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We Break it Down: Startup Lab’s “Meetings That Don’t Suck” Presentation

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Are you in the habit of accepting invitations to standing meetings? Is there a list of ongoing, hourlong, status report meetings that now take up most of your week? When will your week become productive, if you have accepted the invitations to all of these standing meetings? Google Ventures saw a common complaint coming from their portfolio companies: “meetings are unenjoyable and inefficient.” Ken… Read more »


Establishing Company Culture is Crucial

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A lot of entrepreneurs use Zappos’ success as a roadmap when they’re working on building their own company, especially a company culture. However, at this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, Shane Green and Jenn Lim explicitly stated that you shouldn’t try to actually be Zappos. It’s not because Zappos isn’t successful, but rather because situations… Read more »


President Obama Supports Net Neutrality and Why You Should Care

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Update: Read FCC response to President Obama’s statement here. US President Barack Obama announced today his support for “free and open Internet” rules to ensure that no service is stuck in a “slow lane” without paying a fee. He urged the independent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to “implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality,” a… Read more »



Arkansas Startup Week Announces Events to Support Entrepreneurs

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“Entrepreneurship is a right that everyone has the opportunity to pursue. The Arkansas Venture Center is going to be a place where we can support people who are bold enough to go after entrepreneurship.” -Jordan Carlisle, Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. Through startup acceleration, corporate innovation, and technical training programs, the AVC looks to support entrepreneurship in… Read more »


Startups: 3 Ways to Extend Your Runway and Avoid Burning Cash

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According to a recent venture capitalist database survey, most startups run into problems because there is simply no demand for their product. But the second most common cause of startup failure is “ran out of cash”. If you’re running a startup that has a fit in the market and provides a genuinely useful service, you will want… Read more »



5 Low Budget Marketing Ideas for Small Business

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The following marketing ideas can be accomplished with little to no money, they work for any small business on a small budget. It doesn’t matter if you sell a service, or any kind of product or hand-crafted items; you need a solid marketing strategy in order for people to find you. Take a look at… Read more »


CEO Survey: How the Best CEOs Perform

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Harvard Business Review has released an in-depth CEO survey of the Best Performing CEOs in the World. Unsurprisingly, Jeff Bezos of Amazon came out as the #1 top performer. Other CEOs on the list head companies in various industries, from resort gaming to biotech. The list only included CEOs who had been on the job for… Read more »


Thoughts on What Emerging Technologies are to Come

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The Tech world evolves at a fast pace, probably being the fastest market in the world. If we think that, 50 years ago, the Internet was not much more than a dream and, nowadays, the businesses linked to it are making millionaires on a daily basis, we can see that it really progressed at an… Read more »


Scott Hess: 5 Ways to Identify a Relationship with Millennials

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Last night, Tech Cocktail welcomed two great speakers to John Barleycorn for our Chicago Mixer Sponsored by Cars.com Speaker Series. We heard from Joel Trammell of Khorus and Scott Hess of Spark. Hess is considered today’s expert on hiring and marketing to the Millennial generation, so we had plenty of questions for him. After reiterating that… Read more »



9 Best Things We Learned from Mark Zuckerberg’s Town Hall Meeting

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held his first public town hall meeting at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California yesterday, where he spent some time answering questions from people across the world. From the questions regarding his thoughts on apple-tinis to more serious topics like the direction in which the company is heading, more than 10,000… Read more »