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Video Production in the Cloud From Scenios


Movies, commercials, and television shows all require elaborate scheduling and collaboration. The organization that goes into a production – whether it’s big, small, reality-based or scripted – is remarkable. Coordinating talent, production crews, and logistics is challenging, to say the least. NYC-based startup Scenios recently launched a cloud-based platform to make it easier to coordinate… Read more »

Perfecting the Art of the Pitch: 8 Young Entrepreneurs Weigh In

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The following answers are provided by The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC recently published #FixYoungAmerica: How to Rebuild Our Economy and Put Young Americans Back to Work (for Good), a book of 30+ proven solutions to help end youth unemployment. Tech Cocktail… Read more »

8 Social Good Startups Join the Impact Engine Accelerator

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For a new startup accelerator in Chicago, doing social good doesn’t necessarily mean being a nonprofit. Impact Engine, which announced its first class of startups today, sorted through over 175 applications from for-profit companies with positive social or environmental impact. As managing director Chuck Templeton explains, for-profit startups can keep their focus on the product… Read more »

The Traveler’s Dilemma

Travel and Social Media

Editor’s Note: This article is a revised version of an article that appears in the June 2012 issue of The Social Media Monthly. If you like it, you might want to download The Social Media Monthly iPad app or iPhone app and subscribe, or order a print subscription. “This is a rare, deadly scorpion. We looked it up online.” In my hostel… Read more »

Five Lessons on Motivation from Serena Williams

Serena Williams

What a joyous celebration by Serena Williams upon winning the Olympic gold medal in women’s singles tennis in London.  There she was, at a loss for words, standing center court at the All England Club. Less than a month earlier, Serena had earned $1.4 million dollars and her 5th Wimbledon championship on this very same… Read more »

A Few of the Technologies behind the Mars Rover Curiosity

Mars Curiosity

As the rover “Curiosity” completed its journey of over 350 million miles to land on Mars on Monday, the shouts, hugs, and tears of the NASA team were a touching embodiment of pride and achievement. But they weren’t the only proud ones. The components for the car-sized rover were supplied by a handful of different… Read more »

Augmented Reality Mobile App, Blippar, Meets Budweiser Racing

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Blippar – the image recognition, augmented reality mobile app – is giving a whole new meaning to the term beer goggles. Budweiser Racing recently announced a partnership with London-based Blippar in conjunction with their US launch.  During the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Blippar users can enjoy exclusive behind the scenes content from Budweiser Racing and… Read more »

Social Meets Academics at Student-Only StudyHall


Last week, friends and family members gathered in DC to celebrate the launch of StudyHall, a startup gearing up to disrupt higher education. The walls were plastered with schools’ memorabilia and fake StudyHall profiles of each attendee. The room was buzzing with energy and excitement and rightfully so: StudyHall has the potential to push Blackboard… Read more »

The Top 7 #Startup Tweets of the Week

Top 7 #Startup Tweets of the Week

Twitter is a conversation.  Twitter is an RSS feed.  Twitter is inspiration.  Twitter is the pulse. Twitter is different things to different people.  One of the reasons @TechCocktail loves Twitter so hard is for insightful business discourse – and naturally we want to share what we enjoy.  Every Monday, we’ll be bringing you the top seven startup-related… Read more »

Chinese Wedding Rituals Help Hong Kong’s Snapshock Succeed


To celebrate their upcoming marriage, Chinese couples often do a pre-wedding photo shoot – different from traditional engagement pictures in the West. “In Asia, I think it is more formal,” says Peter Choi, a Hong Kong entrepreneur. He explains that a photo package might include three sets of special clothing, like formal banquet clothing, white… Read more »

The Future of Self-Monitoring Health Devices; An Interview with BodyMedia CEO Christine Robins


Some entrepreneurs assume the role of their startup’s CEO with little to no tangible leadership experience.  For these individuals, it’s a combination of being able to learn on the job quickly and surrounding themselves with with the right mentors and a strong team.  Later stage startups, however, typically opt for a commander with big-league experience.  Such is… Read more »