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DC-based newBrandAnalytics Raises $5M Round of Funding


NewBrandAnalytics, a DC-based startup that provides social business intelligence solutions to help service-focused companies (hospitality, restaurant, and retail industries) improve customer relations, has reportedly raised $5 million in a new round of venture funding. News of the funding comes from a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on April 29. Not much is known about… Read more »

DC-Based Pinbooster Relaunching as Loop88


DC-based Pinbooster, the leading marketing platform for Pinterest, has announced today that it will be relaunching as loop88. Loop88′s launch is accompanied by $500,000 in seed funding led by New Dominion Angels and the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT). Founded a mere two years ago, Pinbooster/loop88 helps companies like Whole Foods, Home Depot, Ghirardelli, Verizon,… Read more »

Rude vs. Respectful Ads, and the Technology Behind Them


Ads shouldn’t steal your time. Ads shouldn’t distract you. And ads shouldn’t be useless. Online publishing used to be a simple, profitable business, where an advertiser paid to put their ads in front of a given audience. Advertisers got what they wanted: consumers; and publishers got what they wanted: a stable cash flow that supported… Read more »

Protect Innovation and Urge Congress to Pass Strong Patent Reforms


This week the Senate Judiciary Committee may hold a markup on patent reform legislation and the outcome is yet to be determined. The House overwhelmingly passed the Innovation Act, the companion bill, in December and now it is up to the Senate to pass critical legislation to protect small businesses. This legislation is critical to protecting… Read more »

Top Things to Consider about Going International: From The Global Innovation Forum


On Thursday night, I had the opportunity to attend The Global Innovation Forum at the Living Social headquarters in DC. Global Innovation Forum partnered with Tech Cocktail, Ideaspace, Living Social, Intuit and eBay to host a panel of experienced entrepreneurial minds for a discussion centered around startups breaking into international markets. The panel featured Kavita Shukla, Founder… Read more »

SocialRadar Launches Its Google Glass App


This morning, SocialRadar has announced the launch of its app for Google Glass. The app is free and available now to download for Glass users. Back in January, the DC-based company led by former Blackboard CEO and founder, Michael Chasen, launched its mobile app for iOS. Using geo-location data from social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Instagram, and Google+,… Read more »

The Top 10 Stories of the Week: Facebook’s FbStart, George Kellerman Leaves 500 Startups for Disruption Corporation, Interview with an 11-Year-Old App Developer


Did you miss out on one (or five) of Tech Cocktail’s posts from this week? It’s okay. We want to let you know that we forgive you; we totally get it. You’re a busy person, with a lot of things on your mind and equally as many things to do. You had people to meet,… Read more »

5 Reasons Why Miami is an Awesome City for Tech


Maybe I’m slightly biased here; I’ve grown up in Boca Raton, a stone’s throw away from Miami, for the last 18 years and have looked to the city as a hub of entrepreneurial activity for the last four years. While Silicon Valley has always been a “Mecca” of sorts for young tech-minded entrepreneurs (and was… Read more »

Smart Tools to Move and Run Your Business from Mobile


Businesses all over the world would have never thought that the power of commerce would shift into the hands of the customer, literally. Mobile devices are the new access points with customers using mobile for practically everything from conducting searches to mobile commerce transactions. Nicholas Carlson of Business Insider points to research findings pulled up… Read more »

2.0: The New Media Party is the True Tech Party This Nerd Prom Weekend


Watch out, DC: the tech nerds are taking over this weekend. In coordination with Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, cocktail hours, brunches, and parties will be held all weekend by publications like Vanity Fair and The New Yorker; however, it seems that Silicon Valley is also a little lovestruck with “Nerd Prom” this year, with additional events planned by tech… Read more »

The Votes Are In: ASME Announces IShow Winners


Over the last week, a lot of you voted on which collegiate organization would win this year’s ASME IShow. People filled the Newseum on Monday to watch the competitors pitch their ideas to a distinguished panel of industry-expert judges, and, while only four teams walked away with funding, the ideas presented embody a new generation of entrepreneurs… Read more »