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Swig: The Niche Social Network for Drinkers


Harry Raymond co-founded and designed Swig to be a new, niche social platform for drink explorers who want to know what’s on tap at over 50,000 bars, restaurants, and distilleries throughout the US. Yesterday, the team pushed Swig live on iOS. Users follow friends, bartenders, and local drink aficionados for insider tips on the best wine, beer,… Read more »

Personal Launches Fill It Mobile at #pii2014


The Crowne Plaza Palo Alto hotel in Silicon Valley is today hosting the 2014 Privacy Identity Innovation (#pii2014) conference, which focuses on the latest developments in areas like mobile, biometrics, the Internet of Things, and big data. Attendees will get an earful of trends and businesses driving the personal information economy while also receiving guidance… Read more »

3 Startup Lessons from the U.S. Army Green Berets


I am proud to have served my country as a logistics officer and support Commander with the U.S. Army Green Berets of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). The lessons I learned in the mountains of Afghanistan and the jungles of South America shaped me as both an Entrepreneur and an Angel Investor. My attention… Read more »

SalesCart: Social and Mobile E-commerce Tools for Small Businesses


Building a website for your business can be complicated and time consuming, especially if you are a small e-commerce company. Dealing with payment fees can be an expensive hassle. That’s why Round Rock-based startup SalesCart believes that companies should be able to set up e-commerce online stores on-the go. SalesCart allows merchants to reach their market by… Read more »

Top 4 Reasons to Switch to a Treadmill or Standing Desk


On Tuesday, November 18, Tech Cocktail is holding TechShop’s DC Maker Event: Learn How to Build & Launch a Hardware Product Company where attendees can learn about the Maker Movement, explore TechShop DC-Arlington‘s various tools and resources, and speak with industry experts and current TechShop members. We work a lot – we all do, but… Read more »

VIDA: Fashion Made With a Touch of Social Good


VIDA is a San Francisco based e-commerce platform that unites socially responsible shopping with a unique manufacturing model that bridges the gap between designers, artists, producers, and consumers. Yesterday they proudly announced the successful close of a seed funding round in which they raised $1.3 million. The investors in the seed round included Google Ventures, The… Read more »

Chicago Made: Learning Marketplace Announces Funding

curiosity cover, originally launched in January 2014 by Discovery Communications, is a consumer-centered online marketplace that features the best learning-based content. They have announced that the ownership of the company will change from Discovery to an independent company, Beacon Solutions, Inc. Also announced was a $6 million Series A funding from Discovery and four Chicago investors: Pritzker… Read more »

5 Ways to Survive in San Francisco as a Broke Startup


Moving to and living in San Francisco is expensive – this is just a simple fact of life. I live in NYC, where I’m constantly broke, and I honestly cannot even imagine what my life would be like if I had to live in a city that’s just slightly a little more expensive (more happy people around… Read more »

Medytex is Prioritizing Patient Healthcare Feedback


Saurabh Tyagi founded Medytex with the express goal of improving healthcare via a patient’s feedback. It’s not just any kind of feedback, like a Yelp review might have, but rather a platform where patients can communicate with their providers directly and privately about the quality of care. The initial edge that Medytex has over other… Read more »

The Crippling Anxiety of Being a Startup CEO


“The hard part is waking up at 3 am in the morning just drenched in sweat, where your bed is soaked, because the anxiety is just gnawing at you even when you’re not awake.” Matt MacInnis had spent over 7 years at Apple, including time running their global market development for education, but he still… Read more »

TechStars is Constantly Working to be the Best Accelerator


Since starting in Boulder, Colorado in 2007 the TechStars accelerator has grown into a giant entity that serves entrepreneurs and tech ecosystems across the US. David Cohen, the founder of TechStars, joined us at this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference to detail the role an accelerator plays in the growth of an entrepreneurial community. According… Read more »

The First 100 Days: Crucial Decisions that Could Make or Break Your Startup


For entrepreneurs who are constantly coming up with ideas and wanting to “build a thing”, the actual start portion of a startup is pretty easy. “I’m gonna build a thing,” you tell yourself, and-voila! You’re starting up. What comes next, though, are a series of startup decisions that you must make in rapid succession. AskforTask CEO Muneeb Mushtaq wrote… Read more »

Drones Perform the Dull, Dirty, or Dangerous Work


There are a lot of names that we give to drones. Unmanned aerial vehicles, remotely piloted vehicles, and unmanned aircraft systems are most technically what they are, although sometimes they might be called by their design style, such as quadcopters and multirotors. The reason that the term “drone” is so commonly used is because this… Read more »