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How Virtual Reality Can Improve Your Driving Experience

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This is a paid placement by Ford. Typically we associate virtual and augmented reality technology with fun and games, thanks to Oculus Rift or Google Glass. But Ford Motor Company takes immersive virtual reality very seriously. Ford is the first automaker to use a new ultra high-definition, virtual reality lab that enables designers and engineers globally to… Read more »


Fuhu: Lessons From 2014’s Fastest-Growing Company

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Fuhu, the company that created Nabi, an Android tablet for kids and an Adobe Air application that allows children to access the Internet in a parent-controlled environment, is growing fast. Based in El Segundo, California, Fuhu was created in 2008 and in the last 3 years has grown 158,957%. It made $195.6m in revenue during that time. According to… Read more »



Sun Tzu’s 10 Leadership Advice for Startup Founders

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Chinese military general Sun Tzu is considered one of the greatest strategists and tacticians of all time. He wrote an ancient Chinese military text called The Art of War (a must read) that has been adapted for use in teachings on leadership, politics, and business today. Sun Tzu emphasized the importance of positioning in military strategy. His… Read more »



3 Entrepreneurs Explain What Inspires Them, What the Future Will Hold and How the Government Can Help

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What inspires innovation? Some entrepreneurs have an “aha” moment that leads them to their newest venture, while others wait years for the right ingredients to come together and bring their innovative designs to life. I talked to three entrepreneurs from disparate fields – clean energy, robotics and wearables – to learn what drives them to… 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 »


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 »


The Intersection of Marijuana and Technology, Part 1

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This is part one of two of my interview with Leslie Bocskor, Chairman of the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association. Leslie Bocskor splits his day-to-day three ways – he’s the Chairman of the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association (NVCIA), Managing Partner at Electrum Partners, and a founder of the Electrum Fund. These three entities are all united around one… Read more »


Investing in Miami: First Come the Startup Failures, Then Comes the Success

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Tech Cocktail is a Media Partner during Sime MIA 2014 “Our entrepreneurs are becoming more sophisticated about the process of raising capital,” Melissa Krinzman of Krillion Ventures said proudly to a full audience of South Florida’s industry leaders during Sime MIA. Krinzman was joined by a panel of experts that included Scout Ventures’ Bradley Harrison and… Read more »


Optimizing Customer Acquisition Channels: Rocketship.fm Interview with Mattan Griffel

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Startup founders everywhere are most interested in customer acquisition and activation, so the Rocketship podcast reached out to Mattan Griffel of One Month, which is a company that provides 30-day online video courses in Web & iOS Development, Growth Hacking, and more. Griffel also has a background that includes running a growth hacking agency and helping several startups… Read more »



StyleSeat’s Melody McCloskey: Bootstrapping Was Difficult Yet Important for Growth

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StyleSeat’s co-founder and CEO Melody McCloskey was in Miami this week to talk about her entrepreneurial journey during Tech Cocktail Sessions.  McCloskey spoke to an audience of industry leaders and entrepreneurs about beauty-booking app StyleSeat, and how she decided to pursue her passion. “It got the point one day where my desire to do it, and… Read more »


Freelancers: Overdue Invoices? Just Tell Julie!

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“Ah, that invoice got stuck in our spam folder!” Ever heard that one? How many hundreds of times? Julie Elster created a service that has gained national attention overnight, and suddenly everyone is saying, “Just tell Julie!” Just two days ago, the service was posted to Product Hunt. The upvotes keep increasing. “I dig it… sometimes one… Read more »