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Entrepreneur

5 Startup Challenges Most Entrepreneurs Don’t Anticipate

By | Mar 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm

New entrepreneurs have big dreams, but there are many things that can stand in the way of bringing their vision to fruition. This isn’t surprising when you consider that entrepreneurs who have already been involved in multiple startups can still make the same mistakes….

Interviews

Austin

Adam Lyons on Being Scrappy, Mark Cuban and Mentorship – Interview

By | Mar 17, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Being scrappy is a trait that every startup founder needs to embrace to find different ways to solve problems while building one’s business. Adam Lyons, cofounder of The Zebra, said in our Tech.Co interview that being scrappy is at the heart of their culture….

Opinion/Analysis

San Diego

Does the 5-Hour Workday Really Work?

By | Feb 3, 2016 at 12:30 pm

One of the fastest-growing companies hailed by the San Diego Business Journal as San Diego’s #1 Fastest Growing Private company in San Diego is no other than Tower Paddle Boards. With already $17 million in sales, it is Number 239 on INC Magazine’s Top 500…

Young entrepreneurs

Justin Kan, Andrew Maguire Offer Office Hours via RECESS

By | Aug 6, 2015 at 9:00 am

RECESS — the national tour that makes stops at various universities throughout the year — is a music and ideas festival that helps feature up-and-coming startups founded by student entrepreneurs. While the Spring 2015 Tour ended with the National Competition this May, followers of…

Hardware

Ilumi.co Announces Second Generation of Smartbulb

By | Jul 21, 2015 at 10:00 am

Meet ilumi.co; a Shark Tank alum with backing from Mark Cuban. They recently announced their second generation of smartbulbs that are now available for preorder exclusively through KickStarter. The new and improved A19 and BR30 lightbulbs offer improved Bluetooth Smart mesh wireless connectivity which…

TechCo Spotlight 300×250

3D Printing

“You Kick Ass” Got Funded by Mark Cuban on Shark Tank

By | May 18, 2015 at 12:30 pm

You Kick Ass, a tech company that turns you into an action figure, walked away with a tidy $100,000 from Mark Cuban on a recent episode of Shark Tank. Cofounders Alesia Glidewell and Keri Andrews, whose alter egos are Creatrix and Transformagirl, came onto…

Fashion

Austin

Fashion Metric Secures $1M From Tahoma Ventures, Others

By | Jan 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Fashion Metric recently announced that they have successfully closed a $1 million seed funding round led by Tahoma Ventures. Along with Tahoma Ventures, Fashion Metric welcomed investments from Corsa Ventures, Elementum Ventures, Geekdom Fund, and multiple angel investors in Los Angeles and Texas. To…

Fashion

Tampa

ViralStyle Beasts Their Beta Phase

By | Jan 15, 2015 at 9:00 pm

After their bout on ABC’s Shark Tank, ViralStyle landed some one-on-one time with VC great Mark Cuban. They haven’t yet finalized a meeting time with Cuban, but they have been spending a great deal of time buffing and polishing ViralStyle for an inevitable launch out…

Business

Tampa

Viralstyle.com Scores One on One Time With Mark Cuban

By | Dec 26, 2014 at 5:30 pm

It’s been awhile since we’ve seen cool news coming from the world of Shark Tank. However, it was recently announced that one particular startup, Viralstyle.com, has landed some crucial one on one time with one of everybody’s favorite Shark Tank investors: Mark Cuban. Based…

Business

DC

FiscalNote Raises $7M Series A for Its Legislation Prediction AI

By | Nov 20, 2014 at 10:35 am

The Washington, D.C. startup FiscalNote, whose artificial intelligence technology analyzes and predicts the outcome of legislation, announced a $7 million Series A. This round of financing was led by Singapore sovereign wealth fund Visionnaire Ventures, with participation from Cloud Ventures, NEA, Winklevoss Capital, Enspire…

Startups & Apps

Los Angeles

Crowdfunder.com Raises a $3.5 Million Series A Round

By | Oct 9, 2014 at 1:30 pm

On October 7 the equity crowdfunding platform Crowdfunder.com raised a Series A round from a combination of VC funds, notable investors like Tim Draper, and individual accredited investors. The Los Angeles based company was initially aiming for $2.5 million in total funding, but due to…

Business

Los Angeles

The Bouqs Comes Up Empty On Shark Tank, But They’re Still Kicking

By | May 14, 2014 at 6:53 pm

At the beginning of the month, we saw yet another familiar startup face on ABC’s Shark Tank. John Tabis of The Bouqs, a Los Angeles-based flower company, walked in front of the Sharks, gave it his all, and asked for $258,000 in exchange for…

Tech Cocktail Top Posts

The Top 10 Stories of the Week: Game of Thrones Android Apps, Damn Good Reasons to Startup in Peru, DC’s Zoobean Gets Major Investments

By | Apr 26, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Did you miss out on one (or five) of Tech Cocktail’s posts from this week? It’s okay. We want to let you know that we forgive you; we totally get it. You’re a busy person, with a lot of things on your mind and…

Business

DC

Mark Cuban and Beyond: Zoobean Gets Another Investment Post Shark Tank

By | Apr 22, 2014 at 6:30 pm

The Washington DC based Zoobean was beyond thrilled to get a $250,000 investment from Mark Cuban on last Friday’s episode of Shark Tank, but they weren’t ready to slow down. As reported by Bill Flook of the Washington Business Journal, Zoobean today announced a…

Business

DC

Zoobean Exits Shark Tank With A Whopping $250K Investment From Mark Cuban

By | Apr 19, 2014 at 5:45 pm

It was a long anticipated viewing experience for the Zoobean team as they showed their family, friends, and colleagues last night’s episode of Shark Tank. The Washington D.C. based company took to the sharks with the idea that education is everything, and if you…

Business

Dallas

iLumi Kills it on Shark Tank, Brings Home $350,000 From Mark Cuban

By | Apr 19, 2014 at 4:41 pm

We’ve been looking forward to watching Shark Tank all week to cheer on the fine folks at iLumi Solutions. Last night we turned the lights down, put our feet up, and watched Corey Egan and Swapnil Bora pitch their Bluetooth light bulbs to the…

Breaking News

RECESS Entrepreneur and Music Festival Launches Today with Backing from Mark Cuban

By | Mar 6, 2014 at 6:24 pm

RECESS, the college music and ideas festival, launched today with the help of Mark Cuban. The festival is the first of its kind, with the mission is to breed a new crop of world-changing entrepreneurs and to inspire college students across the country. Backed by Cuban…