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The Real Correlation Between Media and Entrepreneurship: Programs at SU Bring Everything Full Circle


What do broadcast journalism, public relations and advertising have in common with entrepreneurship? Some people could argue that the communication and business fields are somewhat related, but there is a bigger correlation than you think. As a recent graduate of Syracuse University, I had the chance to experience firsthand the rise of “Media Entrepreneurship” during… Read more »

EduCanon and Win The Challenge Cup’s Education Semifinals, Head Into Global Finals


After kicking off with an opening party last Friday night, 1776′s Challenge Festival went into full swing yesterday, with the first of four semifinal competitions that will take place throughout the week. Of the 16 education startups that competed at last night’s Challenge Cup: Education Semifinals competition, D.C. semifinalist eduCanon and Tel Aviv’s successfully pitched their way into Saturday’s Global Finals. Additionally, we have the results from… Read more »

Are Marketing Technology Startups Taking Over?


The marketing technology space is evolving, thanks to various software marketers now have at their fingertips to help make their job simpler and better. The “marketing technology landscape” is evolving all the time. Scott Brinker, chief blogger at, has created three versions of this landscape, starting in 2011. His latest versions have improved the… Read more »

3 Ways to Use Psychology to Reach Your Goals Faster


When I picked up Shawn Achor’s book Before Happiness, I thought I was reading a book about positivity. It turns out, it’s also a book about success – and I shouldn’t have been surprised. Achor’s famous TED talk explains why our ideas about work and happiness are backwards: it’s because happiness leads to productivity, and… Read more »

Kickstarter Will Become the New Norm For Young Entrepreneurs: Juiceboxx is the Perfect Example


A few months ago, Lucas Williamson and Scott Scherpenberg, two young entrepreneurs and the co-founders of Juiceboxx, didn’t know they would make more than $30,000 to help launch their startup. Despite the fact that some entrepreneurs rely only on investors and college business plan competitions, the Juiceboxx team took another approach: Kickstarter. While most of… Read more »

Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Downtown Las Vegas for #CollisionConf

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This week, hundreds of startup founders, investors and media will descend on Downtown Las Vegas for Collision Conference, the tech conference created by the same team behind Dublin’s Web Summit and F.ounders. Speakers include Tony Hsieh, Tony Hawk, Matt Mullenweg, Braintree’s Bill Ready, Evelyn Rusli from the Wall Street Journal, Aaron Patzer of Mint, Scott Belsky… Read more »

6 of the Top 10 Entry-Level Jobs Are in Tech

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Today, the financial community WalletHub released its 2014 Entry-Level Jobs Report, and tech jobs took the spotlight as some of the best opportunities for new graduates. Six of the top 10 entry-level jobs are in tech:  It’s no surprise that tech is an attractive industry lately. Salaries are high, everyone and their brother is looking… Read more »

What Kara Swisher Looks for in Startups


On Thursday night, veteran tech journalist Kara Swisher joined us in Vegas for a fireside chat as part of Tech Cocktail Week. Swisher is the former co-executive editor of AllThingsD, and now co-executive editor of Re/code. Swisher obviously gets pitched by tons of startups. “I’m kind of like that Hollywood studio head. ‘Oh I’ve got… Read more »

How An Online Knowledge Base Can Enhance Product R&D


Never before has competition among businesses been so high. Regardless of industry, product and/or service, or size, you need an advantage. For instance, in the area of product research and development, you need access to viable information and ongoing answers. Because of increasing demand, you now have the opportunity to use an online knowledge base… Read more »

Mamá Knows Best: Motherly Advice For Entrepreneurs


Mother’s Day is upon us, and we couldn’t end this series on Andres Moreno at Tech Cocktail Miami Sessions without mentioning one of the event’s highlights: Moreno’s mother, Marianela Jimenez.  She briefly joined her son on stage, and when asked asked about being the mother of the co-founder and CEO of Open English, she explained that at times it… Read more »

The Top 10 Stories of the Week: Use HTML5 for Mobile Apps, Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran’s AngelList Syndicate, and the Hottest Startups of 1776′s Challenge Festival [POLL]


Did you miss out on one (or five) of Tech Cocktail’s posts from this week? It’s okay. We want to let you know that we forgive you; we totally get it. You’re a busy person, with a lot of things on your mind and equally as many things to do. You had people to meet,… Read more »

Why You Should Hire People Who Are Smarter Than You


I’m a big believer in hiring employees who are smarter than you, but I didn’t always feel this way. Early in my career, I was hesitant to hire people I thought were smarter than me. Believe it or not, I had a bit of an ego. I didn’t want to accept that I might not… Read more »

4 Roadblocks to Hiring a Technical Co-Founder


“I have an idea for the next Facebook — if you build it for me, I’ll make you a partner!” This is a sentence that almost every programmer has heard. In the tech industry, it is almost a not-so-unwritten rule that every company needs a business development person and a coder to become successful. This… Read more »