songs, jam out, and go crazy dancing. You should do this because it’s Daniel Ek’s birthday today, and he’s the… Read more »

Macaw and YAPPERapp win DC’s Hottest Showcasing Startups

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Last night was Tech Cocktail DC’s Mixer and Startup Showcase at 1776.  As always, we held our Hottest Showcasing Startup series, including the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll, as well as the Best Pitch award, as determined by the Live SMS poll. Your winners are below. Tech Cocktail Week’s Hottest Showcasing Startup – Reader’s Choice YAPPERapp - Not… Read more »

Steve Jobs to be Featured on a Postage Stamp in 2015

Steve Jobs Tribute

Do you know what’s better than buying a new Apple product? Buying an Apple stamp…? Back in 1995, I started a stamp collection. Three years later, during a family visit from New Jersey, the entire collection ultimately found itself all over my bedroom walls thanks to one rude, younger cousin. Needless to say, I quit… Read more »

Take A Vacation: WeHostels Now Offers 170,000 New Hotels


In late 2013 mobile travel startup WeHostels was acquired by StudentUniverse. As a direct result of StudentUnivere’s resources, WeHostels has been able to expand their market reach and are today launching a new version of their mobile app. Until now WeHostels has only offered alternative bookings like hostels and bed & breakfasts. However, the new… Read more »

Google’s Fund for Growth-Stage Companies, Google Capital, Launches Today


This morning, Google officially launched Google Capital, its growth equity investment fund aimed at making later-stage investments in tech companies. The launch comes nearly after a year since the fund was first announced last May. Google Capital is backed by Google itself (obviously) and led by partners David Lawee, Scott Tierney, and Gene Frantz. Unlike the company’s… Read more »