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4 Ways to Stop Sucking at Social Media

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Are you tweeting into a vacuum? Lacking likes on your Facebook posts? Only in your mom’s Google+ circles? You might be sucking at social media. You’re not alone. Countless entrepreneurs struggle with using social networking platforms to help develop an audience, grow a following, and build a community around their brand or business. Social Media… Read more »


5 Cost and Time-Saving Initiatives for Your Startup

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Time and money are two resources that cannot be spared in the fast-paced world of startups. As you create and manage your company, you will need to find reasonable ways to conserve time and money without cutting corners. Fortunately, there are some relatively simple ways to save two of your most valuable resources. Five initiatives… Read more »




7 Ways Web Animation Will Spruce Up Your Site

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One of the most effective ways to take a bland website and transform it into something beautiful, fresh, and appealing is to use animation. Unfortunately, back in the days when Shockwave and Flash were prominent, using animation and visual effects often meant bogging down the performance of your site. Web animation without Flash is better,… Read more »


A Book in 5 Minutes: Smart People Should Build Things

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Don’t have time to read? Here’s a quick but comprehensive summary of Andrew Yang’s “Smart People Should Build Things: How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in America,” released February 4 by Harper Business. Who should read this: You’ve spent two years at McKinsey and are… Read more »


Start With The End in Mind: 5 Rules for Selling Your Business

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As a long-time reader of business and motivational articles, I often come across mantras, mottoes, and slogans to guide business people through their daily lives. One has stuck with me more than the others – “Start with the end in mind”.  I can’t think of a more appropriate motto for tech company entrepreneurs who are… Read more »


Jim Salzano: Building a Scalable Startup Starts With People

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Jim Salzano, investor at Data Point Capital, shared some great thoughts about scalability during Tech Cocktail Sessions in Las Vegas. Most recently, Salzano was the President of Clarks Americas and member of the Clarks Global Executive Leadership Team. During his time in the footwear company he helped increase revenues from just over $40M in revenues to over $1.1B… Read more »


Guest Rebuttal: The Truth Behind Exploding Offers

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Editor’s Note: This essay was written by DreamIt Ventures Co-Founder David Bookspan as a counterpoint to Y Combinator president Sam Altman’s post on the topic of Exploding Offers.   Typically the Y Combinator blog provides valuable information and perspectives for startups. However, Sam Altman’s recent post about time-limited offers confuses YC’s interests for those of… Read more »



Brazil’s Yelp, Apontador, Gets $15M Investment From Movile

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Apontador, Brazil’s leading maps route and local search website,  has raised US $15M from mobile commerce platform Movile. Much like Yelp, Apontador provides Latin Americans with review and information about local businesses and restaurants. The investment will help Apontador develop its mobile-first platform to connect people on the go to local businesses while nurturing local… Read more »


Las Vegas Pitch Event Sponsored by Cox and Inc.com

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Cox Communications and Inc.com are co-sponsoring an incredible event, Get Started Vegas (#GetStartedLV) at Rain Nightclub. This is a one-time, pitch-based event for Las Vegas startups, small business owners, and entrepreneurs to share their current business plan. Expert judges will select a winner who will receive a Cox Business technology and media package worth $15,000. The judges are… Read more »


Vator.Tv CEO Shares 8 Building Blocks to Create Regional Tech Clusters [Video]

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Bambi Francisco, Founder and CEO of  Vator.tv, spoke during Tech Cocktail Sessions in Las Vegas, where she shared layers for a foundation in building a regional tech hub based on her experience in Oakland. There needs to be eight building blocks in place before a city can become a tech hub: 1. Favorable infrastructure: Housing and commercial units… Read more »


17 Entrepreneurs Share Their Celebratory Rituals

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If you haven’t noticed already, we have a little bit of a celebration theme here at Tech Cocktail. Our annual conference is called Celebrate Conference, our CEO Frank Gruber has a whole chapter in his book about celebration, and he’s given talks about how celebration is one of the most effective and under-utilized tools for… Read more »