Here’s how NOT to define your competition

Berkonomics

An entrepreneur pitches using a deck with no slide for competition. We have no competition.”. Professional investors laugh when they hear an entrepreneur come out with that one. We investors see this all the time.

Seed Stage Startup Pitch Competition

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 -- Seed Stage Startup Pitch Competition. startups and entrepreneurs pitch on stage for product, business model, and investing feedback, and one winner will take home a valuable prize package. Startup Coil. See [link] (more

The Best Entrepreneurs Are Hyper Competitive & Hate Losing

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my series on what makes an entrepreneur successful. I originally posted it on VentureHacks , one of my favorite websites for entrepreneurs. I started the series talking about what I consider the most important attribute of an entrepreneur : Tenacity.

Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

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He wants to compete to be the lead drummer in the competitive ensemble and study under Terence, an obsessive instructor who is hell bent on winning competitions for the school. But the film has my brain buzzing all week about obsessive and competitive people. Obsession.

Competition Is A Lie – Tracy DiNunzio Explains Why

InfoChachkie

Tracy DiNunzio, Founder and CEO of Tradesy , recently shared her insights regarding the best approach for entrepreneurs to address competition. competition''s a really interesting thing. Competition Is A Lie. The only thing you have as an entrepreneur.

CapLinked Launches Pitch Competition

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Los Angeles-based CapLinked , the developer of an online platform for managing fundraising and investors, said this morning that it has launched a new pitch competition. According to the firm, the new competitoin is a way to help entrepreneurs get noticed and gain exposure for their companies, with the finalists invited to make a live, online "pitch-off" to a panel of judges. caplinked pitch business entrepreneur startup competition fundraising

OK, So Maybe Not ALL MBA Entrepreneurs Are Oxymorons

InfoChachkie

MBA’s are an easy target for entrepreneurs’ scorn. I too have taken shots at MBA’s, describing why they are not typically well suited for startup life in Why Entrepreneurs Hate (Most) MBAs. Situationally, MBA’s Can Be Effective Entrepreneurs. Entrepreneur

Should Millennial Entrepreneurs Skip College?

InfoChachkie

Should millennial entrepreneurs go to college? If you believe the mythology surrounding the handful of entrepreneurs who did not obtain a degree, you may think that the path to entrepreneurial success is enhanced by avoiding college.

One Book Every Entrepreneur Should Own

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” I have long thought about and written about the personal toll that being an entrepreneur places on your life. These were amongst some of the most read blog posts I have written, which shows me that the stress, pressures and loneliness of being and entrepreneur resonates.

Be careful how you define your competition.

Berkonomics

Professional investors laugh when they hear an entrepreneur state, “We have no competition.” It is a failed litmus test for the entrepreneur, even if the plan is for a totally new device or service that could take the world by storm. Whether the entrepreneur has not been able to find companies doing “something like” the plan, or s/he has not considered the most obvious killer of new ideas – doing nothing, it is a faux pas that should never be allowed to happen.

Parenting An Entrepreneur – This Folktale Will Teach Your Children To Create Something From Nothing

InfoChachkie

They soon learn that they are entrepreneurs who will launch a magical venture that involves a restorative meal, a communal celebration and reassurance that better days are ahead. Every entrepreneur is faced with making something out of nothing. Entrepreneur

VIMBY Powers Walmart's Entrepreneurship Competition

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VIMBY , the Los Angeles-based, online production studio created by Mark Burnett, is powering a new entrepreneurship competition from Walmart, the Get On The Shelf crowdsourcing competition. According to Walmart, via its Silicon Valley-based @WalmartLabs unit, it is running the contest to let entrepreneurs get their products noticed and sold on its website and potentially, the Walmart store chain.

Elevator Pitch Competition

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012 -- Elevator Pitch Competition. This maxim has special meaning for entrepreneurs seeking funding. If and when an entrepreneur gets an audience with an investor, his or her case for why this venture is better than any other must be clear, concise and compelling. MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast. You only get one chance to make a good first impression. Venture capitalists and angel investors are busy people with hectic schedules.

Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

Both Sides of the Table

He was a life-long entrepreneur and the first business he created out of college (actually, he founded it while he was at Caltech) was a company that manufactured high quality audio speakers. Too many entrepreneurs focus on dilution. Entrepreneur Advice This Week in Venture Capital

Meet Our Startup of the Year Competition Semifinalists: Mobile Therapy

Tech.Co

From apps to hardware, to KickStarter successes and international startups, we’re inching closer to finding out who will take home the title of Startup of the Year competition at our annual Celebrate Conference in October. Among the dozens of participants that applied for the online competitions, only a few progressed into the semifinals. Co: What was the road like leading up to your initial pitch for the competition?

Qualcomm Launches Second Annual Venture Competition

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San Diego-based Qualcomm said Tuesday that it is launching its second annual venture investment competition, the Qualcomm Ventures QPrize competition. According to the firm, this year's competition will provide up to $750,000 in seed funding to entrepreneurs working on mobile ventures. South Korea and Israel are new markets for Qualcomm's competition. Tags: qualcomm ventures venture capital competition

A Serial Entrepreneur’s Guide To Uncovering Awesome Startup Ideas

InfoChachkie

Seth is a design-oriented entrepreneur, with little desire to document details. Per Seth, emerging entrepreneurs should, "Find problems that need solving… that resonate (with you). Competition – which competitors will prove to be the most formidable? Entrepreneur Video

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ACG101's First Annual Emerging Growth Pitch Competition and Showcase

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 -- ACG101's First Annual Emerging Growth Pitch Competition and Showcase. These selected startups will pitch to attendees, guest judges (investors and seasoned entrepreneurs) in a showcase/demo table style presentation. On June 7th, we're showcasing 10 of Los Angeles's finest startups in an event you won't want to miss.

The Entrepreneur Association Can’t Be Stopped | Holding 90 sec Fast Pitch Competition

Tech Zulu Event

The EA Conference annual fast pitch competition offers aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business idea in 90 seconds or less to a panel of judges, providing high exposure to the investment and Venture Capitalist community. You read that right.

What Makes an Entrepreneur (7/11) – Detail Orientation

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This is part of my series on what makes an entrepreneur successful. I originally posted it on VentureHacks , one of my favorite websites for entrepreneurs. I started the series talking about what I consider the most important attribute of an entrepreneur : Tenacity.

Entrepreneurs Thinking Inside the Box

Xconomy

The experience was part of InCube 2018 , a global startup pitch competition organized by the ETH Entrepreneurship Club. Hackathons usually involve thinking outside of the box.

What Makes an Entrepreneur (4/11) – Resiliency

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This is part of my new series on what makes an entrepreneur successful. I originally posted it on VentureHacks , one of my favorite websites for entrepreneurs. You’ve got to put the competition into perspective. The best entrepreneurs have a survival instinct.

Why Entrepreneurs Should Be Respected More Than Loved

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If you hire truly talented people you end up definitionally with a lot of competitive peers who will inevitably jockey for resources and control. Extremely talented people are ultra competitive. You end up with a great VP of Sales wanting to massively grow top-line revenue but complaining that his sales pipeline isn’t wide enough or qualified enough or marketing isn’t giving him good enough collateral, segmentation data, product specs or competitive intel.

7 Business Mistakes Serial Entrepreneurs Never Make (Twice)

InfoChachkie

As an entrepreneur, I helped create companies which achieved two IPOs and two trade sales totaling $385 million. Fallacy: An entrepreneur’s two most precious assets are time and money. Thus, you have negotiating leverage as long as a legitimate, competitive threat exists.

Tech Coast Venture Network $25K Pitch Competition

Tech Zulu Event

Tech Coast Venture Network is rounding up the finest entrepreneurs to compete for $25,000 in cash prize in their Survivor 7 Pitch Competition this Thursday, November 15th. “If [the entrepreneurs] want it badly enough, they are going to have to work harder to get it.”

Want To Trip Out? This Entrepreneur Can Hook You Up

InfoChachkie

In fact, for the past 27-years, he has specialized in bringing exotic travel destinations to those of us who are healthy and active but whose competitive sporting days are long behind us. If you could share one startup lesson with a young entrepreneur, what would it be?

What Entrepreneurs Should do about Price Fixing

Both Sides of the Table

I thought I’d try to look at it from a different lens, that of the entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur you should assume that. Have you looked at competition? How well financed is the competition? So what is an entrepreneur to do? I sometimes ask entrepreneurs.

What Makes an Entrepreneur (3/11) – Ability to Pivot

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This is part of my new series on what makes an entrepreneur successful. I originally posted it on VentureHacks , one of my favorite websites for entrepreneurs. VCs often tell entrepreneurs that they want to see “traction&# before they’re ready to invest.

MP3Tunes Gets New Competition From Amazon

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San Diego-based MP3Tunes , the cloud music storage service startup headed by Michael Robertson, has some stiff new competition today. The new Amazon service is a direct competitor to MP3Tunes, a music locker service started by Robertson, a serial entrepreneur known for MP3.com, Gizmo5, and Linspire, among other companies.

Startup Children – How To Parent An Entrepreneur (Part IV) - Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

InfoChachkie

Amarillo’s advice is consistent with my comments in the Startup Competition ; get to know your competitors on a personal basis, while appearing as innocuous as possible. Be vigilant and keep your eyes on your competition, especially when they are dealt their hands.

Entrepreneurs: The Funding Landscape Has Changed.

Berkonomics

An entrepreneur utilizes online communities to solicit pledges of small amounts of money from individuals who are typically not professional financiers. Competition is high for these resources, and often there is a substantial ownership stake, if not control, for the investors, depending upon the value of the business and success in using the first moneys invested. Guest post by Sara Mackey.

Five Trick Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Answer Before Asking For Money

InfoChachkie

However, certain questions can be tricky for an entrepreneur to answer. Below are five common questions an entrepreneur will encounter when seeking venture funding. Intent : Investor / entrepreneur conflicts often arise when a company contemplates an exit opportunity.

Non-millennial Bootstrapping – These 50-Something Entrepreneurs Rejected VC $ And Nailed It

InfoChachkie

Without taking a dime of outside capital, the company has achieved impressive success in a competitive, SaaS market segment, landing companies such as Nike, Intuit, NASA, AutoDesk and PBS. What advice you can offer entrepreneurs validating their new products?

MeetAdvisors | Business Advice For Entrepreneurs

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Most of the time the advice you are looking for is from a successful entrepreneurs who might be so busy to be reached. The starup offers online entrepreneurial networking opportunities by introducing professionals with expertise (Advisors) to those seeking business advice (Entrepreneurs). Entrepreneurs ask Advice, when granted, they leave a review for the Advisor. If other entrepreneurs knew he was here there’d be a line,” said Fridman. No direct competition.

Lessons Big Companies Should Learn from Entrepreneurs

Jason Nazar

Entrepreneurs often lament big companies, but most of us hope we’ll create just that. There’s a lot more the big folks can learn from the millions of entrepreneurs hustling each day, building something amazing from scratch.