Uber, Fooda, Drizy, Others Team Up to Select One Great Chicago Company for the Ultimate Office Happy Hour

By | Dec 3, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Five Chicago startups are teaming up for Happy Hour Delivered, a promotion aimed at giving one Chicago business the ultimate happy hour experience. Drizly, Instacart, Fooda, Uber and Handy will be providing food, drink, transportation, and cleanup altogether worth up to $2,330 for one Chicago…


Congrats to the Winners of the General Assembly & Tech Cocktail Chicago All-Star 2014 Awards!

By | Dec 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm

There’s no better way to end the year than with a great holiday party, and that’s precisely what we did this evening at the General Assembly & Tech Cocktail Holiday Party! Not only did we get the chance to hang out with all our friends…


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

By | Nov 20, 2014 at 4:22 pm

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…

Dev & Design

Enroll in a Design Bootcamp So You Don’t End Up Like Airbnb

By | Nov 19, 2014 at 9:12 am

When Airbnb unveiled their new logo in July, they proudly announced the creation of the Bélo, a symbol that miraculously combines a heart, the letter A, a location pin, and someone reaching out to hug you. The universal symbol of belonging. The Internet did…


She Got a Tech PhD While Raising Kids in Post-Soviet Russia

By | Nov 18, 2014 at 2:30 pm

In August 1991, as the Soviet Union was collapsing around her, single mother Hettie Dombrovskaya was in the hospital giving birth to twins. “We had the radio turned on in the delivery room,” recalls Dombrovskaya, who already had a young son. In the coming…


Freelancers: Overdue Invoices? Just Tell Julie!

By | Nov 14, 2014 at 5:25 pm

“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…


Chicago Made: Learning Marketplace Announces Funding

By | Nov 13, 2014 at 11:45 am, 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…


Raise Announces $18.1M in Funding, Releases App to Enable Instantaneous Consumer Gift Card Commerce

By | Nov 12, 2014 at 10:00 am

It’s time to get ready for the holiday season. I know you don’t want to admit it, but it’s here. I’ve got just the thing to get you through it, though. Raise, the marketplace for buying and selling gift cards and store credit, has…


WeDeliver Locally Launches App to Support “Shop Local” Movement

By | Nov 10, 2014 at 7:00 am

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…


Scott Hess Provides Expert Advice on Attracting and Marketing to Millennials

By | Nov 3, 2014 at 8:00 am

On Thursday, November 6, Tech Cocktail is hosting its Chicago Mixer & Speaker Series, 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…


LendSquare: Loans for Local Small Businesses, Thanks to the Community

By | Oct 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm

The Ugly Mug Cafe is a coffee shop in Chicago’s Noble Square neighborhood. The owner, Mikky, needed $25,000 to build a patio. Even though this would effectively double his seating capacity, he wasn’t able to get the money he needed! Banks wouldn’t lend and credit…


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

By | Oct 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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…


Paper or Phone Tap? Apple Pay Is Here to Replace Your Wallet

By | Oct 20, 2014 at 4:47 pm

With Apple’s iOS 8.1 now available to download, what people are really looking forward to is the new Apple Pay service. Now users can easily start adding their credit card information to Passbook, and start paying using their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus…


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

By | Oct 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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…

Gear & Gadgets

This Purse Charges Your Phone Wirelessly

By | Oct 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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,…


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

By | Oct 5, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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…


What is a Meme? Cheezburger’s Ben Huh Breaks It Down for Us [VIDEO]

By | Sep 30, 2014 at 9:00 am

Earlier this month, we held our Tech Cocktail Chicago Sessions event where Cheezeburger founder and CEO, Ben Huh, finally gave us an answer to one of the universe’s most asked questions: what exactly is a “meme”? “A meme actually isn’t what you think it is,” said Huh….