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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 »


This Purse Charges Your Phone Wirelessly

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When I wrote about the launch of Everpurse in 2012, I lamented that we hadn’t fixed something so seemingly simple as short battery life on our smartphones. Today, two years later, it’s still a problem. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, launched in September, promise longer battery life but nothing earth-shattering. The 6 should last… 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 »



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 »


How to Close Your Fundraising Round

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It is a lot of hard work to raise money from investors. The process can be grueling and require leaping through a variety of different hoops as part of “due diligence.” Waveborn Sunglasses spent the past three months working with accredited investors to raise $500,000. Here are some of the best strategies to leverage at the… 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 »


How to Find a Startup Job That Will Change Your Life

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Quick. Here’s how to find a startup worth working for. Life is too short to be in the wrong place. A friend texted me a couple days ago after reading one of my blog posts. Which felt nice, because I was certain my Mom was my only regular reader. But anyway, he’s super bummed out… Read more »


#SaveElephants by Shopping at BRIKA

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Ecommerce revolves around making a sale and creating products that people love. For entrepreneurs in this space, one of the most difficult challenges is drawing people to their site and standing out from another ecommerce site that is just one click away. The secret? Tie in a good cause, unique content, and cofounders with a… Read more »