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VegasTechFund to Startups: “We’re Weird”

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This post is part of Tech Cocktail’s overview of the Downtown Project, a $350 million fund that aims to revitalize downtown Las Vegas by funding new buildings, education, small businesses, and tech startups.. “We talk to about 30 startups a week, and we have invested in 9, and I’ve been here for 6 months,” says… Read more »


Neal Sales-Griffin of The Starter League on Working Your Passion and Recent 37signals Funding

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It’s fitting that “sales” is built into his name, because Neal Sales-Griffin’s passion is infectious, and evidently I’m not the only one who thinks so. Earlier this month, Sales-Griffin’s Chicago-based classroom coding school, The Starter League (formerly known as Code Academy), received an undisclosed amount of funding from the Jason Fried’s 37signals. After a year of trying to… Read more »


Tips For Pitching A Product VCs Will Invest In Part II

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The 11th Annual Founder Showcase hosted by the Founder Institute – an early-stage worldwide startup accelerator - occurred at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Campus in July. The showcase is a quarterly startup pitch and networking event in Silicon Valley focused on launching promising startups. Here is the second of two posts highlighting key takeaways from the event.  You can read the first post… Read more »


Tips For Building A Product VCs Will Invest In Part I

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The 11th Annual Founder Showcase hosted by the Founder Institute – an early-stage worldwide startup accelerator – occurred at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Campus in July. The showcase is a quarterly startup pitch and networking event in Silicon Valley focused on launching promising startups. Here is the first of two posts highlighting key takeaways from the event…. Read more »


Perfecting the Art of the Pitch: 8 Young Entrepreneurs Weigh In

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The following answers are provided by The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC recently published #FixYoungAmerica: How to Rebuild Our Economy and Put Young Americans Back to Work (for Good), a book of 30+ proven solutions to help end youth unemployment. Tech Cocktail… Read more »


Nextdoor Announces $18.6 Million in Funding As It Brings Community Back to Neighborhoods

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Nextdoor, the private social network for the neighborhood that we covered earlier this year, has raised $18.6 million in a new round of financing from Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures, Greylock Partners and Shasta Ventures. Other investors include Allen & Company and Pinnacle Ventures, along with individual investors Rich Barton, Anthony Noto and Dave Goldberg. “We… Read more »



A Quick Guide to the Funding Landscape for Startups

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For startups, not all dollars are created equal: some come with board seats, others with interest rates, and a few with nothing at all. This list of resources is designed to help entrepreneurs understand their options, from bank loans all the way to venture capital. Overview How to Determine a Startup Funding Strategy: This infographic… Read more »



Lessons Learned From a Kickstarter Campaign Gone Wrong

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A word to the wise for all of of you startup founders considering raising funds via Kickstarter: “A product is not a product,” Mike Vahey and Frank Taylor told me.  “Kickstarter has a very interesting vetting process.” Vahey and Taylor are working together on a non-tech product called The Travel Halo, an alternative to the… Read more »


Lies Entrepreneurs Tell While Raising Capital

Pitching to raise capital involves walking a difficult tight-rope between being too humble and small and being bombastic in attempt to seem bigger than you are.  Difficult, because there are a few common techniques used by CEOs to portray success that walk along the edge of dishonesty. Here are five common examples of credibility-sapping statements… Read more »