10 Startup Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Superheroes


As part of UC Santa Barbara’s Distinguished Lecture Series, Jason Nazar, Co-Founder and CEO of Docstoc , recently shared ten lessons that emerging entrepreneurs can learn from superheroes. Superheroes Help Others. Corporate Culture Entrepreneur Team Building

A Serial Entrepreneur’s Guide To Uncovering Awesome Startup Ideas


Seth is a design-oriented entrepreneur, with little desire to document details. To help guide the students’ evaluation of the feasibility and merit of each idea, I require them to complete a one-page form, as specified in Entrepreneurship Is A Compulsion. Entrepreneur Video

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What Mattered in 2012: Kevin Winston, Digital LA


We asked the same four questions of a variety of top technology entrepreneurs, investors, and others, to hear what they're thinking about, and are sharing it here over the next week. This past year 2012 was all about forming teams, picking players, and choosing uniforms.

Entrepreneur’s Don’t Think Enough. Here’s What You Can Do About It …

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Now, I’m pretty on the record that being an entrepreneur is about being great at The Do. I have written about the need for entrepreneurs to take inventory in themselves before deciding whom to hire as the rest of the team. Entrepreneur Advice

Angel Investing Trends for 2012

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In Miami, Timothy Cartwright’s Tamiami Angels Fund completed its first year with a $50,000 investment, leaving the angel capital group $2 million to invest in 2012. in Texas, “If the [entrepreneur's] equation has too many unknowns, then we are not comfortable investing.”

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LawKick: A Modern Way To Find Legal Help


Michael Chasin: LawKick.com is essentially a marketplace that makes it easier than ever to find legal help. How the website works, is the client goes to the website, and indicates what they need help with. If you think about finding legal help, it''s not like you''re buying a t-shirt.

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How This Entrepreneur Raised $28,000 Using Airbnb to Fund Her Startup

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She actually IS the prototypical entrepreneur. But Tracy did what entrepreneurs do. Sam is the managing director of Launchpad LA and we were about to pick our 2012 class of entrepreneurs. In the first 5 minutes you’ll realize that she’s a classic entrepreneur.

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Five Trick Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Answer Before Asking For Money


However, certain questions can be tricky for an entrepreneur to answer. Below are five common questions an entrepreneur will encounter when seeking venture funding. Intent : Investor / entrepreneur conflicts often arise when a company contemplates an exit opportunity.

FundaGeek Looks To Help Researchers Find Crowdfunding


Are you a scientific researcher, looking to help fund one of your research projects using crowdfunding? FundaGeek , the crowdsourcing site led by Dan Gutierrez, has launched a new portal site it says is specifically aimed at helping those researchers use the crowdfunding craze to address their research areas. The firm said the new site includes tips and other resources for helping researchers get the most out of crowdfunding.

Women 2.0 Conference 2012 | For The Men Who Missed It

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pitch and technology competition at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, I couldn’t help but feel like it might be a hall of crickets with a few passionate women warming the front row. I couldn’t help feeling that love was in the air as we gathered for Women 2.0

Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.

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It’s what life was like as an entrepreneur. I’ve been on the road much of 2012 and part of 2011. But this is nothing like the stress of being an entrepreneur. What’s it really like being an entrepreneur? If you’re not an entrepreneur.

Nine Startup Tips From Walt Disney


Pressure Helps You Break Through Your Breakdowns. "Mickey As Seth Epstein makes clear in this talk , entrepreneurs constantly experience breakdowns, followed by breakthroughs. A common theme among successful entrepreneurs is that making money is not a primary motivator.

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Some Quick Sage Advice for Young Employees Early in Their Careers

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Most bosses are too busy to put in the real effort to help you. How can I best help you? Your job is to make your boss’s job easier – to help your boss succeed. Entrepreneur Advice

Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map

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Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map. Tech startup accelerators dot the landscape, feeding investments into the waiting arms of the nation’s most intelligent and driven entrepreneurs. In 2012, ShoeDazzle jumped from 3 to 13 million members. Comment help.

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The Truth About Convertible Debt at Startups and The Hidden Terms You Didn’t Understand

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My initial reaction to Adeo when we spoke was that while it may have solved some issues (debt versus equity) it didn’t solve the ones that I’ve been warning entrepreneurs about most loudly. But entrepreneurs – convertible notes have no MINIMUM! Entrepreneur Advice

63 Los Angeles Entrepreneurs To Be Proud Of

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where entrepreneurs share their stories. 63 Los Angeles Entrepreneurs To Be Proud Of By mario on May 2, 2012 in Features , grid. Free Corporations For First-Time Entrepreneurs. Right now they’re setting up 500 free corporations for first time entrepreneurs.

Eight Startup Tips From Mark Zuckerberg


Ignorance is not bliss in business, but it does allow entrepreneurs to face the unknown with a measure of confidence. No 19-year old understands business at the level of a seasoned, serial entrepreneur. Entrepreneur Iconic Advice

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The Valuable Unsung Heroes of Startups

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But a couple of people replied with responses of such lack of comprehension that I thought it was worth expanding on for first-time entrepreneurs. Successful entrepreneurs achieve much through their personal leadership traits that inspire others to do great things with them – sure.

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TechStar Co-Founder @BFeld: Are We Experiencing A Startup Accelerator Bubble?


"I think there is a fundamental difference between an incubator and an accelerator… (this) distinction helps people understand why, (even though) … there is a saturation point, but we are nowhere close to it. It’s another resource for entrepreneurs.

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Nine Startup Tips From Michael Dell


According to a January 2012 article in Forbes Magazine , nearly 16% of the 400 most affluent Americans do not have a college degree. For many entrepreneurs, college has little appeal. Curiosity is a common trait among serial entrepreneurs. Great entrepreneurs are action oriented.

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Startup Tips From College Dropouts: Zuckerberg, Jobs, Gates, Dell, Ellison, Branson and Disney


HIGHEST DEGREE OBTAINED BY AMERICA'S 400 RICHEST PEOPLE Source: Forbes Magazine, Jan 2012. According to a January 2012 Forbes article, nearly 16% of the 400 most affluent Americans do not have a college degree. For many entrepreneurs, college has little appeal.

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San Diego Entrepreneur's Milk Jug Of The Future Gets Backing Of GE


A San Diego entrepreneur is getting the backing of GE to help develop the "Milk Jug of the Future", after winning a competition launched by product development site Quirky. chicceo softare smart milk entrepreneur diego

Is Going for Rapid Growth Always Good? Aren’t Startups So Much More?

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And so do entrepreneurs who are quick to pivot to new businesses or to sell in an acquihire. It’s been high tide since 2009 so an entire batch of entrepreneurs don’t know what low tide even looks like. And the “stay lean” argument isn’t only good for entrepreneurs, it can be good for VCs, too. Pile on huge VC money behind you and you have the same problem entrepreneurs have when they raise too much money. Entrepreneur Advice

Entrepreneur's Brilliant Companies List Pinpoint SoCal Startups


Entrepreneur's list included the Southern California startups across a number of areas -- tech, apps, travel, geek chic, invention, retail, social media, and music/art.

Amplify’s Guide to Crafting a Pitch Deck | Entrepreneur Resources

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As we turn our ideas for the future into the latest startups and companies of today, there’s always a need for resources to help guide one through the process of it all. It can help focus the product’s strategy and future direction of the business.

CoFoundersLab Matches Entrepreneurs Scientifically

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The reason I am doing this is because this is the way I can have the biggest impact on helping entrepreneurship become more successful.”. This offline event was successful in helping Kaviani find his own cofounder, Culin Tate, and a new venture.

How To Become a VC


One the most frequent questions asked of me by entrepreneurs is, "How can I become a Venture Capitalist?" The inquiry is common because being a VC is (to an entrepreneur, at least) a sexy job. Spend as much time as possible in the company of aspiring and accomplished entrepreneurs.

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It’s Morning in Venture Capital

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I can’t help feel a bit of rear-view mirror analysis in all of “VC model is broken” bears in our industry. But in 2012 a visit to any major college in America will show you the massive increase in aspirations of our young talent to become the next Mark Zuckerberg and build a future Facebook.

Interview with Sean Broihier, Fine Art America


Sean Broihier: We are an online art marketplace, and help living artists and photographers sell prints of their artwork. sean broihier fine america startup interview entrepreneur photography printing framing

What Mattered in 2012: Howard Marks, StartEngine


We asked the same four questions of a variety of top technology entrepreneurs, investors, and others, to hear what they're thinking about, and are sharing it here over the next week. 2012 has been a remarkably interesting year in terms of developments in technology.

Here’s How You Get A VC To Pull Out Their Checkbook


Most sophisticated investors ignore them, focusing their attention on an entrepreneur's pitch and presentation materials, financial forecast and executive summary. Entrepreneurs routinely seek my advice regarding their executive summaries. Business Plans are dead.

What Makes a Successful Startup Community? Is it Possible to Build One Where You Live?

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I will be ordering several copies for leaders in LA and will be helping to host Brad’s visit to our community later this year. And then obviously you want to help recruit professors to be company advisors or advisors to local investment groups.

How Much Information Should you Give VCs for Due Diligence?

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I have seen some entrepreneurs go into first meetings willing to share almost anything about their company. I’ve seen this back fire on entrepreneurs who say things like, “Well, we’re not talking financials with investors yet.”. This is a hot topic I’ve been asked a lot about recently.

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