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WalkTheChat Gives a Walk-Through of WeChat Ads

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When designing this second article on the Wechat opportunity in China, I sat down with Thomas Graziani, founder of WalktheChat, a Wechat-focused agency in Beijing and Shanghai. We discussed about the monetization of Wechat adds.  A few months ago, WeChat rolled out their ad plan for public accounts. You can display ads on your public… Read more »


No More Yellow Pages: Getting Your Law Firm Online

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Research shows that as many as 90 percent  of consumers begin their hunt for any kind of service through search engine exploration and 70 percent of them do not even go past the first page of the results. While these statistics apply to almost all kinds of businesses, it is beneficial for attorneys to get their law firm online as… Read more »




Flickr Co-Founder Launches Social Discovery App Findery to Android

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Places have unique stories, and no one can tell those stories better that people experiencing them first hand. That’s the idea behind Findery, a social discovery platform that lets you share stories and discover places near and far. They announced today their app is available for Android. Findery users can search and find interesting information about… Read more »


5 Ways to Be Happier at Work

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When former Zappos culture consultant Jenn Lim climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with Tony Hsieh, it was one of the most meaningful experiences of her life. When we’re young, we often idealize work, as if our ascent to success will be as clear and rewarding as a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. But as we get into the… Read more »


Inside the Company Culture of Meetup

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At any given moment, something like 2,000 meetups are going on simultaneously around the world. Meetup has a whopping 18.95 million members who are part of over 170,00 groups in 176 countries. Managing this flurry of activity are 123 employees, mostly based in Meetup’s New York City headquarters. They also have scattered team members in Philadelphia, Providence,… Read more »


MeteorJs: Prototype to Production App In A Few Weeks

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MeteorJs is an open-source framework to quickly build web apps that is powerful enough for an experienced developer, but easy enough for a beginner to get started on building a production app. Meteor Development went through Y Combinator in 2011 and also raised $11.2 million from Alexis Ohanian and Andreessen Horowitz, among others. When my co-founder and… Read more »


Meet the Newest Batch of Hottest Showcasing Startup Winners

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Drumroll please… Who’s competing in Las Vegas…here are the results!   Tech Cocktail recently launched a poll to find out who’s Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Charleston, Detroit and Fargo hottest startups. The winners will represent the cities mentioned at Tech Cocktail Celebrate on October 6-7 in downtown Las Vegas. Each city will have two startups competing at Celebrate, including a booth… Read more »


6 Tales of Conference Missed Connections

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When I’m bored and have nothing to do, occasionally I’ll find myself browsing through Craigslist missed connections. It’s not that weird, really, a lot of people do it (right?), or at least a lot of my own friends do it (one friend even created an app for it). Sure there are a few sketchy posts,… Read more »


DreamIt Austin Accelerator is Taking Applications

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DreamIt Ventures aims to help accomplished entrepreneurs build great companies. While the Philly program is in full swing, the accelerator program in Austin is taking applications for the 2015 cycle. This is the third year of DreamIt Austin; in the past, Austin classes have included participants from Brazil, Spain, Sweden, South Korea, and Israel. “The… Read more »


Techstars Cofounder David Cohen Explains the Equity-Back Guarantee [Q&A]

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At the beginning of September, Techstars announced something revolutionary for the world of startup accelerators: an equity-back guarantee starting in 2015. Next year, companies who go through Techstars will have three days after the end of the three-month program to lower or eliminate the amount of equity Techstars took. Right now, Techstars offers $18,000 in funding… Read more »


Product Hunt Raises $6M in Series A Funding

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Tech rating site, Product Hunt, has raised US $6 million in a new round of funding. This news comes days after the company announced that it raised a seed funding round of $1M and launched an iOS app. According to unnamed sources sited by TechCrunch, the round was led by Andreessen Horowitz and Product Hunt picked… Read more »


Startup PR Basics: How to Handle Press Releases, Media Lists, Pitch Emails, and Follow Ups

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Want a subscription to Pr.co? The first 5 people who tweet this article and mention @techcocktail will get a free 6-month Business subscription ($450 value). Right now, startup PR is pretty much a lose-lose situation for entrepreneurs and journalists. You entrepreneurs send out pitches you’re unsure about, get ignored, follow up, and get ignored again. You probably… Read more »