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Interview with Jonathan Lehmann and James Chung, KarmaGoat


Well, Los Angeles-based KarmaGoat ( has figured out a way to help people get rid of those unwanted items they have--and provide those proceeds to charity. That gift of livestock can help families out of extreme poverty.

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However, most often, these funds are solicited by a well-meaning entrepreneur from investors who are not qualified as accredited investors under the law (currently requiring a proved income of $200,000 a year or $1 million in net worth for an individual investor).

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10 Examples of Companies With Fantastic Cultures

Tech Coast Venture Network

The company makes sure that there is always an upcoming event so the entire team has something to look forward to, and it uses methods to make sure the entire team works well together by insisting everyone helps keep break areas clean or sending random employees out to lunch together. Customers loyal to Southwest often point to happy and friendly employees who try hard to help. Solid benefits such as these help a culture, but are not the sole instigator of successful culture.

Stage 32: An Education Hub For Entertainment Industry Creatives


Indeed, whether you’re a producer, screenwriter, director, actor, cinematographer, editor, art director or composer (or some combination of these) Stage 32 offers classes to meet your specific needs. Jon Sperry – a highly respected dialect coach who has worked with Harvey Keitel, Sofia Vergara, and Russell Crowe – taught a Stage 32 class that was attended by members from over 40 different countries. Classes with a wide geographic appeal.

Interview: Seth Epstein of SocialStay


Your team operates out of a barn on your idyllic, coastal property, yet you have created a world-class product. Do you have any advice for emerging entrepreneurs regarding how they can be frugal without compromising their company’s value prop? Entrepreneur Interview The Fringe

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Interview with Ken Rutkowski, The Founder Institute


chapter of the Media, Entertainment and Technology Alliance (METal) and the voice of KenRadio's World Technology Roundup on CBS Radio, Rutkowski has recruited a roster of mentors to coach entrepreneurs who enroll in the institute's programs in LA.

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Meet the 2017 Startups from the Disney Accelerator


This corporate partnership has proven well for these startups in helping them launch their products and services into another galaxy. “This year, more than ever, we are working with companies with the potential to help define the future of media and entertainment together with Disney.”

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

Both Sides of the Table

It turns out it actually takes time to build a high-growth business with differentiated intellectual property and roll out large, enterprise-class marketing solutions. Working with early-stage teams : coaching, mentoring, setting strategy, rolling up sleeves: 9/10.

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George Powell – Doing Well By Having Fun


I am always on the lookout for inspiring entrepreneurs who have leveraged their passions into healthy livelihoods as they serve as instructive role models for my UC Santa Barbara entrepreneurial students. I grew to love many things about skating as I got into the industry I helped to create.

codeSpark:Teaching Kids Software Coding Without Words


We caught up with Grant to learn more about The Foos and his quest to use the principles of software programming to help kids learn. The original spark came, because my daughter, Naomi, who is six and was in first grade at the time, took a Lego Robotics class.

What I Would Look for When Choosing a VC – Knowing What I Know Now?

Both Sides of the Table

VCs should be more of a coach than proscriptively telling you what to do. To be clear – I’m not saying huge successes make a VC less likely to be helpful to you – I’m just saying it’s not a guaranteed predictor. I think of VCs as coaches.

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Why I’m Turning Over a New Leaf & Refocusing My Energy

Both Sides of the Table

he is rust belt middle class. he coached me and my 3 siblings in basketball and soccer and more. Older, working-class, white and had voted for Democrats in the past. This election has been hard on our country.

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Interview with Robin Richards,


One of the more successful serial entrepreneurs here in Southern California has been Robin D. They just can't reach into the class of freshmen, sophomores, or juniors to help companies get better candidates. We've had this team together for awhile, which helps us to go fast.

Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding: $50,000 Per Startup

Both Sides of the Table

Launchpad LA today announces it will accept applications for its third class of Los Angeles-based tech startups. And my company is hugely relevant to what they’re doing so having an advocate at senior levels there is certainly a help.” So What is Different for Class Three?

StartupWeekend Next Teaches Teams How to Level Up

Tech Zulu Event

SWNext Los Angeles has teamed up with Cross Campus to host the 5-week class that will be led by the founder and CEO of QuantSoft, Wilton Risenhoover, who also teaches entrepreneurship at UCLA Extension. This action-based program was created to help ensure success for a few types of teams.

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Social Networking Addiction Bears Fruit

Eric Greenspan

Lisa is a skilled public speaking coach. After our meeting, I offered to allow Lisa to use Make It Work’s HQ for her upcoming classes on public speaking. Jeff was tweeting about needing help organizing and promoting the upcoming #140conf LA Meetup.

Who Should you Hire at a Startup?

Both Sides of the Table

Only Hire A+ People Who Punch Above Their Weight Class. I believe that you should always hire people are are looking to “punch above their weight class,&# which means to hire people who want to be one league above where they are today. Weight Class : Let’s take sales.

Social Networking Addiction Bears Fruit FAST

Eric Greenspan

Lisa is an a skilled public speaking coach. After our meeting, I offered to allow Lisa to use Make It Work’s HQ for her upcoming classes on public speaking. Jeff was tweeting about needing help organizing and promoting the upcoming #140conf LA Meetup.

What Future for Accelerators?

Both Sides of the Table

and I thought if we brought the community together for common purpose we could create more of a sense of community to help new entrepreneurs get funded, assemble teams, raise profiles and help with biz dev, product, etc. Sam is an uber-networker, savvy, helpful, product-oriented leader who had a great eye for young entrepreneurs and a passion about helping them. Between the group of us we were probably helping launch 75-100 companies / year.

What Should We Make of Peter Thiel’s “20 Under 20? Education Program?

Both Sides of the Table

Thiel and friends will also agree to mentor these young entrepreneurs. Here is their inaugural class. I was prepared way more for business success in my political science classes than in my economics ones (I was a double major). Maybe off-shoring could become more on-shoring and helping drum up employment in places like Detroit. You’re more entrepreneurial than 99% of people in any b-school class. At least not as an entrepreneur.

Startup Sales – Why Hiring Seasoned Reps May Not Work

Both Sides of the Table

I always tell people, “hire somebody who wants to punch above their weight class &# (i.e. As they become more senior they take on management responsibilities such as planning, forecasting, pipeline reviews, coaching staff, etc.

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My Life as a CEO (and VC): Chief Psychologist

Both Sides of the Table

Some entrepreneurs make the mistake of never devolving power. I found that a lot of my time went into spending time with the country MD’s to show them that they were still important to me and that I was still willing to help with sales campaigns.

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Interview with Milo Sindell, Knowledge Genie


This morning, Knowledge Genie ( launched a new web site that helps experts and authors publish online information to the web. That became our company Hit the Ground Running, which we launched in 2007 to help a number of Fortune 500 clients with our technology and methodologies. One of our hopes, aside from creating a way to package knowledge, is to essentially allow entrepreneurs to create their own publishing company.

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