The 4-Hour TV Star? Tim Ferriss On Going Primetime + Creating “F*cking Amazing” Products

By | Nov 29, 2013 at 10:00 am

In the six+ years since publishing The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss’s popularity has exploded.  Not only has 4HWW spent more than four hours years on the New York Times Best Seller list, but he has since gone onto write two more NY Times Best Sellers:…



LivingSocial CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy Says People and Culture Keys To Success

By | Oct 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm

On Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. Tech Cocktail’s CEO Frank Gruber had an opportunity to sit down with Tim O’Shaughnessy, Co-founder and CEO of daily deals giant LivingSocial.  It was a great chance  for the crowd to soak in some words of wisdom from…


Celebrating The Startup Life: Gina Bianchini on Social Media, Failure, and Misconceptions

By | Sep 3, 2013 at 3:00 am

How do you Celebrate your startup’s success?  In a world where hustle is the mantra, sometimes taking the time to pause, reflect, and commemorate is more beneficial to your team’s morale, and consequently your long-term success. On October 23 – 25, we invite you…



Jeff Hoffman of ColorJar on How to Develop a Brand Online

By | Jul 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Jeff Hoffman spent nearly five years as the CEO of Priceline YardSale, with both feet firmly planted in the tech world. But soon after, he headed up a production company that would go on to produce Cabin Fever and concerts with Britney Spears and…



Hooman Radfar on the Future of Social, Common Startup Mistakes, and “Not Being A Platform’s Bitch”

By | Jun 17, 2013 at 4:40 pm

I’m guessing you’re familiar with AddThis?  You know, the “world’s largest sharing platform” used by the likes of The Today Show, The Chicago Sun Times, and American Idol.  Amongst a sea of competition, AddThis has successfully scaled to more than 14 million publications, reaching more…

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Interview with the “Fabulous Five,” a Team of High School Girl Programmers

By | May 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Left to right: Jasmine Hall, Megan Prass, Gelsey Jian, Maryam Ermin Sinanovic, and Heritage Weems. Last week I interviewed the “Fabulous Five,” an all-female team of high school juniors who were one of ten winners of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. I ended the interview by…



Teresa Taylor: Women Can Have It All, Except Work-Life Balance [Interview]

By | May 23, 2013 at 11:01 am

When women have kids, Teresa Taylor doesn’t want to see them quit their jobs or work part-time. But she does want them to throw out the idea of work-life balance. In The Balance Myth: Rethinking Work/Life Success, Taylor shares tips and personal stories to…


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Interview with 16-Year-Old App Developer Canzhi Ye

By | May 21, 2013 at 9:00 am

At age 12, Canzhi Ye went to Camp CAEN at the University of Michigan to learn Java and C# programming. A year later, when his mom got an iPod Touch, some new possibilities opened up for him. After some Googling, Ye figured out that…


Meet 16-Year-Old iPhone App Developer Jason Chitla [INTERVIEW]

By | Apr 26, 2013 at 11:00 am

We’re chatting at 4 pm – after 16-year-old Jason Chitla comes home from school – and he’s rambling about things that most high schoolers don’t ramble about. He throws around phrases like “indie” developer, “appreneur,” and app store optimization strategy. He recalls struggling with…


Olympic Skater Sasha Cohen on Snoxx, Her New Startup [INTERVIEW]

By | Apr 22, 2013 at 10:58 am

After winning a silver medal in the 2006 Olympics, figure skater Sasha Cohen is chasing after a new badge of honor: successful startup entrepreneur. She and cofounder Scott Annan are raising $25,000 on Kickstarter for Snoxx, socks that snap together. They’re inspired by Cohen’s…

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Startup Jackpot: Not Your Typical Pitch Competition

By | Apr 15, 2013 at 11:00 am

This past weekend, a room full of people became investors at Startup Jackpot, a startup event raising seed money for other startups. Fifteen local DC startups went head to head for a cold hard cash prize of $10,000 at Canvas, a quirky coworking space…


From Trials to Triumph: 5 Tech Cocktail Week Speakers Share Their Story

By | Apr 11, 2013 at 11:39 am

The road to success is paved with failure.  This will not come as news to any entrepreneur.  For this reason, within the startup world, there’s a tendency to celebrate such missteps.  In actuality, it’s not the failure that should be celebrated, but instead the…


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Tim Ferriss on Self-Quantification, Agile Startups, and Deconstructing Complex Skills [Interview]

By | Mar 26, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Tim Ferriss is a man who needs no introduction (especially after introducing himself to Tech Cocktail in 2011).  The last time we caught up with the Four Hour Mastermind, we learned of his involvement with WellnessFX, a San Francisco-based, health diagnostics startup.    This Thursday,…


Gary Vaynerchuk on Spitting Out $3,000 Wine, Real Salesmanship, and the Future of Marketing [Interview]

By | Mar 19, 2013 at 9:00 am

Few people command a room quite like Gary Vaynerchuk, a widely-renowned wine aficionado through his days at Wine Library TV, the author of a pair of NY Times Best Selling Books – Crush It and The Thank You Economy, CEO at VaynerMedia, and a noted new…


Startup Canada Aims to Kickstart Canadian Startup Scene

By | Mar 5, 2013 at 11:00 am

It’s not too often that you find anyone talking about the American startup scene. Rather, entrepreneurial loyalty lies with “the New York startup scene” or “the Chicago startup scene” or sometimes “the Midwest scene.” But Canada is different. With a smaller startup scene that…



Chicago Starters Learn Lessons, Look Good at Stock Manufacturing Co.

By | Feb 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm

The realization that a startup just isn’t working is a tough one.  Startup blogs far and wide claim that sticking to it and persevering through adversity are key ingredients to success.  And while that is certainly true, sometimes it just isn’t working. That’s what…



Interview with Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian: Is the Midwest The Next Silicon Valley?

By | Jan 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm

When I say, “The Midwest” what comes to mind? Maybe some form of fatty food, SNL’s infamous Ditka skits, corn fields, some form of fatty food… How about vibrant startup community?  It’s true.  After all, Tech Cocktail originated as a byproduct of the startup…