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What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

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Getting suppliers to accept terms that they said they never normally agree, getting accepted to speak on a panel when the conference organizer initially said “no,&# getting people to moonlight for you until you have the cash to bring them on board.

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. With the LeWeb conference about to start in Paris I thought the timing of this post would be appropriate. Standing in the “groupie&# line after a conference is NOT the best way to meet somebody.

Data Mining Conference 2009

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Sunday, August 23, 2009 -- Data Mining Conference 2009. Salford Systems' Data Mining Conference 2009. See [link] (more

3 Sales Tips for Startups – Creating a Burning Platform

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Their goal is to get you to appear in person at city roadshows that they run or to come to their annual Dreamforce conference. This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.

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LA Ruby Conference 2009

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Saturday, April 4, 2009 -- Los Angeles Ruby Conference 2009 - a conference for those interested in ruby either professionally or as a hobby. See [link] (more

Are Business Plans Still Necessary?

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I remember going to an Under the Radar conference in 2006 in the heat of the Web 2.0 Unfortunately this was reinforced by the many conferences that rushed to espouse the benefits of Web 2.0

PayDivvy to Launch at Finovate Conference

Tech Zulu Event

PayDivvy , unveiled today at the Finovate Conference in San Francisco, was conceived a few years ago while Mike Melby was attending the Wharton School of Business. His idea and subsequent business plan won the Wharton Venture Award in 2009 and was a finalist for the Wharton Business Plan Competition. The best part about being a writer who covers startups is seeing revolutionary ideas take shape from their infancy.

The Perfect Pitch 2009

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Monday, October 26, 2009 -- The Perfect Pitch 2009. An opportunity to pitch your business idea to Sir Richard Branson and a conference full of venture capitalists, angel investors and influential entrepreneurs.Our judges represent over $3 Billion in funds, including executives from August Capital, Baroda Ventures, Cal Cap Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, Rustic Canyon Partners, Santa Monica Capital Partners, Tech Coast Angels and Price Waterhouse Coopers.

BIOCOM's 2009 DeviceFest

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Thursday, May 7, 2009 -- BIOCOM's 2009 DeviceFest promises to provide thought provoking panel discussions and case studies focusing on Inspiring Innovation, Overcoming Adversity and What's Next? The day long conference will include BIOCOM's 4th annual award winning DeviceFest Exhibition, an exciting roundup of the hottest new medical devices currently on the market or nearing commercialization.

PDMA International Conference

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009 -- PDMA International Conference. See [link] (more

PDMA International Conference

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009 -- PDMA International Conference. See [link] (more

PDMA International Conference

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Monday, November 2, 2009 -- PDMA International Conference. See [link] (more

PDMA International Conference

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Sunday, November 1, 2009 -- PDMA International Conference. See [link] (more

PDMA International Conference

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Saturday, October 31, 2009 -- PDMA International Conference. See [link] (more

PDMA Annual International Conference

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009 -- PDMA's 33rd Annual International Conference. Conference for the Product Development and Management Association. See [link] (more

PDMA Annual International Conference

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009 -- PDMA's 33rd Annual International Conference. Conference for the Product Development and Management Association. See [link] (more

PDMA Annual International Conference

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Monday, November 2, 2009 -- PDMA's 33rd Annual International Conference. Conference for the Product Development and Management Association. See [link] (more

PDMA Annual International Conference

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Sunday, November 1, 2009 -- PDMA's 33rd Annual International Conference. Conference for the Product Development and Management Association. See [link] (more

PDMA Annual International Conference

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Saturday, October 31, 2009 -- PDMA's 33rd Annual International Conference. Conference for the Product Development and Management Association. See [link] (more

SoCalBio Investor/Partnership Conference

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Thursday, September 17, 2009 -- SoCalBio Investor/Partnership Conference. See [link] (more

Don’t drink your own Kool-Aid (surviving TC50)

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They got us invited to the Fortune CEO conference in Paris held at Versailles. We headlined at the Red Herring Europe conference (they were the equivalent of TechCrunch today). This is part of my ongoing series “Start-up Lessons”.

Growth Capital Conference

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Thursday, October 22, 2009 -- Growth Capital Conference. Network with capital sources, advisors, deal makers and 50 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. See [link] (more

Growth Capital Conference

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Thursday, January 29, 2009 -- Growth Capital Conference. Network with capital sources, advisors, deal makers and 50 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. See [link].

Growth Capital Conference

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Thursday, July 30, 2009 -- Growth Capital Conference. Network with capital sources, advisors, deal makers and 50 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. DEAL DISPLAY tm showcases attractive firms needing growth capital. View products, videos, on-line demos. See [link] (more

Red Herring Global 2009

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Thursday, January 14, 2010 -- Red Herring Global 2009. This is the third annual global conference in Red Herring history to commemorate the Top 100 worldwide influential companies. In addition to the distinguished speakers, the conference will provide an ideal networking platform for companies to cultivate global partnerships.

Red Herring Global 2009

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010 -- Red Herring Global 2009. This is the third annual global conference in Red Herring history to commemorate the Top 100 worldwide influential companies. In addition to the distinguished speakers, the conference will provide an ideal networking platform for companies to cultivate global partnerships.

Red Herring Global 2009

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010 -- Red Herring Global 2009. This is the third annual global conference in Red Herring history to commemorate the Top 100 worldwide influential companies. In addition to the distinguished speakers, the conference will provide an ideal networking platform for companies to cultivate global partnerships.

Growth Capital Conference

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 -- Growth Capital Conference. Network with capital sources, advisors, deal makers, and 50 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. DEAL DISPLAY showcases attractive firms needing growth capital. View products, videos, on-line demos. See [link] (more

PCNLA Alternative Finance Conference

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009 -- PCNLA Alternative Finance Conference. PCNLA MAIN EVENT - Sources of Capital and Preparation in a Down Market Demystifying the Capital Process to help companies understand where to find and how to acquire funding. See [link] (more

LA Film Conference

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009 -- The Future of Film. LA Film Conference. Join the film industry s key movers and influencers for Variety's and Digital Media Wire's inaugural summit focused on emerging business, legal, finance and technology trends in the $28.1 billion film industry.

SoCalBio Human Resources Conference

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 -- The 3rd SoCalBio Human Resources Conference.Organized annually by the Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio), this HR conference provides a forum for information sharing among HR executives in device and biotech companies, HR service providers, bio-recruiters, educators, and workforce training professionals to address human capital and employment needs of Southern California's life-science industry.

Evolution of Entertainment Conference (e2)

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Friday, January 30, 2009 -- Evolution of Entertainment Conference (e2). The Evolution of Entertainment Conference (e2) is a can't miss event for all who are interested in or currently working in the field of entertainment or new media. See [link] (more

Should Founders Be Allowed to Take Money off the Table?

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The company did well in 2006 as we delivered a phenomenal product that got much industry acclaim at conferences and with initial customers. This is part of my ongoing series “ Start Up Advice &# but I’d really like to call this post, “VC Advice.&#. If a company has reached a level of success, has been around for a few years and you believe the company has potential to break out into a much bigger company then you should let the founders take money off of the table.

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LA Games Conference

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009 -- LA Games Conference. This conference will feature many of today's most successful, multi-platform companies representing the latest emerging business models shaping the gaming industry. The LA Games conference focuses on the evolution of the business of gaming and multimedia.

LA Games Conference

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009 -- LA Games Conference. This conference will feature many of today's most successful, multi-platform companies representing the latest emerging business models shaping the gaming industry. The LA Games conference focuses on the evolution of the business of gaming and multimedia.

The Israel Conference

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Thursday, June 4, 2009 -- The Israel Conference. The Israel Conference will showcase leaders of significant businesses that were founded in Israel, have RandD operations in Israel, do business in Israel, or represent investors in Israeli companies. Join us for our first interactive forum to bring Israel-facing companies together to increase business and investment opportunities between Israel and California.

Digital Media Center Conference

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Thursday, June 11, 2009 -- Digital Media Center Conference. The current economic climate is presenting many challenges to entrepreneurs in Orange County, the United States, and around the world. Entrepreneurs who wish to survive need to implement effective strategies that will ensure the success and growth of their businesses.

ACG Los Angeles Business Conference

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009 -- ACG Los Angeles Business Conference. Now in its 12th year, the ACG Los Angeles Business Conference is the premier West Coast event focusing on corporate finance and MandA activity for middle-market companies. Keynote speakers will include Paul Volcker, Chairman of President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board and former Chairman of the Federal Reserve System, and Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State from 2005 to 2009.

ACG Los Angeles Business Conference

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009 -- ACG Los Angeles Business Conference. Now in its 12th year, the ACG Los Angeles Business Conference is the premier West Coast event focusing on corporate finance and MandA activity for middle-market companies. Keynote speakers will include Paul Volcker, Chairman of President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board and former Chairman of the Federal Reserve System, and Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State from 2005 to 2009.

Choose Your VC Investor Carefully

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They work for a prestigious firm, have sat on big boards, went to HBS and speak at lots of conferences. Beware of VC Seagulls, who shit on you and then fly away (or worse yet leave you with Red Herrings). This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.