Productivity

Meaningfy, aka Automated, Virtual Cloud Analyst

By | Dec 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Andre Lessa has worked for several different Pittsburgh-based companies like Deloitte Consulting, Transportopia, ModCloth, Lockerz, Vivisimo, and American Eagle Outfitters. Over the course of his employment history, he has racked up 20 years of experience as a team lead, project manager, software engineer, and…

Android

4 Reasons to Ditch Mint.com for BudgetSimple

By | Dec 8, 2013 at 1:55 pm

“Saving money has never been more difficult,” said some twenty-something Millennial attempting to connect with the rest of the world. But, really though, saving money just seems to be a difficult task for many of us; when there aren’t bills to be paid (hello,…

Productivity

Crowdasaurus is Building Crowdfunding Ecosystems

By | Dec 6, 2013 at 9:25 am

Josh Lucas, Jason Philips, and Tim Palko are creating ecosystems. Not the kind that you studied in elementary life science classes, but rather ecosystems that surround crowdfunding in order to get projects funded more often and to greater degrees. Their platform, Crowdasaurus, builds white-label…

Education

3 Reasons Why OpenCurriculum is Set to Impact Education in the Developing World

By | Dec 4, 2013 at 1:41 pm

According to the United Nations, a “Least Developed Country” (LDC) is one that exhibits the lowest indicator of socioeconomic development, per three criteria: poverty, human resource weakness (as they relate to health and education), and economic vulnerability (due to instability of weather, agricultural production,…

News

No Code Required: How WebKite Has Simplified Website Creation with Data

By | Dec 4, 2013 at 11:00 am

I think we can all agree that setting up any kind of website takes a good deal of time (whether that be a proper blog or some Facebookesque social network). I mean, one of the several duties of startup developers is to create that…

Productivity

AppCertain is Giving Parents Tools to Monitor Digital Natives aka Kids

By | Dec 3, 2013 at 9:00 am

Part of what makes the entrepreneurial scene so interesting is the diversity among startups. That is, one day you could be talking with a person who runs big data analytics to fulfill government contracts while the next day you get to interact with a…

Startups & Apps

Inktd Offers Cloud-Based Scheduling for Tattoo Shops

By | Nov 19, 2013 at 9:00 am

The biggest problem for tattoo artists is no-shows, and the percentage of no-shows for tattoo appointments is very high compared to other industries. Based on industry statistics, tattoo shops lose an average of $300M per year due to this problem. The issue is compounded…

Location Based Services

No More Scalping! Get Your Tickets With Get the HookUp

By | Nov 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Levi and Matt Benson found that when they tried to purchase or trade tickets at an event, they were often spending more time looking around for a good deal than actually enjoying the show. This isn’t a problem specifically surrounding them; we’ve all experienced…

Location Based Services

Mitch Turck, Founder of Vendalize or Disguised Comedian?

By | Nov 16, 2013 at 10:00 am

After founding KarmaFile.com, Mitch Turck moved on to found Vendalize as a local search built specifically for your phone. It uses a “tags-as-keywords” model to provide the framework for a clean data, revenue, and engagement model. By keeping the data short and sweet, Vendalize…

Gear & Gadgets

Digital Dream Labs is Live, Officially Launches Kickstarter Campaign

By | Nov 13, 2013 at 9:00 am

“We spend the first year of a child’s life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There’s something wrong there,” says Justin Sabo, quoting Neil deGrasse Tyson. With regard to his startup Digital…

News

Because: A Platform for the Constructive Discussion of Social Issues

By | Nov 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm

There are lots of places to go online to discuss social issues—Reddit, Facebook, personal blogs, news sites, etc. However, the problem with many of these platforms is that any possibility of actual discourse gets lost in a stack of comments. There is little chance…

Social Good

Lily&Strum: A Successful Re-Branding

By | Nov 5, 2013 at 9:00 am

Let’s do a quick startup name etymology with Lily&Strum. “Lily” comes from the beautiful lilies that Traci Lipple would receive from her co-founder and husband Joe as a “just because” gift. The “Strum” is an homage to Joe Strummer, the musician who inspired their…

Entrepreneur

AlphaLab Demo Day: 9 Startups Pitch in Pittsburgh

By | Oct 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Today, nine startups took the stage in Pittsburgh to pitch their ideas to investors at AlphaLab‘s demo day. AlphaLab is a 20-week accelerator program where startups get $25,000 in funding, mentorship, and office space to kickstart their ideas. Here are the nine companies that…

Events

Tech Cocktail Takes on Pittsburgh

By | Oct 15, 2013 at 9:00 am

On Friday night, Tech Cocktail hosted its first ever Startup Showcase and Mixer in Pittsburgh. Having lived in Pittsburgh for five years, the city and its people are very near and dear to me. Also, with the city being home to Carnegie Melon University, a Google campus,…

Celebrate Startup Tour

Pittsburgh’s Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…

By | Oct 14, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Last Friday was Tech Cocktail’s Pittsburgh Mixer and Startup Showcase at CAVO.  As always, we held our Hottest Showcasing Startup series, including the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll, as well as the Best Pitch award, as determined by the Live SMS poll. Pittsburgh’s HOTTEST SHOWCASING…

Celebrate Startup Tour

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

By | Sep 20, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Tech Cocktail has traveled the country, from Dallas to DC, Boise to Boston, uncovering the hottest startups in more than 20 cities.  Now, the word is out: winning startups from each city will go onto the next round and get the chance to qualify…

Entrepreneur

Demo Day: AlphaLab Unveils 7 Startups

By | May 14, 2013 at 9:37 am

Pittsburgh accelerator AlphaLab is holding its tenth demo day today. Seven startups, who got $25,000 in funding, 20 weeks of mentorship, and office space, will be pitching their products onstage to an audience of press and investors. The event also includes a “university preview,”…

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