Start-up World Cup - Los Angeles Regional Pitch Competition

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 -- Start-up World Cup - Los Angeles Regional Pitch Competition. Startup World Cup is a global series of startup pitch competitions that is powered by Fenox Venture Capital and held in 40+ regions from around the world, where the top startup from each country comes to Silicon Valley and compete for a $1,000,000 USD investment prize!

Here’s how NOT to define your competition

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An entrepreneur pitches using a deck with no slide for competition. We have no competition.”. Starting up Positioning Raising moneyWe investors see this all the time. When asked (as we always do,) the response is “This is new. Niet! Unh unh.

Start-ups are all Naked in the Mirror

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Lessons. I started my first company in 1999 in London at the height of the dot com craze. It didn’t add up to me. Bad morale is the enemy of any company let alone a start up.&#. Because I had started reaching out to competitor CEO’s. Believe me they’ll all have Google Alerts out on the competition and will read their announcements with interest. Tags: Start-up Advice

Seed Stage Startup Pitch Competition

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

Wars and Start-ups

Alon Schwartz

I’ve been an entrepreneur and in the startup business for many years now. I’ve also been involved and/or interested in conflicts and wars in Israel and other places to the point I began to see similarities between these two worlds: Startups and Wars. For example, starting a startup is like starting a war. Yes, you’ll need resources and funding but you can start relatively small and grow. No wonder they call startups “an uphill battle”.

Wars and Start-ups

Alon Schwartz

I’ve been an entrepreneur and in the startup business for many years now. I’ve also been involved and/or interested in conflicts and wars in Israel and other places to the point I began to see similarities between these two worlds: Startups and Wars. For example, starting a startup is like starting a war. Yes, you’ll need resources and funding but you can start relatively small and grow. No wonder they call startups “an uphill battle”.

After 20 years: Updating the Berkus Method of valuation

Berkonomics

There is a universal truth: fewer than one in a thousand start-ups meet or exceed their projected revenues in the periods planned. I should have done more about this subtle interpretation when first seeing this, and will attempt to make up for that now. Well, it had to happen.

The Best Entrepreneurs Are Hyper Competitive & Hate Losing

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I started the series talking about what I consider the most important attribute of an entrepreneur : Tenacity. Competitiveness - One attribute that I believe most VCs look for in entrepreneurs is competitiveness. This competitive streak paid off.

Do you want to control your business destiny?

Berkonomics

There is nothing quite as thrilling in business as igniting a startup and watching it blossom. Especially when starting a company with personal savings or money from relatives and friends, early signs of success are intoxicating. Starting up

Which is more important: Management quality or a better plan?

Berkonomics

If you read last week’s analysis of statistics for startups and early stage businesses, you have learned the truth that at least half of the businesses backed by professional early stage investors will die within three years or less. Starting up Surrounding yourself with talent

Startup Demo Competition

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 -- Startup Demo Competition. 805 Startups is partnering with the City of Thousand Oaks to hold a startup demo competition at their beautiful Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The selected startups will present in front of an audience of 400 people from across Southern California and to a panel of judges made up of ACTIVE startup investors (angels and VCs).

Qualcomm Ventures Kicks Off Startup Competition

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San Diego-based Qualcomm Ventures , the venture investment arm of Qualcomm, has kicked off its annual venture competition, the QPrize , dangling seven $100,000 regional prizes and a $150,000 grand prize. Qualcomm said the deadline for the startup competition this year is April 18th.

New Competition Looks For Startups Combating Climate Change

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A new, startup competition, called the California Climate Cup --run by te Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF)--says it is looking to identify the most promising startups, globally, who are working on innovations for megacities for zero emission transportation and clean energy. The new competition will offer up cash prizes and an opportunity to pitch those startups to investors.

Running More Effective Board Meetings at Startups

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We started with our financial statements. Then competition. So I changed things up and became much happier with my results. But they were in a slide and people asked you questions so it ended up chewing up 30 minutes. Harder to do that when you have an 8am start.

Startups and VCs Should Avoid “Pier” Funding

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Often when startups who have raised venture capital need another round of financing they will turn to their existing investors to give them money before raising from outsiders. It starts as a debt instrument (e.g. And it adds up.

FanWide Wins $10,000 Sports Startup Competition At USC

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FanWide , a startup which helps users find "viewing parties" for their favorite college or pro sports teams, anywhere they live or travel, has won a the $10,000 prize in the HYPE Sports Innovation competition, held last week at the University of Southern California. According to HYPE, the competition, held in conjunction with USC's Marshall School of Business and Silicon Valley Bank, was aimed at finding the most disruptive technology likely to shape the future of basketball.

Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

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This blog started from a series of conversations I found myself having over and over again with founders and eventually decided I should just start writing them.It But the film has my brain buzzing all week about obsessive and competitive people. Obsession.

People Management: Startup Teams Should Dip but not Skip

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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.

How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

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If you’re a startup and you don’t have a close relationship with a few law firms you’re really missing one of the most important relationships that any entrepreneur can have. Many people start companies arse backwards. But make it competitive.

Flowtab Wins Startup Competition

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Los Angeles-based FlowTab , the developer of a smartphone application which allows users to order food and drink from their smartphone, has scored the top position in a competition hosted by Glendale-based startup incubator/office space Voivoda Labs. Voivoda Labs said that Flowtab was judged the top startup out of 15 companies which pitched their firms to investors and judges on Tuesday evening.

Meet Our Startup of the Year Competition Semifinalists: Picking Duck

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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 at our annual Tech.Co Among the participants that applied for the online competitions, only a progressed into the semi-finals. Tech.Co: What was the road like leading up to your initial pitch for the competition?

What is the Right Amount of Money to Raise at a Startup?

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Recently I’ve been debating with a number of young startup companies that are raising money in the next few months, “what is the right about of capital to raise at a startup?&#. Who started this meme? 24 months for most tech startups is usually too much money. -

Competition Is A Lie – Tracy DiNunzio Explains Why

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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. Follow my startup-oriented Twitter feed here: @johngreathouse.

Pitch Competition Like No Other: A Dating Site For Puppets?

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For veterans of many a technology startup pitch event in Silicon Beach, it might not be all that far fetched, given some of the wild, wacky, and improbable startups making the rounds today looking for investors. pitch dating competition startup improbable comedian joke april1st april

The Berkus Method: Valuing an Early Stage Investment.

Berkonomics

For those of us who’ve invested in early stage companies, especially technology startups, we have confronted a universal problem. There are many ways to project the value of a company for purposes of pricing an investment, but all rely upon the revenue and profit projections of the entrepreneur as a starting point. Strategic relationships (reducing market risk and competitive risk) $1/2 million. Starting up Raising money

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I Want My CIC! … The Benefits for Startups to Be Co-Located

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I recently wrote a blog post about why I believe that startup teams in close proximity perform better. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised – I got a similar lukewarm reaction when we started Launchpad LA and that seems to be going pretty well.

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. The firm said that judges for the competition come form Idealab, Rincon, Rapidfire, and Actarus, including Idealab's Alex Maleki and Rincon's Jim Andelman. caplinked pitch business entrepreneur startup competition fundraising

HipTraveler | Taking Startup Competitions by Storm

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In order to support all of these teams, there are several on-campus startup competitions every year, from the Silicon Beach USC competition to the New Venture Seed Competition, with prize funds to help build the companies. Apps & Software Entrepreneurship Startups

Bird To Face Competition From Uber, Lyft In San Francisco

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Neither Uber nor Lyft currently have electric scooter operations, although Uber recently acquired a bike sharing startup. Bird--started by Travis VanderZanden, who has been an executive at both Uber and Lyft--already has been in hand to hand combat with another scooter-sharing service, Lime, in San Francisco as well as a host of other cities nationwide. bird scooter lime electric rental venture capital uber lyft competition transportation

USC Marshall Awards $50K In Seed Funding Competition

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Six companies started by students at the University of Southern California's Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at USC Marshall have been awarded a total of $50,000 in seed funding, after competing in the center's New Venture Seed Competition held this week.

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?

73.6% of all Statistics are Made Up

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of all statistics are made up. Here’s how I learned my lesson: I started my life as a consultant. I had to read each report, synthesis it and then come up with our best estimate of the markets going forward. How to Interpret Analyst Reports.

Hub101 Hacks Presents: Student Life Startup Competition

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Friday, June 24, 2016 -- Hub101 Hacks Presents: Student Life Startup Competition. Then come on out and show us your great idea for the startup to solve every student's problems! Event Description Life as a student can be pretty rough. Think you have the innovativeness to make it more bearable? See [link] (more

The Power of “In Person” – Why Distributed Teams are Less Effective

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In the era of Skype, web conferencing tools and collaboration software conventional wisdom says that distributed startup teams can be just as effective as those that are in person. There reality is that a certain magic that happens when you’re in person is critical in a startup.

Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?

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I recently did a post for startups on understanding sales people. A few people have asked me to try and define the perfect startup organization chart. But I do have more insight into understanding your startup team. Let’s start with the basics.

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