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From Academia to Accelerator: 3-Spark’s 3D Printing Funding Transition

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Accelerator versus incubator? Venture versus angel? The startup funding ecosystem is vast and complicated, but even more so when you’re accustomed to funding from an academic perspective. For Rich Ranky and Mark Sivak, two of the three cofounders for 3-Spark, exploring these differences in funding structures and transitioning into the ecosystem has been one of… Read more »


Lessons to Learn from a Drag Queen

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I’m not gay, just happy. That’s how I landed at the largest gay pride festival Charlotte has had in 19 years last weekend. I was in Charlotte for a friend’s birthday, and was welcomed by gorgeous Queens in fire wares, aka Drag Queens–a few famous ones in particular, Coco Montrese, Detox and Alyssa from RuPaul’s Drag Race  Seeing… Read more »


The Top 10 Tech Cocktail Stories of the Week

Top 10 Stories

We get it, you’re busy.  You weren’t able to get to every Tech Cocktail post this week.  Fear not, because we’ve curated the week’s top 10(ish) posts as determined by the Tech Cocktail editorial team. To get the Tech Cocktail weekly wrap-up direct to your inbox, sign up for the Tech Cocktail newsletter today. The Top 10… Read more »


When You Hit The Bottom of The Trough Of Sorrows

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When you found a startup, the odds are stacked against you from the beginning. The world can seem like it’s divided into two kinds of people: those who aren’t quite sure what it is that you do (most family members, pretty much anybody who has significant memory of the ‘70s), and those who are actively… Read more »


Inside the Company Culture of Denver’s TrackVia

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In August, Denver-based TrackVia was named Outside Magazine’s #14 best place to work in 2013. The award cited their unlimited vacation time, free lunch Fridays, and $500 scholarship for employers to pursue their passions. TrackVia has around 40 employees and has been in business since 2006, helping non-technical people build databases and applications. We caught… Read more »


This Week Rocked

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In startups, sometimes you’re the horse and sometimes you’re the damn whip. “Ups and downs” is putting it mildly. I’m not sure if I was bipolar before I founded my startup, Speek—my wife Joanne is sure that I was, but I’ll let her save that for the tell-all (Speeking Out: Confessions of a Startup Bride)—but… Read more »


A Book in 5 Minutes: “Startup CEO” by Matt Blumberg

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Don’t have time to read? Here’s a quick but comprehensive summary of Matt Blumberg’s “Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business,” released on September 3, 2013 (part of Brad Feld’s Startup Revolution series). Who should read this: CEOs of startup companies, particularly tech startups. Elevator pitch: Matt Blumberg has written an instructional… Read more »



You Just Fired Your Cofounder. Now What?

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You feared this day would come: it’s time for you to fire your cofounder. Whether through differences in strategic direction, failure to execute critical tasks, or simply being the victim of success by owning responsibilities that require experience he doesn’t have, you know that you need to let your business partner go. Now. So how… Read more »


11 Things You Need to Know Before Choosing An Angel Investor

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The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons. As much as… Read more »


9 of the Most Successful Young Entrepreneurs

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When people think of successful young entrepreneurs, we have a tendency to think of Mark Zuckerberg. I mean, sure, it’s easy to see why – he founded one of the most influential websites of our generation (arguably, THE most influential of all time). Or, maybe, we’ll refer to Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the founders… Read more »


You’re Not as Good of a Manager as You Think

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Ask any leader if they think they’re good at managing people. Most will respond “yes” or “I try to be” or “I think so.” No one ever flat-out says no. It could be we’re too afraid to admit what we don’t know. More likely it’s that we really never learned. Unlike the skills it takes… Read more »


5 Ways to Save Money on Your Hiring Strategy Now

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Ask your average corporate recruiter, and they’ll scoff at startups having trouble hiring great talent. But what they don’t realize is the numerous obstacles that face growing companies when it comes to hiring the best people. Startups are burdened by a lack of time to devote to the hiring process. And in many cities, they… Read more »


Celebrating The Startup Life: Gina Bianchini on Social Media, Failure, and Misconceptions

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How do you Celebrate your startup’s success?  In a world where hustle is the mantra, sometimes taking the time to pause, reflect, and commemorate is more beneficial to your team’s morale, and consequently your long-term success. On October 23 – 25, we invite you to Downtown Vegas to Celebrate entrepreneurship at Tech Cocktail Celebrate, a three… Read more »


13 Creative Ways to Celebrate Your Startup’s Wins

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Labor Day is mean to celebrate work, and I suspect many entrepreneurs will do so by…working. But to keep up with the long marathon of startup life, it’s crucial to celebrate work sometimes by not working. We asked entrepreneurs how they celebrate their successes, and here’s what they shared with us. “If something really exciting… Read more »


The Top 10 Tech Cocktail Stories of the Week

Top 10 Stories

We get it, you’re busy.  You weren’t able to get to every Tech Cocktail post this week.  Fear not, because we’ve curated the week’s top 10(ish) posts as determined by the Tech Cocktail editorial team. To get the Tech Cocktail weekly wrap-up direct to your inbox, sign up for the Tech Cocktail newsletter today. The Top 10… Read more »