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Survata Gives us a Look at Their Black Friday Shopping Data

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I recently wrote an article about Survata.com, an online survey business, and the launch of their new app usability testing surveys which allows clients to reach a targeted population of web users. This week, with Black Friday looming on the horizon, Survata decided to post a survey about Black Friday Shopping. Here are the questions they… Read more »


Political Activism and Storytelling in the Tech Era

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Tech Cocktail is a Media Partner during Sime MIA 2014 In order to understand what political activism is today, let’s compare it to political activism in its pre-digital form — pounding the pavement to distribute printed handouts, door-to-door networking, and participating in telephone trees. Today, political activists can drive their message quickly online. From Facebook protests, digital… Read more »


Building, Launching, and Scaling a Global Hardware Startup

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Last week at TechShop in the Crystal City neighborhood just across the bridge from Washington, D.C., Tech Cocktail was welcomed by the maker community as we interviewed four prominent figures in the hardware startup industry. Here is what we learned from Jeff Hale, COO and cofounder of Rebel Desk; Jake Colvin, Director of Global Innovation Forum;… Read more »


Startup Founders Share What They Are Thankful For This Holiday

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Thanksgiving is a time for us to reflect on another year and be thankful. Startup life is not easy, and whenever there are opportunities to celebrate, you should take it. We asked startup founders to share what they are grateful for this year, and here a few of their responses. “This Thanksgiving, I’m very thankful… Read more »


Proximity Based Marketing by a Global Team

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bfonics, Inc. enables businesses of all sizes to leverage ibeacon technology for proximity-based marketing. With 90% of retail sales still occurring in physical locations and 65% of consumers using mobile devices when they shop, retailers and brands are actively looking for ways to engage consumers when it matters most. bfonics leverages ibeacon technology to uniquely… Read more »



How to Stop Ebola with Bitcoin All Year Long

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You know Black Friday and of course Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday is a social movement held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is a day of giving back. Started in 2012 by the UN Foundation and 92nd St Y, #GivingTuesday has become a worldwide sensation, uniting nonprofits, CEOs, heads of state and everyday people in championing… Read more »



Community Management Platform Mobilize Raises $1.2M in Seed Funding

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San Francisco-based startup Mobilize announced today that it has raised US $1.2 million in seed funding. The round of funding was led by Hillsven Capital, with participation from UpWest Labs and Eddy Shalev. The funding will be used to grow the team, accelerate product development, and continue supporting the company’s beta customers. Mobilize has developed… Read more »


Introducing Collide Village, a New Startup Accelerator in North Texas

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The official start of North Texas’s newest accelerator, Collide Village Accelerator Program (CVAP), on November 6th, 2014 is evidence of the rapidly growing startup community in Dallas-Fort Worth. Collide Village is a milestone driven seed stage startup accelerator housed in the Addison TreeHouse, a resource centered coworking space in the Dallas-area town of Addison. The Village offers… Read more »


A Workaholic’s Guide to Disconnecting

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As we prepare for a few days off to enjoy family and some much needed down-time, one of the biggest challenges that entrepreneurs face when dealing with unwinding has nothing to do with technology: it’s letting go of work.  This is a common issue, especially if you are working too many hours a week for most of… Read more »


Create Reason Inspires Innovation and Keeps Your Team Engaged

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Over 70% of US employees are disengaged at their job and over 50% are currently looking for new jobs. This costs companies $550 Billion annually in rehiring, retaining, and lost productivity according to the team at Create Reason. Create Reason solves this problem by working with their clients to understand where their company has been… Read more »


The Gift for the One Who Has Everything: Support a Kickstarter

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Holiday shopping is about to begin. The ads are everywhere, telling you just how early on Thursday – on Thanksgiving! – you can arrive to battle the Black Friday crowds. Well, don’t do it, I say. Support a Kickstarter on behalf of someone who would think that the product you’ve found is a really good idea. You… Read more »


5 Habits That Can Trigger Your Anxiety

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I suffer from anxiety. I sometimes feel that dread and agitation in my chest associated with an unidentified danger that only exists in my mind. I start to worry about the future and things that have not happened (but they could) and forget to enjoy the moment. This is something I deal with, and so do… Read more »