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Tips on the Y Combinator Application and 12 Other Things We Learned from Sam Altman’s Reddit AMA

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Over a week ago, Y Combinator President Sam Altman went on Reddit to give an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”). Given Altman’s recent investment in the community news-sharing forum/website, many of the questions focused on the $50 million in new financing and what it means for the Reddit community. And, I mean, it’s certainly a significant topic… 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 »


Thomas “Tigre” Wenrich to Startups: Your Business Plan is of Limited Value

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Thomas “Tigre” Wenrich is a multicultural executive with experience in finance, marketing, and operations. After a successful 16-year career with The Boston Consulting Group in the U.S., Spain, and Mexico, he retired to the warmer climate here in Miami. Subsequently, he participated in a roll-up in the retail money service business (remittances, check cashing, and… Read more »




Vator.Tv CEO Shares 8 Building Blocks to Create Regional Tech Clusters [Video]

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Bambi Francisco, Founder and CEO of  Vator.tv, spoke during Tech Cocktail Sessions in Las Vegas, where she shared layers for a foundation in building a regional tech hub based on her experience in Oakland. There needs to be eight building blocks in place before a city can become a tech hub: 1. Favorable infrastructure: Housing and commercial units… Read more »


Founders Share Lean Startup Lessons For Success

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Thank you to Lean Startup Machine Miami for being a Tech Cocktail Community Partner. Lean Startup methodology represents the order of operations touted by most startup mentors today, so it’s always beneficial to review the tenets. Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard, Guy Kawasaki said it, but any founder can attest that this statement is true…. Read more »


Shaz Amin: An Investor With an Entrepreneur Mindset

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The major players – entrepreneurs and investors – in the startup world lead completely different lives, but they need each other for the ecosystem to survive. On the most basic level, entrepreneurs are always wondering, how can I get an investor to fund my company? And investors are always wondering why should I fund this… Read more »


Early Augmented Reality Will Be More Practical Than Futuristic

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While the average guy expects “mainstream” augmented reality to be the stuff of science fiction books or movies, some industry experts think the reality of AR’s first big step might be more mundane than mainstream. According to Pete Wassell, CEO and founder of Augmate, which connects databases and software to digital eyewear, current AR technology isn’t ready to offer everyone a customized visual version… 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 »


Twitter and Refinery29 Investor Mark Kingdon: Miami Has All the Ingredients of a Breakout Startup Hub

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Mark Kingdon has been an investor in San Francisco and New York since 2005. He is the founder of Quixotic Ventures, who recently relocated to Miami lured by the growing tech ecosystem and unique lifestyle. Kingdon has invested in tech’s most notable companies, such as Twitter, Refinery29, Fab.com, OfferUp, TheRealReal.com, and Rally.org, among others. As an investor, he focuses on… Read more »


Shaun Abrahamson: Founders Shouldn’t Get Hung Up On Valuations

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Shaun Abrahamson is a successful early stage investor, tech entrepreneur and author.  Abrahamson has invested in companies like ZocDoc, Refinery29 and Trialpay amongst others startups. His latest venture, Urban.Us, is a network of advisors, investors and urban leaders that works with early stage companys that focuses on smart cities solutions. He and his co-founder Stonly Baptiste, are based in… Read more »