Ecosystems

Florida Among Top 5 States for Entrepreneurs

By | Dec 16, 2014 at 9:00 am

Florida ranks as the fifth most entrepreneur-friendly state nationwide; that’s according to the 19th Annual Small Business Policy Index published once a year. The index ranks all 50 states according to 42 different policy measures, including government-imposed or government-related costs that directly or indirectly affect entrepreneurship…

Events

Congrats to the Winners of the Tech Cocktail & Refresh Miami All-Star 2014 Awards!

By | Dec 12, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Holiday season is upon us, and what better place to be jolly than a holiday party with industry leaders? And jolly it was during this year’s Tech Cocktail & Refresh Miami Holiday party. We mingled with old friends, cheered with new ones, and recognized those in…

Ecosystems

Kairos and NovoPayment Selected as Endeavor Entrepreneurs at Miami

By | Dec 12, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Endeavor selected two new South Florida startups, Kairos and NovoPayment to become Endeavor Entrepreneurs at Miami. The companies were selected during Endeavor’s 56th International Selection Panel, which took place in Coral Gables and Coconut Grove on Monday through Wednesday. It included entrepreneurs being considered for…

Funding

Medina Capital Closes on $182M Private Equity Fund

By | Dec 10, 2014 at 1:41 pm

South Florida-based firm Medina Capital announced today it has closed their new private equity fund with total committed capital of US $182 million for high-growth tech companies. As reported in The Starting Gate, the fund’s typical investment size is $10 million to $20 million and it will…

Mobile

YellowPepper to Launch Yepex, “Smart Wallet” for Latin America

By | Dec 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Miami-based startup YellowPepper announced today that they are rolling out a Smart Wallet in Latin America called Yepex. Yepex allows customers the ability to make online payments safer and fasters, by transforming smartphones into Smart Wallet.  It will also allow users to pre-order at various venues and have…

MiamiSessions

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…

MiamiSessions

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…

Business

How Slowing Down Will Increase Your Productivity and Improve Your Sex Life

By | Dec 5, 2014 at 8:00 am

Here is a sad fact to put things in perspective: A recently released study indicated one in ten participants admitted to having used their phone during sex. As far as young adults, ages 18 to 34, make that one in five — 20 percent. “We…

FinTech

Richmond Global Ventures Heads to Miami, Offering Larger Investment for Startups

By | Dec 4, 2014 at 12:13 pm

In the last year, Miami’s investment infrastructure has strengthened dramatically, with more venture funds looking to the city as a hub. However, the focus has been for startups in the seed and smaller Series A stage. This may change soon. Richmond Global Ventures announced that…

News

#MiamiTech: Time to Vote For Tech Cocktail 2014 All-Stars Awards

By | Dec 3, 2014 at 7:34 pm

It’s that time of the year, when we celebrate our accomplishments and learn from our mistakes. This year, we’ve partnered up with Refresh Miami to host a holiday party to celebrate with Miami’s entrepreneurial community. Part of this celebration will be an award ceremony to…

Business

15 Favorite Quotes from Sime MIA 2014

By | Dec 3, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Tech Cocktail is a Media Partner during Sime MIA 2014  The team behind Sime MIA has outdone itself this year. They brought a group of eclectic and powerful innovators from across the globe to South Florida. From political activists to inventors, the audience left the conference…

Communication

Kandid, Anonymous Sharing App for Students, Raises $1.4M in Funding

By | Dec 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Miami-based startup ShareWhere Inc. announced today that it has raised $1.4 million in seed funding for its anonymous social sharing app Kandid, which is quickly gaining steam on college campuses. Kandid is allows users to share photos and text in a local setting, either privately…

.CO

Venture Hive and Microsoft offer Global Startup Education

By | Dec 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Miami-based accelerator and education company, Venture Hive, has partnered with Microsoft Innovation Centers (MIC’s) to develop a pre-accelerator program that connects entrepreneurs to resources and support their need in validating and building their ideas into solutions. The MIC Pre-Accelerator program includes 12 weeks of intensive, specialized training…

Business

Investing in Miami: First Come the Startup Failures, Then Comes the Success

By | Dec 2, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Tech Cocktail is a Media Partner during Sime MIA 2014 “Our entrepreneurs are becoming more sophisticated about the process of raising capital,” Melissa Krinzman of Krillion Ventures said proudly to a full audience of South Florida’s industry leaders during Sime MIA. Krinzman was joined by…

Inspiration

Political Activism and Storytelling in the Tech Era

By | Nov 26, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Tech Cocktail is a Media Partner during Sime MIA 2014 In order to understand what political activism is today, let’s compare it to political activism in its pre-digital form — pounding the pavement to distribute printed handouts, door-to-door networking, and participating in telephone trees. Today,…

Business

Muzik Launches Smart Headphones for Smartphones, Raises $10M in Funding

By | Nov 25, 2014 at 3:11 pm

It took Miami-based startup Muzik two years to launch what they consider to be “the high definition audio space smart headphones.” The wait was worth it. Consumers can buy the headphones for $299, right in time for the holidays. The startup has raised an additional…

Business

StyleSeat’s Melody McCloskey: Bootstrapping Was Difficult Yet Important for Growth

By | Nov 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm

StyleSeat’s co-founder and CEO Melody McCloskey was in Miami this week to talk about her entrepreneurial journey during Tech Cocktail Sessions.  McCloskey spoke to an audience of industry leaders and entrepreneurs about beauty-booking app StyleSeat, and how she decided to pursue her passion. “It got…