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Why Snuggling an Uber Kitten Is Good for Your Startup

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For National Cat Day yesterday, Uber teamed up with Cheezburger and ASPCA for the second year in a row to deliver kittens instead of people. Users in 7 cities – Austin, Chicago, DC, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle – could open up the Uber app and request a kitten, which would be delivered to your… Read more »



Joel Trammell of Khorus: How to Get from Founder to CEO [VIDEO]

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On Thursday, November 6, Tech Cocktail is hosting its Chicago Mixer & Startup Showcase, featuring Spark‘s Scott Hess and Khorus‘s Joel Trammell. Get your tickets now! At this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate, Joel Trammell took some time to speak to attendees about what it means to be CEO. Specifically, he talked about how a startup… Read more »


The Top 30 Startup Accelerators Ranked

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Startup accelerators have been around for almost 10 years now, and the landscape is starting to change. We’re seeing more and more international accelerators, as well as programs for niche industries and niche demographics. In Accelerate: Founder Insights into Accelerator Programs, authors Luke Deering, Matt Cartagena, and Chris Dowdeswell list over 200 programs – and provide… Read more »


Martin Ringlein on the Top Ten Traits of Entrepreneurship

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Last month, Tech Cocktail joined startup and tech enthusiasts in welcoming Maria Thomas of SmartThings and Martin Ringlein of nvite in Crystal City at Disruption Corporation, home of Crystal Tech Fund. An award-winning designer, developer, entrepreneur and angel investor; Martin most recently was at The White House as a President as a Presidential Innovation Fellow…. Read more »



When Seeking Corporate Funding or Partnership, Don’t Lose Sight of Your Startup Vision [VIDEO]

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At this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, there was a lot of focus on how public and private entities can support the development of startup communities. In one particular panel, titled “Corporations Embracing Startup Communities,” representatives from leading corporations discussed the various ways through which large companies are working with and alongside startups to develop today’s innovative tech… Read more »



Why Ordering Taco Bell From Your Smartphone Is a Big Deal

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Like most adults, I secretly love fast food (Go ahead, judge me) but avoid it at all costs (Exceptions include: Airports, hangovers and break-ups). So when Taco Bell announced this week the launch of their new app, the 12-year-old fat girl inside of me jumped for joy! The new app lets customers nationwide order food ahead… Read more »



Cities are Responsible for Educating Their Entrepreneurial Community

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During the panel “Building an Entrepreneurial Community” at this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, Sarah Evans sat down with individuals from four very different, but successful, entrepreneurial communities. Joining Evans on stage was Matt Haggman from the Knight Foundation; John Curtis, Mayor of Provo, Utah; Lisa Besserman, founder of Startup Buenos Aires; and Melissa Withers, chief of… Read more »


The Community Answers: What Is A Startup?

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Brandon Gadoci, in a blog post last week from Disruption Corporation, posed the question “Where Will Startups Be in 100 Years?” Gadoci notes how we have studied entrepreneurs from the early 1900s, quoted them, put them on T-Shirts and Oatmeal sites. Startups then didn’t know each other, and set out on solo ventures to change the world…. Read more »



How to Position Yourself for a Career in the New Tech Economy [VIDEO]

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At this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, one of the panel discussions – titled “Growing the Talent Pool” – focused on strategies through which public and private entities can support a growing talent pool within their communities. While the main points of the discussion centered around rethinking and revamping the way we approach education in order… Read more »