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Martin Ringlein on the Top Ten Traits of Entrepreneurship

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Last month, Tech Cocktail joined startup and tech enthusiasts in welcoming Maria Thomas of SmartThings and Martin Ringlein of nvite in Crystal City at Disruption Corporation, home of Crystal Tech Fund. An award-winning designer, developer, entrepreneur and angel investor; Martin most recently was at The White House as a President as a Presidential Innovation Fellow…. Read more »


When Seeking Corporate Funding or Partnership, Don’t Lose Sight of Your Startup Vision [VIDEO]

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At this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, there was a lot of focus on how public and private entities can support the development of startup communities. In one particular panel, titled “Corporations Embracing Startup Communities,” representatives from leading corporations discussed the various ways through which large companies are working with and alongside startups to develop today’s innovative tech… Read more »




Bharat Vasan: Your Goal is Not to Acquire More Customers, But Happy Customers [VIDEO]

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In a conversation about the intricacies of the investor-investee relationship, Charles Hudson (partner at SoftTech VC) and Bharat Vasan (COO of August) told the audience at Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference that the dynamic needs to be balanced for the sake of the company’s growth.  Especially if you’re an early-stage, hardware startup. “It’s the job of management and the board… Read more »


How to Position Yourself for a Career in the New Tech Economy [VIDEO]

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At this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, one of the panel discussions – titled “Growing the Talent Pool” – focused on strategies through which public and private entities can support a growing talent pool within their communities. While the main points of the discussion centered around rethinking and revamping the way we approach education in order… Read more »





How to Get Funded by DC’s Biggest Startup Investors

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What happens when you put seven startup investors on stage at a casual event, where ties are discouraged, jokes are made, and cocktails are on hand? You get some brutal honesty. Straight talk and telling it like it is were the themes of our August Tech Cocktail Sessions event in DC, where we were joined by… Read more »



Jim Salzano: Building a Scalable Startup Starts With People

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Jim Salzano, investor at Data Point Capital, shared some great thoughts about scalability during Tech Cocktail Sessions in Las Vegas. Most recently, Salzano was the President of Clarks Americas and member of the Clarks Global Executive Leadership Team. During his time in the footwear company he helped increase revenues from just over $40M in revenues to over $1.1B… Read more »


Vator.Tv CEO Shares 8 Building Blocks to Create Regional Tech Clusters [Video]

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Bambi Francisco, Founder and CEO of  Vator.tv, spoke during Tech Cocktail Sessions in Las Vegas, where she shared layers for a foundation in building a regional tech hub based on her experience in Oakland. There needs to be eight building blocks in place before a city can become a tech hub: 1. Favorable infrastructure: Housing and commercial units… Read more »