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San Francisco

Visually Hauls in $8.1 Million in Series A Round

By | Jan 14, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Visually today announced the closing of a Series A funding round, hauling in a massive $8.1 million. Led by Crosslink Ventures, the round also included investments from SofTechVC, Giza Ventures, 500 Startups, Kapor Capital, Correlation Ventures, and Quest Ventures. The primary allocation of said…

Business

DC

Hinge Raises $4 Million Series A Funding

By | Nov 5, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Yesterday Hinge, a mobile dating app, announced a successful Series A funding round in which they raised $4 million. The round was led by New York-based Great Oaks Venture Capital as well as Fortify Ventures, 1776 co-founder Evan Burfield, 500 Startups, and an undisclosed…

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Productivity

Atlanta

Synapp.io Might be Unsexy, but Their Success Sure Isn’t

By | Nov 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm

They are a 500 Startups company, an ATDC Selects company, and they recently won the title of unsexiest startup at the Unsexy Conference. Who are they? This is Synapp.io, a startup dedicated to working with email senders and service providers to keep their email…

Social Media

Paul Singh Steps Down at 500 Startups to Launch His Own Venture: Dashboard.io

By | Mar 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Today, 500 Startups partner Paul Singh stepped down from his position and unveiled his new startup, Dashboard.io, which just raised around $250,000 from DC’s NextGenAngels.* Singh began working on the Dashboard.io technology before he even joined 500 Startups, but it became integral to the…

B2B

Buenos Aires

Fresh from 500 Startups, Argentina’s Wideo Has Their Eye on the US Market

By | Feb 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm

The latest startups who graduated from the 500 Startups accelerator were incredibly international, with over 60 percent hailing from outside the United States. One of those was Wideo, a do-it-yourself video tool that got its start in Argentina. Wideo was selected by the Buenos…

Entrepreneur

San Francisco

Demo Day: 500 Startups Catapults 33 New Startups

By | Feb 6, 2013 at 9:00 am

Today is demo day in Mountain View, California, at 500 Startups, the #10 US tech accelerator. Thirty-three startups have spent the last three months crafting their product, business, and pitch, and today they emerge into the world, hoping to wow investors and build up…

B2B

DC

500 Startups’s Markerly Makes Your Website Tweetable

By | Dec 25, 2012 at 9:00 am

The month before Markerly entered 500 Startups, they saw a big opportunity waiting if they just made a shift – a little scooch, really – in another direction. So they hit pause on the idea that got them a spot in the selective startup accelerator,…

Entrepreneur

Top 15 US Startup Accelerators Ranked; Y Combinator and TechStars on Top

By | Aug 22, 2012 at 8:01 am

Lately, you can’t scroll through Twitter or browse a tech blog without stumbling on another new startup accelerator or incubator program. And Tech Cocktail is no exception: we cover and promote these programs because they benefit entrepreneurs, who get to spend a few months…

Top Tweets of the Week

The Top 7 #Startup Tweets of the Week

By | Aug 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Twitter is a conversation.  Twitter is an RSS feed.  Twitter is inspiration.  Twitter is the pulse. Twitter is different things to different people.  One of the reasons @TechCocktail loves Twitter so hard is for insightful business discourse – and naturally we want to share what we…

Entrepreneur

DC

Zvi Band of Contactually Shares How To Increase Your Luck Surface Area

By | Jul 30, 2012 at 8:00 am

Is it better to be lucky than to be good? When you run a business, you definitely need some luck; hard work and dedication can increase it. Zvi Band, Founder and CEO of Contactually, believes that you need to increase your luck surface area…

Startups & Apps

Bangalore

Changing India: Meet Entrepreneurs and Startups in Bangalore

By | Jul 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm

During this past spring’s SXSW conference in Austin, Bangalore came up in a conversation with Paul Singh of 500 Startups. At that time, Paul mentioned running an angel investor education series to get more investors into the Indian ecosystem; he also mentioned investing in…

Startups & Apps

San Francisco

4 Startups to Follow From 500 Startups Demo Day [Video]

By | Jul 19, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Last night, Tech Cocktail headed to the cruise-ship that is the Zynga headquarters to witness San Francisco’s edition of 500 Startups Demo Day.  Twenty seven startups from around the world (literally, 12 of the 27 are international), showcased the businesses they’ve been refining at…

Business

500 Startups’s Paul Singh: 3 Startup Trends to Watch Out For

By | Jul 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Halfway into 2012, we’ve seen quite a few milestones in the universe of technology startups. The JOBS Act was signed into law, allowing startups to crowdfund from non-traditional investors, while discussion of the Stop Online Piracy Act was postponed. Facebook acquired Instagram for $1…

Entrepreneur

The Top 7 #Startup Tweets of the Week

By | Jul 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Twitter is a conversation.  Twitter is an RSS feed.  Twitter is inspiration.  Twitter is the pulse. Twitter is different things to different people.  One of the reasons @TechCocktail loves Twitter so hard is for insightful business discourse – and naturally we want to share what we…

Marketplace

San Francisco

When Your Assumptions Are Wrong: Lessons from 500 Startups’ Kibin

By | Jun 24, 2012 at 10:00 am

As they say, the problem with assumptions… With startups, the problem with assumptions is not so much looking like a fool, but failing to gain the explosive growth and revenues you dreamed of. As 500 Startups graduate Kibin tried to grow its editing service,…

Social Media

Vote Now to Bring FounderDating to Your City & Meet Startup Cofounders

By | Jun 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm

If you live in cities like DC and Chicago and are looking for a cofounder, FounderDating wants you to apply by Friday to unlock your city. If more than 50 entrepreneurs apply (check out the current rankings), FounderDating will open up its online network…

Software

San Francisco

Remove Your Personal Information from Public Databases with Safe Shepherd

By | May 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Shortly after Robert Leshner started building Safe Shepherd, his father had his identity stolen. He only realized this when he saw $1,000 checks being cashed on his bank account. When Leshner did a Google search of his father’s name, he said, the top 8…