Melody McCloskey Absolutely Had to Start StyleSeat

By | Dec 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm

When Melody McCloskey had the idea to start StyleSeat she had no experience as a technical founder or as an engineer. She had been working with engineers for the better part of 10 years, but in order to move her idea into the real world…


Drone Surveys Abandoned Civilization near Chernobyl Site

By | Nov 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm

We know that drones are highly useful for tasks that are not safe or appropriate for humans. Drone technologists refer tho this as the 3 Ds of drone usage: Dull, Dirty, or Dangerous. A perfect case in point: the drone’s eye view surveillance footage…

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Fate Brought Three Alumni Together Around Entrepreneurship

By | Nov 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Back in the 1940s and 1950s fraternities and sororities would put old study materials, like the previous year’s exams, in coffers – or treasure chests as some might call them. At Virginia Tech, the tradition is still alive today, but Michael Rihani, the co-founder…

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There are Strong Similarities Between Detroit and DTLV

By | Nov 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Anthony Montalbano, the co-founder of AMBR Detroit, is a Michigan local who spent the majority of his life taking trips into Detroit for sporting events and concerts. And while the city has had a historically bad reputation, everything changed when Dan Gilbert moved Quicken…

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We Should be in a Golden Age for Math Education

By | Nov 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm

How many of you out there think math is an important part of education? Also, how many of you really, truthfully enjoyed taking math courses in school? The resounding response to the former is that math plays a crucial role in education, but the…

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Cyrus Radfar: How do you Keep People Excited About Your Product?

By | Nov 28, 2014 at 11:00 pm

When Cyrus Radfar first got involved in the entrepreneurial world in 2004, the internet was a young, very different place. There were only 50 million domains, Google was the number five website in the world, and Britney Spears was the top search term. Blog was…


Watch This Short Film of Robots Raising the Last Human Girl on Earth [VIDEO]

By | Nov 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm

It’s the weekend, so I figure we should take the time to make the most of it and watch this short film about the last human girl on Earth who’s raised by robots. Directed by David Levy (the man who has worked as a concept…


David Copperfield is Both Illusionist and Entrepreneur

By | Nov 14, 2014 at 8:00 am

You might not think that a man like David Copperfield could have too much to say about starting up, but you would be wrong. In fact, Copperfield had some incredible insight into the daily grind that entrepreneurs face when he spoke with Ben Parr…

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You Can View a City as a Startup

By | Nov 13, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Up until 1954 people thought it was impossible to run a mile in under four minutes. But then somebody broke the mile time, and in less than one year other people were shattering the four-minute mile time as well. What changed? According to Tony…


Mobile First Development is Shifting Paradigms

By | Nov 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Think for a minute about all the different services you used that are based in a web application. Brady Forrest, VP of Highway1, and Matt Galligan, founder of Circa, asked us this question at this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference during their fireside chat….


9 Best Things We Learned from Mark Zuckerberg’s Town Hall Meeting

By | Nov 7, 2014 at 10:00 am

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held his first public town hall meeting at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California yesterday, where he spent some time answering questions from people across the world. From the questions regarding his thoughts on apple-tinis to more serious topics like…


Collaboration Versus Competition, When Building a Startup Ecosystem [VIDEO]

By | Oct 31, 2014 at 4:30 pm

There is no question that creating a city where collisions happen is imperative for a sustainable ecosystem. However, it requires time and strong will to build cities that encourages collaborations. Dylan Jorgensen led the conversation during Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference about the hurdles that must be overcome…


Rachel Ryle: The Fear of Being On One’s Own is Greater Than Fear of Leaving a Job

By | Oct 31, 2014 at 10:00 am

Illustrator and animator Rachel Ryle has quickly become one of the most popular users on Instagram. And, for those who have seen her work on the photo-sharing and video-sharing platform, news of this really shouldn’t come as a surprise. What may come as a shocker…


Why Snuggling an Uber Kitten Is Good for Your Startup

By | Oct 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm

For National Cat Day yesterday, Uber teamed up with Cheezburger and ASPCA for the second year in a row to deliver kittens instead of people. Users in 7 cities – Austin, Chicago, DC, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle – could open up the Uber…



Martin Ringlein on the Top Ten Traits of Entrepreneurship

By | Oct 30, 2014 at 10:00 am

Last month, Tech Cocktail joined startup and tech enthusiasts in welcoming Maria Thomas of SmartThings and Martin Ringlein of nvite in Crystal City at Disruption Corporation, home of Crystal Tech Fund. An award-winning designer, developer, entrepreneur and angel investor; Martin most recently was at…


Ben Huh and Talia Mashiach: Chase After Revenue, Not Investors

By | Oct 29, 2014 at 11:00 am

In an article about how starting up screwed up his life, entrepreneur Ali Mese talked about the pressure – from his friends, no less – to raise money as a sign of startup success. But is raising funding all it’s cracked up to be?…


Cities are Responsible for Educating Their Entrepreneurial Community

By | Oct 29, 2014 at 8:00 am

During the panel “Building an Entrepreneurial Community” at this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, Sarah Evans sat down with individuals from four very different, but successful, entrepreneurial communities. Joining Evans on stage was Matt Haggman from the Knight Foundation; John Curtis, Mayor of Provo, Utah;…