Spotting, Nurturing and Mentoring Talent – The Power of Troy Carter

Both Sides of the Table

The history of tech will always tell you there was a defining moment for companies (like Twitter at SXSW in 2007) but the reality is often more nuanced. I recently sat down with Troy Carter to talk about what he does and why he believes it is applicable to venture capital.

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Frank Addantes FounderBlog: 5. Outsourcing

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The larger outsourced firms have a management and mentoring structure in place to make this more efficient and control quality; but that definitely comes at the cost of efficiency.

How I Got the Monkey Off My Back – Today Was a Good Day

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I become a venture capitalist in September 2007 – exactly 6.5 Working with early-stage teams : coaching, mentoring, setting strategy, rolling up sleeves: 9/10. years ago.

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One Weird Trick to Build a Personal Brand

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If you’re reading this you’ll now likely know that I became a VC in 2007 with what is now called Upfront Ventures. My long-time friend Jason Lemkin is on the verge of launching a spectacular SaaS conference called SaaStr this week.

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How to Avoid Being Disrupted as a VC

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I joined Upfront Ventures in 2007 and took over as co-Managing Partner in 2011 along with the founder, Yves Sisteron. I created an accelerator & mentor network (Launchpad LA).

iChange Finds $500K More

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MacFarlane is the former CEO of InsiderPages, which he sold to Citysearch in 2007. iChange has previously raised funding from business mentoring firm and incubator Momentum Ventures. El Segundo-based iChange , the online community site focused on nutrition counseling headed by Stuart MacFarlane, has raised another $500,000, as part of an ongoing $600,000 funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm today. Source of the new funding was not disclosed.

Want To Be A TechStar? Read Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson’s New Book: Venture Deals

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Of the 80 companies that have completed the program since its 2007 inception, 49 have received funding, 8 have been acquired and 8 have ceased operations. That book is a compilation of our writing and a bunch of the mentors and the entrepreneurs in the TechStars program.

Interview with Cody Simms, Techstars LA

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We select ten per class, and help those startups connect with mentors and other people in that local environment who can be helpful to the business. We started in Boulder, Colorado, all the way back in 2007, with just ten companies. Since then, we've replicated the model with a local managing director, local mentors, and have expanded to roughly 25 different programs around the world.

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Startup CTO or Developer

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In December 2007, I described how I commonly take on an Acting CTO Role in a Start-up. I’ve been having discussions with several people recently about the role of the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) in very early stage companies.

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USC Stevens Appoints Two Directors

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Hull will manage the institute's "Ideas Empowered" effort to provide grants and mentoring to move ideas from the lab to the market. USC Stevens was established back in 2007, when Mark Stevens--a General Partner at Sequoia Capital--and his wife gave $22M to the school.

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Some Reflections on VC Investment Decisions

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I started in 2007 with a thesis that my primary investment decision would be about the team (70%) and only afterward about the market opportunity (30%). This is when founders need you the most – either are coach, mentor, interviewer, work off-loader or honest-mirror-reflection of reality. I was having dinner with a friend last night and we were chatting about venture capital and a bit about what I’ve learned.

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As Populist as it May Feel, 98% of VCs Aren’t Dumb

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And hard for me to imagine the Fred Wilson and Albert Wenger weren’t instrumental mentors to David. But I became a VC in 2007 and wrote my first check in 2009 – 4.5

Management Philosophy: Owners vs CEOs

Jason Nazar

In 2007 when we were about to launch Docstoc I attempted to outsource our PR and social marketing to no avail. What Are You Waiting For: Do It Now – A very dear man and mentor to me, Mike Schuminsky, had a very special way of managing folks. Owner Management.

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Got 2020 Clear Vision?

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April 2007 I had a miracle surgery and they implanted a digital hearing device into my brain (i know right!) Got mentors? This is what I’ve been learning from my friend and mentor Duke Stump. 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.

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Guide to the LA Startup Community

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Mark Suster – GRP Partners Mark joined GRP Partners in 2007 after having worked with GRP for nearly 8 years as a two-time entrepreneur. Mark founded Launchpad LA, a program designed to help mentor LA’s most promising first-time startup CEO’s.

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Advice for CTO Founders: Don't Let Business Kill the Business

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I have met dozens of brilliant technologists with fantastic ideas, ideas requiring nurturing, mentoring and support. Seek advice from a mentor. I have met dozens of brilliant technologists with fantastic ideas, ideas requiring nurturing, mentoring and support. Seek advice from a mentor.

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Spotlight: LA Tech | One Year, Recap, and Thank You!

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GumGum was founded in 2007 when a team of seasoned Internet entrepreneurs realized web site publishers were missing out on valuable revenue by not monetizing their image-based content.

Interview with Mark Suster, GRP Partners

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Mark has also been quite active mentoring entrepreneurs, We caught up with Mark to hear about what kinds of investments GRP is looking at nowadays, his view on the software-as-a-service market, and how best to approach him with a pitch. An A-round investment in the late 90's, or even in 2005/2006, or 2007, was a $5-8M check. We've heard quite a bit about your mentoring efforts here, can you talk about that?

Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Presenting Companies at UCLA

Tech Zulu Event

GumGum was founded in 2007 when a team of seasoned Internet entrepreneurs realized web site publishers were missing out on valuable revenue by not monetizing their image-based content. Providing more than just money, TCA brings connections, knowledge, mentoring and operational assistance to bold early-stage entrepreneurs with game-changing ideas.

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Los Angeles Startup Weekend August 2011 | The Complete Breakdown

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We also had awesome group of mentors that included: David Waxman (Co-founder of PeoplePC, Spot Runner and Firefly Network), Paige Craig (CEO of BetterWorks ), Josh MacAdam (Co-founder/CTO at Ming.ly What a weekend!

Interview with Alex Schneider, Ventura Ventures Technology Center

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In 2007, we started to put some policy attached to the money, and created a jobs investment fund. We are able to do events like this launch party to give them more exposure, and there's also a mentoring components, and access to capital through DFJ Frontier and other venture capitalists and angels. On Thursday, the City of Ventura is formally launching a new incubator, the Ventura Ventures Technology Center (www.v2tc.com), targeted at high tech businesses.

Spotlight: LA Tech | One Year, Recap, and Thank You!

Tech Zulu Event

GumGum was founded in 2007 when a team of seasoned Internet entrepreneurs realized web site publishers were missing out on valuable revenue by not monetizing their image-based content.