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David Cohen Explains How Techstars Is Staying Competitive

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Before we wrapped up the day 1 sessions at Tech Cocktail’s Celebrate Conference and headed over to Place on 7th for the National Startup Showcase & Mixer, Frank Gruber sat down with David Cohen for a fireside chat. And who better to talk accelerators with than the founder of Techstars? After a quick ditty on his ukulele, Gruber… Read more »

The Delicate Relationship between Startups and City Governments

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With more cities developing and growing their entrepreneurial community comes the important question of funding. “We are seeing that more startups are not having to move from their cities to find funding,” said Clara Sieg of Revolution Ventures in a panel led by Eric Olson of Origin Ventures during Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference. But how can cities… Read more »

Tony Hsieh: I’m Not Leaving the Downtown Project

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Disclaimer: Tech Cocktail is funded by the Downtown Project Kicking off the afternoon sessions on day one of this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference was the Downtown Project‘s Tony Hsieh. The theme of his talk was not one we’re strangers to – The City as a Startup – but it’s no less inspiring as Hsieh truly embodies what… Read more »

Don’t Lean Too Heavily on Startup Community Leaders

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The morning portion of the first day at our annual Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference is wrapping up, and the early sessions have been ripe with food for thought. We heard Sarah Evans, a digital correspondent for companies like PayPal, Cisco, and Cox Communications, moderate a panel on how we can make our communities a better place for startups. In attendance… Read more »

To Close the Tech Talent Gap, We Need to Rethink Education

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Following an engaging panel on how to create a “collisionable city” – a city conducive to interpersonal collisions that promote collaboration – at this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, the discussion on stage switched to what public and private entities can do to support the expansion of the available talent pool. Whether in the form of… Read more »

Entrepreneurs with Big Egos Have No Place in Startup Communities

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Disclaimer: Tech Cocktail is funded by the Downtown Project.  To kick off this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, a panel of experts discussed how to create cities where collaboration is encouraged. An entrepreneurial hub needs to be a place where collisions happen and startups grow. Dylan Jorgensen, collision scientist at Downtown Project, led the conversation by asking… Read more »

Shapify: Make a 3D Replica of Yourself


A few years ago, receiving a 3D scanned version of yourself would have been novel – or even unheard of. However, now anyone can order, sell, or make a 3D human replica from the comfort of their business or home with Shapify. Shapify, based on the Artec Group‘s scanning technology, allows anyone to turn themselves… Read more »

Snaapiq: The App that Turns Your Selfies into Prizes


Take a selfie and you can earn rewards or prizes – yes, it’s that simple. Enter a contest on the Snaapiq app, upload a photo, and see if you’re chosen. No gimmicks or hassle, just a fun way to share your pictures with a community and friends on social media. According to its site, “Snaapiq turns… Read more »

How to Mobilize Your Network for a Successful Launch


What if you could set up one 15-minute meeting and walk away with a $500,000 investment and a business connection in Silicon Valley? That’s exactly what Mark Zuckerberg did back in 2004 when his associate and temporary roommate, Sean Parker, set up a meeting with Peter Thiel, a hedge fund manager and the co-founder of… Read more »

Leveraging Digital Intelligence for Competitive Insight


Digital intelligence often gets mentioned for how it’s used (and possibly abused) by advertisers or governmental agencies, but what you may not know is that it can be a valuable tool for keeping an online eye on your competition. How can you leverage the power of digital intelligence for your own benefit? Here are the… Read more »

Talia Mashiach: Don’t Prioritize Raising Money When You Start a Company [VIDEO]


Last month at our Tech Cocktail Chicago Sessions event, we had Talia Mashiach, the founder and CEO of event commerce company of Eved, join us to talk about how she’s ended up on this path towards building a billion-dollar Chicago company. On top of having raised over $11 million, the company client list includes major corporations, including the… Read more »