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Hooman Radfar on the Future of Social, Common Startup Mistakes, and “Not Being A Platform’s Bitch”

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I’m guessing you’re familiar with AddThis?  You know, the “world’s largest sharing platform” used by the likes of The Today Show, The Chicago Sun Times, and American Idol.  Amongst a sea of competition, AddThis has successfully scaled to more than 14 million publications, reaching more than 1.3 billion unique users monthly.  Here’s the million dollar question: how?… Read more »

What Psychology Teaches Us about Dealing with Setbacks

How to deal with failure

This post is part of Tech Cocktail’s “Psychological Guide to Starting Up,” bringing you insights on the psychological and emotional challenges of startups throughout June. The answer to the question “How should you deal with setbacks?” seems easy. Especially for entrepreneurs, setbacks are a part of life. You pick yourself up, learn, and move on…. Read more »

Moral of the NSA Surveillance Reports: Protect Consumer Privacy


News reports about the National Security Agency (NSA) collecting data from tech companies are a reminder for startups to maintain consumer loyalty with a clear privacy plan, and to be transparent about how that customer data is used. The NSA collects data from the digital networks of nine US Internet companies, including Google and Facebook,… Read more »

The Top 10 Tech Cocktail Stories of the Week


We get it, you’re busy.  You weren’t able to get to every Tech Cocktail post this week; 2D is the new 3D, white is the new black.  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… Read more »

Star Power: Is a Celebrity Investor Right for Your Tech Startup?


These days, being “rich and famous” isn’t just about penning the top song on the radio or starring in a blockbuster film. Now, it’s about investing those profits in a stellar underground tech startup and doubling your net worth when you help break it into the mainstream. Is this rare? Hardly. After all, Bono made… Read more »

9 Tips for Nabbing the Best Intern for Your Startup


Forget everything you’ve heard — you don’t have to be a big-name brand or Fortune 500 company to land a stellar intern. In fact, students crave the startup work experience that provides access to valuable projects, passionate innovators, and fast-paced learning environments ideal for students looking to gain hands-on experience. That said, finding interns who… Read more »

9 Ideas to Improve Your Company Culture


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. How… Read more »

Lean methodology: Building a product company with the lessons of Steve Blank & Eric Ries


We started Modify Watches in 2010, after graduating from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. During school, I had worked on a sustainability business, Refill Revolution, which is now part of I was fortunate to take a course from Steve Blank and Eric Ries titled “Customer Development in High-Tech Enterprises.” I’m still not sure… Read more »

To Make Your Team “Click,” Uncover Their Instinctive Drives


In typical companies, it takes 12 to 18 months for a team to “click”: to harmonize and fully trust each other so they’re operating at peak performance, says Paul Burgess. When team members take his Instinctive Drives test, learn their four instinctive drives, and get a bit of coaching, it takes 4 to 6 weeks. “99.9… Read more »



I love Des Moines, Iowa.  Every little bit of this community energizes me, inspires me, and feels like home.  I have found that this city is full of endless possibilities and readily available resources that make it one of the most perfect places to start up.  It is with this attitude that I immediately said “yes” to… Read more »

Why and How You Should Give Advisor Equity

Advisor equity

Free advice is often worth what is paid for it – nothing. Advice that is highly valued obviously will carry a higher price tag. But how to calculate the value of advice is challenging. Early-stage startups have an even more difficult time as they typically do not have any money to pay with, so they… Read more »

How Passion Blinds Entrepreneurs

Find your passion

This post is part of Tech Cocktail’s “Psychological Guide to Starting Up,” bringing you insights on the psychological and emotional challenges of startups throughout June. In startup utopia, everyone you share your idea with thinks it’s the best thing since HTTP. You dive into work bringing it to life, your days and nights filled with… Read more »