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Chicago

Marc Kiven of BrightTag On The Importance Of “Data As The Fuel” For Online Marketing

By | May 15, 2012 at 9:53 am

After spending much of his career on the road while living in Chicago, serial entrepreneur Marc Kiven was excited to finally create a company, BrightTag, based in the Windy City. Leveraging his fifteen years of online marketing and advertising experience, BrightTag aims to help publishers of…

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Chicago

Brian Spaly, CEO Of Trunk Club, Is On A Mission To Get Men To Dress Better

By | May 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Do you like to go to mall and shop for clothing so you look good? If you are like most men, you probably do not enjoy shopping and might think it is kind of a drag. That said, looking good can help you feel…

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What Mom Taught Me: Advice From 8 Entrepreneurs

By | May 13, 2012 at 8:03 am

It is often said that “Mom knows best.” The sage advice that follows – shared with us by some of our favorite startup founders – lends credibility to that oft-overused statement.  Follow the advice of the moms of successful entrepreneurs, and maybe you too…

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Bangalore

A Peek Inside India’s Startup Scene, with Female Founder Shradha Sharma

By | May 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Something is brewing in India. “The joke about Bangalore is that if you knock at a door, you’ll meet either a startup or somebody planning to start up,” says Shradha Sharma, founder of Indian tech blog YourStory.in. YourStory.in is also organizing a series of…

Dev & Design

Chicago

Kayne Grau Shares Insights On Cars.com’s Progressive Tech Approach

By | May 8, 2012 at 11:33 pm

After moving to Chicago from the West Coast, Kayne Grau took over as Chief Technology Officer at Cars.com and looked to raise the level of technology credibility at the company that started featuring automobile listings and media in 1997. Kayne did this by updating its overall technology…

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Chicago

Seyi Fabode Wants To Help You Switch Energy Providers & Save Money

By | May 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Did you know that due to deregulation you can change your energy provider? Not all that many people in America do according to Power2Switch founder Seyi Fabode. When he moved to the U.S. he noticed this right away and took it upon himself to…

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Chicago

Bill Swilsow Shares Advice Reflecting On Cars.com Startup Experiences

By | May 3, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Taking on a web business in 1997 was new frontier, especially in the Midwest. Based in Chicago, Cars.com was created to offer a rich online classified advertising experience around automobiles. Bill Swislow, the Senior Vice President of Product at Cars.com, was there from the…

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13-Year-Old Entrepreneur Mallory Kievman: “Don’t Take No for an Answer” [Interview]

By | May 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Mallory Kievman, an eighth grader in Connecticut, is turning her science fair project into a business. Working with her father, Kievman has spent her free time in the kitchen concocting Hiccupops, lollipops with apple cider vinegar that aim to cure hiccups. As the New…

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San Francisco

The Brains Behind the “Infinite Closet”, An Interview with Nikki Durkin of 99dresses

By | May 1, 2012 at 9:30 am

Anyone who has waited on a girlfriend to get ready for anything that involves being seen in public knows firsthand that no amount of clothes will ever solve the riddle that is leaving the house quickly.  There is no closet big enough.  That is, unless, there…

Announcements

Announcing Tech Cocktail Conversations Podcast

By | Apr 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm

We are excited to announce Tech Cocktail Conversations, a new video podcast by Tech Cocktail bringing you candid insights from startup founders, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders from around the world. Now you can watch your favorite Tech Cocktail interviews while on the go.  Conversations offers…

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San Francisco

Win 30 Minutes with Tim Ferriss in WellnessFX Contest [Interview]

By | Apr 26, 2012 at 9:10 am

When he isn’t winning the Chinese National Kickboxing Championship, obtaining the Guinness World Record in tango, guest lecturing at Princeton, learning to speak a new language (currently fluent in five), or writing a pair of #1 New York Times bestselling books (The 4 Hour Workweek…

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San Francisco

The Startup Story of YouEye: “Be Present at Everything”

By | Apr 24, 2012 at 11:00 am

It all started at a conference in 2009.  The presenter was giving a talk on web form design and user behavior.  His company recently started using eye tracking technology to study on-site behavior.  The information they were able to gather through this new method…

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Terry Hsiao: Jump In But Think; Have Vision But Be Nimble [Interview]

By | Apr 23, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Today, app developers need marketing more than ever, but they have less money to spend on it. That’s because many of the App Store’s over half a billion apps are free. Serial entrepreneur Terry Hsiao saw this problem and created the App Growth Engine…

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San Francisco

Young Entrepreneur Brian Wong: How (Not) to Disrupt a Market [Interview]

By | Apr 20, 2012 at 9:33 am

21-year-old entrepreneur Brian Wong believes in disrupting markets, not just plugging up holes with little apps. (See Brian Wong discuss this at SXSW 2012.) He himself is aiming to disrupt mobile advertising with Kiip, a rewards network that app developers can add to their…

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Brian Wong to Young Entrepreneurs: “Assume That Nobody Gives a Shit about You” [Interview]

By | Apr 18, 2012 at 11:30 am

Just turned 21, entrepreneur Brian Wong is already racking up achievements: graduated college at 18, worked at Digg, founded Kiip, got funding. But, on Skype at least, Wong comes off as humble: he brushed aside a comparison to Mark Zuckerberg, wants his business to…

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Atlanta

Zamp’s Sam Zebarjadi on CoFounding With a Sibling and the Growing Tech Scene in Atlanta

By | Apr 1, 2012 at 9:00 am

Way back at the beginning of the month, Zamp was a showcased startup at our SXSW #StartupLife Celebration.  Founder Sam Zebarjadi was gracious enough to sit down for an interview, which became part of our SXSW video series (you can watch the interview here). …

Announcements

Tech Cocktail’s Frank Gruber Talks With Andrew Warner of Mixergy

By | Mar 23, 2012 at 11:07 am

Tech Cocktail’s Co-Founder and CEO Frank Gruber joined Andrew Warner on Mixergy to share the story of Tech Cocktail and how he and the team have grown it from a simple mixer event to 20 city event series and online content resource for tech…