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Austin

Freddie Laker of Guide Looks into the Future [VIDEO]

By | Mar 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Guide founder and CEO Freddie Laker calls himself a “futurist,” and it’s evident after a few minutes of talking to him. When I last interviewed Laker about Guide, he could have focused on the platform’s current abilities: turning written news articles into video broadcasts….

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New Orleans

Chris Schultz Talks About New Orleans-based Launch Pad and the Newly Launched Niko Niko

By | Mar 20, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Over the last few years, New Orleans has been in a constant state of rebuilding. Along with the volunteers and contractors who have worked to rebuild the historic city, came a crop of talented, smart entrepreneurs looking to build companies, too. In the video…

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Austin

Gabe Shepherd Joins Tech Cocktail Team, Talks VegasTech, SXSW V2V [VIDEO]

By | Mar 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Today we are excited to announce that Gabe Shepherd will be joining the Tech Cocktail team to help us with business development and evangelism. Gabe brings years of experience to Tech Cocktail as well as a great knowledge of the Las Vegas business and…

Entrepreneur

The Winners of Tech Cocktail’s SXSW Power Hour Pitch Jam Are…

By | Mar 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm

In keeping with the fast pace of SXSW, we put 29 startups on stage at our SXSW Startup Celebration sponsored by CEA and .CO for 60 seconds each. There were talking phones, a bit of screaming, and the promise of a tattoo (more on…

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Austin

Trina Chiasson of InfoActive: Infographics Are Only the Beginning [VIDEO]

By | Mar 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Trina Chiasson has an eclectic background. She worked at Media Make Change, using social media for social change. She did online campaigns for a youth leadership organization and helped organize hackfests. And she worked on a Knight Foundation-Mozilla project in Germany. Throughout it all,…

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Austin

Kelly Hoey of Women Innovate Mobile: Accelerators Need More Women [VIDEO]

By | Mar 15, 2013 at 11:00 am

Among her many talents, Kelly Hoey is an expert at making connections. Her colleagues call her a “top networker” and a “serial connector” who knows how to bring the right people together. That’s part of her job as cofounder and managing director of Women…

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Austin

Founder Jon Oringer Reflects on 10 Years of Shutterstock [VIDEO]

By | Mar 15, 2013 at 9:00 am

In 2003, Shutterstock was just a place for founder Jon Oringer to sell his photography. From a few thousand of his own images, the site has grown to over 24 million stock photos that businesses and publishers can license. And that’s all without venture…

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Austin

Eric Koester of Zaarly: I’m Bullish on the Midwest [VIDEO]

By | Mar 14, 2013 at 11:00 am

In 2011, Zaarly probably set a record by raising $1 million in funding just three weeks after they started. What began as an idea at Startup Weekend LA soon had the backing of investors like Paul Bucheit, Naval Ravikant, and Ashton Kutcher. Zaarly went…

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Austin

Cindy Gallop of MakeLoveNotPorn Tells SXSWers to Hook Up (and Film It)

By | Mar 14, 2013 at 9:00 am

Always shaking things up, Cindy Gallop and her MakeLoveNotPorn team partnered with BangWithFriends at SXSW this year to encourage you to “bang” with friends…and record it. MakeLoveNotPorn is an amateur porn site that aims to show real sex, dispelling the myths and unrealistic expectations…

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Austin

Juan Diego Calle of .CO: Get Off the Couch and Start Something

By | Mar 13, 2013 at 6:20 pm

At two and a half years old, .CO is experiencing a growth spurt. Over 1.4 million companies sport the .co domain, and .CO came to SXSW this year with one hundred of them. The company, which handles .co domains, celebrated its second birthday in…

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Austin

Michael Chasen of Blackboard Dissects the EdTech Industry [VIDEO]

By | Mar 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Blackboard is a name that many college students recognize – but in the past 16 years, the education giant has expanded beyond higher education. They actually provide products and services to the whole education industry, including K-12. Michael Chasen cofounded Blackboard in 1997 and…

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Austin

Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal on Creativity, Mass Popularity, and Cats

By | Mar 12, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Who is the creator behind The Oatmeal, a wildly popular comics site? His biography on the site isn’t particularly useful: “The Oatmeal’s real name is Matthew and he lives in Seattle, Washington. He subsists on a steady diet of crickets and whiskey. He enjoys…

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Austin

Startup America’s Steve Case on Crowdfunding and Immigration [VIDEO]

By | Mar 10, 2013 at 11:05 pm

You can change things from the top down or the bottom up. Or, if you’re AOL cofounder Steve Case, you can do both. In the top-down realm, Case is a member of the president’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. He rallied for the JOBS Act,…

Startups & Apps

Austin

Meet 29 of SXSW’s Hottest Startups, Vote For Your Favorite [Poll]

By | Mar 1, 2013 at 6:40 pm

What happens when you mix Tech Cocktail with SXSW?  A day so chock full of action, it’d make Michael Bay blush.  And it should come as no surprise that at the center of this action is some of this year’s most buzz-worthy tech startups. Beginning at…

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Austin

Tech Cocktail @ South By Southwest 2013

By | Jan 16, 2013 at 10:00 am

Every year we lose sleep in anticipation of South By Southwest.  Since 2010, we’ve hosted huge events that showcase startups from across the globe.  Last year we hosted an all day #Startuplife celebration that included live interviews with entrepreneurs, startup founders and thoughtleaders, a…