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Passion: The Biggest Startup Myth

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What are your favorite startup myths and tall tales? Silicon Valley is not the center of the industry, your local Starbucks is. Minorities, women, and employees over the age of 40 would disagree with the notion that the industry is truly a meritocracy. But the biggest myth, which is heralded by investors and entrepreneurs alike,… Read more »


Techstars++ Launches, Partners With Mayo Clinic

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This week David Cohen, CEO of Techstars, rolled out a brand new program with the Mayo Clinic called Techstars++. The new program leverages the already existing network of Techstars corporate partners to provide new business opportunities to post-accelerator program entrepreneurs. Along with the Mayo Clinic, Techstars++ is planning to bring on additional corporate partners soon…. Read more »


Imgur is Gearing up for a Massive 2015 Ad Push, Hires new VP Market Development

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Currently Imgur is the fastest-growing image sharing community on the internet, and today they announced the hiring of Steve Patrizi as the VP of Market Development. Patrizi will be responsible for the management and growth of all facets of the ad business including sales, creative services, marketing, ad products, and business development. “Imgur has become one… Read more »


Redefining Detroit as the Startup Mobility Hub of the World

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We recently wrote an accelerator report that featured Detroit as one of America’s cities most affected by accelerator presences. Ford Motor Company today announced that they’ll help contribute to the growth in the city by joining Techstars to launch Techstars Mobility, driven by Detroit. A startup incubator, Techstars Mobility is aiming to deliver innovative mobility… Read more »


Planning to Visit London? Don’t Miss These Apps!

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London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is the most visited city in the world, according to MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index. With a growth in visitors around 8%, with an estimated total of 18.69 million international visitors this year. It is safe to assume that if most of these visitors utilized smartphone apps,… Read more »


Waygo Translates Korean With the Wave of a Smartphone

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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

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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 »


New Story: Writing a New Chapter of Tech and Social Good

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Founded in September 2014, New Story is leveraging technology for social good. Using their transparent crowdfunding platform, the New Story community has been able to fund two new homes for families afflicted by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti: these families have been living in tents for over four years and will move into their new… Read more »


4 Startup Tips from Constant Contact’s Alec Stern

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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

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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

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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 »


Investors Told Her: We Don’t Fund Female Concepts

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Last year, Brideside was in talks with a large angel network, hoping to raise funding from them. After sharing information about their business over email and by phone during the due diligence process, they got the bad news: the angels weren’t going to invest. Co-CEO Nicole Staple recounts the gist of their rejection: “We represent a… Read more »