San Francisco

Meet 500 Startups’s Female-Led Startup from the Middle East: Silkroad Images

By | Oct 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

On Tuesday, Riham Mahafzah will take the stage at 500 Startups demo day to pitch her startup, Silkroad Images. After demo day, she’ll spend some time in Silicon Valley working with US clients and hustling to get more. But unlike many of her peers,…


Tips on the Y Combinator Application and 12 Other Things We Learned from Sam Altman’s Reddit AMA

By | Oct 12, 2014 at 10:00 am

Over a week ago, Y Combinator President Sam Altman went on Reddit to give an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”). Given Altman’s recent investment in the community news-sharing forum/website, many of the questions focused on the $50 million in new financing and what it means for…

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Marcelo Paladini Advice to Startup Founders: Don’t Let Your Ego Cloud Your Judgement

By | Oct 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Marcelo Paladini is a Miami-based investor and co-founder of GameMiles. Paladini established himself as a management executive and entrepreneur, first in Argentina, where he served as Director of Media for an Argentinean advertising company, and then in New York, where he developed a reputation…



Thomas “Tigre” Wenrich to Startups: Your Business Plan is of Limited Value

By | Sep 30, 2014 at 10:30 am

Thomas “Tigre” Wenrich is a multicultural executive with experience in finance, marketing, and operations. After a successful 16-year career with The Boston Consulting Group in the U.S., Spain, and Mexico, he retired to the warmer climate here in Miami. Subsequently, he participated in a…



MyCircles: A Better Google Plus That Keeps Your Data Private

By | Sep 29, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Social networks are suppose to be a reflection of your social life, but online. Since the launch of Facebook, many social networks launched to somewhat cater to specific needs of users. From online dating to professional social networks, you can join a network for…

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Aaron Draplin: An Evocative Look at the Life of a Graphic Designer

By | Sep 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Aaron Draplin was born in Detroit, Michigan: a true Midwesterner through and through. At the age of 4, his parents moved their family from big-city Detroit to a small town in Central Lake Michigan. Life was good for a while, but when Draplin hit…


Las Vegas

8 Building Blocks to Create Regional Tech Clusters

By | Sep 24, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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…



Founders Share Lean Startup Lessons For Success

By | Sep 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Thank you to Lean Startup Machine Miami for being a Tech Cocktail Community Partner Lean Startup methodology represents the order of operations touted by most startup mentors today, so it’s always beneficial to review the tenets. Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard, Guy Kawasaki said…


Shaz Amin: An Investor With an Entrepreneur Mindset

By | Sep 7, 2014 at 10:00 am

The major players – entrepreneurs and investors – in the startup world lead completely different lives, but they need each other for the ecosystem to survive. On the most basic level, entrepreneurs are always wondering, how can I get an investor to fund my…


Early Augmented Reality Will Be More Practical Than Futuristic

By | Aug 21, 2014 at 9:27 am

While the average guy expects “mainstream” augmented reality to be the stuff of science fiction books or movies, some industry experts think the reality of AR’s first big step might be more mundane than mainstream. According to Pete Wassell, CEO and founder of Augmate, which connects databases and software to digital eyewear,…



Steve Repetti: South Florida Startups Want “The Next Big Thing” To Stay Local

By | Aug 20, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Steve Repetti has been an active investor in various area codes, but he is now based in both Fort Lauderdale and Nashville. Repetti is the CEO, RadWebTechnologies, co-founder of CrunchFire Venture, as well as a member of New World Angels and Miami Innovation Fund. Repetti has…



Twitter and Refinery29 Investor Mark Kingdon: Miami Has All the Ingredients of a Breakout Startup Hub

By | Aug 5, 2014 at 9:27 am

Mark Kingdon has been an investor in San Francisco and New York since 2005. He is the founder of Quixotic Ventures, who recently relocated to Miami lured by the growing tech ecosystem and unique lifestyle. Kingdon has invested in tech’s most notable companies, such as Twitter, Refinery29, Fab.com,…



Shaun Abrahamson: Founders Shouldn’t Get Hung Up On Valuations

By | Jul 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Shaun Abrahamson is a successful early stage investor, tech entrepreneur, and author.  Abrahamson has invested in companies like ZocDoc, Refinery29 and Trialpay amongst others startups. His latest venture, Urban.Us, is a network of advisors, investors, and urban leaders that works with early stage companies to focus on smart cities…


Shanghai’s Startups Invest in High Tech and Education in Africa

By | Jul 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm

With globalization and restructuring occurring rapidly throughout the world’s political and economic systems, emerging countries have an urgent need for educational improvement at all levels, especially the post-secondary level. Today, many Chinese projects, companies, and entrepreneurs aim to contribute to this development in emerging…



EveryoneOn Partners with Sprint to Bring Internet to 50,000 Students

By | Jul 24, 2014 at 3:00 pm

EveryoneOn, a nonprofit devoted to closing the digital divide, is working with Sprint to provide low-income students across the country with affordable home broadband. The D.C.-based organization is working with the telecommunication company to implement their commitment of providing high-speed wireless broadband service for…



Marco Giberti: Investors Still Need to Understand #MiamiTech Can Deliver Great Results

By | Jul 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Marco Giberti has a non-traditional approach to his role as an investor. He likes to be “hands- on,” which means he is very particular when it comes to the startups he invests.  Giberti has been a successful entrepreneur angel investor with more than 20…


Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow: Baratunde Thurston Chats with Us About GE’s Masterclass Series

By | Jun 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Suck, squeeze, bang, blow – and so goes a simple explanation on how jet engines work. In a new series of videos created by General Electric, comedian and technologist Baratunde Thurston takes us behind the scenes of what goes on at GE’s Global Research…