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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 »


Startups: Here are 3 ‘Real’ Problems to Solve

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Dear startups: What problem are you solving? If you’re looking for a new market to penetrate, let me help you to unearth markets that software has yet to eat and people who will adopt quickly because they don’t have an abundance of choice in solutions to their problems. A natural and good tendency for entrepreneurs… Read more »



How to Run a Startup While Homeschooling 6 Kids

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Before her six kids wake up, entrepreneur Ariane Fisher is already awake and (on good days) working out. It’s going to be a long day, and the quiet time in the morning helps her get started on the right foot. In the morning, Fisher homeschools her kids, ages 2 to 13. Homeschooling might seem like… Read more »


What You’ll Learn Raising Capital

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Raising capital is one of the hardest jobs an entrepreneur has to do. Not only does it take time away from your company, but you also have to hear every reason about why your company will fail. “Your business model is garbage.” “I still have no idea what your company does.” “Yeah, that will never… Read more »


5 Tips to Easily Customize Website Templates

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Sometimes it’s better — and certainly faster — to run your website on a pre-built template rather than design it from scratch. Especially when your website is an important part of your strategy. There are two main scenarios for choosing ready-made templates: you either test your website and want to see how it performs with… Read more »