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The Life This Wearable Saves Might Be Yours

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A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Have you ever had a couple of drinks, started to feel a mild buzz and wondered if you’re over the legal limit? If you’ve had drinks in a public setting, the answer is likely “Heck yes.”.

After Completing This TechStars Exercise, Everyone On Your Team Will Pitch Like A Founder

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. I was invited to lead a Techstars LA workshop, focused on honing their elevator pitches. In my UCSB classes , my students practice their Personal Pitch in front of their peers, who give them constructive feedback.

Parenting An Entrepreneur – This Folktale Will Teach Your Children To Create Something From Nothing

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A version of this article previously appeared Forbes. Marcia Brown’s 1947 retelling of the classic French folktale Stone Soup is a de facto playbook for how to start a venture. In Ms. Brown’s version of this oft-told tale, three soldiers enter a small town during a time of war.

5 Intrapreneur Startup Lessons From The Co-Father Of The Xbox

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. I was great fun to interview Robbie Bach, Co-Father of the Xbox, as part of UC Santa […]. The post 5 Intrapreneur Startup Lessons From The Co-Father Of The Xbox appeared first on John Greathouse

Non-millennial Bootstrapping – These 50-Something Entrepreneurs Rejected VC $ And Nailed It

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A version of this article previously appeared Forbes. Jim Semick (left) with his Co-Founder, Greg Goodman. I have been watching ProductPlan for several years, as the founders are both friends and pillars of the Santa Barbara Startup Community.

VC Confessions: I Don’t Really Care About Your Product Demo

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. It happens during nearly every fundraising pitch meeting. The entrepreneur cannot wait to show me their product via a demo.

Confessions Of A VC: Crap – Why I Passed On Uber’s Seed Round

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A version of this article previously appeared on Entrepreneur.com. Did I passed on Uber’s seed round? It’s worse than that. I never even bothered to listen to Travis’ pitch, even though I was repeatedly offered the opportunity.

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Mini-ventures Build Entrepreneurial Muscle (And Can Lead To Big Businesses)

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A version of this article previously appeared Forbes. Entrepreneurs see the world like a cash booth from a 1950’s game show. On such shows, winners were placed in glass booth filled with money.

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Avoid Hiring Victims – Look For These 5 Red Flags

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. We’ve all met them. The world’s out to get them. Every boss, coworker and subordinate is scheming to assure their demise. Setbacks are never their fault. They are a victim.

Objective Sports: An Indicator Of Startup Success

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. I recently had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Kobie Fuller, current Partner at Upfront Ventures and […]. The post Objective Sports: An Indicator Of Startup Success appeared first on John Greathouse

10 Essential Branding Maxims

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. In 1987, when Rick Astley filmed the video for his hit song Never Gonna Give You Up , he had no idea it would eventually become one of the most viewed videos of all time. By 2016, the video had been watched over 218 million times.

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VC Confessions: We Passed On Twilio’s Seed Round

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A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. There are a number of reasons why Rincon Venture Partners passed on Twilio’s Seed Round. In retrospect, our decision was both perfectly rational and completely lame. VC's love to talk about their successes.

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Selling Online In 2016 For The First Time – What Works When You Have A Blank Slate?

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Kate Hudson, Emma Roberts, Eva Longoria, Jessica Biel and Rihanna began wearing Z Supply's clothing before it could be purchased online.

If I’d Only Known Then… A Boomer’s Millennial Pep Talk

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Point of view is worth 80 IQ points.” Alan Curtis Kay, Personal Computer Pioneer I […]. The post If I’d Only Known Then… A Boomer’s Millennial Pep Talk appeared first on John Greathouse. Entrepreneur

Talk Like An 8th Grader When Pitching Investors

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Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Independent’s recent Techtopia Issue. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Serial entrepreneurs agree that it is best to communicate with investors on an eighth grade level.

What The Heck Are My Startup Options Worth?

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. When joining a startup, there are seven important questions you should ask in order to answer the question: “What the heck are my stock options worth?”. You just received a job offer from a startup which includes 50,000 stock options.

How Can You Tell If Someone Truly Believes In Your Startup?

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A version of this article previously appeared Forbes. When entrepreneurs describe their venture, they are often met with encouraging words, such as: “Great idea. I wish I had thought of that.”.

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What Would You Pay To Have Dinner With A Lost Loved One?

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. How much would you pay to have dinner with a lost loved one?” This was a question that my friend and mentor, Bob Wood and I recently discussed during one of our epic bike rides.

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Real Entrepreneurs Are Never “Stuck”

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A version of this article previously appeared Forbes. Professional investors do not fund great ideas. Instead, they fund proven businesses. The reality is that most venture capitalists are not very venturesome.

Startup Lessons From The Beatles’ Relationship With Their Manager

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Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ Manager, was tenacious and ambitious, but he was musically inept. Brian was instrumental in establishing the Beatles’ career, but he had no input on the band’s production of music.

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Why GoToMeeting’s SaaS Playbook Wouldn’t Work Today

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. It was a decade ago that I led the sale of Expertcity (creator of GoToMeeting) to Citrix. During the early 2000’s, my team grew the company to one of the largest SaaS businesses of its day, with sales of $70 million.

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Should Millennial Entrepreneurs Skip College?

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A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Should millennial entrepreneurs go to college? Given the stellar startup careers of non-college graduates like Zuckerberg, Ellison, Disney, Gates, Jobs, Branson and Dell, the answer to this question might surprise you.

Practice Entrepreneurship With A Purpose – Before You Start A Company

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A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Even Stephen Curry Needs To Practice. Entrepreneurship is a contact sport. It cannot be learned from a book or in a classroom. The skills which underlie entrepreneurship are largely learned first-hand, through trial and error.

Entrepreneurs Should Create A Degree – Not Buy One Off The Rack

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A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Entrepreneurs create their own jobs, why shouldn’t they also create their own degrees? As described in Should Millennial Entrepreneurs Skip College? most young entrepreneurs benefit greatly from the college experience.

8 Reasons Startups Should Not End Their Year on December 31st

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. During a Invoca Board meeting, an interesting idea was raised by Brett Queener, a former Salesforce senior executive.

Four Questions Entrepreneurs Should Answer Before Dropping Out Of College

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A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Are you an entrepreneur that is thinking about dropping out of college? Answer the following four questions first.

Startup Lessons From Stephen King: Results Vs. Activities

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A version of this article previously appeared Forbes. Long before author Stephen King sold over 350 million books, he was a budding entrepreneur. In order to pay his college tuition, young Stephen created a sole proprietor startup with a very entrepreneurial pricing structure.

These High School Dropouts Crushed It With Some Simple Growth Hacks

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Novelist and High School Dropout Louis L'Amour knew the importance of seemingly unimportant people (AP Photo). Growth hacking” is one of today’s most overused terms, yet despite its trendiness, it predates the Internet by centuries.

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This Startup Hacked LinkedIn To Recruit Customers & Reduce Churn

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Businesses typically use LinkedIn to recruit employees. However, savvy startups can leverage LinkedIn to create a customer acquisition and a churn reduction tool.

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Entrepreneur Hack: This Remote Team Of 12 Generated $100M

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A version of this article previously appeared Forbes. When I published This Remote Working Experiment Failed And Succeeded on the Wall Street Journal last year, I had no idea it would generate so much social media attention.

The 5 Criteria That Matter When Evaluating A College Entreprenurial Program

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. A friend recently asked me to give his startup-minded daughter some advice to help her vet undergraduate entrepreneurial programs.

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Fixing Tech’s Gender Problem Starts With Company Culture

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. On a micro level, you can do your part to fix tech's gender problem by recruiting people with diverse backgrounds and place them in a company culture that rewards those who challenge the status quo.

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From The Comanche’s Tech Absorption Curve

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.