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8 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know Before Getting a 409a Valuation

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Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. A 409A valuation.  Why is it important?  Well, as Brad Feld says, “it’s going to impact every employee in your company that gets… Read more »


SmartThings’s Alex Hawkinson: 5 Key Tips for Running a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

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Last week, Startup Grind DC held a fireside chat event at nclud with SmartThings CEO and co-founder Alex Hawkinson. Aside from talking about his hopes for the DC tech scene and praising the area’s vast resources that encourage tech startup growth, Hawkinson spent some time speaking to the audience about his philosophy when it comes to startup capital and what… Read more »


This Woman Applied to Dropbox by Making a Geeky Parody of Lorde’s “Royals” [VIDEO]

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Out of all the cover letters that Dropbox is getting for its communications coordinator position, this one has to be the most original. Instead of your boring one-pager, an applicant named Melissa Gregoli decided to record a “cover” video instead. She made a geeky parody of Lorde’s popular song “Royals” about how awesome Dropbox’s file… Read more »



Allen Gannett Closes Huge Series A Round for TrackMaven

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TrackMaven, under the leadership of  CEO and founder Allen Gannett, today announced a successful $6.5 million Series A funding round. The funds came primarily from New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Bowery Capital, and Acceleprise Ventures. The majority of said funding will be going towards product growth, sales and marketing, and expanding to about 50 employees in… Read more »


primeloop Joins 500 Startups Batch 8 Accelerator

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500 Startups today announced the 28 startups that will make up Batch 8 and head into the accelerator program in their new SOMA offices. Among those companies is one from right here in Downtown Vegas: primeloop. Thomas Knoll co-founded primeloop, alongside Mike Ciklin, after leaving his previous role as the Community Architect at Zappos. They… Read more »


Meet The Challenge Cup São Paulo’s Hottest Startups

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Last week was the Challenge Cup São Paulo’s Regional competition, held at SuperNova Labs.  Dozens of startups delivered their one-minute pitch on stage to a panel of judges, where one company from each category would emerge as the winner and move onto the final round. In the spirit of Tech Cocktail, however, we want your take.  We ran a… Read more »


Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials from Tech Companies

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Yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday, and Broncos fans all over America are trying their best to forget it ever happened.   But the beauty of the Super Bowl is that regardless of which side you root for, everybody puts aside their loyalties when the commercials start rolling. This year there were some amazing tech-related commercials that… Read more »


500 Startups Announces San Francisco-based Batch 8

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500 Startups today announced the 28 different international and domestic startups that will be going through their accelerator program. They will be the eighth batch to go through the accelerator; however, this time around the program will be held in the new SOMA office, 500 Del Norte, in San Francisco. Regardless of location, the companies… Read more »


S3NSE: Real-Time Data Analytics Dashboards for Fast Decision-Making

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Economist and finance consultant Juan Montoya spent many years analyzing and modeling data for some of the country’s biggest companies and institutions.  Now a tech entrepreneur, Montoya founded S3NSE to help managers make faster data-driven decisions with the aid of integrated, beautifully visualized, and easily digestible data dashboards. Montoya’s aim with S3NSE is to resolve… Read more »





6 Technology Trends to Keep an Eye on This Year

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The year 2014 is set to bring to our homes, offices and factories many technologies that have been in the experimental state for the past few years. Now, there’s no crystal ball to gaze into and accurately predict which open source platform will be popular next year or which Silicon Valley startup is going to… Read more »


Who Is DC’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [POLL]

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Last year, a DC startup was chosen as the runner-up in the Hottest Startup in the Nation contest.  Who will breakthrough in 2014? In late February Tech Cocktail is headed back to the Nation’s Capital to showcase a fresh batch of sizzling hot DC-area startups.  Join us at 1776 to interact first hand with the dozen-ish early… Read more »