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Chicago-Based Winestyr Delivers Craft Wines to Your Door


There are plenty of people who admittedly don’t like beer, or vodka, or whiskey, but most everyone enjoys at least some kind of wine. One could argue that it’s the most widely enjoyed alcoholic beverage in the world (for the sake of transparency, that distinction actually goes to beer, but moving on…).  As a country,… Read more »

Boston-Based BabbaCo Acquired by Barefoot Books

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Announced today, Boston-based BabbaCo, a monthly activity box for kids, announced that it was acquired by Cambridge-based Barefoot Books.  Terms of the deal have not be disclosed. BabbaCo founder and CEO Jessica Kim, will assume the role of President at Barefoot “with the goal of growing a global community of story lovers who share our… Read more »

Groupon Acquires Ticket Monster from LivingSocial

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The New Year is certainly off to a great start for Groupon who just finalized their purchase of Ticket Monster today. They filed a report with the SEC to acquire the Korean based company from LivingSocial Korea. It’s no secret that Groupon has had a tough go of it in 2013, but they decided to… Read more »

Last-Minute Gift Ideas from Up-and-Coming Startups


For all you last minute shoppers out there (I won’t name names–you know who you are), there’s still time! Whether you’ve been too busy to shop or have been procrastinating on those who are impossible to shop for, I am here to help make this stressful time of year slightly less so. Here’s a list… Read more »

11 Chicago Startups Destined to Breakout in 2014

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Tech Cocktail: Now With More Hyper-Local! In case you missed it Tech Cocktail is more region-specific than ever. Atlanta, Austin, Boise, Chicago, Dallas, DC, Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, NYC, and San Francisco have gotten their own dedicated pages with their own design, their own posts, and their own trending content from around the web…. Read more »

Jason Fried Rants about Modern Web Design


Jason Fried, the cofounder of 37signals, concluded Tech Cocktail Sessions Chicago last week with a critique of modern, slick web design. We’ll let Fried speak for himself: Fried: “I’m actually really interested in less perfect things these days. I think there’s a bad trend going on in web design, specifically in application design, which is everything… Read more »