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Graphic Design Delivery is Broken, Says Design Pickle

graphic design

It’s routine practice: you need a graphic designer, so you hire a freelancer, firm, or in-house staff to meet the need. Design Pickle doesn’t like that though, because they think the graphic design delivery system is broken. The problem that Design Pickle diagnosed is that graphic design firms and freelancers can’t run a profitable business… Read more »

Don’t Lose Your Authenticity as an Entrepreneur

Jennifer Paige

When Jennifer Paige was in college, she was in a car accident that took the lives of both her parents. The last thing her mother said to her was: Where do you want to go? Paige has taken up that question as a guiding star in her entrepreneurial career, reminding her to follow her own… Read more »

Fortcraft Brings Minecraft Into the Real World


Jon Irons, a 24-year-old recent ASU College Design Graduate, is bringing Minecraft to life. As he’s calling it, Fortcraft is a kit of real, life-size Minecraft blocks that he’s funding via a Kickstarter campaign. The idea behind Fortcraft is to provide gamers with the one thing Minecraft can’t: the ability to physically interact with the… Read more »

New York Angel Investors Bank $350,000 on Intellectual Property


Traklight, a platform that provides cloud-based software for identifying and protecting intellectual property (IP), yesterday announced that they have raised $350,000 of angel funding from New York investors. Part of the appeal for the investors is the fact that Traklight is used by both entrepreneurs with valuable IP as well as lawyers, law firms, and… Read more »

Phoenix’s Hottest Social Startups Are…

Denver Hottest Showcasing Startups

Last night was Tech Cocktail Social in Phoenix at SEEDSPOT.  Of the startups included at the event, the Tech Cocktail editorial team selected the two hottest.  And they were… Phoenix’s Hottest Startups Ducotrax – Ducotrax is a Cloud based inventory management platform that enables businesses to have the “Right inventory at the Right time”. Integrated… Read more »

DarkPulse Founder Dennis O’Leary: Entrepreneurship Is Like An Unstoppable Disease

Dennis O'Leary DarkPulse Technologies

Fiber optics was not something that Dennis O’Leary, Founder and CEO of DarkPulse Technologies, had in mind for a startup, but he found the opportunity to commercialize a technology while working at a university. DarkPulse offers fiber optics sensor technology to monitor oil, gas and mining for safety and security systems. For example, its distributed… Read more »

Eli Chmouni of Veteran Focused AlphaStripe Shares Vision


On the 4th of July we collectively celebrate our freedom, a freedom that we fought for. This quickly turns into a reflection on those military veterans and service men and women that gave so much fighting for or defending that freedom. An Arizona-based startup, AlphaStripe is looking to help make reflecting on those memories a lot easier by creating a… Read more »

Tim Rocho of Set For Life Aims To Foster Financial Literacy Education

Set For Life

Financial struggles are one of the biggest causes of stress. So it would only make sense to be totally fluent in financial ins and outs.  Financial literacy enables individuals to make informed and effective decisions through their understanding of finances. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona and founded by Tim Rocho, Set For Life is a financial community that brings together… Read more »

Sluggers Tweet From The MLB Home Run Derby

mlb homerun derby 2011

Tonight is the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby which is a summer tradition that I’ve been a big fan of since I was a little leaguer. Tonight though has a new twist as players have the opportunity to provide live commentary, photos and video through the Twitter and Facebook accounts of Major League Baseball… Read more »

Forget the Pets! Travel with RowdDog Instead


Phoenix-based startup RowdDog, which is in alpha, allows you to research and plan travel the way you want. Part social networking site, collaborative planning tool, travel and local deal resource, RowdDog already does a good job at providing a travel mashup tool. With options for inviting collaboration from your travel companions (RowdDogs) and input from… Read more »