Conferences

“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…

Android

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 Ruck.us Nathan Daschle, and senior visiting fellow at the Urban Land Institute Gabe Klein, have joined the company’s board of advisors. “These leaders…

Events

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…

Entrepreneur

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…

Conferences

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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Charitweet Wants to Make Donating Less Annoying

By | Apr 17, 2014 at 8:58 am

Making a donation to your favorite charity to support a cause you’re passionate about should be a seamless process, right? For some reason, sometimes it’s not. The process can be tedious, and not as spontaneous as people’s willingness to give. Charitweet is an online platform that…

Social Good

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…

Business

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…

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How Carbon Cash is Decreasing Energy Consumption On College Campuses [VIDEO]

By | Mar 27, 2014 at 5:00 pm

The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support! If you’re a current college student (or remember having gone to college), then you know that electricity…

Mobile

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…

Marketing & Social Media

Mompreneurs are Building Their Businesses by Selling on Facebook

By | Mar 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

A report from Experian from 2013 has shown that mothers with young children, when compared to the general population, are more active on social media; they’re more likely to log into their various social media accounts on a daily basis, more vocal participants, and more…

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9 Years After Hurricane Katrina, Reaction’s Exo Housing System is the Future of Disaster Relief Shelters

By | Mar 11, 2014 at 2:08 pm

According to a housing survey published by the U.S. Census in 2011, more than 400,000 residents of New Orleans, La. were displaced as a result of Hurricane Katrina. And, while estimates vary, this number increases to 1,000,000 when you include residents from Gulfport, Miss.; Mobile, Ala.;…

Social Good

Medallia and SXSW Do Some Good for Austin’s Homeless

By | Mar 10, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Startup Medallia and Austin’s Foundation for The Homeless are teaming up to do some good at SXSW. Volunteers with ‘Donate Your Swag To The Homeless’ t-shirts stood outside the ACC and collected any extra swag, the multitide of gifts and giveaways that one gets at the festival, to help Austin’s homeless. T-shirts,…

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