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3 Startup Pitch Habits You Should Avoid

By | Nov 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm

If you were to witness a startup pitch from two startups with equally cool technology, equally smart founders, and an equally attractive upside in front of the exact same group of investors on the exact same day, logic would say that they would both…


Collaboration Versus Competition, When Building a Startup Ecosystem [VIDEO]

By | Oct 31, 2014 at 4:30 pm

There is no question that creating a city where collisions happen is imperative for a sustainable ecosystem. However, it requires time and strong will to build cities that encourages collaborations. Dylan Jorgensen led the conversation during Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference about the hurdles that must be overcome…


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

By | Oct 29, 2014 at 9:00 pm

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…


Paul Singh: Millennials Will Eliminate Funding Barriers to Local Startups [Video]

By | Oct 29, 2014 at 6:30 pm

How to attract capital for larger-stage startups to a growing tech community is a difficult but important step to any growing ecosystem. This is the only way to keep it sustainable. During Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, a panel of experts shared how their cities…


Ben Huh and Talia Mashiach: Chase After Revenue, Not Investors

By | Oct 29, 2014 at 11:00 am

In an article about how starting up screwed up his life, entrepreneur Ali Mese talked about the pressure – from his friends, no less – to raise money as a sign of startup success. But is raising funding all it’s cracked up to be?…



3 (Totally Free) Technologies to Help Get Your Startup Funded

By | Oct 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm

One of the great ironies of startup fund raising are the tools used to attract Angels and VCs. At a recent Angel Capital Expo, I walked away with folders full of paper and a pocket full of USB drives (that I will never plug in…



EdTech Startup MassiveU Raises $700K in Funding

By | Oct 27, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Naples, FL-based startup, MassiveU, announced that it has received US $330,000 investment from The Tamiami Angel Fund II (T2). MassiveU, which started as MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), is accelerating its growth as a project-based, social learning Platform As-A-Service (PLAAS) company. The company works…


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VegasTechFund Launches AngelList Syndicate with Buffer Funding

By | Oct 27, 2014 at 11:01 am

The VegasTechFund, the $50 million startup fund that’s part of the Downtown Project, has launched an AngelList Syndicate today to raise $400k for San Francisco-based Buffer. The fund was previously focused on funding early-stage startups, and up to this point has invested around $30 million…


The Hook and the Hammer: 3 Steps to the Perfect Pitch Technique

By | Oct 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm

The late great Billy Mays changed the marketing world forever with one line: “But Wait, There’s more”. If you are like me, that line conjures images of the bearded sales genius and one of hundreds of products he sold by the millions on TV….


Pitch Deck Podcast Inspires Startups to Sharpen their Capital-Seeking Game

By | Oct 24, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Gavin McCulley noticed a problem. Founders have a difficult time raising capital. This is nothing new to people living startuplife, but it doesn’t mean that this problem needs to be perpetuated. Sometimes, the difficulty lies in the fact that the business dosen’t deserve or warrant being funded,…



Nashville Gamer Startup OverDog raises $2M in Funding

By | Oct 22, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Nashville-based startup OverDog Inc. raised $2 million in a new round of funding from Atlas Venture, Chicago Ventures and founders of gaming companies Zynga and Machinima. OverDog allows sports fan to game with people with common interests rather than anonymous ones. OverDog’s app pits sports fans…


Top 8 Ways to Ensure Your Crowdfunding Campaign Is a Hit

By | Oct 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Want to start your own business but don’t have the required funds? I bet you’ve already started looking at various funding options that can get you out of your rut. You’re also probably thinking of going the conventional way and approaching the bank for…


Check Out This Periodic Table of Tech Startup Funding

By | Oct 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm

I’m a huge science nerd. Despite my decision to go into this lucrative and glamorous writing career, I’ve always had a propensity for engaging in science lab work and nerding out while visiting any kind of science institution (be it a museum or some prominent…



Miami Dade College Receives $2.18 Million from Knight Foundation for Idea Center

By | Oct 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Miami Dade College’s new entrepreneurship hub, the Idea Center, announced their $2.18 million investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Idea Center is set to become a collaborative space for students to find resources and training to develop their entrepreneurial…



How to Close Your Fundraising Round

By | Oct 8, 2014 at 4:30 pm

It is a lot of hard work to raise money from investors. The process can be grueling and require leaping through a variety of different hoops as part of “due diligence.” Waveborn Sunglasses spent the past three months working with accredited investors to raise $500,000….


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Don’t Raise Funding to Pay Yourself

By | Oct 7, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Nowadays, when you’ve got an idea for a product or a startup, but find yourself with zero dollars to your name, it’s not entirely impossible to get your venture off the ground. Nothing is impossible in the land of opportunity – go for the…



Meet the 8 Startups Getting Grants from the Digital DC Tech Fund

By | Oct 7, 2014 at 8:51 am

Last night at the DC Tech Meetup, DC Mayor Vincent Gray announced the winners of grants from the Digital DC Tech Fund. The Digital DC Tech Fund is part of Digital DC, an economic development initiative and marketing campaign unveiled in March by the mayor to…