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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. That’s Ok.  They raised $5 million in their B round.  125,000. So let’s go CRAZY!  Not bad.

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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. always take a very different approach in early conversations.

Bank Robber or ATM Operator?

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This is a reposting of a ‘classic’ popular post. 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. 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.

ActionAllStars.com Signs Up 100K Users For Sports Site

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Marina Del Rey-based Six Degree Games is off to a rapid start with its new Action AllStars virtual world, the firm tells socalTECH, with more than 100,000 registered user in the first two weeks of public availability. However, he said that the site also has eyes on Major League Baseball's opening day. READ MORE>>.

Got 2020 Clear Vision?

Daradiction

Folks over estimate what they can do in a year and under estimate what they can do in ten. No doubt you’d agree how quickly this past decade has flown by.  My one regret is that I wasn’t nearly as intentional about the effects I wanted to create. Bottom line, they love what they do. Jack Johnson. Elliot Smith. Now what is your Northstar?

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Just Another Day in the “Assroom”

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The "Assroom" at Dos Pueblos High. great Yahoo blog post here). These kids where sharp. ended with the following: Innovate. Move fast.

ExecTec Networking Dinner

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010 -- ExecTec Networking Dinner. An event for executives in the Entertainment, Media, Technology and related business fields to come together and network and share ideas. See [link] (more

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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You are constantly faced with decisions and there is always incomplete information.  This paralyzes most people.  Not you. Making Things Happen.

Startup Metrics

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A post by Fred Wilson pointed me to Dave McClure's Startup Metrics presentation. You only build what you need to prove that model. Great stuff.

Pour And Stir I – In Pursuit Of The Ideal Business Model

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Note: This is Part I in a three-part series on The Perfect Business Model. Click here for Part II , and Part III. Authentic, hand-crafted Persian rugs always include intentional imperfections. They are said to be, “Perfectly Imperfect, and Precisely Imprecise.” If you haven’t already subscribed yet, subscribe now for. Perfect Imperfection.

Interview with Sean McCleese, Student of Fortune

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It's interesting to see how the Internet continues to create new marketplaces for what are otherwise inefficient businesses. An area we've been seeing a lot of companies attacking recently is tutoring and homework help. One of the firms looking to make its market in the area is Altadena-based Student of Fortune (www.studentoffortune.com).

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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Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes

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This is part of my ongoing series “Start-up Lessons.&#  If you want to subscribe to my RSS feed please click here or to get my blog by email click here. In the Beginning … This is a very important post to me because I find myself giving this advice all the time and if you don’t follow [.].

Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes

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This is part of my ongoing series “ Start-up Lessons. &#  If you want to subscribe to my RSS feed please click here or to get my blog by email click here. often talk with entrepreneurs who are kicking around their next idea. These periods of time can leave a founder very vulnerable in the future. Here are some lessons to avoid common traps.

Just Another Day in the “Assroom”

Eric Greenspan

The "Assroom" at Dos Pueblos High. great Yahoo blog post here). These kids where sharp. ended with the following: Innovate. Move fast.

3 Sales Tips for Startups – Creating a Burning Platform

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.  Most start-up entrepreneurs have little or no sales experience.  I know I didn’t.  Why Buy Anything?

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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. 

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). 

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Networking Events in Los Angeles and Southern California

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Great post by John Shiple. He talks about a bunch of the different networking events that occur in Los Angeles and other parts of Southern California. In his post, he mentions the following events / event organizers, and you should visit his post for a bit more on each of them. They put on great events. AITP-LA – Monthly events.

Fast Follower III – First Mover Disadvantage

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This is part III of a three part series. Click here for Part I and Part II. John Fitch was first. He spent the majority of his adult life fruitlessly attempting to capitalize on the novelty and uniqueness of his invention. He debuted his technology in Philadelphia at the 1787 Constitutional Convention. free weekly Infochachkie articles!

Friendgiftr Launches Facebook Gift Card App

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Hollywood-based Friendgiftr , an angel funded startup developing Facebook applications, said today that it has launched a new Facebook application which allows users to send real gift cards to friends, family, and others. The startup said it is now offering over 120 U.S. The firm was founded by Rob Carpenter and David Murphy. READ MORE>>.

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. There is a folklore in Silicon Valley that you should fund first-time entrepreneurs. 

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.

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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 [.].

Once Upon a Time in Jorts

Eric Greenspan

There were 50+ Minis parked in a row , that was cool! It was an amazing day. The team was energized. Eric and Jeremy, co-founders, circa 1997.

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. Our phones rang off the hook. Our company was completely euphoric.  We drank our own Kool Aid.

Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.  So do advisory boards really add value?  And if you decide to have one how do you best implement it?

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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Early Stage Marketing and Branding – Farida Fotouhi

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I've known Farida for quite a while. Maybe ten years. It has been fun to get to know her again. Remind me about your background. Having fun again.

Pour And Stir II – Managing Your Cost Per Customer

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 “I know half the money I spend on advertising is wasted, but I can never find out which half.” John Wanamaker. free weekly Infochachkie articles!

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Fisker Automotive Gets $528.7M Loan

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Irvine-based Fisker Automotive , which is developing electric vehicles, is the recipient of a $528.7M READ MORE>>.