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The LinkedIn for Real Estate Professionals, RealConnex, Raises $3.5M in Series A Funding

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Miami-based startup RealConnex announced today that it has raised $3.5 million Series A financing round led by Star Capital. RealConnex connects the real estate ecosystem in one online platform, so professionals in the industry can have access to each other and scope out opportunities, in real time. According to The Starting Gate, the new funding will be used… Read more »


3 Surefire Ways to Spook an Angel Investor

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Looking for funds to boost your startup company is not an easy job. You might feel enthusiastic about the whole plan and confident about giving it a concrete shape, but do your investors feel the same way? Are you knocking the right door while seeking venture capital? And most importantly, are you saying the right… Read more »


Medina Capital Closes on $182M Private Equity Fund

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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 invest in early growth-stage companies in cyber-security, big data, mobility and… Read more »



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

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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 a panel of experts that included Scout Ventures’ Bradley Harrison and… Read more »



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

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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 instantly. Those registered agree to let any of its screened users… Read more »


The 10 Regions with the Most-Improved Startup Funding

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For a full copy of our 40 page Accelerator Report, fill out the information boxes at the bottom of the page! Today, the Seed Accelerator Ranking Project released a ranking of the top 10 cities with the most growth in startup funding. Since their focus is on accelerators, they set out to answer this question:… Read more »


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

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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 underserved areas of the United States through the use of mobile… Read more »



7 Creative or Unexpected Crowdfunding Concepts That Seem Obvious In Retrospect

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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 new, and has existed for centuries in the form of patronage…. Read more »


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

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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 expects its employee base to continue to grow with approximately 100… Read more »


International Startup Competitions & Why Your Startup Should Get Involved

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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 there are many reasons your startup should consider applying. For one,… Read more »


Ashton Kutcher’s A-GRade Backs Red Carpet Service Rover

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Rover.com, the nation’s largest network connecting dog owners with dog lovers for hire, today announced that it has received new funding from Ashton Kutcher, Guy Oseary and Ron Burkle’s A-GRade Investments, a prominent investor in the sharing economy sector. “The A-GRade team has been interested in this space for a while but it wasn’t until… Read more »