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…


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…


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;…



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…


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…



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….


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,…


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,…


Tips on the Y Combinator Application and 12 Other Things We Learned from Sam Altman’s Reddit AMA

By | Oct 12, 2014 at 10:00 am

Over a week ago, Y Combinator President Sam Altman went on Reddit to give an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”). Given Altman’s recent investment in the community news-sharing forum/website, many of the questions focused on the $50 million in new financing and what it means for…

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Marcelo Paladini Advice to Startup Founders: Don’t Let Your Ego Cloud Your Judgement

By | Oct 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Marcelo Paladini is a Miami-based investor and co-founder of GameMiles. Paladini established himself as a management executive and entrepreneur, first in Argentina, where he served as Director of Media for an Argentinean advertising company, and then in New York, where he developed a reputation…



Thomas “Tigre” Wenrich to Startups: Your Business Plan is of Limited Value

By | Sep 30, 2014 at 10:30 am

Thomas “Tigre” Wenrich is a multicultural executive with experience in finance, marketing, and operations. After a successful 16-year career with The Boston Consulting Group in the U.S., Spain, and Mexico, he retired to the warmer climate here in Miami. Subsequently, he participated in a…



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…


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…


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…



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…


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…


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,…