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Is it Time for You to Earn or to Learn?

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This is part of my Startup Advice series. I usually pull the old trick of answering a question with a question. Let’s face it. That’s Ok.

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Most Startups Should be Deer Hunters

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This post is part of my series “ Startup Lessons &#. Elephants, Deer and Rabbits – Some thoughts on start-up segmentation. Basecamp? Ditto.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

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This is part of my Startup Advice series. I had a picture in the office of my first company with the logo above and the capital letters JFDI. (In

How to (re) Approach People (Advice on the Eve of LeWeb)

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Business Etiquette Tips for dealing with VCs and Corporates at Conferences. This is part of my ongoing series with Startup Advice. Waste.

Save Your Spin for Someone Who Cares

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Handling PR with VCs. This is part of my series on How to Raise VC but could equally be filed under Startup Advice more generally. PR is subtle.

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How to Deal with Skeletons in your Closet

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This is part of my series with Advice on Raising Venture Capital. Skeletons in the Closet are these types of issues. I don’t think so.

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Don’t Roll out the Red Carpet on the Way out the Door

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This is part of my Startup Advice series. Before I started my first company in 1999 I worked for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). Ryan accepted.

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Startup Software Development – Do Your Homework Before You Develop Anything

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I just had an all-too common conversation with the founder of a startup who had spent more than a year working with a software development company who had produced a mess. The mess really comes from a developer who was willing to get started on a product that was not fully thought out. I always take a very different approach in early conversations.

Good Judgment Comes with Experience, But Experience Comes from Bad Judgment

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This is part of my Startup Advice series of posts. I jotted the words down (I normally pay little attention to anything said at conferences.

IPO Market Surpasses 2008, 2009, According to Report

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A new report today released by PwC finds that the market for initial public offerings (IPOs) has jumped significantly in 2010, with volumes exceeding both 2008 and 2009 levels. PwC tallied up 154 IPOs completed this year so far, raising $37.5 billion. IPO market to generate liquidity for their investors. merger acquisition exit liquidity

WTF is Traction? A 6-Step Relationship Guide to VC

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This is part of my ongoing series “Pitching a VC&# – the outline is here. You’ve pitched several angels and VC’s. Everybody seems to like you but nobody seems to be getting out their checkbooks. Most of them are telling you that they just need to see a bit of traction before they’d be prepared to [.].

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WTF is Traction? A 6-Step Relationship Guide to VC

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This is part of my ongoing series “Pitching a VC&# – the outline is here. You’ve pitched several angels and VC’s. Everybody seems to like you but nobody seems to be getting out their checkbooks. Most of them are telling you that they just need to see a bit of traction before they’d be prepared to invest. But be polite.

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Start-ups are all Naked in the Mirror

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Lessons Building companies is hard work. I started my first company in 1999 in London at the height of the dot com craze. We also had facilities in Dublin, Ireland where our company was initially founded. We went through the euphoria of massive exposure at the time of our [.].

Start-ups are all Naked in the Mirror

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Lessons. Building companies is hard work. I started my first company in 1999 in London at the height of the dot com craze. We also had facilities in Dublin, Ireland where our company was initially founded. We were unprepared. Our software wasn’t fully baked. Our phones rang off the hook. SHIT!!!

Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. Many startup companies hire advisory boards. It’s very tempting. Not enough time.

eLearn 2009 Presentation – Twitter Along

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I'm beginning my final preparation for my presentation at eLearn 2009. As I did for my keynote at ASTD TechKnowledge in January, I'm using what I described in Twitter Conference Ideas. FYI – I'll also plan to do a wrap up over the weekend following the presentation

What Makes an Entrepreneur? (1/11) – Tenacity

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This is part of my new series on what makes an entrepreneur successful. If you haven’t spent time over there you should. Yeah, right.

Who Should you Hire at a Startup?

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Only Hire A+ People Who Punch Above Their Weight Class. This is part of my ongoing posts on Startup Advice. I’m not one of those. Not so fast.

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Are Business Plans Still Necessary?

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This is part of my ongoing series of posts and I need to file this one under both Raising Venture Capital and Startup Advice. craze. wares. portfolios.

VentureNet 2009

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009 -- VentureNet 2009. One day. One event. One chance to see the most innovative emerging technology companies in the entire Southern California region strut their stuff. See [link] (more

SoTeC 2009

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Saturday, October 17, 2009 -- SoTeC 2009. Be the value add that is so vital in today's market and learn the skills and techniques that will enable you to excel to new levels. Join a large, diversified group of individuals who are committed to achieving their goals by attending the best technology event in Southern California.

SoTeC 2009

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Friday, October 16, 2009 -- SoTeC 2009. Be the value add that is so vital in today's market and learn the skills and techniques that will enable you to excel to new levels. Join a large, diversified group of individuals who are committed to achieving their goals by attending the best technology event in Southern California. See [link].

TEDMED 2009

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Friday, October 30, 2009 -- TEDMED 2009. The fifth in a series created by Marc Hodosh and Richard Saul Wurman, TEDMED celebrates conversations that demonstrate the intersection and connections between all things medical and healthcare related: from personal health to public health, devices to design and Hollywood to the hospital.

TEDMED 2009

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 -- TEDMED 2009. The fifth in a series created by Marc Hodosh and Richard Saul Wurman, TEDMED celebrates conversations that demonstrate the intersection and connections between all things medical and healthcare related: from personal health to public health, devices to design and Hollywood to the hospital.

TEDMED 2009

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009 -- TEDMED 2009. The fifth in a series created by Marc Hodosh and Richard Saul Wurman, TEDMED celebrates conversations that demonstrate the intersection and connections between all things medical and healthcare related: from personal health to public health, devices to design and Hollywood to the hospital.

TEDMED 2009

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009 -- TEDMED 2009. The fifth in a series created by Marc Hodosh and Richard Saul Wurman, TEDMED celebrates conversations that demonstrate the intersection and connections between all things medical and healthcare related: from personal health to public health, devices to design and Hollywood to the hospital.

GadgetFest 2009

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009 -- GadgetFest 2009. This is your chance to get exclusive access to the hottest gadgets for 2009 before anyone else! This year, we expect heightened competition from large companies as well as from smaller stealth-startups. Register now and secure your place in this years biggest event!

Data Mining Conference 2009

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Sunday, August 23, 2009 -- Data Mining Conference 2009. Salford Systems' Data Mining Conference 2009. See [link] (more

Stem Cell Science 2009

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009 -- Stem Cell Science 2009. Oliver Foellmer, Principle of Biotechnology Executive Consulting will be discussing Stem Cell Science 2009: Translating Laboratory Research to Clinical Applications. IEEE EMBS. See [link] (more

Bank Robber or ATM Operator?

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This is a reposting of a ‘classic’ popular post. A Fortune 500 CEO once told me that I was a Bank Robber. Initially, I was offended. However, once he explained what he meant, I was flattered. A Bank Robber is someone who craves the thrill of the chase. They relish the role of the underdog, with the odds are stacked against them.

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

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Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. Top for January 16, 2009 - January 31, 2009 Posts Are You Selling Online Yet? This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc.

LA Ruby Conference 2009

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Saturday, April 4, 2009 -- Los Angeles Ruby Conference 2009 - a conference for those interested in ruby either professionally or as a hobby. See [link] (more

The Perfect Pitch 2009

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Monday, October 26, 2009 -- The Perfect Pitch 2009. See [link] (more

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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This is part of my ongoing series called “ Start-up Lessons.&#. I was reading Chris Dixon’s blog tonight. MBA fine, but not required.

Qualcomm Town Hall 2009

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009 -- Qualcomm Town Hall 2009. CommNexus. As 3G takes off all over the world  offering advanced services from networks and devices providing multi-megabit speeds  wireless communications is emerging as the most important technology of this millennium. How will these systems and services evolve?

Entrepreneur DNA

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Technology Industry Awards 2009

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 -- Technology Industry Awards 2009. TCOSC. The Best Companies, the Brightest People, and the Most Fun! The Technology Industry Awards is celebrating its 15th year of recognizing individuals and companies that have made significant, superior contributions to Southern California's technology industry.

Venture Capital Outlook 2009

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Thursday, January 29, 2009 -- Venture Capital Outlook 2009. Lots of changes are in store for 2009: A new President and Cabinet; fresh initiatives and priorities around renewable and clean energy; revised infrastructure investments; and innovative approaches to tax and regulatory policies that are bound to impact many industries.

BIOCOM's 2009 DeviceFest

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Thursday, May 7, 2009 -- BIOCOM's 2009 DeviceFest promises to provide thought provoking panel discussions and case studies focusing on Inspiring Innovation, Overcoming Adversity and What's Next? The Future of Innovation. See [link].

Startup Founders Should Flip Burgers

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. This is a story of one of the risks of venture capital. This is what happened to me. True story.)