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French Carpooling Startup BlaBlaCar Raises $100M in Funding

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Why hire a black car service when you can just catch a ride with someone going towards your destination anyway? That’s the idea behind BlaBlaCar, a French carsharing company. They announced today that they raised $100 million round from Index Ventures, Accel Partners, and more to “transform city-to-city travel.” Unlike Uber,  BlaBlaCar doesn’t enlist drivers but offers users… Read more »


European Taxi Drivers Hate Uber Too

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Most Europeans are not a fan of anything American. So it’s no surprise that European taxi drivers are not happy with the San Francisco car service company Uber creeping on their turf. “Uber cabs are stealing our clients,” said José Losada, 36. In at least a half-dozen European cities today–including London, Paris and Berlin– drivers… Read more »






Can Cloud Computing Take Your Startup to the Next Level?

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When used effectively, cloud computing can help take any business to a new level and help deliver a fresh competitive advantage. Here’s a look at some of the key benefits of cloud computing solutions: Improved security Let’s start by addressing the security concerns that many businesses have long held with regard to cloud computing. The fact… Read more »


Can This Teddy Bear Help Keep Your Kids Healthy?

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At first glance, Teddy the Guardian looks like another teddy bear – it’s adorable and all you want to do is cuddle with it in bed. Looks can be deceiving, though. Teddy is essentially a real-life version of a Care Bear – one that will help monitor the health of your child. On the outside, Teddy the Guardian… Read more »


Meet Your 4 Winners from Challenge Cup London

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Earlier this year, the Challenge Cup ventured to London, England to find the hottest startups tackling some of the world’s the biggest problems.  Dozens of startups in the sectors of education, energy, health, and smart cities gave short pitches to an esteemed panel at Hub Westminister.  Four would emerge the winners of their category, and… Read more »


JustGo Raises $1.7 Million, Welcomes Big Changes

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The social media audience management platform JustGo today announced $1.7 million raised from a private investor group. Including the founder Justin Golshir, the money was raised by Freddie Achom’s Rosemont Group Capital Partners and founding investors in Beatport. As part of the fundraising deal Jonas Tempel, the former CEO of Beatport, will step in and… Read more »


LIFTTT App Adds Location Capability to IFTTT

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Today VisualCandyApps launched a brand-new iOS app, LIFTTT: Location plus If This Then That. It marks the third app the UK-based company has created, giving users the ability to factor in the “where” to the already popular IFTTT app. “Our company was founded a few years ago when we first got hold of an iPhone… Read more »


Dear London Startup Scene: Be More Confident!

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By now, you’re probably tired of reading about startup scenes that are the “next Silicon Valley.” And London should get credit here – in my three months there, I didn’t once hear any Londoners calling themselves the “Silicon Valley of Europe,” even though they could probably aspire to that title. No, London has a different… Read more »


Meet The Challenge Cup London’s Hottest Showcasing Startups

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Last week was the Challenge Cup London’s Regional competition, held at Hub Westminster.  Dozens of startups delivered their one-minute pitch on stage to a panel of judges, where one company from each category would emerge as the winner and move onto the final round. In the spirit of Tech Cocktail, however, we want your take.  We ran a poll for… Read more »


Who are the Challenge Cup London’s Hottest Showcasing Startups? [POLL]

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In case you missed it, Tech Cocktail has proudly partnered with 1776, the Washington, DC-based startup incubator, to bring you the Challenge Cup – a global competition to identify the hottest startups in education, energy, health, and smart cities. On November 20th, Challenge Cup will bring the excitement to London, where dozens of startups will battle for the four regional winners’… Read more »



Lamassu Starts Taking Pre-Orders for Their Bitcoin ATM

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Lamassu today announced that they will be taking pre-orders for their Bitcoin ATM, which was demonstrated during the Bitcoin London Conference. The ATM is compact and uses the same amount of power needed to fuel a consumer tablet. Lamassu has generated massive initial interest, receiving 150 inquiries from over 40 countries. Perhaps the hype is… Read more »