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Thread Raises $3.5 Million Round for Clean Textile Innovation

By | Jun 18, 2015 at 11:00 am

What started out as a journal entry is now a full-fledged startup that just closed a $3.5 million funding cycle:“If Haiti could turn trash into money = good.” Thread, a Pittsburgh-based startup dedicated to creating dignified jobs in the developing world, recycles plastic into socially…


Duolingo Now Valued at Nearly Half a Billion Dollars

By | Jun 10, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Duolingo, the Pittsburgh, PA-based language-learning game startup, is now valued at $470 million after the close of a $45 million investment round led by Google Capital, the growth equity investment fund aimed at later-stage investments. Previous investors also participated in this round, including Union…

Startups & Apps

Srvd App is Improving the Social Drinking Experience

By | May 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Crowded bars are only fun if you’re already drunk. If you’ve just walked in the door and have yet to put back a single drop, you might be in for a long wait for that first drop. If you’re the bartender, you’re not having…


Smart Home Startup Takes Top Prize at AlphaLab Gear

By | May 11, 2015 at 11:00 am

After a whirlwind tour across the U.S. which included stops at seven TechShop locations and pitches by 40 companies, the AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup and a $50,000 investment from StartBot was awarded last week at AlphaLab Gear in Pittsburgh, PA. The tour saw pitches from companies bringing…

Celebrate Startup Tour

Seekahoo Inc., StreamMe, and Srvd Win over Pittsburgh

By | May 1, 2015 at 2:25 pm

Tech Cocktail’s Startup Competition headed to Pittsburgh last night where 11 of the hottest startups  showcased and competed in a pitch competition. Our ambassador, Kit Mueller, took the stage emceeing and announcing each startup for their 60 seconds to share who they are. With…


Trusst Lingerie Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Smart Bra

By | Apr 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm

All breasts are not created equally. For women with larger breasts, not wearing bras with the right support is not an issue of aesthetics; it’s a health issue. Two women want to change the experience women with full busts have when it comes to…

Celebrate Startup Tour

Who is Pittsburgh’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]

By | Apr 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm

The Tech Cocktail Startup Tour continues next week as we return to Pittsburgh to find the region’s hottest startups. We’re happy to announce that Kit Mueller has joined this effort as the Tech Cocktail Ambassador for Pittsburgh! Join your community as Saul Ewing sponsors the Tech…


3 Simple Ways to Save Your Work From a Power Outage

By | Apr 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm

If you’ve had any level of experience with modern technology, then you’ve almost certainly experienced the heartache associated with losing hours of work due to a power interruption or some other malfunction. Fortunately, with a little bit of proactivity on your part, you can…


4moms Has Launched the World’s First App-Controlled Infant Seat

By | Dec 22, 2014 at 6:30 pm

4moms, the Pittsburgh, PA-based company that makes high-tech baby gear, has launched its the world’s first app-controlled infant seat. Called the mamaRoo, the infant seat by the robotics company is an upgrade to its previous mamaRoo line. “Through valuable insights gained from consumers, 4moms…


Leadership Brought Digital Dream Labs Back From Failure

By | Dec 12, 2014 at 10:00 am

In the daily life of an entrepreneur not everything always goes according to plan. It could be said that these are the defining moments in an entrepreneur’s life though; the real test of what makes an entrepreneur is how they deal with failure. In…

Gear & Gadgets

Back This: LifeShel’s Whistl Smartphone Case Aims to Prevent Sexual Assault

By | Oct 20, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Every two minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), this adds up to more than 237,000 Americans every year. At a time when national attention has been focused on the disappearance of Hannah…


Easely’s “Netflix for Art” Model is Increasing Accessibility to Great Art

By | Oct 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Art – in its purest form – is an expression of beauty: reinterpretations of the world, of life, and of human imagination. But, whether through an innate inability to produce something “artistic” or the financial means to acquire great artistic works, there are accessibility…


Pittsburgh’s Lily&Strum Helps Create Perfect Moments with Perfect Gifts

By | Aug 1, 2014 at 3:00 pm

A lot of anxiety can go into finding the perfect gift, especially for the sentimental perfectionists among us.  Combine that with the nonstop, ADD-stricken lives that many of us lead, the good intentions we once had of finding the most personalized, amazing, and treasured gift can be neglected….


AlphaLab Cycle 13 Companies Announced

By | Jul 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm

The #6 accelerator in the country, AlphaLab, announced the new companies in its latest cycle this week.   The Pittsburgh-based AlphaLab, which counts NoWait and The Resumator among its alumni, welcomed the community to its quarterly Open Coffee Club, where mentors, investors, journalists and…