Social Good


Checking in with Cause Marketing Platform Cake Fundraising

By | Oct 31, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Cake Fundraising is a cause marketing platform that serves donors and fundraisers through dynamic promotional tactics and data capture. Cake makes it so that any nonprofit or business can create campaigns through four simple steps. Founder Justin Kersey pitched his company at a …



Baltimore’s Curiosityville Acquired by Education Giant Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

By | May 20, 2014 at 10:06 am

Baltimore-based Curiosityville, an education tech video game startup, was reportedly purchased by global education powerhouse, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), according to the Baltimore Business Journal. The acquisition was announced this morning for an undisclosed price. …



If You Seek Entrepreneurial Knowledge, Seek Greg Cangialosi

By | Dec 16, 2013 at 9:00 am

Greg Cangialosi co-founded Betamore, an 8,000 square-foot urban campus for entrepreneurship, in January of 2013 in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore. Under his leadership the campus has tirelessly worked to fulfill a twofold mission: stimulate the establishment and …



Discover Your Career Personality with Psychology-driven Compass Lite

By | Mar 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Choosing a career (or making a career switch) requires a tremendous amount of self-awareness; you need to dig deep and find the intersection between what you like to do and the skills you possess. Introspection is difficult, and typically not labeled as “fun.” …



Baltimore is Booming with Startups Tackling the Education Space

By | Feb 20, 2013 at 11:00 am

Baltimore’s growing startup scene is tackling the education space with three companies that were featured recently at Tech Cocktail events. With more than a decade of experience in instructional technology and online learning at Johns Hopkins University (which just scored …



Decisionaire: Helping the World Make Better Decisions

By | Feb 4, 2013 at 9:00 am

The founders of Decisionaire have found their niche in something that people do all day, every day – make decisions.  The purpose of this Baltimore-based startup is to help the world make better decisions by providing a marketplace where individuals can sell their …

Gear & Gadgets


Solar System Express: Create Space-Compatible Technology in Your Garage

By | Feb 2, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Solar System Express has created a product that allows undergrad students, hobbyists, and small tech firms (or basically anyone on a simple level) to write code to create space-compatible hardware: the gravity development board, an electronic prototyping board. “Sol …



HobbyBuddy: Bringing People Together Through Common Interests

By | Jan 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm

“Don’t just watch life.  Participate!” That’s the slogan of Baltimore-based startup HobbyBuddy.  Their purpose is to help people connect with locals who enjoy the same hobbies or activities.   You can sign up as an individual or as a couple and participate in …



Personalized News App Offers Fun Games and Real World Rewards

By | Jan 18, 2013 at 10:30 am

The powerhouse team behind the upcoming news sensation NewsUp has put hours of effort towards changing the way Americans inform themselves. Through experiences at companies and corporations including ChangeUp Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, NASA, Connect AI, Aramak, Ignition 72, …



Baltimore-Based SymCAT Helps Diagnose Your Health Symptoms

By | Sep 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Even with health insurance, a trip to the ER can devastate a fragile budget.  That being said, not taking a trip to the emergency room when one is called for is a dangerous proposition.  The question then becomes, under what circumstances is it appropriate to…



NoBadGift Takes the Guessing Out Of Gift Giving

By | May 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm

How many times have you watched a loved one open a gift that you spent hours (or, um, minutes) picking out and wrapping, only to see disappointment flash on their face before they remember that it’s the thought that counts?  Kind of a sucky…



Find Beta Testers for Your Startup with BetaPunch

By | May 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Is your beta so quiet you can hear the crickets chirping? Or is that just the sound of your mom and dad clicking around? If you need to stir up some activity, consider trying BetaPunch. BetaPunch connects startups with beta testers, who can record…



Lessons on Entrepeneurship from Handteq Co-Founder and The Apprentice Alum Aaron Altscher

By | May 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm

If you watch the NBC show The Apprentice, you might recognize the name Aaron Altscher – he appeared on the show a few years ago.  The Baltimore-area native has worked at several startups, had a couple of successful exits, and teaches entrepreneurship.  Just in…



Repay Your Beer Debts With BeerGivr

By | May 7, 2012 at 11:30 am

“I owe you a beer.” If you added up all the instances someone has said this to you with the times you’ve made this promise to someone else, you would arrive at a number larger than anything ever seen by man.  It’s the default…



Teacher By Day, Entrepreneur By Night Launches WeLearn’s eNotebook App

By | May 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Over the past 70 years, the classroom has transitioned from the blackboard to the overhead projector to the whiteboard – and now to interactive whiteboards. With all of these products, the teacher has been the primary user. However, the student with the old, chalky…



Managing a Project? Keep Everyone on the Same Page with TeamGantt

By | May 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Project management is not for the faint of heart.  If you can successfully shepherd a complex, months-long project with multiple stakeholders from beginning to end, you have the skills, should you ever want to start a new career, of a world class cat herder….

Startups & Apps


Baltimore Startup Throwdown: 13 Startups Announced For Startup Showcase

By | Apr 29, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Ok, not a throw-down exactly. But we have 13 local area startups demoing at Tech Cocktail’s Baltimore Startup Showcase Mixer next week and it’s time we announced them and asked you, the Tech Cocktail reader, to vote for the best. Here are the contenders….