Gear & Gadgets

Genneo: Charge Your Phone by Moving Around

By | May 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Most of us have forgotten to charge our phone for the following day at some point in our busy lives, but other situations can present the need to power up in less-than-ideal conditions as well. For example, what if you need to charge your phone…

Education

KinderReader Uses Technology to Teach Young Students to Read

By | May 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm

With more and more research showing the importance of proper education in the formative years of adolescence, early education providers have focused on increasing the technology used in their classrooms. High schools and universities rely on technology-driven curriculums, so why shouldn’t early education providers,…

Music

Create Music Scrapbooks and Journals with FanAddict

By | May 21, 2013 at 4:00 pm

“Everybody’s working for the weekend,” famed poets Loverboy once said. And sometimes on the weekend. We work – too much – and we save what we sow from our weekday grind – not enough – to use to unwind. We use sports, hiking, or…

Software

Integrate Information and Data with Onspring’s Business Solution Applications

By | May 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Software solutions are vital to businesses of any size. Incorporating data and information across software services effectively can be the deciding factor in achieving business goals. With the growing number of software programs and applications, businesses struggle to find the best mixture of solutions…

Gear & Gadgets

Blumoo: Use Your Mobile Device as a Bluetooth Stereo Remote

By | May 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm

You have a high-quality stereo system that powers outdoor speakers on your deck? Awesome, but can you manage playlists and change songs without walking inside? Is everything readily available at the touch of a button on your Bluetooth, smartphone remote control? Of course not;…

Productivity

Optimize Website Traffic With Lucky Orange’s Powerhouse Data Analytics

By | May 19, 2013 at 8:00 am

You have just finished building an epic new website, but there seems to be a little voice inside your head telling you it amounts to nothing and will get no traffic. When it comes to a new website, it can be tricky to be…

Social Good

VolunteerMark Makes Managing Volunteers Easy for Nonprofits

By | May 17, 2013 at 9:00 am

The day-to-day for a nonprofit is busy, to say the least. Keeping track of volunteers and their hours, information, and participation history is time-consuming and often falls to the bottom of the agenda. But Andrew Stanley and Venkat Dulipalli – the good Samaritans that…

Sports

Get in the Game: Fannect Determines Who the Top Sports Fans Are

By | May 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Everybody is a fan in one way or another, and everybody has their favorite sports team. Thanks to season-long data, we are privy to what sports team reigns supreme, but it raises an important question: how do we evaluate the sports fans? In the…

Sports

On Your Mark, Get Set, Photo! Sports Photos’ Platform for Sports Photographers

By | May 11, 2013 at 10:00 am

Brandon Schatz is on a mission to provide an organized platform dedicated to sports photographers and their photos with his website, Sports Photos. “Back in the day when I was playing sports, I remember seeing tons of sports photographers, but I always wondered where…

Social Media

It’s Alive: Leap2 and the Finer Points of a Living Search Engine

By | May 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Web searches are a new chore in our world. Look this up, find out where we are going; what is the menu for that restaurant again? Sometimes you nail it, but other times you are left out in the cold with the worst Chinese…

Startup

Kansas City’s Hottest Showcasing Startup, SquareOffs Offers New Take On Online Polls

By | May 8, 2013 at 8:00 am

Last night, SquareOffs, a social-focused, online polling startup, took home the title of Kansas City’s Hottest Showcasing Startup, at a capacity-packed Boulevard Brewing Company as part of Tech Cocktail’s KC Mixer and Startup Showcase. Built on the frustration of the lack of innovation of…

Tech Cocktail Top Posts

The Top 10 Tech Cocktail Stories of the Week

By | May 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm

We get it, you’re busy.  You weren’t able to get to every Tech Cocktail post this week.  Fear not, because we’ve curated the week’s top 10(ish) posts as determined by the Tech Cocktail editorial team. To get the Tech Cocktail weekly wrap-up direct to…

Social Good

Connecting for Good Brings Wifi to Low-Income Communities

By | May 3, 2013 at 9:00 am

So far, nonprofit Connecting for Good has brought free wireless Internet to 600 households in three low-income housing projects in Kansas City. They think that an Internet connection is the gateway to countless opportunities. “We believe there is a growing underclass in America: the…

Startups & Apps

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

By | Apr 29, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Last October, Tech Cocktail paid their first visit to Kansas City.  With an outpour of enthusiasm for the surrounding startup scene, it didn’t take long to realize it wouldn’t be the last.   That’s why Tech Cocktail is thrilled to return to The City of Fountains…

Entrepreneur

Apply by Monday to Live Rent-Free in Brad Feld’s KC Fiber House

By | Mar 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Entrepreneurs have until Monday, March 25, to apply to live rent-free in Brad Feld’s new Kansas City house, complete with warp-speed Google Fiber Internet. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, be willing to live in the house for one year, and have…

Entrepreneur

Homes for Hackers Offers Free Housing to Entrepreneurs in Kansas City

By | Nov 9, 2012 at 9:44 am

Kansas City’s startup scene just got a huge boost in the form of a four-bedroom house, the first property in a project called Homes for Hackers. Run by web developer Benjamin Barreth, Homes for Hackers plans to offer three months of rent-free housing to…

iPhone

Airport Life: Flight Status, Airport Maps, and Baggage Policies All in One Place

By | Oct 25, 2012 at 11:00 am

“Airport life” doesn’t conjure up the best of images: hard plastic chairs, TSA agents invading your personal space, and overpriced fast food. But Dan Stratman, a pilot and 23-year airline veteran, wants to make airport life a little more bearable. While waiting to check…