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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 »


Las Vegas Pitch Event Sponsored by Cox and Inc.com

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Cox Communications and Inc.com are co-sponsoring an incredible event, Get Started Vegas (#GetStartedLV) at Rain Nightclub. This is a one-time, pitch-based event for Las Vegas startups, small business owners, and entrepreneurs to share their current business plan. Expert judges will select a winner who will receive a Cox Business technology and media package worth $15,000. The judges are… 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 »


17 Entrepreneurs Share Their Celebratory Rituals

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If you haven’t noticed already, we have a little bit of a celebration theme here at Tech Cocktail. Our annual conference is called Celebrate Conference, our CEO Frank Gruber has a whole chapter in his book about celebration, and he’s given talks about how celebration is one of the most effective and under-utilized tools for… Read more »


Startups: Here are 3 ‘Real’ Problems to Solve

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Dear startups: What problem are you solving? If you’re looking for a new market to penetrate, let me help you to unearth markets that software has yet to eat and people who will adopt quickly because they don’t have an abundance of choice in solutions to their problems. A natural and good tendency for entrepreneurs… Read more »



How to Run a Startup While Homeschooling 6 Kids

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Before her six kids wake up, entrepreneur Ariane Fisher is already awake and (on good days) working out. It’s going to be a long day, and the quiet time in the morning helps her get started on the right foot. In the morning, Fisher homeschools her kids, ages 2 to 13. Homeschooling might seem like… 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 »


5 Tips to Easily Customize Website Templates

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Sometimes it’s better — and certainly faster — to run your website on a pre-built template rather than design it from scratch. Especially when your website is an important part of your strategy. There are two main scenarios for choosing ready-made templates: you either test your website and want to see how it performs with… Read more »


When Do You Need a CTO?

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Had lunch recently with the CTO of a growing lead generation company and as we talked, it became apparent that this question is a growing decision point for Founders. When do you need a CTO? The question of whether you need a CTO and when, depends on three main factors: – your company life cycle… Read more »


5 Online Marketing Trends of 2014

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Some online marketing trends are going to take years to die, and some come-and-go within a matter of months. We are well in to the year 2014, so here are some of the most prevalent trends of the year. Images are still becoming more and more search engine friendly   Image courtesy: Google Blog Google… Read more »


WalkTheChat Gives a Walk-Through of WeChat Ads

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When designing this second article on the Wechat opportunity in China, I sat down with Thomas Graziani, founder of WalktheChat, a Wechat-focused agency in Beijing and Shanghai. We discussed about the monetization of Wechat adds.  A few months ago, WeChat rolled out their ad plan for public accounts. You can display ads on your public… Read more »


No More Yellow Pages: Getting Your Law Firm Online

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Research shows that as many as 90 percent  of consumers begin their hunt for any kind of service through search engine exploration and 70 percent of them do not even go past the first page of the results. While these statistics apply to almost all kinds of businesses, it is beneficial for attorneys to get their law firm online as… Read more »