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…

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…

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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…

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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…


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…


Aisle Planner’s New Platform is the Only Thing You’ll Need for Wedding Planning

By | Jan 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Aisle Planner, the San Diego-based startup that hopes to increase collaboration in the wedding industry through its on-demand planning software, announced on Monday the release of its new, comprehensive, Cloud-based, wedding planning platform. After spending a bit of time in beta, the new platform…

Social Good

Cuipo is Saving the Rainforest, One Square Meter at a Time

By | Dec 15, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Years ago in Solana Beach, there was a lot to be developed, and the community was against it. Thomas Murray had an idea to micro-parcel the four acres and sell it to citizens to be donated back to the state for preservation. As brilliant…


ForwardMetrics to Provide Instant Salesforce Data Access

By | Nov 8, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Today ForwardMetrics is rolling out a software update to their FM Navigator client that will provide their users with instant access to Salesforce data. This update follows in the wake of ForwardMetrics’ recent $1 million in private funding. Leveraging quick access to your Salesforce…


ForwardMetrics Scores $1 Million in Private Funding

By | Jul 30, 2013 at 5:48 pm

The team at ForwardMetrics recently acquired $1 million in private donations, bringing their grand total of startup funding to $1.75 million. The additional money will ensure improvements and innovations across the company’s collaborations, communications, and performance. To better support the fast-growing customer base, ForwardMetrics is planning…

Startups & Apps

Get Hired: A User’s Guide to thePortfolium

By | Jun 21, 2013 at 9:22 am

It’s okay, fella. Everyone’s feeling down nowadays. Game of Thrones is done for the season, Baby Yeezus was just born, and high school students are running free and ruining our summer days again. Breathe. I may have some news that will cheer you up! Your potato…

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Blurtopia Sparks Passionate Conversation on its Social Media Platform

By | Jun 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

What is our purpose in life? Are there inherent flaws with bipartisan politics? What shoes go well with this killer outfit I want to buy? These are life’s burning questions – well not the last one so much – and the Internet never fails…


Locbit: When Passion for Building Leads to Innovation

By | Jun 17, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Quick grammar lesson: what is the difference between “doing well” and “doing good”? For my purposes, I’ll assume that you subscribe to the view of grammar that equates “doing well” with “doing fine,” and interprets “doing good” as “doing good [acts/deeds/works].” I know – grammar, ugh,…