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Marc Nager Explains Startup Weekend’s Secret Mission 

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According to CEO Marc Nager, a funny thing happened when Startup Weekend started asking participants why they decided to attend. Surveyed before the event, they say they came to build a company. But surveyed after, they say they came to learn. “The learning that we had is [to market] the sex appeal of creating a… Read more »



Steve Case’s ‘Rise of the Rest Road Trip’ Highlights Four Emerging Startup Markets with $400k Investment

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At last week’s 1776 Challenge Festival Closing Keynote, Steve Case addressed the audience about his “Rise of the Rest” theory, and the belief that startups outside of Silicon Valley should have ready access to capital in order to match those companies in more-developed startup markets. Specifically, the AOL cofounder spoke on crowdfunding’s role as the great equalizer… Read more »


Startup Jackpot Boston Leaves Startups with Valuable Advice and a Shot at Mass Challenge

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Last Saturday, the grassroots startup competition Startup Jackpot held an event at Boston’s WeWork South Station. Fifteen startups got the opportunity to pitch their businesses for a chance at a $4,300 cash prize, a final round interview with Mass Challenge, and a spot at accelerator Boost. The winner at Startup Jackpot Boston was Drinkwell, which… Read more »



Win a Mentor Lunch with Steve Case of AOL and Revolution

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What would you do to score a mentor lunch with a hugely successful entrepreneur? Steve Case, co-founder and former CEO of AOL, is offering one lucky entrepreneurial hopeful just that. These days, Case is heading up Revolution, a venture capital firm dedicated to investing in world-changing ideas. He’s also the chairman of UP Global, an… Read more »


These Are the Top Languages Taught at Programming Bootcamps [STUDY]

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In a report released today by Course Report, Ruby led the way among programming languages taught at US bootcamps, at 57 percent: The 2014 survey included 41 of the 43 full-time programming schools in the US, which expect to graduate nearly 6,000 students in 2014. That’s up from around 2,200 graduates (and 33 schools) last year. … Read more »


A War for Founders Is Underway

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A few weeks ago, I took my first trip to Moscow to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC).  This was the most impactful event of my current startup, CoFoundersLab. Since 2011, I’ve visited many of the 40 cities we’ve launched in and enjoyed the privilege of meeting the visionary community leaders and government organizations who… Read more »


5 Accelerator Programs to Help You Launch Your Startup

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Startup founders often debate whether to give up equity to join an accelerator. And even if they do apply, acceptance rates – between 1 and 3 percent – are notorious for being more competitive than Ivy League schools. If you are one of the lucky few accepted into an accelerator, the main benefits include gaining… Read more »


DC’s 2014 Spring Startup Weekend: Recap and Winners

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Looking for the next Airbnb? You just might find it at Startup Weekend DC. This past weekend at WeWork DC – Wonder Bread Factory, 13 new startups were created, money was made, $25k was invested, and three months of rent was waved away for one lucky startup. The Judges Panel: Benjamin Wald @benjaminswald – Managing Partner… Read more »



7 Educational Technology Startups That Deserve Your Attention

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The educational technology industry is getting busier by the day. New startups are constantly being promoted, but not all of them offer innovative concepts that increase the effectiveness of both teachers and students. That being said, there are some pretty cool recent launches both educators and students should check out. With the right set of… Read more »


Music Sounds Better With Tech

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If you live in Miami, music is all around you. Not only is this city home to world-renowned electronic music festivals, including this week’s much anticipated Winter Music Conference (WMC) but it’s also a home for recording artists, and a hub for major record labels like BMG and Universal Music Latin Entertainment. On the cusp… Read more »


Can the eMerge Americas Techweek Conference Put Miami on the Map?

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Editor’s Note: This post is sponsored by eMerge Americas. We thank them for their support. To learn more about Tech Cocktail’s sponsored content programs, please contact us. From May 1-7, eMerge Americas will host a huge tech conference hoping to bring together the tech scene across the Americas, with Miami as its hub. The conference, held in Miami Beach,… Read more »