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Miami Attracted $300 million of Venture Capital in 2013

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The Atlantic’s Startup City Miami yesterday announced a new report that revealed Miami has dramatically improved its ability to attract venture capital, ranking 16th highest among the 380-plus U.S. metro regions, raking in $300 million in the last year. The report was generated by The Martin Prosperity Institute and presented during yesterday’s summit, which explored the impact of… Read more »


The 4 Questions

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With Passover approaching, this refrain may be familiar to some of you. The Four Questions that get asked during the Passover reading of the haggadah are: Why is this night different from all other nights? On all other nights, we eat leavened products and matzah, and on this night only matzah. On all other nights,… Read more »


Pipeline Fellowship Launches in Miami to Train Women Angels

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This week Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women, announced the launch of its Miami program. The program will provide South Florida with resources to train high-net-worth women angel investors with the goal of creating more capital for local startups. “After graduating from Pipeline Fellowship’s angel investing bootcamp, our newly winged angels have continued… Read more »




2013 was a Big Year for Legal Startups; 2014 Could Be Bigger

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Roughly $458 million was invested into legal startups in the last year by investors. This is a remarkable increase from the $66 million invested in 2012. And 2014 began with a strong January seeing almost $12 million done in four deals. Awareness and confidence in the legal startup arena is growing.  This is in part… Read more »


9 Dirty Secrets of Crowdfunding: What Entrepreneurs Need to Know

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The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. “If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.” - Benjamin Franklin Since its emergence, crowdfunding… Read more »


12 Sites to Help You Crowdfund Your Dreams

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As the global financial crisis crashed the world’s economy, crowdfunding emerged as one of the new ways to fund projects. With the overwhelming popularity of social media, people started using public forums to crowdfund their projects. Crowdfunding has been implemented successfully to accomplish nonprofit social projects, and startups are now implementing this approach for financing business… Read more »


SmartThings’s Alex Hawkinson: 5 Key Tips for Running a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

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Last week, Startup Grind DC held a fireside chat event at nclud with SmartThings CEO and co-founder Alex Hawkinson. Aside from talking about his hopes for the DC tech scene and praising the area’s vast resources that encourage tech startup growth, Hawkinson spent some time speaking to the audience about his philosophy when it comes to startup capital and what… Read more »


Aziz Gilani: The Series A Crunch is a Sign of a Healthy Startup Ecosystem [VIDEO]

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While certainly disconcerting for startups nearing the end of their seed funding, the Series A crunch is something that people shouldn’t be freaking out about. At least, that’s according to Aziz Gilani. Gilani is a director at the Mercury Fund, a seed- and early-stage VC based out of Houston. From his particular standpoint, he asserts that the point of… Read more »


Two Predictions for Founders and Investors in 2014

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Tech companies will push into the mainstream. 2013 brought a number of successful tech IPOs, 388 M&A events (according to NVCA/Thomson Reuters, the average value of disclosed deals was $161M), clarity around crowdfunding/general solicitation, and companies like Uber Under Armour, Simple and Nest pushed technology further into industries that have traditionally been… well… traditional. We’re going to see… Read more »


Jeff Clavier: The Series A Crunch Is Real

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On Wednesday, Jeff Clavier joined us for a fireside chat at TCWEEK in downtown Las Vegas. He’s the founder of SoftTechVC, a “micro-VC” fund based in Silicon Valley. Clavier confirmed the existence of the famed Series A crunch, where many startups get seed funding but only a fraction are able to raise more than that…. Read more »


Jeff Clavier: VCs Aren’t Motivated by Money

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To finish off our TCWEEK Sessions in Vegas this Wednesday, SoftTechVC founder Jeff Clavier shared the reason why VCs are in the business – and it’s not for the returns. We’ll let Clavier speak for himself: “You’re not a VC because you want to make money, because that’s the worst way to make money, because… Read more »


7 Personal Things You Might Not Know about Jeff Clavier

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Besides offering advice on funding and entrepreneurship, Jeff Clavier shared a few personal things with our TCWEEK audience this Wednesday in downtown Vegas.  Here are seven tidbits you might not know about the SoftTechVC founder. 1. Clavier decided not to invest in an early version of Pinterest because he thought it was ugly. “Someone’s piece… Read more »


Jeff Clavier’s Advice: Don’t Build to Flip

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On Wednesday, SoftTechVC founder Jeff Clavier shared his philosophy of building long-term companies with the audience at TCWEEK in downtown Vegas. Building to sell a company early (or “flip” it) is a terrible strategy, Clavier believes. “It’s nonsense because you cannot build a company to flip it. It’s impossible to intersect the trajectory of a… Read more »