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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 »


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 »


Cloud Texting Services for Z-Gen Businesses

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Communication technology is progressing each day, providing individuals and businesses with highly efficient ways of communication, and that too at extremely nominal costs. The state of affairs is a true representation of how technology should be – giving you better, for even less. Out of the innumerable advancements made in communication technology during the last… Read more »


Social Media Time Management Tips

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Small business owners have a ton of responsibilities on their plates every day; unfortunately keeping up with social media isn’t usually on top of their lists. Social media has become a big part of most people’s lives these days, especially for business owners and entrepreneurs. It’s crucial to employ time management tips to stay on top of business… Read more »


Does Apple’s New iPhone 6 Mean War On Startups?

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The wait for Apple’s new iPhone is finally over, and it seems like they prepared to battle a few startups in the industry for users. Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating, but their latest announcement showed that the iPhone 6 has new capabilities previously offered by third-party apps. From the looks of it, the new iPhone comes with many… Read more »


Cats and Company Culture at Cheezburger

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At our Tech Cocktail Sessions event last week in Chicago, Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh joined us to talk about everything from why entrepreneurs are like cats to his favorite book and other interesting tidbits. Many of the questions from the audience centered on hiring and managing employees, and Huh started to build a picture of the… Read more »


Get These 4 Things Right and Generate Revenue from your App

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Developing an app for your business is a big and critical investment, whether it is a Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) or a Multi-National Company (MNC). Despite the high stakes involved in developing an app, businesses might jump onto the mobile application bandwagon without thinking about the consequences of taking this huge leap. The results… Read more »


3 Tech Tools to Hire Without Breaking the Bank

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Technology has opened up our world with thousands of networking platforms flooding the vast digital landscape of the internet. You can have billions of search results in front of your eyes in 0.31 seconds, and photos from friends and strangers buzzing into your phone from the other side of the world. We can find the… Read more »



How to Not Annoy Journalists at Conferences 

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Listening to a panel of investors at one of our events, I was amused to hear that they have many of the same pet peeves as journalists when it comes to pitches. Cc’ing all the partners at a VC firm or – even worse – bcc’ing your pitch to dozens of people with the salutation… Read more »


PR 101 for Startups: When, why, and how to hire a PR firm

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  “Can you get me some media attention?”  As the owner of a public relations and public affairs firm, I should be thrilled to hear these words from a potential client.  In reality, it’s a terrible place to start the conversation.  Too many times startups decide, for a cadre of reasons, that they want some attention. … Read more »


The Pygmalion Effect: You Control Your Employees’ Potential 

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In an (in)famous study of elementary school students, researchers tested their intelligence and reported to teachers which ones had performed exceptionally well. But their findings came with a warning: don’t treat these students differently, and don’t tell anyone about the results. The teachers were even observed to make sure they didn’t spend extra time with… Read more »


8 Productivity Tools for Startups

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Running a startup is fraught with challenges. Nurturing an idea into a product or service, impressing investors to invest in a startup, identifying the target audience, convincing people about its goods and services, collaborating with team members, and working within strict deadlines are some of the things that distract startup founders from daily productivity. Being… Read more »


5 Innovative Business Incubator Strategies

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So you want to join a business incubator?  Here are 5 key strategies to help you compare options. 1. Stake it to make it  If the incubator doesn’t have a stake in the companies, they are just selling real estate.  That’s a fine model, and it is innovative as a real estate strategy- just not all that innovative as… Read more »