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Why Venture Capital Misses The Big Ideas

By | Sep 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm

For most people, “innovation” means what we invest in: Where’s the next Uber or Lyft? But there’s been very little innovation in how we find ideas. As one tangible example, most of the venture capital process today is a “one size fits all” system…


Uber and Foursquare Will Help You Find Your Destination Faster

By | May 26, 2016 at 4:06 pm

A new industry merge between two prominent tech companies will help consumers navigate and arrive to their destinations faster. Industry forces Uber and Foursquare are joining together to create a stronger navigation system. The goal, according to a blog post created by Foursquare, for…

Startups & Apps

It’s Time You Ditch Foursquare and Yelp for ChefsFeed

By | Jul 9, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Disclosure: I love food. Obviously, I know I’m not alone in this passion, but the desire to stuff tasty eats down my gullet exceeds that of an imaginary crossbreed between Liz Lemon and a brontosaurus (presuming, here, that a brontosaurus must eat constantly in…



Mapbox Raises $52M to Scale Open Source Maps

By | Jun 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Washington DC based Mapbox today announced a series B round of $52M, one of the largest for mapping and location based startups. Led by San Francisco DFJ Growth, they are joined by Pritzker Group, DBL Partners, Promus Ventures Thrive Capital, and their initial series…


You Can Now Get an Uber Right from the Foursquare App

By | Jun 1, 2015 at 10:23 am

This morning, the New York, NY-based, deep linking startup Button announced a partnership with Foursquare that will give Foursquare users the ability to book Uber rides directly from within the Foursquare app. The partnership with the location-based service provides Button with an expansion of its…

Location Based Services


‘Avoid Humans’ App Will Help You Avoid People in Your Hometown This Winter Holiday Season

By | Dec 24, 2014 at 5:30 pm

The winter holidays are wonderful…beautiful…cheerful; the winter holidays are terrible…stressful…awful. No matter who you are, this time of year often represents some of the best and the worst of what this life has to offer. Sure, many of us get to go back to…



Happinin is Using Real-Time Videos to Provide Unbiased Venue Reviews

By | Nov 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm

What’s happening? That’s the essential premise behind the new application Happinin. Currently available Baltimore, MD and Annapolis, MD, the app allows users to discover what’s going on in local venues, helping them to narrow down which bars to go to or which events to…


San Francisco

Expa Finds First EIR in AddThis Founder Hooman Radfar

By | Sep 23, 2014 at 3:33 pm

We’ve been seeing more and more companies invite an outside, well-experienced entrepreneur to sit as the Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR). Garrett Camp and Naveen Selvadurai, Uber and Foursquare cofounders respectively, have announced that they’ll be adhering to this trend and bringing their own EIR into…



New Foursquare Hits App Stores Tomorrow

By | Aug 5, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Foursquare cofounder Dennis Crowley just announced on Instagram that the company plans to launch the new version of Foursquare tomorrow. Since the company announced its strategy to separate utility between its new Swarm app and the traditional Foursquare app, many had been lost as…



Twitter & Foursquare Founders, Execs, Investors Among Others Prove #BostonStrong Finish Boston Marathon

By | Apr 21, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Today was a big day as the Boston Marathon resumed after last year’s horrific bombing. A number of tech startup founders, investors and entrepreneurs participated, so we thought we’d show some support by pulling together some of the notable techie Boston Marathon finishers. Congrats…


Foursquare Integrates GrubHub & Seamless Into Their Mobile App

By | Jan 31, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Yesterday, Foursquare announced they’ve integrated GrubHub and Seamless directly into their mobile apps. Now when you’re looking for food in Foursquare, if either service is possible for that particular establishment, you’ll be presented with GrubHub or Seamless as an option. One click and you can…



LIFTTT App Adds Location Capability to IFTTT

By | Dec 10, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Today VisualCandyApps launched a brand-new iOS app, LIFTTT: Location plus If This Then That. It marks the third app the UK-based company has created, giving users the ability to factor in the “where” to the already popular IFTTT app. “Our company was founded a…

Social Media


Mark Doyle and Scruddle, A Portrait of Determination

By | Nov 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm

“Time has always been the biggest challenge, especially as a solo entrepreneur,” says Mark Doyle, founder and President of Scruddle. “I spent a lot of time trying to develop a business model, coding the entire website and underlying services, running my outside software contracting…


The 6 Coolest Foursquare Badges You Don’t Have

By | Sep 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm

According to a social media report produced by Nielsen, Foursquare placed in 3rd place – behind Facebook and Twitter – in app usage, by the end of 2012. Since then, Foursquare’s user base has increased from 25 million to 33 million (as of April)….



Evzdrop Brings A New Spin to Location-Based Sharing; Wins Chicago’s Hottest Showcasing Startup

By | Nov 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Last night, Tech Cocktail had the pleasure of showcasing 11 up-and-coming startups at our final Chicago Mixer of 2012 (and possibly ever).  Prior to the event, we asked you to let us know who was the hottest.  The tribe has spoken. Evzdrop, the location-based interest network…


The Best Food Apps That Bring People Together

By | Sep 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Editor’s Note: This article about best food apps is a revised version of an article that appeared in a previous issue of The Social Media Monthly. If you like it, you might want to download The Social Media Monthly iPad app or iPhone app and subscribe, or order a print…

Gear & Gadgets


A Cooler That Opens Via Foursquare Check-in; The Social Cooler by iStrategyLabs

By | Jun 14, 2012 at 2:40 pm

First it was a tweeting cake.  Next it was the social fridge.  Now,we have the social cooler (see: below). Social Cooler v 0.3 from iStrategyLabs on Vimeo. iStrategyLabs, a DC-based creative digital agency, has pioneered social machines – the crossroad between the physical and…