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Cities are Responsible for Educating Their Entrepreneurial Community

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During the panel “Building an Entrepreneurial Community” at this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, Sarah Evans sat down with individuals from four very different, but successful, entrepreneurial communities. Joining Evans on stage was Matt Haggman from the Knight Foundation; John Curtis, Mayor of Provo, Utah; Lisa Besserman, founder of Startup Buenos Aires; and Melissa Withers, chief of… Read more »


Rokk3r Labs: Investing in the Entrepreneur, Not the Idea

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One way to get your startup off the ground is to leverage the mentorship and investor relationship opportunities of a startup incubator and accelerator. But that is not the ONLY way to do so, and many times it’s not the best alternative for the startup founder. “There are other alternatives for entrepreneurs to come into… Read more »


NASA and 9 Accounts Entrepreneurs Should Follow on Soundcloud

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This week, NASA joined audio-sharing platform SoundCloud, attracting more than 25,000 followers with sounds from historic spaceflights and current missions. Classics like “Houston, We’ve Had a Problem,” and “Solar System & Beyond Sounds” are a must. For those who love to explore the myriad of sounds brought to you by Soundcloud, there are a few accounts… Read more »



Pitch Deck Podcast Inspires Startups to Sharpen their Capital-Seeking Game

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Gavin McCulley noticed a problem. Founders have a difficult time raising capital. This is nothing new to people living startuplife, but it doesn’t mean that this problem needs to be perpetuated. Sometimes, the difficulty lies in the fact that the business dosen’t deserve or warrant being funded, but MANY times you’ve got a great team, a great concept,… Read more »



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 »