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Secure Messaging & Email System Criptext to Showcase at IDB

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Last week, one of Venture Hive’s 2014 Accelerator companies, Criptext, was announced as one of the 16 most innovative startups to take part in Demand Solutions, an IDB conference taking place on December 2nd at the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Panamanian startup, Criptext,  is a secure enterprise messaging and email platform that offers an unparalleled level of… Read more »


6 Ways to Become Your Own City Planner

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The trend is that governments are not only opening up data, but also their urban planning and budgeting processes. Public participation is taking on a whole new look. Local civic advocates are stepping up as collaborators who are well-versed in details once reserved for professionals. Wait – what? That’s right. Civic leaders around the country… Read more »


Serial Entrepreneur Benzion Aboud Selects Rokk3r Labs to Launch His Next Venture, Public Reputation

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Miami-based Rokk3r Labs announced today that they partnered with serial entrepreneur, Benzion Aboud, to launch his latest venture, Public Reputation. Public Reputation is an online reputation management platform that provides businesses of all sizes a solution to help build, manage and monitor their online reputation through a suite of tools and an online review platform. Aboud,… Read more »


6 Things We Can Learn From Kairos Society Fellows

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There are a number of things we can learn from seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and mentors, but there’s a group of young entrepreneurs from the Kairos Society that can offer advice as well. According to its site, the well-renowned organization creates “entrepreneurship outlets and opportunities on campuses, in communities, and around the world.” With the Kairos… Read more »


Tech Cocktail Celebrate: We Came, We Collided, We Collaborated

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Disclaimer: The writer is not only the Editor of Tech Cocktail, but also worked to produce the Celebrate Conference and is pretty damn proud of the entire event. Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference went down in Downtown Las Vegas earlier this week, and the beautiful, aptly-named Inspire Theatre played host to the bulk of the events. Here,… Read more »


Easely’s “Netflix for Art” Model is Increasing Accessibility to Great Art

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Art – in its purest form – is an expression of beauty: reinterpretations of the world, of life, and of human imagination. But, whether through an innate inability to produce something “artistic” or the financial means to acquire great artistic works, there are accessibility limits that prevent many people from improving their surrounding aesthetics. Especially… Read more »


Marcelo Paladini Advice to Startup Founders: Don’t Let Your Ego Cloud Your Judgement

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Marcelo Paladini is a Miami-based investor and co-founder of GameMiles. Paladini established himself as a management executive and entrepreneur, first in Argentina, where he served as Director of Media for an Argentinean advertising company, and then in New York, where he developed a reputation in Finance and Operations. He serves as a financial advisor at… Read more »


Crowdfunder.com Raises a $3.5 Million Series A Round

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On October 7 the equity crowdfunding platform Crowdfunder.com raised a Series A round from a combination of VC funds, notable investors like Tim Draper, and individual accredited investors. The Los Angeles based company was initially aiming for $2.5 million in total funding, but due to significant investor demand the round was opened up to additional investors… Read more »



PillPack Announces $8.75 Million in Funding

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PillPack is a digital pharmacy that helps users easily manage their medications. Created by PharmD and TJ Parker, the company recently secured $8.75 million in funding. Led by Accel Partners, with participation from Atlas Venture, the round will help scale operations and grow their customer base, according to a press release. “PillPack is a seamless… Read more »


Crunchbutton Aims to be the “Uber of Food Delivery”

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“Push a button. Get food delivered.”   That’s the motto for Crunchbutton, a food delivery app, seamlessly connecting a network of college kids to bring food to your door. You want quick and easy food? Crunchbutton remembers your previous order and allows for one-click ordering. Your favorite restaurant doesn’t deliver? No problem- Crunchbutton is a delivery… Read more »


Spor: Your Solar-Powered Phone Charger

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Charge your mobile phone (or any USB-powered device) with a solar panel – it’s an interesting and innovative concept that’s been turned into a device called Spor. Spor is a self-regenerating battery charger for USB devices, according to their site. The device is easy to use and offers access to a power source that fits… Read more »



Don’t Try to Be Zappos When Your Startup Is Young

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Shane Green of Resort Rescue and Jenn Lim came to our Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference this afternoon to talk about one thing: company culture. Lim spends her time working for Delivering Happiness, a company that is directly spun off from Tony Hsieh’s book of the same name, and it’s been an interesting journey into companies and how… Read more »