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4 Online Education Trends for 2014

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Looking ahead this year, business owners worldwide are definitely in board rooms steering up plans designed to ensure they have a successful 2014, and the world of online education is no different. The industry has a projected monetary growth of approximately 10 percent between 2012 and 2015, so educators and education startups should take notice… Read more »


Quarterly Closes in on 50 Curators as Site Gets Cooler by the Second (or Quarter!)

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Imagine getting home from a long day at work, after a traffic-jam-infused commute, to find a neatly selected care package from the ever-so-”Happy” Pharrell Williams, or the “bizarre” Andrew Zimmern, or human daredevil Tim Ferriss. I mean, how cool would that be!?! Well, if you haven’t heard by now, that’s exactly the type of experience… Read more »


How Machine Learning Can Improve Customer Interaction

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The one thing most businesses strive for is to make sure their customers are happy. In the past, the approach to this was fairly simple, engaging the customer through cheerful face-to-face interaction and seeing to all their needs personally. But as technology advances, more and more business dealings are taking place online, away from the… Read more »


Can Slyce Take Down Amazon Flow in Image Recognition Shopping?

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It’s weird to think about now, but just a few years ago, the technology behind things like Google Glass still seemed unlikely to most of us — heck, even the functions of which our smartphones are now capable would’ve been deemed flukes in the universe’s timeline: products of luck rather than human-backed technological advancement. Nowadays,… Read more »




Post-Accelerator and Growth Funding in Berlin

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A couple of weeks ago, a colleague and I went on a trip to Vienna, Austria to deliver a keynote to a state-funded innovation agency to discuss entrepreneurship and the role of mentoring. One of the key points that came out of that discussion was the role of accelerators and the state of growth funding… Read more »



How GE and Local Motors Will Innovate Manufacturing [Video]

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Last night, Tech Cocktail held a DC Sessions event at the GE Garage in downtown Washington, where we got to sit down for a fireside chat with Local Motors‘ Chief Strategy Officer, Justin Fishkin, and GE’s Executive Director for Global Innovation & New Models, Stephen J. Liguori. The two companies have teamed up in 2014 for an initiative that… Read more »



“Hope is Not a Strategy” Q&A with Peter Shanley

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If you are part of a startup, you probably consider Eric Ries’ Lean Startup your startup bible and its scientific principles, startup commandments. Principles of the Lean Startup include: Entrepreneurs are everywhere Entrepreneurship is management Validated Learning Innovation Accounting Build Measure Learn We caught up with Lean Startup proponent Peter Shanley, principle of Neo, a… Read more »



Don’t Miss Out on the ‘Next Big Thing’ in Social Media

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Marketing blunders happen all the time. Do you remember when Pontiac gave away nearly 300 sleek, testosterone-fueled G6 sports cars on that talk show in 2004 — or do you remember the time Oprah gave everyone in her audience a new car? Pontiac might not have gained the attention it wanted from that stunt, but Oprah… Read more »



Vote YES to Help Uber Launch in Miami!

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Two important bills that could bring Uber closer to launching its services in Miami will be up for consideration in the Florida Senate next week. In an email to Florida supporters, Uber asked state residents to vote YES to two legislations that would remove “antiquated regulations” and would instead provide consumers with “choice and increase transportation options.”… Read more »


Keep the Smart, Ditch the Phone

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Let’s start by getting something out of the way: I am stone-cold sober. Didn’t even hit CES this year. I do, however, hail from DC, proud home of Mayor Marion Barry, who was smoking crack when Rob Ford was in short pants (suck it, Toronto!), so it’s possible that there’s just a little crazy hazy… Read more »