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Don’t Raise Funding to Pay Yourself

wild world of funding

Nowadays, when you’ve got an idea for a product or a startup, but find yourself with zero dollars to your name, it’s not entirely impossible to get your venture off the ground. Nothing is impossible in the land of opportunity – go for the American Dream, #amirite? Outside of traditional venture funding and angel funding,… Read more »


It’s Up to Entrepreneurs to Manage Their Investors

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When it comes to the topic of getting funding for your startup, the challenges are endless. Not only is raising a round of funding a long process, but developing a relationship with investors that is beneficial to the company’s growth is also something you have to think about. In a conversation about the intricacies of… Read more »



David Copperfield: What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Magic

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The morning fireside chats are underway on day 2 here at our Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, and we saw the Grand Illusionist David Copperfield sit down to be interviewed by Ben Parr, journalist, author, entrepreneur, and investor – both Renaissance men. Copperfield is of the mindset that every good entrepreneur or business person pays good attention to story:… Read more »


Can We Protect Privacy in the Smart Home?

internet of things

The fear that companies may be sharing your personal data is age-old. And the field of home security and automation is no exception. Are you willing to give up private information to keep your home safe and costs down? According to Washington, DC-based SmartThings cofounder and CTO Jeff Hagins – who was interviewed today at Tech Cocktail… Read more »


Here Are the 4 Finalists Competing to Be the Nation’s Hottest Showcasing Startup

hottest showcasing startup

After a day replete with interesting sessions and discussions – from growing the talent pool to accelerating startup cities – we’ve arrived at the second and final day of this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference. Today, we’ve got everything from Ben Parr and renowned illusionist David Copperfield discussing how to captivate your audience, to how… Read more »




David Cohen Explains How Techstars Is Staying Competitive

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Before we wrapped up the day 1 sessions at Tech Cocktail’s Celebrate Conference and headed over to Place on 7th for the National Startup Showcase & Mixer, Frank Gruber sat down with David Cohen for a fireside chat. And who better to talk accelerators with than the founder of Techstars? After a quick ditty on his ukulele, Gruber… Read more »



The Delicate Relationship between Startups and City Governments

investing to build a city

With more cities developing and growing their entrepreneurial community comes the important question of funding. “We are seeing that more startups are not having to move from their cities to find funding,” said Clara Sieg of Revolution Ventures in a panel led by Eric Olson of Origin Ventures during Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference. But how can cities… Read more »


Tony Hsieh: I’m Not Leaving the Downtown Project

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Disclaimer: Tech Cocktail is funded by the Downtown Project Kicking off the afternoon sessions on day one of this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference was the Downtown Project‘s Tony Hsieh. The theme of his talk was not one we’re strangers to – The City as a Startup – but it’s no less inspiring as Hsieh truly embodies what… Read more »


Don’t Lean Too Heavily on Startup Community Leaders

entrepreneurial community

The morning portion of the first day at our annual Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference is wrapping up, and the early sessions have been ripe with food for thought. We heard Sarah Evans, a digital correspondent for companies like PayPal, Cisco, and Cox Communications, moderate a panel on how we can make our communities a better place for startups. In attendance… Read more »


To Close the Tech Talent Gap, We Need to Rethink Education

Growing the talent pool

Following an engaging panel on how to create a “collisionable city” – a city conducive to interpersonal collisions that promote collaboration – at this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, the discussion on stage switched to what public and private entities can do to support the expansion of the available talent pool. Whether in the form of… Read more »