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DC-based newBrandAnalytics Raises $5M Round of Funding


NewBrandAnalytics, a DC-based startup that provides social business intelligence solutions to help service-focused companies (hospitality, restaurant, and retail industries) improve customer relations, has reportedly raised $5 million in a new round of venture funding. News of the funding comes from a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on April 29. Not much is known about… Read more »

DC-Based Pinbooster Relaunching as Loop88


DC-based Pinbooster, the leading marketing platform for Pinterest, has announced today that it will be relaunching as loop88. Loop88′s launch is accompanied by $500,000 in seed funding led by New Dominion Angels and the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT). Founded a mere two years ago, Pinbooster/loop88 helps companies like Whole Foods, Home Depot, Ghirardelli, Verizon,… Read more »

Protect Innovation and Urge Congress to Pass Strong Patent Reforms


This week the Senate Judiciary Committee may hold a markup on patent reform legislation and the outcome is yet to be determined. The House overwhelmingly passed the Innovation Act, the companion bill, in December and now it is up to the Senate to pass critical legislation to protect small businesses. This legislation is critical to protecting… Read more »

Top Things to Consider about Going International: From The Global Innovation Forum


On Thursday night, I had the opportunity to attend The Global Innovation Forum at the Living Social headquarters in DC. Global Innovation Forum partnered with Tech Cocktail, Ideaspace, Living Social, Intuit and eBay to host a panel of experienced entrepreneurial minds for a discussion centered around startups breaking into international markets. The panel featured Kavita Shukla, Founder… Read more »

SocialRadar Launches Its Google Glass App


This morning, SocialRadar has announced the launch of its app for Google Glass. The app is free and available now to download for Glass users. Back in January, the DC-based company led by former Blackboard CEO and founder, Michael Chasen, launched its mobile app for iOS. Using geo-location data from social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Instagram, and Google+,… Read more »

3 Reasons to Use HTML5 for Mobile App Development


While Android and iOS top the charts in the mobile app-building business, other native application-building operating systems like Blackberry, Windows and others are also making stringent efforts get their markets up. On the other side, there are constant innovations and predictions regarding new methodologies that come into the market. HTML5 is one of the most… Read more »

Microsoft Launches U.S-Based Innovation Center in Miami


Microsoft Corp announced today that it is opening the first US-based Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) in Downtown Miami. The center will be in Venture Hive, and it will be equipped with the latest technology and tools to facilitate collaboration and drive job creation. “There is a great commitment from the city [Miami] and county in… Read more »

7 Essential Traits Your App Can’t Survive Without


I’m going to start off by throwing some big numbers around. (That always seems to make the point clear, a lot quicker!) According to Gartner Research, the total number of apps downloaded annually is set to zoom to 310 billion by 2016. As per a Nielsen Cross Platform Survey 2013, smartphone owners spend 86 percent… Read more »

To Increase Sales Revenue, Use Big Data, Social Selling and These 5 Insights


We are living in the era of Big Data. The volume and variety of data that is available to marketers today from internal sales records and public records, sophisticated web analytics applications, social media, and a multitude of other sources, is matched only by the staggering velocity at which this information has been growing and changing. According… Read more »

Y Combinator Nonprofit, CodeNow, Expands Program to Miami


CodeNow, a nonprofit aimed at teaching minority and female high school students coding skills, is bringing its program to Miami. They announced today that they are accepting applications until May 30 for a pilot program for Miami-area high school students, where students from minority backgrounds will receive more than 25 hours of programming. They received $100,000 in funding from the Knight… Read more »

4 Online Productivity Tools For College Students


Technology plays a huge role in modern education. Besides online courses, apps and websites are helping college students meet their academic deadlines and keep their work organized. Regardless of how busy your academic schedule is, you can still take the time to enjoy college social life without compromising your studies — as long as you… Read more »

Who is San Diego’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]


As if we needed an excuse to visit sunny San Diego, Tech Cocktail is excited to be hosting another Tech Cocktail Mixer & Startup Showcase in the beautiful San Diego on Thursday, May 8th. We are excited to announce the awesome companies that were selected to showcase and show off their “goods” below. Make sure you join us at Analog to meet… Read more »

Spanish Coding School Ironhack Heads To Miami


A new coding school is coming to Miami, so for those looking to develop those skills, rejoice! Ironhack will offer students an 8-week bootcamp beginning this fall that trains students in web technologies including Ruby on Rails, Javascript, HTML5 and CSS3.  Ironhack has been successfully training developers in Madrid and Barcelona, and the founders are… Read more »