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Fate Brought Three Alumni Together Around Entrepreneurship

By | Nov 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Back in the 1940s and 1950s fraternities and sororities would put old study materials, like the previous year’s exams, in coffers – or treasure chests as some might call them. At Virginia Tech, the tradition is still alive today, but Michael Rihani, the co-founder…

Tech Cocktail TV

There are Strong Similarities Between Detroit and DTLV

By | Nov 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Anthony Montalbano, the co-founder of AMBR Detroit, is a Michigan local who spent the majority of his life taking trips into Detroit for sporting events and concerts. And while the city has had a historically bad reputation, everything changed when Dan Gilbert moved Quicken…

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We Should be in a Golden Age for Math Education

By | Nov 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm

How many of you out there think math is an important part of education? Also, how many of you really, truthfully enjoyed taking math courses in school? The resounding response to the former is that math plays a crucial role in education, but the…

Tech Cocktail TV

Cyrus Radfar: How do you Keep People Excited About Your Product?

By | Nov 28, 2014 at 11:00 pm

When Cyrus Radfar first got involved in the entrepreneurial world in 2004, the internet was a young, very different place. There were only 50 million domains, Google was the number five website in the world, and Britney Spears was the top search term. Blog was…

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…

Entrepreneur

Three Female Founders of Wellness Companies at TCWEEK

By | Sep 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Tech Cocktail Week (TCWEEK) brings together notable authors, founders, and thought leaders for inspiring Sessions almost every month in Downtown Las Vegas. Startup guy and Dancefloor DJ Gavid Gallant referred to his guest participation at TCWEEK as a “summer camp for adults” made up of startup founders, tech entrepreneurs,…

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…