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Forget Product-First: A Lesson in the Value of Networking

By | Sep 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm

This article was brought to you in partnership with .ME, the premium top-level domain for professionals focused on building their online reputation. A 2010 analysis by the Harvard Business Review revealed that investors placed more money into companies in “which they were connected through…


Fred Wilson’s Guide to Starting Up: Business School for Startups

By | Mar 5, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Fred Wilson is a renowned venture capitalist and the principal of Union Square Ventures. Because of this, startups value any and all advice that they can get from him; and, for many, the main way they attain that knowledge is from his blog AVC…


San Francisco

The Crowd Puts Veronica Belmont and Tony Conrad to Question in San Francisco

By | Aug 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm

During our Startup Mixology launch, we stopped in San Francisco for a rousing fireside chat with both Veronica Belmont and Tony Conrad. Frank Gruber led the two through some great discussion topics before turning the microphones over to the crowd for a Q&A session. The…


San Francisco

Passion as a Motivator: The Metaphor that Fuels Veronica Belmont’s Life

By | Aug 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm

When Veronica Belmont graduated college in 2004 she had only one thing on her mind: move out of Boston to San Francisco. Having studied audio and radio production as an undergraduate, she wanted to immerse herself in the tech world. Belmont also tacked on…


San Francisco

Tony Conrad Knows How to Launch New Products Like None Other

By | Aug 15, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Before he ever founded Sphere or, Tony Conrad worked some crazy jobs. But however ridiculous these jobs may have been, they taught him invaluable lessons about life. For example, as a yogurt merchandiser in France Conrad had to speak French – a language…


Las Vegas

From Digg to Path: Matt Van Horn Knows How to Secure Business Partnerships

By | Aug 14, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Matt Van Horn has been with Path since before they launched at the end of 2010. And as the Vice President of Business his day to day consists of focusing on strategy and platform. However, before he started at Path Van Horn worked with…


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…



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,…



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…



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…



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…



Rohit Bhargava on Branding Your Startup: Do It and Massage It Later

By | Jul 11, 2014 at 5:10 pm

This past Tuesday, at an event held at the Crystal Tech Fund in Crystal City, VA (right outside Washington, DC),  Tech Cocktail celebrated the launch of Startup Mixology by Tech Cocktail’s very own co-founder Frank Gruber. We invited local entrepreneurs to join us on-stage…



Matt Haggman: Miami is the Perfect City for Entrepreneurs

By | Jul 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Miami has everything a city needs to foster entrepreneurship. Matt Haggman believes that this is true. The Knight Foundation project manager, sat down with Tech Cocktail’s co-founder and author of Startup Mixology Frank Gruber to talk about all the elements that make Miami the ideal city…



Jermaine Dupri: Music Industry Needs Tech Savvy Execs to Survive

By | Jul 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Music producer and entrepreneur Jermaine Dupri joined Tech Cocktail’s co-founder Frank Gruber on stage last night for the launch of Gruber’s book, Startup Mixology. They discussed startup culture, marketing and entrepreneurship in a room full of local entrepreneurs. Dupri, as founder of social media…


Frank Gruber’s Book “Startup Mixology” Launches Today!

By | Jul 8, 2014 at 8:49 am

After wanting to write a book for over ten years, I can finally check that off my bucket list. Today is the official release of Startup Mixology: Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success, and I couldn’t be more excited. Thank…


Should You Hire Experienced Candidates or Train Inexperienced Ones?

By | May 27, 2014 at 9:39 am

This post includes extra content from Startup Mixology, my book on starting up – including how to prepare yourself for the harsh reality and celebrate positive moments along the way. Go here to subscribe to extra content and updates – and please reach out if you’re interested in…


Get Quoted in a Book! This Week’s Topics: Team, Culture, Celebration & Relationships

By | Oct 28, 2013 at 7:13 pm

As we announced, Tech Cocktail is writing a book about starting up! We are going to be working hard the next few months to write the book, but we need your help. The book is due out spring 2014 and will be published by Wiley…