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Former Baltimore Raven Launches a Startup in Vegas

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As an ex-NFL player, Gerome Sapp didn’t have trouble getting meetings to pitch his startup. But then he ran into another problem – what he calls “athlete syndrome.” Were people really interested in the idea, or did they just want to meet a former Colts and Ravens player? “People stereotype me as just an athlete,”… Read more »


Tango Extends Deadline on Their Indiegogo Campaign

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Bhavesh Shah is currently running one of the largest Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to date for Tango, a PC that fits in the palm of your hand. There are only five days left in the campaign, but since they have already raised over $219,500, they will be extending the deadline to the end of February. The actual… Read more »


Treehouse Offers New Android Tools Class

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On January 22, Treehouse added a new course to their pantheon of knowledge about coding, website building, and app construction. Android Tools, the newly launched course, will be taught by Ben Jakuben with the express goal of teaching developers the finer points of Android development. The idea for the course comes from the belief that using… Read more »


Chicago Startups Had a $1 Billion Year in 2013

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This month, Built in Chicago reported that Chicago startups raised over $1B in 2013, exceeding 2012 numbers by 169 percent. Eighteen digital companies were acquired last year, and one company that went public generated a whopping $3 billion. In short, 2013 was a pretty good year for Chicago’s tech community. According to Built in Chicago,… Read more »


Foursquare Integrates GrubHub & Seamless Into Their Mobile App

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Yesterday, Foursquare announced they’ve integrated GrubHub and Seamless directly into their mobile apps. Now when you’re looking for food in Foursquare, if either service is possible for that particular establishment, you’ll be presented with GrubHub or Seamless as an option. One click and you can make your order. This seems like a great partnership for both… Read more »


CoFoundersLab Acquires NY-Based Stealth Competitor Wonpy

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TechCrunch reported yesterday that DC-based founder matchmaking startup CoFoundersLab has acquired one of their competitors, stealth New York-based Wonpy. As part of the deal, Wonpy co-founder Erick Brimen will come over to CoFoundersLab as COO & VP of Finance. Wonpy’s other co-founder Luis Pallares will not be making the jump to CoFoundersLab. CoFounderLab has definitely been seeing considerable… Read more »




Jason Fried Shares His Hopes for Entrepreneurial Chicago [VIDEO]

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In December, Tech Cocktail CEO and co-founder Frank Gruber sat down with 37signals founder Jason Fried for a fireside chat. These talks give us a chance to have an in-depth conversation with entrepreneurs who have amassed a considerable amount of knowledge and experience along their journeys. Jason Fried certainly qualifies as knowledgeable and experienced, as… Read more »


Jen McCabe’s Three Lessons for Entrepreneurs [Video]

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About five years ago, Jen McCabe moved from Washington D.C. to Silicon Valley with just a suitcase and ambition. She was leaving a nonprofit healthcare background in DC, where she volunteered for Matthew Holt who had just started The Healthcare Blog and Health 2.0. In her mind, McCabe was absolutely convinced that somebody should build… Read more »


Former Fortify Ventures GP Carla Valdes Launches Handpressions

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Carla Valdes co-founded Fortify Ventures where she sat as a General Partner, managed their Distilled Intelligence (DI) event, and supported a portfolio of over 30 companies. Tomorrow she will be setting out on a different path with the launch of her new app, available for iOS, Handpressions; this marks Valdes’ first foray into the world… Read more »


Who are the Challenge Cup Cape Town’s Hottest Showcasing Startups? [POLL]

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In case you missed it, Tech Cocktail has proudly partnered with 1776, the Washington, DC-based startup incubator, to bring you the Challenge Cup – a global competition to identify the hottest startups in education, energy, health, and smart cities. On February 1st, Challenge Cup will bring the excitement to Cape Town, where dozens of startups will battle for the four regional… Read more »




Heidi Sieck is Using Technology to Transform Her World

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Before serving as the COO at Democracy.com, Heidi Sieck spent her time leading the 311 Customer Service Center in San Francisco. It was, according to her, a truly impossible project that consisted of aggregating 2,500 listed telephone numbers, 70 agencies and organizations, and duplicative services. But she was determined to get it launched, and she… Read more »


BodyCap’s Sensors Can Track Patients’ Physiological Variables at Home

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The need for healthcare professionals to track patients’ physiological and ambulatory condition parameters outside of a hospital setting is increasing. This need is partially due to a growing aging population, increasing numbers of patients suffering from chronic illnesses, economic instability, and the desire for patients to have more control over their healthcare. BodyCap has developed miniaturized… Read more »