Social Good


NY Public Library Is Bringing Wifi to New Yorkers Without Internet Access

By | Jul 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm

The New York Public Library was one of nineteen projects that was awarded a prize to strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation. The winning organizations will receive $3.4 million as winners of the Knight News Challenge. The John S. and James L. Knight…

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Reduce Your Utility Use with Sol Vista  

By | Jun 30, 2014 at 11:59 am

How much would you pay to reduce your utility use by 1420% per year? That astronomical reduction is exactly what The Bernstein Companies have realized since they became Sol Vista’s first client in 2010. Sol Vista enabled The Bernstein Companies to leverage a $25,000…



Prove Your Grit as an Early-Stage Entrepreneur at The Mobileys

By | Jun 26, 2014 at 9:04 am

This is a sponsored post by Mobile Future, and we want to thank them for all of their support! As an early-stage entrepreneur, it can be intoxicating to dream of future success. But as an early-stager, you also have to realize that nothing in…

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San Francisco

Jason Aramburu Is Priming Edyn For A Big Future

By | Jun 9, 2014 at 3:09 pm

The New York Times recently reported about Edyn, a smart garden system that monitors and tracks environmental conditions. But it goes well beyond that as Edyn’s founder, Jason Aramburu, is trying to tackle the problems of drought and the global food shortage. The soil…



Medyear’s Documentary on HIV/AIDS in Africa Highlights Software’s Ability to Affect Social Change

By | Jun 5, 2014 at 3:36 pm

On Monday, NYC-based startup Medyear released a short documentary on the social stigmatization of HIV/AIDS in South Africa, and how mere access to privacy tools can significantly improve the treatment of those dealing with the virus. Aside from highlighting the social impact that startups can continue…




WattB Wins Top Prize at Dept of Energy’s Apps for Energy Contest

By | May 30, 2014 at 5:07 pm

On Wednesday, Alexandria, VA-based energy startup, WattB, took home first prize at the Dept. of Energy’s Apps for Energy contest, a competition aimed at discovering the most innovative apps to help individuals, organizations, and communities make informed decisions about their energy use. The company placed first-place…

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Centscere: Changing the World Through Social Media and Everyday Behavior

By | May 16, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Ian Dickerson’s idea started with a jar of change. The 23-year-old California native was sitting in his room during his junior year when he noticed a jar of coins and realized the money could be put to better use. At the time, Dickerson was…

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Train Hard and Raise Funds for Charity with Frundraise

By | May 14, 2014 at 11:19 am

Charity – you can either contribute money or take some of your precious time and donate it. But how many people can support charity events regularly? Wouldn’t it be great if you were able to back the charity events for your favorite causes while…


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“Entrepreneurs Will Look at Silicon Valley And See Sell-outs” Says Investor Chamath Palihapitiya

By | May 13, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Venture capitalist and former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya took the Collision Conference main stage and quickly shared a major concern that Silicon Valley is becoming predictable.  The founder of the investment company, The Social+Capital Partnership, said today that investors “need to be passionate.” During his interview…



Gabe Klien, Nathan Daschle, Adrian Fenty Join Phone2Action’s Advisory Board

By | Apr 25, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Phone2Action yesterday announced that former DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, Senior VP of Political Communications for Clear Channel Communications and cofounder of Nathan Daschle, and senior visiting fellow at the Urban Land Institute Gabe Klein, have joined the company’s board of advisors. “These leaders…

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Pittsburgh’s Thread Creates Jobs while Turning Trash into Fabric

By | Apr 24, 2014 at 10:52 am

One Pittsburgh-based startup has come up with a unique solution to two of the world’s most overwhelming problems: poverty and trash. Thread is tackling these issues by developing a polyester-like fabric made from recycled plastic bottles and providing impoverished locals with jobs in the…


Give Back to Earth with 10 Eco-Friendly Crowdfunded Projects

By | Apr 22, 2014 at 2:17 pm

It’s Earth Day! And what better way to give back to our beautiful planet than by doing our part. Let’s start recycling those Starbucks cups, and turning off the lights, and if you are too lazy to go plant a tree, how about contributing…



eMerge Americas Techweek Wants You To Win $30K

By | Apr 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Editor’s Note: This post is sponsored by eMerge Americas Techweek. We thank them for their support. To learn more about Tech Cocktail’s sponsored content programs, please contact us. eMerge Americas Techweek wants you to sign up to the Emerge Americas Hackathon for a chance to win…

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Brighten App Shows Some Promise: Why Apps Like Secret Might Not be the Answer

By | Apr 15, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Sex sells… and so does drama and gossip. For decades, this model has successfully worked for TV, commercials and advertisements, and it might be having the same effect for startups, especially new apps. It’s Not a Secret Anymore In the past few weeks, one…



RoundPegg and Pathfinder Solutions to Offer Low-Cost Culture Development Tools for Nonprofits

By | Apr 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm

On Wednesday, RoundPegg, a Boulder, CO-based company that offers tools focused on highlighting a company’s culture, announced that it has formed a partnership with Pathfinder Solutions to offer those same services to nonprofit organizations at discounted rates. “We believe our communities are greatly enriched by the work…

Gear & Gadgets

Mom Invents Firefly Upsee to Help Her Special-Needs Child Walk

By | Apr 3, 2014 at 4:00 pm

For Debby Elnatan, entrepreneurship was the only option. Her son Rotem has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, and even his doctors told Debby to limit Rotem’s physical activity, meaning Rotem would have a limited life. But Debby had different plans for her son, so the…



Donate Money, Get Free Beer at DoNation’s Events

By | Mar 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm

If you want people to show up to an event, give out free beer. That’s probably psychology rule #1 of hosting events, and DoNation knows that. So the tech-savvy nonprofit set up events called “Do With Your Brew,” where local breweries give out free…