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Matt Haggman: Miami is the Perfect City for Entrepreneurs


Miami has everything a city needs to foster entrepreneurship. Matt Haggman believes that this is true. The Knight Foundation project manager, sat down with Tech Cocktail’s co-founder and author of Startup Mixology Frank Gruber to talk about all the elements that make Miami the ideal city for entrepreneurs. “Miami is enormously diverse and there is significant wealth…. Read more »

MUST-READ Book Alert! Creativity for Sale


What if I told you that someone made $1,000,000 wearing T-shirts, pimping his last name, and pre-selling sponsorship spots in a book he hadn’t even written yet? Jason SurfrApp (formerly Jason Headsetsdotcom and Jason Sadler) has done just that over the last few years, and in his new book, Creativity for Sale, he explains how… Read more »

Let’s Ditch the Silicon Valley Gospel [INTERVIEW]


Like all passionate communities, the startup scene has a gospel. But according to entrepreneur and advisor Paul Orlando, we shouldn’t listen to the Silicon Valley preachers. “There is a mainstream story told across the startup world that may hold true for the few lucky ones, but which doesn’t always hold true for the rest. But ‘the… Read more »

A Book in 5 Minutes: “Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup”


Don’t have time to read? Here’s a quick but comprehensive summary of Bill Aulet’s “Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup,” released on August 12. Who should read this: First-time and serial entrepreneurs who are looking for a solid product-market fit. Elevator pitch: This 24-step guide to product-market fit is based on a process… Read more »

“Think Like Zuck” Book Giveaway


If you’re visiting Tech Cocktail, you’re likely an entrepreneur or fan of entrepreneurs. Perhaps you are focused on creating the next “Facebook,” and you could use some advice on defining your product? Perhaps, you’re trying to figure out how to make a change in the world with your leadership skills and you’re not sure how… Read more »

Startup Stories Inherited Enables a Gift of a Lifetime


DC-based Stories Inherited is bringing together technology and traditional storytelling to create  personal and corporate history  through interactive books and iStories. If digital had existed centuries ago, how cool would it have been for us to listen to our great-grandparents and ancestors tell their story in their own words. Stories Inherited creates an interactive life history which includes a… Read more »

Lauren DeLisa Coleman: The Psychology of Comments Online

Smart Power Class

Lauren DeLisa Coleman calls herself a “socio-economic digitalist”: she studies how digital platforms affect different cultures in the business world. In the past, she has turned her lens on Generations X and Y and hip hop cultures. Her book The Rise of the SmartPower Class: Navigating the New Digital, Leaderful Era examines the culture of… Read more »

The Launch Pad Book: Y Combinator and the Creation of Badasses

Launch Pad Y Combinator

Near the end of Randall Stross’s new book, The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s Most Exclusive School for Startups, he recounts a coaching session with an entrepreneur right before demo day. Paul Graham is talking about a topic he rarely brings up with founders: fearsomeness. “I’ve seen it time after time,” says Graham,… Read more »

8 Revealing Quotes from the Steve Jobs Biography


Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs probably contains the seeds for a dozen other books about Apple’s late CEO, focusing on his “reality distortion field,” his design sense, his personal relationships, and other keys to his life and success. But one of the most illuminating aspects of the book was the insight into how Steve… Read more »

Book Preview: How To Create ‘Stellar Presentations’ By Shel Israel

Stellar Presentations

Giving a solid presentation is a must for any entrepreneur looking to sell their vision to hire employees, gain fans, followers, or supporters, and raise capital. To help them communicate their ideas effectively, Shel Israel decided to write a new book titled Stellar Presentations: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Giving Great Talks. The book shares stories about… Read more »

Book Preview: The End Of Business As Usual by Brian Solis

The End Of Business As Usual by Brian Solis

We see a number of trends in technology and business today, the biggest include mobile web, social media, gamification, and real-time everything. All of these elements have challenged businesses to think differently. A new book, The End of Business as Usual by Brian Solis, examines those changes as it looks to guide businesses into the… Read more »

Book Review: Harvesting Intangible Assets by Andrew Sherman


Consider, for a moment, all the roles that you play as an entrepreneur. Innovator, manager, marketer, enthusiast, salesman, strategist—the list goes on forever, but does it include farmer? If it doesn’t, it will by the time you finish reading Harvesting Intangible Assets. Entrepreneurs are a special kind of farmers—new agrarians, planning, planting, nurturing and cultivating,… Read more »

Gary Vaynerchuk On The Thank You Economy

Tech Cocktail Delivering Happiness SXSW 2011

I had the opportunity to meet Gary Vaynerchuk very early in his career which was transitioning from his day-to-day at a traditional brick and mortar Wine Library business to his Wine Library TV video show which propelled him to Internet stardom. Since then Gary has done the speaking circuit and has signed a seven-figure, 10-book… Read more »

Delivering Happiness with Tony Hsieh from SXSW

Tech Cocktail Delivering Happiness SXSW 2011

We partnered with Delivering Happiness leads Jenn Lim and Tony Hsieh to produce a video series where we talked with thought leaders, creatives and innovators. The Delivering Happiness movement stemmed from the book that Tony wrote and we previously reviewed, which then turned into a tour and now the movement. The Delivering Happiness book moved… Read more »