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White House to West End: Investor Insights at the Angel Summit in Dallas

By | Nov 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm

What do you do when the White House contacts you about holding the first national summit on angel investing? Of course, you choose Dallas to be the host of the prestigious event. That is exactly what Startup Angels decided when they launched Angel Summit….



Aziz Gilani: The Series A Crunch is a Sign of a Healthy Startup Ecosystem [VIDEO]

By | Jan 22, 2014 at 11:00 am

While certainly disconcerting for startups nearing the end of their seed funding, the Series A crunch is something that people shouldn’t be freaking out about. At least, that’s according to Aziz Gilani. Gilani is a director at the Mercury Fund, a seed- and early-stage VC based out of…


Watch These 3 Videos, Then Take the Weekend Off

By | Jul 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Is working 24/7 key to becoming a successful entrepreneur? Not if you listen to the folks below. Entrepreneurs like Matt Galligan and Dina Kaplan have discovered the great danger that is the burnout, and they don’t want themselves – or their teams – to…

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DFJ Mercury’s Aziz Gilani Explains Why Being Lazy Can be Good for Startups [Video]

By | Feb 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

Aziz Gilani is passionate about laziness. He says he likes doing what’s easy. “It’s amazing what happens when you surrender yourself to the easy things to do in life,” he says. Aziz, a director at DFJ Mercury, believes that companies should also do what…


11 Essential Resources for Startups Raising Funding

By | Jun 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm

At its best, raising funding can be an exciting, educational, validating process during which you gain a group of mentors and partners literally invested in the success of your idea. At its worst, raising funding can be an overwhelming, embarrassing, tedious, stressful, long-and-drawn-out process…


Exploring the Startup Accelerator Programs at SXSW

By | Mar 10, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Frank Gruber CEO of Tech Cocktail moderated a panel on startup accelerators at SXSW this afternoon with a fabulous lineup of panelists: David Cohen of TechStars, Aziz Gilani of DFJ Mercury, and Gabriella Draney of Tech Wildcatters. We were packed into Salon A at…


Vote for Tech Cocktail’s SXSW Panel Submission on U.S. Startup Accelerators

By | Aug 24, 2011 at 6:46 pm

It’s that time of the year again and because South by Southwest (SXSW) is a community-driven event, the organizers let the public have a big say in the programming – 30% to be exact – and one way you can get your voice heard…



Startup Mixology Conference Play-By-Play

By | Nov 3, 2010 at 6:41 pm

For those who weren’t able to attend the Tech Cocktail Startup Mixology Conference, here’s what you missed: a lot. The great news is that I’ve written a detailed play-by-play of the entire day, we’ve got plenty of photos and there are videos coming as…


Venture Capital Funding Basics From A VC

By | Apr 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Starting a company is hard enough as it is but one the biggest areas of confusion of entrepreneurs revolves around funding and venture capital. I hope to help calm some of your fears and anwser your questions. So let’s start with the basics so…