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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 »


5 Entrepreneurial Lessons From Fashion Mogul Diane von Fürstenberg

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Diane von Fürstenberg is a fashion disrupter and one of the world’s most successful designers. Her product, the “wrap dress,” revolutionized American women’s apparel in the ’70s. It offered women a versatile option —working as both a comfortable business dress and as elegant evening wear. She sold more than a million dresses in two years…. Read more »


Startups: Grow Fast or Die Slow [VIDEO]

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“A startup is a company designed to grow fast. Being newly founded does not in itself make a company a startup. Nor is it necessary for a startup to work on technology, or take venture funding, or have some sort of “exit.” The only essential thing is growth. Everything else we associate with startups follows… Read more »



Military Veteran Entrepreneurs Saluted by SBA, Featured on Shark Tank

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In this White House memo, President Obama notes that during National Veterans Small Business Week, “we celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit that is crucial to developing the products, services, and ideas that fuel our economy, and we pay tribute to the veterans behind them.” The memo further cites these statistics: “From coffee shops to tech startups,… Read more »



DreamIt Launches a Startup Accelerator for Women

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Yesterday, DreamIt Ventures announced the launch of an accelerator for women founders called DreamIt Athena, which kicks off in Philadelphia next spring. DreamIt, which is ranked the #9 or #15 top startup accelerator depending whom you ask, believes they are the first top-tier accelerator to launch a program for women. “Access to a valuable network,… Read more »


International Startup Competitions & Why Your Startup Should Get Involved

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For any budding startup company, there are a plethora of advantages to competing in a startup competition. But after competing in a dozen local competitions, what’s next? Surprisingly, there are many notable international startup competitions out there which accept participants from any country, and there are many reasons your startup should consider applying. For one,… Read more »



Entrepreneurs Feel Disadvantaged in Electoral Process, Want Campaign Finance Reform

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In the midst of the GOP’s gain of the Senate yesterday, a recent poll conducted by the Small Business Majority shows that entrepreneurs feel disadvantaged in the American electoral process and believe that big business has an unfair influence on politicians. By and large, they also are in favor of campaign finance reform. “It’s important to… Read more »


3 Easy Steps to Deal with Immediate Stress

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Entrepreneurs are faced with stressful situations on a daily.  I actually think that stress isn’t always bad; if kept under control, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. However, if stress takes over your life and you’re constantly running in emergency mode, you will burn out. Especially if you… Read more »