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The Black Card That Gives You Back Your Social Life

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Millennials, once content with living vicariously through a myriad of LCD screen, are now craving the raw intimacy of an honest encounter. The wave of online interactions is gradually crashing down as people begin resurfacing from the comfort of avoiding in-person interactions. The growing restlessness of those who are ready to live and love their… Read more »


Search the World’s Wealthiest Neighborhoods With Mansion Map

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“Growing up my favorite hobby was driving through the rich neighborhoods with my brother,” says Greg Berry, founder of Mansion Map. “I’ve travelled the world looking at mansions and now want to share my passion and inspiration with others.” Last week, Berry officially launched the Mansion Map platform as an interactive website that lets you… Read more »


LivingSocial’s New CEO is Former Shopping.com CEO and eBay Executive Gautam Thakar

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In a blog post just published this afternoon, the DC-based deals company LivingSocial has announced its appointment of Gautam Thakar for the role of Chief Executive Officer and President. The decision comes six months after cofounder and previous CEO, Tim O’Shaughnessy, announced his resignation from the position earlier this January. Thrilled to announce our new CEO. “Gautam… Read more »



Behind the Scenes of an Accelerator

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There are hundreds of accelerators in the US and the world, with more cropping up every day. We usually hear about the big venture successes and the notable failures emerging from these venture development firms’ programs. What we don’t hear much about is what happens once a company gets behind the doors of an accelerator,… Read more »


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 »