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Why Venture Capital Misses The Big Ideas

By | Sep 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm

For most people, “innovation” means what we invest in: Where’s the next Uber or Lyft? But there’s been very little innovation in how we find ideas. As one tangible example, most of the venture capital process today is a “one size fits all” system…


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Welcome, My Friends, to The Bazillion Dollar Club

By | Jul 21, 2015 at 10:46 pm

Brady Forrest and Dave McClure have built arguably two of the best accelerators in the US, if not the world, in Highway1 and 500 Startups respectively. Both accelerators offer aggressive accelerator programs designed to take raw, entrepreneurial talent and refine it into greatness. Granted,…

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Tips for Producing the Best Investor Pitch

By | Mar 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Your pitch is one of the crucial elements, which can propel your business from a raw idea into an actual enterprise.  It matters. A lot. In general, all investors know that out of 100 investments only 10 will hit the jackpot (or grow into…



At PreMoney Miami, Mark Suster Meerkats His Presentation on the State of VC Funding

By | Mar 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Today is officially the first day of spring, and while it may be snowing in the northeast, down in Miami, FL, the sun is shining brightly for the attendees of PreMoney Miami. A one-day conference produced by 500 Startups in partnership with the Knight…


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Dating App Whim: Female-Led, 500 Strong

By | Oct 20, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Many in the world of tech accelerators and incubators know that 500 Startups founder Dave McClure has doubled down on his support for female-led startups. It’s one of the main reasons that the founders of dating app Whim chose to apply for the program. “Dave’s outspoken support…


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The Diverse Team at Adtech Startup RAIN Looks to 500 Startups Demo Day

By | Oct 17, 2014 at 10:30 am

The team at RAIN had not deployed a live app prior to starting at 500 Startups, the micro-VC accelerator program based in Silicon Valley and founded by Dave McClure. RAIN is an app that helps small businesses reach local customers with real-time, accessible promotional…


Which Metrics Matter?

By | May 23, 2014 at 9:12 am

This post includes extra content from Startup Mixology, my upcoming book on starting up – including how to prepare yourself for the harsh reality and celebrate positive moments along the way. Go here to pre-order the book (due July 8) and subscribe to updates! Maybe the most famous…


What Tech Leaders Can Learn from Donald Sterling’s Lifetime NBA Ban

By | Apr 30, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m a die-hard basketball fan (let’s go Heat!), and unless you’ve been living under a rock the last week, you would have heard the news that the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers was just banned…


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Visually Hauls in $8.1 Million in Series A Round

By | Jan 14, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Visually today announced the closing of a Series A funding round, hauling in a massive $8.1 million. Led by Crosslink Ventures, the round also included investments from SofTechVC, Giza Ventures, 500 Startups, Kapor Capital, Correlation Ventures, and Quest Ventures. The primary allocation of said…


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9 of the Hottest AngelList and Silicon Valley Angel Investors

By | Aug 22, 2013 at 9:00 am

Is it any surprise that Silicon Valley, a paradise for tech startups, is home to some of the most active and influential angel investors in the world? Angels are, after all, the people who invest the high-risk capital in the early part of a…

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The Top 7 #Startup Tweets of the Week

By | Aug 20, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Twitter is a conversation.  Twitter is an RSS feed.  Twitter is inspiration.  Twitter is the pulse. Twitter is different things to different people.  One of the reasons @TechCocktail loves Twitter so hard is for insightful business discourse – and naturally we want to share what we…



Fundable: Crowdfunding Just For Startups

By | May 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Tuesday was the official launch of Fundable, a crowdfunding platform specifically for startup companies. Founded by serial entrepreneur Wil Schroter, the platform follows the passage of the JOBS Act (or “Crowdfunding Act”), which allows companies to publicly raise money from anyone willing to back them: “With…


Get Advice from Eric Ries, Dave McClure, and Others on Clarity

By | May 3, 2012 at 11:00 am

Want advice from the big names in tech? Sign up for Clarity – which launches publicly today – and you’ll have the chance to chat with Eric Ries, Dave McClure, Hiten Shah, Andrew Chen, Mark Nager (CEO of Startup Weekend), Peter Pham (cofounder of Color),…


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MEGA Startup Weekend 2012 Highlights – Day 1

By | Apr 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Go MEGA or go home. This weekend in the Microsoft offices of Mountain View, CA, the good folks at Startup Weekend are hosting Mega Startup Weekend, a 54-hour event bringing together teams of hungry developers and designers in hopes of building the next big web or mobile…


Poll: Who’s The Top Angel Investor in the US?

By | Apr 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Angel investors play a pivotal role in the backbone of the early-stage startup ecosystem (note: understatement of the century).  Not only do angels provide roughly the same amount of financing as venture capital firms ($20.1B versus $23.3B in 2010), but startups who acquire their funds from…


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…

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License to Brag: Showcase Your Coding Achievements on Geeklist

By | Feb 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

Talk to many programmers, and they’ll tell you they’re the unsung heroes of the modern world – toiling away on work their superiors dictate at the last minute, interrupted during their flashes of genius, and generally misunderstood by the masses. More seriously, we all…