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Make Yourself A Key Sustainable Competitive Advantage

Startup Professionals Musings

The most successful entrepreneurs and business owners I know are humble, and they don’t have an inflated sense of self. The only “sustainable competitive advantage” in business is self-awareness. entrepreneur scott belsky sustainable competitive advantage

Kevin O'Connor, ScOp Venture Capital, On Startup Success and Investments

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This morning's interview is with Kevin O'Connor , a longtime investor and serial entrepreneur, who is now running venture capital investment firm ScOp Venture Capital. Kevin O'Connor: I've been doing venture since my first deal in 1995, and have been investing on and off since I moved to Santa Barbara in 2001, under the name O'Connor Ventures, and did that full time until 2009, when I started Graphiq, and switched back into doing another company.

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5 Ways To Sample The Joy Of An Entrepreneur Lifestyle

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though I’m a big proponent of becoming an entrepreneur, it is definitely not for everyone. In my view, entrepreneur roles need to be planned carefully rather than made on the spur of the moment. Adopt the Silicon Valley entrepreneur family model.

Mentors-Plus-Capital Programs – Intense Incubation

Startup Professionals Musings

Then we do our very best to make sure that they build a broad set of relationships that will be continuing sources of interpreted information, that they have a full complement of Mentors to assist them as they make tough decisions Well, here’s an important follow-on story.

How TenOneTen Ventures Is Investing In LA's Technology Future

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Despite a growing technology industry here in Southern California, local investors and entrepreneurs tell us there''s still a shortage of local, venture capital. Explain what kinds of investments TenOneTen makes or hopes to make? What''s the best way for entrepreneurs to approach you?

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7 Tips For Building The Right People Relationships

Startup Professionals Musings

I find that the most successful entrepreneurs have mastered the art and skill of building and managing relationships. But, like most other skills, you can learn from these priorities: Everyone benefits from active mentoring. business relationships entrepreneur mentoring

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How Entrepreneurs Can Capitalize On Their Alma Mater

Startup Professionals Musings

Most aspiring entrepreneurs look to their alma mater, or any university, as a source of classes that can help them, but neglect to think outside the box or take advantage of all the other resources to be found there. Access to entrepreneurs-in-residence, business mentors.

How To Become an Extraordinary Entrepreneur Leader

Startup Professionals Musings

Great entrepreneurs are not just idea people and then managers, they are extraordinary leaders. Yet beyond a list of noble attributes, like vision, courage, and integrity, it’s hard for them to define what separates an ordinary entrepreneur or manager from an extraordinary leader.

7 Ways That Entrepreneurs Naively Misuse Their Board

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs avoid setting up a board of directors for their new business unless or until they sign up an investor who demands a seat on the board. Their value will be well worth the investment. It’s a complex competitive world out there, and learning is a full-time role.

LA tech industry mourns Kobe Bryant

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The Los Angeles startup community is joining the rest of the world in mourning the death of NBA superstar, entrepreneur and investor Kobe Bryant who was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., Last year, the investment firm expanded with a $1.7

Entrepreneurs Better Enjoy Getting Their Hands Dirty

Startup Professionals Musings

A diligent entrepreneur should certainly work the important details for his or her startup, especially when it comes to assessing any negative fluctuations in the business. Too many entrepreneurs are reluctant to start the sales process, preferring to tweak and refine the product.

8 Ways Your Old School Can Energize Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Most aspiring entrepreneurs look to their alma mater, or any university, as a source of classes that can help them, but neglect to think outside the box or take advantage of all the other resources to be found there. Access to entrepreneurs-in-residence, business mentors.

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7 Personal Attributes That Attract Investor Attention

Startup Professionals Musings

As a startup mentor, I’m always amazed that some entrepreneurs seem to be an immediate hit with investors, while others struggle to get any attention at all. Some entrepreneurs love to talk and produce videos, but hate to write anything down.

13 Ecosystem Builders That Are Boosting Startup Growth

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If you’re an early-stage entrepreneur, technology has served you well. BlackTech Week was created in 2014, and in four short years, they’ve gained over 2700 participants, 150 speakers, and 3 pitch competitions.

Pipeline Fellowship | Raising Women to Become Investors

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Men have dominated the world of investment. There were only 22% women who invested in 2012. Natalia Oberti Noguera is on a mission to help change the demographic of investment with her Pipeline Fellowship. There are not enough women in the world who are investing.

10 Winning Entrepreneur Insights That May Surprise You

Startup Professionals Musings

Every aspiring entrepreneur would love to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Jeff Bezos, but most have no idea what really sets these guys apart from all the rest. Conventional wisdom has them looking for a painful problem, a very large opportunity, and minimal competitive barriers to entry.

Interview with Mike Napoli, Tech Coast Angels

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Since the Tech Coast Angels (www.techcoastangels.com), the largest angel investment group in Southern California, is holding one of its several Fast Pitch competitions next week in Los Angeles (www.pitchtheangels.com), we thought it might be a good time to catch up with Mike Napoli , incoming President of the Tech Coast Angels, to hear the his thoughts on the angel investing environment in Southern California from the angels' perspective.

7 Common Themes That Indicate An Extraordinary Leader

Startup Professionals Musings

Great entrepreneurs are not just idea people and then managers, they are extraordinary leaders. Yet beyond a list of noble attributes, like vision, courage, and integrity, it’s hard for them to define what separates an ordinary entrepreneur or manager from an extraordinary leader.

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5 Strategies For Building Winning People Connections

Startup Professionals Musings

In the entrepreneur world, it’s still a popular misconception that the “idea” is everything. In fact, he had four development co-founders, built a relationship with Peter Thiel, a top VC who invested early, and enticed Sheryl Sandberg to fill the COO role he sorely needed.

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10 Entrepreneur Comments That Kill Investor Deals

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s always painful when a startup fails, but as a mentor to founders, I would hope that you can learn from these failings and not stumble on the same issues. Entrepreneurs who utter this line are kidding themselves. entrepreneur startup investor arrogance business

5 Keys To Vetting Investors Before You Accept Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

Struggling entrepreneurs are often so happy to get a funding offer that they neglect the recommended reverse due diligence on the investors. Through networking with other entrepreneurs, you should find one or more to visit that have relationships with this investor.

8 Disciplines for Transforming Ideas Into Businesses

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs are people who dream up new ideas, and then commercialize them into new businesses. Yet, in my experience as a mentor to entrepreneurs, the majority of failures I see are related to starting and growing the business, not developing the solution.

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7 Ways To Maximize Team Motivation And Productivity

Startup Professionals Musings

In my own experience as a startup advisor and mentor, I find that entrepreneurs who can’t attract and maintain a highly motivated team rarely even get off the ground. Investors have long agreed that you invest in the team, more than the product.

7 Plan Elements That Separate Businesses From Hobbies

Startup Professionals Musings

Unless you are a serial entrepreneur with a string of successes behind you, you need a business plan to convince investors that you can build a business out of the dream that has been driving your passion to change the world. Opportunity segmentation and competitive environment.

Every Startup Gains From An Incubator Or Accelerator

Startup Professionals Musings

I find that this type offers the most value to new entrepreneurs or startups in the early idea stage. Here are some of the key parameters that will help you decide where you fit in this spectrum: Your commitment to the entrepreneur lifestyle. Direction, mentoring and resources required.

7 Leadership Metaphors To Motivate Business Leaders

Startup Professionals Musings

Great entrepreneurs are not just idea people and then managers, they are extraordinary leaders. Yet beyond a list of noble attributes, like vision, courage, and integrity, it’s hard for them to define what separates an ordinary entrepreneur or manager from an extraordinary leader.

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6 Unexpected Burdens That Come With Outside Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

As an angel investor to startups, I’m still surprised to find entrepreneurs who expect investors to give them money, and assume no strings attached. Also, these peers are now your competition in a portfolio ranking, so you need to know to stay ahead of them in the pack.

Your Success At Work Depends On Peer Relationships

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs, and members of any small team, naively assume that the key to their success is hard work, dedication, and long hours in the business. It behooves all entrepreneurs and team members to recognize the positives and negatives of each type of relationship.

6 Of The Best Reasons For Declining Investor Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

As an angel investor to startups, I’m still surprised to find entrepreneurs who expect investors to give them money, and assume no strings attached. Also, these peers are now your competition in a portfolio ranking, so you need to know to stay ahead of them in the pack.

8 Key Rules for Starting a Business on a Shoestring

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s a new age for aspiring entrepreneurs, where anyone with a dream or a hobby should be turning it into a business. The bad news is that many are already doing it, with competition growing, so the longer you wait, the less chance you have of getting there first.

You Need A Motivated Startup Team To Change The World

Startup Professionals Musings

In my own experience as a startup advisor and mentor, I find that entrepreneurs who can’t attract and maintain a highly motivated team rarely even get off the ground. Investors have long agreed that you invest in the team, more than the product.

Craft your roadmap. Plan your trip.

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Richa is a successful entrepreneur and technologist giving back to the entrepreneurial community in many ways, including his weekly Internet TV program on entrepreneurism, and participation in several mentoring programs. . I’m not seeking a bank loan or investment.

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10 Top Revenue Models Drive Viable Businesses Today

Startup Professionals Musings

I was mentoring some graduate students at a local university recently, and I sensed again that profit seems to be a dirty word these days to many aspiring entrepreneurs. It is a very competitive approach, but requires design and development effort for value at every level.

5 Ways To Check Your Investor Intent Before Signing

Startup Professionals Musings

Struggling entrepreneurs are often so happy to get a funding offer that they neglect the recommended reverse due diligence on the investors. Through networking with other entrepreneurs, you should find one or more to visit that have relationships with this investor.

How to Avoid Being Disrupted as a VC

Both Sides of the Table

In a world that is hyper competitive – even amongst VCs – I can honestly say that not only is the media recognition accurate but it is amongst the proudest days I’ve had in developing Upfront Ventures and our future. Invest more heavily in platform services.

7 Risks To Avoid In Your Business People Management

Startup Professionals Musings

Even after many years mentoring entrepreneurs and advising businesses, I continue to be surprised by the primary focus on products and processes, and the often incidental attention to hiring and nurturing the right people. Bigger organizations should invest in the new “big data” tools.

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Do Less. More.

Both Sides of the Table

I rarely talk to any startup entrepreneur or VC who doesn’t feel it and somehow long for simpler times despite the benefits we all enjoy from increased enthusiasm for our sector. For entrepreneurs there’s too much money sloshing around. ” But as entrepreneurs you don’t get to sit these years out and as investors we don’t get just let a few years pass and return back to the market. We are experiencing a frenetic time.

6 Steps To Convert An Idea To A Sustainable Business

Startup Professionals Musings

It seems like everyone wants to be an entrepreneur and get rich these days. As a business mentor, I sometimes feel besieged by people begging for my view and support of their latest idea. business entrepreneur idea invention Patricia Nolan-Brown startup

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My Number One Advice for Startups or VCs: Conviction > Consensus

Both Sides of the Table

It spoke to me because it so resonates with my nearly daily advice to entrepreneurs and VCs alike. I am often asked how we make decisions on investments at Upfront Ventures. A typical investment discussion is not a bed of roses. The rest of our partners, principles, associates and EIRs can weigh in with commentary on their views of the quality of the entrepreneur, the market, the product, competition and so forth.

Don’t Be A Product Leader Still Failing In Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Great entrepreneurs are not just idea people and then managers, they are extraordinary leaders. Yet beyond a list of noble attributes, like vision, courage, and integrity, it’s hard for them to define what separates an ordinary entrepreneur or manager from an extraordinary leader.

Meet the Investors & Tech Leaders Judging at Startup Night SXSW 2018

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Also at Startup Night will be 25 diverse and innovative startups showcasing their latest products, competing for prizes including: $1K from LaunchKC , Business Extra Points from American Airlines , and a fast tracked spot to the Startup of the Year semifinals competition at Innovate Celebrate 2018.

Are You ‘Hands On’ Enough To Succeed In A Startup?

Startup Professionals Musings

A diligent entrepreneur should certainly work the important details for his or her startup, especially when it comes to assessing any negative fluctuations in the business. Too many entrepreneurs are reluctant to start the sales process, preferring to tweak and refine the product.

8 Ways to Unleash A Team’s Maximum Productive Power

Startup Professionals Musings

Most business leaders today realize that smart management of scarce resources is the key to competitive success. Many venture firms go even further, by insisting on investing their own key players in an interesting startup, before they commit any funds.