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The Thinnest, Long-Lasting Batteries You’ll Ever See

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California-based startup, Imprint Energy, is developing flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be printed on commonly used industrial screen printers. The startup has been testing ultra thin zinc-polymer batteries in wrist-worn devices. The startup’s idea is to make these thin batteries safe for on-body applications which would be otherwise impossible with bulkier lithium-based batteries. The idea is to sell the… Read more »


Support for Startups: Tech Companies Receiving Grants

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Because they are essentially free money, grants are a godsend to fledgling businesses. Although finding appropriate grants and qualifying for them isn’t easy, you never have to worry about repaying a grant or paying interest. Typically, the government reserves grants only for businesses deemed vital to the state or country overall. Read on to learn… Read more »


10 Traits of a Great Web Designer

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Graphic and web designers need skills that go beyond knowing the software. The technical skills an employer looks for in a graphic designer are just the beginning. To come up with good and engaging websites, today’s designers are required to possess and excel in many different skills. Web designers are traditionally expected to be good… Read more »


Jamaica Launches Startup Accelerator to Attract Investors

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Jamaica in’ it easier for entrepreneurs to launch successful startups Start-Up Jamaica (SUJ) launched this week in an effort to jump-start Jamaica’s startup ecosystem. The government-led program aims to help entrepreneurs transform business ideas into effective business plans capable of attracting investors. The program is based on the Start-Up Chile model, which has successfully put Chile on… Read more »


6 Founders Share Advice on How to Start a Family while Running a Startup

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Starting your own company while balancing a family life is a difficult task. But for some entrepreneurs, growing a family coincides with the mayhem of launching a startup. Founders engage in the challenging balancing act of growing a business while upholding their parental responsibilities. Sure, working and raising a family is part of life for executives in… Read more »


4 Things We Can Learn from Seasoned Entrepreneurs

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From young CEOs who’ve used Kickstarter to post-graduates who have created non-profits to give back, I’ve covered a number of young entrepreneurs who are changing the world – or at least their respective industries. In one of my posts, I wrote about “6 Things We Can Learn from Young Entrepreneurs,” but I also wanted to… Read more »


Don’t Let TSA Confiscate Your Smartphone: Portable Chargers Under $50

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This week, TSA announced that it will confiscate any battery-dead cellphone from boarding the plane. Specifically, international flights that are U.S. bound. This is important to anyone flying because smartphones run out of battery when you least expect it. So, if you’re on the go and don’t get a chance to charge your phone before your… Read more »


Rohit Bhargava’s Tip for Startups: Stop Trying to Sell Advertising

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At last week’s DC launch event for Startup Mixology, the first book from Tech Cocktail’s own cofounder, Frank Gruber. Gruber was joined on-stage by a handful of local entrepreneurs to discuss some of the topics covered in the book. Among them was Rohit Bhargava, the founder of the Influential Marketing Group, author of Likeonomics, and trend curator. After giving his… Read more »






What Startup Teams Can Learn from the World Cup

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I’ve been obsessed with the World Cup matches over the last few weeks. I find myself marveling at the elegance of some of the national teams. They have a way of moving fluidly like an amoeba, while striking out flexibly in order to defend or make a goal. As a leadership coach and as someone… Read more »


Why Hiring Non-Tech People for Technical Positions Can Work

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Finding the perfect candidate for any job is never easy. When it comes to finding qualified candidates for technical positions, the task is often made more difficult by a growing talent shortage. According to a 2013 survey by ManpowerGroup, 39 percent of employers report difficulties finding qualified candidates for their open positions, with IT jobs listed at… Read more »


How to Create a Culture of Innovation

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Almost all startups start with an innovative product or new approach to the market; that’s part of the nature of having a startup. Very few and usually the least successful ones go with the “me too” approach. The real challenge is not how to start creative, but how to maintain a culture of innovation when… Read more »


How to Help Remote Freelancers Make a Living With Your Product

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With the entrance of a new, young, workforce that grew up on the Internet, a growing number of “accidental” freelancers launching their own businesses, and the increased accessibility of a global 24/7/365 connected world, the remote freelance market is booming. Although the majority of freelancers are located in North America, there is a huge market for… Read more »