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Meet Our Startup of the Year Competition Semifinalists: Mobile Therapy

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From apps to hardware, to KickStarter successes and international startups, we’re inching closer to finding out who will take home the title of Startup of the Year competition at our annual Celebrate Conference in October. Co: What was the road like leading up to your initial pitch for the competition?

Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

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But the film has my brain buzzing all week about obsessive and competitive people. Obsession. The drive to succeed at all costs. Zuckerberg.

Should Millennial Entrepreneurs Skip College?

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Should millennial entrepreneurs go to college? asked them to devise reasons an entrepreneur should remain in college. Share and Enjoy.

How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

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Many people start companies arse backwards.  Most lawyers that  work with startups are willing to work on a deferred payment schedule. 

Pitch Competition Like No Other: A Dating Site For Puppets?

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pitch dating competition startup improbable comedian joke april1st april A dating site for puppets? Personal rocket ship company ?

After 20 years: Updating the Berkus Method of valuation

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For example, in Silicon Valley, a “big data” startup might competitively call for a $1.5 Starting up Raising moneyIgnition!

The Power of “In Person” – Why Distributed Teams are Less Effective

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There reality is that a certain magic that happens when you’re in person is critical in a startup. Been there. What about call centers?

People Management: Startup Teams Should Dip but not Skip

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This applies to both founders and to VC’s that work with them. I see two common mistakes in companies (not just in startups, in fact). 1.

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VIMBY Powers Walmart's Entrepreneurship Competition

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VIMBY , the Los Angeles-based, online production studio created by Mark Burnett, is powering a new entrepreneurship competition from Walmart, the Get On The Shelf crowdsourcing competition. Walmart said that it will select up to 20 product finalists who will be featured in that original, weekly web series. READ MORE>>.

The Yo-Yo Life of a Tech Entrepreneur – A Cautionary Tale

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They announced their European expansion plans and put pressure on us to feel the need to keep up. Our first big institutional round was $16.5

Why Entrepreneurs Should Be Respected More Than Loved

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One of the vivid memories I have from being a startup CEO is the feeling that most people in your company have a look in their eyes that like they can do your job as well as you. But if you level up , raise capital and grow customers, revenue and staff – life changes. Extremely talented people are ultra competitive. Power.

Running More Effective Board Meetings at Startups

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So I changed things up and became much happier with my results.  Here For the most part I’d call them Bored Meetings. But wait?

Competition Is A Lie – Tracy DiNunzio Explains Why

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Tracy DiNunzio, Founder and CEO of Tradesy , recently shared her insights regarding the best approach for entrepreneurs to address competition.

73.6% of all Statistics are Made Up

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Often when they do I throw out my favorite statistic:  73.6% of  all statistics are made up.  I say it deadpanned. Stats sell. “Yes.

Want To Trip Out? This Entrepreneur Can Hook You Up

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Greathouse : Let''s start with a question that will be especially helpful for my UC Santa Barbara students. Ever fantasized about climbing Mt.

Eleven Startup Tips From Richard Branson

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Richard’s Startup Tips. 1) Give Your Customers (And The Media) What They Want. Startups are not bound by the past. Tweet this quote].

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Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

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He came up to Bill after the event and said, “clever idea, we should do that with you.&# Too many entrepreneurs focus on dilution.

7 Business Mistakes Serial Entrepreneurs Never Make (Twice)

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As an entrepreneur, I helped create companies which achieved two IPOs and two trade sales totaling $385 million. Attempt To License An Idea.

Paul Kim | Alpha Trainer, Fitness, & LA Tech

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TechZulu: Since you are stationed up in North California,  What is the tech scene like in LA for you? So how did Alpha Trainer all start?

Startups and VCs Should Avoid “Pier” Funding

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So startup CEO’s in this position make compromises that don’t necessarily benefit the long-term potential of the company.

What Makes an Entrepreneur (4/11) – Resiliency

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started the series talking about what I consider the most important attribute:  Tenacity.  I then covered Street Smarts and Ability to Pivot. 4.

6 Tips for Building Relationships with Journalists

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Too many startup execs place too much emphasis on the big stage launch. Robert Scoble interviewed me in 2006 about my startup, Koral.

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Los Angeles Hosts the Oscars and the Tech.Co Startup Showcase

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startups wanting to get recognized, Tech.Co’s Startup Showcase in Los Angeles   on July 26th is the perfect opportunity. Several startups have been selected to demo their products for other founders and entrepreneurs. The startups in the showcase will be considered for the Tech.Co More startups to come**.

The 4 Partners Early-Stage Startups Need

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I often write about the best strategies for startup fundraising or how to manage startup financing and optimize for growth. HR Partner.

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MP3Tunes Gets New Competition From Amazon

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San Diego-based MP3Tunes , the cloud music storage service startup headed by Michael Robertson, has some stiff new competition today. Amazon.com said it will offer up 5 GB of cloud storage for music and other files for free, with upgrade to 20GB for users who purchase MP3 albums from Amazon. READ MORE>>.

The Best Entrepreneurs Are Hyper Competitive & Hate Losing

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You need to be extremely gifted on some fronts to be enormously successful as an entrepreneur – but still human. OK. I had to say it. 9. 

Five Trick Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Answer Before Asking For Money

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However, certain questions can be tricky for an entrepreneur to answer. Follow my startup-oriented Twitter feed here:   @johngreathouse.

Lessons Big Companies Should Learn from Entrepreneurs

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Entrepreneurs often lament big companies, but most of us hope we’ll create just that. But that doesn’t mean that they have it all figured out.

The Berkus Method: Valuing an Early Stage Investment.

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For those of us who’ve invested in early stage companies, especially technology startups, we have confronted a universal problem.  There are many ways to project the value of a company for purposes of pricing an investment, but all rely upon the revenue and profit projections of the entrepreneur as a starting point.  Ignition!

NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept

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Especially if the idea could be whipped-up by a few 24-year olds in a few weeks? Someone Stole My Startup Idea – Part 1: Are Those My Initials?

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NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept

SoCal CTO

Especially if the idea could be whipped-up by a few 24-year olds in a few weeks? Someone Stole My Startup Idea – Part 1: Are Those My Initials?

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Nine Startup Tips From Walt Disney

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As Seth Epstein makes clear in this talk , entrepreneurs constantly experience breakdowns, followed by breakthroughs. They relish learning.

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Interview with Steve Seigel, Hatched

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What's the difference between pitching your startup on television, versus pitching your startup in real life? And how do you best take advantage of a TV audience to promote your startup? Hatched recently started into its second season. think the best entry level position is starting in investment banking.

Eight Startup Tips From Mark Zuckerberg

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Ignorance is not bliss in business, but it does allow entrepreneurs to face the unknown with a measure of confidence. Be smart.

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Should Startups Announce Their Funding?

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For starters, once you announce your competitors instantly will start tracking you. Entrepreneur AdviceIs Funding a Worthy Announcement?

What is the Right Amount of Money to Raise at a Startup?

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there may be major competitive changes in the market that makes your next funding round hard (e.g. There are trade offs. Fail fast? Whoops.

Ten Startup Tips From Steve Jobs

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Other installments include: Words of startup wisdom from Jeff Bezos. Steve’s Startup Tips. Corporate Culture Entrepreneur’”.

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Caplinked Business Plan Competition Live Today

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Late last year we announced that local Southern California startup Caplinked was launching a worldwide pitch competition for entrepreneurs to present their business ideas to a panel of all-star judges from Idealab, Rincon, and Chris Yeh.

Nine Startup Tips From Michael Dell

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For many entrepreneurs, college has little appeal. Curiosity is a common trait among serial entrepreneurs. Entrepreneur Iconic Advice

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Startups Should Avoid Dropping Trou

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Note: This is Part I in the Startup Advantages series. Startups have few advantages. Corporate Communications Entrepreneur