David Simnick Started a Company That Uses Soap to Save Lives [Video]

By | Feb 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm

David Simnick didn’t want to be just another entrepreneur – he wanted to change the world, too. As the founder and CEO of SoapBox Soaps, David gets to live the startup life and work to improve the lives of children around the globe. His…


Rachel Cook of Seeds on the Intersection of Microlending and Gaming [Video]

By | Jan 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Imagine a world where gaming lead directly to social good.  This is the reality that Rachel Cook, founder and CEO at Seeds, is in the process of creating.  In Kenya, microlending services such as Safaricom’s M-PESA have accounted for more than 20% of the country’s GDP….


Miki Johnson of Parsecco on Starting Lean [Video]

By | Jan 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm

“A lot of the social web is about sharing what you had for lunch.  We’re about helping people share what they do together with people that they really trust.” This is the elevator pitch of Miki Johnson, founder and CEO at, a team-building tool…


Kalsoom Lakhani of i2i on the Pakistani Startup Scene [Video]

By | Jan 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Naturally we’re fans of any startup that supports early stage startups.  That’s why we were excited to chat with Kalsoom Lakhani, the founder and CEO at Invest2Innovate, an organization that gives entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed in new markets – beginning with…


Matthew Manos of on Designing for Social Good [Video]

By | Jan 6, 2013 at 10:00 am

Offering your services to a non-profit at a discount is nice.  Offering said service to a non-profit completely free of charge – well that’s VeryNice. This is precisely the premise behind the Matthew Manos’ startup, – a design studio that dedicates more than…



Jon Gosier of metaLayer on How to Hire a CTO [Video]

By | Jan 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm

It’s one of the most common problems facing entrepreneurs today.  Supply and demand teaches us that quality CTO’s are hard to come by. Jon Gosier, head of product, COO and co-founder at metaLayer shares his process for finding the right technical co-founder.  One key…


Andrew Nacin on the Future of WordPress [Video]

By | Jan 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm

One in every six websites uses WordPress.  Curious as to what goes into making the CMS tick?  So are we. Tech Cocktail had the opportunity to sit down with Andrew Nacin, one of WordPress’ lead developers, to learn how he handles working with open…


Mayor Vincent Gray on Fostering Startup Growth in DC

By | Dec 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Our nation’s capital has worked its way into the conversation of emerging startup hubs across the country.  Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, sits down with Tech Cocktail to discuss the measures his city is taking to continue fostering small business growth, including scaling back…


Robin Chase of Buzzcar & Zipcar on the Future of Transportation [Video]

By | Dec 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Zipcar has changed the way many urban dwellers commute in and around their city.  Robin Chase, founder and former-CEO at Zipcar is looking to revolutionize the way we travel around cities yet once again. Buzzcar, the Paris-based travel startup is Chase’s next take on…


Brian McClary of Ford Motor Company on The Future of Social Media [Video]

By | Dec 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Ever wonder what it’s like to oversee 150,000+ Twitter followers?  How about 1.7 million Facebook likes? Just ask Brian McClary, the Social and Emerging Media Analyst at Ford Motor Company.  In the off chance you don’t know Brian, it’s okay, because we asked him on your…


Travis Kalanick of Uber on Fighting for What You Believe In

By | Nov 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Disrupting an industry ain’t easy.  Just ask Travis Kalanick, co-founder and CEO of the oft-controversial Uber. “You’ve gotta be tough, you’ve got to fight for what you believe in.” The hail-a-personal-driver app has met resistance in both Washington D.C. and NYC, and has more recently…


Emily Brew of The Girl Effect on the Intersection of Private Sector and Non-Profit [Video]

By | Nov 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Out of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth, 70 percent are girls.  When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children.  This is a humanitarian issue.  This is a global stability…

Interviews Combines Online Dating with Social Discovery; Interview with Founder Daniel Mattio [Video]

By | Nov 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm

The lines between social discovery and online dating were already blurry.  Finding someone nearby who shares your enthusiasm for the new Muse album, who knows your college roommate, and who also enjoys pumpkin spice lattes, is grounds for a conversation.  With a host of mobile apps…


Sanders Partee: The History of RideCharge [VIDEO]

By | Oct 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Sanders Partee started RideCharge in January 2007, just months before the first iPhone came out. And his app Taxi Magic, for booking and paying for taxis, has ranked high in the app store ever since. “The staying power of a mobile app is based…