You Can’t Teach People To Be Entrepreneurs, But Entrepreneurs Can Be Taught

InfoChachkie

Despite the fact that I teach entrepreneurship at UC Santa Barbara , I do not believe that entrepreneurs are created in classrooms. Instead of trying to teach students to be an entrepreneur, I expose my entrepreneurial students to tools that will help them solve real-world problems.

How Do VCs Choose Their Investors (and should entrepreneurs care?)

Both Sides of the Table

I recently read a blog post by Beezer Clarkson, Managing Director of Sapphire Ventures about why entrepreneurs should care about from whom their VC funds raise their capital. But should entrepreneurs really care whom the LPs of a fund are?

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MuckerLab Unveils Second Graduating Class to Investors

Tech Zulu Event

A traffic jam of expensive cars lined up to pull into the packed parking lot of MuckerLab for its second graduating class demo day. Tech Coast Angel investor Dale Okuno came out because he believes that MuckerLab attracts better talent because they keep their class size small and focused.

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

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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. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

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Why Entrepreneurs Should Care About Inequality and Divisiveness

Xconomy

It might seem like such events have little to do with entrepreneurs and our innovation economy, but a thriving and inclusive innovation economy is a critical component to bridging the social and economic disparity that is driving our nation apart.

A Serial Entrepreneur’s Take On Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment

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Although many are entertaining, most fail to provide entrepreneurs with a sufficient return on their time investment. Unfortunately, most business books do not offer entrepreneurs an adequate payoff. For instance, Guy refers to an entrepreneur’s venture as their “cause.”

22 Los Angeles Startups You Need to Watch Out For

Tech.Co

This is evident from the fact that they are owned and run by EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year award finalists in the Greater Los Angeles area. ServiceTitan is the service management software that helps leading home services businesses generate more leads and close more sales. TaskUs is a customer care and back office support company that helps companies provide exceptional experiences for their customers.

Interview with Bong Koh, LifeCrowd

socalTECH

Earlier this month, Los Angeles-based LifeCrowd (www.lifecrowd.com) unveiled its service to help connect people with real life activities. The firm is initially focusing on the Los Angeles market, and connecting people with fun, interesting classes, activities, and more in the local area.

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

Both Sides of the Table

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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Entrepreneurs Should Forget ROI And Focus On Return On Life: The New Measure Of Wealth

InfoChachkie

According to Tige Young, Founder and CEO of Tui Tai Expeditions , entrepreneurs should de-emphasize ROI and focus on a more accurate measure of wealth, Return On Life. Tige''s story of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who creates a renowned business in Fiji is pretty epic on its face.

Entrepreneurs Should Forget ROI And Focus On Return On Life – The New Measure Of Wealth

InfoChachkie

According to Tige Young, Founder and CEO of Tui Tai Expeditions , entrepreneurs should de-emphasize ROI and focus on a more accurate measure of wealth, Return On Life. Tige''s story of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who creates a renowned business in Fiji is pretty epic on its face.

Why Entrepreneurs & VCs Should Focus on Basecamp, Not the Summit

Both Sides of the Table

Equally, I encouraged entrepreneurs to spend time getting to know their future VCs early because getting a feel for your chemistry is far more important than how the VC is ranked in some survey. I felt the exact same way when I was an entrepreneur.

A Must Read Book for the Educated Class

Both Sides of the Table

The book is a memoir about an improbable journey from the working-class Hillbilly roots of Appalachia to the elite corridors of one of the top law schools in the US and the world of venture capital. I just finished Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. I can’t recommend this book strongly enough.

Interview with Jonathan Lehmann and James Chung, KarmaGoat

socalTECH

Well, Los Angeles-based KarmaGoat (www.karmagoat.com) 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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upStart.LA Breakdown | Accelerators and Incubators: An Entrepreneur’s Point of View

Tech Zulu Event

Every entrepreneur at some point has probably felt like this and asked themselves the question: “now what?” Mark Evans , founder of NetPlenish (a 500 Startups company), a price comparison and shopping subscription tool that helps you replenish the items you use on a daily basis.

Interview with Anna Barber, Techstars LA

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Anna Barber: Before this, I hadn't been involved with Techstars as a mentor, however, I'd been an entrepreneur and mentored at other accelerators. However, I always wanted to get into a broader role in the startup ecosystem, where I could help other entrepreneurs work on their ideas. Three years ago, I had started to explore launching a new accelerator, to support women entrepreneurs in Los Angeles.

How Entrepreneurs Use Technology to Improve Business Efficiency

Tech Zulu Event

The rise of powerful new tools for automation and management of business tasks is taking the world by storm, because it lets one entrepreneur accomplish much more with their time than they ever could before. Automated mailing tools are a major resource for entrepreneurs.

An Enchanting Conversation With Guy Kawasaki

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I even plan to use it in my upcoming UC Santa Barbara Entrepreneurial Selling class. I began our discussion by asking Guy, “Why should entrepreneurs read your latest book, Enchantment?”. An entrepreneur, in particular, has to be likeable and trustworthy AND have a great product.

Stage 32: An Education Hub For Entertainment Industry Creatives

Tech.Co

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.

Warner Media Camp Graduates Second Class

socalTECH

Most of the companies included a strong element of technology, and many of the startup entrepreneurs in attendance had a strong engineering--rather than content--background. What do you get when you combine a technology investment demo day with a Hollywood-style story pitch session?

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

Both Sides of the Table

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

DocStoc Launches Expert Video

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In what it calls a "video MBA", Santa Monica-based DocStoc has launched a major new feature of the site, aimed at helping small businesses and professionals learn about everything from building a brand, pitching their business plan, running an Adwords campaign, and more.

Kenya Dream Eptimozies The Art Of “Fun-raising” Philanthropy

InfoChachkie

After an Adviser at his Cupertino High School told Nithin and his fellow Freshmen classmates about a school in Kenya that needed help with their educational facilities, Nithin, along with another student, created Kenya Dream and ran it as Co-Presidents. Entrepreneur Interview The Fringe

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How TaskUs Is Powering LA's Technology Startup Boom

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However, one of the biggest beneficiaries of that boom-- TaskUs (www.taskus.com) has been far lower profile--but has grown from only five employees three years ago, to over a thousand employees today who are helping behind the scenes to power those startups.

Steve Blank Discusses The Origin And Future Of The Lean Startup Movement

InfoChachkie

Steve is also a Stanford Professor and noted marketing entrepreneur. Eric (Ries) was a student in one of the very earliest customer development classes at Berkley. Four Steps was essentially my class notes. Entrepreneur Interview Video

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Two most powerful words: “Help me.”

Berkonomics

There is a bit of the teacher in all of us, and a request for help is a natural trigger to bring this out. And there should be an equal – if not stronger – bit of a student in each of us as well, allowing us to drop our egos a notch and actually ask for help when we need it.

Zingy Looks To Create Uber For Dog Walkers

socalTECH

A new, Los Angeles-based startup, Zingy , is looking to create a new, online marketplace to connect dog owners with other dog lovers to help walk their dogs. The new marketplace startup said it is aimed at helping dog lovers earn additional income, and to help create meaningful and rewarding employment opportunities. The new startup is led by Tobi Skovron, who the company said is the Australian entrepreneur who create the "Pet Loo", an indoor toilet for dogs.

Product Manager Entrepreneur Mark Geller

SoCal CTO

He has a really interesting background as a product manager and now an entrepreneur. Also, I consider ways to find and recruit world class team members and strategies for talking with investors--although mainly I focus on the product because ultimately everything starts with that.

Why A Prominent Startup Executive Wants You To Fail, Get Fired And Focus

InfoChachkie

Kim Kovaks, Founder and CEO OptionEase , recently spoke to a class of emerging entrepreneurs at UC Santa Barbara. With over 700 customers, OptionEase has become the leading enterprise class SaaS solution for stock option and equity compensation tracking and compliance.

How to Not Suck at a Group Presentation

Both Sides of the Table

You’re not lecturing to a college class, you’re not at a cocktail party and you’re not chatting with a small group in a board meeting. Or take an acting class. Help us to get to know him or her. Connecting to a trainer helps keep you in line.

Boston Startup School Launches | Education 2.0

Tech Zulu Event

Last week Boston Startup School officially launched and began with their inaugural class. Over the past few months Boston Startup School and it’s founders have reviewed hundreds of applications for their first class all while working very hard to get to know each and every candidate.

Are You an Entrepreneur?

InfoChachkie

Hint: He was an entrepreneur. The same is true of entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship is so highly valued in the Western World that some people try to convince themselves that they are an entrepreneur, when in fact they would be better off at a Big Dumb Company (“BDC”). These would-be entrepreneurs are best classified as Wantrepreneurs, as discussed in Entrepreneurial Enterviewing. Most of these instant entrepreneurs were in it for one reason – quick money.

Signal Sciences: Protecting Web Apps In The Era Of DevOps, with Andrew Peterson

socalTECH

Venice Beach-based Signal Sciences (www.signalsciences.com) has created sofdtware designed for those application developers to help protect those web applications. We decided we'd take this solution out, and help solve that same pain for a broad group of people. They've worked with companies, and really help to scale them to become really large, well known household brands. We want people to hear about us and our product, and how we can help them.