Announcements

DCWEEK 2012: It’s Back! During The Election & Before The End Of The World

By | Aug 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Hello DCWEEK! Yes, it’s that time again – our parties, hackathon, keynotes, conference, and projects are ready to roll. What is DCWEEK? It’s short for Digital Capital Week, which is a festival in the DC area focused on bringing together designers, developers, entrepreneurs and social…

Android

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…

Social Good

Njorku Helps People in Africa Find Much-Needed Jobs

By | May 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

South Africa had an unemployment rate of around 25% in 2010, and some other African countries fare much worse. It’s not necessarily because jobs are scarce: often, it’s a problem of candidates not knowing jobs are available, or facing discrimination based on their tribe….

Productivity

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…

Android

Engage Your Audience with Mobile Apps Designed by Award-Winning viaPlace

By | May 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm

One of the startups we showcased at last week’s Tech Cocktail Baltimore mixer, viaPlace, has been making waves on the East Coast.  Their white-label location-based services provide dynamic content – including augmented reality – based on your physical location and interests.  Is it any…

Android

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…

Startup

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…

Location Based Services

Baltimore Based FunSeek Makes Finding Local, Personalized Events Easy

By | May 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

There’s an unspoken rule that every social circle has a DPP (Designated Party Planner).  It’s one person, and one person only.  If ever this person were to fail to formulate the day or evening’s plans, the balance of said social circle falls into a paralyzing…

Software

The Baltimore Startup Scene: Bizelo Founder Ron Schmelzer Shares Insights

By | May 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Having been a part of starting and growing local startups for the better part of a decade, few people have as good a feel for the Baltimore startup scene as Ron Schmelzer.  From a baseball cap apparel company to a IT marketing intelligence firm, Schmelzer’s business ideas have changed,…

iPad

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…

Events

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….

Mobile

Play Woofound’s Visual Personality Game to Find Fun Things to Do

By | May 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Baltimore-based entrepreneurs Dan Sines and Josh Spears believe they have solved the problem of “what to do” by disrupting the way people search for things to do. Their new company, Woofound, is like having a best friend that knows where to find all the…

Entrepreneur

Betamore, an Education and Coworking Space, to Fill a “Void” in Baltimore

By | May 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

The details on Betamore, a new space in Baltimore, have been pretty sparse so far. But cofounder Greg Cangialosi shared a bit with Tech Cocktail this week. Yes, there will be coworking space and mentorship, emphasizing product-based startups (vs. services). No, they won’t be…

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….

Entrepreneur

Fail Conference Organizer: Stop Being Risk Averse and Fail More [Interview]

By | Apr 13, 2012 at 9:35 am

We all know that failure is part and parcel of being an entrepreneur, but somehow we forget that right after we fall flat on our face. To lessen the stigma around failure, the gb.tc (formerly Greater Baltimore Technology Council) is hosting a “fail conference”…

Business

Zombie Race Creators Win Cupid’s Cup Competition, Startup Maryland Launches

By | Apr 7, 2012 at 11:20 am

FINALLY – Zombie apocalypse training is gaining the recognition that it deserves.  At least that was the consensus amongst the most recent Cupid’s Cup business competition, held by the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Reed Street…

Events

Find Out What Illnesses are Going Around at SickWeather

By | Nov 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Unless you have kids in school – who inevitably bring home the latest and greatest virus – chances are you have no idea what sundry illnesses are making the rounds.  At our Tech Cocktail DC mixer last night, Baltimore-based startup SickWeather demo’d their beta…