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Is it Time for You to Earn or to Learn?

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Join because if you do a good job we’ll help you punch above your weighclass and work in a more senior role. That’s Ok.  125,000.

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Most Startups Should be Deer Hunters

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We had to promise really steep service SLAs and help desk hours.  We had to do intense training sessions. Avoid elephants in your early stages.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

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Maybe it helps that I love controversy and pushing the boundaries so people felt it was OK for them to do it as well. Not you. Charts. 

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

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Give them the short list (2-3 people maximum) that you would love their help in meeting. This is part of my ongoing series with Startup Advice.

How Tuition.IO Is Helping To Tame Student Debt, One Employee At A Time


It makes sense for employers to help their employees pay that years ahead of that, with this program. Thanks for the time today. READ MORE>>.

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.

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Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?

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When you do get time the advisers are often too removed from the details of the company to help.  So do advisory boards really add value? 

Start-ups are all Naked in the Mirror

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Good PR can help slow down your competitors initiatives as they naively try to follow you.  No news from you strengthens their internal morale. 6. This is part of my ongoing series Startup Lessons. We went through the euphoria of massive exposure at the time of our launch due to an article that ran in the Financial Times.  We were unprepared.

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.  You’re stressed. Your solution?

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

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If you haven’t spent time over there you should. So what skills does it take to be a successful entrepreneur?  Excite, Ask Jeeves and Lycos? 

Dealflicks Help Theaters Fill Their Seats Last Minute

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Zachary Cancio (CTO, co-founder) Duke ECE/CS 2009. The post Dealflicks Help Theaters Fill Their Seats Last Minute appeared first on TechZulu.

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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The Economist magazine did a study in the late 90’s on the ROI of an MBA (maybe somebody can help me surface it?).  So back to MBAs. 

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. Burger?

Startup Metrics


This kind of a simple model also helps: Define the early proof points for the company. You only build what you need to prove that model.

What Makes an Entrepreneur (2/10) – Street Smarts

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The CEO helped identify the one key product that had huge value as confirmed via customer feedback and he built the organization around this.

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!

Got 2020 Clear Vision?


Early 2009 I stopped drinking alcohol and putting damaging substances into my body and this has been given me remarking clarity and performance benefits. have tons of them and I meet with them monthly or quarterly, or hop on the phone or shoot an e-mail when I have a question or need some help.  Bottom line, they love what they do.

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Do you need a Powerpoint deck for a VC meeting?

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photo courtesy of Atlanta Braves. This is part of my ongoing series “ Pitching a VC.&#. The “Triple Play&# of VC Presentations. Practice.

What Makes an Entrepreneur (4/11) – Resiliency

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If you haven’t spent time over there you should. That next round of investment is proving difficult.  Customers are harder to sign than you want.  

Why I Don’t Like Board Observers

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Before I get all the comments about how valuable your Board Observer was I’ll state this – sometimes they’re helpful or benign.

5 Tips to Becoming a More Customer Centric Organization

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Products like these basically help you crowd-source your customer service input and product development pipeline. 4. Turn Your Organization Inside Out. This is part of my ongoing posts on Startup Advice. The Outside In organization had a one-way flow.  Our sales guys were on the front line and heard what they needed to win deals. 

Angel Funding Advice

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Don’t worry if they can’t help in your daily business. There are other ways you can get help. Scott Sangster has made a good case for himself at the two events I’ve seen him speak at recently and I know that people love Bryce Benjamin and say he’s hands on / helpful. 4. How: 1. Team: You need a team.

Choose Your VC Investor Carefully

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They knew enough about your project to have an opinion but not enough to help.  There are many great VCs. Gus has been amazing. Let me explain.

Deal with Your Elephant in the Room

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This is part of my series on Raising Venture Capital. Your A round investors are not stepping up. - You raised $1.5 Issue off the table. 

Founders, Ownership and Prenuptials

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First time entrepreneurs, especially, tend to need more than one other “key” team member/partner to help them be successful. This is part of my ongoing series, “ Startup Lessons.&#. Yesterday I wrote a blog post ( here ) in which I urged people to not have too many founders. Should he/she keep 50%? Who prevails? They each own 33%.

2009 Coming To A Close, 2010 Just Around The Corner!

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Discover stuff (maps, deals, videos, etc) that help make your days more productive. We already have a jammed packed schedule for 2010.  Share.

Interview with Sean McCleese, Student of Fortune


An area we've been seeing a lot of companies attacking recently is tutoring and homework help. It's a site, where people can come on and get help with the individual problems they need help with. It's interesting to see how the Internet continues to create new marketplaces for what are otherwise inefficient businesses.

A Tale of Two Pitches

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This is part of my ongoing series, “ Pitching a VC.&#. Tale of Two Pitches. ’s strategy and missteps.  This meeting was a 10/10 for me. 

I met with an investor, what happens next?

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The partner you saw is probably sitting on 5-6 boards which means he or she will be busy helping existing portfolio companies. Sinister? Voila. Looks To Help Decision Making


Los Angeles-based web site is hoping that its new web site will help users make difficult life decisions, such as selecting a college or changing a career. LetSimonDecide is specifically targeting students and young adults between 18  34. Solar was previously Sr. Director of Worldwide Brand Merchandising at Mattel.

Author Interview: Isaac Getz, “Freedom, Inc.”

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love this quote that Getz and Carney use in their book: “If you put fences around people, you get sheep,” said William L. You can buy the Freedom, Inc.

Internet Brands 2009 Acquisition Total: $24.2M


Los Angeles-based Internet Brands revealed it spent $24.2M in acquisitions, earnout, and holdbacks during 2009, as part of its 2009 fiscal results release. The firm's results were helped by increases in consumer Internet advertising revenue and licensing revenues, but hurt by a continuing weakness in its automotive e-commerce efforts.

Insights: 7 Tips to Help Jobless Americans Persevere


The numbers are staggering: The Labor Department recently reported 598,000 Jobs losses in January 2009, the worst one-month decline in 35 years, with the overall unemployment rate now at a whopping 7.6 percent - the highest since 1992. To date, a total of 3.6 million jobs have been lost during this recession. Consider going solo. READ MORE.

Is Strategic Money an Oxymoron?

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When they promise to help you with marketing, sales, distribution, integrated product development, etc. Where can I go for help? Fun. 5.

You’re most vulnerable right after you win a deal

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This is part of my ongoing series, “ Start-up Lessons.&#. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time. That is, until I lost.

Product Management for Startups in Los Angeles – Steve Gilison


What are you working on now? I’m currently working with several startups, helping them launch new web businesses. What keeps you up at night?

Social Media for Service Professionals


I'm hoping that others will help point me to other resources around this topic. A few things we discussed: Focus. This is that post. Linkbait.

Marketing, Startups and Networking in Los Angeles – Cliff Allen


We’re pleased with its growth but, as with any Web-based business, we’re looking for additional organizations we can help. in 1998. Hey, radio.

Attorney and Startup Business Advisor – Aaron Shechet


We have a number of startups (or pre-startups) that we are helping get launched. Tell me a bit about your background. Yes, a physical folder.

Product Manager Entrepreneur Mark Geller


How did it help you? Having helped create Fantasy World , I'm a big believer in the value of social and games. In L.A. In L.A.,