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Why Snuggling an Uber Kitten Is Good for Your Startup

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For National Cat Day yesterday, Uber teamed up with Cheezburger and ASPCA for the second year in a row to deliver kittens instead of people. Users in 7 cities – Austin, Chicago, DC, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle – could open up the Uber app and request a kitten, which would be delivered to your… Read more »


Joel Trammell of Khorus: How to Get from Founder to CEO [VIDEO]

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On Thursday, November 6, Tech Cocktail is hosting its Chicago Mixer & Startup Showcase, featuring Spark‘s Scott Hess and Khorus‘s Joel Trammell. Get your tickets now! At this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate, Joel Trammell took some time to speak to attendees about what it means to be CEO. Specifically, he talked about how a startup… Read more »


Martin Ringlein on the Top Ten Traits of Entrepreneurship

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Last month, Tech Cocktail joined startup and tech enthusiasts in welcoming Maria Thomas of SmartThings and Martin Ringlein of nvite in Crystal City at Disruption Corporation, home of Crystal Tech Fund. An award-winning designer, developer, entrepreneur and angel investor; Martin most recently was at The White House as a President as a Presidential Innovation Fellow…. Read more »


When Seeking Corporate Funding or Partnership, Don’t Lose Sight of Your Startup Vision [VIDEO]

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At this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, there was a lot of focus on how public and private entities can support the development of startup communities. In one particular panel, titled “Corporations Embracing Startup Communities,” representatives from leading corporations discussed the various ways through which large companies are working with and alongside startups to develop today’s innovative tech… Read more »




Bharat Vasan: Your Goal is Not to Acquire More Customers, But Happy Customers [VIDEO]

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In a conversation about the intricacies of the investor-investee relationship, Charles Hudson (partner at SoftTech VC) and Bharat Vasan (COO of August) told the audience at Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference that the dynamic needs to be balanced for the sake of the company’s growth.  Especially if you’re an early-stage, hardware startup. “It’s the job of management and the board… Read more »


How to Position Yourself for a Career in the New Tech Economy [VIDEO]

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At this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, one of the panel discussions – titled “Growing the Talent Pool” – focused on strategies through which public and private entities can support a growing talent pool within their communities. While the main points of the discussion centered around rethinking and revamping the way we approach education in order… Read more »





How to Get Funded by DC’s Biggest Startup Investors

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What happens when you put seven startup investors on stage at a casual event, where ties are discouraged, jokes are made, and cocktails are on hand? You get some brutal honesty. Straight talk and telling it like it is were the themes of our August Tech Cocktail Sessions event in DC, where we were joined by… Read more »



Jim Salzano: Building a Scalable Startup Starts With People

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Jim Salzano, investor at Data Point Capital, shared some great thoughts about scalability during Tech Cocktail Sessions in Las Vegas. Most recently, Salzano was the President of Clarks Americas and member of the Clarks Global Executive Leadership Team. During his time in the footwear company he helped increase revenues from just over $40M in revenues to over $1.1B… Read more »