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Did You Get Your LED Costume?

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Yep, it’s that adorable LED baby. You just can’t stop watching her. And wishing you had this LED costume. And watching her again. Glowy Zoey’s video hit a gajillion views last year when her dad came up with this outfit. Since then, in proper startup fashion, they have been iterating on the model, figuring out… Read more »



GlobalHack III Doesn’t Want St. Louis and Ferguson to Heal Artificially

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GlobalHack, a hackathon coming to us from St. Louis, has made the decision to sustain the momentum generated by their first two successful events. They just announced the details for their much anticipated third event, GlobalHack III. The nonprofit organization fosters talent and innovation via coding competitions, and this time around they’re partnering with Emerson… Read more »


The Top 30 Startup Accelerators Ranked

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Startup accelerators have been around for almost 10 years now, and the landscape is starting to change. We’re seeing more and more international accelerators, as well as programs for niche industries and niche demographics. In Accelerate: Founder Insights into Accelerator Programs, authors Luke Deering, Matt Cartagena, and Chris Dowdeswell list over 200 programs – and provide… Read more »


MassChallenge 2014 Awards Over $1.75M to More Than 20 Promising Startups

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“The MassChallenge finalists are some of the most inspiring, hardest-working people I’ve ever met,” said MassChallenge Founder and CEO John Harthorne. “The drive of these entrepreneurs and the incredible support of the community continues to amaze me, and is yet more evidence that Boston has one of the greatest startup communities in the world.” Last… Read more »


Martin Ringlein on the Top Ten Traits of Entrepreneurship

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Last month, Tech Cocktail joined startup and tech enthusiasts in welcoming Maria Thomas of SmartThings and Martin Ringlein of nvite in Crystal City at Disruption Corporation, home of Crystal Tech Fund. An award-winning designer, developer, entrepreneur and angel investor; Martin most recently was at The White House as a President as a Presidential Innovation Fellow…. Read more »



Judge Strikes Down Uber Restraining Order in Las Vegas

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The powerful cab lobby, the Nevada Taxicab Authority, and the Nevada Attorney General did not prevail against Uber in a Las Vegas District Court today, when Judge Douglas Herndon, himself a former Prosecutor, said the Nevada Attorney General’s office failed to show that Uber was causing “irreparable harm” to public safety. However, judges in Washoe County (the… Read more »



Neiman Marcus Teams Up with Slyce for Image Recognition Shopping App

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Neiman Marcus, the luxury fashion retailer, has just released its new app that incorporates image recognition shopping capabilities. The app was created in partnership with Slyce, the Canada-based startup that provides retailers with a visual recognition search platform. The retailer’s new app is available for download now on iOS for U.S. consumers. “Today, most online… Read more »


Why Ordering Taco Bell From Your Smartphone Is a Big Deal

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Like most adults, I secretly love fast food (Go ahead, judge me) but avoid it at all costs (Exceptions include: Airports, hangovers and break-ups). So when Taco Bell announced this week the launch of their new app, the 12-year-old fat girl inside of me jumped for joy! The new app lets customers nationwide order food ahead… Read more »


SpeakUp Announces $700K Funding to Address Employee Engagement

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Only 13% of employees around the world are actively engaged at work. More than twice that number are completely disengaged, toxic, and at risk of spreading negativity to others, according to a Gallup poll. Ray Gillenwater left a $500k position at Blackberry to start SpeakUp and solve this problem. Today, Gillenwater has announced that the company has raised $700,000 in funding,… Read more »



Wix.com Acquires OpenRest to Expand Online and Mobile Ordering to Restaurants

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The Cloud-based web development platform, Wix.com, has announced this morning that it has acquired OpenRest, a startup that gives restaurant owners the ability to easily create online ordering and mobile ordering solutions. The acquisition allows Wix to further expand into other industry verticals while expanding the range of its product offering. In August of this year, Wix… Read more »