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Who Is DC’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [POLL]

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Last year, a DC startup was chosen as the runner-up in the Hottest Startup in the Nation contest.  Who will breakthrough in 2014? In late February Tech Cocktail is headed back to the Nation’s Capital to showcase a fresh batch of sizzling hot DC-area startups.  Join us at 1776 to interact first hand with the dozen-ish early… Read more »



MONTAJ Aims to Become the Instagram of Video

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For the average user, editing videos on a mobile device can be a tedious and time-consuming process. Videographers Demir Gjokaj and Dan Long wanted to help users overcome these challenges and creatively tell their stories using video. That’s why they created their mobile app, MONTAJ, which addresses the challenges of traditional video editing through an… Read more »


4 Ways You Know You Work In Tech

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The tech industry is known for its hip, unorthodox business culture. There’s nothing quite like it in any other field — which makes it a competitive, yet rewarding business. Once you get your foot in the door, you’re exposed to a whole new world of working that you thought only existed in movies. Here are… Read more »


Deals of Scale is Reinventing the Common Coupon

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The global coupon industry has reached an all-time high and since its inception more than 125 years ago, coupons have evolved from traditional newspaper cut-outs into new digital formats. In a busy marketplace where an increasing number of consumers are looking for ways to save money, startup Deals of Scale believes it can find a… Read more »


Happy Birthday Cindy Gallop!

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Cindy Gallop, the creator of MakeLoveNotPorn.tv (NSFW), is celebrating a birthday today. Happy birthday, Cindy! Born in the UK in 1960, Gallop grew up in Brunei and came to her entrepreneurial career from the advertising world, where she worked with brands like Coca-Cola, Polaroid, and Ray-Ban. Her Twitter bio reads, “I like to blow shit… Read more »


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 »