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Namely Raises $12M Series B for Cloud-Based HR Platform


This morning, the Cloud-based human resources platform Namely announced that it has closed a $12 million round of Series B funding led by Matrix Partners. This brings the company’s total amount of funding to $22 million. Other participants in this round of financing include True Ventures, Lerer Ventures, and Bullpen Capital. As part of this round, David… Read more »

The Age of the Social Media Copycat


There has been a trend of late among the leading social media platforms that I find to be concerning: Copycatting. Twitter, perhaps the worst offender, has recently redesigned its user profile pages in a way that is unmistakably Facebook-esque. There are also rumors it may do away with the @-mention, and that a new timeline-like… Read more »

All the World’s Internet on a Single Strand of Fiber


If you have a gigabit Internet connection, you’re probably pretty happy with your Internet speed. But technological advances never cease, and researchers in the U.S. and the Netherlands believe they’ve discovered a way to make networking a lot faster. It’s difficult, though, to comprehend just how large of a speed increase they envision. They’re not… Read more »

Ageism in Tech – Too Old to be a Startup Founder?

Too Late to Start

You may have seen the catchy headline suggesting that Mobile Roadie founder Michael Schneider may be “too old for the tech industry” at age 30. These types of clickbait headlines are dangerous to the industry and set a prejudice in place that may prevent truly great entrepreneurs from taking the helm at the next game-changing startups. Addressing… Read more »

3 Startup Pitch Habits You Should Avoid

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If you were to witness a startup pitch from two startups with equally cool technology, equally smart founders, and an equally attractive upside in front of the exact same group of investors on the exact same day, logic would say that they would both raise money for their startup, right? Wrong. Here’s why: At a recent… Read more »

Orlando-Based Freedom Audio Joins R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator


Orlando-based startup Freedom Audio was accepted to the latest R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator, powered by Techstars, in New York City. The startup develops rugged speakers that are connected to music providers via built-in cellular and WiFi.   They will be joining  an exceptional group of hardware- and Internet of Things-focused startups into the 2015 R/GA Accelerator. The… Read more »

Become a Stronger Startup Founder by Nurturing Your Soul


Last week I was invited to an event where a group of female startup entrepreneurs shared their experiences as business leaders. What was so refreshing about this particular conversation was that they all spoke about the role spirituality plays in their leadership style. We constantly read about startup founders and how they manage their company, yet rarely… Read more »

Use This Tinder for Voting App to Help You on Election Day


VOTING IS SO HARD. Okay, it really isn’t – for the most part, candidates often offer a broad enough spectrum of opinions on multiple issues that make it pretty easy for voters to figure out for whom to vote. There is, however, the likelihood that voters won’t even know anything about the candidates on the ballot (or that they… Read more »

Clarify Closes $1M Round for Media Analytics API Platform


Clarify Inc is a self-service API that allows you to make your audio and video files actionable via search and extracted keywords and topics. The team, founded by Paul Murphy and Ivo Rothschild, chose this name for their startup because Clarify is “what we do. We make opaque data searchable. We give you insights into it.” Clarify believes that the huge volume… Read more »

PPC Advertising is About to Get Ugly


Google Adwords has been around for about 14 years and in those 14 years, Google has dominated PPC advertising. In 2013, Adwords surpassed 50 billion in advertising revenue. Bing, Yahoo, and other PPC advertising platforms have tried to court advertisers–but advertisers want to be where the traffic is. Currently, Google has at least 67 percent… Read more »

Esteban Reyes: Startups Need to Adapt and Focus on the Big Picture


Self-proclaimed start-up junkie, investor, and serial entrepreneur Esteban Reyes has founded seven successful companies in 14 years. This is exceptional, given the ups and downs of starting your own company.  He first co-founded Verification Bureau at age 19. It was a mortgage fraud prevention technology business that was sold to Lender Processing Services in the summer of… Read more »

Neil Patel on How to Determine Bad Data from Good Data [VIDEO]


Neil Patel is a big believer in Big Data, and he’s made a business of analyzing and utilizing data to enable marketing strategies that help grow a company’s customer base. At Tech Cocktail Celebrate, the cofounder and vice president of marketing for customer analytics platform KISSmetrics joined us to talk about the ways through which… Read more »

Scott Hess Provides Expert Advice on Attracting and Marketing to Millennials


On Thursday, November 6, Tech Cocktail is hosting its Chicago Mixer, featuring Spark‘s Scott Hess and Khorus‘s Joel Trammell. Get your tickets now! Scott Hess, SVP/Human Experience at Publicis media agency Spark, is one of the leading experts on American youth and the millennial generation in particular. His TED talk, “Millennials: Who They Are & Why… Read more »