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…



Talia Mashiach: Don’t Prioritize Raising Money When You Start a Company [VIDEO]

By | Oct 5, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Last month at our Tech Cocktail Chicago Sessions event, we had Talia Mashiach, the founder and CEO of event commerce company of Eved, join us to talk about how she’s ended up on this path towards building a billion-dollar Chicago company. On top of…



Healthcare Startup Cohealo Raises $9M Series A Funding

By | Oct 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Boston-based Cohealo announced it raised $9 million Series A round led by Romulus Capital and Miami-based Krillion Ventures. The funding was composed of both equity and convertible note financing. Cohealo is a cloud-based sharing platform that enables hospitals to more efficiently manage medical devices. They currently manage…



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…


Guest Rebuttal: The Truth Behind Exploding Offers

By | Sep 26, 2014 at 10:30 am

Editor’s Note: This essay was written by DreamIt Ventures Co-Founder David Bookspan as a counterpoint to Y Combinator president Sam Altman’s post on the topic of Exploding Offers.   Typically the Y Combinator blog provides valuable information and perspectives for startups. However, Sam Altman’s…


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Brazil’s Yelp, Apontador, Gets $15M Investment From Movile

By | Sep 25, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Apontador, Brazil’s leading maps route and local search website,  has raised US $15M from mobile commerce platform Movile. Much like Yelp, Apontador provides Latin Americans with review and information about local businesses and restaurants. The investment will help Apontador develop its mobile-first platform to…


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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…


What You’ll Learn Raising Capital

By | Sep 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

Raising capital is one of the hardest jobs an entrepreneur has to do. Not only does it take time away from your company, but you also have to hear every reason about why your company will fail. “Your business model is garbage.” “I still…


Product Hunt Raises $6M in Series A Funding

By | Sep 15, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Tech rating site, Product Hunt, has raised US $6 million in a new round of funding. This news comes days after the company announced that it raised a seed funding round of $1M and launched an iOS app. According to unnamed sources sited by TechCrunch,…


Three Female Founders of Wellness Companies at TCWEEK

By | Sep 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Tech Cocktail Week (TCWEEK) brings together notable authors, founders, and thought leaders for inspiring Sessions almost every month in Downtown Las Vegas. Startup guy and Dancefloor DJ Gavid Gallant referred to his guest participation at TCWEEK as a “summer camp for adults” made up of startup founders, tech entrepreneurs,…



DreamsCloud Raises $2M in Series A Funding

By | Aug 27, 2014 at 9:21 pm

Finding the meanings to your dreams is great for business. For DreamsCloud, their dream in only beginning. DreamsCloud, an online platform to monitor and track dreams, announced today that it has raised USD $2 million in funding. The round was led by Sphere Capital…


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VCs Aren’t as Omniscient as We Think

By | Aug 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm

When David Hornik finished his first day of work at August Capital, nearly 15 years ago, he thought, “I’m pretty sure I’m f***ed.” Everyone was discussing microprocessors and systems and seemed to know what they were talking about – so he just pretended.  Ever…


6 Lies VCs Tell You

By | Aug 12, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Last week, Tech Cocktail headed to DC for a Sessions event called Learn How to Get Funded by DC’s Biggest Startup Investors. The panel talked about some of the harsh realities of raising funding, including Paul Singh’s 7 dirty secrets of venture capital. Raising…


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The One Thing That Matters to VCs (Besides Team)

By | Aug 11, 2014 at 12:03 pm

If you ask VCs what they’re looking for, most will say it’s all about the team rather than the idea. August Capital general partner David Hornik fundamentally agrees – with a little addendum. “I used to say it was people, people, people, people,” he told an…



Paul Singh’s 7 Dirty Secrets of Venture Capital

By | Aug 8, 2014 at 9:01 am

On Tuesday night, Tech Cocktail headed to DC for a Sessions event called Learn How to Get Funded by DC’s Biggest Startup Investors. Among the panelists was Paul Singh, the founder of Disruption Corporation and general partner of the Crystal Tech Fund. He spent…