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Fines Won’t Keep Uber and Lyft Down in Miami


Miami’s new ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber have to keep on moving. Since the launch of Lyft and UberX in Miami, drivers for both companies are now facing significant fines and penalties from Miami-Dade County. More aggressive measures have included some Lyft cars being impounded. Miami-Dade County code requires that for-hire services get taxicab license to assure… Read more »

Yahoo!: Privacy is Not Just An Issue for Large Tech Companies


Tech increasingly straddles the precarious line between government and people. Startups have a long list of worries: raising money, user acquisition and market saturation to name a few. So why should companies worry about human rights issues? The term often evokes thoughts of humanitarian action in far-flung locations.  Similarly, there is a heavy connotation that… Read more »

“Sherlybox Is Like A SuperCharged Dropbox, OneDrive, or Google Drive”


With any new technology adoption there are going to be issues of trust; cloud storage systems are no exception. launched their Kickstarter campaign yesterday for their newly designed hardware product Sherlybox, a device built for sharing and storing sensitive data, to help solve this issue. The concept model delivers a new way of sharing your… Read more »

Accelerated Growth Partners Relaunches in Miami With $211K Grant


The Miami-based angel investment group Accelerated Growth Partners (AGP) is relaunching with plans to create a more-organized network of early-stage investors in South Florida. The group received a $211,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which will be used to attract more investors to the group, provide investment education to the community and launch a series… Read more »

Medyear’s Documentary on HIV/AIDS in Africa Highlights Software’s Ability to Affect Social Change


On Monday, NYC-based startup Medyear released a short documentary on the social stigmatization of HIV/AIDS in South Africa, and how mere access to privacy tools can significantly improve the treatment of those dealing with the virus. Aside from highlighting the social impact that startups can continue to make on a global scale, the documentary is also revealing… Read more »

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator Kicks Off Its Summer 2014 Class This Week

ERA summer class

This Monday, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) officially announced its 7th class. ERA is a New York-focused accelerator and has graduated 60 companies since 2011.  This summer’s class has an eclectic mix of consumer and B2B startups, with a lot of focus on some interesting yet underserved verticals, such as trucking, fashion, and hotel management. The… Read more »

Chicago’s Brad Flora Sells Perfect Audience for $23 Million

perfect audience

On Monday, an acquisition was closed for the San Francisco-based Perfect Audience, which specializes in display and social ad retargeting across social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Under the terms of the agreement, Marin Software paid $22.8 million for the company, with about $5.4 million in cash and the rest in common stock. With this acquisition, Marin can… Read more »

Atlanta Tech Accelerator Flashpoint Raises Second Round of $1M fund


Flashpoint, an Atlanta venture aimed at launching the next generation of tech startups, has raised its second $1 million fund. As reported today in Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Georgia Tech based accelerator has helped seed startups who have collectively raised more than $65 million from firms including Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins and Andreessen Horowitz. With this new round of fund, Flashpoint plans to invests… Read more »

20 DC-Area Startups Selected to Present at TechBUZZ Summer 2014


The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) announced yesterday the 20 DC-area startups that will be presenting at this year’s TechBUZZ Summer 2014 event. Each company will be given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to an audience of investors, tech executives, and entrepreneurs. Launched in 2011, MAVA’s TechBUZZ event gives nascent to seed-stage companies an opportunity… Read more »

DC’s Social Entrepreneur Incubator Announces Inaugural Class of Fellows


Halcyon Incubator, a Washington, D.C. based incubator for social entrepreneurs, announced recently that it has chosen its inaugural class of fellows to take part in the program’s first class this upcoming September. The fellows were chosen for their innovative ventures that aim to provide solutions for a broad range of challenges, ranging from reducing carbon dioxide… Read more »

Miami’s Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…

miami hottest startups

Last night, Tech Cocktail debuted its Mixer and Startup Showcase in Miami and it was a success! The event took place at The Stage, where Miami’s tech community had the opportunity to mingle as well as listen to some great startup pitches. As always, we held our Hottest Showcasing Startup series, including the pre-event Reader’s Choice online… Read more »

FashionTEQ Launches Smart Jewelry for Women On the Go


It is obvious that wearable tech is booming. According to a recent study, retail revenue from wearable technology is predicted to jump from about $1.4 billion in 2013 to as much as $19 billion in 2018. But some of the options in the market are not exactly fashionable. With this in mind, FashionTEQ, a wearable technology company based… Read more »

UberX Goes Head-to-Head with Lyft in Miami


Starting 12 pm today, Miami riders will be able to request rides through the Uber app on their smartphones. The launch of UberX, the peer-to-peer service provided by the company, comes in direct response to competitor Lyft’s recent launch in the city. For months, Uber has battled in Miami-Dade County to change the taxi laws, but… Read more »