Does Your Mentor Play These 6 Roles?


Bob Wood has been a mentor to dozens of professionals during his long career in public service. As noted in You''re Never Too Old (Or Too Successful) For A Mentor , Bob has become not only my mentor, but also my friend. I can''t emphasize that enough, when seeking mentors.".

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Find Your Mentor: Here’s How…

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But I did spent those four years starting businesses and courting many mentors to help me along the way. At the end of every meeting, I’d ask, “Would you consider being my mentor?” — and every time, I got the same response. Ignorance is Blasphemy: Why You Need a Mentor in the First Place. Mentors will help identify areas of opportunity or risk that weren’t even on your radar. A valuable mentor will provide you this roadmap and a lot of sage wisdom along the way.

Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

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” It’s the most common refrain I hear from investors and even entrepreneurs these days. Of course that’s not disputable. To some extent – of course they are. An abbreviated version of this post appeared yesterday on TechCrunch.

Why Teenagers Make Great Entrepreneurs


Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists have weighed in from time to time and their answers tend to fall into two camps. High school students also make great entrepreneurs because of their natural open-mindedness and drive to take risks. What is the ideal age to start a company?

Product Manager Entrepreneur Mark Geller


He has a really interesting background as a product manager and now an entrepreneur. Founder Institute is the brain child of Adeo Ressi , a super passionate and successful serial entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley, probably best known for founding

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

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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. The wisest mentor I ever had was Ameet Shah , my partner on several projects.

upStart.LA Breakdown | Accelerators and Incubators: An Entrepreneur’s Point of View

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Every entrepreneur at some point has probably felt like this and asked themselves the question: “now what?” Invaluable to a room of entrepreneurs who are used to finding 10 different solutions for one problem. And of course, the ladies come after you succeed (j/k).

Paving The Way For Future Women Entrepreneurs | Technovation LA Pitch Night

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At the Technovation Challenge LA Pitch Night hosted by Iridescent , we saw six teams of high school girls from various Los Angeles City Schools pitch a number of mobile app ideas to a panel of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.

The Valuable Unsung Heroes of Startups

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But a couple of people replied with responses of such lack of comprehension that I thought it was worth expanding on for first-time entrepreneurs. Successful entrepreneurs achieve much through their personal leadership traits that inspire others to do great things with them – sure.

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Interview with Jonathan Kohn, Fitspot


We have about 350, nationally certified, trainers on the platform, all vetted internally by us, and by our mentor network. jonathan kohn fitspot ondemand mobile athletic trainer training market marketplace interview entrepreneur startup

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Behind the Scenes: Troy Carter’s SMASHD LABS with Suzy Ryoo


Each mentor spoke for nearly an hour to the entire group, answered questions, and sat with each company for one-on-one mentoring.

The Perils of Shiny New Objects

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” It is one of the easiest pieces of advice to give as it is almost always valuable if entrepreneurs follow it as a guideline. In due course. In the absence of conviction, experience or pain-in-the-ass board members it’s easy to veer off course.

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De-risk Your Startup By Doing It Again: The Joy Of Getting The Band Back Together


It is not uncommon for successful entrepreneurs to work as a team, take some time off for a victory lap or two and then “get the band back together” in order to build upon their prior successes. Thus, young entrepreneurs are well served to seek out the company of Serial Teams.

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Interview with Anna Barber, Techstars LA


Anna Barber: Before this, I hadn't been involved with Techstars as a mentor, however, I'd been an entrepreneur and mentored at other accelerators. However, I always wanted to get into a broader role in the startup ecosystem, where I could help other entrepreneurs work on their ideas. Three years ago, I had started to explore launching a new accelerator, to support women entrepreneurs in Los Angeles.

I sat in my own safety net while weaving it.


Editor’s note: Berni Jubb was an Inc.500 entrepreneur, after years as a senior marketing manager of a large computer company. One thing, though, that never bothers an entrepreneur is fear of the unknown. As an entrepreneur, you have a genetic problem.

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Miigle up! | Interview with Luc Berlin Founder/CEO & Netrepreneur

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MIIGLE is a LA-based social network for entrepreneurs and innovators that recently launched its Beta version. So Luc , you call yourself a ‘Netrepreneur’ and social entrepreneur. Making these connections with the right audience is key to an entrepreneur’s success.

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Citrix’s CEO Mark Templeton: Personal And Professional Success Secrets


He then went on to identify four approaches entrepreneurs can take to enhance their chances of achieving success. Mark encourages emerging entrepreneurs to become self-aware. if I follow a prescribed course, I'm going to get a good picture. Mentors are the people you are copying.

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UCSB Tops Harvard & Wharton In Startup Wars


Want to be an entrepreneur? In addition, Entrepreneur Magazine recently included UCSB in its Top 50 Schools For VC Backed Entrepreneurs at number 37. Of course. Salty Girl Seafood - Another focus of the TMP is the recruitment and mentoring of women entrepreneurs.

You Can’t Rely on a VC for Your Hardest Decisions

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*. 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. My job isn’t to predict markets but rather to find entrepreneurs who want to create markets through insight and conviction.” It’s to find great entrepreneurs who are passionate about solving a problem. Of course as a frequently traveler I know this, too.

Silicon Beach Fest June 2013 Keynote and Accelerator Panel Highlights

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gaming and mobile tracks others took advantage of during the course of the three-day conference held consecutively at ROC , Cross Campus and Santa Monica Place. One such entrepreneur was Adam Miller , Cornerstone OnDemand , CEO, who kicked off the conference at ROC.

Craft your roadmap. Plan your trip.


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. . By JJ Richa.

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The Loneliness of Success that Nobody Talks About

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Entrepreneurs could learn about loneliness of success: nobody talks about. Of course that’s true. The Yo-Yo Life of a Tech Entrepreneur. Advisors / Coaches / Mentors.

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How Amavitae Wants To Help Youth Find A Career They'll Love


Since then, I have worked extensively with mentoring youth, and helping them figure out what's possible in terms of careers. I understand that at Stanford, one of the most popular courses is Designing Your Life. The two guys who teach this course have written a book, which is very interesting. deborah ramo amavitae interview startup entrepreneur career skills education mobile workforce development millenial youth

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How TenOneTen Ventures Is Investing In LA's Technology Future


Despite a growing technology industry here in Southern California, local investors and entrepreneurs tell us there''s still a shortage of local, venture capital. What''s the best way for entrepreneurs to approach you? Any advice you would give entrepreneurs?

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Silicon Beach Expands with Santa Clarita’s Startup Weekend Nov. 13 -15

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One weekend, teams of newly formed entrepreneurs and who knows what products or big ideas can happen? This is a unique opportunity for software engineers, designers, and business-minded entrepreneurs to team up and build several startups in just 54 hours!

The Silent Killer – The Company Your Community Never Created

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Of course this can be done and of course I am a big proponent of the rise of startup centers across the country as the Internet has moved from the “infrastructure phase” to the “application phase” dominated by the three C’s: content, communications and commerce. I then got my MBA at University of Chicago so I secretly pull for local entrepreneurs as long as they don’t make me visit in the Winter any more. Local mentors matter.

StartupWeekend Next Teaches Teams How to Level Up

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The program is very interesting, basically taking Steve Blank’s view on entrepreneurship and startup development and formalizes it into a program for entrepreneurs who are trying to get started,” said Risenhoover. StartupWeekend Next will focus on 5 core parts : The Entrepreneur’s Journey.

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Do Less. More.

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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. Of course your friend’s company raised $50 million and offers it’s employees free kombucha and desk massages. And it’s true that I still take a whole lot of first meetings with entrepreneurs.

How I Got the Monkey Off My Back – Today Was a Good Day

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Working with early-stage teams : coaching, mentoring, setting strategy, rolling up sleeves: 9/10. “I think the best VCs help drive exits alongside their entrepreneurs. I become a venture capitalist in September 2007 – exactly 6.5 years ago.

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What Makes a Great Independent Board Member?

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When an entrepreneur takes on investors who take equity (i.e. The second is that they are usually very experienced operators that can mentor the founding team. Of course great VCs play this role and many founders rely on VCs for input to hard decisions.

GumGum Makes Images Profitable for Publishers

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He began programming courses at UCLA while in high school and went on to earn a B.S. Tanz has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine “Young Millionaires of 2011 Special Report.” Think about how many images are on the web. Millions, billions, trillions?

One Weird Trick to Build a Personal Brand

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In 2006 when I was a budding entrepreneur building my second startup I ran into a young (ish) enthusiastic founder of an electronic signature company called EchoSign. I reference to the fact that I had walked in entrepreneurs shoes but now found myself on the other side.

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Here is How to Make Sense of Conflicting Startup Advice

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Many startups now go through accelerators and have mentors passing through each day with advice – usually it’s conflicting. I am VERY careful in board meetings and in startup pitches to tell entrepreneurs, “I feel very strongly about my opinion on this topic.

Getting Your Series A Mojo Back

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You Need to Find Your Mojo A Chip On Your Shoulder A few years ago I wrote a blog post on entrepreneurs with a chip on their shoulders. A chip on one’s shoulder as in, “F**k the system, it’s broken and I want to fix it” is exactly the energy I look for in entrepreneurs.

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Getting Back Your Series A Mojo

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Last year I wrote a blog post on entrepreneurs with a chip on their shoulders. A chip on one’s shoulder as in, “F**k the system, it’s broken and I want to fix it” is exactly the energy I look for in entrepreneurs.

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