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With a Fresh $1M, Can Venga Help Restaurants Give Patrons a Personalized Experience?


Venga recently closed a $1 Million Series A round from VCs and Restaurateurs led by Militello Capital and including Think Food Group (Jose Andre’s restaurant group) and Big Red Ventures (Cornell University’s venture fund), among others. Venga offers the only complete customer management system for resaurants. Their patent-pending technology links restaurants’ point-of-sale systems with reservation… Read more »

Aziz Gilani: The Series A Crunch is a Sign of a Healthy Startup Ecosystem [VIDEO]


While certainly disconcerting for startups nearing the end of their seed funding, the Series A crunch is something that people shouldn’t be freaking out about. At least, that’s according to Aziz Gilani. Gilani is a director at the Mercury Fund, a seed- and early-stage VC based out of Houston. From his particular standpoint, he asserts that the point of… Read more »

Riide Simplifies City Commutes with an Innovative Electric Bike

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Living in an urban area provides any number of opportunities for work and play, which is a big reason people flock to cities. However, large volumes of people coexisting so closely together naturally has some downsides–nightmarish commutes and increased pollution being among them. Thankfully, two local DC entrepreneurs have introduced an innovative solution. Riide was founded… Read more »

Neil Kataria’s Blue Tiger Labs Releases Mobile Price Comparison App PriceSpotting


Elevation DC recently reported that DC-based Blue Tiger Labs just released a mobile comparison app called PriceSpotting. Soft-launched during CES, PriceSpotting reports the prices of products at local stores that have been scanned and contributed back-up into the greater PriceSpotting system. They claim that their community has already contributed “three million list and sale prices” to their… Read more »

Who are the Challenge Cup Denver’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 January 23rd, Challenge Cup will bring the excitement to Denver, where dozens of startups will battle for the four regional winners’… Read more »

Gadget Made by a 16-Year-Old Could Decrease Your Energy Bills


These days, 16-year-old Ameer Sami’s schedule is pretty routine: eat, sleep, play video games, try to change the world. One night in May, Sami fell asleep with the lights on and woke up to his mother scolding him about wasting electricity. Instead of getting defensive like many teenagers might, he decided to do something about… Read more »

LivingSocial Now Has 4,000 Employees, $400 Million in Annual Revenue, and Hundreds of Millions in the Bank

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LivingSocial’s outgoing CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy recently did an interview with Fortune Magazine’s senior editor-at-large Adam Lashinsky about the state of the business that he’ll be leaving as soon as the company finds a replacement. In the interview, he reveals some interesting stats about LivingSocial: “This is a 4,000-plus-person company that did almost $400 million in revenue and… Read more »

Scott Case: The One Thing Founders Shouldn’t Forget

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Being an entrepreneur comes naturally to Scott Case; he’s been in the game since his days of cutting grass in high school. His entrepreneurial drive took him all the way to CTO for, and he’s even scaled businesses that help small nonprofits optimize their funding via the internet. Previously Case was splitting himself time… Read more »

1776 Receives Grant from AT&T


Today, the Washington D.C. co-working space 1776 was presented with a grant from AT&T to support the entrepreneurial use of existing and emerging technology at D.C.’s top startup prospects. This isn’t the first time AT&T has gotten involved with 1776 as they have also sponsored events, executive speakers, and featured discussions. “We see today’s grant as a… Read more »

Opinion Stage Releases Poll Optimized Dashboard


The global, social opinion platform, Opinion Stage, today announced the release of an exclusive dashboard that allows users to optimize their online poll usage based on performance metrics that matter to them. Every aspect of poll usage is measured, but now it can be presented in a succinct manner. Opinion Stage has been around since… Read more »