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The One Thing That Matters to VCs (Besides Team)

By | Aug 11, 2014 at 12:03 pm

If you ask VCs what they’re looking for, most will say it’s all about the team rather than the idea. August Capital general partner David Hornik fundamentally agrees – with a little addendum. “I used to say it was people, people, people, people,” he told an…



Paul Singh’s 7 Dirty Secrets of Venture Capital

By | Aug 8, 2014 at 9:01 am

On Tuesday night, Tech Cocktail headed to DC for a Sessions event called Learn How to Get Funded by DC’s Biggest Startup Investors. Among the panelists was Paul Singh, the founder of Disruption Corporation and general partner of the Crystal Tech Fund. He spent…



How to Get Investors to Notice You: Words of Wisdom from DC’s top VCs and Angels

By | Aug 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm

The all important issue of funding.  When it comes to starting up, having a solid business plan, product, and strategy are important, but, let’s be honest here,  none of it can become a reality without some green stuff (that would be money…in this particular case).  So…



Twitter and Refinery29 Investor Mark Kingdon: Miami Has All the Ingredients of a Breakout Startup Hub

By | Aug 5, 2014 at 9:27 am

Mark Kingdon has been an investor in San Francisco and New York since 2005. He is the founder of Quixotic Ventures, who recently relocated to Miami lured by the growing tech ecosystem and unique lifestyle. Kingdon has invested in tech’s most notable companies, such as Twitter, Refinery29, Fab.com,…



Shaun Abrahamson: Founders Shouldn’t Get Hung Up On Valuations

By | Jul 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Shaun Abrahamson is a successful early stage investor, tech entrepreneur, and author.  Abrahamson has invested in companies like ZocDoc, Refinery29 and Trialpay amongst others startups. His latest venture, Urban.Us, is a network of advisors, investors, and urban leaders that works with early stage companies to focus on smart cities…




SportsManias Raises $3.5M in Series A Funding

By | Jul 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Miami startup SportsManias announced that it has raised $3.5 million in Series A funding. The funding will be used to continue revamping SportsManias’ web platform and app, a source of news for sports fans. This round of funding follows a $1 million raise one year ago, bringing…


How to Distinguish Your Startup in the Competitive Funding Environment

By | Jul 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Over the past few years, it’s become harder and harder to get seed or venture capital funding as a startup. Since the recession, the number of VCs has shrunk by 50%, and people are more and more hesitant to invest where they perceive risk….



Marco Giberti: Investors Still Need to Understand #MiamiTech Can Deliver Great Results

By | Jul 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Marco Giberti has a non-traditional approach to his role as an investor. He likes to be “hands- on,” which means he is very particular when it comes to the startups he invests.  Giberti has been a successful entrepreneur angel investor with more than 20…


CoFounderLabs Merges With RockThePost to Create One-Stop Shop for Equity Crowdfunding 

By | Jul 16, 2014 at 5:58 pm

CoFoundersLab, the online matchmaking network that scientifically builds startup teams, is merging with investor crowdfunding portal RockThePost to create a one-stop shop for investors called OneVest. The platform will connect early stage startups with accredited investors, and it will have a diversified network of over 35,000…


Behind the Scenes of an Accelerator

By | Jul 15, 2014 at 11:58 am

There are hundreds of accelerators in the US and the world, with more cropping up every day. We usually hear about the big venture successes and the notable failures emerging from these venture development firms’ programs. What we don’t hear much about is what…


Feeling Like an Imposter? Have a Heart-to-Heart with Your Investors 

By | Jul 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

Although it’s easy to believe you have to be all confidence, all the time in front of your investors, venture capitalist Bijan Sabet wants to hear about your fears. “One way I know I’ve really connected with a founder in our portfolio is when…


Australia’s Local Startup Scene Is Facing Challenges

By | Jul 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Cuts in Australia’s 2014-15 federal budget are making things look bleak for Australia’s local startup companies, who depend on funding from companies like Commercialisation Australia, which in the past has provided more than AU$200 million in startup funding but is now one of eight…


How to Choose Your Board of Directors

By | Jun 24, 2014 at 11:05 am

This post includes extra content from Startup Mixology, my upcoming book on starting up – including how to prepare yourself for the harsh reality and celebrate positive moments along the way. Go here to pre-order the book (due July 8) and subscribe to updates! If you raise funding,…



.CO: The Formula Every Successful Company in South Florida Should Adopt

By | Jun 14, 2014 at 10:00 am

The recent acquisition of our partners .CO Internet by Neustar for a whopping USD$ 109 million dollars is a prime example of a successful exit by a South Florida tech company. To get here, there were many lessons learned, which according to Jose Ignacio Rasco, Managing…

Breaking News

Uber Raises $1.2 Billion in Funding at $17 Billion Valuation

By | Jun 6, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Cha-Ching…looks like Uber is joining the $17 billion Club.  The San Francisco-based black car service transportation announced today that it has raised $1.2 billion in a new financing led by Fidelity Investments.  Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick confirmed the funding and valuation by saying that, “With our growth and…



Atlanta Tech Accelerator Flashpoint Raises Second Round of $1M fund

By | Jun 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Flashpoint, an Atlanta venture aimed at launching the next generation of tech startups, has raised its second $1 million fund. As reported today in Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Georgia Tech based accelerator has helped seed startups who have collectively raised more than $65 million from firms including Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins and Andreessen…



Miami-Based HealthCare.com Announces $2 Million in Funding

By | May 29, 2014 at 5:32 pm

HealthCare.com today announced that it raised a $2 million founders round of financing to launch an online health insurance search and comparison engine. The Miami-based startup provides solutions for consumers to compare, customize and save money on their healthcare plans. Currently, it has a list of…