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Top 4 Reasons to Switch to a Treadmill or Standing Desk

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On Tuesday, November 18, Tech Cocktail is holding TechShop’s DC Maker Event: Learn How to Build & Launch a Hardware Product Company where attendees can learn about the Maker Movement, explore TechShop DC-Arlington‘s various tools and resources, and speak with industry experts and current TechShop members. We work a lot – we all do, but… Read more »




VIDA: Fashion Made With a Touch of Social Good

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VIDA is a San Francisco based e-commerce platform that unites socially responsible shopping with a unique manufacturing model that bridges the gap between designers, artists, producers, and consumers. Yesterday they proudly announced the successful close of a seed funding round in which they raised $1.3 million. The investors in the seed round included Google Ventures, The… Read more »


Chicago Made: Learning Marketplace Curiosity.com Announces Funding

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Curiosity.com, originally launched in January 2014 by Discovery Communications, is a consumer-centered online marketplace that features the best learning-based content. They have announced that the ownership of the company will change from Discovery to an independent company, Beacon Solutions, Inc. Also announced was a $6 million Series A funding from Discovery and four Chicago investors: Pritzker… Read more »


Medytex is Prioritizing Patient Healthcare Feedback

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Saurabh Tyagi founded Medytex with the express goal of improving healthcare via a patient’s feedback. It’s not just any kind of feedback, like a Yelp review might have, but rather a platform where patients can communicate with their providers directly and privately about the quality of care. The initial edge that Medytex has over other… Read more »


The Crippling Anxiety of Being a Startup CEO

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“The hard part is waking up at 3 am in the morning just drenched in sweat, where your bed is soaked, because the anxiety is just gnawing at you even when you’re not awake.” Matt MacInnis had spent over 7 years at Apple, including time running their global market development for education, but he still… Read more »


TechStars is Constantly Working to be the Best Accelerator

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Since starting in Boulder, Colorado in 2007 the TechStars accelerator has grown into a giant entity that serves entrepreneurs and tech ecosystems across the US. David Cohen, the founder of TechStars, joined us at this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference to detail the role an accelerator plays in the growth of an entrepreneurial community. According… Read more »


Hate Waiting for Valet? ‘Request A Car’ Using CurbStand App

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Los Angeles-based CurbStand, the app that allows users to seamlessly locate, pay and tip for valet parking from their mobile devices, today unveiled a brand-new consumer app with new on-demand features, such as allowing drivers to ‘Request A Car,’ among other enhancements. In tandem, CurbStand launched a companion app exclusively for valet operators to communicate directly… Read more »


Post 500 Startups CareLuLu Raises $1.7 Million

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Last week I wrote an article about CareLuLu and how they recently graduated from the 500 Startups accelerator in Batch 10. We’ve long known 500 Startups is a great jumping off point for startups with big ideas, and this week it’s been proven once again as CareLuLu has just announced the close of a successful… Read more »



DC’s SocialRadar Acquires Gridskippr to Provide High-Accuracy Location Tech to App Developers

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SocialRadar, the Washington, D.C.-based startup that utilizes geo-location data from social networks to provide real-time information on people nearby, announced this morning that it has acquired the Baltimore, MD-based startup Gridskippr, which has experienced its own success through its advanced location manager and mobile advertising technology for smartphone apps. As a result of this acquisition, SocialRadar can further… Read more »



5 Damn Good Reasons to Startup in Orlando

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Central Florida is getting a lot of attention and it has nothing to do with Disney World.  It’s all about Orlando’s buzzing tech scene, which is attracting startups from Silicon Valley as more investment is being pumped to into building a downtown for entrepreneurs. According to the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, travel and tourism is… Read more »