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Send Us Your Nominations for the General Assembly & Tech Cocktail Chicago All-Star Award Ceremony

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Guess what? Thanksgiving is next week. And then there’s that whole period between Thanksgiving and Christmas when all you can think about is, well, um, Christmas. More importantly, though, the holiday season signals the inevitable end to the year; hence, the period after Thanksgiving often turns into a period of reflection, remembrance, and recognition – a look… Read more »




Freelancers: Overdue Invoices? Just Tell Julie!

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“Ah, that invoice got stuck in our spam folder!” Ever heard that one? How many hundreds of times? Julie Elster created a service that has gained national attention overnight, and suddenly everyone is saying, “Just tell Julie!” Just two days ago, the service was posted to Product Hunt. The upvotes keep increasing. “I dig it… sometimes one… Read more »


Chicago Made: Learning Marketplace Curiosity.com Announces Funding

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Curiosity.com, originally launched in January 2014 by Discovery Communications, is a consumer-centered online marketplace that features the best learning-based content. They have announced that the ownership of the company will change from Discovery to an independent company, Beacon Solutions, Inc. Also announced was a $6 million Series A funding from Discovery and four Chicago investors: Pritzker… Read more »



WeDeliver Locally Launches App to Support “Shop Local” Movement

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Chicago based startup, WeDeliver, announced today that their newest product “WeDeliver Locally” is released to the public and available in the Apple Store for iOS and Google Play Store for Android. Locally is a mobile commerce app designed to help local businesses join the “shop local” movement that is sweeping the nation. Small Business Saturday is just… Read more »


Scott Hess Provides Expert Advice on Attracting and Marketing to Millennials

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On Thursday, November 6, Tech Cocktail is hosting its Chicago Mixer, featuring Spark‘s Scott Hess and Khorus‘s Joel Trammell. Get your tickets now! Scott Hess, SVP/Human Experience at Publicis media agency Spark, is one of the leading experts on American youth and the millennial generation in particular. His TED talk, “Millennials: Who They Are & Why… Read more »



Chicago’s NuCurrent Raises $3.48M Series A for Wireless Charging Technology

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NuCurrent, the Chicago-based startup that has grown to become a leader in wireless charging antenna technology, announced this morning that it has raised $3.48 million in a Series A round of funding. “Wireless power is rapidly being engineered into a broader range of consumer and business products from hand-held electronics to furniture to medical devices,… Read more »



Google’s Same-Day Delivery Service Google Express Launches in Boston, Chicago, DC

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On Monday, Google announced the launch of Google Express – its same-day delivery service – in Boston, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. Already available in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City, the expansion into three more major metropolitan areas gives access to 7 million more people. Google Express allows consumers to purchase… Read more »


This Purse Charges Your Phone Wirelessly

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When I wrote about the launch of Everpurse in 2012, I lamented that we hadn’t fixed something so seemingly simple as short battery life on our smartphones. Today, two years later, it’s still a problem. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, launched in September, promise longer battery life but nothing earth-shattering. The 6 should last… Read more »


Talia Mashiach: Don’t Prioritize Raising Money When You Start a Company [VIDEO]

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Last month at our Tech Cocktail Chicago Sessions event, we had Talia Mashiach, the founder and CEO of event commerce company of Eved, join us to talk about how she’s ended up on this path towards building a billion-dollar Chicago company. On top of having raised over $11 million, the company client list includes major corporations, including the… Read more »