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Funding Raised by Local Offer Network and GameSalad

By | Mar 31, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Today announcements were made that both Chicago-based Local Offer Network and Austin-based GameSalad, both of whom have participated in Tech Cocktail events in the past, have received funding. We are happy to see the continued success of these two companies. Local Offer Network, who…



Meet the 6 Winners of the SXSW Accelerator 2011

By | Mar 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm

During SXSW, we hosted 30 of the SXSW Accelerator finalists at our SXSW Tech Cocktail event.  The 32 finalists were whittled down to 12 for the launchpad competition.  They included news-related, social media, social networking, entertainment, music, and web technology startups. We also would…



LiveSharing Photos From Tech Cocktail SXSW 2011

By | Mar 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm

During the Tech Cocktail SXSW event presented by LiveShare from Cooliris, attendees were sharing photos in real-time using LiveShare’s mobile application. The application had an event group which we also projected onto large jumbotron screens installed inside the venue. This made for an interactive…



Microsoft’s Mobile App Showdown at SXSW

By | Mar 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm

With the launch of the Windows Phone 7 last year (we hosted preview events in Chicago and DC) we are excited to be working with Microsoft at SXSW for the second straight year. Last night they hosted a Mobile App Smackdown developer competition at our Tech…



Big Tech in a Little Package – Sifteo’s Hands-on Game Cubes

By | Mar 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm

People have gathered together to play games like chess, checkers, jacks and mahjong, for pretty much forever. Classic games like these, based around real physical objects are the inspiration for Sifteo, a San Francisco-based company that has meshed this type of tactile, classic game…

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GazeHawk – Eye Tracking for All

By | Mar 11, 2011 at 11:30 am

Determining how users interact with your website or view your product’s messaging is a major challenge. Various testing methods exist such as analyzing click-throughs or the movement of a mouse, but what everyone wants to know – where is the eye drawn to first?…



Crowdsourcing Capabilities in Minutes? It’s Free & Yours With Crowdmap

By | Mar 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Collecting, aggregating and visualizing geospatial data from on-the-ground sources are three critical features of Ushahidi, a crowdsourcing application which has been used to aggregate information in the aftermath of the earthquakes in New Zealand, Chile, and Haiti, as well as wildfires in Russia. For…



Groupflier Offers Free Group Texting For SXSW and Beyond

By | Mar 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Group text messaging is a trend we mentioned as one to watch in 2011 and sure enough, Facebook validated that yesterday by acquiring group texting app Beluga. We think it’s going to be huge at SXSW this year, so we are excited to be…



Khush Makers Of The LaDiDa Karaoke iPhone App Get Funded

By | Jan 10, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Trying to remember the name of a song you heard? There is an iPhone app that can help by allowing you to sing a tune and it will help recognize it. Khush is the company behind the slick karaoke application for the iPhone called LaDiDa…



SXSW Accelerator 2011 Startups Should Apply Today

By | Dec 9, 2010 at 6:29 pm

A few weeks ago we interviewed Chris Valentine about the 2011 SXSW Accelerator program. We were excited to share we would be working with SXSW again this year as we host one of our classic Tech Cocktail SXSW mixer events on March 13th (so…


Mobspot: iPhone Social Discovery Service Launches

By | Jul 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Mobspot, a showcased startup that demoed at the TECH cocktail SXSW: Blackout Sunday event in Austin and a SXSW Accelerator finalist, has released the Mobspot Facebook Application so that Facebook users with iPhones can now see which apps their friends actually use and like. As written…


TECH cocktail SXSW: Blackout Sunday Photos

By | Mar 23, 2010 at 7:03 pm

We had a great time at South by Southwest last week in Austin, Texas. The TECH cocktail team attended the interactive event to cover the conference, festivities and host TECH cocktail SXSW: Blackout Sunday presented by Microsoft BizSpark and Volusion. The event showcased 30…


Take the TECH cocktail SXSW Survey

By | Mar 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm

We just returned from a very busy seven days at South by Southwest Interactive in Austin, Texas where we hosted TECH cocktail SXSW: Blackout Sunday showcasing 30 startups to a crowd of close to 1000 attendees. Plus our fabulous team of TECH cocktail writers…


SXSW: Is Innovation Fair?

By | Mar 18, 2010 at 10:02 am

Andrew Keen is no stranger to notoriety and criticism.  His book “The Cult of the Amateur,” published in 2007, drew some harsh feedback from the technology community, as he argued that: “a sea of amateur content threatens to swamp the most vital information,” and “blogs…


SXSW: Beyond LAMP: Scaling Websites Past MySQL

By | Mar 15, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Editor’s Note: This is a warning, this article is a TOTAL GEEK FEST! Proceed at your own risk. Now that’s out of the way, let me tell you about a terrific session I attended early on Sunday morning titled “Beyond LAMP: Scaling Websites Past…


GameSalad: Game Creation Made Easy

By | Mar 14, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Ever had an idea for a cool game you wanted to play on the iPhone or even your desktop and frankly you just didn’t have the technical know-how to get the job done ?  Of course, we all have.  Now you can remove the…


Pitchengine, Social Media PR

By | Mar 14, 2010 at 8:30 pm

We know the traditional press release is dead, but companies still have a need and desire to push out news to both agencies and consumers alike.  So what is the answer, especially in the midst of the new landscape of Twitter and Facebook?  Pitchengine…