Startups & Apps

CouponCloud is Attempting to Disrupt a “Broken” Coupon Industry

By | Jun 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm

I doubt that most of you reading this are extreme couponers. I know this because if you were, you wouldn’t have time to read this because you’d be too busy couponing…extremely. That being said, I’m sure many of you appreciate the occasional deal brought to you by…

Funding

The University of Missouri Has a Student-Led Fund, and It Just Made Its First Solo Investment

By | May 28, 2014 at 11:00 am

Today, the University of Missouri’s student-led fund, the Allen Angel Capital Education Fund (AACE), announced a $50,000 investment in Kansas City startup Knoda. The partners at AACE are not your typical middle-aged white men, but students from all disciplines studying at the University of…

Health

Can Prime’s Health Records App Finally Make Managing Your Health…Simple?

By | May 27, 2014 at 11:00 am

Managing your health shouldn’t be a difficult process, but even in this modern age of technology, there is still no easy or efficient way to keep up with our own personal health records. While technology has certainly given us access to new apps that give…

Startup

This Kansas City Startup Landed Big-Name Customers Like Sprint and Walmart with 1 Salesperson 

By | May 19, 2014 at 9:41 am

In Kansas City, a small startup called DivvyHQ is quietly signing on new customers. Maybe you’ve heard their names? They’re companies like Walmart, Sprint, Toyota, and Bed Bath and Beyond. Less than three years old, DivvyHQ has a small team of fewer than 10…

Celebrate Startup Tour

Kansas City’s Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…

By | Apr 16, 2014 at 8:53 am

Last night we were back in Kansas City for a Mixer & Startup Showcase, and we had a blast! It included the Best Pitch award determined by our live SMS poll and the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll. Here are the winners: Kansas City’s Hottest…

Accelerator

No Silly Apps Here: Meet the 10 Startups at SparkLabKC’s Demo Day

By | Apr 11, 2014 at 9:00 am

Today, Kansas City’s SparkLabKC is launching ten startups into the world at their second demo day. Startups have been working out of SparkLabKC’s office since January, with access to mentorship and up to $18,000 in capital ($6,000 per founder). At demo day, they’ll be…

Celebrate Startup Tour

Who is Kansas City’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]

By | Mar 31, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Tech Cocktail is  counting down the days till we get to return to Kansas City for another Tech Cocktail Mixer & Startup Showcase on Tuesday, April 15th, sponsored by DST Systems. We have a handful of awesome companies coming to showcase and compete for the…

SaaS

How Hoopla.io is Making Event Marketing Easier for Local Businesses

By | Dec 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Did you hear about that Velociraptor Mimicry Competition last weekend, that was being held by Susan’s Salad Creations? That sucks – it was actually really fun, and I won; you should’ve seen my awesome costume, heard the authenticity of my raptor calls, and felt…

Sports

Golfers: CaddyX Your Clubs Next Trip and Avoid Airline Woes

By | Nov 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Speaking from my personal experiences here, there are two different kinds of people that are always waiting at the oversize baggage claim in the San Diego airport. The first group is the parents who checked their child’s car seat or stroller. The second group…

SaaS

Cirrus Link is Looking to be the Fed-Ex of Big Data

By | Nov 9, 2013 at 10:00 am

Companies that produce big data sometimes do not realize the potential of said data. Chris Houghton and Arlen Nipper started Cirrus Link to give those companies a delivery system that connects The Internet of Things to big data. ‘The Internet of Things’ refers to…

Gear & Gadgets

Trellie is Thriving in Kansas City’s Startup Scene

By | Nov 8, 2013 at 8:54 am

In 2007, Nokia did a study about how different people carry their cell phones. Jason Reid and Claude Aldridge found this study intensely fascinating because it opened their eyes to the fact that a majority of women carry their cell phones in a bag…

Productivity

Wipad is Working to Be The Top Wireless Presentation Solution

By | Nov 6, 2013 at 9:00 am

In a market that’s already saturated with products, Mike Church’s Wipad is trying to establish a foothold and go toe to toe with Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast. Since starting out, there have been numerous challenges like finding backers, raising capital, and bringing the…

Startups & Apps

Autoswaprz Cuts the Clutter from Car Shopping

By | Oct 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm

The auto industry is somewhat under-represented in the startup world. There are several large companies that focus on the buying and selling of new and used cars, but they all have the same business model–a marketplace designed around advertisements and pay-for-positioning listing placement. All in…

Celebrate Startup Tour

Kansas City’s Hottest Showcasing Startup is…

By | Oct 21, 2013 at 11:56 am

Last week was Tech Cocktail’s Kansas City Mixer and Startup Showcase at Boulevard Brewing Co.  As always, we held our Hottest Showcasing Startup series, including the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll, as well as the Best Pitch award, as determined by the Live SMS poll….

Fashion

Get Some Schooling, Sign up for Sock 101

By | Oct 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Have you seen Craig Sager’s suits when he is interviewing the Black Mamba, King James, or Durantula court side? The royal purples, bright pinks, and exquisite patterns abound; he is all about making a statement. The rest of the men’s fashion world can thank…

Celebrate Startup Tour

Who is Kansas City’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [POLL]

By | Sep 23, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Tech Cocktail has traveled the country, from Dallas to DC, Boise to Boston, uncovering the hottest startups in more than 20 cities.  Now, the word is out: winning startups from each city will go onto the next round and get the chance to qualify…

Accelerator

SparkLabKC Holds Demo Day for Inaugural Class

By | Aug 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Today, SparkLabKC is hosting their first demo day for their inaugural class of startups, providing them an opportunity to pitch to prospective angel investors and venture capital investors from across the Midwest. Over the course of the 90-day intensive program, the 10 affiliated startups involved received…