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Charlie Crist Visits LAB Miami to Announce Running Mate [Pictures]

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Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist stopped by Wynwood this Thursday to visit The LAB Miami, where he announced that Miami-Dade’s Democratic Party, Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, will be his running mate in the next state election. Crist and Taddeo-Goldstein had the opportunity to tour the co-working space, where he met tech startups founders and hear about programs like… Read more »


What 50+ Entrepreneurs Eat for Breakfast

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A heated discussion about the merits of the eggocado led me to wonder: what are entrepreneurs eating for breakfast? Is the stereotype of having no time to eat true – are the hustlers who need it most skipping “the most important meal of the day”? Or are they eating the breakfasts of champions? Turns out, lots… Read more »


6 Founders Share Advice on How to Start a Family while Running a Startup

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Starting your own company while balancing a family life is a difficult task. But for some entrepreneurs, growing a family coincides with the mayhem of launching a startup. Founders engage in the challenging balancing act of growing a business while upholding their parental responsibilities. Sure, working and raising a family is part of life for executives in… Read more »


CoFounderLabs Merges With RockThePost to Create One-Stop Shop for Equity Crowdfunding 

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CoFoundersLab, the online matchmaking network that scientifically builds startup teams, is merging with investor crowdfunding portal RockThePost to create a one-stop shop for investors called OneVest. The platform will connect early stage startups with accredited investors, and it will have a diversified network of over 35,000 startup founders and over 15,000 investors. “Whenever we asked our community… Read more »


Y Combinator Finally Releases Statistics on Its Portfolio 

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While Techstars has long been transparent about how their portfolio companies are doing, Y Combinator has kept their cards close to the chest – until now. “We get asked a lot for statistics on the YC portfolio. Even though some of these aren’t that helpful, here is the latest update on the numbers we get asked… Read more »



Behind the Scenes of an Accelerator

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There are hundreds of accelerators in the US and the world, with more cropping up every day. We usually hear about the big venture successes and the notable failures emerging from these venture development firms’ programs. What we don’t hear much about is what happens once a company gets behind the doors of an accelerator,… Read more »


What Happens When a Chinese Factory Makes Knockoffs of Your Product

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After launching their waterproof shower speakers on Amazon, FRESHeTECH started seeing a slew of negative reviews. The battery was only lasting a few days, products weren’t working, and customers were upset. Meanwhile, other customers were completely satisfied, enjoying month-long battery life and recommending the product to their friends. What was going on?  Knockoffs.  FRESHeTECH had… Read more »


4 Things We Can Learn from Seasoned Entrepreneurs

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From young CEOs who’ve used Kickstarter to post-graduates who have created non-profits to give back, I’ve covered a number of young entrepreneurs who are changing the world – or at least their respective industries. In one of my posts, I wrote about “6 Things We Can Learn from Young Entrepreneurs,” but I also wanted to… Read more »



Don’t Let TSA Confiscate Your Smartphone: Portable Chargers Under $50

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This week, TSA announced that it will confiscate any battery-dead cellphone from boarding the plane. Specifically, international flights that are U.S. bound. This is important to anyone flying because smartphones run out of battery when you least expect it. So, if you’re on the go and don’t get a chance to charge your phone before your… Read more »


Rohit Bhargava’s Tip for Startups: Stop Trying to Sell Advertising

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At last week’s DC launch event for Startup Mixology, the first book from Tech Cocktail’s own cofounder, Frank Gruber. Gruber was joined on-stage by a handful of local entrepreneurs to discuss some of the topics covered in the book. Among them was Rohit Bhargava, the founder of the Influential Marketing Group, author of Likeonomics, and trend curator. After giving his… Read more »


Study: Successful Women Entrepreneurs Are Happier Than Men 

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According to the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, starting up is more of a rollercoaster for women than it is for men – with lower lows and higher highs. The report included a comparison of happiness for early-stage men and women entrepreneurs (TEA), established business owners, and non-entrepreneurs in the US:  Men’s happiness stayed relatively constant whether… Read more »



Contract Data Center Engineers in High Demand

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The way information technology departments serve business is rapidly changing. In corporate organizations, it is often said that the IT team is an expense, not a cash generating vertical. IT teams are being looked at more and more as contractors that must meet internal delivery dates and SLA requirements on their projects. In accordance with… Read more »


Creating a Great Influencer Marketing Plan…

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Today we always seem to be in need of some unique marketing tactics, and although influencer marketing is still around, it’s not something that’s been perfected by most companies. Influencer marketing is a great way to move your business forward, and it should be a method that never gets old. The biggest question is how… Read more »