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.

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


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.

Warner Media Camp Graduates Second Class


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?

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


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.”

3 Reasons SaaS Savvy Entrepreneurs Don’t Build Their Own Portals


Even entrepreneurs that already sold on SaaS should stake note of new research from the SalientGroup : SaaS gets funded - Nearly 50% of SaaS-based startups are getting successfully funded—a rate of funding success no other sector can match.

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


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.

Are You an Entrepreneur?


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.

Product Manager Entrepreneur Mark Geller


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 Aren’t There More Female Entrepreneurs?

Both Sides of the Table

I’m often asked the question about why there aren’t more women who are entrepreneurs. My inspiration to become an entrepreneur came from my mom, not my dad. She was the dominant figure in my family and was both an entrepreneur and a community leader.

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.

Why Entrepreneurs Should Care About Inequality and Divisiveness


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.

Why Startup Entrepreneurs Need to Communicate More Like George Bush Than Al Gore

Both Sides of the Table

I use George Bush vs. Al Gore as allegory and I’ve been using it with entrepreneurs for years to sink in a simple point about how to communicate with the market. Most Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs I know are more like Al Gore. Entrepreneur Advice

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


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


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.

Interview with Bong Koh, LifeCrowd


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.

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DocStoc Launches Expert Video


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.

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.

Interview with Jonathan Lehmann and James Chung, KarmaGoat


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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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?

22 Los Angeles Startups You Need to Watch Out For


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.

Two most powerful words: “Help me.”


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.

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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.

The Life This Wearable Saves Might Be Yours


As such, none of us had the benefit of your TMP classes (laughs). Strenk: Yes, we launched PROOF on Indiegogo – thanks for helping us blow way past our initial goal, selling out of our first batch in 7 days! Entrepreneur Interview

Spend the Money and Bring On the Right People


We talked with Adam Mendler, CEO of The Veloz Group what he’s done to hire the best people and how his team has helped his business grow. What’s business advice helped shape who you are as an entrepreneur today? What’s your best financial tip for early-stage entrepreneurs?

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


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


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.

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


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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An Enchanting Conversation With Guy Kawasaki


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.

Interview: Jason Nazar of Docstoc


"We provide the best quality and widest selection of documents to help you start, grow and manage your small business and professional life. It was a great precursor to being an entrepreneur. " Entrepreneur Interview

Interview: Paige Craig, CEO BetterWorks


We help companies reward their employees with perks. 5) When I interviewed people at my past startups, I rejected them if they asked me about our dental plan, as true entrepreneurs don’t care about such pedestrian benefits. We brought in 10 – 20 people in each class.

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


In my UCSB classes , my students practice their Personal Pitch in front of their peers, who give them constructive feedback. I decided to tweak this exercise for the Techstars entrepreneurs, using the format described below. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

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.

Hands-on Techniques To Avoid Hiring Wantrepreneurs


They profess to be entrepreneurs, but are they actually Wantrepreneurs? A Wantrepreneur is a well-intentioned person who wants to be an entrepreneur, but does not have the skills, personality and or risk profile to be successful. Entrepreneur Team Building

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