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Rokk3r Labs: Investing in the Entrepreneur, Not the Idea

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One way to get your startup off the ground is to leverage the mentorship and investor relationship opportunities of a startup incubator and accelerator. But that is not the ONLY way to do so, and many times it’s not the best alternative for the startup founder. “There are other alternatives for entrepreneurs to come into… Read more »


The Founder Institute Sets Its Sights on Las Vegas

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The learning doesn’t stop in Downtown Las Vegas. The Founder Institute, the “world’s largest startup accelerator”, has announced a new class meetup featuring leaders in the local tech community. According to the company’s website, the program offers a “structured, 4-month curriculum of weekly training courses and business-building assignments” from which “you graduate the Founder Institute as the Founder… Read more »


Strive: Connecting Independent Contractors on the Go

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Job hunting is difficult for everyone, for both job-seekers and even employees. When it comes to finding a reliable contractors and freelancers, that is recommendation-based process. Denver-based startup Strive a location-based intuitive app that connects employers with employees, and customers with contractors. The idea for Strive grew out of a long standing interest in job search… Read more »


5 Ways Thought Leadership Can Transform Your Startup

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What does Nilofer Merchant, Naval Ravikant and Robert Scoble have in common? They are considered thought leaders in specialized industries. This “business jargon” is considered a very strong tool in an effective content marketing strategy. It helps establish a company or individual as an expert, adding value to a brand or service the company sells. Thought Leadership… Read more »


EdTech Startup MassiveU Raises $700K in Funding

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Naples, FL-based startup, MassiveU, announced that it has received US $330,000 investment from The Tamiami Angel Fund II (T2). MassiveU, which started as MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), is accelerating its growth as a project-based, social learning Platform As-A-Service (PLAAS) company. The company works with content providers, publishers and school district leaders to deliver learning… Read more »


VegasTechFund Launches AngelList Syndicate with Buffer Funding

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The VegasTechFund, the $50 million startup fund that’s part of the Downtown Project, has launched an AngelList Syndicate today to raise $400k for San Francisco-based Buffer. The fund was previously focused on funding early-stage startups, and up to this point has invested around $30 million dollars into over 90 early-stage startups. As Tony Hsieh explained on stage… Read more »



JIBO Looks Like It’s Directly From a Sci-Fi Movie

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Disclaimer: I attended University with the individual quoted in this article. Sci-fi movies have put some interesting notions about robots and the way they work with humans in our minds, to say the least. The Terminator, I-Robot, and even The Matrix all depict pseudo-apocalyptic worlds where robots and humans started out great, but somewhere along the… Read more »



Are You Paying Too Much Online Because of Variable Pricing?

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You may have already started clearing your browsing history – or changing browsers altogether – when hunting down online airfares in order to make sure you’re always seeing the best price. But how many other hack gymnastics are you performing in order to make sure you are seeing all variable pricing options when shopping online? According to… Read more »


500 Startups Pulls UXcam from England to Silicon Valley

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Put simply, data companies are hot these days. Having the ability to know exactly what your users are doing, where they’re doing it, and to what end, is a near-priceless commodity in the tech ecosystem. When Kishan Gupta co-founded UXcam, he didn’t know he was going to be ultimately getting into 500 Startups, but rather… Read more »



How Mobile Technology Has Revolutionized Small Business

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Don’t look now, but mobile technology is leveling the playing field for American firms. Technologies and capabilities that were once reserved for the upper echelon of the Fortune 500 can now fit comfortably in the palm of almost anyone’s hand. Mobile technology, whether you believe it or not, has — and will undoubtedly continue to… Read more »