Business

Miami

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

By | Sep 30, 2014 at 10:30 am

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…

Business

Guest Rebuttal: The Truth Behind Exploding Offers

By | Sep 26, 2014 at 10:30 am

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…

Business

Sao Paolo

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

By | Sep 25, 2014 at 1:30 pm

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…

Business

Las Vegas

8 Building Blocks to Create Regional Tech Clusters

By | Sep 24, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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…

Entrepreneur

What You’ll Learn Raising Capital

By | Sep 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

Raising capital is one of the hardest jobs an entrepreneur has to do. Not only does it take time away from your company, but you also have to hear every reason about why your company will fail. “Your business model is garbage.” “I still…

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Business

Product Hunt Raises $6M in Series A Funding

By | Sep 15, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Tech rating site, Product Hunt, has raised US $6 million in a new round of funding. This news comes days after the company announced that it raised a seed funding round of $1M and launched an iOS app. According to unnamed sources sited by TechCrunch,…

Entrepreneur

Three Female Founders of Wellness Companies at TCWEEK

By | Sep 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Tech Cocktail Week (TCWEEK) brings together notable authors, founders, and thought leaders for inspiring Sessions almost every month in Downtown Las Vegas. Startup guy and Dancefloor DJ Gavid Gallant referred to his guest participation at TCWEEK as a “summer camp for adults” made up of startup founders, tech entrepreneurs,…

Acquisition

Miami

DreamsCloud Raises $2M in Series A Funding

By | Aug 27, 2014 at 9:21 pm

Finding the meanings to your dreams is great for business. For DreamsCloud, their dream in only beginning. DreamsCloud, an online platform to monitor and track dreams, announced today that it has raised USD $2 million in funding. The round was led by Sphere Capital…

Entrepreneur

Las Vegas

VCs Aren’t as Omniscient as We Think

By | Aug 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm

When David Hornik finished his first day of work at August Capital, nearly 15 years ago, he thought, “I’m pretty sure I’m f***ed.” Everyone was discussing microprocessors and systems and seemed to know what they were talking about – so he just pretended.  Ever…

Entrepreneur

6 Lies VCs Tell You

By | Aug 12, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Last week, Tech Cocktail headed to DC for a Sessions event called Learn How to Get Funded by DC’s Biggest Startup Investors. The panel talked about some of the harsh realities of raising funding, including Paul Singh’s 7 dirty secrets of venture capital. Raising…

Entrepreneur

Las Vegas

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…

Entrepreneur

DC

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…

Entrepreneur

DC

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…

Business

Miami

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,…

Business

Miami

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…

Business

Miami

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…

Funding

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….