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…

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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…


Office Sharing Marketplace PivotDesk Expands to 23 New Cities

By | May 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm

A few short weeks ago, Boulder-based startup PivotDesk announced its latest $3.8 million round of funding to be used in expanding their services to 23 new cities. The Techstars graduate is a B2B online marketplace for office sharing, where (similar to what Airbnb does…

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Startup Jackpot Boston Leaves Startups with Valuable Advice and a Shot at Mass Challenge

By | May 14, 2014 at 10:42 am

Last Saturday, the grassroots startup competition Startup Jackpot held an event at Boston’s WeWork South Station. Fifteen startups got the opportunity to pitch their businesses for a chance at a $4,300 cash prize, a final round interview with Mass Challenge, and a spot at…


Open English CEO Andres Moreno Hints at Potential IPO

By | May 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm

The co-founder and CEO of Open English, Andres Moreno, shared some of his personal experience in proving a concept and dealing with competition with Tech Cocktail’s Frank Gruber during the Miami Sessions event at Venture Hive. Open English has raised $130 million in funding to date,…


Miami-Based Startup AdMobilize Raises $2.2 Million in Funding

By | May 6, 2014 at 2:50 pm

AdMobilize, a startup that provides real-time metrics and intelligence for outdoor and indoor advertising, announced during eMerge Americas Techweek in Miami Beach that they raised more than $2.2 million in a new round of funding. This new round brings the company’s total funding amount to more than $2.81…


Crystal Tech Fund Announces Its First 6 Investments and Opens DC Office

By | Apr 10, 2014 at 8:35 am

Today, the headquarters of Paul Singh’s Crystal Tech Fund opened in Crystal City, a neighborhood five minutes from DC. They also announced their first six portfolio companies, who will be working out of the space: Speek: A conference calling app that gets rid of…


Miami Attracted $300 million of Venture Capital in 2013

By | Apr 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm

The Atlantic’s Startup City Miami yesterday announced a new report that revealed Miami has dramatically improved its ability to attract venture capital, ranking 16th highest among the 380-plus U.S. metro regions, raking in $300 million in the last year. The report was generated by The Martin Prosperity…


The 4 Questions

By | Mar 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm

With Passover approaching, this refrain may be familiar to some of you. The Four Questions that get asked during the Passover reading of the haggadah are: Why is this night different from all other nights? On all other nights, we eat leavened products and…


Pipeline Fellowship Launches in Miami to Train Women Angels

By | Mar 17, 2014 at 6:38 pm

This week Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women, announced the launch of its Miami program. The program will provide South Florida with resources to train high-net-worth women angel investors with the goal of creating more capital for local startups. “After graduating from…


NEWS: After Leaving 500 Startups, Paul Singh Announces the $50M Crystal Tech Fund in DC

By | Feb 20, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Today, Paul Singh’s Disruption Corporation announced that they are creating the Crystal Tech Fund to invest in post-seed startups. According to an SEC filing, it will be a $50 million fund. This brings Singh full circle, from being a partner at Dave McClure’s 500…