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Can Happy Seed Standardize the Way We Build Apps?

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Independent of the programming language, developing web and mobile apps is a huge commitment – a lot of time and necessary patience goes into building something that often becomes the product focus for many startups. Because of the reliance on such apps, developers must try to build them in a timely manner to match the company’s… Read more »



It’s Been Confirmed, Learner Nation Co-founders Chosen as Endeavor Miami Entrepreneurs

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You heard it here first! Yesterday Tech Cocktail posted a story about Learner Nation joining Endeavor Miami Entrepreneurs based on a picture on Facebook. It is confirmed that this is true! Michael McCord and Michael Laas, co-founders of LearnerNation, were selected as Endeavor Entrepreneurs during Endeavor Global’s 54th International Selection Panel held in New York City…. Read more »



Event Social Platform Bizzabo Raises $2.5M

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Bizzabo announced yesterday that it has raised $2.5 million in a round of funding from current and new investors. To date, the mobile networking platform for event organizers and attendees has raised a total of $4 million. Participants in this funding round include current investors Kaedan Capital, AfterDox, and Gigi Levy. New investment comes from OurCrowd… Read more »




FIU Names Ex-Constant Contact Regional Director as Knight Innovator in Residence

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The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University  announced today that Alex de Carvalho, a social media professional with extensive involvement in South Florida’s tech community, has been named the Knight Innovator in Residence.  As Knight Innovator in Residence, de Carvalho will work with students and faculty to develop media projects, as well as new… Read more »


PonoMusic is Giving Donors a Chance to Invest Alongside Neil Young for Company Equity

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Kickstarter saw its third largest campaign ever, one that even surpassed the Oculus Rift. PonoMusic, a high resolution digital music market backed by music legend Neil Young, raised $6.2 million on Kickstarter with the support of over 18,000 backers. However, the ride is far from over for PonoMusic, as they’ve announced the launch of an equity… Read more »


Who is Chicago’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]

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Chicago, let’s get ready to rumbleeee…well, you get the idea! Tech Cocktail is back in town and we’re very thrilled to host our 3rd 2014 Chicago Startup Showcase & Cars.com Speaker Series event. We have a special event prepared for our local entrepreneurs, which includes a chat with Ben Huh, CEO and Founder of Cheezburger, and Talia… Read more »


VCs Aren’t as Omniscient as We Think

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When David Hornik finished his first day of work at August Capital, nearly 15 years ago, he thought, “I’m pretty sure I’m f***ed.” Everyone was discussing microprocessors and systems and seemed to know what they were talking about – so he just pretended.  Ever since, Hornik has treated his VC job as a learning experience…. Read more »


Is Learner Nation the Latest Startup Selected to Join Endeavor Entrepreneurs?

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Has Miami-based startup Learner Nation are the latest company to be selected by Endeavor, a global nonprofit that selects, mentors, supports and accelerates high-impact entrepreneurs? If so, they will be joining Endeavor Miami Entrepreneurs: Kidozen, My Ceviche and Leap Factor. Although Endeavor has yet to confirm the selection, a recent picture posted by Learner Nation’s founder Michael McCord has… Read more »


Miami-Dade Mayor Answers Questions on Twitter about #MDCBudget

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Miami Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez gets in with the millennial voters by hosting a Q&A on Twitter to talk about his Proposed Fiscal Year County Budget. Mayor Gimenez has been active in bringing more technology to the city, including supporting Uber in their battle with the county, as well as participating in some of the local technology conferences…. Read more »