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What Happens When a Chinese Factory Makes Knockoffs of Your Product

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After launching their waterproof shower speakers on Amazon, FRESHeTECH started seeing a slew of negative reviews. The battery was only lasting a few days, products weren’t working, and customers were upset. Meanwhile, other customers were completely satisfied, enjoying month-long battery life and recommending the product to their friends. What was going on?  Knockoffs.  FRESHeTECH had… Read more »


4 Things We Can Learn from Seasoned Entrepreneurs

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From young CEOs who’ve used Kickstarter to post-graduates who have created non-profits to give back, I’ve covered a number of young entrepreneurs who are changing the world – or at least their respective industries. In one of my posts, I wrote about “6 Things We Can Learn from Young Entrepreneurs,” but I also wanted to… Read more »




Don’t Let TSA Confiscate Your Smartphone: Portable Chargers Under $50

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This week, TSA announced that it will confiscate any battery-dead cellphone from boarding the plane. Specifically, international flights that are U.S. bound. This is important to anyone flying because smartphones run out of battery when you least expect it. So, if you’re on the go and don’t get a chance to charge your phone before your… Read more »


Rohit Bhargava’s Tip for Startups: Stop Trying to Sell Advertising

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At last week’s DC launch event for Startup Mixology, the first book from Tech Cocktail’s own cofounder, Frank Gruber. Gruber was joined on-stage by a handful of local entrepreneurs to discuss some of the topics covered in the book. Among them was Rohit Bhargava, the founder of the Influential Marketing Group, author of Likeonomics, and trend curator. After giving his… Read more »


Home Depot: Anyone Can Buy In-Store 3D Printers

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Paint, hammer, and a 3D printer? As of today, shoppers in the world’s largest home-improvement store, Home Depot, will be able to purchase their own 3D printer. MakerBot printers have been available on Home Depot’s website for three months, but they will now be available in 12 stores as part of a pilot project. “We are continually looking to… Read more »


Study: Successful Women Entrepreneurs Are Happier Than Men 

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According to the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, starting up is more of a rollercoaster for women than it is for men – with lower lows and higher highs. The report included a comparison of happiness for early-stage men and women entrepreneurs (TEA), established business owners, and non-entrepreneurs in the US:  Men’s happiness stayed relatively constant whether… Read more »



Indiegogo Canada Partners with Toronto’s Startup Maker Studio MakeWorks

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MakeWorks – the first coworking maker studio in Toronto for both digital- and physical-focused startups – announced today that it is partnering with Indiegogo Canada to launch an Indiegogo campaign aimed at further building out the space. The partnership falls into place as Indiegogo Canada moves its Canadian office into MakeWorks itself. “Toronto needed a… Read more »


Contract Data Center Engineers in High Demand

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The way information technology departments serve business is rapidly changing. In corporate organizations, it is often said that the IT team is an expense, not a cash generating vertical. IT teams are being looked at more and more as contractors that must meet internal delivery dates and SLA requirements on their projects. In accordance with… Read more »


Creating a Great Influencer Marketing Plan…

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Today we always seem to be in need of some unique marketing tactics, and although influencer marketing is still around, it’s not something that’s been perfected by most companies. Influencer marketing is a great way to move your business forward, and it should be a method that never gets old. The biggest question is how… Read more »



NYC vs. Silicon Valley: 5 Factors to Consider

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While the debate of NYC vs. Silicon Valley has been covered in numerous articles, it is important to revisit it in light of some recent shifts in US venture capital activity. Venrock’s Nick Beim notes that New York has been the fastest-growing technology startup ecosystem in the US over the past 10 years and currently ranks 2nd in… Read more »


Take Your Startup to the Next Level by Ditching the Office

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Can breaking free from the office help your startup lead the pack? Today, one in five employees worldwide work remotely at least part-time, and 10 percent of the earth’s workforce are full-time virtual employees. By 2016, projections estimate that 63 million Americans will embrace the telecommuting lifestyle. In the short timeframe from 2005 to 2011 alone, the… Read more »


Top 10 Websites for Students of All Ages

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If we started discussing whether technology has improved the educational system or has made students lazy and inactive, the dispute would be neverending. However, things always seem to wrap up to one logical conclusion – the online environment can be either distracting or extremely beneficial. Everything depends on the way students approach the Internet and… Read more »