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Celebrating 11 Years of Entrepreneurial Advice

By | Jul 6, 2017 at 3:50 pm

On this day eleven years ago, we gathered a couple hundred startup founders, developers, creators, investors, tech enthusiasts and executives into a bar in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago to host the first TECH cocktail event ever. We pulled it together with a…


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Silicon Students’ Crowdfunding Campaign Will Improve Their Young-Entrepreneur School

By | Aug 26, 2014 at 3:07 pm

There seems to be no shortage of early-stage entrepreneurs these days, but many find themselves relegated to isolated environments. It can be difficult to find like-minded peers and experienced entrepreneurs who might be able to help them bring an idea to fruition. Pierre-Simon Ntiruhungwa and…


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The Crowd Puts Veronica Belmont and Tony Conrad to Question in San Francisco

By | Aug 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm

During our Startup Mixology launch, we stopped in San Francisco for a rousing fireside chat with both Veronica Belmont and Tony Conrad. Frank Gruber led the two through some great discussion topics before turning the microphones over to the crowd for a Q&A session. The…


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Tony Conrad Knows How to Launch New Products Like None Other

By | Aug 15, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Before he ever founded Sphere or, Tony Conrad worked some crazy jobs. But however ridiculous these jobs may have been, they taught him invaluable lessons about life. For example, as a yogurt merchandiser in France Conrad had to speak French – a language…


San Francisco CEO Tony Conrad Raises $11 Million, Will Fireside Chat With Tech Cocktail in July

By | Jun 10, 2014 at 8:03 pm is quickly growing to internet notoriety, and, personally, it’s my favorite way to promote myself via social media. Why, you might ask? It’s simple: is simple. The platform combines the flair of Facebook with the professionalism of LinkedIn, and every day more…


Weekend Watching: 4 Videos on How to Grow Your Network

By | Jul 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm

If you plan on working this 4th of July weekend instead of heading out for some smoky barbecue in the great outdoors, we’d kindly ask you to think again – or, at least, think differently. One of the types of “work” that so many…


San Francisco Buys Itself Back From AOL To Raise Funding With New Life

By | Feb 5, 2013 at 10:23 pm

We’ve covered a number of times over the last few years as they nailed their launch and then quickly were acquired by AOL. Today they announced they are spinning out as it’s own independent company. As part of the deal AOL will hang…



Activity Based Advertising Platform Company Appssavvy Announces $7.1 Million in New Funding

By | Dec 20, 2011 at 11:45 am

appssavvy, the New York-based activity advertising technology company and their platform advtivity, have announced the completion of their Series 1-A funding today- a new infusion $7.1 million.  This added capital comes from a host of former investors of the company, including True Ventures; The New York…


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How About A Fast Exit: Gets Acquired By Aol

By | Dec 20, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Last week,, the San Francisco based started founded by Tony Conrad, rolled into public beta with an astounding 400,000 registered users. Today we were surprised to hear that was acquired by Aol (confirmed by this True Ventures blog post). The fact that…



Startup Advice From The Startup Mixologists

By | Dec 16, 2010 at 3:20 am

Back in October, we produced a full day conference called Startup Mixology in Chicago. Over twenty amazing entrepreneurs, investors and experts took stage to share their advice. We knew that this was a special event and wanted to capture some additional words from our…



The New Art of Launching with Tony Conrad of

By | Dec 10, 2010 at 9:00 am

The way to launch a new startup, product or company has changed a lot in the last decade. Just five years ago the blogosphere was the best way to plant the seeds to launch your startup. But what was once just a blogosphere of…



Startup Mixology Conference Play-By-Play

By | Nov 3, 2010 at 6:41 pm

For those who weren’t able to attend the Tech Cocktail Startup Mixology Conference, here’s what you missed: a lot. The great news is that I’ve written a detailed play-by-play of the entire day, we’ve got plenty of photos and there are videos coming as…



Curating A Conference: Inside Startup Mixology

By | Oct 25, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Over the past few years, I’ve been to more conferences then I can remember, ranging from big O’Reilly productions to smaller events produced by local agencies or enthusiasts. For the most part, they’ve served to keep me up to date on trends or inspire…


AOL Buys Sphere For News Content Recommendations

By | Apr 15, 2008 at 12:10 pm

My first day working at AOL back in the fall of 2006 I had the pleasure of having lunch with Sphere CEO and founder Tony Conrad as he was visiting to start working with the AOL. Since then, Sphere which I covered previously when…