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LA Leads In Entrepreneurs, Says Report

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A new study released by the Kauffman Foundation this week shows that the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has the highest number of entrepreneurs per 100,000 people, of the top fifteen largest MSAs.

TCVN March Workshop: Buy-Sell Agreement

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We had a terrific morning workshop today covering buy-sell details for startups. The workshop, led by Bart Greenberg was well attended with over 25 registrants and just shy of that number packed the HaynesBoone offices. Thanks to everyone who braved getting up early to get your startup fix.

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Deals 3D: The New Local Value Chain

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There is no question that the group buying space has exploded onto the scene and is one of the fastest growing segments of interactive media and marketing today. The question is, is it here to stay? Is this a bubble? What is the landscape going to look like in a year or two? I’ll be attending this year’s BIA/Kelsey Conference “Deals 3D: The New Local Value Chain” to find out.

OC Technology Influencer Mixer & Summit 2011

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April 25, 2011, Irvine, Calif — Tech Coast Venture Network (www.tcvn.org) is hosting the OC Technology Influencer Mixer & Summit 2011, an historic two-day event with partners CompTIA, the world’s largest technology association, the Technology Leadership Political Action Committee and Ingram Micro. Events will commence Monday, May 16th, with an exciting evening networking mixer open to the public at the Atrium Hotel in Irvine, CA.

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A Look At Useful Sites for Entrepreneurs

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Wally Eater, one of our esteemed and longtime Executive Committee members, brought this Wall Street Journal article to my attention. It presents some excellent sites for entrepreneurs and is well worth a look. link]. General Resources Startup entrepreneurs links resources sites

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TCVN names new Chairman and President

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Irvine-based Tech Coast Venture Network has named Ciaran Foley Chairman of the Board, replacing Bart Greenberg, who has been Chairman since August. Kevin McDonald is the new TCVN President, a position Foley held for the past year and Greenberg held before that. TCVN, a nonprofit technology group, was founded in 1984 to educate and assist entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies in Orange County and to connect them with money, advice and other resources to help their businesses grow.

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Do Things That Don’t Scale

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Graham calls it “doing things that don’t scale” because part of the definition of a startup is having a scalable technology. So what has changed? Playing Startup. Doing a startup is relatively popular. You know it is when universities start offering “entrepreneurship” programs.

Knowledge Test

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SAVE THE DATE!

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Saturday, November 14th From 4:00PM to 9:00PM at The Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship – UCIrvine. Events

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Why PR?

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As long-time PR pros and communications advocates, we’ve grown accustomed to questions like “What is PR?” or “Why do we need PR?”. By definition, public relations (PR) is the practice of managing the spread of information between an individual or an organization and the public; but the strategic communication process that occurs in today’s PR world requires so much more than just information management.

Start-ups…The Ultimate Risk-Reward Game.

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In my youth I read a Jack London tale about a scruffy teen who hung around the wharf in Oakland. He did whatever work he could find as he was alone, no family or resources. The time line was in the 1930’s. Not a great time in American history. The Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and other circumstances made just living very difficult. Not all this teen’s activities were above the law.

10 Examples of Companies With Fantastic Cultures

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Having great company culture is no longer just an option. Today’s workers consider it as much as they consider salary and benefits. In fact, fantastic company culture is almost expected along with other traditional benefits. While the culture that works for one company might not work for another , you can learn a lot from companies who are doing it right, and get started on company culture hacks of your own. Zappos.

The Surprising Benefits of Conflict

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Many people dread conflict and actively avoid situations that might be conflict prone. Unfortunately, this is nearly impossible if you want to be successful at work. Fortunately, there are some surprising benefits of conflict. Think of a time you got into an argument with a romantic partner. Remember how the conflict was horrible while you were in the middle of it. But once you resolved the conflict, a surprising thing happened. You felt even closer and more intimate than before the conflict.

How To Stick By The Resolutions That Will Kick-Start Your Business Growth

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Check out this Forbes article written by our every own Ash Kumra and Seline Shenoy! Article Educational

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BUSINESS PITCH COMPETITION. Friday, November 8, 2013 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM. Please join us for our annual fast-pitch competition offering entrepreneurs unprecedented opportunity to compete for funding, gain visibility and network with investors.

March Forum FastPitch Winner: Stephen Meade, My Wet Rock, LLC

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Congratulations to Stephen Meade of My Wet Rock, LLC, winner of our March Forum FastPitch $100 prize! We had a terrific program in March with The Dr. Is In. Ciaran Foley presented The Power of Random, a look at our serendipity can be harnessed in our everyday business lives for the positive.

Meet some attendees of our recent TCVN Social

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AT-A-BOYS (Follow Up)

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Virginia's Post got me thinking a lot about how entrepreneurs and business owners treat their employees. Along the same lines as Virginia's post, check out this fascinating examination of what REALLY motivates your employees/co-workers. You might be surprised.

Trends for Entrepreneurs - Part 2: Privacy as Currency

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Photo Credit: karramarro The last decade has witnessed an erosion of privacy and personal rights unlike any other in history.

mind the information gap

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Jeff Monday watch "mind the information gap" on vimeo. In reading "Driven" and "Made to Stick" I stumbled across an incredibly interesting idea. It's called Information Gap Theory.

One Entrepreneur Shares His Product Story

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L Sanders shares the story behind his patented sports bra venture ( www.activeinneractions.com ).

mondaydots: disruptive innovation

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Jeff Monday How does an entrant/entrepreneur with less resources take on a larger organization? Answer: Disruptive Innovation.

Ready, Aim, Fire: Part I

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In this 3 part series, Ciaran Foley talks to Pete Taranto and examines some of the essential ingredients to entrepreneurial success: the integration of key Financial, Sales and Marketing efforts.

January Forum Event: The Do's and Don'ts of Fundraising

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Some Inspiration For Entrepreneurs As We Enter 2010

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Employee or Independent Contractor? Tips to Determine the Difference

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Everyone’s favorite federal organization, the IRS , recently released guidelines to help business owners distinguish employees from independent contractors. The IRS is following up these guidelines with random audits of employee classification. Sure, classifying an independent contractor can save your business money in taxes, overtime, and workers’ compensation , but if the IRS finds the contractor should actually be an employee, that business will face stiff penalties.

Health Care Reform - What It Can Mean for Small Business

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We look at the most urgent questions being asked about the new legislation. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in March is almost certain to make a huge difference in how most small-business owners provide health insurance for themselves and their employees.

Business Partnerships – Are They All Made The Same?

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Have you noticed how often the words “partner&# and “partnership&# are used in the context of business? Over the years I’ve become very attuned to these words and have discovered that, depending on the circumstances and who is speaking, the definitions can be drastically different. The meaning however, is very similar.

Marketing Your Personal Brand

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As a business owner, is your personal brand linked to your business brand? Personal branding is how your market yourself at networking events and while making connections. As a business owner, you always have to sell your expertise at one level or another, through impressing other businesses, clients or even possible partners, so that you can grow your business and take it to the next level. In addition, the Internet has become a major part of our daily life.

7 Steps to Creating Great Business Partnerships – Part 1

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Do you have a story of a bad partnership? Many of us have heard horror stories of partnership disasters. Some of us have even experienced a painful breakup of a business partnership. The cost, both financial and emotional, has left many entrepreneurs vowing never again! It has become increasingly difficult to achieve great success in today’s complex business environment by forging ahead on your own.

The 3 Major Steps of the Networking Process

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I never thought that networking could take over my life the way it did. For an introverted person, it turned out to be a fun and productive process. I find myself thriving on building relationships and helping others. Within the past two years, I discussed the topic of networking with multiple people and I received generous feedback from the attendees of my workshops and training sessions. All this information helped me understand even more the networking process and how it works.

At-A-Boys

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Last night, I took a walk on San Clemente beach. It was beautiful. I noticed a young couple playing with their small child on the swings. They were praising their child for pumping her legs to make the swing move and I suddenly realized something. When, as an adult, are we praised or thanked for the little things? When we truly and freely had out words of complement to others for their effort it can be a powerful tool. How, you ask – let’s look? Customers.