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

By | May 13, 2014 at 2:53 pm

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…


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

By | May 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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…



17-Year-Old Miami-Based Developer Lands On Stage with Zuckerberg at F8

By | May 8, 2014 at 9:00 am

A Miami teen developer has been making headlines this week after Mark Zuckerberg personally chose him to be featured at the f8 developer conference. Michael Sayman is a 17-year-old living in Kendall, who started making tens of thousands of dollars to support his family on…



“More money, More Problems,” Open English CEO Andres Moreno Talks Funding

By | May 5, 2014 at 12:53 pm

The co-founder and CEO of Open English, Andres Moreno, shared some of his personal experience in raising venture capital with Tech Cocktail’s Frank Gruber during the Miami Sessions event at Venture Hive. Moreno definitely knows best — he went from taking two years to raise…



5 Reasons Why Miami is an Awesome City for Tech

By | May 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Maybe I’m slightly biased here; I’ve grown up in Boca Raton, a stone’s throw away from Miami, for the last 18 years and have looked to the city as a hub of entrepreneurial activity for the last four years. While Silicon Valley has always…

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Open English CEO Will Invest $1 Million Dollars in the Miami Tech Community

By | May 2, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Last night, Miami’s tech community gathered at Venture Hive to listen to co-founder and CEO of Open English Andres Moreno. In a casual setting and surrounded by local entrepreneurs, Moreno announced that he will invest $1 million dollars in the region. More details about…


New Orleans

Meet Colin Grussing, New Orleans’ Most Fearless and Crazy Entrepreneur

By | Apr 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Entrepreneurs are often described as a bit crazy; those of us who have embarked on an entrepreneurial journey can tell you that “crazy” comes in handy. Some entrepreneurs take crazy to another level; however, when it’s combined with fearlessness, that’s when big things can…



“Hope is Not a Strategy” Q&A with Peter Shanley

By | Mar 27, 2014 at 11:00 am

If you are part of a startup, you probably consider Eric Ries’ Lean Startup your startup bible and its scientific principles, startup commandments. Principles of the Lean Startup include: Entrepreneurs are everywhere Entrepreneurship is management Validated Learning Innovation Accounting Build Measure Learn We caught…



‘Startupland’ Documentary Series Will Premiere in DC This March 13

By | Mar 5, 2014 at 9:00 am

The highly-anticipated Startupland documentary web series has announced its global premiere for Thursday, March 13 in Washington, DC. The series looks at the stories of five early-stage startups as they navigate their ways through the accelerator process. The premiere will have two showtimes and will be…



Startup Culture Matters: Q&A with SocialRadar’s Michael Chasen

By | Dec 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Let’s face it, culture’s hot right now. From Zappos and Netflix to Hubspot and Google, founders are eager to create their own manifestos and espouse a cool culture. I’m constantly reminding clients that it takes more than a list of values to create a culture….


The 4-Hour TV Star? Tim Ferriss On Going Primetime + Creating “F*cking Amazing” Products

By | Nov 29, 2013 at 10:00 am

In the six+ years since publishing The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss’s popularity has exploded.  Not only has 4HWW spent more than four hours years on the New York Times Best Seller list, but he has since gone onto write two more NY Times Best Sellers:…



LivingSocial CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy Says People and Culture Keys To Success

By | Oct 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm

On Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. Tech Cocktail’s CEO Frank Gruber had an opportunity to sit down with Tim O’Shaughnessy, Co-founder and CEO of daily deals giant LivingSocial.  It was a great chance  for the crowd to soak in some words of wisdom from…


Celebrating The Startup Life: Gina Bianchini on Social Media, Failure, and Misconceptions

By | Sep 3, 2013 at 3:00 am

How do you Celebrate your startup’s success?  In a world where hustle is the mantra, sometimes taking the time to pause, reflect, and commemorate is more beneficial to your team’s morale, and consequently your long-term success. On October 23 – 25, we invite you…



Jeff Hoffman of ColorJar on How to Develop a Brand Online

By | Jul 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Jeff Hoffman spent nearly five years as the CEO of Priceline YardSale, with both feet firmly planted in the tech world. But soon after, he headed up a production company that would go on to produce Cabin Fever and concerts with Britney Spears and…



Hooman Radfar on the Future of Social, Common Startup Mistakes, and “Not Being A Platform’s Bitch”

By | Jun 17, 2013 at 4:40 pm

I’m guessing you’re familiar with AddThis?  You know, the “world’s largest sharing platform” used by the likes of The Today Show, The Chicago Sun Times, and American Idol.  Amongst a sea of competition, AddThis has successfully scaled to more than 14 million publications, reaching more…


Interview with the “Fabulous Five,” a Team of High School Girl Programmers

By | May 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Left to right: Jasmine Hall, Megan Prass, Gelsey Jian, Maryam Ermin Sinanovic, and Heritage Weems. Last week I interviewed the “Fabulous Five,” an all-female team of high school juniors who were one of ten winners of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. I ended the interview by…