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Nicely Gift-Giving App Launches in DC and Inspires #BeNice Campaign


Yesterday, Gardner Prescott Technology Ventures, LLC (GPTV) launched Nicely, their first startup venture. Nicely, founded by CEO Whitney Jones and based in Washington DC, was developed from the idea that we could all benefit from more random acts of kindness. The mobile-based app makes it easy to to be nice and recognize family, friends, and coworkers… Read more »

YOPP: From Arlington Small Business Day to an App That Connects You Directly to Small Businesses


This past Saturday, President Obama was spotted at local bookstore Politics & Prose – undoubtedly a renowned institution in Washington, D.C. – supporting the small business economy by purchasing 17 books from the shop. In recent years, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been designated as “Small Business Saturday”, all in an effort to drive sales at small businesses… Read more »

Twitter Launches Tool to Prevent Online Bullying


Twitter wants to stop the trolls. The social network released a new set of anti-harassment tools that make it easier for users to flag abuse on the network. Twitter has been previously criticized not implementing stricter rules against trolls, so this is an important decision for the tech giant. The new tools allow users to report a… Read more »

NYC’s Bonusly Raises $1M for Peer-to-Peer Bonuses


Brooklyn-based Bonusly, the company behind the Web platform that helps companies replace traditional bonuses with peer-to-peer bonuses, announced this morning that it has raised $1 million in seed funding. This is the first kind of institutional financing for the company, which has been bootstrapping since 2012. The seed funding comes from Bloomberg Beta and FirstMark Capital. According to the… Read more »

Venture Hive Partners with Microsoft for Global Startup Education Program


Miami-based accelerator and education company, Venture Hive, has partnered with Microsoft Innovation Centers (MIC’s) to develop a pre-accelerator program that connects entrepreneurs to resources and support their need in validating and building their ideas into solutions. The MIC Pre-Accelerator program includes 12 weeks of intensive, specialized training for entrepreneurs, who will have access and support from the international… Read more »

Investing in Miami: First Come the Startup Failures, Then Comes the Success

Sime MIA 2014 Investment Panel

Tech Cocktail is a Media Partner during Sime MIA 2014 “Our entrepreneurs are becoming more sophisticated about the process of raising capital,” Melissa Krinzman of Krillion Ventures said proudly to a full audience of South Florida’s industry leaders during Sime MIA. Krinzman was joined by a panel of experts that included Scout Ventures’ Bradley Harrison and… Read more »

Tired of Driving for Uber? These 3 Other Apps Will Hire You!

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Everyone has heard of or even used Uber: it is an app that people use to call for a (obviously paid) ride, with the option of choosing your desired vehicle: uberX, taxi, black, SUV, and lux – each with its own cost, and each fitting different occasions. People can also apply to become a driver… Read more »

4 Reasons You Can’t Find a Tech Cofounder


In “How to Start a Startup without Ruining Your Life,” startup advisor Rik Lomas provides his how-to guide to starting up for new founders. He goes over everything from naming and design to team-building and fundraising to sales, marketing, and more. But one of the sections that sticks out is “How to find a tech cofounder.”… Read more »

Loup Helps SF Locals Create “The Perfect Morning Commute”


This morning Loup announced that they have raised $1.5 million led by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams’ Obvious Ventures. Along with the funding announcement comes the official launch of the Loup platform, where the private car experience meets public transportation. According to the team, one of the biggest challenges faced by San Francisco residents and commuters… Read more »

Your Charity Dollar Goes a Lot Further Just by Joining Givelocity


Did you know that the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving is #GivingTuesday? This global day dedicated to charitable giving started with New York’s 92nd Street Y, in partnership with the UN Foundation in 2012, so today marks the third annual observance of this unique holiday. Every individual can support this holiday and make #GivingTuesday a success, whether… Read more »