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Midwest Startups “Combine” in Bloomington for Tech Cocktail

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Guest author Betsy Trotzke is a Tech-Savvy Marketing Chick, Communications Director @iuvarsityclub, and Tech Cocktail Coordinator for @thecombineorg where we showcased midwest startups. For the third year in a row, Tech Cocktail was a featured event at Bloomington, IN’s Combine Conference. This three-day conference, which took place September 27-29, brought together creative thinkers from across the country to… Read more »

VentureDocs: Automated Legal Documents for Startups Raising Money


VentureDocs provides legal documents for startups raising early-stage funding or doing crowdfunding. Its cofounders span the startup, investment, and legal industries: CEO Bo Sartain was a venture capital attorney, Thad Leingang started the Startup Conference in Mountain View, Jeremiah Howell founded three businesses, and Vince Salinas was raised by a lawyer. Tech Cocktail: What are… Read more »

Who is Baltimore’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]

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Earlier this year, Tech Cocktail had the pleasure of sharing a few cocktails with Baltimore’s finest while checking out some of the hot, local startups.  Good news Baltimore, we’re coming back.  On October 18th, Tech Cocktail will be showcasing a dozen new up-and-coming Baltimore-based startups < register for the Mixer here >. But before the event begins, we want to… Read more »

Will Fuentes of Lemur IMS: How to Be Persistent [VIDEO]

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How to be persistent without being obnoxious – it’s not an easy task. Will Fuentes has figured it out, although he jokes that he has scared people once or twice. His route to launching Lemur IMS, ecommerce software for brick-and-mortar stores, involves lots of follow-up emails, waiting outside someone’s office, and Internet research that borders… Read more »

Doctor/Rapper Zubin Damania is Rethinking Health Care

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Zubin Damania is a board-certified internist, who spent ten years practicing at Stanford Hospital. He’s also a rapper, who recently ventured into pop with “One Injection,” a music video about vaccines to the tune of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.” Damania’s rapping career started when Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, who had become his friend,… Read more »

4 Ways to Create a Winning Startup Culture


Great ideas can’t be executed without great people. However, for an early-stage startup, it can be even more critical to build a winning culture to galvanize your team and transform your ideas into viable products. Christine Quintana, one of the nine founders of Follow and Fund, the winner of last year’s prestigious b|launched startup competition… Read more »

A Startup Lab Report: Zoora Relaunches as Bow & Drape

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Startups are like experiments; you test a hypothesis about what certain customers want. If you’re wrong, well, you have to try another experiment. Here’s how Zoora turned into Bow & Drape.  Introduction The purpose of this experiment was to test out a concept called Zoora, which finds clothing from independent designers and transmits it to… Read more »

StartupDigest Acquired by Startup Weekend

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Announced earlier today, StarupDigest, a curated email newsletter of local events and activities, has been acquired for an undisclosed amount by Startup Weekend.  StartupDigest’s editorial director Jessica Ford and co-founder Brendan McManus have joined Startup Weekend, while co-founder Chris McCann and CTO Chris Burnor will remain on as StartupDigest curators, while building out a new product… Read more »

Robin Chase: Lessons from Starting Zipcar and Buzzcar

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Robin Chase will be a featured speaker at DCWEEK, a week-long festival co-produced by Tech Cocktail and iStrategyLabs. Get your tickets here. Robin Chase is the founder and CEO of Buzzcar, a peer-to-peer car sharing service. She is cofounder and former CEO of Zipcar, an innovative car sharing service. She also started, a venture combining… Read more »

Digital Royalty Launches Social Media Training Site

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Today, social media consultancy Digital Royalty introduces the online Digital Royalty University: classes in social media, company culture, and personal growth. Digital Royalty University is based on the team’s years of social media work for personalities like Shaquille O’Neal and The Rock, as well as clients like DoubleTree and the Chicago White Sox. Kicked off… Read more »