An experienced coach has seen your movie before.


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.

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Find an outside confidant, a CEO coach.


Having an experienced coach, usually acting informally and not for any kind of pay, is a safety valve for a CEO that cannot be understated when in times of great stress. Sometimes that coach is a member of the board willing to listen and make suggestions off the record. Develop relationships with fellow CEO’s in non-competing businesses for a start.

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An experienced coach has seen your movie before.


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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Streamlining The Sports Recruiting Process with FieldLevel


That''s what Los Angeles-based FieldLevel ( has been working on, making it easier for coaches to network and exchange information on athletes. What makes it really different, is our platform empowers coaches. It''s exclusive only to verified coaches.

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The Power of Dreams: Making a Difference as a Detroit Entrepreneur


Those born and raised in Detroit are used to defying expectations, but making your dreams a reality is never an easy task. It involves overcoming both personal and professional hardships, which is why I named my business Make Your Dreams Come True (MYDCT).

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How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

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He’s focused on that sector (not exclusively but predominantly) and therefore has an amazing network at large financial services firms to help you with business development. So they develop short-hand ways to qualify things better. Raising money is hard.

Founder Challenges with Startup Development Teams and CTOs


I''m spending more of my time recently working with non-technical startup founders who are having challenges with their software/web/mobile development teams. Common Signals I''ve written previously about Symptoms of a Weak Development Team. These are often the same things that cause a founder to reach out to me about helping their CTO, VP Engineering, tech team, off-shore development, etc. Rogue developers with their own agenda. One of your better developers leaves.

Takehollywood Links With Mobli


Los Angeles-based Takehollywood , a new startup offering up online short form videos around different topics about acting, said Wednesday that it has linked with Venice-based Mobli , the developer of a social sharing app. Takehollywood offers up a large library of videos where actors, acting coaches, agents, casting directors, directors, and producers provide their advice on a wide range of areas.

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Do you think you are flexible and coachable?


Everything happens faster these days than even a few years ago, especially in the arena of technology, where many new businesses are developed each month to solve problems or take advantage of opportunities that existed at the moment of an entrepreneur’s vision for the future.

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Does your team know your playbook?


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.

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How can you let a talented employee go to pursue a new career?


Sometimes you can be the coach, helping them even if it means losing them. But sometimes our corporate wants and needs conflict with what is best for an employee and his or her career development. It is tough to lose your best employees wanting to advance their careers.

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Which Circle Do You Want To Be In…The Blue One (NHL) or the Red One (TED)?

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Focus on the work, development, the achievements and the ride, and maybe, although unlikely, you’ll stand in one of those circles one day. The NHL thing didn’t work out, but the training, development and achievements along the way are deeply rooted within them, and this is helping them find something equally great, or maybe even better. The NHL centre ice circle is blue. The TED carpet that speakers stand on is a red circle.

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The VC Inclusion Clause #MovingForward

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In 2017 we began inserting an “Inclusion Clause” into our term sheets because we believe that the culture one establishes at the earliest stages of one’s business will set out the course of how it will grow and develop.

Lytx Wins Concrete Hauler For Driver Safety Systems


San Diego-based Lytx , which develops vidoe-based driver safety systems for the commercial and public sector, reported this morning that it has scored a win with concrete company Lauren Concrete. The Lytx system involves videos cameras and other sensors, with "positive, constructive feedback" and coaching to help change driver behaviors in the eye of safety.

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Lytx Wins Commercial Trucking Insurance Customer


San Diego-based Lytx , which develops video-based, driver safety systems, reported a win with trucking insurance company Canal Insurance Company. Lytx said Canal will offer up its Lytx DriveCam Program to its fleet customers as a value added service.

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Stained Glass Labs Patners With Exitround, Unveils App Directory for Google Glass

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Glass developers simply upload their applications and marketing collateral, the SGL team reviews it, and then places it on the directory.

The 18-month rule and a harrowing tale


I was shocked and disoriented, a CEO with no idea of the urgency of the situation that was developing, since there had been no warning. It can take 18 months from initial concern about a critical employee to getting a replacement up to speed. Of course, I’ll tell another harrowing story here.

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


Are you a competitive, e-sports player specializing in Overwatch , the popular title developed by Blizzard? The scholarship also includes access to coaches, personal trainers, and a team psychologist, according to the school.

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Is management by walking around an outmoded fad?


One of the CEOs I coach starts his day by walking the floor of his extended facility and checking in with managers and employees of the various departments, especially the call center.

codeSpark:Teaching Kids Software Coding Without Words


codeSpark develops the kids' game The Foos , which teaches kids the principles behind software programming, all without words, even for those who can't read or don't speak English. Like me, he was a dad, has three kids, and was a Lego Robotics coach for 7 years.

March Capital Partners Backs Dojo Madness


Los Angeles-based March Capital Partners is the lead investor in Berlin-based Dojo Madness , a developer of e-sports content and coaching tools, as part of a $4.5M funding round, Dojo Madness revealed today. The funding round also included Investment Bank of Berlin, DN Capital, and London Venture Partners. The company's founders include Jens Hilgers, founder and chairman of Turtle Entertainment/ESL. READ MORE>>.

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Meet the 2017 Startups from the Disney Accelerator


And over the past three years, Imperson has developed conversational chatbots powered by their artificial intelligence for several Disney projects, including most recently for Walt Disney World’s Pandora – The World of Avatar , according to a press release.

PEAR Sports Raises $5M More


Irvine-based PEAR Sports , a developer of personalized coaching apps for the iPhone and Android, has raised $5M in a funding round, to go towards its mobile apps and platform. PEAR Sports combines both monitoring a user''s activity level with personalized coaching plans, which the company say act like a personal trainer, to help users with their fitness.

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17hats Finds $4M To Build Tools For Solo Entrepreneurs


Pasadena-based 17hats , a startup that develops business management software aimed specifically at solo entrepreneurs (solopreneurs), has raised $4M in a Series A funding. The company is targeting such solopreneurs as photographers, developers, interior designers, business coaches, event planners, bookkeepers, consultants and others.

First Ever Startup Weekend Orange County Live!

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Maneesh has more than nine years of product development and operational experience in the high tech industry. At Broadcom, he was instrumental and led efforts in the development and evolution of the cable, satellite, and television chip sets.

The Importance of Teams and Why the Best Leaders Cultivate Them

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It is not uncommon for founders to fight amongst themselves or teams to develop silos that simple can’t stomach talking with other groups so they avoid human contact and revert to flaming wars on email or Slack. 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.

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Fuel50 Finds $2.5M For Career Management Tools


Los Angeles-based Fuel50 , a startup developing career management and coaching tools, has raised $2.5M in a Series A funding, according to the company. The funding came from Rincon Venture Partners and Bonfire Ventures. According to Fuel50, the new funding brings its total funding to $4.6M. Fuel50's software is used within businesses to help their employees manage their career path.

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Micro–train; macro–manage


Instead of spending a lot of time managing them, invest a little quality time in coaching them. Email readers, continue here…] In addition, take advantage of the trend in the training and development space toward self–directed learning.

Plankk Launches New Streaming Fitness Service


Los Angeles-based Plankk , a developer of custom apps for the fitness and exercise industry, said it has launched a brand new, live- and on-demand streaming service for fitness enthusiasts. Plankk said its roster of trainers include FitByValen CEO Valentina Lequeux; IFBB Bikini Pro Ashley Kaltwasser; Jessie Hilgenberg, creator of Jessies Girls Fitness; fitness coach Zoe Rodriguez; and personal trainer Ingrid Romero.

How VCs Think About Adding New Partners

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She is a coach and mentor to team members. As a firm we start by wanting to attract future partners who have worked at startups before and have developed a competence which might be marketing (Greg) or product and CEO experience (Kara) plus amazing Biz Dev experience (Hamet).

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

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I spend a lot of time coaching entrepreneurs through their fund-raising processes by doing “pipeline reviews” of all of the firms with whom they are speaking. She stood in front of the sales executives and shouted at them like she was a high school football coach.

Fandango Launches Original Video Effort


In a move into creating its own video content, Los Angeles-based Fandango , the movie ticketing and movie information site, said this morning that it plans its first ever, original video development slate.

rhubarb studios Raises $1 Million in Financing to Accelerate Growth

Tech Zulu Event

This money will be used to further grow the studio and amplify resources for [build], rhubarb studios ’ three-month immersive coaching program which takes startups from conception to series A. “We

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

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I spent my first year developing proprietary deal flow and learning the business and then the Sept 2008 / Lehman Bros collapse / financial meltdown happened. Working with early-stage teams : coaching, mentoring, setting strategy, rolling up sleeves: 9/10.

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You Are Never Too Old To Learn To Surf (aka: Don’t Be Afraid To Suck)


She noted that a key to successfully moving out of the, "I am aware I suck" stage is to develop coping mechanisms that help you quickly "unslump.". Experiencing the feelings of a neophyte will make you more sympathetic the next time you coach someone at a task in which you excel.