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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. Imagine you pour 5 years of your life into your next gig and it starts to become successful. Starting with 25% is even harder. Start building your team early. 9.

Austin Start-up MailLift Joins 500 Startups

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I met fellow hustler Brian Curliss about 2 years ago at a Startup Weekend event that I was covering. So what is  MailLift ?

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. One of my closest friend (our CFO) left the company.  It didn’t add up to me.

The seven attributes of a highly successful start–up CEO


By David Friedman. I met Kirsten Mangers several years ago after she successfully sold her startup, Webvisible.   Culture Maven. Growth!

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Wearable World Labs Partners With Technicolor to Accelerate Wearable Tech & IOT Start­ups

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His center will be the go-to place for startups and corporations to collaborate in a move to create products that change the world.

How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

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Many people start companies arse backwards.  Your contractor wrote a great V1 of the product and it helped you get angel funding. 

Parking problems: 4 apps to help you avoid tickets and get where you need on time

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Series: Travel Startups in Los Angeles. Thankfully, technology is stepping up to save the day. Blog type: SEO. read more

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The best advice startups will never follow


Starting up Raising moneyLet me tell you a few short hair-raising stories of entrepreneurs who have raised money and regretted it later. 

The Fallacy of Channels: Startups Beware

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This is part of my ongoing series on startup advice but also filed under my sales & marketing posts. They help prospect deals together.

Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?

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But I do have more insight into understanding your startup team. Let’s start with the basics. Every great tech startup needs one.

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Ready, set, scale: how coworking spaces help LA companies grow

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Managed by Q;dammydommydimmy;BLANKSPACES;dammydommydimmy;Helpr;dammydommydimmy;Cross Campus. read more

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LawKick: A Modern Way To Find Legal Help


But, how do you start? We spoke with Michael Chasin, the company''s co-founder, about the startup. What''s LawKick about? READ MORE>>.

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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.

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? 

Who Should you Hire at a Startup?

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This is part of my ongoing posts on  Startup Advice.  Tags: Start-up Advice startup technology You’re stressed.

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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.

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

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

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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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?

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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BCG, Bain, LEK – they’re all great), a few years at a start-up or a few years somewhere like Microsoft, Google, Amazon or Apple. 

The One Key Person That Will Help You Improve Sales

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No product sells itself no matter what startup companies like to think. Not everybody who is nice or helpful to you is your “champion.”

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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?

Tips to Help you Think About Sales at Your Startup

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It’s the lifeblood of any organization and yet most startups don’t have any sales DNA on their teams. 24:00 Selling a startup today.

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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?

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. Tags: Raising Venture Capital Start-up Advice Startup Advice

2015 LA Investor Startup Forecast

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TechZulu is excited to invite you to the 2015 Startup and Entrepreneur Forecast taking place Thursday, January 29 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

A Hard Post to Write. Helping @MattLauzon Bring Justice

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I was contacted today by Matt Lauzon, the founder of Dunwello , who I had met previously when he was running his startup Gemvara. Matt brought to my attention an issue that deserved increased awareness on multiple front: Police abuse, police cover-ups and child molestation. We must all speak up. Startup Lessons

Why ADD Might Actually Benefit Startup Entrepreneurs

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“he quit his job and threw himself into a start-up company, which has him on the road in constantly changing environments. ” So as I realized that ADD is a trait found in many successful CEO and entrepreneurs and that it has this creative benefit I started to feel better and look at how to improve my life. p.p.s.

Startup Founders Should Flip Burgers

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.  And this is how it should be in startups. Tags: Start-up Advice Burger?

Startups and VCs Should Avoid “Pier” Funding

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They trust the judgment of the VCs to source, finance, help manage and then create some sort of exit for the investments that they make.

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

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Many entrepreneurs make the mistake of thinking that funding is something you do in “funding season,&# some mythical  2-month period when you’re ready with a great Powerpoint deck and you hit up all of the VC’s at the same time so that you can quickly raise money and get back to the job of building a business. But be polite.

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Momstamp Looks To Connect Mothers, Help With Referrals


The startup says it hopes to make it easier for parents to search for everything from plumbers, to dentists, to math tutors. READ MORE>>.

Scaling Sales: Arming & Aiming – Objection Handling

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Some objections are real and they end up becoming changes to your product, your service plan or your pricing / bundling. Whatever.

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Startup CTO or Developer


In December 2007, I described how I commonly take on an Acting CTO Role in a Start-up. good Startup CTO will naturally address these.

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

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If you’re already running a startup you know all this.  Tags: Entrepreneur Advice Start-up Advice Startup Advice

How ContractSafe Wants To Help You Get Your Legal Docs In Order, With Ken Button


To address that disaster, Ken Button and Randy Bishop�two veterans of the startup industry�created ContractSafe (, a new online service aimed at helping companies to tame that mess and manage and store their contracts in the cloud. So how'd you end up starting the company? What is ContractSafe?

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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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Colony Logic: Helping The Enterprise Overcome Legacy Systems


It''s not often that startups come out of the gate, backed by a private equity investor. The company is focused on the enterprise software area.

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The Right Way to Cancel a Meeting

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The day before - This starts to get problematic. Tags: Entrepreneur Advice Start-up Advice Startup Advice Really? Aaaargh.

Want to Raise Venture Capital More Easily? Clean Up Your Own Shite First

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Tags: Entrepreneur Advice Raising Venture Capital Start-up Advice Startup Advice