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Who is Arkansas’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]


Tech Cocktail is heading to Arkansas and we couldn’t be more excited!  We’ve teamed up with Arkansas Venture Center to bring Tech Cocktail’s Mixer & Startup Showcase to the Little Rock area on November 12 as part of Arkansas Startup Week. Join us on this entrepreneurial CELEBRATION taking place at Club Level, where you will meet industry leaders… Read more »

Pigeonly Has Cracked One of the Biggest Government Markets


Life hasn’t been all sunshine and daisies for Frederick Hutson, but despite the adversity he’s emerged victorious. At age 19 Hutson launched and sold his first business while on active duty in the Air Force, exploring the thrill of entrepreneurial success. A few years later Hutson would find himself staring down a four-year prison term, and… Read more »

The T-REX Incubator Gets a New Home in St. Louis


Have you ever wondered why the T-REX Incubator in St. Louis is named after a dinosaur? It actually has nothing to do with dinosaurs; it’s an acronym, and it stands for ‘Technology at the Railway Exchange Building’. That’s where the incubator first started out, and they have recently decided to relocate their headquarters. The historic… Read more »

Worldwide Meteor Day Unites Developers in Over 40 Countries


The entire international Meteor community is hosting simultaneous meetups on Thursday, November 6. Worldwide Meteor Day is not a gathering of like-minded stargazers. This event will be hosted by software developers in 127 cities across the globe who are interested in Meteor, an open-source platform for building modern web and mobile apps in pure JavaScript. The platform is rapidly gaining… Read more »

Gremln Raises $500K for Social Media Compliance


This week Cultivation Capital, a leading St. Louis based early-stage VC firm, announced that they have funded Gremln to the tune of $500,000. Gremln has built a comprehensive set of tools designed to give companies peace of mind by ensuring that their social media communications are compliant to SEC, FINRA, FFIEC, FDA, and HIPAA regulations…. Read more »

Pop and Stop: Your Craft Brews Won’t go Flat Again


Joe Hackel got the inspiration for his startup Pop and Stop, formerly Boulder Bombproof, to solve a serious need in the craft beer community. As you may know from experience, beer does’t stay carbonated long in the fridge. Focused on a mission to develop a beer opener for every occasion, with a sealer for special… Read more »

Riffsy Adds Custom Keyboard for Sharing Animated GIFs, Raises $3.5M


My life was not complete until I was shown that iOS 8 offered a custom keyboard to install. Because emojis. Now I can send dancing girls through text just like my grandmother. Imagine my surprise when I found out that, besides Fleksy of course,  there are a plethora of third-party keyboards available, for free or… Read more »

Online Payment Platform Zipmark Acquires WorkingPoint


Zipmark, the online payment platform that lets businesses send and receive digital payments securely, announced that it has acquired WorkingPoint, which provides an online accounting and billing solution for small businesses. With this acquisition, Zipmark will move towards creating an all-in-one payment platform for small- to mid-size businesses. “By acquiring WorkingPoint, Zipmark’s superior service will now… Read more »

Contactually Raises Additional $2M in Seed Round for Its CRM Platform


Contactually, the Washington, D.C.-based startup whose relationship management tool allows you to maintain professional relationships by recommending when to follow up with contacts, announced this morning that it has raised $2 million in additional seed funding. This funding brings the total funding for its seed round to $3.5 million. This additional financing comes from existing… Read more »

Namely Raises $12M Series B for Cloud-Based HR Platform


This morning, the Cloud-based human resources platform Namely announced that it has closed a $12 million round of Series B funding led by Matrix Partners. This brings the company’s total amount of funding to $22 million. Other participants in this round of financing include True Ventures, Lerer Ventures, and Bullpen Capital. As part of this round, David… Read more »

The Age of the Social Media Copycat


There has been a trend of late among the leading social media platforms that I find to be concerning: Copycatting. Twitter, perhaps the worst offender, has recently redesigned its user profile pages in a way that is unmistakably Facebook-esque. There are also rumors it may do away with the @-mention, and that a new timeline-like… Read more »

All the World’s Internet on a Single Strand of Fiber


If you have a gigabit Internet connection, you’re probably pretty happy with your Internet speed. But technological advances never cease, and researchers in the U.S. and the Netherlands believe they’ve discovered a way to make networking a lot faster. It’s difficult, though, to comprehend just how large of a speed increase they envision. They’re not… Read more »

Ageism in Tech – Too Old to be a Startup Founder?

Too Late to Start

You may have seen the catchy headline suggesting that Mobile Roadie founder Michael Schneider may be “too old for the tech industry” at age 30. These types of clickbait headlines are dangerous to the industry and set a prejudice in place that may prevent truly great entrepreneurs from taking the helm at the next game-changing startups. Addressing… Read more »

3 Startup Pitch Habits You Should Avoid

bad presentation

If you were to witness a startup pitch from two startups with equally cool technology, equally smart founders, and an equally attractive upside in front of the exact same group of investors on the exact same day, logic would say that they would both raise money for their startup, right? Wrong. Here’s why: At a recent… Read more »