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The Current Funding Landscape and How to Get Funded

By | Oct 7, 2015 at 11:00 am

According to Bradley Harrison of Scout Ventures, there are three things that kill a startup: running out of money, having shitty investors, and making bad hires. Regardless of what stage startup you are, funding is always a priority. Be it bootstrapping, crowdfunding, angel investors,…

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Kara Goldin’s Scrappy Journey to $70M in Revenue

By | Oct 6, 2015 at 8:27 pm

Kara Goldin is the founder and CEO of Hint Water, a company that created a type of flavored water completely untarnished by terrible ingredients. That means no diet sweeteners and preservatives; additionally, the water is also gluten-free, non-gmo, vegan, and contains zero calories. At…

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Blendoor Wins Celebrate 2015 Startup of the Year

By | Oct 6, 2015 at 8:21 pm

The votes are in! We’ve officially announced this year’s Startup of the Year. We had $250,000 in prizes to give away this year, so while we had one grand prize winner, each startup will still get to go home with something pretty amazing. So,…

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Which Celebrate 2015 Finalist Will Take Home Gold?

By | Oct 6, 2015 at 7:20 pm

Our Startup of the Year pitch competition is one of the biggest cornerstones of the Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, and there’s no denying it: our attendees go absolutely crazy over it. We’re only a mere hour away from finding out who the winner is…

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For Startup Success, Focus on the Customer Experience

By | Oct 6, 2015 at 6:56 pm

What value are you bringing to your customers? It’s one of the most important things for a company to consider – especially when the overall success of your business wholly depends on whether your company can continue to bring in new customers and keep…

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Techstars’ John Fein Shows us How to Nail an Investor Meeting

By | Oct 6, 2015 at 6:06 pm

The afternoon is winding down here on the final day of our third annual Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, and everybody is eagerly awaiting the pitch competition with our five Startup of the Year finalists. However, the crowd was just as excited to see Techstars‘…

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Entrepreneur Coaching: It’s Not Just for Athletes!

By | Oct 6, 2015 at 4:59 pm

We think of coaching as something that’s mostly used by companies having a crisis, or for employees in transition, but there comes a point for many entrepreneurs where you may  need some outside input in getting to the next stage of your growth. A good…

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3D Printed Cars and the future of Manufacturing with Jay Rogers

By | Oct 6, 2015 at 3:41 pm

If you’ve read our previous profile on Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers, you already know that the company is reinventing the focus and pace of the automotive industry  through crowd-sourced, collaborative vehicle design, produced by micro-factories throughout the United States. While disruption is a topic that’s at top of…

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Danielle Morrill is Organizing the World’s Business Data and Information

By | Oct 6, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Before we broke for lunch on the final day of this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference Danielle Morrill took to the stage to give a keynote speech all about data. More to the point, she spoke about her role as cofounder and CEO at Mattermark, detailed…

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Here’s Google’s Criteria for Startup Acquisitions

By | Oct 6, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Contrary to what some startups may believe, there’s more to corporations and larger enterprises than the prospect of an acquisition. Most notably, there’s a lost opportunity when startups outright refuse or fail to consider potential partnerships with enterprises. There are many untapped benefits when…

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Here Are the 5 Finalists Competing to Be the Startup of the Year

By | Oct 6, 2015 at 1:14 pm

After a year of touring around the nation, polling communities around the globe, and hearing from hundreds of startups, today we’re announcing our five finalists in the Startup of the Year competition. Yesterday our judges met with more than 50 of the hottest growing…

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The Convergence of Technology & Entertainment with Jermaine Dupri

By | Oct 5, 2015 at 10:01 pm

Producer, musician, and entrepreneur Jermaine Dupri has a long history with, and we’re always excited to hear his insights on where technology is going next in the entertainment industry. Tonight, he sat down with Startup Grind founder Derek Andersen about his career, his…

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Making Payment Technology Fun By Making It Simple and Seamless

By | Oct 5, 2015 at 9:03 pm

A workshop on payment technology is probably the last place you’d imagine jokes. But Justin Woo of PayPal had jokes in spades at his appropriately -titled workshop “Making Payments Fun” along with PayPal startup advocate Sneha Menon. The workshop started with Mehon’s list of the…

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Jason Putorti: The Value of Your Company is Dependent on Good Design

By | Oct 5, 2015 at 8:01 pm

What is the purpose of design? When it comes to the topic of design, many people tend to focus on just the pure aesthetics of design: how does something look, how do people respond to it, and does it reflect the values of the…

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Focus on Team and Talent, Achieve Next Level Results

By | Oct 5, 2015 at 7:18 pm

With the afternoon of our Monday Celebrate schedule winding down, we heard from Stacy Parson and Susan Cooney about achieving next level results for startup companies. Specifically, their session focused on teams and talent, and removing friction that gets in the way of accelerated…

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Fargo is a Shining Example of How to Create a Strong Community

By | Oct 5, 2015 at 6:43 pm

How do you create a community you want to be a part of? It’s an enduring question that most, if not all, startup ecosystems have to tackle as they grow and attract entrepreneurial talent. For Greg Tehven, cofounder of Emerging Prairie out of Fargo,…

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Hsieh on Culture and Change: ‘It’s Just a Matter of Prioritization’

By | Oct 5, 2015 at 6:25 pm

Kicking off the first day of Celebrate in Las Vegas, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and Tech.Co CEO Frank Gruber took the stage to discuss change and culture. For Hsieh, some notable examples come from the company he’s built and a project focused on improving…

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