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The T-REX Incubator Gets a New Home in St. Louis

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Have you ever wondered why the T-REX Incubator in St. Louis is named after a dinosaur? It actually has nothing to do with dinosaurs; it’s an acronym, and it stands for ‘Technology at the Railway Exchange Building’. That’s where the incubator first started out, and they have recently decided to relocate their headquarters. The historic… Read more »


Gremln Raises $500K for Social Media Compliance

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This week Cultivation Capital, a leading St. Louis based early-stage VC firm, announced that they have funded Gremln to the tune of $500,000. Gremln has built a comprehensive set of tools designed to give companies peace of mind by ensuring that their social media communications are compliant to SEC, FINRA, FFIEC, FDA, and HIPAA regulations…. Read more »


Pop and Stop: Your Craft Brews Won’t go Flat Again

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Joe Hackel got the inspiration for his startup Pop and Stop, formerly Boulder Bombproof, to solve a serious need in the craft beer community. As you may know from experience, beer does’t stay carbonated long in the fridge. Focused on a mission to develop a beer opener for every occasion, with a sealer for special… Read more »


Ashton Kutcher’s A-GRade Backs Red Carpet Service Rover

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Rover.com, the nation’s largest network connecting dog owners with dog lovers for hire, today announced that it has received new funding from Ashton Kutcher, Guy Oseary and Ron Burkle’s A-GRade Investments, a prominent investor in the sharing economy sector. “The A-GRade team has been interested in this space for a while but it wasn’t until… Read more »


Online Payment Platform Zipmark Acquires WorkingPoint

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Zipmark, the online payment platform that lets businesses send and receive digital payments securely, announced that it has acquired WorkingPoint, which provides an online accounting and billing solution for small businesses. With this acquisition, Zipmark will move towards creating an all-in-one payment platform for small- to mid-size businesses. “By acquiring WorkingPoint, Zipmark’s superior service will now… Read more »


Startup Palm Beach Gears Up for Global Entrepreneurship Week

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Global Entrepreneurship Week is a community partner. Thanks you for your support. Startup Palm Beach is gearing up for its second annual Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest celebration of innovators and startups featuring 35,000 events across 125 countries, on November 14, 2014 through November 21, 2014 in Downtown West Palm Beach. Global Entrepreneurship Week… Read more »


Contactually Raises Additional $2M in Seed Round for Its CRM Platform

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Contactually, the Washington, D.C.-based startup whose relationship management tool allows you to maintain professional relationships by recommending when to follow up with contacts, announced this morning that it has raised $2 million in additional seed funding. This funding brings the total funding for its seed round to $3.5 million. This additional financing comes from existing… Read more »


Namely Raises $12M Series B for Cloud-Based HR Platform

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This morning, the Cloud-based human resources platform Namely announced that it has closed a $12 million round of Series B funding led by Matrix Partners. This brings the company’s total amount of funding to $22 million. Other participants in this round of financing include True Ventures, Lerer Ventures, and Bullpen Capital. As part of this round, David… Read more »


Orlando-Based Freedom Audio Joins R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator

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Orlando-based startup Freedom Audio was accepted to the latest R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator, powered by Techstars, in New York City. The startup develops rugged speakers that are connected to music providers via built-in cellular and WiFi.   They will be joining  an exceptional group of hardware- and Internet of Things-focused startups into the 2015 R/GA Accelerator. The… Read more »


Clarify Closes $1M Round for Media Analytics API Platform

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Clarify Inc is a self-service API that allows you to make your audio and video files actionable via search and extracted keywords and topics. The team, founded by Paul Murphy and Ivo Rothschild, chose this name for their startup because Clarify is “what we do. We make opaque data searchable. We give you insights into it.” Clarify believes that the huge volume… Read more »


Esteban Reyes: Startups Need to Adapt and Focus on the Big Picture

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Self-proclaimed start-up junkie, investor, and serial entrepreneur Esteban Reyes has founded seven successful companies in 14 years. This is exceptional, given the ups and downs of starting your own company.  He first co-founded Verification Bureau at age 19. It was a mortgage fraud prevention technology business that was sold to Lender Processing Services in the summer of… Read more »


Scott Hess Provides Expert Advice on Attracting and Marketing to Millennials

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On Thursday, November 6, Tech Cocktail is hosting its Chicago Mixer, featuring Spark‘s Scott Hess and Khorus‘s Joel Trammell. Get your tickets now! Scott Hess, SVP/Human Experience at Publicis media agency Spark, is one of the leading experts on American youth and the millennial generation in particular. His TED talk, “Millennials: Who They Are & Why… Read more »


Israeli Startup Hola Helps Users Say Hello to Open Internet

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Recently, VPN proxy service Hola has surpassed 30 million users, providing people all over the planet with a “freedom of information” from the open internet that they’ve never had before. The concept behind Hola is simple – provide internet users everywhere with a faster, more accessible and safer Internet experience, by helping each other route traffic in the most… Read more »


How Wearable Tech Will Transform Walkability of Our Cities

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Apple’s announcement in September regarding the 2015 launch of the Apple Watch has some pundits wondering if the tech giant can do for wearable tech what it did for the MP3 player and smartphone: create a must-have consumer device out of a fledgling, yet promising, product line. I think the more interesting question is, if… Read more »