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Ed Boland: Shifting Miami to a Knowledge Based Economy

By | Dec 6, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Before Ed Boland joined Scout Ventures, he was in the private banking world searching for a niche to cover as he tried to make his career. All the traditional industries in Miami, like healthcare and law, were over-crowded, but then he read about the…

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Melody McCloskey Absolutely Had to Start StyleSeat

By | Dec 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm

When Melody McCloskey had the idea to start StyleSeat she had no experience as a technical founder or as an engineer. She had been working with engineers for the better part of 10 years, but in order to move her idea into the real world…

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Jonathan Neman Tells the Tale of Sweetgreen

By | Dec 2, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Jonathan Neman, the co-founder and co-CEO of Sweetgreen, always knew it was in his genes to venture out and start his own company. During his tenure as an undergraduate at Georgetown University, he teamed up with a few friends after they all spent time…

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Las Vegas

This is Rick Duggan’s Love Story With Las Vegas

By | Nov 30, 2014 at 10:00 am

Rick Duggan isn’t a Las Vegas native, but when he first visited the city in the mid-90s he fell in love with it. What he found was that, outside of The Strip, a regular city with amenities to sustain a normal life existed. However,…

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Fate Brought Three Alumni Together Around Entrepreneurship

By | Nov 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Back in the 1940s and 1950s fraternities and sororities would put old study materials, like the previous year’s exams, in coffers – or treasure chests as some might call them. At Virginia Tech, the tradition is still alive today, but Michael Rihani, the co-founder…

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There are Strong Similarities Between Detroit and DTLV

By | Nov 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Anthony Montalbano, the co-founder of AMBR Detroit, is a Michigan local who spent the majority of his life taking trips into Detroit for sporting events and concerts. And while the city has had a historically bad reputation, everything changed when Dan Gilbert moved Quicken…

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We Should be in a Golden Age for Math Education

By | Nov 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm

How many of you out there think math is an important part of education? Also, how many of you really, truthfully enjoyed taking math courses in school? The resounding response to the former is that math plays a crucial role in education, but the…

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Cyrus Radfar: How do you Keep People Excited About Your Product?

By | Nov 28, 2014 at 11:00 pm

When Cyrus Radfar first got involved in the entrepreneurial world in 2004, the internet was a young, very different place. There were only 50 million domains, Google was the number five website in the world, and Britney Spears was the top search term. Blog was…

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Being a Better CEO Leads to Better Employee Hires

By | Nov 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm

We recently hosted our Chicago Speaker Sessions, sponsored by Cars.com, at John Barleycorn. We invited to the stage two dynamic speakers in Joel Trammell of Khorus and Scott Hess of Spark. Trammell was the first one to take the stage, and the central theme…

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StyleSeat’s Melody McCloskey: On Proving Naysayers Wrong and Raising $14.9M in Funding

By | Nov 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

How do you raise US $14M in venture capital from bald investors for a startup that deals with hair? For starters, you get high-profile investors like Ashton Kutcher, Sophia Bush and Guy Oseary on your side. Just ask Melody McCloskey, co-founder of the online…

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Neil Patel on How to Determine Bad Data from Good Data [VIDEO]

By | Nov 3, 2014 at 9:46 am

Neil Patel is a big believer in Big Data, and he’s made a business of analyzing and utilizing data to enable marketing strategies that help grow a company’s customer base. At Tech Cocktail Celebrate, the cofounder and vice president of marketing for customer analytics…

Entrepreneur

If You Want to Get Funding, Shut Up and Listen to Your Customers [VIDEO]

By | Nov 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Startups can’t survive on an idea or a product on its own. At some point, founders need to find a way to get some funding. Whether that’s through raising a friends-and-family round, spearheading a crowdfunding campaign, or attracting potential angel investors or VCs, there comes…

Entrepreneur

Rachel Ryle: The Fear of Being On One’s Own is Greater Than Fear of Leaving a Job

By | Oct 31, 2014 at 10:00 am

Illustrator and animator Rachel Ryle has quickly become one of the most popular users on Instagram. And, for those who have seen her work on the photo-sharing and video-sharing platform, news of this really shouldn’t come as a surprise. What may come as a shocker…

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Why Snuggling an Uber Kitten Is Good for Your Startup

By | Oct 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm

For National Cat Day yesterday, Uber teamed up with Cheezburger and ASPCA for the second year in a row to deliver kittens instead of people. Users in 7 cities – Austin, Chicago, DC, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle – could open up the Uber…

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