Monisha Perkash: Fail Early, Fail Often, But Always Fail Forward

By | Jun 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Monisha Perkash is an individual motivated by a singular, powerful force: do good and do well at the same time. As an accomplished entrepreneur and business leader, she’s gained valuable insights and experiences into managing cross-functional teams to fulfill her desire to do good…


Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff Talks Success, Content vs Product, and Company Culture

By | Jun 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm

In his day to day with Vox Media, Jim Bankoff runs all aspects of one of the fastest growing online publishers. And you’re most likely familiar with Vox Media if you’ve read any of the sites they manage like SBNation, The Verge, and Eater….


Evonne Heyning On Fostering Skills Based On Experiences [Video]

By | Jun 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Evonne Heyning of Eddefy was in Las Vegas Downtown project as part of Tech Cocktail’s Sessions, where she talked creating a platform that would help people thrive based on their experiences. Eddefy is an online tool that provides tool that foster collective intelligence to facilitate personalized…


Amy Li on Leveraging Technology to Share the Health Benefits of Dancing [VIDEO]

By | Jun 27, 2014 at 9:07 am

One year after having run a marathon and shortly after being offered admission and full scholarship to the highly-competitive Singularity University, Amy Li found herself in a state of absolute despondency. Confusing, particularly for someone of Li’s caliber, whose many successes both within her field…

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Open English CEO Andres Moreno on Raising $120 Million [Video]

By | Jun 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm

We had the opportunity to talk to Andres Moreno, cofounder and CEO of Open English, about raising US$120 million in funding, potential IPO, and Miami’s growing technology scene. Moreno sat down with Tech Cocktail’s Frank Gruber during the Miami Sessions event at Venture Hive. Moreno also…



Technology +Talent + Culture = Vox Media Formula to Success

By | Jun 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

Content is King, but not what helped Vox Media raise capital and trust of investors. It takes more than that, there is a formula. That formula was shared by Vox Media’s CEO Jim Bankoff talk during Tech Cocktail Sessions, to a crowd of entrepreneurs…


Questions About Product Roles? Our Chicago Sessions Panelists Have Answers

By | Jun 13, 2014 at 4:45 pm

At our recent Tech Cocktail Chicago Mixer & Startup Showcase we were happy to bring Jen Busenbark, Sandra Dainora, Aaron Rankin, and Barbara Mousigian on stage to field a host of questions about product facing roles. It all went off without a hitch thanks to…


9 Ways to Support Diversity in DC Tech

By | Jun 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Last night, a few hundred people filled MLK Library for DCTech Meetup’s Women in Tech edition. After pitches from six women-led startups in the DC region, an all-female panel of local women in tech discussed the ways through which we can impact the membership…


Barbara Mousigian Tells Her Secrets For Success In A Product Role

By | Jun 12, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Barbara Mousigian, the VP of Product for, has been a product person since her early career. She worked through Bain and Company, PepsiCo Frito-Lay, Ocean Spray, Digitas, and CDW before landing in her current stint with Her experience throughout all of these…

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4 Traits of a Kick-Ass Product Manager 

By | May 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Last week, we brought together a panel of experts in Chicago to talk about being a product manager – an often-unsung team player whose work spans business, design, and technology. “The buck starts and ends with the product manager. They’re the one person that…

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How GrubHub Obsesses Over Their Customers (in a Good Way) 

By | May 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Last year, GrubHub was weeks away from releasing a new product. But at the last minute, they decided to pull the plug. “I actually felt pretty good about it,” recalled Sandra Dainora, director of product, at our Chicago Sessions event last week. “An important…

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Kara Swisher Gets Real in Her Fireside Chat at Tech Cocktail Week [VIDEO]

By | May 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm

We recently had the great pleasure of sitting down with Kara Swisher, the amazingly awesome journalist, for a fireside chat as part of Tech Cocktail Week in Vegas. Swisher sat down with our very own Frank Gruber to talk about her career, who she…

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GE Is Launching a Fabrication Lab in Nigeria 

By | May 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm

This year, after stops in Chicago and NYC, GE will be bringing a fabrication lab to Lagos, Nigeria. GE Garages are pop-up maker spaces that welcome members of the local community to come and use their tools, such as 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC…


Justin Fishkin of Local Motors: We’re Approaching the Third Industrial Revolution [VIDEO]

By | May 21, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Back in March, we held a Tech Cocktail Sessions DC event at the temporary GE Garage in downtown Washington, DC. At the event, we got the chance to talk with Justin Fishkin, the Chief Strategy Officer of Local Motors, and Stephen J. Liguori, General Electric’s Executive Director for…