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What Do Techies Eat? Find Out in ‘The Official SXSW 2014 Interactive Cookbook’

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Ever wondered what some of your favorite tech all-stars have for dinner, supper, or second dinner? Vegetarian chicken fingers? Gluten-full mac and cheese with prosciutto? Pizza burger tacos? Well, imagine no further! Cookbook Create has compiled over 100 recipes from the likes of Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti, and other past SXSW Interactive speakers in The Official… Read more »



Graduate Student Lending Platform CommonBond Expands Its Program to Law, Medical, Engineering Grads

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NYC-based CommonBond announced today that it has expanded its student loan consolidation and low-cost refinancing program to graduates of law, medical, and engineering programs, as well as to additional MBA programs at Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis, and University of Texas. This expansion by the graduate student lending platform follows the goals it set after raising $100 million… Read more »



The World’s Hottest Cars Are on MadWhips

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The Toronto based company MadWhips recently launched the an automotive photography focused social network in an effort to establish themselves as the 500px of the automotive industry. To that end, they have built a new website and iOS app to allow auto enthusiasts to share, collect, and discuss the world’s hottest cars all from one… Read more »


Nitrous.IO Raises $6.65M Series A to Build Better Dev Environments

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Nitrous.IO, a platform that provides pre-configured development environments in the cloud, today announced that they have successfully raised $6.65 million in a Series A funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. The money will fund the expansion of their cloud-based platform. Outside of Bessemer Venture Partners, the Series A round included 500 Startups, Crunchfund, Golden… Read more »


One Laptop Per Child Moves Operations to Miami

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The One Laptop Per Child Association (OLPC), a non-profit organization that aims to provide low-cost laptops to children around the world, has moved its sales and distribution activities to Miami. OLPC formerly operated out of its facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which closed in January of this year. OLPC is outsourcing many of the software and development units,… Read more »



A Supportive Entrepreneur Population is Powering San Francisco’s Startup Ecosystem

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“[San Francisco] is unique with regard to startups. It is like the mother ship – where it all began,” said Sri Lekha Srinivasan, Founder and Chief Learner at K-12 Nest. When it comes to entrepreneurship, it seems that San Francisco is truly one of the best places to be for everyone (not just for women entrepreneurs). Considering its history of… Read more »


Donate Money, Get Free Beer at DoNation’s Events

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If you want people to show up to an event, give out free beer. That’s probably psychology rule #1 of hosting events, and DoNation knows that. So the tech-savvy nonprofit set up events called “Do With Your Brew,” where local breweries give out free beer in exchange for donations to charities on DoNation. DoNation’s first… Read more »


Superman With A GoPro Camera

Superman With A GoPro

The GoPro camera, a rugged, versatile sports camera, has made it fairly easy to capture amazing photos on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter doing extreme sports like surfing, skiing, snowboarding or skateboarding. But what would happen if Superman had a GoPro camera? Well, now we know thanks to a group of Los Angeles filmmakers when they attached… Read more »


What You Need to Know about Patent Trolls, from CEA

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This is an advertorial sponsored by CEA, a title sponsor of Tech Cocktail’s Startup Celebration at SXSW. We thank them for their support! On December 5, the House of Representatives passed the Innovation Act, HR 3309, to reform patent litigation. Right now, patent law is plagued by “patent trolls,” organizations that gobble up patents without… Read more »


DC’s Encore Alert Raises $390K Seed Round Led By NextGen Angels

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Social media analytics platform for enterprise, Encore Alert, announced yesterday that it has closed a $390,000 round in seed funding. The round was led by DC-based NextGen Angels - their first portfolio deal of 2014 (the angel group’s latest highlight since bringing on a managing director earlier this month). “Every day, Encore Alert learns what actions drive results for… Read more »



How Entrepreneurs Can Benefit From Business Intelligence

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Much of the success of small and medium enterprises (SME) relies upon creating a system that is efficient and effective. Many entrepreneurs like to focus on sales and marketing, and some ignore optimizing their operations. However, business intelligence tools (BI) are changing the way many SMEs manage their data. According to a 2013 study by… Read more »


Pipeline Fellowship Launches in Miami to Train Women Angels

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This week Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women, announced the launch of its Miami program. The program will provide South Florida with resources to train high-net-worth women angel investors with the goal of creating more capital for local startups. “After graduating from Pipeline Fellowship’s angel investing bootcamp, our newly winged angels have continued… Read more »