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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 »


Shanghai’s Startups Invest in High Tech and Education in Africa

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With globalization and restructuring occurring rapidly throughout the world’s political and economic systems, emerging countries have an urgent need for educational improvement at all levels, especially the post-secondary level. Today, many Chinese projects, companies, and entrepreneurs aim to contribute to this development in emerging countries, and especially in Africa, through high-technology innovations. We recently spoke… Read more »


EveryoneOn Partners with Sprint to Bring Internet to 50,000 Students

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EveryoneOn, a nonprofit devoted to closing the digital divide, is working with Sprint to provide low-income students across the country with affordable home broadband. The D.C.-based organization is working with the telecommunication company to implement their commitment of providing high-speed wireless broadband service for up to 50,000 students at schools across the country starting this… Read more »



Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow: Baratunde Thurston Chats with Us About GE’s Masterclass Series

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Suck, squeeze, bang, blow – and so goes a simple explanation on how jet engines work. In a new series of videos created by General Electric, comedian and technologist Baratunde Thurston takes us behind the scenes of what goes on at GE’s Global Research facility. Currently a set of six videos, GE’s Masterclass series goes into explaining… Read more »


Technology +Talent + Culture = Vox Media Formula to Success

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Content is King, but not what helped Vox Media raise capital and trust of investors. It takes more than that, there is a formula. That formula was shared by Vox Media’s CEO Jim Bankoff talk during Tech Cocktail Sessions, to a crowd of entrepreneurs in Crystal City Wednesday night. Tech Cocktail’s Frank Gruber led the… Read more »


The Wall Street Journal Spotlights Miami-Based Open English

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The Wall Street Journal recently published a feature on Miami-based startup Open English, led by Andres Moreno, which is now valued at an estimated $350 million. WSJ focused on the company’s tremendous growth that includes raising an estimated $120 million in venture capital, “underscoring the market potential of Latin America’s fast-growing middle class and the new… Read more »


9 Ways to Support Diversity in DC Tech

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Last night, a few hundred people filled MLK Library for DCTech Meetup’s Women in Tech edition. After pitches from six women-led startups in the DC region, an all-female panel of local women in tech discussed the ways through which we can impact the membership ratio of the DC tech community. The Meetup was inspired by… Read more »


29 Tips for Entrepreneurs & Women in Tech

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Between the hundreds of Meetup groups and email invitations for the next panel on fundraising, the tech scene in any city can be hard to navigate. In DC alone, there are more than two dozen organizations that are angled as resources for women in tech or aim to teach people how to code. Together, they… Read more »


“Entrepreneurs Will Look at Silicon Valley And See Sell-outs” Says Investor Chamath Palihapitiya

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Venture capitalist and former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya took the Collision Conference main stage and quickly shared a major concern that Silicon Valley is becoming predictable.  The founder of the investment company, The Social+Capital Partnership, said today that investors “need to be passionate.” During his interview on stage, Palihapitiya was adamant about investors losing passion, and especially the… Read more »


“If You Go to Google You Are Going to Waste Your Brain” – Keith Rabois of Khlosa Ventures

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The first Collision Conference has brought together tech industry leaders to Downtown Las Vegas, including Keith Rabois investor at Khosla Venture and most recently COO at Square. Rabois took the stage and discussed the difficulty entrepreneurs face when it comes to hiring talent, especially when they compete with more established companies. “The best way to hire… Read more »