Matt Galligan of Circa on Failure, Work/Life Balance, and Beer

By | Oct 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Matt Galligan is crafting his third startup.  The first two, Socialthing and SimpleGeo, were acquired by AOL and Urban Airship, respectively.  This time around, he and fellow co-founder Ben Huh (CEO at Cheezburger) are taking on mobile news. Tech Cocktail caught up with Matt…

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Doctor/Rapper Zubin Damania is Rethinking Health Care

By | Oct 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

Zubin Damania is a board-certified internist, who spent ten years practicing at Stanford Hospital. He’s also a rapper, who recently ventured into pop with “One Injection,” a music video about vaccines to the tune of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.” Damania’s rapping career…


Rachna Choudhry of POPVOX: Starting Up as a Newbie in DC [VIDEO]

By | Oct 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Rachna Choudhry knew the ins and outs of Washington from her work as a lobbyist. But when it was time to jump into DC tech, she had no talking points to work from. Choudhry is the cofounder of POPVOX, a startup that helps citizens…


Howard Leonhardt of California Stock Xchange on Building a Brand

By | Oct 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm

As it turns out, the most interesting man in the world doesn’t drink Dos Equis, he drinks wine.  Specifically wine from Leonhardt Vineyards, because, well, he owns it.  He also owns a baseball league and a dozen collegiate summer league baseball teams.  And he’s starting a…

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Zach Ware of Downtown Project: It’s All About Community [Video]

By | Sep 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm

This post is part of Tech Cocktail’s overview of the Downtown Project, a $350 million fund that aims to revitalize downtown Las Vegas by funding new buildings, education, small businesses, and tech startups. How many times can you say “community” in a few minute span?…


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Tony Hsieh Takes Us Deeper Inside The Downtown Project [Video]

By | Sep 25, 2012 at 11:00 am

“Our goal is to make Downtown Las Vegas the most community-focused large city in the world – in the place you’d least expect it.” – Tony Hsieh, Creator, Downtown Project It’s up for debate as to what Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh possesses more of…


Will Fuentes of Lemur IMS: Revitalizing Offline Shopping

By | Sep 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm

As a former manager at Best Buy and Bed Bath & Beyond, Will Fuentes knows what it’s like to run a brick-and-mortar store. And now, a few years later, stores are facing even more competition from online retailers like Amazon. With Lemur IMS, Fuentes’s…


Rohit Bhargava of Likeonomics: A Good Product Is Only Half the Battle

By | Sep 21, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Rohit Bhargava’s blog lists him as a marketer, author, speaker, professor, and “nice guy.” And he comes across nice in the video interview below – which is fortunate, since he’s the author of Likeonomics, a book about why likeability is key to success in…


Scott Case of Startup America: It’s Time for the Startup Economy

By | Sep 19, 2012 at 5:15 pm

We’re at an unprecedented time in America’s history, says Scott Case, the CEO of Startup America. Back when he was the CTO of Priceline, startups basically had to figure things out for themselves. But not so anymore. Not only are there tons of startups,…


Jeff Lawson of Twilio: The Ups and Downs of Being a Developer [VIDEO]

By | Sep 18, 2012 at 5:00 pm

“Software is eating the world,” says Jeff Lawson below, echoing Marc Andreessen of VC firm Andreessen Horowitz. What they mean is that software companies like Amazon and Netflix are starting to dominate industries that were formerly run by hardware giants. Lawson, who worked at…


Leah Busque of TaskRabbit: From Engineer to Entrepreneur

By | Sep 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm

The chief inspiration officer for TaskRabbit is Kobe Busque, a hungry, eight-year-old labrador retriever. Founder and CEO Leah Busque became an entrepreneur when she realized that she shouldn’t have to cancel date night just because she ran out of dog food. There should be…


Matt Mickiewicz Shares Lessons from 99designs

By | Sep 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm

The tagline for 99designs is “Design Done Differently,” and cofounder Matt Mickiewicz and his team have definitely done things a little differently. Back in 2008, before “crowdsourcing” was a popular term, 99designs was crowdsourcing design work: you post a design idea, get dozens or…


Neal Sales-Griffin of The Starter League on Working Your Passion and Recent 37signals Funding

By | Sep 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

It’s fitting that “sales” is built into his name, because Neal Sales-Griffin’s passion is infectious, and evidently I’m not the only one who thinks so. Earlier this month, Sales-Griffin’s Chicago-based classroom coding school, The Starter League (formerly known as Code Academy), received an undisclosed amount of funding…


SMALLab Learning is Shaking Up Education – Literally [VIDEO]

By | Aug 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm

With grade-school kids now carting around the ultimate entertainment device in their pockets, teachers need to get creative to get their attention. SMALLab Learning, based in Los Angeles, is creating new interactive laboratories for schools, where students grab a wand, twist and shake it…