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We Should be in a Golden Age for Math Education

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How many of you out there think math is an important part of education? Also, how many of you really, truthfully enjoyed taking math courses in school? The resounding response to the former is that math plays a crucial role in education, but the latter response would indicate that most of us didn’t enjoy our… Read more »




Cyrus Radfar: How do you Keep People Excited About Your Product?

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When Cyrus Radfar first got involved in the entrepreneurial world in 2004, the internet was a young, very different place. There were only 50 million domains, Google was the number five website in the world, and Britney Spears was the top search term. Blog was the word of the year. Radfar and his co-entrepreneurs had a… Read more »


Being a Better CEO Leads to Better Employee Hires

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We recently hosted our Chicago Speaker Sessions, sponsored by Cars.com, at John Barleycorn. We invited to the stage two dynamic speakers in Joel Trammell of Khorus and Scott Hess of Spark. Trammell was the first one to take the stage, and the central theme of his talk was how to be a more effective CEO…. Read more »


Five Things Tech Founders Wish They Knew Back Then

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At one time or another, I think we’ve all wished we could go back in time and make a few different decisions, knowing then what we know now. It’s human nature to want to go back and tell the youthful version of ourselves a thing or two. Maybe it would be how to handle a… Read more »


Startups: Creating Your Early Team is Like Drafting for Fantasy Football

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Mike Collett, CoFounder and Managing Partner at Promus Ventures, and apparent fantasy football fan, shared this blog post comparing a fantasy football draft to the hiring of an early team at a startup. I happen to be personally interested in how crucial early team formation is, and I echo his sentiments lamenting the days when we could just enjoy… Read more »




Political Activism and Storytelling in the Tech Era

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Tech Cocktail is a Media Partner during Sime MIA 2014 In order to understand what political activism is today, let’s compare it to political activism in its pre-digital form — pounding the pavement to distribute printed handouts, door-to-door networking, and participating in telephone trees. Today, political activists can drive their message quickly online. From Facebook protests, digital… Read more »


Taking a Road Trip this Holiday? Roadtrippers’ New App Will Help You Plan

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Road Trippin’ with your favorite allies just got easier. Online trip planner startup, Roadtrippers, recently launched their new iPhone app, making place discovery and trip planning easier and more intuitive than ever on the go. Let’s go get lost anywhere in the USA. The new app, which centralizes travel resources, simplifies trip planning for the 41.3M Americans… Read more »


13 Things Startup Founders Aren’t Thankful For

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Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude; for startup founders, that means saying thank you to the team who believes in you, the customers who support you, and the family members who put up with it all. But let’s face it: there’s a lot about startup life to not be thankful for. Although there’s no use… Read more »


Startup Founders Share What They Are Thankful For This Holiday

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Thanksgiving is a time for us to reflect on another year and be thankful. Startup life is not easy, and whenever there are opportunities to celebrate, you should take it. We asked startup founders to share what they are grateful for this year, and here a few of their responses. “This Thanksgiving, I’m very thankful… Read more »


3 Ways to Break Free of an Employee Mindset

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Entrepreneurs run businesses. They call the shots, take on the responsibility, and fulfill the role of boss. At least, they should. But too many of us get tripped up because we think like employees in someone else’s business, not owners of our own ventures. Employee mindset is the collection of beliefs, thoughts, and opinions you… Read more »