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Ben Huh of Cheezburger: Entrepreneurs are Stubborn Assholes [VIDEO]

By | Sep 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm

At a Tech Cocktail Chicago Sessions event held earlier this month, Cheezburger founder and CEO Ben Huh joined us on stage to share some insight on what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. And apropos of the man responsible for making lolcats/I Can Has Cheezburger go viral, Huh…

Entrepreneur

Aaron Draplin: An Evocative Look at the Life of a Graphic Designer

By | Sep 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Aaron Draplin was born in Detroit, Michigan: a true Midwesterner through and through. At the age of 4, his parents moved their family from big-city Detroit to a small town in Central Lake Michigan. Life was good for a while, but when Draplin hit…

Sessions

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…

Business

Las Vegas

8 Building Blocks to Create Regional Tech Clusters

By | Sep 24, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Bambi Francisco, Founder and CEO of  Vator.tv, spoke during Tech Cocktail Sessions in Las Vegas, where she shared layers for a foundation in building a regional tech hub based on her experience in Oakland. There needs to be eight building blocks in place before a city can…

Entrepreneur

Randall Thomas: Failure Defines Just One Step in Your Entrepreneurship Journey [VIDEO]

By | Sep 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm

By now, you’ve heard/read it before: failure is inevitable and you just need to learn to embrace it and move on. It’s a common message and lesson that has been shared repeatedly in the startup community because, well, failure happens a lot in this…

Sessions

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…

Sessions

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…

Sessions

Las Vegas

Go Beyond What People Consider “Good Taste”, And You’ll be Remembered

By | Aug 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Saul Colt wants to be remembered, but not in the way that the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt did. Rather he wants to be remembered for taking chances with his marketing, and helping other brands take big leaps with their own efforts. That’s the crux…

Sessions

Las Vegas

Is Your Planning Holding Back Entrepreneurial Success?

By | Aug 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Not four weeks before we held our Tech Cocktail Week Startup Mixology Book Launch, Brad Wisler was faced with a dire situation. He had finished investing out of his third fund a year prior, a $1 million fund, and had made a huge bet…

Sessions

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…

Sessions

Las Vegas

A Complementary Cofounder Makes the Difference between Success and Failure

By | Aug 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm

One of the original cofounders of Tech Cocktail, Eric Olson – currently an associate at Origin Ventures – took the stage at the Tech Cocktail Week Startup Mixology Book Launch. A longtime friend of our CEO Frank Gruber, the two formed the initial idea for Tech Cocktail…

Sessions

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…

Sessions

Las Vegas

Community Has to Be An Element of a Startup

By | Aug 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Second on the panel Tech Cocktail Week in Downtown Vegas, to promote the launch of Startup Mixology, was Andy White, the man who runs the VegasTechFund. Every week for the past two years White has written a check to fund startup companies coming to Vegas from the…