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Talia Mashiach: Don’t Prioritize Raising Money When You Start a Company [VIDEO]

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Last month at our Tech Cocktail Chicago Sessions event, we had Talia Mashiach, the founder and CEO of event commerce company of Eved, join us to talk about how she’s ended up on this path towards building a billion-dollar Chicago company. On top of having raised over $11 million, the company client list includes major corporations, including the… Read more »


Healthcare Startup Cohealo Raises $9M Series A Funding

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Boston-based Cohealo announced it raised $9 million Series A round led by Romulus Capital and Miami-based Krillion Ventures. The funding was composed of both equity and convertible note financing. Cohealo is a cloud-based sharing platform that enables hospitals to more efficiently manage medical devices. They currently manage the inventory at 70 hospitals in a number of health systems,… Read more »


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

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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 roll-up in the retail money service business (remittances, check cashing, and… Read more »


Guest Rebuttal: The Truth Behind Exploding Offers

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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 recent post about time-limited offers confuses YC’s interests for those of… Read more »


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

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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 connect people on the go to local businesses while nurturing local… Read more »


Vator.Tv CEO Shares 8 Building Blocks to Create Regional Tech Clusters [Video]

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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 become a tech hub: 1. Favorable infrastructure: Housing and commercial units… Read more »


What You’ll Learn Raising Capital

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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 have no idea what your company does.” “Yeah, that will never… Read more »


Product Hunt Raises $6M in Series A Funding

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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, the round was led by Andreessen Horowitz and Product Hunt picked… Read more »


Three Female Founders of Wellness Companies at TCWEEK

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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, and non-tech folks alike. Let’s look back at some notable Sessions… Read more »


DreamsCloud Raises $2M in Series A Funding

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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 Holding, and the company intends to use the money to continue… Read more »


VCs Aren’t as Omniscient as We Think

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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 since, Hornik has treated his VC job as a learning experience…. Read more »


6 Lies VCs Tell You

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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 funding is a hard game, particularly because both sides are keeping… Read more »


The One Thing That Matters to VCs (Besides Team)

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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 audience at TCWEEK in Vegas last Thursday. “I have come to… Read more »


Paul Singh’s 7 Dirty Secrets of Venture Capital

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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 the evening giving away some dirty secrets of the industry (or… Read more »