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Leveraging Digital Intelligence for Competitive Insight

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Digital intelligence often gets mentioned for how it’s used (and possibly abused) by advertisers or governmental agencies, but what you may not know is that it can be a valuable tool for keeping an online eye on your competition. How can you leverage the power of digital intelligence for your own benefit? Here are the… Read more »


Talia Mashiach: Don’t Prioritize Raising Money When You Start a Company [VIDEO]

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Last month at our Tech Cocktail Chicago Sessions event, we had Talia Mashiach, the founder and CEO of event commerce company of Eved, join us to talk about how she’s ended up on this path towards building a billion-dollar Chicago company. On top of having raised over $11 million, the company client list includes major corporations, including the… Read more »


The Downsides of Completely Automating Your Marketing Department

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The Internet, and information technology in general, has completely redefined how marketing and customer relationships are built, maintained and grown. For the most part, these advancements make it easy and cost-effective for businesses to engage current and potential consumers and learn what is needed to keep them happy and returning. It has been said that… Read more »


Connect and Be Productive: 5 Ways to Improve Teamwork

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Did you know that on any given day of business it is estimated that you and your colleagues spend approximately 74 minutes attempting to contact each other? Or that you spend almost an hour looking over duplicated content and communications. These are just but a few examples of ways that we waste time and block… Read more »


Company Logo Design – Blunders and Slip-Ups that Impact

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“Boom! Abercrombie & Fitch Drops Its Logo” read Forbes magazine a few days back. Why – What – who? A lot of questions tangled this decision. Let us Revisit Some of the Basics of Logo Designing! Company logos are like brand ambassadors that incorporate images that influence people and develop associations. If you contemplate on… Read more »


Healthcare Startup Cohealo Raises $9M Series A Funding

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Boston-based Cohealo announced it raised $9 million Series A round led by Romulus Capital and Miami-based Krillion Ventures. The funding was composed of both equity and convertible note financing. Cohealo is a cloud-based sharing platform that enables hospitals to more efficiently manage medical devices. They currently manage the inventory at 70 hospitals in a number of health systems,… Read more »



Lowering the Barriers to Tech: Why Digital.NYC Isn’t Just a Mere Website to Scoff At

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At a press event yesterday in DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio, unveiled Digital.NYC, a one-stop digital platform where people can learn anything and everything about the NYC tech scene. But starting just minutes after the end of the event, I already heard and read negative comments ridiculing the public-private initiative. While some of this criticism… Read more »


6 Team-Building Tips from the CEA Innovate! Conference

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This week, entrepreneurs like Nolan Bushnell and Paul Singh are converging on Arizona for the CEA Innovate! Conference, a three-day event bringing together big and small tech companies. The Wednesday schedule included a panel led by our CEO Frank Gruber, called “Startup Success Stories.” He was joined by Ximena Hartsock, president and cofounder of Phone2Action;… Read more »


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Boston Tech is Now Live

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Earlier this month, I wrote about The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Boston Tech, a comprehensive guide to all things happening in the Boston tech scene and a central resource for startups, investors, and anyone just looking to get involved in the Boston tech community. At the time, the Boston tech guide wasn’t yet available, but an email… Read more »


Inside the Company Culture of Kansas City’s Red Nova Labs

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In Westwood, Kansas, down the street from Google Fiber’s building and over 20 other startups, you’ll find the headquarters of Red Nova Labs. The company opened its doors in 2009 as a startup incubator but – in true startup fashion – tested and iterated and refined into what they are today, an agency that provides… Read more »


The Waltz of Marketing: Your Social Call To Action

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I recently attended a virtual conference put on by Marketo. Their content marketing specialist, Maggie Jones, talked about 411. We’re not talking information here. We’re talking rhythm, cadence, music-like time signature in content development. It’s the waltz of the marketing world when making a call-to-action in your social engagement. It was a concept that I’d… Read more »


7 Harsh Realities about Startup Accelerators

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The human imagination is an incredibly buggy piece of software, because it’s very selective. If you’re pondering whether to apply for startup accelerators, you might sit back in your office bean bag chair and think about getting into Y Combinator or Techstars, wooing investors at demo day, and turning into an accelerator legend like Dropbox…. Read more »


Thomas “Tigre” Wenrich to Startups: Your Business Plan is of Limited Value

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Thomas “Tigre” Wenrich is a multicultural executive with experience in finance, marketing, and operations. After a successful 16-year career with The Boston Consulting Group in the U.S., Spain, and Mexico, he retired to the warmer climate here in Miami. Subsequently, he participated in a roll-up in the retail money service business (remittances, check cashing, and… Read more »