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The Top 10 Tech Cocktail Stories of the Week

By | May 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm

We get it, you’re busy.  You weren’t able to get to every Tech Cocktail post this week; it happens.  Fear not, because we’ve curated the weeks top 10 posts as determined by the Tech Cocktail editorial team. To get the Tech Cocktail weekly wrap-up…


How 500 Startups’ Paul Singh Is Helping Tweak Immigration Policy

By | May 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

As we speak, the government is debating changes to immigration policy that could bring more entrepreneurs into the United States. I’m not talking about the “startup visa;” I’m talking about the new Entrepreneurs in Residence program. Five entrepreneurs, including 500 Startups partner Paul Singh,…


Terry Hsiao: Jump In But Think; Have Vision But Be Nimble [Interview]

By | Apr 23, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Today, app developers need marketing more than ever, but they have less money to spend on it. That’s because many of the App Store’s over half a billion apps are free. Serial entrepreneur Terry Hsiao saw this problem and created the App Growth Engine…


San Francisco

MEGA Startup Weekend 2012 Highlights – Day 1

By | Apr 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Go MEGA or go home. This weekend in the Microsoft offices of Mountain View, CA, the good folks at Startup Weekend are hosting Mega Startup Weekend, a 54-hour event bringing together teams of hungry developers and designers in hopes of building the next big web or mobile…



Sara Morgan from Tailored: How We Overcame the “Trough of Sorrow”

By | Mar 15, 2012 at 10:30 am

Planning a wedding can be a lot like building a startup – it’s an emotional roller coaster with loads to do, and not enough time, and sleepless nights. But every struggle just makes Sara Morgan understand her customers better: she’s the founder of Tailored,…


Exploring the Startup Accelerator Programs at SXSW

By | Mar 10, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Frank Gruber CEO of Tech Cocktail moderated a panel on startup accelerators at SXSW this afternoon with a fabulous lineup of panelists: David Cohen of TechStars, Aziz Gilani of DFJ Mercury, and Gabriella Draney of Tech Wildcatters. We were packed into Salon A at…


Paul Singh on Venture Capitalists and Raising Money

By | Feb 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Last week I got a chance to listen to Paul Singh from 500 Startups talk about raising money at The Fort. First of all, I have to say that almost every sentence Paul uttered could have been used as a quote on its own….



500 Startups’ eSpark Learning Turns Your iPad into a Teacher’s Assistant

By | Jan 31, 2012 at 11:30 am

Launching last week as part of 500 Startups’ third class, eSpark Learning is leveraging iPad apps to make learning more engaging for young students. “Consider a typical student’s modern entertainment options – iPods, iPads, Wii, Nintendo, Xbox, video games, social networks, HD television, 3D…


San Francisco

OneSchool Has 1 Million Users, $750k Seed Funding – and Interesting Growth Strategy

By | Jan 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm

A year old startup that participated in the minority-focused accelerator NewMe and graduated from 500 Startup just closed a $750k seed round.  Silicon Valley-based OneSchool was started by 3 college kids; they develop mobile apps that let students browse campus maps, find course listings,…


Talkdesk Helps Small Businesses Struggling with Customer Service Calls

By | Jan 26, 2012 at 11:30 am

One of the 500 Startups companies launching this week, Talkdesk turns your browser into a call center – a way to provide quality customer support without throwing away half your company budget. Based on Twilio’s technology, Talkdesk lets you make and receive calls, record…


It’s Demo Day: 500 Startups Accelerator Launches 34 Companies

By | Jan 25, 2012 at 11:18 am

500 Startups is launching its third batch of startups today at a 4-hour demo day event. This class of 34 startups includes a variety of B2B solutions, as well as social and entertainment platforms, organizational tools, learning and reference websites, and products for kids….


2011 Trends: Tech Year In Review

By | Dec 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Editor’s Note: This article is a revised version of an article written by Jen Consalvo and Frank Gruber that appears in the January 2012 issue of The Social Media Monthly. If you like this article you might want to download the Social Media Monthly iPad app or…


San Francisco

Contactually Contact Organizer Automatically Tells You When to Follow Up

By | Dec 1, 2011 at 9:59 am

Despite its name, startup Contactually is not about keeping track of a list of contacts, but about managing long-term relationships. Founded in July in DC, Contactually stores information on your email contacts and syncs with Salesforce and Highrise CRMs. But more importantly, it adds…


San Francisco

AwayFind Raises $800K; Founder Jared Goralnick Shares Lessons for Survival

By | Oct 22, 2011 at 11:30 am

AwayFind, a tool that helps solve email overload by alerting you to urgent messages, recently raised $800,000 in seed funding led by 500 Startups and CAP Ventures. Last week, AwayFind also announced a new product targeted at businesses and available in the Google Apps…


Online Learning Site Udemy Closes $3M Series A Financing

By | Oct 14, 2011 at 6:02 pm

It’s always so exciting for us when a startup with potential that we cover lands funding.  Udemy, which I wrote about way back in March, just closed $3 million Series A financing from Lightbank, the Chicago-based VC fund started by the co-founders of Groupon….


Los Angeles

Drumbi: Helping You Prioritize Your Phone Calls

By | Sep 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm

My brother sometimes calls me to tell me random things, like he’s hungry, and I answer all of his phone calls because, after all, he’s 18, applying for college and it might just be important. Another scenario: My co-founder calls me five times in a…


YongoPal: Pen Pals, Photo Missions and Culture Sharing

By | Sep 12, 2011 at 9:55 am

If you’re a fan of Instagram, chances are you’ll love YongoPal. In Craig Mod’s words, the newly-released iPhone app is like “Instagram meets awesome, smartly implemented pen pal-like language learning.” Part of 500 Startups, the app is all about exploring different cultures through daily…