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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…

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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…

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…

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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…

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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

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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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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Miami

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 …

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Miami

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. …

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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 …