An experienced coach has seen your movie before.

Berkonomics

Business coaches come in all sizes and shapes. Photo courtesy IBM Business Coaching. But by far the best coaches are those that have lived through the process you’re going through and built successful enterprises in your same industry. One great source for coaches is among fellow members of a CEO roundtable organization, Young Presidents Organization or similar association where you are comfortable with the coach candidate and know something about his or her style.

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Tech Coast Angels: EXTREME Coaching

SoCal Tech Calendar

Sunday, April 29, 2018 -- Tech Coast Angels: EXTREME Coaching. Perfect your 60-second pitch with valuable coaching from Tech Coast Angels investors and startup experts. Participate in friendly competition and win bragging rights and special TCA recognition with plaques and digital website badges awarded to category favorites and participants.

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Tech Coast Angels: EXTREME Coaching

SoCal Tech Calendar

Saturday, April 28, 2018 -- Tech Coast Angels: EXTREME Coaching. Perfect your 60-second pitch with valuable coaching from Tech Coast Angels investors and startup experts. Participate in friendly competition and win bragging rights and special TCA recognition with plaques and digital website badges awarded to category favorites and participants.

Make Yourself A Key Sustainable Competitive Advantage

Startup Professionals Musings

The only “sustainable competitive advantage” in business is self-awareness. They don’t hesitate to get help from executive coaches, Meyers Briggs training, or other peer groups, such as the EO Network. entrepreneur scott belsky sustainable competitive advantage

An experienced coach has seen your movie before.

Berkonomics

Business coaches come in all sizes and shapes. You’ll have a relative willing to devote time, a school friend with business experience, professionals who charge for the service, investors with a reason to promote your success and more. But by far the best coaches are those that have lived through the process you’re going through and built successful enterprises in your same industry. How do you pay a coach?

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Delane Parnell’s plan to conquer amateur esports

TechCrunch LA

The company raised $46 million last year—its first year operating—with the vision that owning the infrastructure for competitions and expanding it to encompass other social elements of gaming can make it the largest gaming company in the world. What esports means is playing video games competitively bound to governance and a competitive ruleset.

Social Enterprise Venture Competition

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 -- Social Enterprise Venture Competition. Through the Social Venture Competition, 9 semi-finalist nonprofits competed in a business plan competition, presenting their plans to a panel of business and social investors who provided valuable feedback and coaching to each presenting organization. The program provides training and mentoring programs for mission-based nonprofits seeking to create an earned income stream through a social venture.

5 Keys To Business Culture That Are Counter-Intuitive

Startup Professionals Musings

These things are clearly good for morale, but its not so clear that they translate into a competitive advantage. I was pleased to find some specific guidance in this regard in a new book, “ Five Frequencies: Leadership Signals that turn Culture into Competitive Advantage ,” by the team of Jeff Grimshaw, Tanya Mann, Lynne Viscio, and Jennifer Landis. HR leaders are your culture coaches, and responsible for aligning managers and employees with the desired culture.

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Launching from beta, ProGuides is making money ensuring that gamers never play alone

TechCrunch LA

The company lowers its rates for popular gamers or gamers who are willing to spend more time on the platform either selling their services or actually coaching esports players. Wang says that that pros on the platform are making anywhere from $750 to $2500 per month and that there are currently 250 coaches on the platform. The LA-based company also has some venture-backed competition on the East Coast.

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Gamify those otherwise dull work assignments

Berkonomics

Most of us are driven by the competitive spirit, the desire or need to win. It provides a short competitive experience with a measurable outcome in which the players know who won and by how much. Create small but meaningful competitions between groups or individuals for which recognition or small rewards are published in advance. Allow for wins to be accomplishments of the team, as much as the individual, so that competition is a team sport, not an individual play for power.

Does your team know your playbook?

Berkonomics

From experience and from information about the competition, a coach creates a playbook that contains detailed plans for actions or plays that the entire team must know without question and execute without pause in order to win games and advance toward the playoffs. If you manage with your team knowing the intended results of each action, and if the members of the team have not honed their skills at execution of their tasks, then you are the coach without a playbook.

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Yes, You Can Get A Scholarship To College To Play Overwatch

socalTECH

Are you a competitive, e-sports player specializing in Overwatch , the popular title developed by Blizzard? The University of California, Irvine, said on Wednesday that it will offer up an e-sports scholarship to the school, where it will provide $2500 a year to players who attend the school--and commit to another 15-20 hours per week working on practice, team meetings, competitions, and other efforts.

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Two Local Tech, Investment Executives Named In College Fraud Investigation

socalTECH

Two people associated with Southern California's high tech investment and startup industry have been named as part of the far reaching investigation into a college admissions scandal , which named Hollywood actresses, CEOs, coaches at USC, UCLA, and UCSD, as well as many others.

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10 Steps To A New Venture That Can Change The World

Startup Professionals Musings

Creating intellectual property, including patents, is the kay to long-term value and a sustainable competitive advantage. Training and coaching. Ongoing coaching from the top is essential to maintain the attitude and spirit. Sustainable innovation is really the only sustainable competitive advantage. Yet survival in today’s world of rapid business change requires that you keep one step ahead of your competition.

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Accelerators: a recent and positive trend

Berkonomics

Although that is still a good idea in many cases, there is a recent alternative available to some entrepreneurs on a competitive basis that seems most attractive and positive. Accelerators are organizations that selectively accept entrepreneurs into a program of intense coaching in a physical environment sponsored by the accelerator that also provides seed funds for the startup to begin its business.

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Is Your Pitch in the Strike Zone?

SoCal Tech Calendar

New this year, the pitch competition for entrepreneurs with innovative clean tech applications will be held on the evening of September 5th at the 3rd Annual PortTechEXPO. Angel and venture investors, business advisors and coaches, attorneys, accountants, and port representatives will be in attendance. Wednesday, September 5, 2012 -- Is Your Pitch in the Strike Zone? Entrepreneurs, does your pitch measure up?

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Five ways to make your company stand out.

Berkonomics

Email readers, continue here…] Price can become a competitive tool by creative companies where they can change the game, reducing the number of parts for example to lower manufacturing costs, or reducing the time to install a product, lowering after-sale costs. Ford recently returned from the land of the nearly-dead to become not only profitable but a desirable alternative to the dominant Japanese cars by emphasizing quality at competitive prices.

Turn “process” into “game.”

Berkonomics

Most of us are driven by the competitive spirit, the desire or need to win. It provides a short competitive experience with a measurable outcome in which the players know who won and by how much. Create small but meaningful competitions between groups or individuals for which recognition or small rewards are published in advance. Allow for wins to be accomplishments of the team, as much as the individual, so that competition is a team sport, not an individual play for power.

13 Ecosystem Builders That Are Boosting Startup Growth

Tech.Co

BlackTech Week was created in 2014, and in four short years, they’ve gained over 2700 participants, 150 speakers, and 3 pitch competitions. It] is super competitive and great for companies looking to not only gain exposure but to learn from and see the breath of other startups and founders in the space,” said Darlene Gillard, Director of Community and Partner of digitalundivided, about the Startup of the Year competition.

Does your business need money? Read this!

Berkonomics

Whether the partner is a supplier looking to gain a lock on your business as it grows or a customer looking to create a competitive barrier through use of your product, such an investment typically carries fewer restrictions than from a professional investor and less oversight. The subject of raising money is critical to many businesses and a passing option to others, depending upon the capital efficiency of the enterprise.

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The Importance of Teams and Why the Best Leaders Cultivate Them

Both Sides of the Table

Increasingly I find myself engaging executive coaches at companies an trying to help executive teams get 360 degree feedback. The best leaders I know encourage coaches to come in and are willing to listen to feedback about themselves. It seems to me that we obsess too much with product features, sales pipelines, competitive pressures, fund raising and such. I was watching my favorite show on TV this morning – GPS (Global Public Square) with Fareed Zakaria.

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5 Rewards Of Independence That Excite Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Beat the competition and discover yourself. Competition drives innovation, and innovation drives competition. Often times, you will find yourself working with people who "don't know the ropes" and require extensive coaching and assistance.

10 Keys To Delivering Innovation As An Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Creating intellectual property, including patents, is the kay to long-term value and a sustainable competitive advantage. Training and coaching. Ongoing coaching from the top is essential to maintain the attitude and spirit.

7 Common Themes That Indicate An Extraordinary Leader

Startup Professionals Musings

Works with other team members on mutual aspirations (coach metaphor). It is not about leaders becoming coaches; it’s about leaders letting themselves be coached by others – advisors, team members, and even customers. Evolve from guru to guide, and coaching others to find answers for themselves. In building successful businesses, I find that creating a new and innovative product or service is usually the easy part.

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How VCs Think About Adding New Partners

Both Sides of the Table

Competitive (Athlete: skier & rowed at Princeton, hates losing at everything she does). She is a coach and mentor to team members. Let me start with the news that I’m excited to share with you. After years of trying to persuade Kara Nortman to become a partner at Upfront Ventures I can officially announce now that she’s joined us effective immediately.

6 Hiring Lessons from Vince Lombardi

InfoChachkie

Vince Lombardi is widely considered the best football coach of all time, and ultimately may be the greatest coach in the history of all sports. Coach Lombardi put teamwork first (which is why we did, too). As probably the most famous football coach of all time, it seems to have worked. You simply cannot teach competitiveness; people either have it or they don’t.

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OC Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch

SoCal Tech Calendar

The Tech Coast Angels will be holding their 10th Annual Fast Pitch Competition on May 25th at the UC Irvine Student Center. The deadline to apply for the Fast Pitch Competition is April 21st. Please note that there is no charge to apply and applicants will receive coaching on their pitches. Tuesday, May 25, 2010 -- OC Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch.

7 Tips For Building The Right People Relationships

Startup Professionals Musings

Provide and seek coach and advocate relationships. The best coaches are people who care about you as a person, without any ulterior motives, and intend to inspire you to be the best that you can be. A good coach is not a critic.

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10 Key Strategies For Innovation Leadership By Design

Startup Professionals Musings

Design thinking” is a methodology used to solve complex challenges, such as the ones faced by every business in today’s rapidly changing and highly competitive environment. Coach others, rather than competing with others. Coaching is helping a person increase self-awareness and adjust their role to take better advantage of their greatest strengths, rather than highlighting and critiquing their weaknesses.

5 Steps To Get You From Your First Idea To A Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Then, he'll need to patent it and create a plan to show opportunity, competition, and financial projections. I find the best business plans are not books, but may actually should start as a one-page “elevator pitch” that succinctly encompasses your business goals, problems and solution, opportunity, competition, and business model.

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The Loneliness of Success that Nobody Talks About

Both Sides of the Table

We envy them all and want to emulate them but know that they are just people dealing with struggles of a different magnitude from the pressures of going public, the pressures of pricing competition, the pressures of over-reaching of journalists and regulators and the pressures of activist public shareholders with short-term expectations. Advisors / Coaches / Mentors.

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How Smart Entrepreneurs Don’t Hesitate To Seek Help

Startup Professionals Musings

I found some good guidance on this subject in a new book, “ The Leader You Want To Be ,” by Amy Jen Su, a managing partner in an executive coaching and leadership development firm.

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10 Examples of Companies With Fantastic Cultures

Tech Coast Venture Network

While Google still gets stellar reviews for pay, perks and advancement, there are also some employees who note growing pains that you’d expect from such a huge company, including the stress associated with a competitive environment. Facebook offers, as do many similar companies, lots of food, stock options, open office space, on-site laundry, a focus on teamwork and open communication, a competitive atmosphere that fosters personal growth and learning and great benefits.

The Importance of Realism in Startups

Both Sides of the Table

I made many classic first-time mistakes which serves both as my warning signal of which teams to avoid funding (if I perceive they will make critical mistakes often led by hubris) and also as my source for coaching others. It’s why I believe startup coaches are so important and I wish I know more great ones. I find older entrepreneurs more willing to have pragmatic debates about competition, for example. I’ve done a lot of video interviews.

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How Great Entrepreneurs Spell Continuous Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

Creating intellectual property, including patents, is the key to long-term value and a sustainable competitive advantage. Training and coaching. But these still need coaching on the unknowns, and ongoing education to keep up with the industry and the technology. They benchmark their ideas against competition, use metrics to track acceptance, sales growth, and return on investment.

10 Principles For Sustainable Innovation In Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Creating intellectual property, including patents, is the kay to long-term value and a sustainable competitive advantage. Training and coaching. Ongoing coaching from the top is essential to maintain the attitude and spirit. Sustainable innovation is really the only sustainable competitive advantage. Yet survival in today’s world of rapid business change requires that you keep one step ahead of your competition.

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You Can’t Rely on a VC for Your Hardest Decisions

Both Sides of the Table

We are money, advice, coaching, cheerleading, interventionist but not “the decider.” It’s not our job to predict markets only to have a good sense of where innovation and disruption could lead to big opportunities and to find entrepreneurs who are more driven, more passionate, more committed and more informed in these markets than we are and who we believe are also more of all of these than the competition. *. What is the role of a VC for entrepreneurs?

4 Strategies To Ramp Up The Total Customer Experience

Startup Professionals Musings

Much has been written recently about the requirement to focus today on the total customer experience, as a competitive edge or even for survival. In many cases, customers would be delighted to be coached on upcoming needs, such as time to reorder medication or printer ink, before the crisis, with the option of getting the solution with a single click.

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

Both Sides of the Table

It’s insanely competitive to get into our industry so most have degrees from institutions like Stanford, Harvard, Wharton and University of Chicago (blatant plug ;-). VCs should be more of a coach than proscriptively telling you what to do. I think of VCs as coaches. But successful coaches find a way to get the most out of all the existing players on the field and avoid too much unnecessary trading. Picking a VC is hard.

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Susan Cooney

Tech.Co

Susan is a startup coach and the founder of Givelocity, a social network for giving that offers a new spin on crowdfunding for good. She’s a startup advisor, mentor, investor and was a finalist in Fortune’s 2014 Brainstorm Tech Startup Idol competition. A serial entrepreneur, Susan has a record of building value and community across several genre-defining companies. She’s been on the founding team of 9 startups, six with successful exits.

What to Make of Amazon’s Work Practices?

Both Sides of the Table

What about a top athlete in the NFL or NBA or even part of the coaching staff. I’m looking for maniacal, competitive, driven, hard-working, obsessed individuals who are deeply committed to winning in the same way that Kobe Bryant is committed to being at the best in his field. There is much discussion about this weekend’s article in the NY Times regarding Amazon’s work practices.

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Office Relationships Are Key, But Affairs Are Trouble

Startup Professionals Musings

in sociology, and is a coach and speaker on work issues and friendship. Can be a competitive advantage. Competition over salary, promotions, and position. This can cause feelings of unfairness, and initiate emotionally competitive efforts. We all have to communicate and collaborate with other people at work, but most of us start out instinctively trying to maintain an emotional distance from others in the work environment.

10 Examples of Companies With Fantastic Cultures

Tech Coast Venture Network

While Google still gets stellar reviews for pay, perks and advancement, there are also some employees who note growing pains that you’d expect from such a huge company, including the stress associated with a competitive environment. Facebook offers, as do many similar companies, lots of food, stock options, open office space, on-site laundry, a focus on teamwork and open communication, a competitive atmosphere that fosters personal growth and learning and great benefits.