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What EdTech Entrepreneurs Sometimes Forget

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This year’s first-quarter investments in the edtech sector reached record highs, filling the $1.3 trillion-dollar space with new companies eager to get their products into the hands of every teacher. This growth presents challenges for entrepreneurs and educators alike. As the cofounder of an edtech company who originated in consumer and B2B technology, I’ve learned… Read more »


6 Ways to Increase Your Laptop’s Battery Life

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It’s something that happens to all of us in our daily life: when we absolutely need to use our laptop, there’s no battery left. We are going on a long trip for an important meeting, and of course we end up with low battery. So here are some strategies to help you increase your laptop battery life…. Read more »


Downtown Vegas Based Forward Digital Named Number 1 PPC Company

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The Downtown Vegas based Forward Digital today announced that TopSEOs.com, an independent authority on paid search vendors, has named them the number one pay per click (PPC) for small businesses. Additionally, Forward Digital was also ranked in the top 10 for the following categories: conversion optimization, integrated search (SEO and PPC), and PPC management. “To… Read more »


Foodzie Co-Founders Launches Food Delivery Service Forage

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Foodzie co-founders Rob LaFave and Emily LaFave launched Forage, an ingredients and recipe delivery service that allows customers to recreate their favorite restaurant dishes in the comfort of their homes. Both co-founders previous venture, online food marketplace startup Foodzie, was acquired by video eCommerce service Joyous in a combination cash and stock deal.  Putting their entrepreneurial experience in… Read more »


St. Louis-Based LaunchCode to Launch Apprenticeship Program in Miami

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Founder Jim McKelvey announced this week that he will be expanding LaunchCode‘s program to Miami. LaunchCode is a paired-programming initiative aimed at solving the problem of tech talent shortage, an issue widely discussed in South Florida’s tech community. The initiative has been successful in St. Louis, and the launch in Miami is part of McKelvey’s expansion plan… Read more »


Pittsburgh’s Lily&Strum Helps Create Perfect Moments with Perfect Gifts

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A lot of anxiety can go into finding the perfect gift, especially for the sentimental perfectionists among us.  Combine that with the nonstop, ADD-stricken lives that many of us lead, the good intentions we once had of finding the most personalized, amazing, and treasured gift can be neglected. Thankfully, Pittsburgh-based Lily&Strum is coming to the rescue in a big… Read more »


My Book “Startup Mixology” in the News!

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Whew! It’s been almost a month since I launched my book, Startup Mixology: Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. I’ve been busy with a book tour (join us!), speaking with other great panelists in DC, Miami, Vegas, San Francisco, and Dallas. I got to sit down with lots of the entrepreneurs quoted in… Read more »


How Technology Is Changing the Cigarette Business

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The cigarette industry has an extensive history, but for the most part cigarettes have remained as technologically uncomplicated as they were several decades ago. These small paper bundles of tobacco, filters, and chemicals have fluctuated in popularity through the ages, rising with their positive portrayal in Hollywood films and advertising, and falling as knowledge of… Read more »


Tesla May Build Its Gigafactory near Reno, Nevada

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Tesla has been considering several locations to build a large-scale battery factory, and the company confirmed in its letter to shareholders yesterday that Reno, Nevada, is one of them. Tesla said it broke ground in June near Reno and is also considering locations in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas. The company will decide the… Read more »


A Little Tip to Make Boring Meetings Less Boring

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If ever there were something inherently boring on this earth, it might be meetings. The group “brainstorming,” the coworkers trying to impress the boss, the lack of actionability all conspire to put us to sleep. Or not. According to psychology researcher Shawn Achor, even the most boring of meetings is an opportunity for us to exercise… Read more »



Loveseat and Pelonkey Take Home a W From TCWeek

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Earlier in July we had our monthly Tech Cocktail Week Mixer & Startup Showcase in the middle of Frank Gruber’s big Startup Mixology book tour. Entrepreneurs packed into The Window to hear pitches from the local startups and vote on who they thought were the best. In total there were 10 different startups vying for… Read more »



5 Secrets to Scaling Your Startup

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So your startup is really getting off the ground, and you’re ready to be more than a team of core co-founders.  Taking the plunge to scaling your startup can be tricky, as your startup is your baby, your most prized possession, and, most likely, your entire life.  It’s important to scale your startup at the… Read more »


Android’s Secret Options

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There are a lot of things you can tweak in Android. Probably you haven’t even bothered opening up the Accessibility settings, but given the name, you might think those are just features for people who have disabilities, but they’re actually quite useful for anyone. The Accessibility settings in Android are a lot like those on… Read more »


ManServant’s “Rent a Gentleman” Service Coming to SF

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So it looks like it’s come down to this, ladies: the perfect boyfriend needs to be rented, not found in bars. The San Francisco-based startup ManServant provides women with men who do exactly what they want. The company, founded by two advertising copywriters, has a catalog of gentleman tailored-to-order and willing to be your butler, photographer, bodyguard, or… Read more »