Startups & Apps

Boost Employee Recognition With MeritShare

By | Oct 19, 2012 at 9:00 am

Employee recognition is an important aspect of management. Often, proper recognition can directly impact business results—it’s been shown to increase employee productivity, engagement, client retention, and company profits. Still, many employees aren’t satisfied with the amount of recognition they receive at work, and some…

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Seattle’s LikeBright Aims to Make Online Dating Safer for Women

By | Oct 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

LikeBright is an online dating site that connects you with friends of friends, hopefully turning awkward online dating into a safe, natural experience. You can even vouch for your friends to help them get noticed. The Seattle startup launched out of TechStars Seattle at…

Startups & Apps

[Design & Development] Tips from WhichBus, the Seattle Trip Planner

By | Oct 8, 2012 at 9:00 am

With a little help from the City of Seattle and buses newly equipped with GPS, WhichBus is trying to put exact bus schedules into the hands of locals. WhichBus won Startup Weekend Seattle Government in April and met with Mayor McGinn of Seattle. That…


Adorii, Winner of Seattle’s Hottest Showcasing Startup, Brings Daily Deals to Wedding Products and Services

By | Sep 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Weddings are expensive.  This is basic marriage science.  Between invitations, food and beverage for a couple hundred people, throw in a band, the cost of the venue, wedding attire and rings, and all the other miscellaneous expenditures and you’re looking at a serious hit to the…


7 Social Good and Green Startups Debut at Fledge Incubator

By | Sep 23, 2012 at 10:00 am

Tonight, seven startups will take the stage at the Seattle Center to showcase their social good and green startups to the world. They are graduates of Fledge, a new eight-week incubator in Seattle. Half business-plan builder and half hackathon, the program offered $7,000 in…

Startups & Apps

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

By | Sep 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Earlier this year, Tech Cocktail Mixed together a couple hundred Seattle-area tech enthusiasts with a dozen local startups at PNK Ultra Lounge.  Good news Seattle, we’re coming back.  As part of next week’s Tech Cocktail Seattle Mixer < register here > we’ll be showcasing a dozen more Seattle startups….


An Interview With James Sun, Former “Apprentice” Finalist, Reality TV Show Host, and Pirq CEO

By | Aug 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm

You’re fired!  It’s not a saying too many entrepreneurs are faced with during their professional career.  After all, they are the boss.  They do the firing, not the other way around. This was the fate dealt to James Sun.  On national television.  By the patented curved…


Seattle-Based Play My Survey Makes Survey Taking Fun

By | Jul 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm

How many times have you been asked to fill out a customer survey at the conclusion of some user experience?  Wait, let me guess – a lot.  It’s as common as it is tedious.  Playing twenty questions takes time from your day, and quite frankly,…


Serious Business Lessons from Ben Huh of Lolcats Fame

By | Jul 29, 2012 at 10:00 am

Born in Korea, Ben Huh acquired I Can Has Cheezburger early on and grew it into the massively successful Cheezburger Network, with funny sites on lolcats, epic fails, memes, and more. At a recent event in Vancouver, Huh shared some surprisingly heartfelt, insightful, and honest lessons about…


OfferUp Launches Mobile Marketplace Focused on Simplicity and Security

By | Jul 2, 2012 at 10:23 am

Established online marketplaces (veterans like eBay, newer outfits like Zaarly) know the key ingredients to effectiveness are simplicity in buying and selling – if it’s a pain, people just aren’t going to do it. When you have a specialized marketplace, such as for parents,…


Take a Tour of Seattle’s New Surf Incubator [PHOTOS]

By | Jun 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm

The day begins at Seattle’s new Surf Incubator as entrepreneurs trickle into work. They belong to around 30 startups, mostly without VC funding, who rent desks in the 8th floor, 15,400-square-foot office. As they hunker down in the morning, they might get some help…

Startup Weekend Announces Global Expansion

By | Jun 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Startup Weekend, a nonprofit and host of entrepreneurial educational events, recently announced that they will soon be opening offices internationally.  The first international offices to open will be in London and Mexico City, and they have their sights on India, China, and Brazil in…


Sofulo Mobile App Brings Latest Edition of Future Check-Ins

By | Jun 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Bio: Bryan Elwin, Sofulo’s co-Founder and CEO, is a Washington state native from Bellevue.  He graduated from the University of Washington in ’06 with a B.A. in Communications.  His brother and company co-founder, Michael also attended UW and got his J.D. at Northeastern University…


4 Tips for Reducing Stress and Improving Well Being; Mindbloom’s Chris Hewett Shares Insights

By | Jun 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Chris Hewett’s work was getting the best of him.  Although he enjoyed the industry which occupied his work (video games – who wouldn’t?) the hours and stress were a drain to his soul.  Instead of gritting his teeth and pushing through the discomfort –…


Jobaline: Find Qualified Candidates for Job Openings

By | May 30, 2012 at 11:00 am, Craigslist, LinkedIn, networking – there are so many places to look for find a candidate for a job opening.  The process can be stressful, frustrating, and exhausting for everyone involved. Jobaline co-founders Miki Mullor and Bill Davidheiser want to make this process a…


Every Cell Phone Becomes a Comment Card With TalkToTheManager

By | May 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Show of hands: Who has had a bad experience at a restaurant? Wow, everyone!  One of us – John Washam to be exact – decided to make it easier to get in touch with the manager to resolve issues immediately before they fester into…


Startup Showcase: Seattle-Based OblakSoft Simplifies Cloud Computing

By | May 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Bio: Artem Livshits is Founder, CEO, and Chief Technology Architect of OblakSoft, one of the startups featured at the recent Tech Cocktail Seattle mixer. He possesses 15+ years of experience architecting, designing and implementing fast, scalable, and robust mission-critical server software. Tech Cocktail caught…