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Wink: If Zynga and Had a Baby… [INTERVIEW]


Bio: Aaron Zeitner has started or assisted in a variety of startups in industries such as mobile, television, advertising, and finance. Tech Cocktail: What is Wink and who is it for? Aaron Zeitner: Wink is different than the dating sites currently in the marketplace. Wink steps away from the highly criticized matching algorithms and reverts back to… Read more »

Former MLB All-Star Shawn Green Co-Founds JockTalk, Social Platform For Fans and Athletes


If you thought the wall between sports fans and their favorite athletes was low already, just wait for JockTalk. Co-founded by Shawn Green, former two-time MLB All-Star and gold glove winner, and Brenden Kensel, co-founder of Salesmation (which was promptly sold to eSynergies), JockTalk is hoping to become the go-to venue for athletes to connect with… Read more »

Vote Now to Bring FounderDating to Your City & Meet Startup Cofounders


If you live in cities like DC and Chicago and are looking for a cofounder, FounderDating wants you to apply by Friday to unlock your city. If more than 50 entrepreneurs apply (check out the current rankings), FounderDating will open up its online network for entrepreneurs to meet cofounders, including invite-only kickoff events. FounderDating sorts… Read more »

Social Discovery App Answers “What Are You Doing Tonight?” – And Only Tonight


Does the world need another social discovery app? Doingtonight co-founders Raji Bedi, Dan Koza and Alan Laudicina think so. “The world needs an easier way to find an answer to ‘What are you doing tonight?’” said Bedi.  “We are deadset on making that conversation easier because it’s a simple question that’s really complex. ‘Social discovery’ happens, as… Read more »

How to Find Your Target Users: Lessons from Crowdspoke


Crowdspoke launched to be the news site for every imaginable community, with curated content and tweets around everything from iPhone 4S reviews, to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, to even Tech Cocktail. But that vision has been replaced; here’s why. Warning Signs. Late last year, a handful of (competing) news apps launched, and Crowdspoke… Read more »

Get Paid to Pin to Pinterest with Pinbooster


Say that five times fast.   Answer: Nineteen million hours. Question: How much time is spent on Pinterest in the US per month? (For those who guessed “how long it’s been since the Cubs have won the World Series, let it be known that I hate you.) You don’t have to be a statistician to know… Read more »

Sofulo Mobile App Brings Latest Edition of Future Check-Ins


Bio: Bryan Elwin, Sofulo’s co-Founder and CEO, is a Washington state native from Bellevue.  He graduated from the University of Washington in ’06 with a B.A. in Communications.  His brother and company co-founder, Michael also attended UW and got his J.D. at Northeastern University Law School in Boston.  Michael and Bryan are first-time entrepreneurs without… Read more »

Can Socialnate Re-Create Social Media?


It’s a gutsy move to decide you’re going to re-create social media, but that is exactly what Socialnate was designed to do.  By socially donating your influence, you and your startup can share your impact on the world while simultaneously influencing others to create their own impact. Of course, it’s also a great way to… Read more »

Want to Grow Your Startup? Listen to Your Customers


One thing startup founders learn very quickly during beta is to listen to customer feedback.  You may think you know exactly what your customers want and need, but give them the chance to confirm your hunches if you want to deliberately grow your your startup into a successful one. This is the route PowerInbox has… Read more »

SXSW Social Winner Thirst Makes Twitter More Beautiful

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Is Twitter broken? Success seems to hinge on this question for Thirst, winner of the SXSW Accelerator in social media and social networking. Thirst uses natural language processing to group together tweets around specific topics – like the election or the Facebook IPO – and add photos. Important tweets won’t tumble unseen into Twitter’s black… Read more »