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The Future of Digital Music Lies With the Artists

By | Jul 9, 2015 at 10:00 am

Believe it or not, there are people in my life who don’t use Spotify. Whenever I suggest to them that they get it I hear the same argument, without fail: “oh, well I would support them but they don’t pay their artists”. That’s completely,…

Social Media


For Spotlight Users, Nothing Beats a Fun Challenge

By | Jul 7, 2015 at 10:00 am

Don’t you love competing against your friends? Maybe it’s just me, but nothing beats a good board game, card game, or even trivia match against them – it’s always a blast, we laugh a lot, but we all play to win. After all, there’s…



Tickets. Simple. Five and Quarter. Flat.

By | Jun 17, 2015 at 12:30 pm

My local crew of San Diego friends are some pretty great people to go to live music shows with, and one thing we all do often is head out to the smaller, local venues during the week to catch a good show. It’s fun,…

Product Launch


MakeOffices Launches Expansion; Glenzer Appointed CMO

By | Jan 26, 2016 at 9:40 am

MakeOffices, formally UberOffices, announced today the expansion into two new states and the appointment of a new chief marketing officer (CMO). Their expansion will include Chicago and Philadelphia, with openings set for early February. As part of the effort to expand to new locations,…



‘Venture Valley’ Game Lets Players Become Startup Investors

By | May 15, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Entrepreneurship may not be for everyone, but thanks to this new card game on Kickstarter, everyone can get a taste of the “startup life.” Venture Valley is a card game based on the high-stakes world of entrepreneurs. The game combines the financial strategy of…

Celebrate Startup Tour


Bestimators and ROAR for Good Win in Philadelphia

By | Apr 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Our search for the best startups in the nation made a stop in Philadelphia to kick off Philly Tech Week last night, where 12 startups gathered to pitch, demo, and network among the community. This year, the Tech Cocktail Startup competition will be taking on…



Slyce Acquires Mobile Coupon App SnipSnap for $6.5M

By | Jan 29, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Today, the Toronto, Canada-based Slyce – the retail visual search platform empowering mobile apps such as Neiman Marcus’s image recognition shopping app –  has announced its acquisition of the Philadelphia, PA-based mobile couponing company SnipSnap. The acquisition is valued at $6.5 million and is a combination of…



Pico Wins Reader’s Choice After Relocating from Israel to Philly

By | Nov 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm

“I don’t look at problems as problems. In my state of mind anything is solvable. I just haven’t found the solution yet,” explains Asaf Nevo, CEO of Pico. “An entrepreneur’s life is built out of constantly solving problems. The understanding that every problem has a…



Pico and Beacon & Lively Win Philly’s Hottest Showcasing Startups

By | Oct 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm

The results are in for Philly’s hottest showcasing startups! We know it was not easy to pick your favorite, but you did and we are ready to announce the winners. The two winners will represent the great city of Philadelphia during Tech Cocktail’s Celebrate Conference…

Startups & Apps


The Selfie Ticket Lets You Register for Events with Your Face

By | Aug 21, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Ticketleap is making the ticketing process a little more human. For anyone, it’s easy to go online and buy a ticket, but what if you could use a platform that was a tool for event creators, helped shape communities, and let users take selfies?…

Social Good


Brighten App Shows Some Promise: Why Apps Like Secret Might Not be the Answer

By | Apr 15, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Sex sells… and so does drama and gossip. For decades, this model has successfully worked for TV, commercials and advertisements, and it might be having the same effect for startups, especially new apps. It’s Not a Secret Anymore In the past few weeks, one…



Demo Day: DreamIt Ventures Unveils 15 New Startups in Philadelphia

By | Dec 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Today, the DreamIt Ventures accelerator is showcasing 15 startups at demo day in Philadelphia. DreamIt Ventures, ranked the #11 top startup accelerator in the US, provides startups with office space, mentorship, and up to $25,000 in funding. This is its fifth class in Philadelphia. “These are…



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…



Where’s the Humanity in Social Media Content? Take a Peek at Peekseed

By | Mar 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Q: Where’s the humanity in social media content? A: Peekseed In the ongoing stream of tweets, likes, shares, emoticons, commenting, and other social sharing methods, we’re still somewhat limited in our personal expressions online. Currently, our social web lives are shackled to sharing services…



14 New Startups Announced at DreamIt Ventures Demo Days

By | Dec 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Today 14 new startups are being announced as part of DreamIt Ventures Demo Days Philadelphia.  This invitation-only event showcases the year’s graduating ventures first with a presentation from each individual start-up, followed by an open gallery where attendees can interact with the companies directly….



Mobile Payment Startups Are Hot: Venmo Sets Itself Apart

By | Aug 7, 2011 at 10:00 am

Way back in December 2010, we predicted that 2011 would be the year of mobile payment.  Boy, were we right!  We have already covered 6 different apps/platforms, and I am about to cover a 7th, Venmo, below, an app that has actually been around…

Startups & Apps


Hate Employee Scheduling? ReadySetWork is Here to Help

By | Jul 19, 2011 at 10:00 am

Do you love your business, but find yourself spending much too much time with back-end tasks such as scheduling instead of doing what you love? You aren’t alone. Business owners consistently search for ways to operate more efficiently, because quite frankly, back-end operations often…