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Miami

Medina Capital Closes on $182M Private Equity Fund

By | Dec 10, 2014 at 1:41 pm

South Florida-based firm Medina Capital announced today it has closed their new private equity fund with total committed capital of US $182 million for high-growth tech companies. As reported in The Starting Gate, the fund’s typical investment size is $10 million to $20 million and it will…

Finance

Miami

Richmond Global Ventures Heads to Miami, Offering Larger Investment for Startups

By | Dec 4, 2014 at 12:13 pm

In the last year, Miami’s investment infrastructure has strengthened dramatically, with more venture funds looking to the city as a hub. However, the focus has been for startups in the seed and smaller Series A stage. This may change soon. Richmond Global Ventures announced that…

Business

Investing in Miami: First Come the Startup Failures, Then Comes the Success

By | Dec 2, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Tech Cocktail is a Media Partner during Sime MIA 2014 “Our entrepreneurs are becoming more sophisticated about the process of raising capital,” Melissa Krinzman of Krillion Ventures said proudly to a full audience of South Florida’s industry leaders during Sime MIA. Krinzman was joined by…

Business

Scout Venture’s Ed Boland on Unlocking Investments for Startups in South Florida

By | Nov 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Despite the chilly weather, Miami’s tech community gathered last night at The Stage Miami to be part of Tech Cocktail’s Speaker Sessions with Ed Boland of Scout Ventures and Melody McCloskey of StyleSeat. Ed Boland, Principal of Scout Ventures, took the stage early on…

Funding

Airbnb for Cars, Getaround, Raises $24M in New Funding

By | Nov 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm

San Francisco-based car-sharing startup, Getaround, announced today they have raised $24M in funding. Getaround app allows users to reserve cars from people nearby their location. Basically. Airbnb for your car. If someone is looking for a car,  they can search cars available nearby available…

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Funding

San Francisco

Y Combinator-Backed CareMessage Raises Over $3.7 Million In First Round Of Fundraising

By | Nov 14, 2014 at 12:30 pm

San Francisco-based startup CareMessage announced a series of grants that will enable the organization to bring its technology to millions of low-income patients in order to help them live healthier lives. The non-profit startup develops technology to improve healthcare delivery and management for patients in medically…

Funding

7 Creative or Unexpected Crowdfunding Concepts That Seem Obvious In Retrospect

By | Nov 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Crowdfunding: many have strong opinions about it. For some entrepreneurs, websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo hold the golden ticket to their making their “Million-Dollar Idea” a reality. Inversely, some critics argue that the new “trend” attracts unorganized dreamers. In actuality, crowdfunding’s concept is not…

Funding

Miami

Modernizing Medicine Raises $15M of an Expected $20M in Funding

By | Nov 11, 2014 at 11:32 am

Boca-Raton based Modernizing Medicine, Inc., announced that it has closed on approximately $15M of an expected $20M funding round. The latest funding comes from existing investors, led by Summit Partners and Pentland Group, many of whom are medical specialists who use EMA. The company…

Events

International Startup Competitions & Why Your Startup Should Get Involved

By | Nov 6, 2014 at 9:00 am

For any budding startup company, there are a plethora of advantages to competing in a startup competition. But after competing in a dozen local competitions, what’s next? Surprisingly, there are many notable international startup competitions out there which accept participants from any country, and…

Business

AllPaws’ “Tinder for Dogs” App Is Guaranteed to Find Your Perfect Puppy

By | Nov 4, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Before you get excited about hooking up your dog with a cute French Bulldog, let me clarify that the only matching happening through this app is for pets looking for a new home. To help pets get adopted, pet adoption site AllPaws.com, brilliantly created…

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3 Startup Pitch Habits You Should Avoid

By | Nov 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm

If you were to witness a startup pitch from two startups with equally cool technology, equally smart founders, and an equally attractive upside in front of the exact same group of investors on the exact same day, logic would say that they would both…

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…

Entrepreneur

When Seeking Corporate Funding or Partnership, Don’t Lose Sight of Your Startup Vision [VIDEO]

By | Oct 29, 2014 at 9:00 pm

At this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, there was a lot of focus on how public and private entities can support the development of startup communities. In one particular panel, titled “Corporations Embracing Startup Communities,” representatives from leading corporations discussed the various ways through which large companies…

Business

Paul Singh: Millennials Will Eliminate Funding Barriers to Local Startups [Video]

By | Oct 29, 2014 at 6:30 pm

How to attract capital for larger-stage startups to a growing tech community is a difficult but important step to any growing ecosystem. This is the only way to keep it sustainable. During Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, a panel of experts shared how their cities…