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Venture House: Affordable Housing in Florida for Talented Startups

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If you make housing cheap, entrepreneurs will come. The idea is straightforward: take clusters of foreclosure homes in certain neighborhoods, rehab them, and offer them to startups at an affordable price. This is the vision of Venture House, a non-profit in St. Petersburg (Florida) that is launching a program to attract entrepreneurs, in hopes of revitalizing some of the… Read more »



The Black Card That Gives You Back Your Social Life

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Millennials, once content with living vicariously through a myriad of LCD screen, are now craving the raw intimacy of an honest encounter. The wave of online interactions is gradually crashing down as people begin resurfacing from the comfort of avoiding in-person interactions. The growing restlessness of those who are ready to live and love their… Read more »


LivingSocial’s New CEO is Former Shopping.com CEO and eBay Executive Gautam Thakar

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In a blog post just published this afternoon, the DC-based deals company LivingSocial has announced its appointment of Gautam Thakar for the role of Chief Executive Officer and President. The decision comes six months after cofounder and previous CEO, Tim O’Shaughnessy, announced his resignation from the position earlier this January. Thrilled to announce our new CEO. “Gautam… Read more »



What Happens When a Chinese Factory Makes Knockoffs of Your Product

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After launching their waterproof shower speakers on Amazon, FRESHeTECH started seeing a slew of negative reviews. The battery was only lasting a few days, products weren’t working, and customers were upset. Meanwhile, other customers were completely satisfied, enjoying month-long battery life and recommending the product to their friends. What was going on?  Knockoffs.  FRESHeTECH had… Read more »



Don’t Let TSA Confiscate Your Smartphone: Portable Chargers Under $50

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This week, TSA announced that it will confiscate any battery-dead cellphone from boarding the plane. Specifically, international flights that are U.S. bound. This is important to anyone flying because smartphones run out of battery when you least expect it. So, if you’re on the go and don’t get a chance to charge your phone before your… Read more »


Rohit Bhargava’s Tip for Startups: Stop Trying to Sell Advertising

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At last week’s DC launch event for Startup Mixology, the first book from Tech Cocktail’s own cofounder, Frank Gruber. Gruber was joined on-stage by a handful of local entrepreneurs to discuss some of the topics covered in the book. Among them was Rohit Bhargava, the founder of the Influential Marketing Group, author of Likeonomics, and trend curator. After giving his… Read more »


Indiegogo Canada Partners with Toronto’s Startup Maker Studio MakeWorks

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MakeWorks – the first coworking maker studio in Toronto for both digital- and physical-focused startups – announced today that it is partnering with Indiegogo Canada to launch an Indiegogo campaign aimed at further building out the space. The partnership falls into place as Indiegogo Canada moves its Canadian office into MakeWorks itself. “Toronto needed a… Read more »



Wantering Acquires StyledOn, Creates Network of Style Bloggers

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On Thursday Wantering, a platform for discovering and purchasing clothing from ecommerce stores, launched an invite only network. Wantering Insider Network, or WIN, is a community of style bloggers, and the launch comes alongside Wantering’s acquisition of StyledOn – an established social shopping community and blogger network. The purpose of WIN is to answer some… Read more »


Lessons for Startups from the Success of WeChat in China

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When teenagers in China want to exchange contact information, they do so using WeChat accounts. By the end of 2014, the total number of users of the mobile text and voice messaging app by Chinese Internet giant, Tencent, will reach 500 million. What originated as a social platform for chatting and sharing content has become… Read more »