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$1B Shave

$1B Shave

dollar-shave-clubJust last week, Unilever closed its deal to buy 5 year old online retailer Dollar Shave Club for $1B. For the owners and investors, it’s a pretty sweet deal – everyone walks away a lot wealthier.

Reports say Founder and Chief Executive Michael Dubin will get about $90 million. Another huge chunk — perhaps 50% to 80% — will go toward venture capital firms that provided about $160 million in backing since the company’s launch in 2011, experts said.

In a blog post after the deal was announced Wednesday, David Pakman, a partner at Venrock and an early investor, said he never saw the shaving upstart as an e-commerce company. The key, he said, is how Dollar Shave Club developed relationships with men, many itching to find an alternative to the high-price blades sold by Gillette and Schick. Sucharita Mulpuru, an analyst at Forrester Research, essentially concurs with Pakman’s take. “I don’t think this is a testament on ‘e-commerce is back,'” she says. “What Dollar Shave built is really unique, and the list is very short of other companies that have assets that are as attractive as they are.”

Top Job Pick: Business Developers & IT Recruiters

Top Job Pick: Business Developers & IT Recruiters

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SherlockTalent is seeking friendly, outgoing, dynamic individuals to join our sales & recruiting team. Sign-on bonuses available for the right fit. As a Business Developer and/or Recruiter, you will be responsible for developing and servicing companies and their job orders who are hiring staff onto their technology departments. You will pursue these prospective clients and candidates through leads generated in our existing list of contacts, company sponsored events, advertising resources, the internet and through personal contacts made through Purpose Driven Networking.

  • You will personally meet with clients and candidates, and be responsible for developing business and candidate relationships.
  • You will assess technical needs, recommend opportunities, and provide technical staffing solutions.
  • SherlockTalent is well known and respected in the IT industry.
  • We welcome professionals from the senior most experienced level as well as to recent college graduates.

As well as having a strong desire to succeed, you must be passionate about technology and helping people.

To be successful in this position, you will need:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with a high degree of professionalism and polish.
  • An entrepreneurial mind-set as there is no cap on commissions-the more you close the more you will earn.
  • A head for business development, a sense of urgency, a competitive instinct, and a strong desire to do what it takes to make it happen.
  • Participate in Technical Organizations & Attend Networking Events.
  • Any previous professional experience with outbound sales is a big plus.

This is a Career Opportunity to learn the Information Technology and Marketing Staffing Business with one of South Florida’s most respected firms.

We will consider entry level candidates with a background of achievement and a commitment to your own success. Competitive Salary plus Commissions and benefits package including Health Care, Dental and Vision insurance. Please forward your resume to: [email protected]  Phone: 1-888-SherStaff (888-743-7782) or 305-651-6500 www.SherlockTech.com

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Joe Homnick Machine Learning – Aug 11

Joe Homnick Machine Learning – Aug 11


Join Joe for an introduction to working with Machine Learning with both Azure ML Studio and the R Language that is now integrated into SQL Server 2016. Azure ML Studio incorporates a visual method to generate ML model integration into apps such as Power BI, while R is a statistical programming language that can call ML Models and is integrated into SQL Server 2016 TSQL. Joe will compare and contrast the two approaches to ML integration and also show how they can be complimentary.

ITPalooza’16 Early-Bird #1 Ends July 31

ITPalooza’16 Early-Bird #1 Ends July 31

Early-Bird #1 ends July 31.

Act now and take advantage of early-bird pricing on General Admission, VIP tickets and sponsorships!!!
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Each year ITPalooza donates thousands of dollars in cash, toys and fun to local charities and non-profit groups. A primary recipient, Marine Toys for Tots, collects and distributes toys for children in need.

*As always, we are offering FREE Toys for Tots tickets with a donation of 2 new unwrapped toys to the value 0f $35. Want all-day access to our exclusive VIP lounge? Then our VIP ticket option is for you.

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Dan Gudema’s Tech Startup Pitch Event & Networking – Jul 27

Dan Gudema’s Tech Startup Pitch Event & Networking – Jul 27


Welcome back to the Boca Raton Tech Startup Meetup Pitch Event! It has been a while since we have run a pitch event.  This event is at Cendyn Spaces in Boca Raton on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 at 6pm.

This event will have an update on the current state of recent Crowd Funding rules before the event starts.

WHO: Investors, Entrepreneurs, Start-Ups, Tech Community, Angel Investors, Tech Mentors, Venture Capital EXECs who have an interest in Real Estate Tech, MGRs, SPONSORS (see below).

WHAT: The Boca Raton Tech Start-Ups Meetup is running our 14th Tech Start-Up Pitch Night & Networking. Our intention is to assist local tech start-ups to pitch their tech product or service. A tech start-up can be looking for a variety of things like seed capital, tech partners, business partners, advisers, mentors or business leads. Attendees are welcome to stay and network afterwords. We are going to have several speakers to be announced prior to the pitch event.