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Alec Stern Lays out his 10 Pillars for SMB Success

By | Dec 24, 2014 at 8:00 am

Before he came to our recent Tech Cocktail Sessions in Downtown Las Vegas, Alec Stern managed to get himself cast as an extra for a new episode of Pawn Stars; it didn’t trump his time talking to our great audience though. When he’s not talking…

Entrepreneur

Las Vegas

Jonathan Jenkins: No Matter Where You Startup, Challenges Are The Same

By | Dec 23, 2014 at 7:00 am

Jonathan Jenkins’ background in business was rooted primarily in Asia when he started his company, OrderWithMe, in 2011. It was focused on helping independent small business owners compete against big box retailers, and they saw incredible traction in only a few short years. But then…

MiamiSessions

Miami

Ed Boland: Shifting Miami to a Knowledge Based Economy

By | Dec 6, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Before Ed Boland joined Scout Ventures, he was in the private banking world searching for a niche to cover as he tried to make his career. All the traditional industries in Miami, like healthcare and law, were over-crowded, but then he read about the…

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Las Vegas

Revell Horsey: What is ‘Purpose’ to an Entrepreneur?

By | Sep 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Revell Horsey once thought himself incredibly smart, back when he was working in investment banking. He would see small, entrepreneur-led companies and then get them ready to go public. But it occurred to Horsey one day that he really knew nothing about what it…

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Las Vegas

Here Are David Kidder’s 5 Lenses for Entrepreneurial Success

By | Aug 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm

David Kidder has been doing startups for 20 years at this point in his life and he’s experienced every emotion that runs the gamut from soul crushing loss to elated victory. He joined us in the desert for our Tech Cocktail Week Sessions to…

Sessions

Las Vegas

David Hornik Went From an 80s Pop-Loving Undergrad to a Venture Capitalist

By | Aug 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Believe it or not, David Hornik studied computer music as an undergraduate because he was really excited about 80s pop. It might sound completely irrelevant, but as it turns out a lot of tech companies came out of the synth-tastic world. Granted, Hornik went to…

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Las Vegas

What is Entrepreneurship Without Passion, Persistence, and Creativity?

By | Aug 26, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Even though Susan Cooney has had a fruitful career as a serial entrepreneur, it took her 23 years to actually launch her first company. She was stuck in a comfort zone marketing for companies, which was something she did very well. In 1993 she…

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Las Vegas

Amy Jo Martin Knows How to Elevate Your Brand Awareness

By | Aug 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Digital Royalty, Amy Jo Martin’s company, has been alive and kicking for over five years at this point, and they’ve been thriving in Downtown Vegas for two of those years. A social communications company, Digital Royalty helps brands elevate brands and awareness via social…

MiamiSessions

Miami

4 Entrepreneurs Tell What Makes Miami a Great Tech Startup Ecosystem

By | Jul 29, 2014 at 7:45 pm

The Miami stop on the Startup Mixology book tour was epic. Not only was there a certified mixologist there to craft cocktails for the audience, there were also llamas – and an amazing panel of 4 entrepreneurs. Matt Haggman, Lori Anne Wardi, Hugh MacLeod,…

DCSessions

DC

Zainab Zaki Embraced Her Failure and Learned From it

By | Jul 29, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Part of starting up is failure – that’s a given. It’s never easy, but at the same time it’s a learning process and long does the entrepreneur last who sees failure in this light. Zainab Zaki was the COO at Tappedin, a social discovery…

DCSessions

DC

Rohit Bhargava Doesn’t Think You Should Over-Focus on Company Branding

By | Jul 28, 2014 at 7:56 pm

As an author Rohit Bhargava has written three physical books and published two e-books. As the CEO at Influential Marketing Group, he’s just as comfortable. That’s because in addition to being a dynamite author, Bhargava has always been a marketing and branding guy. He started…

DCSessions

DC

Dan Berger Talks About Social Tables’ Journey From B2C to B2B

By | Jul 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm

If you hadn’t heard, Frank Gruber wrote a book! And with the release of that book came a whirlwind tour of stops where Gruber sat down and talked with some major players in the tech startup ecosystem. During the stop in Washington D.C., at The…

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Las Vegas

Monisha Perkash: Fail Early, Fail Often, But Always Fail Forward

By | Jun 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Monisha Perkash is an individual motivated by a singular, powerful force: do good and do well at the same time. As an accomplished entrepreneur and business leader, she’s gained valuable insights and experiences into managing cross-functional teams to fulfill her desire to do good…

DCSessions

DC

Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff Talks Success, Content vs Product, and Company Culture

By | Jun 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm

In his day to day with Vox Media, Jim Bankoff runs all aspects of one of the fastest growing online publishers. And you’re most likely familiar with Vox Media if you’ve read any of the sites they manage like SBNation, The Verge, and Eater….

ChicagoSessions

Chicago

Questions About Product Roles? Our Chicago Sessions Panelists Have Answers

By | Jun 13, 2014 at 4:45 pm

At our recent Tech Cocktail Chicago Mixer & Startup Showcase we were happy to bring Jen Busenbark, Sandra Dainora, Aaron Rankin, and Barbara Mousigian on stage to field a host of questions about product facing roles. It all went off without a hitch thanks to…

Speaker Series

Chicago

4 Traits of a Kick-Ass Product Manager 

By | May 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Last week, we brought together a panel of experts in Chicago to talk about being a product manager – an often-unsung team player whose work spans business, design, and technology. “The buck starts and ends with the product manager. They’re the one person that…

Speaker Series

DC

GE Is Launching a Fabrication Lab in Nigeria 

By | May 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm

This year, after stops in Chicago and NYC, GE will be bringing a fabrication lab to Lagos, Nigeria. GE Garages are pop-up maker spaces that welcome members of the local community to come and use their tools, such as 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC…