Business

Miami

MyCircles: A Better Google Plus That Keeps Your Data Private

By | Sep 29, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Social networks are suppose to be a reflection of your social life, but online. Since the launch of Facebook, many social networks launched to somewhat cater to specific needs of users. From online dating to professional social networks, you can join a network for…

Entrepreneur

Aaron Draplin: An Evocative Look at the Life of a Graphic Designer

By | Sep 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Aaron Draplin was born in Detroit, Michigan: a true Midwesterner through and through. At the age of 4, his parents moved their family from big-city Detroit to a small town in Central Lake Michigan. Life was good for a while, but when Draplin hit…

Business

Las Vegas

8 Building Blocks to Create Regional Tech Clusters

By | Sep 24, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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…

Education

Miami

Founders Share Lean Startup Lessons For Success

By | Sep 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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…

Business

Shaz Amin: An Investor With an Entrepreneur Mindset

By | Sep 7, 2014 at 10:00 am

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…

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Interviews

Early Augmented Reality Will Be More Practical Than Futuristic

By | Aug 21, 2014 at 9:27 am

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,…

Business

Miami

Steve Repetti: South Florida Startups Want “The Next Big Thing” To Stay Local

By | Aug 20, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Steve Repetti has been an active investor in various area codes, but he is now based in both Fort Lauderdale and Nashville. Repetti is the CEO, RadWebTechnologies, co-founder of CrunchFire Venture, as well as a member of New World Angels and Miami Innovation Fund. Repetti has…

Business

Miami

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

By | Aug 5, 2014 at 9:27 am

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,…

Business

Miami

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

By | Jul 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm

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 companies to focus on smart cities…

Entrepreneur

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

By | Jul 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm

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…

Business

DC

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

By | Jul 24, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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…

FinTech

Miami

Marco Giberti: Investors Still Need to Understand #MiamiTech Can Deliver Great Results

By | Jul 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Marco Giberti has a non-traditional approach to his role as an investor. He likes to be “hands- on,” which means he is very particular when it comes to the startups he invests.  Giberti has been a successful entrepreneur angel investor with more than 20…

Entrepreneur

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

By | Jun 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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…

Business

DC

Technology +Talent + Culture = Vox Media Formula to Success

By | Jun 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

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…

Business

Miami

The Wall Street Journal Spotlights Miami-Based Open English

By | Jun 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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…

Culture

DC

9 Ways to Support Diversity in DC Tech

By | Jun 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm

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…

Entrepreneur

DC

29 Tips for Entrepreneurs & Women in Tech

By | May 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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…