Rohit Bhargava’s Tip for Startups: Stop Trying to Sell Advertising

By | Jul 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm

At last week’s DC launch event for Startup Mixology, the first book from Tech Cocktail’s own cofounder, Frank Gruber. Gruber was joined on-stage by a handful of local entrepreneurs to discuss some of the topics covered in the book. Among them was Rohit Bhargava, the founder…


Zainab Zaki Reflects on Startup Failure and Prioritizing Product-Market Fit

By | Jul 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that startup failure occur more than startup successes. At our Tech Cocktail Book Launch event in DC this past Tuesday, Tech Cocktail cofounder Frank Gruber reminded the crowd that only about one in ten startups make it. Gruber, whose…


Rohit Bhargava on Branding Your Startup: Do It and Massage It Later

By | Jul 11, 2014 at 5:10 pm

This past Tuesday, at an event held at the Crystal Tech Fund in Crystal City, VA (right outside Washington, DC),  Tech Cocktail celebrated the launch of Startup Mixology by Tech Cocktail’s very own co-founder Frank Gruber. We invited local entrepreneurs to join us on-stage…


Newly Launched MunchQuick Aims to Deliver Healthy Hot Meals in Under 20 Minutes

By | Jul 10, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Lunchtime is that sacred part of the day when our troubles slip away – if only momentarily – and the stresses of work or school simply become naught but a tiny ripple in our pond of consciousness, moving away from our center until finally…


NGP VAN Launches Social Fundraising Tool with Gamification Features

By | Jul 7, 2014 at 9:12 am

DC-based NGP VAN is already gearing up for the next political season. The political tech company, which provides solutions to Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations, launched publicly their new Social Fundraising tool that helps campaigners raise money more effectively. While most peer-to-peer online…


Seven Tips to Build and Maintain a Successful Startup Brand

By | Jul 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Best friends: reliable, intuitive individuals with personalities that click perfectly. The same feelings often apply to favorite brands because the genius innovators behind them get into consumers’ heads, figure out what they really need and offer a clear, easy-to-use solution to the problem at hand….

Breaking News

Obama Visited DC’s 1776 Today [PHOTOS]

By | Jul 3, 2014 at 1:04 pm

President Obama spent this morning at DC startup campus 1776, meeting entrepreneurs and giving a talk about jobs and growing the economy. His visit comes the day before the 4th of July and also the day that the June jobs report was released. 1776 is an…


DC’s iStrategyLabs to Open NYC Office in DUMBO, Brooklyn

By | Jul 2, 2014 at 12:46 pm

In a newsletter written earlier today, iStrategyLabs founder and CEO Peter Corbett announced that the company is opening an office in NYC. According to the post, Corbett will lead the NYC office and will split his time accordingly between DC and NYC. The new office will be based…

Social Good

Reduce Your Utility Use with Sol Vista  

By | Jun 30, 2014 at 11:59 am

How much would you pay to reduce your utility use by 1420% per year? That astronomical reduction is exactly what The Bernstein Companies have realized since they became Sol Vista’s first client in 2010. Sol Vista enabled The Bernstein Companies to leverage a $25,000…


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….


StockUp App Allows You to Easily Find the Best Prices for Your Shopping List

By | Jun 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm

If you’re constantly broke phi broke or simply love to save money on good deals (I’m looking at you, couponers), then it’s time for you to download StockUp. Launched today, the mobile app gives consumers a tool to easily find the best deals on on…


Prove Your Grit as an Early-Stage Entrepreneur at The Mobileys

By | Jun 26, 2014 at 9:04 am

This is a sponsored post by Mobile Future, and we want to thank them for all of their support! As an early-stage entrepreneur, it can be intoxicating to dream of future success. But as an early-stager, you also have to realize that nothing in…


EXCLUSIVE: New York’s TechDay Announces Expansion Into DC with DC TechDay

By | Jun 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Heads-up, DC tech: the highly popular and widely attended NY TechDay has announced that it plans to spread into new markets, and it has chosen DC for its first expansion. Come this October 2nd, DC TechDay hopes to bring in over 150 of the hottest startups in the…


Jim Bankoff on Leveraging Culture to Attract Talent

By | Jun 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Last Wednesday, Vox Media chairman and CEO Jim Bankoff sat down with us at our Tech Cocktail DC Sessions. Aside from learning about his belief that content isn’t Vox Media’s product, we learned that the company’s success can be attributed to its unique integration of technology, talent, and…


Kroger Selects DC’s iStrategyLabs as Social Media Agency of Record

By | Jun 25, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Big news for the team! @Kroger Taps @iStrategyLabs as Social Media Agency of Record http://t.co/jDzhkcX0e0 #dctech — Peter Corbett ✈ (@corbett3000) June 25, 2014 It was announced earlier today that DC’s very own iStrategyLabs has been chosen as the Social Media Agency of Record…

Social Media

Get Your Text Messages Translated to Spanish during the World Cup

By | Jun 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

Texting your friends about the latest soccer (sorry, football) match and want to sound savvy? For a limited time, you can get accurate and free English-to-Spanish and Spanish-to-English translations from Muuzii. Just text #copa (“cup”) to 95997 to get an instant translation. This promotion…


Jim Bankoff of Vox Media: Content Isn’t The Product

By | Jun 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Since its founding in 2011, Vox Media has quickly become one of the leading digital media companies. With popular websites from the the likes of Eater and Curbed to The Verge and Vox, the company’s successful development of topical media content has allowed them to outpace more traditional publications on the Web competing…