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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Entrepreneurs: Are You an Olympic Athlete or a Spectator?


The following guest post is from Laurie Barkman, Marketing Lead at The Resumator , a SaaS applicant tracking system and hiring platform trusted by many of the fastest-growing companies in the world, including: Pinterest, Tumblr, Hootsuite, Klout, Posterous, Bitly, Atari and Mashable.

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

Both Sides of the Table

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.

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 ). Great at generating PR and buzz for the company (ppt: Marketing and Publicity for Startups ).

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Do you think you are flexible and coachable?


As an early stage investor, the first test for me is whether “my” entrepreneur is flexible in both the plan and execution of his or her vision (since from experience almost everything about a business plan changes over time), and whether s/he, no matter what age or experience, is coachable.

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Using Twitter and Value of Market Intelligence

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, November 19, 2009 -- Using Twitter and Value of Market Intelligence. AccessEN will sponsor a keynote presentation by acclaimed author and columnist Mark Gibbs on the Twitter phenomenon and the value of market intelligence that companies can glean from social network analysis. Everyone from people who run roach coaches to Dell Computer, from Hannah Montana to Oprah, from Rod Blagojevich to Bill Clinton is tweeting up a storm.

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Unlike You, Mark Zuckerberg And Bill Gates Can Go Both Ways


Just as Karch is a rarity, so are entrepreneurs who are equally facile at startups and Big Dumb Companies (BDCs). Such entrepreneurs are comfortable simultaneously playing a variety of roles, just as beach volleyball players are capable of serving, setting, blocking and spiking.

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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. Microsoft’s success is proof that the best technology is not required in order to dominate a market.

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Solving Problems in the Google, Facebook, Twitter Era

Eric Greenspan

I coached them through it over email and then fixed how the site operates to eliminate the issue for others. Ferocious entrepreneur. Marketing maniac. Entrepreneuring Tech Not a day goes by without me giving it my all. I do everything with the intention of perfection.

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Where is the best source of early stage investment?


Email readers, continue here…] My very first investment as a professional angel was in a small startup where the entrepreneur’s vision fueled my imagination in the audio market niche where I had run a business in an earlier life.

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Should You Bother Targeting the Tech Blogs for Your PR Campaigns?

Both Sides of the Table

6 or 7 years ago when TechCrunch was at its peak market share (they are still strong but many more tech blogs have also popped up) there was a term for getting covered there called “the TechCrunch bounce.” Entrepreneur Advice

Steve Blank Discusses: The Ideal Venture Capitalist


I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Steve Blank, author of Four Steps To The Epiphany , Stanford Professor and noted entrepreneur. The subject discussed in the video below is Steve’s belief that Venture Capitalists should begin their careers as operational entrepreneurs.

Interview: Seth Epstein of SocialStay


To what extent have you been able to leverage your experiences as a brand marketer to effectively address the differing concerns of these constituents, without utterly confusing your message? Bootstrapping requires that the entrepreneur go out and talk to their users or clients.

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The five C’s of Business Partners: a marriage without the sex


Dave’s note: Our guest insight this week is by Richard Sudek, an associate professor of entrepreneurism at Chapman University Graduate School of Business. Sometimes an entrepreneur picks a partner because they experience some insecurity. By Richard Sudek.

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Don’t be a Grin Fucker

Both Sides of the Table

We called it “integrated strategy.&# I actually think from a marketing perspective it could have been brilliant. But we couldn’t leave it as just a market positioning experience. I come from a world that if the coach wasn’t yelling at you, it meant he didn’t care.

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. In a bull market many players see drift in their activities.

People Management: Startup Teams Should Dip but not Skip

Both Sides of the Table

You’ll get sales information from your VP of Sales, marketing information from your VP Marketing, tech information from your CTO and so on. But if you can’t get the results you want from your VP of Marketing or through coaching them then that is a different problem.

Cameron Kashani Launches COACCEL, The Human Accelerator


After a prolonged divorce from her husband and business partner, Kashani has since gone on to work with 4000+ Entrepreneurs and 650+ startups, and is an advisor to Bixel Exchange, as well as an International Speaker with US State Department.

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Angel Investing – The Most Underrated Skill: Access to Buyers

Both Sides of the Table

article in a series on what it takes to be a great angel investor (and why this should matter to entrepreneurs). Think of investing as lifecycle management: sourcing, coaching, funding (through others) and exiting). Tags: Startup Advice Tech Market Analysis VC Industry

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10 Examples of Companies With Fantastic Cultures

Tech Coast Venture Network

Managers take on the role of a coach, more than anything, letting employees set goals and determine how they should be assessed. Entrepreneur and Marketer, VP of Marketing at When I Work – Click here for original article. Article Entrepreneur MagazineHaving great company culture is no longer just an option. Today’s workers consider it as much as they consider salary and benefits.

Venture Capital is About Human Capital

Both Sides of the Table

It’s easy to think the role of a VC is to have strong opinions about markets, trends, tech dynamics and so forth. But Gregg stayed and grew and took on more responsibilities and became a senior member of Salesforce’s Marketing Cloud team.

Stage 32: An Education Hub For Entertainment Industry Creatives


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. The idea for Stage 32 came when Botto was attending yearly film festivals like the American Film Market (AFM) and observed a palpable frustration among many attendees that their opportunities for connection, collaboration and breakout success were so disjointed and infrequent.

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

Both Sides of the Table

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.” It surprises me how few entrepreneurs even know what the next step is.

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. The education around new products and bringing them to the market is the same in both markets.

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How To Communicate with your Investors between Board Meetings

Both Sides of the Table

They mostly understand your company, your customers, your competitors and your market but never as precisely as you do. And let’s be honest, other than money and coaching most VC’s add little value to your company strategy. Running the “Agile&# Board.

10 Examples of Companies With Fantastic Cultures

Tech Coast Venture Network

Managers take on the role of a coach, more than anything, letting employees set goals and determine how they should be assessed. Entrepreneur and Marketer, VP of Marketing at When I Work – Click here for original article. Article Entrepreneur MagazineHaving great company culture is no longer just an option. Today’s workers consider it as much as they consider salary and benefits.

Meet the 2017 Startups from the Disney Accelerator


“The Disney Accelerator has provided The Walt Disney Company incredible opportunities to connect with and be inspired by many talented entrepreneurs from all over the world,” said Michael Abrams, Senior Vice President, Innovation, The Walt Disney Company.

How Kidworth Is Spurring Kids To Become Entrepeneurs, with Rudy DeFelice


How do you make it easy for kids to learn how to be entrepreneurs--and not only learn about it, but actually go out and create a business? We're focused on the youth market, teens primarily. Rudy DeFelice: It's a little bit of both, although most of the marketing happens online.

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Why you should never have a data room — the most counter-intuitive fund-raising advice you’ll ever…

Both Sides of the Table

When you raise money from investors you produce information that you are told they want and care about: A fund-raising deck that articulates your company strategy, plans, team, market, competitors and so forth. Most entrepreneurs (and VCs raising from LPs) think this means progress.

$150,000 Investment from Make in LA for hardware Startups | Batch 2 Application Open

Tech Zulu Event

They de-risk hardware companies by focusing on the team, the technology, the market, and the manufacturing with their in-house experts as well as their global network. One-on-one mentoring and coaching with 50+ mentors.

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. I barely know the guy (or his markets) but he wanted me to weigh in one “which market I thought he should pursue.” My job isn’t to predict markets but rather to find entrepreneurs who want to create markets through insight and conviction.”

Equity financing: great for rapid growth startups


Each has a process in place to accept applications or recommendations for investment into new companies, and to review these and make decisions based upon their exploration, previous experience in the field, knowledge of the company or industry, or about individual entrepreneurs.

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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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How Liferay Grew To More Than $100M After Starting In A Church Basement


Diamond Bar-based LifeRay ( is a company that not too many people have heard of, but which is used to run the websites for such well known organizations like Toyota, T-Mobile, Coach, Fujitsu, Allianz, and Sesame Street. There are something like 110 different ways for someone to make money, whether that might be investing in the stock market or real estate, building a Silicon Valley company and flipping it.

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.