An experienced coach has seen your movie before.


Business coaches come in all sizes and shapes. Entrepreneurs will 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. Photo courtesy IBM Business Coaching.

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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.

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.

Grading Entrepreneurs: Here’s my checklist…

Jason Nazar

The following checklist is my comprehensive criteria for how to grade entrepreneurs. I, like many entrepreneurs, never followed directions that well. Stay attached to the problem they are trying to solve, but be flexible in the solutions to solve it ( watch : The Entrepreneur’s Dilemma ). Balance “Coaching and Cheerleading” vs. “Doing and Directing” (via Bob Walters ). Make their product different and better than the competition.

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Accelerators: a recent and positive trend


Often I see executive summaries from entrepreneurs who have never managed any form of business, or even managed employees in their past life, and who don’t know the first thing about business formation and managing for growth.

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Five Startup Tips From Bill Gates


Mark noted that even if an entrepreneur does not become a master developer, by simply understanding the software development process, they will be a more effective startup leader. Entrepreneur Iconic AdviceNote: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series.

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Does your business need money? Read this!


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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Is Your Pitch in the Strike Zone?

SoCal Tech Calendar

Entrepreneurs, does your pitch measure up? 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?

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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.

People Management: Startup Teams Should Dip but not Skip

Both Sides of the Table

By going on sales calls you pick up directly the feedback of what customers want and also what they’re telling you about competition. It can be harder and take more time to coach your VP Marketing to get his staff doing what you think is right than just telling them yourself.

Interview with Mike Napoli, Tech Coast Angels


Since the Tech Coast Angels (, the largest angel investment group in Southern California, is holding one of its several Fast Pitch competitions next week in Los Angeles (, we thought it might be a good time to catch up with Mike Napoli , incoming President of the Tech Coast Angels, to hear the his thoughts on the angel investing environment in Southern California from the angels' perspective. Mike Napoli: Actually, we are seeing entrepreneurs.

Susan Cooney


Susan is a startup coach and the founder of Givelocity, a social network for giving that offers a new spin on crowdfunding for good. A serial entrepreneur, Susan has a record of building value and community across several genre-defining companies.

Fuel50: Helping Employees Figure Out Their Career Path, With Anne Fulton


You can find a mentor, a coach, a project, or experience, to help you prepare for the role you are looking for. We were originally operating as a coaching company, and we built out this assessment technology for our own clients. Anne Fulton: I've always been an organizational psychologist crossed with a serial entrepreneur. I can't help myself in being an entrepreneur.

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The Loneliness of Success that Nobody Talks About

Both Sides of the Table

Entrepreneurs could learn about loneliness of success: nobody talks about. The Yo-Yo Life of a Tech Entrepreneur. Advisors / Coaches / Mentors.

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The Importance of Realism in Startups

Both Sides of the Table

It’s only 12 minutes long and if you’re a first-time entrepreneur (or second time, frankly) I encourage you to watch it if for nothing else than to get a sense that your struggles are universal. Older entrepreneurs tend to avoid lawsuits where possible.

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6 Hiring Lessons from Vince Lombardi


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. How can today’s entrepreneurs leverage the teachings of Vince Lombardi to identify talent that will drive the company to success? 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.

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

Both Sides of the Table

*. What is the role of a VC for entrepreneurs? I was recently contacted by an entrepreneur who was consider a few different business models for his company. My job isn’t to predict markets but rather to find entrepreneurs who want to create markets through insight and conviction.” It’s to find great entrepreneurs who are passionate about solving a problem. We are money, advice, coaching, cheerleading, interventionist but not “the decider.”

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. This is a "must attend" event for all entrepreneurs who are looking to jump-start their entrepreneurial dreams, and for investors seeking to hear about the latest in innovation in Southern California. The deadline to apply for the Fast Pitch Competition is April 21st. Tuesday, May 25, 2010 -- OC Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch.

Pipeline Fellowship | Raising Women to Become Investors

Tech Zulu Event

We also want to create more capital for women entrepreneurs to increase the chances of being funded and connected to a bigger network. Entrepreneurs are everywhere and capital isn’t. Also, the skill sets and expertise they can learn and experience as an entrepreneur.

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 love that there are no coaches, and kids learn how to learn by teaching themselves.

Interview with Richard Koffler and John Morris, The Tech CEO Network


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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.

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On Leadership. And Diversity of Character.

Both Sides of the Table

I often tell people I learned more about how to become an entrepreneur by being president of my fraternity than any college course I ever took or any paid job I ever had. I was competitive. He wanted to play midfield this season but the coach asked him to play center defense.

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Reflections on 2018: Anna Barber, Techstars LA


Editor's note: All this week, and into the start of next year, we'll be featuring reflections on 2018 from notable investors, entrepreneurs, and others from Southern California's technology community. And a host of interesting companies in last mile have cropped up to give the Amazon ecosystem some competition, like two companies from the last Techstars LA class - Shipsi and PRZM.

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Announcing a Deal I’ve Wanted to Talk About for a Year

Both Sides of the Table

I acted as the occasional mentor, advisor and coach to Ethan. In the same year they won Business Insider’s Startup competition. We generally have a policy to only fund entrepreneurs once the first version of a product has shipped or it near to shipping.

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Do VC Platforms Make Sense?

Both Sides of the Table

The new war for platforms has mostly been waged by Andreessen Horowitz who have raised astounding amounts of capital and therefore had the fees to put into providing more services for entrepreneurs. And there is often competition over marketing activities, fund raising ownership and the like.

The Perils of Founder Fighting

Both Sides of the Table

But I would posit that in order to sustainably build great products in an intensely competitive industry with skills shortages – people management is one of the most critical soft skills organizations need. If you give up after this you’re not an entrepreneur.

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Is Convertible Debt Preferable to Equity?

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve written about the topic of convertible debt at length before specifically about how angels & entrepreneurs should think about pricing. Clearly this is is a trend and a topic that is interesting entrepreneurs. In fact, in some ways can be worse for the entrepreneur.

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How Much Information Should you Give VCs for Due Diligence?

Both Sides of the Table

I have seen some entrepreneurs go into first meetings willing to share almost anything about their company. I’ve seen this back fire on entrepreneurs who say things like, “Well, we’re not talking financials with investors yet.”. What competitive products did they consider?

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Some Thoughts on Leadership Going into 2016

Both Sides of the Table

We try to hire people who we believe will be upfront and respectful of entrepreneurs and know that it’s far easier to judge ones decisions on the outside than it actually is to have to make the tough decisions inside of a startup every day. I’ve spent hours this week reading about the firing of the head coach and personnel manager of the football team I support – The Philadelphia Eagles. Empowerment is hard for most startup entrepreneurs.

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Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

Both Sides of the Table

Surprisinly, this strategy works well with many entrepreneurs. It’s as though we forgot the management mantra of the 90′s about “core competencies&# or the most common VC advice to entrepreneurs: Focus.

Embrace Losing – It Will Make You Stronger

Both Sides of the Table

I believe that it is part of the DNA of an entrepreneur – being so competitive that you’re practically sick when you lose. Entrepreneurs are neurotic about it. They’re competitive. They decided to re-open the competition for 3-4 more weeks.

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Plug and Play San Diego Finds Home in New Downtown Works Space


Plug and Play San Diego, established in 2013 as a satellite of the Sunnyvale, CA-based incubator, has funneled 15 local startups through the Silicon Valley program after providing some coaching and other services in San Diego.

Embrace Losing – It Will Make You Stronger

Both Sides of the Table

I believe that it is part of the DNA of an entrepreneur – being so competitive that you’re practically sick when you lose. Entrepreneurs are neurotic about it. They’re competitive. They decided to re-open the competition for 3-4 more weeks.

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How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

Both Sides of the Table

I raised money as an entrepreneur, like you, in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005 for two different companies. I never suggest that entrepreneurs just randomly pitch VCs. You’ll never make a great entrepreneur. He’s awesome for early-stage entrepreneurs.