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Foursquare Integrates GrubHub & Seamless Into Their Mobile App

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Yesterday, Foursquare announced they’ve integrated GrubHub and Seamless directly into their mobile apps. Now when you’re looking for food in Foursquare, if either service is possible for that particular establishment, you’ll be presented with GrubHub or Seamless as an option. One click and you can make your order. This seems like a great partnership for both… Read more »

CoFoundersLab Acquires NY-Based Stealth Competitor Wonpy


TechCrunch reported yesterday that DC-based founder matchmaking startup CoFoundersLab has acquired one of their competitors, stealth New York-based Wonpy. As part of the deal, Wonpy co-founder Erick Brimen will come over to CoFoundersLab as COO & VP of Finance. Wonpy’s other co-founder Luis Pallares will not be making the jump to CoFoundersLab. CoFounderLab has definitely been seeing considerable… Read more »

Jason Fried Shares His Hopes for Entrepreneurial Chicago [VIDEO]


In December, Tech Cocktail CEO and co-founder Frank Gruber sat down with 37signals founder Jason Fried for a fireside chat. These talks give us a chance to have an in-depth conversation with entrepreneurs who have amassed a considerable amount of knowledge and experience along their journeys. Jason Fried certainly qualifies as knowledgeable and experienced, as… Read more »

Jen McCabe’s Three Lessons for Entrepreneurs [Video]

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About five years ago, Jen McCabe moved from Washington D.C. to Silicon Valley with just a suitcase and ambition. She was leaving a nonprofit healthcare background in DC, where she volunteered for Matthew Holt who had just started The Healthcare Blog and Health 2.0. In her mind, McCabe was absolutely convinced that somebody should build… Read more »

Former Fortify Ventures GP Carla Valdes Launches Handpressions


Carla Valdes co-founded Fortify Ventures where she sat as a General Partner, managed their Distilled Intelligence (DI) event, and supported a portfolio of over 30 companies. Tomorrow she will be setting out on a different path with the launch of her new app, available for iOS, Handpressions; this marks Valdes’ first foray into the world… Read more »

Heidi Sieck is Using Technology to Transform Her World


Before serving as the COO at, Heidi Sieck spent her time leading the 311 Customer Service Center in San Francisco. It was, according to her, a truly impossible project that consisted of aggregating 2,500 listed telephone numbers, 70 agencies and organizations, and duplicative services. But she was determined to get it launched, and she… Read more »

BodyCap’s Sensors Can Track Patients’ Physiological Variables at Home


The need for healthcare professionals to track patients’ physiological and ambulatory condition parameters outside of a hospital setting is increasing. This need is partially due to a growing aging population, increasing numbers of patients suffering from chronic illnesses, economic instability, and the desire for patients to have more control over their healthcare. BodyCap has developed miniaturized… Read more »

DC’s SocialRadar Launches Its Mobile App for iOS


This morning, SocialRadar released its long-anticipated mobile app for iOS. SocialRadar is a DC-based startup led by Michael Chasen, which raised a $12.75 million Series A round last June. Utilizing social networks with geo-location data (including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, and Google+), the SocialRadar app enables users to discover whether someone within their network is nearby and provides information… Read more »

St. Louis’ Arch Grants Wants to Give you $50,000


On December 11, Arch Grants, a St. Louis-based nonprofit that invests in for-profit startups without taking any equity, opened applications for their third annual Global Startup Competition. The application deadline will remain open until February 21, and all submitted applications will be reviewed by a panel of expert judges. The finalists will then be invited to St…. Read more »

Innovation is the Key, According to Michael Tchong

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Michael Tchong is famous for his entrepreneurial ventures with MacWEEK, Atelier Systems, CyberAtlas, and ICONOCAST. Through his experiences, Tchong has had a lot of time to consider what innovation truly is. He sees a lot of current companies appointing Chief Innovation Officers (CIO), but at the same time, he sees these CIOs with no viable… Read more »