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Glen Hellman: The Startup Accelerator Boom [INTERVIEW]

By | Oct 11, 2012 at 11:00 am

Glen Hellman will be a moderator at DCWEEK for the Accelerator Showcase. He is an angel investor with Stardust Venture Partners, a Tech Cocktail contributor, and the owner of Driven Forward, which provides coaching and facilitation for executives. DCWEEK is a week-long festival co-produced by Tech Cocktail and…

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Angel Spotlight Series: Behind the Scenes with Glen Hellman

By | Aug 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm

As an entrepreneur pitching to angel investors, you have a lot on your mind. You have to nail your pitch and anticipate their questions, all while staying cool and charismatic. Preparing your pitch is of paramount importance, and a crucial component of this is…


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…


LOSER: The Personality Assessment for Startups

By | Jul 15, 2011 at 11:14 am

Management theorists profess the value of personality assessments, like Myers Briggs, as useful hiring and team-building tools. If you are not familiar with them, these tools are helpful for assessing a person’s ability to perform in specific roles.  Personality testing can ensure that companies have a…


Bus Driving School, Investor Style

By | Jul 14, 2011 at 10:00 am

To angel and venture capital investors, companies seeking capital are driving buses on which the investor is hopping on for the ride.  These companies are vehicles that investors hope will take them from point A (the investment) to point B (10X returns).  Experience tells investors…



Failures of Focus

By | Jul 12, 2011 at 11:30 am

We learn more from our failures than we do from our successes.  As a turnaround executive, I had the opportunity to get hyper-experienced in failure at hyper speed.  All those good-companies-gone-bad passed on scars, wisdom, and greatly enhanced the level of crankiness. My experience with…


In My Day, We Paradigm-Shifted

By | Jul 11, 2011 at 11:30 am

I was having a conversation last week with one of DC’s early tech entrepreneurs, and he mentioned that he just completed a pivot with his latest company. Now, I couldn’t help but notice that this contemporary of mine had just uttered one of those…



Another One Bites The Dust – West Coast Deal II

By | Jul 8, 2011 at 10:00 am

Another one bites the dust, packs up their bags, and leaves the DC area for Silicon Valley. Last week, YouEye, a firm that we covered back in February, left town for California. The company has been out on the money-raising circuit since the beginning…



Predators vs. Aliens or Attorneys vs. Entrepreneurs

By | Jun 22, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Last week’s Tech Cocktails Startup Mixology Conference featured two panel discussions that couldn’t have been more different. I had the pleasure of mediating a session, Necessary Legal Paperwork, with 3 bright corporate attorneys, Sue Wang of Clarity Law, Steve Kaplan of Pillsbury Law, and…


What’s the Greatest Invention of All Time?

By | Jun 21, 2011 at 11:30 am

Many people will argue that the thermos is the greatest invention of all time because the darn thing has the basic intelligence to determine that some items are to be kept cold whilst other items are to be kept hot. How does it know?…



From the Startup Mixology Conference – Legal and Necessary Paperwork

By | Jun 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm

In the fun and exciting category, we have product development, marketing, sales. And over here in the boring but necessary category, we have legal paperwork.  As we learned from our panel of experts at yesterday’s conference, making sure your paperwork is in order will…



Startup Pitches Go 140 Characters @TweetDingman

By | Mar 22, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Can you tell your story in 10 Tweets or less? Glen Hellman wants you to – and the winner gets $2,000. Not bad for just 1280 characters! One of our special Tech Cocktail contributors, Glen Hellman, is on the board of the Dingman Center…