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Open English CEO Andres Moreno on Raising $120 Million [Video]

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We had the opportunity to talk to Andres Moreno, cofounder and CEO of Open English, about raising US$120 million in funding, potential IPO, and Miami’s growing technology scene. Moreno sat down with Tech Cocktail’s Frank Gruber during the Miami Sessions event at Venture Hive. Moreno also spoke about future plans that include developing a web-based Next University,… Read more »



Get Your Text Messages Translated to Spanish during the World Cup

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Texting your friends about the latest soccer (sorry, football) match and want to sound savvy? For a limited time, you can get accurate and free English-to-Spanish and Spanish-to-English translations from Muuzii. Just text #copa (“cup”) to 95997 to get an instant translation. This promotion (available until July 15) coincides with the launch of Muuzii, a… Read more »



Jim Bankoff of Vox Media: Content Isn’t The Product

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Since its founding in 2011, Vox Media has quickly become one of the leading digital media companies. With popular websites from the the likes of Eater and Curbed to The Verge and Vox, the company’s successful development of topical media content has allowed them to outpace more traditional publications on the Web competing in the similar markets. At last Wednesday’s Tech Cocktail DC Sessions… Read more »


LaunchHouse Accelerator Now Accepting Applications for Hardware Startups

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It was announced last week that LaunchHouse – Ohio’s first hardware accelerator – is now accepting applications to fill its class set to begin this upcoming fall. With a $200,000 grant from the Ohio Third Frontier ONEFund, LaunchHouse is looking to invest in ten broad-based tech startups that focus on hardware/robotics and support user interface technologies. The… Read more »


Steve Case Commemorates Start of ‘Rise of the Rest’ Tour Today in Detroit with a #Selfie

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Last month, we first reported on Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest Road Trip, a tour through four under-recognized startup ecosystems, including Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Nashville. The road tour officially begins today, with Case tweeting a selfie with Quicken Loans founder and chairman, Dan Gilbert: At each stop of the tour, Case will meet with… Read more »


5 Damn Good Reasons to Startup in Brazil

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Brazil is on fire. The country is currently hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup and will also be hosting the 2016 Olympics in Rio. But aside from football and beaches, Brazil has a lot to offer companies looking to grow and expand their business. Here are some reasons why you should consider building your startup in… Read more »


How to Choose Your Board of Directors

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This post includes extra content from Startup Mixology, my upcoming book on starting up – including how to prepare yourself for the harsh reality and celebrate positive moments along the way. Go here to pre-order the book (due July 8) and subscribe to updates! If you raise funding, you’ll probably be required to form a board of directors. A… Read more »



The Formula Behind High-Achieving Employees

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When we interview candidates, we often try to predict achievement by looking at past success. But what if we could measure achievement more directly? In Flourish, psychologist Martin Seligman sets out a simple formula for achievement: achievement = skill x effort Here’s what that means for your next hiring interview.  Skill Skill has three components:… Read more »


App Development Company 10Pearls Buys Gemini Security Solutions

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This morning, it was officially announced that 10Pearls – a software app development company located in Herndon, VA – has acquired Gemini Security Solutions. The acquisition is largely motivated by the company’s recognition that data be kept secure throughout the design and development process than merely being a secondary component. As part of this acquisition, the… Read more »


The VegasTechFund Helps AnyPerk Reach $3 Million in Funding

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The VegasTechFund has just made another big investment. It was reported today by TechCrunch that the Downtown Vegas based group of investors has decided to funnel some big time money into AnyPerk, a former Y Combinator startup geared around employee perks. The VegasTechFund, alongside others, has helped to bring the total funding raised for AnyPerk… Read more »



Pittsburgh’s Rhiza Raises $3M Series A for Big Data Marketing Analytics

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Last week, the Pittsburgh-based Rhiza announced a Series A round of financing valued at $3 million. The round was led by Draper Triangle Ventures. “Rhiza is disrupting the marketing analytics industry with intuitive tools for marketers and salespeople across the entire enterprise at a fraction of the cost,” said Mike Stubler, Managing Director at Draper Triangle… Read more »


Winners of 2014 Knight News Challenge Announced

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The Knight Foundation announced today the winners of the Knight News Challenge at MIT Civic Media Conference in Cambridge, Mass. The winners of the grants are projects aimed at strengthening the internet for free expression and innovation, total awards of $3,466,000. “The successful winners find solution for practical problems,” said Alberto Ibarguen, President and CEO of The Knight Foundation,… Read more »