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NYC is a Step Closer to Turning Payphones Into Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

By | Jul 25, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Earlier this week, bids were due to the City of New York for a city planning initiative that would turn 10,000 of NYC’s old payphones into free wireless Internet kiosks. According to the GigaOm, 60 companies participated in the NYC Department of Information Technology…


Tech Cocktail Top Stories of the Week: What Founders Eat for Breakfast, Tips for Starting a Family While Running a Startup, Top Programming Languages,

By | Jul 20, 2014 at 5:54 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…



DC’s iStrategyLabs to Open NYC Office in DUMBO, Brooklyn

By | Jul 2, 2014 at 12:46 pm

In a newsletter written earlier today, iStrategyLabs founder and CEO Peter Corbett announced that the company is opening an office in NYC. According to the post, Corbett will lead the NYC office and will split his time accordingly between DC and NYC. The new office will be based…

Social Good


Centscere: Changing the World Through Social Media and Everyday Behavior

By | May 16, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Ian Dickerson’s idea started with a jar of change. The 23-year-old California native was sitting in his room during his junior year when he noticed a jar of coins and realized the money could be put to better use. At the time, Dickerson was…

Location Based Services


Uber Announces UberRUSH Courier Service in Manhattan

By | Apr 8, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Last night, Uber, the company that has become infamous for saving us from the grips of shitty taxi cabs everywhere, announced that it will expand further into the general delivery space through a courier service — rather than just humans, Uber will now help…



“Never Sleeping” Isn’t the Only Thing NYC and Entrepreneurs Have in Common

By | Mar 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

They say if you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere. But what about startups? Does NYC eat fledgling startups for breakfast, or is it the perfect nest in which to incubate successful companies? The City has its fair…

Gear & Gadgets


NYC Gets a 24-Hour Cupcake ATM. Where Is Ours?

By | Mar 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm

As if New York City didn’t already have enough going on to laud about, people in the city can now have their fill of cupcakes at any hour of the day, thanks to a 24-hour cupcake ATM. Ugh, you lucky gluttons. The 24-hour cupcake…

Startups & Apps


Want To Find Out if Your Instagram Crush Likes You? Use This App.

By | Feb 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Aside from liking every picture of bánh mì or books that I see on my feed, Instagram is actually a great tool for learning about the people I follow. Browsing through someone’s pictures on Instagram, you can immediately form some understanding of who that person…



MONTAJ Aims to Become the Instagram of Video

By | Feb 3, 2014 at 9:10 am

For the average user, editing videos on a mobile device can be a tedious and time-consuming process. Videographers Demir Gjokaj and Dan Long wanted to help users overcome these challenges and creatively tell their stories using video. That’s why they created their mobile app,…


David Tisch, the TechStars NYC Cofounder, Has a New Gig: JelloLabs

By | Jan 15, 2014 at 8:00 am

TechStars NYC cofounder David Tisch has a new gig: according to LinkedIn, he’s now the cofounder and chairman of JelloLabs. Founded last February, JelloLabs (@jellolabs) is a somewhat stealthy NYC startup building mobile commerce products. The other founders are Alan Tisch, who previously worked…



Hipster Disruption: Off Track Planet will “Out-Cool” The Travel Guide Industry

By | Dec 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Remember the one in “Tipping Point” about the Hush Puppies? Malcolm Gladwell explains how these random shoes became a smash cultural hit seemingly overnight. I’ll spare you the details, but the answer is pretty well summed up thus: they got cool. Why? If you…



Let PicYourWeekend Guide You to a Better Weekend

By | Dec 15, 2013 at 1:54 pm

What did you do this weekend? Could it have been better? If your weekend plans were lacking in luster, PowerInbox has a possible solution. On Thursday, the company that brought us interactive email released their latest product, PicYourWeekend. Built on the PowerInbox platform, the…



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…

Celebrate Startup Tour


New York City’s Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…

By | Sep 19, 2013 at 10:00 am

Last night was Tech Cocktail’s New York City Mixer and Startup Showcase at AlleyNYC.  As always, we held our Hottest Showcasing Startup series, including the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll, as well as the Best Pitch award, as determined by the Live SMS poll. NYC’s…


PubSlush: Crowdfunding Books and a Reluctant Publishing Industry

By | Sep 18, 2013 at 11:09 am

“It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore,” said the late Steve Jobs, in 2008, referring to Amazon’s Kindle. In late 2008, New York Magazine published a lengthy article on the state of the publishing industry….



CommonBond’s David Klein: “Being an Entrepreneur is the Hardest Job You’ll Ever Have”

By | Jun 9, 2013 at 5:10 pm

CommonBond‘s peer-to-peer lending model has received plenty of attention for its novel – and smart – method of helping B-school students actually afford their degrees. With some MBA students graduating with a pile of loans equal to a mortgage, CommonBond’s crowdfunding solution is a…



Joyride Coffee: Get Coffee Beans within 2 Days of Roasting

By | May 31, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Grounded in quality grounds, Joyride Coffee seeks to be a major pick-and-shovel player in New York’s bustling tech scene. As tech rises and falls, Joyride caters to an industry that has a never-ending appetite and seemingly runs on coffee. And in the fierce battle…