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…


Surf, Sun, and Startups – San Diego is Becoming a Major Player: Part 3

By | Apr 18, 2014 at 8:48 pm

My exploration into the San Diego tech startup scene has alerted me to a common gripe for startups that revolves around venture capital funding and talent. That is, many would argue venture capital opportunities in San Diego are slim, and keeping talent here over…

Social Media

Chef’s Roll: The LinkedIn for Chefs is Thriving in San Diego

By | Apr 5, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Chef’s Roll was founded by Thomas Keslinke and Frans van der Lee as the self-proclaimed LinkedIn for chefs. It’s marketed worldwide to chefs and culinary professionals as a way to tell their story, showcase their talent, and connect with anybody from potential customers to…


Surf, Sun, and Startups – San Diego is Becoming a Major Player: Part 2

By | Mar 20, 2014 at 6:02 pm

What could be better than having a strong university in your city that inspires students to explore an entrepreneurial future? The only thing I can think of would be having 3 universities that work both independently and collaboratively to fuel students’ entrepreneurial goals. Between…


Surf, Sun, and Startups – San Diego is Becoming a Major Player: Part 1

By | Feb 27, 2014 at 3:09 pm

San Diego is home to a lot of great things: year-round sunshine, surfing, and some of the best Mexican food you’ll ever have. But that’s why the tourists come here to crowd our beaches and highways. The real hallmark of San Diego is the…

Calling All West Coast Writers!

By | Feb 26, 2014 at 3:59 pm

When I first started contributing at Tech Cocktail, it was as if a small sliver of sunlight had breached a long overcast sky. It had always been my dream to contribute content to a website, and the more I wrote, the more I saw…


XY Opens Kickstarter Campaign for Bluetooth Tracking Tags

By | Feb 20, 2014 at 5:38 pm

In an effort to make sure nobody loses anything ever again, the San Diego-based XY today launched their Kickstarter campaign to fund a secure Bluetooth tracking tag. XY is planning to ship ready-to-use tags by June 2014 that cost under $11. XY has spent…