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39 Startup Founders Share Their Favorite Quotes from America’s Founding Fathers

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In honor of Independence Day, we reached out to founders and asked them to share with us their favorite quotes from America’s own Founding Fathers. Whether relevant to the goals of their respective startups or simply relevant to the everyday struggles and motivations of being a startup founder, the following quotes will hopefully inspire you to… Read more »


How Entrepreneurs Worked and Watched the #USMNT During #WorldCup

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We may not have gone through to the next round of FIFA World Cup, but the country came together to support the team. It was evident in social media that #TeamUSA had the backing of #OneNationOneTeam during the #BELvsUSA. This is how some of the entrepreneurs showed their support:  1. They wore the USA colors 2. They… Read more »


Pitch Deck 101: 6 Resources to Make Your Startup Shine

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Pitch decks are the new business plan. You’ve heard it before–if you want to catch the eye of an investor, you’ve got to spruce up your startup’s pitch deck. But there seem to be thousands of examples, which resources can you trust to create your own? So I’ve complied a list of 6 of the best resources… Read more »


The 7 Biggest Startup Myths, Busted

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Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Medium, reposted with Franck Nouyrigat’s permission.  Yesterday in DC, I had the honor of talking about startup ecosystems and the mechanics behind hypertribes like Startup Weekend. As part of our discussions, I addressed my favorite subject: startup mythbusting. I’d like to share with you some of the major… Read more »


Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow: Baratunde Thurston Chats with Us About GE’s Masterclass Series

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Suck, squeeze, bang, blow – and so goes a simple explanation on how jet engines work. In a new series of videos created by General Electric, comedian and technologist Baratunde Thurston takes us behind the scenes of what goes on at GE’s Global Research facility. Currently a set of six videos, GE’s Masterclass series goes into explaining… Read more »


Spotted: ‘Startup Mixology’ in the Wild

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BOOM! Get your copy now at: http://t.co/H9WslUQJKZ #startupmixology #startup #book #techcocktail pic.twitter.com/UbyCsfGkAH — Frank Gruber (@FrankGruber) June 24, 2014 In case you didn’t already know, our very own founder and CEO, Frank Gruber, wrote a book. Called Startup Mixology: Tech Cocktail’s Guide To Building, Growing and Celebrating Startup Success, it covers the startup stories of… Read more »



Why You Must Kill Your Elevator Pitch

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At some point, we have all encountered “the elevator pitch.” The elevator pitch is the dreaded 30-second- to 2-minute-long summation of whatever someone is selling. Creating and using an elevator pitch is still taught, and even celebrated, in universities around the country. (Champlain College recently wrapped up their 7th Annual Elevator Pitch Contest.) But why?… Read more »


Bring Some Common Sense into Your Project Management

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Concepts such as agile and SaaS have begun to play a huge role in project management. While these concepts and their adoption could deliver massive returns on investment for businesses, it’s important to think of them as the “next stage” of project management. At a fundamental level, you’ll have to rely on common sense for implementing solid,… Read more »


5 Common YouTube Frustrations Solved

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The easy integration and ubiquity of YouTube across the web have contributed to its ascendancy. When thinking of online videos, the first thing that comes to mind is YouTube. According to eMarketer statistics, the number of YouTube viewers in the United States increased by 6% in 2013. Videos are undeniably the most engaging of all online… Read more »


4 Steps Startups Should Take toward Green IT

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Green IT, according to the author and editor-in-chief of IEEE IT Professional magazine, San Murugesan, is defined as: designing, manufacturing, using, and disposing of computers, servers, and associated subsystems – such as monitors, printers, storage devices, and networking and communications systems – efficiently and effectively with minimal or no impact on the environment. It is the… Read more »


Amy Li on Leveraging Technology to Share the Health Benefits of Dancing [VIDEO]

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One year after having run a marathon and shortly after being offered admission and full scholarship to the highly-competitive Singularity University, Amy Li found herself in a state of absolute despondency. Confusing, particularly for someone of Li’s caliber, whose many successes both within her field of UX and outside her career should qualify her as a… Read more »


The Top 20 Angel Investors Ranked 

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Accelerator 500 Startups recently released a ranking of the top 20 angel investors, compiled by CB Insights. Over 2,000 angels were analyzed based on their network strength, the rate of follow-on investment, exits, their brand, and more. Here is the extremely male-heavy list: Naval Ravikant, cofounder of AngelList, made over 75 investments from 2009-2013 and scored… Read more »


Jim Bankoff on Leveraging Culture to Attract Talent

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Last Wednesday, Vox Media chairman and CEO Jim Bankoff sat down with us at our Tech Cocktail DC Sessions. Aside from learning about his belief that content isn’t Vox Media’s product, we learned that the company’s success can be attributed to its unique integration of technology, talent, and culture in its business model. When it comes down to it, though,… Read more »