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Waygo Translates Korean With the Wave of a Smartphone


With travel to Asia becoming increasingly popular, Waygo has made it their mission in life to help language learners, tourists, and business travelers experience the culture just like a local would. The name of the app itself is derived from the Chinese pinyin word for foreign country, and users simply wave their smartphone camera over… Read more »

Little Rock’s Talentt App Helps You Source Local Freelancers


The trend towards going local is now being applied to freelancing.  Little Rock startup talentt is helping business owners find local, available talent, based on the skills they provide, to get the job done.  Finding someone local eliminates common problems such as unreliability and communication breakdown that are often associated with outsourcing work. “Outsourcing to a distant… Read more »

3 Entrepreneurs Explain What Inspires Them, What the Future Will Hold and How the Government Can Help


What inspires innovation? Some entrepreneurs have an “aha” moment that leads them to their newest venture, while others wait years for the right ingredients to come together and bring their innovative designs to life. I talked to three entrepreneurs from disparate fields – clean energy, robotics and wearables – to learn what drives them to… Read more »

4 Startup Tips from Constant Contact’s Alec Stern


This Thursday, December 11, we are holding our Tech Cocktail Week: December Sessions in downtown Las Vegas, where we will hear about the experiences of successful entrepreneurs, investors and other industry experts. Get your ticket now. Alec Stern is the VP of strategic innovation and the executive-in-residence for the Small Business Innovation Program at Constant Contact, the… Read more »

Medina Capital Closes on $182M Private Equity Fund


South Florida-based firm Medina Capital announced today it has closed their new private equity fund with total committed capital of US $182 million for high-growth tech companies. As reported in The Starting Gate, the fund’s typical investment size is $10 million to $20 million and it will invest in early growth-stage companies in cyber-security, big data, mobility and… Read more »

The Intersection of Marijuana and Technology, Part 2


This post is a continuation of my interview with Leslie Bocskor, Chairman of the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association. Tech Cocktail: How are people bringing the marijuana industry to the world of technology? Leslie Bocskor: I was at an ArcView event in Denver in 2013 when Isaac Dietrich got up to present MassRoots, a social networking app for mobile devices specific to marijuana… Read more »

Bill Gates Shares His Favorite Books in 2014, with LEGO Video


Bill Gates had me at books and LEGO. This year Gates shared the list of best books he read, which were mainly about economics and business. Some books were published in 2014, others earlier. Gates’ list and his review include: Business Adventures, by John Brooks Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty How Asia… Read more »

Find the Best Holiday Spots in Your Neighborhood with the Nextdoor Holiday Cheer App!


Today, Nextdoor, the free and private social network used by 47,000 neighborhoods, just launched a new Holiday Cheer Map app! Now, you can navigate the holiday season in your very own neighborhood. Nextdoor’s Holiday Cheer Map is a social discovery tool that helps you find holiday attractions in your neighborhood that best suit your interests. You… Read more »

The Intersection of Marijuana and Technology, Part 1


This is part one of two of my interview with Leslie Bocskor, Chairman of the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association. Leslie Bocskor splits his day-to-day three ways – he’s the Chairman of the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association (NVCIA), Managing Partner at Electrum Partners, and a founder of the Electrum Fund. These three entities are all united around one… Read more »