What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

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In case it’s not obvious it’s a play on the Nike slogan, “Just Do It.&# ) I believe that being successful as an entrepreneur requires you to get lots of things done. Good entrepreneurs can admit when their course of action was wrong and learn from it.

This Entrepreneur Fought America’s Toughest VCs… And Won

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Adeo Ressi is a serial entrepreneur turned investor and entrepreneur advocate. Adeo Co-Founded the entrepreneur-friendly website The Funded and he is the Founder and CEO of The Founder Institute , whose goal is to create and foster local startup ecosystems across the globe.

The Benefits of Top-Down Thinking & Why it is Critical to Entrepreneurs

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It was difficult to make the transition to a “top down&# thinker but as a senior executive – and as an entrepreneur – you’re far less effective without this skill in your arsenal. He coached me that I had to start with the answers.

The Valuable Unsung Heroes of Startups

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But a couple of people replied with responses of such lack of comprehension that I thought it was worth expanding on for first-time entrepreneurs. Successful entrepreneurs achieve much through their personal leadership traits that inspire others to do great things with them – sure.

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Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.

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It’s what life was like as an entrepreneur. But this is nothing like the stress of being an entrepreneur. What’s it really like being an entrepreneur? There is a difference between a Conference Ho and a successful entrepreneur. Of course I do!

How To Maximize Your Value At A Startup: Your Greatest Ability Is Often Your Availability

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His willingness to add value wherever his coach needed him most, not only helped his teams win three consecutive World Championships, but it also allowed Bert to extend his career by making himself Indispensible. Entrepreneurs and startup teams work more hours than nearly any other profession.

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Interview: Seth Epstein of SocialStay

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Do you have any advice for emerging entrepreneurs regarding how they can be frugal without compromising their company’s value prop? Bootstrapping requires that the entrepreneur go out and talk to their users or clients. Entrepreneur Interview The Fringe

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Don’t be a Grin Fucker

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And of course there was the Michael Porter’s “ 5 Forces.&# Frankly, I kind of found all of this stuff to be bullshit (bull shiitake?) I come from a world that if the coach wasn’t yelling at you, it meant he didn’t care.

Why Hearing “No” in a Fund-Raising Process is Actually Healthy

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Every entrepreneur wants to hear “yes” during the fund-raising process but I would argue that being too risk averse and not pushing hard enough and be willing to hear a “no” is what holds back many people from “yes.” Of course stringing out the process doesn’t lead to good outcomes.

The Importance of Realism in Startups

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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. We of course get all of the accolades if at the tape there was a financial pay day.

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Stage 32: An Education Hub For Entertainment Industry Creatives

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The integration of massively open online courses (MOOCs) makes strategic sense, which is likely why LinkedIn acquired Lynda for $1.5 The average cost per webinar ranges from $39-59 with longer online courses (2-8 weeks) landing somewhere between $99-799. 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.

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

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*. 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. Of course as a frequently traveler I know this, too.

Understanding the Politics of Tech Startups

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It’s why I called out the importance of “executive coaches” in this post. Given how important people management is it’s surprising more of us don’t have group coaches. But the book is a must read for entrepreneurs.

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The Loneliness of Success that Nobody Talks About

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Entrepreneurs could learn about loneliness of success: nobody talks about. Of course that’s true. The Yo-Yo Life of a Tech Entrepreneur. Advisors / Coaches / Mentors.

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

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Working with early-stage teams : coaching, mentoring, setting strategy, rolling up sleeves: 9/10. “I think the best VCs help drive exits alongside their entrepreneurs. I become a venture capitalist in September 2007 – exactly 6.5 years ago.

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Some Reflections on VC Investment Decisions

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Seed investors are aplenty and of course they need downstream money to fuel their early-stage bets. Of course these are great places to network with other investors, meet great entrepreneurs and keep your connections strong with senior execs at larger companies like Yahoo!, Of course I would like to be in every great deal ever done. 1: You clearly haven’t persuaded the entrepreneurs that you are value-add to their deal.

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Interview with Lane Soelberg, WePlay

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It's a very fragmented market, and there's not a lot of infrastructure to help those volunteers, who just figured out last Friday that they've got to coach their AYSO, Pop Warner, or Little League team.

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Getting Your Series A Mojo Back

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You Need to Find Your Mojo A Chip On Your Shoulder A few years ago I wrote a blog post on entrepreneurs with a chip on their shoulders. A chip on one’s shoulder as in, “F**k the system, it’s broken and I want to fix it” is exactly the energy I look for in entrepreneurs.

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Getting Back Your Series A Mojo

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Last year I wrote a blog post on entrepreneurs with a chip on their shoulders. A chip on one’s shoulder as in, “F**k the system, it’s broken and I want to fix it” is exactly the energy I look for in entrepreneurs.

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

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VCs should be more of a coach than proscriptively telling you what to do. Of course it is super helpful if a VC can drop you in to important people for business development, recruiting, PR, sales and eventually M&A. I think of VCs as coaches. Picking a VC is hard.

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The Perils of Founder Fighting

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Of course it makes no sense to have great people management and a crappy product. ” Of course we all go into businesses expecting to be aligned with our co-founders but over time life changes. If you give up after this you’re not an entrepreneur.

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Social Networking Addiction Bears Fruit

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Lisa is a skilled public speaking coach. Our Director of Flow, Heather Burlesci will be attending these courses as she is looking to build up her skills in this area. I of course agreed to get involved. Of course not, but I wish I could.

As Populist as it May Feel, 98% of VCs Aren’t Dumb

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After all, I am no stranger to the publicly expressing the frustrations of dealing with the downside of this industry as I wrote about in 2006 when I was an entrepreneur. The best VCs don’t try to help entrepreneurs. And Coach Campbell. Many entrepreneurs are, too.

On Leadership. And Diversity of Character.

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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. Of course it was infinitely more challenging. *. What does it mean to be a leader?

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Social Networking Addiction Bears Fruit FAST

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Lisa is an a skilled public speaking coach. Our Director of Flow, Heather Burlesci will be attending these courses as she is looking to build up her skills in this area. I of course agreed to get involved.

Some Thoughts on Leadership Going into 2016

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But of course all of these things are intertwined. 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. Obviously you need to be mentally flexible enough to spot if your instincts were wrong and a change of course is necessary. Empowerment is hard for most startup entrepreneurs.

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The Importance of Proprietary Deal Flow in Early-Stage VC

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Because entrepreneurs often went to lawyers at their earliest stages to get their company registration done. Entrepreneurial lawyers like Don Lee , Dave Young or Ted Wang are good at sussing out which entrepreneurs are high potential. We are judging how well you are coached on stage.

What I’ve Learned from Fred Wilson

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So part of playing an effective coach is helping the team to see the answer for themselves. Fred has of course been a public mentor to us all with his market-defining terminology that he popularized including “freemium” and “mobile first.”

Do VC Platforms Make Sense?

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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. From an entrepreneur’s perspective we’re asked to assist in a lot of situations.

Why Early-Stage VCs Should Be Careful About Intros from Bankers

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Because entrepreneurs often went to lawyers at their earliest stages to get their company registration done. Entrepreneurial lawyers like Don Lee , Dave Young or Ted Wang are good at sussing out which entrepreneurs are high potential. We are judging how well you are coached on stage.

StartupWeekend Next Teaches Teams How to Level Up

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The program is very interesting, basically taking Steve Blank’s view on entrepreneurship and startup development and formalizes it into a program for entrepreneurs who are trying to get started,” said Risenhoover. StartupWeekend Next will focus on 5 core parts : The Entrepreneur’s Journey.

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

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I acted as the occasional mentor, advisor and coach to Ethan. And I had been telling my partners for a couple of years that I thought Ethan was one of the more talented entrepreneurs I had come across in San Francisco. Let me not bury the lede.

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10 Reasons To Start A Company In An Economic Downturn

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There has recently been a common theme among the entrepreneurs I have interviewed and the conferences I have attended: despite the relatively weak state of the world economy, now is a great time to create a high-tech startup. John Wooden, US basketball coach.

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

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Of course labels are all too easy to throw out and simplify or stereotype the beliefs of other people. he coached me and my 3 siblings in basketball and soccer and more. This election has been hard on our country.

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How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

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The basic components are obvious: talented founders, great engineers, angel money, venture capital, access to larger corporates (for business, funding & talent), great education / research (for IP breakthroughs) and a sufficient ecosystem of mentors, advisors, executive coaches and mavens.