Entrepreneur

Scott Hess: 5 Ways to Identify a Relationship with Millennials

By | Nov 7, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Last night, Tech Cocktail welcomed two great speakers to John Barleycorn for our Chicago Mixer Sponsored by Cars.com Speaker Series. We heard from Joel Trammell of Khorus and Scott Hess of Spark. Hess is considered today’s expert on hiring and marketing to the Millennial generation,…

Business

5 Entrepreneurial Lessons From Fashion Mogul Diane von Fürstenberg

By | Nov 7, 2014 at 9:00 am

Diane von Fürstenberg is a fashion disrupter and one of the world’s most successful designers. Her product, the “wrap dress,” revolutionized American women’s apparel in the ’70s. It offered women a versatile option —working as both a comfortable business dress and as elegant evening…

Business

Startups: Grow Fast or Die Slow [VIDEO]

By | Nov 7, 2014 at 7:00 am

“A startup is a company designed to grow fast. Being newly founded does not in itself make a company a startup. Nor is it necessary for a startup to work on technology, or take venture funding, or have some sort of “exit.” The only…

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Las Vegas

Andrew Crump Moves Mitoo to Silicon Valley, but Remains Behind in Las Vegas

By | Nov 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

Once upon a time in London, Andrew Crump was seeking to raise funds for a company that he envisioned would help recreational sports teams organize themselves. This fundraising process for Bluefields, his fledgling startup, took a long time, Crump says, and he wishes he would…

Business

Miami

Watch Open English Featured on Alexis Ohanian’s Small Empires [VIDEO]

By | Nov 5, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Miami-based startup Open English continues to make our tech community proud. The startup was recently featured in Y Combinator’s Alexis Ohanian’s series: Small Empires, where Ohanian interviewed co-founder Andres Moreno in the Coconut Grove offices. Watch this great interview showcasing Miami’s local tech scene….

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Data

Neil Patel on How to Determine Bad Data from Good Data [VIDEO]

By | Nov 3, 2014 at 9:46 am

Neil Patel is a big believer in Big Data, and he’s made a business of analyzing and utilizing data to enable marketing strategies that help grow a company’s customer base. At Tech Cocktail Celebrate, the cofounder and vice president of marketing for customer analytics…

Entrepreneur

3 Keys To Being a Great Storyteller

By | Nov 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to share my story as an entrepreneur at my alma mater, The University of San Diego. Excited about the opportunity, I took time to find trends in what made great storytellers. Researching over 30 amazing speakers,…

Business

Collaboration Versus Competition, When Building a Startup Ecosystem [VIDEO]

By | Oct 31, 2014 at 4:30 pm

There is no question that creating a city where collisions happen is imperative for a sustainable ecosystem. However, it requires time and strong will to build cities that encourages collaborations. Dylan Jorgensen led the conversation during Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference about the hurdles that must be overcome…

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Rachel Ryle: The Fear of Being On One’s Own is Greater Than Fear of Leaving a Job

By | Oct 31, 2014 at 10:00 am

Illustrator and animator Rachel Ryle has quickly become one of the most popular users on Instagram. And, for those who have seen her work on the photo-sharing and video-sharing platform, news of this really shouldn’t come as a surprise. What may come as a shocker…

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DC

Martin Ringlein on the Top Ten Traits of Entrepreneurship

By | Oct 30, 2014 at 10:00 am

Last month, Tech Cocktail joined startup and tech enthusiasts in welcoming Maria Thomas of SmartThings and Martin Ringlein of nvite in Crystal City at Disruption Corporation, home of Crystal Tech Fund. An award-winning designer, developer, entrepreneur and angel investor; Martin most recently was at…

Business

Las Vegas

The VegasTechFund is Revamping Their Investment Strategy

By | Oct 30, 2014 at 8:00 am

Following his keynote at this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, Tony Hsieh sat down with Frank Gruber for an extended Q&A session. In attendance were 25 members of the foreign press from all over the globe, working out of Las Vegas with the help…

Entrepreneur

Cities are Responsible for Educating Their Entrepreneurial Community

By | Oct 29, 2014 at 8:00 am

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;…

Business

Miami

Rokk3r Labs: Investing in the Entrepreneur, Not the Idea

By | Oct 28, 2014 at 8:00 am

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…

Education

NASA and 9 Accounts Entrepreneurs Should Follow on Soundcloud

By | Oct 25, 2014 at 10:00 pm

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…

Business

The Hook and the Hammer: 3 Steps to the Perfect Pitch Technique

By | Oct 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm

The late great Billy Mays changed the marketing world forever with one line: “But Wait, There’s more”. If you are like me, that line conjures images of the bearded sales genius and one of hundreds of products he sold by the millions on TV….

Business

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

By | Oct 24, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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,…

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San Francisco

Meet 500 Startups’s Female-Led Startup from the Middle East: Silkroad Images

By | Oct 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

On Tuesday, Riham Mahafzah will take the stage at 500 Startups demo day to pitch her startup, Silkroad Images. After demo day, she’ll spend some time in Silicon Valley working with US clients and hustling to get more. But unlike many of her peers,…