Subscribe Via Email

Tech Cocktail

SoundBetter’s 4 Pieces of Advice When Considering That 500 Startups Application

500startups_tips_applicationt

With an acceptance rate roughly between 3 and 5 percent, getting into 500 Startups‘s accelerator program is – to say the least – difficult. (To put those percentages into perspective, consider Stanford’s fall 2012 acceptance rate, a much more hopeful 6.6 percent). Yet, despite these staggeringly slim odds, hundreds of startups continue to apply for… Read more »


Online Marketing Technology Leader BrightTag Acquires Signal

brighttag_signal

Crain’s Chicago Business has reported that the online marketing technology company, BrightTag, has acquired Signal, a digital marketing software company. The terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed, but the Crain’s report stated that “Signal, a four-person [sic] company, will be absorbed into BrightTag, which has about 100 employees.” Since its founding in 2009, the… Read more »


Giphy Raises $2.4 Million Series A for Its GIF Search Engine

Giphy

Last week, NYC-based Giphy raised a $2.4 million Series A round of funding, as reported by Strictly VC. According to a post published on the company’s blog, the round was led by Betaworks, with participation from Lerer Ventures, RRE Ventures, and CAA Ventures. “It’s been a little over a year since we launched Giphy, and since then we’ve been… Read more »


Re/code’s Kara Swisher Says Your Every Move Will Be Screened

12208248632716.nucIif15pUaDbMVVKZQ0_height640

Kara Swisher, the co-executive editor of Re/code, was in Downtown Las Vegas to share her insights on the technology industry during Tech Cocktail Week. When asked to provide predictions of future trends in the technology industry, Swisher quickly alluded to wearables, even though she finds some of them to be “irritating.” Nonetheless, she recognized that the… Read more »


DC-based newBrandAnalytics Raises $5M Round of Funding

newBrandAnalytics

NewBrandAnalytics, a DC-based startup that provides social business intelligence solutions to help service-focused companies (hospitality, restaurant, and retail industries) improve customer relations, has reportedly raised $5 million in a new round of venture funding. News of the funding comes from a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on April 29. Not much is known about… Read more »