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Political Activism and Storytelling in the Tech Era

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Tech Cocktail is a Media Partner during Sime MIA 2014 In order to understand what political activism is today, let’s compare it to political activism in its pre-digital form — pounding the pavement to distribute printed handouts, door-to-door networking, and participating in telephone trees. Today, political activists can drive their message quickly online. From Facebook protests, digital… Read more »


Proximity Based Marketing by a Global Team

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bfonics, Inc. enables businesses of all sizes to leverage ibeacon technology for proximity-based marketing. With 90% of retail sales still occurring in physical locations and 65% of consumers using mobile devices when they shop, retailers and brands are actively looking for ways to engage consumers when it matters most. bfonics leverages ibeacon technology to uniquely… Read more »




Community Management Platform Mobilize Raises $1.2M in Seed Funding

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San Francisco-based startup Mobilize announced today that it has raised US $1.2 million in seed funding. The round of funding was led by Hillsven Capital, with participation from UpWest Labs and Eddy Shalev. The funding will be used to grow the team, accelerate product development, and continue supporting the company’s beta customers. Mobilize has developed… Read more »


Introducing Collide Village, a New Startup Accelerator in North Texas

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The official start of North Texas’s newest accelerator, Collide Village Accelerator Program (CVAP), on November 6th, 2014 is evidence of the rapidly growing startup community in Dallas-Fort Worth. Collide Village is a milestone driven seed stage startup accelerator housed in the Addison TreeHouse, a resource centered coworking space in the Dallas-area town of Addison. The Village offers… Read more »




Failure Happens: 5 Warning Signs for Startups From Entrepreneurs

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The lure of Texas-sized riches has uncovered the hidden entrepreneur in many souls. Success stories are highly publicized but there is a wealth of knowledge that can be extracted from failed startups as well. As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, The DEC, a non-profit to promote entrepreneurs and startups,  held their first event on Celebrating Failures, dubbed Fail… Read more »



Winners Announced for The DEC and Comerica’s Inaugural $50k Business Pitch Contest

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After 5 months, The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC) and Comerica’s inaugural $50k business pitch contest came to an end. Here’s a timeline of the competition: June 12, 2014 – Contest announced In the inaugural year of the contest more than 130 applications were received from local entrepreneurs and start-ups across North Texas. July 1st –… Read more »


Lavasoft CEO Lists 5 Montreal Startups to Watch

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When it comes to Canadian tech startups, Toronto gets all the attention. And that’s for a reason. After all, Toronto’s startups are solving some very real issues, churning out innovative startups like Sojourn Labs’ electric car-bike vehicle and Spinesonics Medical’s ultrasound device for spinal surgeons. Last December, the Ontario government teamed up with Cisco Canada… Read more »


Full Spectrum Laser Went From a Garage to the Prime Time

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The tales of garage-startups are few and far between these days with startup ecosystems popping up left and right (and offering relatively cheap rent prices). However, it’s a part of the startup culture that hasn’t completely disappeared yet. Henry Liu founded Full Spectrum Laser, and their wholly owned 3D printing subsidiary FSL3D, in his garage… Read more »


StyleSeat’s Melody McCloskey: Bootstrapping Was Difficult Yet Important for Growth

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StyleSeat’s co-founder and CEO Melody McCloskey was in Miami this week to talk about her entrepreneurial journey during Tech Cocktail Sessions.  McCloskey spoke to an audience of industry leaders and entrepreneurs about beauty-booking app StyleSeat, and how she decided to pursue her passion. “It got the point one day where my desire to do it, and… Read more »