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Local Motors Launches Olli Self-Driving Electronic Car At New DC Facility

By | Jun 16, 2016 at 11:07 pm

Today, in National Harbor on the Maryland shore of the Potomac River just south of the Nation’s Capital city, Local Motors held a press conference to open their latest facility and launched the first self-driving car called Olli. Olli is the first autonomous vehicle…



Aledade Raises $30M to Improve Preventative Care

By | Jun 17, 2015 at 11:00 am

Two days shy of their one year anniversary, Bethesda based Aledade has announced a series B funding round of $30M. The funding round was led by ARCH Ventures Partners, and backed by their initial series A backers, Venrock. Led by Farzad Mostashari, the former…



Pitch Across Maryland Tours The State Celebrating Entrepreneurship

By | Sep 28, 2012 at 9:00 am

For the last two and a half weeks, Startup Maryland, a regional leadership team affiliated with the Startup America Partnership, has been on a bus touring the state showcasing entrepeneurship in an effort called Pitch Across Maryland. The tour stretched across the state with…



Repay Your Beer Debts With BeerGivr

By | May 7, 2012 at 11:30 am

“I owe you a beer.” If you added up all the instances someone has said this to you with the times you’ve made this promise to someone else, you would arrive at a number larger than anything ever seen by man.  It’s the default…


Chasing Silicon Valley: Is DC Doing It Wrong?

By | Feb 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Lots of entrepreneurs in DC – including the team at Tech Cocktail – are skipping happy hours and giving up time we’d otherwise spend sleeping to pursue our dreams and help build Washington’s startup ecosystem. But are we doing it wrong? According to a…



New DC Startup Accelerator The Fort Launches

By | Jan 13, 2012 at 10:00 am

A new tech accelerator is coming to town:, a venture fund from Virginia, will begin accelerating some of its portfolio companies at The Fort in DC. The Fort’s launch is supported by a grant of $100,000 from DC mayor Vincent Gray. Initial startups…


DC Not So Free: Sold To Vistaprint For $117.5 Million

By | Dec 19, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Today was acquired by the Dutch printing company Vistaprint for a reported $117.5 million ($100 million in cash and $17.5 in stock). was started in 2001 in Silver Spring, Maryland by then-college students Haroon Mokhtarzada and his brother Zeki. Previously called Freewebs, the product helps people…



Resources for Entrepreneurs and Startups in DC at

By | Sep 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Living the startup life can be exhilarating , yet exhausting, as entrepreneurs are often faced with more items on their “To-Do List” than hours in the day. Just finding trusted resources and making the connections you need can be a full-time job. is…



Venga Voted Hottest Early-Stage DC Startup

By | Jun 19, 2011 at 7:39 pm

When you think of tech startups in DC, you probably think of LivingSocial as they are one of the fastest growing startups in the country. But we wanted to see who our readers thought the hottest early-stage, up-and-coming startup in the DC region might…

Startups & Apps


3D Sound From VisiSonics

By | May 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Most of us have 2 ears.  None of us have 5.1 ears.  So why do we need  complicated expensive equipment to render 2 dimensional sound? Current 5.1 sound solutions deliver directional sounds on a flat 2 dimensional plane.  These systems enable us to identify…



Introducing Baltimore’s New Accelerator Program, Startup City

By | Apr 5, 2011 at 9:45 am

Baltimore has officially extended you an invitation to become part of its “innovation community”. Startup City, a just-launched business accelerator program, is recruiting 10 early-stage ventures for a 12 week program that includes mentorship, $15,000 of seed funding, office space, legal advice and workshops this summer…



Bootstrap Maryland Focuses on Lean Startup Tips

By | Apr 14, 2010 at 10:55 am

This past Saturday, I attended Bootstrap Maryland.  The event was hosted by Jared Goralnick and Paul Singh and was held at the University of Maryland. The focus of Bootstrap Maryland is to bring together entrepreneurs and give them the tools to run lean tech…

Bootstrap Maryland 2: October 29th

By | Oct 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Bootstrap Maryland is coming very soon and there are still a few tickets available. If you are in the DC area and looking to start and run your own business you should definitely check it out. Here are the details: When: Thursday, October 29,…


TECH cocktail DC 6 is Coming Soon 8/27!

By | Aug 9, 2009 at 8:09 pm

It’s time for a summertime TECH cocktail in Washington, D.C.! This is our sixth TECH cocktail in the D.C. area and it is already shaping up to be a good one. So here are the details and be sure to RSVP as soon as…

Startups & Apps

It's in My OtherInbox…

By | Feb 25, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Back in September at the TechCrunch50 event I wrote a brief post about the top 10 products I wanted to try as of Day 2. Today I can honestly say that there is only one product on that list that I still use everyday…


TECH cocktail DC 4 Startup Demo Preview

By | Feb 25, 2009 at 3:19 am

TECH cocktail 4 is coming up fast here in the DC area and we could not be more excited about the lineup of demo startups we have for you. Thank you to our sponsors and the donations of some of our TECH cocktail attendees…


Announcing TECH cocktail DC 3 – RSVP Now!

By | Sep 15, 2008 at 3:10 pm

We are excited to announce TECH cocktail DC 3! We hosted our last TECH cocktail DC in the spring and since then have hosted a conference in Chicago, as well as mixer events in Chicago, Boulder and Boston. In case you missed these events…