Tech Coast Angels: EXTREME Coaching

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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. Attend one or both of the coaching days and perform your 60-second pitch in front of Teach Coast Angels investors, receiving valuable feedback and coaching on how to enhance and perfect your pitch.

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. Attend one or both of the coaching days and perform your 60-second pitch in front of Teach Coast Angels investors, receiving valuable feedback and coaching on how to enhance and perfect your pitch.

People Management: Startup Teams Should Dip but not Skip

Both Sides of the Table

We all like to think of startups as “non hierarchic&# organizations and to some extent that should be true. I see two common mistakes in companies (not just in startups, in fact). Let information flow up but direct your staff and execute through hierarchy.

Who Should you Hire at a Startup?

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing posts on Startup Advice. There are people who tell startups that they should hire the most senior people that they can find. Bringing in a senior person who’s “done it all before&# is often a mistake in a startup.

Don’t be a Grin Fucker

Both Sides of the Table

I grew up in the US but lived in England for so long I can never remember from which country my slang comes. But then I started to see it happening internally. So we (and by we I mean “they&# ) at Accenture decided to come up with our own bull shit. All startups are hard.

How To Communicate with your Investors between Board Meetings

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Most early stage startups having monthly board meetings. A prominent startup CEO in NYC wrote me a private message telling me that this was an issue he was struggling with. I ran board meetings as a startup CEO for more than 8 years. Running the “Agile&# Board.

Successful Entrepreneur Panel

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Thursday, October 26, 2017 -- Successful Entrepreneur Panel. Join TCVN for our October event featuring a panel of 4 successful entrepreneurs. Panel includes: Tara Hannaford, Founder of GoTYM Inc and Vice President of Sales at Casamigos Tequila; Scott Fox, Startup Advisor/Executive, Serial Entrepreneur, CEO, Author, Angel Investor; Jeff Greenberg, Technology Executive, Entrepreneur, Startup Coach, Professor, Author; and Mark Lam, Founder and CEO at Pristine Group/Law Firm.

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Entrepreneurs do not easily retire.


Next week, we begin again with new insights from startup through liquidity event, including guest postings by some of the nation’s best known angel investors and entrepreneurs. Some immediately start to plan their next venture. This is the final posting in this cycle.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

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This is part of my Startup Advice series. 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 are wrong often.

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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Choose Your VC Investor Carefully

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. I like to say to first-time entrepreneurs, picking a VC is more permanent than marriage. In these many exchanges similar questions crop up. Trust your instincts – they will serve you well as an entrepreneur.

Female Entrepreneurs, AI and Investing: A Chat With Meredith Finn, March Capital


Earlier this month, the annual Montgomery Summit conference was held in Santa Monica, including a special portion of the conference dedicated to the Rise of the Female Entrepreneur. We spoke with Meredith Finn a new Partner at March Capital--who headed up that the Rise of the Female Entrepreneur sessions this year--to hear more about her perspectives on investments, what the Rise of the Female Entrepeneur was all about, March's interests in artificial intelligence and more.

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 startup's software handles everything from booking clients and managing projects, to finances and other administrative processes. The company is targeting such solopreneurs as photographers, developers, interior designers, business coaches, event planners, bookkeepers, consultants and others.

Raise cash from trusted, close resources first.


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. I was so enthusiastic that I coached the entrepreneur to approach his mother, who invested $50,000 under the same terms as my investment. After weeks of negotiation, the entrepreneur suddenly disengaged, claiming that he was no longer interested in a sale of his company.

This Entrepreneur Fought America’s Toughest VCs… And Won


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 Valuable Unsung Heroes of Startups

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We’ve grown accustomed to a professionalism where we know when a work issue comes up we can count on each other for a quick Sunday call between family time. And speaking of coaching, if you haven’t read Googled by Ken Auletta you should. EXECUTIVE COACHES.

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

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For the first 5 years of my career I was a “bottom up&# thinker and worker. 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.

Five Startup Tips From Bill Gates


Like Steve Jobs, Michael Dell and Larry Ellison, he is one of the few startup Founders who remained at the helm of their respective companies throughout their entire maturation process. Great Startup Ideas Come From Everywhere. "At One Of The Most Important Startup Skills. "The

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Startup Weekend San Diego | Veterans, Service Members & Military Families

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Open to both military and non-military participants, the event kicked off Thursday evening with the first ever Google for Entrepreneurs Day for Veterans, Service Members and Military Families. The Google team was there to introduce Goggle’s tools for businesses and entrepreneurs.

Grading Entrepreneurs: Here’s my checklist…

Jason Nazar

The following checklist is my comprehensive criteria for how to grade entrepreneurs. I’ve developed it over the years by running Docstoc and helping thousands of folks start and grow their businesses. I, like many entrepreneurs, never followed directions that well. Rapidly double down on something when it starts to work and blow it out to its full potential (via Matt Coffin ). Balance “Coaching and Cheerleading” vs. “Doing and Directing” (via Bob Walters ).

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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. They are only one aspect of the startup experience. Startup Advice

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Understanding the Politics of Tech Startups

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Many startups these days are started by young, technical or product founders who are in the idealistic phase of their lives and careers. And it’s why many early-stage companies blow up. Trust me – ignore startup politics at your peril. Startup Advice

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

Tech Zulu Event

A great opportunity for any early stage hardware startup. Make in LA makes hardware less hard, working with 5 promising start-ups at a time. Perks include office space, prototype lab, production facilities, mentoring, and investments up to $150,000 in the first 4 months.

Meet the 2017 Startups from the Disney Accelerator


Other Disney startups such as Atom Ticket , a new movie ticketing app, partnered with the next Star Wars movie and will continue to work with Walt Disney Studios on major film releases. Meet the 11 startups for 2017: Ambidio. Read more about startups in the Los Angeles area at TechCo.

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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Every Dollar Spent At A Startup Should Yield A Return


Richard White, author of The Entrepreneur’s Manual , surveyed a number of venture capitalists, asking them to identify the characteristics of successful, serial entrepreneurs. Cash is the fuel in your startup’s gas tank. Corporate Culture Entrepreneur The Fringe

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


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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The most satisfying life journey is never about the money.


Next week we return to the start of the journey, focusing upon the “what and how” to ignite a successful enterprise from start-up to exit. Looking back over an entrepreneur’s journey. Allow me to reminisce. This is the final post of this cycle.

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Reflections On 2018: Matt Stodder, Startup Boost LA


My biggest takeaway this year was truly understanding the strength and cohesion of the Los Angeles startup community. With Startup Boost, we had dozens of investors, service providers, successful entrepreneurs, and major industry leaders (including Microsoft, Google, Softbank, REME, and TechStars) coalesce around our initiative to help early stage companies get to the next level. matt stodder startup boost angeles reflections2018 predictions newyear feature

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How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

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I have never been more optimistic about the impact that the tech startup community is having on cities in America or about the role that cities outside of San Francisco / Silicon Valley can play in our future. Changes in the Startup Ecosystem. Startup Lessons

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

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It’s what life was like as an entrepreneur. But for some strange reason they make you file your progress on fund raising, which is the widely picked up by the press. And why I woke up at 4.50am. But this is nothing like the stress of being an entrepreneur.

CLU Boots Up New Startup Center


In an effort to bolster startups and entrepreneurs in the San Fernando, East Ventura and Santa Clarita Valleys, a group has just started a new Center for Entrepreneurship and Growth , which will provide training, coaching, consulting, and other resources for local entrepreneurs. and the Maverick Angels--said it will choose up to 20 applicants to participate in its first program, which will begin in early January, and run for six weeks.

Embrace Losing

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series on Start-up Lessons that I learned from founding two companies. 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. It is never as rewarding when you’re the coach (but coaching has many other benefits ;-). But first I’d like to start with a story.

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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). All of these Founders managed their startups from launch to BDC success. The same is true at a startup, where survival is the most elemental objective.

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Startup Sales – Why Hiring Seasoned Reps May Not Work

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If you’re interested in recruiting sales people, I wrote on the topic of startup sales people: who to hire & when – understanding the roles of Journeymen, Mavericks & Superstars. Evangelical sales – Understanding startup sales people and process.

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