CounterCrop Clears 25% of Their Funding Goal on Day One

By | Dec 4, 2014 at 9:00 pm

CounterCrop, a San Diego based startup, today launched their Kickstarter campaign and before the work day even came to a close they reached $28,723 of their $75,000 funding goal. This marks the second San Diego startup in as many weeks to take to Kickstarter…


Hush Blows Their $100K Kickstarter Goal Out of the Water

By | Nov 19, 2014 at 8:15 pm

There’s still 33 days to go on Hush’s Kickstarter campaign, but they’ve already hit their $100,000 funding goal; in fact, they’ve hit $137,416. What makes their Kickstarter so enticing to people is the fact that Hush has figured out how to tune out your…


3 Ways Sales Is Like War

By | Sep 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm

You can’t be afraid of sales. In any business, you are going to have to sell. It doesn’t matter whether it’s to customers, investors, or recruits. Many entrepreneurs are scared to go out and sell their business, and it prevents many companies from ever…

Social Good

Charitable Agents Helps Regular People Make Huge Donations

By | Aug 8, 2014 at 10:48 am

Most Americans’ biggest purchase is their home. Imagine the positive impact of applying a percentage of your largest purchase to your favorite charity. That’s what the company Charitable Agents helps homebuyers do. Brothers David and Avi Tal were fascinated by this idea, and decided…


It’s Official: SweetLabs to Open Another Office in Shanghai

By | Jul 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm

SweetLabs has raised huge amounts of capital, they’ve established a strong base in San Diego, and their employees absolutely love the company culture that CEO Darrius Thompson et al have cultivated. What could they possibly do to be even better? It’s a simple answer…


Chef’s Roll’s Success is Seemingly Unstoppable: They’re on Flambé

By | Jul 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm

The LinkedIn for chefs is how they bill themselves, and since winning best pitch at our Tech Cocktail San Diego Mixer & Startup Showcase, Chef’s Roll hasn’t been sitting idly by. In fact, they’ve been cleaning up pretty nicely. They’ve been in the spotlight a…


Piggyback is Crowdsourcing Drivers to Provide On-Demand, Same-Day Item Shipping

By | Jun 3, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Have you ever ordered something online and came close to opting for picking it up in-store? Convenient, yes; however, sometimes it’s just easier to wait several days to get the item delivered directly to us. Regardless of whether some of us are Type-As or…

Startups & Apps

Fish Where Nobody’s Fishing: Quippi is Tapping the Immigrant Market

By | Jun 3, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Anybody operating their startup out of San Diego needs to pay attention to Michael Aleles and his company, Quippi. They’ve been featured in Forbes, The San Diego Union Tribune, they’re a fixture at EvoNexus, and they were recently selected by the San Diego Venture…


Your Pets May Be Home Alone, But They Won’t Be Bored With CleverPet

By | Jun 2, 2014 at 6:20 pm

The majority of the workforce wakes up, gets ready, and heads off to work for a full day of activity and engagement. The majority of pets, however, are left at home until their owners return. But that’s why Leo Trottier and Dan Knudsen developed…

San Diego’s Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…

By | May 31, 2014 at 11:00 am

Recently we celebrated Tech Cocktail’s San Diego Mixer and Startup Showcase at Analog in the historical Gaslamp district. Of course it wouldn’t be possible to put on such a great show without great sponsors, and we’d like to thank SweetLabs, as well as our…

Location Based Services

Exploring The ‘Secret Sauce’ That Makes HouseCall Great

By | May 30, 2014 at 2:05 pm

HouseCall has been dominant in the San Diego startup ecosystem recently. Over the past few months we’ve seen them amass $3 million in total funding, they won our San Diego Mixer & Startup Showcase, and they also won the Pitch Tech competition. Further, they…


HouseCall Has Become One of San Diego’s Fastest Funded Startups

By | May 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Yesterday HouseCall, one of the competing startups that was featured at our San Diego Mixer and Startup Showcase, announced that they closed a successful funding round. In total they brought in $1.5 million from Canter Capital with additional participation from KGC Capital. It wasn’t…


SweetLabs Drops Their New App Install Platform For Developers and OEMs

By | May 16, 2014 at 5:06 pm

The San Diego-based SweetLabs today dropped a major announcement on us with the launch of their new App Install Platform. Their new offering will enable device manufacturers (OEMs) to simultaneously improve revenues and the user experience via cloud-base services and client-side software. The idea…


Surf, Sun, and Startups – San Diego is Becoming a Major Player: Finale

By | May 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm

One of the major reasons that I decided to shine a spotlight on San Diego’s tech startup ecosystem is that fresh entrepreneurs in the city need to see that the issues standing in their way are only perceived issues. That is, the idea that…


San Diego Student Entrepreneurs Dazzle at the USD Social Innovation Challenge

By | May 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm

On May 2, the University of San Diego (USD) announced the students who took home the gold at the Social Innovation Challenge (SIC), a multi-school innovation effort led by USD. This year marked the fourth year of the SIC, and USD was able to…

Celebrate Startup Tour

Who is San Diego’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]

By | Apr 28, 2014 at 5:57 pm

As if we needed an excuse to visit sunny San Diego, Tech Cocktail is excited to be hosting another Tech Cocktail Mixer & Startup Showcase in the beautiful San Diego on Thursday, May 8th. We are excited to announce the awesome companies that were selected to showcase and show…

Social Media

Entrepreneurial Life After College: Alumnify Proves It’s Viable

By | Apr 25, 2014 at 2:05 pm

We learned recently of some initiatives by local, San Diego universities to foster the idea that entrepreneurial career tracks are viable right after, and sometimes even before, graduation. Specifically, the University of San Diego (USD) recently had its V2 Pitch Competition and formally announced…