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Pitch Deck Podcast Inspires Startups to Sharpen their Capital-Seeking Game

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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, but MANY times you’ve got a great team, a great concept,… Read more »


Nashville Gamer Startup OverDog raises $2M in Funding

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Nashville-based startup OverDog Inc. raised $2 million in a new round of funding from Atlas Venture, Chicago Ventures and founders of gaming companies Zynga and Machinima. OverDog allows sports fan to game with people with common interests rather than anonymous ones. OverDog’s app pits sports fans against professional athletes and other fans on video games.  Nashville  is… Read more »


Top 8 Ways to Ensure Your Crowdfunding Campaign Is a Hit

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Want to start your own business but don’t have the required funds? I bet you’ve already started looking at various funding options that can get you out of your rut. You’re also probably thinking of going the conventional way and approaching the bank for a loan. But have you considered other more modern and hi-tech… Read more »


Check Out This Periodic Table of Tech Startup Funding

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I’m a huge science nerd. Despite my decision to go into this lucrative and glamorous writing career, I’ve always had a propensity for engaging in science lab work and nerding out while visiting any kind of science institution (be it a museum or some prominent professor’s lab). For this reason, I get irrationally excited when science gets… Read more »


Miami Dade College Receives $2.18 Million from Knight Foundation for Idea Center

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Miami Dade College’s new entrepreneurship hub, the Idea Center, announced their $2.18 million investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Idea Center is set to become a collaborative space for students to find resources and training to develop their entrepreneurial ideas. The funding was announced by Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo… Read more »


How to Close Your Fundraising Round

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It is a lot of hard work to raise money from investors. The process can be grueling and require leaping through a variety of different hoops as part of “due diligence.” Waveborn Sunglasses spent the past three months working with accredited investors to raise $500,000. Here are some of the best strategies to leverage at the… Read more »


Don’t Raise Funding to Pay Yourself

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Nowadays, when you’ve got an idea for a product or a startup, but find yourself with zero dollars to your name, it’s not entirely impossible to get your venture off the ground. Nothing is impossible in the land of opportunity – go for the American Dream, #amirite? Outside of traditional venture funding and angel funding,… Read more »



Talia Mashiach: Don’t Prioritize Raising Money When You Start a Company [VIDEO]

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Last month at our Tech Cocktail Chicago Sessions event, we had Talia Mashiach, the founder and CEO of event commerce company of Eved, join us to talk about how she’s ended up on this path towards building a billion-dollar Chicago company. On top of having raised over $11 million, the company client list includes major corporations, including the… Read more »


Healthcare Startup Cohealo Raises $9M Series A Funding

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Boston-based Cohealo announced it raised $9 million Series A round led by Romulus Capital and Miami-based Krillion Ventures. The funding was composed of both equity and convertible note financing. Cohealo is a cloud-based sharing platform that enables hospitals to more efficiently manage medical devices. They currently manage the inventory at 70 hospitals in a number of health systems,… Read more »


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

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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 roll-up in the retail money service business (remittances, check cashing, and… Read more »


Guest Rebuttal: The Truth Behind Exploding Offers

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Editor’s Note: This essay was written by DreamIt Ventures Co-Founder David Bookspan as a counterpoint to Y Combinator president Sam Altman’s post on the topic of Exploding Offers.   Typically the Y Combinator blog provides valuable information and perspectives for startups. However, Sam Altman’s recent post about time-limited offers confuses YC’s interests for those of… Read more »


Brazil’s Yelp, Apontador, Gets $15M Investment From Movile

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Apontador, Brazil’s leading maps route and local search website,  has raised US $15M from mobile commerce platform Movile. Much like Yelp, Apontador provides Latin Americans with review and information about local businesses and restaurants. The investment will help Apontador develop its mobile-first platform to connect people on the go to local businesses while nurturing local… Read more »


Vator.Tv CEO Shares 8 Building Blocks to Create Regional Tech Clusters [Video]

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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 become a tech hub: 1. Favorable infrastructure: Housing and commercial units… Read more »