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Nubity Inc. Launches Hybrid Cloud Management Tool on the IBM Cloud

By | Dec 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm

IBM announced today that Mexico City-based startup Nubity Inc. will be partnering with IBM as part of the SoftLayer Catalyst program. The Catalyst program, which is currently being integrated into the IBM Cloud Global Entrepreneur Program, helps startups like Nubity Inc. by providing access to open,…

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San Francisco

Shakr: “Video Ads are Hot Right Now”

By | Nov 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

According to a recent Forbes article, video ads are hot right now. Nearly every major internet platform launched a new video ad product, big brands love it, and video ad spending is up 76 percent year-over-year in 2014. Recently graduated from the 500 Startups…



Post 500 Startups CareLuLu Raises $1.7 Million

By | Nov 12, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Last week I wrote an article about CareLuLu and how they recently graduated from the 500 Startups accelerator in Batch 10. We’ve long known 500 Startups is a great jumping off point for startups with big ideas, and this week it’s been proven once…

Social Good Helps To Hypercharge The Donor Fundraising Process

By | Nov 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm

If you’ve ever had to raise money for any sort of a non-profit endeavor (school project, charity fundraiser), you are certainly familiar with that slight feeling of discomfort that most people experience when having to ask others for money – even for a great…


San Francisco

CareLuLu Shows us the Power in Solving a Simple Issue

By | Nov 6, 2014 at 6:36 pm

When Patrick Matos and his wife gave birth to their second daughter, they had recently moved to a new city. The duo expected to find an app or website that would help them navigate the local child care programs, but they turned up nothing;…


Las Vegas

Andrew Crump Moves Mitoo to Silicon Valley, but Remains Behind in Las Vegas

By | Nov 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

Once upon a time in London, Andrew Crump was seeking to raise funds for a company that he envisioned would help recreational sports teams organize themselves. This fundraising process for Bluefields, his fledgling startup, took a long time, Crump says, and he wishes he would…


500 Startups Pulls UXcam from England to Silicon Valley

By | Oct 26, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Put simply, data companies are hot these days. Having the ability to know exactly what your users are doing, where they’re doing it, and to what end, is a near-priceless commodity in the tech ecosystem. When Kishan Gupta co-founded UXcam, he didn’t know he…


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500 Startups Helped Rover Position Themselves for the Future

By | Oct 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm

In mid-February John Coombs unveiled his startup, Rover, to the world. Still relatively young, they’ve just graduated as part of 500 Startups’ recent class, and their business concept and model is catching some serious attention. In short, Rover is an iBeacon platform that helps…



LendSquare: Loans for Local Small Businesses, Thanks to the Community

By | Oct 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm

The Ugly Mug Cafe is a coffee shop in Chicago’s Noble Square neighborhood. The owner, Mikky, needed $25,000 to build a patio. Even though this would effectively double his seating capacity, he wasn’t able to get the money he needed! Banks wouldn’t lend and credit…


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500 Startups Demo Day Includes Tech-Enabled Decluttering Service Remoov

By | Oct 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Austin Rachlin and Luis Perez can now call themselves 500 Startups alumni and even mentors, now that Batch 10’s Demo Day has wrapped. The pair are cofounders of Remoov, a decluttering service that utilizes tech in every step of their operations to track and refine logistics. With…


All Batch 10 Companies in 500 Startups Demo Day is Now on One Product Hunt List

By | Oct 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Today is 500 Startups Demo Day for all the companies that participated in Batch 10 of the Silicon Valley-based accelerator founded by Dave McClure. While we’ve covered a handful of them here on Tech Cocktail (from the likes of Silkroad Images, which offers an online…


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Toronto Startup Uplette Demos at 500 Startups Demo Day

By | Oct 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Today is Demo Day for Batch 10 of 500 Startups, and after having trended on Product Hunt, mobile marketing solution Uplette should be riding high on a cloud. Amanda Parker, cofounder and CEO, says that her time spent in the 500 Startups program has…


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myTips Facilitates Customer Activation for SAAS and Consumer-Facing Products

By | Oct 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

You’ve heard of Software as a Service (SAAS), but now, thanks to 500 Startups, you are about to be introduced to Customer Activation as a Service. About to graduate Batch 10 at 500’s Demo Day, myTips is an online service for creating on-screen help…


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Dating App Whim: Female-Led, 500 Strong

By | Oct 20, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Many in the world of tech accelerators and incubators know that 500 Startups founder Dave McClure has doubled down on his support for female-led startups. It’s one of the main reasons that the founders of dating app Whim chose to apply for the program. “Dave’s outspoken support…

Entertainment Industry

Feesheh Unites Arab Musicians with Online Marketplace

By | Oct 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Feesheh, a music startup from the Middle East, is about to graduate Batch 10 of 500 Startups with the goal of disrupting the music industry in the Arab world. “We want to be the culture for music, in a place where there isn’t any,”…


San Francisco

Meet 500 Startups’s Female-Led Startup from the Middle East: Silkroad Images

By | Oct 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

On Tuesday, Riham Mahafzah will take the stage at 500 Startups demo day to pitch her startup, Silkroad Images. After demo day, she’ll spend some time in Silicon Valley working with US clients and hustling to get more. But unlike many of her peers,…


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TrustCloud Provides Quality Assurance for the Sharing Economy

By | Oct 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm

If you were worried about how trustworthy your AirBNB host is, or if your Uber driver is going to attack you with a hammer, worry no more.  TrustCloud provides trust, safety, and quality assurance for the sharing economy. They have developed several solutions to help combat…