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Don’t be a Grin Fucker

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But then I started to see it happening internally. grew up and played sports all my life. All startups are hard. Me: “LOL.

How to Not Suck at a Group Presentation

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Many of them have their iPhones and laptops ready to command their attention the moment that you start sucking. All numbers above made up.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

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Entrepreneurs make fast decisions and move forward knowing that at best 70% of their decisions are going to be right.  Not you. Charts. 

Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.  If you plan to set one up – no problem.  So do advisory boards really add value? 

The Danger of Crocodile Sales

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This is part of my series on Startup Advice. It’s subtle and slow.  It starts with the basics: rapport and credibility. Never.

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

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started the series talking about what I consider the most important attribute: Tenacity. 2. Tags: Start-up Advice Sort of a game.

Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

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If you want the full SlideShare deck with many slides not in either post it’s in this link –> The LA Tech Market. Booed. Yahoo!

Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010

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Some really great stuff in 2010 that aims to help startups around product, technology, business models, etc. Forum December 9th Lineup - Startup Houston , November 27, 2010 When to step on the gas and go for it? First Principles. Berkonomics , November 29, 2010 Rice Alliance IT/Web 2.0 If you think so, please let me know what they ar

Intro to the LA Startup Scene

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Sam taught a second rendition of the class in February and over 700 people signed up. Guest article by Eva Hibnick with General Assembly LA.

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

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

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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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Why Entrepreneurs & VCs Should Focus on Basecamp, Not the Summit

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Equally, I encouraged entrepreneurs to thoroughly reference check their VCs – you’ll learn much more from this than anything else.

Do you need a Powerpoint deck for a VC meeting?

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Can you just show up without one? Act I – The Discussion: You’re goal in starting the meeting is to establish rapport.

How to Present at Big Meetings without Going Down a Rat Hole

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Either way, don’t assume that the entire room is up to speed on your company.  Congratulations.  What could go wrong?  A lot, actually. 

Effective Startup 360-Performance Reviews - Entrepreneurs Should Sanity Check Their Self-awareness

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Thus, confident entrepreneurs understand the value of seeing themselves through the lens of seasoned executives whose opinions they value and trust.

The Best VC Meetings are Debates not Sales

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This involves a person who leads a PowerPoint presentation in which the presenter feels more comfortable racing through pre-practiced slides and rattling off charts & bullet points than having a discussion. The VC might have tried a few times to prompt a discussion and you didn’t take the queue but in stead reverted back to slides.

Brian Coryat, ValueClick Founder And Internet Pioneer: Startups Should Wing It

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He shared a number of witty entrepreneurial insights, including: "Startups are like high school. mean, that''s what entrepreneurs do every day.

Should Your Startup Give Performance-Based Warrants?

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This is part of my ongoing series on Startup Advice. Have minimums but a sliding scale. You can see how stuff adds up quickly.

Startup Fundraising 101: Getting Ready To Raise A Round

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Start with your fundraising end in mind. There’s plenty of capital out there, but there’s also a lot of competition for startup funding.

Batch 8 500 Startups Demo Day | Our Top Ten

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In true 500 Startups fashion, Demo Day had an almost cathartic feel. First, A Look Inside 500 Startups. marks the spot. You Our Ten.

Stock Market Slide Effecting Start Up Valuations

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Early stage VCs typically say that the ebbs and flows of the stock market don't effect the valuations they pay in start up financings. So to some extent, entrepreneurs and VCs can comfortably ignore the chaos of currency fluctuations, interest rate changes and other macro finanicial shifts. That may be true. And guess what?

Here Are the Details About Upfront Ventures’ Newest EIR – @Chamillionaire

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We started hanging out a bit and discussing technology and entrepreneurship. Startup Lessons reached out after the event to learn more.

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The Four Main Things that Investors Look for in a Startup

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This post was prompted by an email exchange I had with a young entrepreneur.  It’s a conversation that creeps up from time-to-time.

What Makes an Entrepreneur (5/11) – Inspiration

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Anyone who has been an entrepreneur before will tell you that much of being successful in the early days is about pure survival. ’&#.

Save Your Spin for Someone Who Cares

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This is part of my series on How to Raise VC but could equally be filed under Startup Advice more generally. Strike one up for subtlety.

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Quick Practical, Tactical Tips for Presentations

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It’s any meeting where you are in a small room and are being called on to present on some form of overhead slides. 1. Startup Advice

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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.

Story of a Startup Weekend Veteran | The Good, The Bad, and the UGLY!

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Startup Weekend is a 54-hour frenzy in which a group of strangers can come together to form a company and compete for prizes. THE GOOD. THE BAD.

Retro: My Favorite Blog Post on Raising VC

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On December 2nd, 2006 I wrote the blog post published later in this post when I was CEO of startup Koral about my experiences in pitching VCs.  This blog post ended up on Valleywag (which had much bigger presence back then). Anyway, the starting point for this blog entry is a cartoon I remember reading in the New Yorker. Viral.

How To Give A Horrendous Investor Pitch

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You are an entrepreneur – go for it. If you are forced to display financial data, ensure that the slides are unintelligible. So what?

Top 57 Online Startups Meets Technology Meets Product Posts for November 2010

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I continue to collect great content that is the intersection of startups, products, online and technology. Equity-Only CTO and Equity-Only Developers - SoCal CTO , November 1, 2010 I had a recent email dialog with the founder of a company looking for a CTO for their startup. Was it a Startup Founder Developer Gap ? Start 2.

Startup Grind Turns the Tables on Mark Suster

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One of my favorite events last year was attending Startup Grind where I got to interview Clayton Christensen, author of The Innovator’s Dilemma. ” We talked about my influences as a younger person and what got me started in technology and entrepreneurship. And of course we talked about many of my views of building startups.

Intimate Anecdotes And Photos Of Steve Jobs

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Entrepreneur Networking I do not often write blog entries which reference other blog articles. free weekly Infochachkie articles!

How to Run Better Presentations & Improve Results

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This is really important as extroverts like to have the answers presented to them up front. Don’t dwell on this slide for ever.

This Week in VC Episode 6 with @Jason Calacanis: Best One Yet

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We’re staring to get the hang of how to divide the show up into talking about deals but also talking about issues for entrepreneurs during funding.

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Is Silicon Valley Really Coming to an End?

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But then Marc Andreessen weighed in – as did I and several others – and the media picked up on his comments. Startup Advice

If You Don’t Define Your Personal Brand the Market Will

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This started as a post in which I was going to write out tips to personal branding and became in stead an essay of my own branding journey.

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How to Handle a VC Presentation with No Deck

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talked about this in the TWiVC video but I didn’t do a good enough job of writing it up in the summary notes in the post. Consumer?

How Great, Operationally-Focused CFO’s Can Transform Your Business

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love the enthusiasm, the boundless energy and the sense of possibility that comes from having an idea that hasn’t yet been beat up in the marketplace of competing ideas, customer contracts, VC skepticism, jaded journalists or fickle consumers who are on the  The New, New Thing. Great startups have budgets. Startup Lessons