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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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Brazil’s Easy Taxi Raises $40M to Continue Global Expansion

By | Jul 28, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Global startup Easy Taxi raised US $40 million in Series D funding led by the Russian Phenomen Ventures with the participation of German Tengelmann Ventures. Backed by Rocket Internet, the Brazilian taxi hailing app startup has expanded its services in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. In the last year…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…