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Open English CEO Andres Moreno on Raising $120 Million [Video]

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We had the opportunity to talk to Andres Moreno, cofounder and CEO of Open English, about raising US$120 million in funding, potential IPO, and Miami’s growing technology scene. Moreno sat down with Tech Cocktail’s Frank Gruber during the Miami Sessions event at Venture Hive. Moreno also spoke about future plans that include developing a web-based Next University,… Read more »



Jim Bankoff of Vox Media: Content Isn’t The Product

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Since its founding in 2011, Vox Media has quickly become one of the leading digital media companies. With popular websites from the the likes of Eater and Curbed to The Verge and Vox, the company’s successful development of topical media content has allowed them to outpace more traditional publications on the Web competing in the similar markets. At last Wednesday’s Tech Cocktail DC Sessions… Read more »


5 Damn Good Reasons to Startup in Brazil

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Brazil is on fire. The country is currently hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup and will also be hosting the 2016 Olympics in Rio. But aside from football and beaches, Brazil has a lot to offer companies looking to grow and expand their business. Here are some reasons why you should consider building your startup in… Read more »


How to Choose Your Board of Directors

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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, you’ll probably be required to form a board of directors. A… Read more »



The Formula Behind High-Achieving Employees

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When we interview candidates, we often try to predict achievement by looking at past success. But what if we could measure achievement more directly? In Flourish, psychologist Martin Seligman sets out a simple formula for achievement: achievement = skill x effort Here’s what that means for your next hiring interview.  Skill Skill has three components:… Read more »


After $192M IPO, GrubHub’s Mike Evans Embarks on New Venture: Biking Across America

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“I’m quitting my job and riding my bike from Virginia to California!” And so goes the first line in a blog post written earlier this month by GrubHub cofounder Mike Evans. After working on GrubHub these last twelve years, and successfully raising a much higher than anticipated initial public offering of $192 million, Evans has decided to take… Read more »


Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught?

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Should entrepreneurship be taught? Whenever raised, this question brings on a passionate debate amongst entrepreneurs. Brian Breslin, founder of Refresh Miami and InfiniMedia, recently posted this question to his network on Facebook, which sparked an interesting debate amongst Miami entrepreneurs. Some people were against the notion of entrepreneurship being taught in a seminar, saying: “Nope. It can’t be… Read more »


How to Give Negative Feedback Without Shaming People

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When’s the last time you sat down and had an honest, open conversation with a team member about their performance? Or got such feedback yourself, for that matter? “Today’s organizations are so metrics-focused in their evaluation of performance that giving, receiving, and soliciting valuable feedback ironically has become rare,” says researcher Brené Brown. Even if… Read more »


Endorsements: If You Build It, They Will Come

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Recently, over 20.6 million people tuned in to see if California Chrome would be the first horse in over three decades to win horseracing’s elusive Triple Crown, almost a 300% increase in viewers over last year. That kind of exposure to millions of Americans is precious to advertisers and marketers, and we all dream of… Read more »


Breakthroughs in Technology: What to Expect For The Future

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We’ve all seen the new Google Glass — the wearable computer that allows users to communicate with the Internet using voice commands. It’s truly a breakthrough in technology, however, there are many other exciting new products and advances that may change the way we look at the world around us. Here is a quick look… Read more »


Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Will Join Steve Case on ‘Rise of the Rest Road Trip’

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It was announced yesterday that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will join Steve Case on his Rise of the Rest Road Trip, the four-city tour through developing startup ecosystems (Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Nashville) in an effort to spotlight the successes of startups outside of Silicon Valley. Pritzker – who also serves as the chair… Read more »