Some Entrepreneurs Get Big Value From An Incubator

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More and more entrepreneurs are hearing about the successful graduates and investors queued behind a few well-known startup incubators, including Y Combinator, TechStars, and the Founder Institute. business entrepreneur incubator startup TechStars Y Combinator

Incubating LA's Startup Future At the USC Viterbi Startup Garage

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A few weeks ago, the University of Southern California announced a new startup incubator, the Viterbi Startup Garage ([link] backed by such notable investors as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and the United Talent Agency. What''s the mission behind the new startup incubator?

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Boost Your New Venture By Teaming With An Incubator

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the reasons that now is the time to be an entrepreneur is the explosion of startup assistance organizations, usually called incubators or accelerators. This association is definitely one of the world’s leading organization for advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship.

The Design Accelerator Launches Incubator At Idealab

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A new, startup incubator-created by the Art Center College of Design and the California Insitute of Technology --said this morning that it has launched a brand new, design-focused incubator, housed at Idealab. The new incubator is headed by Mark Breitenberg and Erik Hovanec. The incubator said it is focused on the "power of great design to create market disruption"--citing such products as Apple''s smart phone and Pinterest as examples.

Every Startup Gains From An Incubator Or Accelerator

Startup Professionals Musings

A question I often get as an adviser is whether or not to join a business incubator or accelerator as a way to move forward faster and smarter and increase the odds of business success. I find that this type offers the most value to new entrepreneurs or startups in the early idea stage.

How Does a Startup Incubator Really Help You?

Startup Professionals Musings

More and more entrepreneurs are hearing about the successful graduates and investors queued behind a few well-known startup incubators, including Y Combinator, TechStars, and the Founder Institute. Marty Zwilling First published on Young Entrepreneur on 12/17/2012.

How Entrepreneurs Can Capitalize On Their Alma Mater

Startup Professionals Musings

Most aspiring entrepreneurs look to their alma mater, or any university, as a source of classes that can help them, but neglect to think outside the box or take advantage of all the other resources to be found there. Get help with grant funding and incubator resources.

Mentors-Plus-Capital Programs – Intense Incubation

Startup Professionals Musings

By Jim Flowers A few months ago, Marty invited me to comment on business incubation and what a startup company ought to expect from an incubator. They are funded and staffed by groups of accomplished entrepreneurs.

Will A Business Incubator Help Hatch Your Startup?

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the reasons that now is the time to be an entrepreneur is the explosion of startup assistance organizations, usually called incubators or accelerators. This association is definitely one of the world’s leading organization for advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship.

Qualcomm Labs Unveils First Incubator Companies

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Qualcomm Labs , the incubator subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies , has announced the first set of companies funded through its new QualcommLabs@EvoNexus program today, saying that it has funded three companies with a round of seed funding. Qualcomm Labs said that Arynga , FatSkunk , and Breadcrumbs all have joined the EvoNexus incubator, and with Arynga and FatSkunk receiving $250,000 each from Qualcomm, and Breadcrumbs receiving $50,000.

8 Incubators From Around the Country You Might Not Have Heard of Before

Tech.Co

Here at TechCo, we’ve done plenty of lists rounding up the most impressive incubators, accelerators, and coworking spaces in plenty of major cities and across a variety of sectors, from the best healthcare accelerators to a collection of the top women-only coworking spaces.

5 Crowdfunding Approaches To Tempt Every Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Even if you ignore all the hype around crowdfunding, there can be no doubt that it is a real alternative for entrepreneurs to achieve visibility and funding today. crowdfunding entrepreneur model startup

Why Mucker Capital Is Putting More Money To Work In LA Startups

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Recently, the team behind MuckerLab has made a subtle shift--becoming Mucker Capital (www.muckercapital.com)--focusing on seed stage investments. Talk about the shift from MuckerLab to Mucker Capital?

Should Startups Incubate, Accelerate, Cohabitate or Stay In Mom’s Basement?

InfoChachkie

The good news for entrepreneurs is that there have never been more office space options for early stage companies. Significant confusion exists when distinguishing between Accelerators and Incubators. A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal.

An Entrepreneur’s Quest to Make Seattle a Genome Sciences Hub

Xconomy

As a first-time entrepreneur working from UW’s incubator more than five years ago, Liachko says he didn’t think much about the rarity of genomics startups spun out of university research.

Cornerstone OnDemand Launches Incubator & Innovation Fund

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Cornerstone Innovation Fund will give startups between $250,000 to $1 million after approval by Cornerstone’s board of directors alongside select leading venture capital firms. The post Cornerstone OnDemand Launches Incubator & Innovation Fund appeared first on TechZulu.

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Many observers of the venture capital industry have questioned whether its best days are behind it. Looking ahead at the next decade I am excited by what I believe will be viewed as one of the best and most rational investment periods for venture capital due to seven discrete factors: 1.

8 Keys To Business Success For Entrepreneur Introverts

Startup Professionals Musings

It really is possible for an introvert to succeed as an entrepreneur, even though you can’t expect to start and build a business alone. Capitalize on your strengths, and forget weaknesses. entrepreneurs introverts keys to success Mark Zuckerberg

A Chat With Kelly Perdew: Moonshots Capital And Its First Dedicated Fund

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This morning, Moonshots Capital (www.moonshotscapital.com), led by Kelly Perdew and Craig Cummings , announced its first formal fund, a $19M seed stage fund. We sat down with Kelly ahead of the announcement to chat about the new fund, why they think military veterans are particularly well suited as startup entrepreneurs, why the two went from organizing individual deals for funding to a formal fund, and more. Usually, an entrepreneur, hearing that, won't say no.

Mike Jones of Science Inc, On Exits And Finding The Right Entrepreneurs

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We caught up with Mike last week to hear from him why he thinks Science has managed to get some good success out of its companies, the importance of having a multi-year outlook for any startup, especially an early one, and the most important traits he thinks entrepreneurs need. If any piece of that is missing�or if you have a difficult market, or it's difficult to raise capital, or if you have a difficult founder�you'll get less than optimal results. Los Angeles-based Science Inc.

Savvy Entrepreneurs Look for More Than Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

Some entrepreneurs start polling venture capitalists for that multi-million dollar investment before they even have a business plan. Every entrepreneur needs help and support along the way, from developing the initial idea, to selling off the successful business (exit strategy).

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

Both Sides of the Table

Yesterday I wrote Part 1 of the series on the changes to the software industry over the past decade that has led to changes in the venture capital industry itself. Surprisinly, this strategy works well with many entrepreneurs. Not to mention providing the capital for growth.

Vadio Gets Backing From Mucker Capital, Amplify, Others In $2M Funding

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Vadio , the developer of a platform which helps match music videos and ads with streaming music , said Thursday that it has raised $2M in a seed funding round, which included Mucker Capital, Amplify.LA, as well as other LA investors. Vadio is led by entrepreneur Bryce Clemmer, and recently inked a deal with Vevo to help match Vevo''s large library of music videos with other online, music streaming sites.

Heliogen’s new tech could unlock renewable energy for industrial manufacturing

TechCrunch LA

For Bill Gross, the founder of Idealab and brains behind the excursion, the unveiling was simply the latest in a string of demonstrations for new technologies commercialized by his nearly three-decade old startup company incubator.

10 Ways Entrepreneurs Find Money To Start A Business

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most frequent questions I get as a mentor to entrepreneurs is “How do I find the money to start my business?” These are tough for a first-time entrepreneur. Join a startup incubator or accelerator. Solicit venture capital investors.

10 Entrepreneur Alternatives To Investor Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

The problem is that professional investors (Angels and Venture Capital) want a proven business model before they invest, ready to scale, rather than the more risky research and development efforts. Join a startup incubator. It’s what separates the true entrepreneurs from the wannabes.

How Smart Entrepreneurs Make Innovation Look Easy

Startup Professionals Musings

Why do a few entrepreneurs, like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, seem to come up with all the real innovations, while the majority of business leaders seem stuck in the rut of linear thinking? Innovative entrepreneurs have to start with a mindset of welcoming change, rather than trying to resist it.

Web 1.0 Entrepreneurs: we are roadkill unless we learn to run as fast as today’s founders.

Steve Reich

As you may have gathered from my blog, I’ve spent the last couple of months visiting with companies and incubators. Capital to date? $20k Get Angel capital and build a prototype. One of my friends, an Overture veteran and successful entrepreneur, raised the objection that these are all little “lightweight” apps and sites. New companies are being created at stunning speed by today’s founders. If you can’t keep up, you are dead.

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How To Prepare For The Entrepreneur Life You Want

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the simplest questions I get from aspiring entrepreneurs, and ironically one of the hardest, is “How do I start?” They just aren’t prepared for the life they want, and are really asking me how to learn to be an entrepreneur. Help entrepreneurs with constant learning.

7 Tips For Aspiring Entrepreneurs Who Stay In School

Startup Professionals Musings

Some people even believe that entrepreneurs must be born with the right genes, and no element of education is relevant. A more important question, then, for an aspiring entrepreneur, should be what to study in college for maximum value, rather than whether to drop out or stay.

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10 Ways For Entrepreneurs To Meet Cash Flow Peaks

Startup Professionals Musings

The problem is that professional investors (angels and venture capital) want a proven business model before they invest, ready to scale, rather than the more risky research and development efforts. Join a startup incubator. It’s what separates the true entrepreneurs from the wannabes.

USC Viterbi Launches Startup Accelerator

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According to the Los Angeles Times, the new accelerator is being backed by the United Talent Agency and Kleiner, Perkins Caufield & Byers, the notable Silicon Valley venture capital firm. startup accelerator incubator education school incubate business entrepreneur

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CyberTech Opens New “Entrepreneur in Residence” Program to 8 Teams

Xconomy

Darin Andersen, the busy-bee creator of San Diego’s Cyberhive, iHive, and xHive startup programs, says eight early stage tech companies have joined the co-working space he has been building out in Bankers Hill under a new “Entrepreneur in Residence” program. Under the six-month Entrepreneur in Residence program, startups teams pay a $140 monthly CyberTech membership for the first two months and $250 a month for the remaining four months, Andersen said.

A New Era For Entrepreneurs And Startups Has Begun

Startup Professionals Musings

is already well above the dot.com bubble of 15 years ago, although we have slipped a bit this year from the high point of 320 new entrepreneurs out of 100,000 adults in 2011. Thus a record number of entrepreneurs (and employees) are getting rich.

6 Ways To Start Learning For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the simplest questions I get from aspiring entrepreneurs, and ironically one of the hardest, is “How do I start?” They just aren’t prepared for the life they want, and are really asking me how to learn to be an entrepreneur. Help entrepreneurs with constant learning.

Let Me Count The Ways Entrepreneurs Fund Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most frequent questions I get as a mentor to entrepreneurs is “How do I find the money to start my business?” These are tough for a first-time entrepreneur. Join a startup incubator or accelerator. Solicit venture capital investors.

Venture Ventura Capital Connections

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, December 11, 2008 -- Venture Ventura Capital Connections. The City of Ventura and the Ventura Chamber of Commerce invite you to mingle with movers and shakers of the growing local Ventura Venture Capital scene! Come meet our venture capital partners and local business leaders. Learn first-hand about Ventura's hot new initiatives to seed entrepreneurial growth and enterprise.

Product Manager Entrepreneur Mark Geller

SoCal CTO

He has a really interesting background as a product manager and now an entrepreneur. Founder Institute is the brain child of Adeo Ressi , a super passionate and successful serial entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley, probably best known for founding TheFunded.com.

New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

A while back I heard a talk by Dave McClure, a long-time angel investor, who also proclaims to be one of the “new breed” of venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, as CEO of 500Startups , which is either a micro-VC seed fund, or a startup incubator, or both.

StartEngine Plans New Equity Crowdfunding Campaign, For Itself

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Los Angeles-based StartEngine , the equity crowdfunding site led by serial entrepreneur Howard Marks, told its supporters on Friday that it is planning to launch a new, equity crowdfunding effort: for itself. startengine equity crowdfunding howard marks venture capital incubator accelerator

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US Economic Risks (Sept 2010): Impact on Investors & Entrepreneurs

Both Sides of the Table

My advice to entrepreneurs was and is “ when the hors d’oeuvres tray is being passed take two ” (e.g. So I agreed to offer my current thinking on the economy and what it portends for the VC industry & fund raising for entrepreneurs. What does this mean if you’re an entrepreneur?

This Entrepreneur Fought America’s Toughest VCs… And Won

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Adeo Ressi is a serial entrepreneur turned investor and entrepreneur advocate. Adeo Co-Founded the entrepreneur-friendly website The Funded and he is the Founder and CEO of The Founder Institute , whose goal is to create and foster local startup ecosystems across the globe.

Lessons Learned From The Accelerator Trenches: MuckerLab's Erik Rannala

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I do think the way we work with companies is a little different from other programs, in that we view it much more like the wasyI personally think about investing and venture capital. What''s your one piece of advice for entrepreneurs?