“More money, More Problems,” Open English CEO Andres Moreno Talks Funding

By | May 5, 2014 at 12:53 pm

The co-founder and CEO of Open English, Andres Moreno, shared some of his personal experience in raising venture capital with Tech Cocktail’s Frank Gruber during the Miami Sessions event at Venture Hive. Moreno definitely knows best — he went from taking two years …


4 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Should Avoid

By | Apr 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

Repeating someone else’s mistake can be worse than making a mistake of your own. After all, plenty of entrepreneurs have come before you, so why not learn from both their successes and mistakes? Over the years, I’ve learned a lot through trial-and-error as an…


The 3 Most Important Letters In Finance for Startups Seeking Funding

By | Mar 28, 2014 at 2:30 pm

It does not matter where or how you get funding for your company, the number one ball you need to keep an eye on is the U.C.C. For what happens with the UCC has potential to cause an effect on other funding events. By…


Debt Ain’t A Dirty Word

By | Mar 20, 2014 at 10:30 am

In the young startup space, it is acknowledged that finding investors is the Holy Grail. Oh those many hours of listening to presenters at conferences and reading the forests of articles written or how-to’s created – on better success at raising capital through …


3 Ways To Monetize Your App That Every Startup Should Consider

By | Mar 9, 2014 at 12:00 pm

You have just made an app and you are almost ready to launch. The time has come to ask yourself one of the most important questions about your product: What is the best way to monetize your app? Finding a way to make money…



SmartThings’s Alex Hawkinson: 5 Key Tips for Running a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

By | Feb 4, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Last week, Startup Grind DC held a fireside chat event at nclud with SmartThings CEO and co-founder Alex Hawkinson. Aside from talking about his hopes for the DC tech scene and praising the area’s vast resources that encourage tech startup growth, Hawkinson spent some …


The Series A Crunch Demystified

By | Dec 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm

My startup Speek is making free conference calls fast and easy. Speek has raised nearly $3 million in seed funding from a blend of angel investors and VC’s. We are currently going through the process of closing our Series A round. I’d like to…


Crowdfunding Fundamentals: Creating the Right Campaign in the Right Place

By | Sep 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Connecting across the globe is simpler than ever before. Sometimes, all it takes is the tap of a finger. As a small business owner, that means finding customers, investors, and opportunities is simpler than ever before, too. Innovative companies are using the Web’s …


A Book in 5 Minutes: What Every Angel Investor Wants You to Know

By | Apr 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

Don’t have time to read? Here’s a quick but comprehensive summary of Brian Cohen and John Kador’s “What Every Angel Investor Wants You to Know: An Insider Reveals How to Get Smart Funding for Your Billion-Dollar Idea,” released in April 2013. Who should read…


How 5 Minutes Can Save You Millions

By | Apr 18, 2013 at 9:00 am

One-hundred percent to 150 percent:  that is the estimated cost of turnover as it relates to an average employee’s base salary. So, if you hire for a position that has an annual salary of $100,000, and that person leaves, it will cost you up to…

Coworking spaces

Startup Jackpot: Not Your Typical Pitch Competition

By | Apr 15, 2013 at 11:00 am

This past weekend, a room full of people became investors at Startup Jackpot, a startup event raising seed money for other startups. Fifteen local DC startups went head to head for a cold hard cash prize of $10,000 at Canvas, a quirky coworking space…


The Upstart Model: Invest in the Entrepreneur, Not the Idea

By | Mar 24, 2013 at 10:00 am

True entrepreneurs don’t just have a business idea, execute it, and then move into a cushy corner office. They must continue to innovate and come up with new plans to disrupt a market. Investors need to start considering what they are backing — the…


Startup Founders: You Need More Money Than You Think

By | Dec 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Startups go out of business for only one reason. That reason is – all together now, repeat after me – “because they run out of money.” And that raises the eternal question, “How much money do I need to raise?” You need more than…


5 Tips for Raising Capital with Crowdfunding

By | Oct 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Capital is the lifeblood for every new tech startup, but many entrepreneurs are turning to sources other than grants, loans, or venture capitalists. Crowdfunding offers a viable alternative for entrepreneurs to raise funds by appealing to a wider audience of potential customers. …


Why Financial Models Are Easier Than You Think

By | Jul 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Tech Cocktail is happy to share 4 key insights by entrepreneurs about financial models by guest author Taylor Davidson, creator of  financial models for startups. Ask any entrepreneur about what they’re building and the problems they are solving, and their eyes light up. …



4 Ways to Win Investors: Lessons Learned from TechLaunch 9.0

By | May 31, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Early-stage financing is an essential part of helping entrepreneurs commercialize their ideas. That’s why IdahoTechConnect, a non-profit that focuses on the development and commercialization of technology, created a business pitch competition called TechLaunch. This annual …


3 Keys to Building Great Financial Models

By | Nov 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Tech Cocktail is happy to share three keys to building a great financial model by guest author Taylor Davidson, creator of Excel template financial models for startups. Financial models are always wrong, but it’s important to create one anyway. Creating a financial model …