How To Write An Effective Answer On Quora: Communications 101

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John Greathouse , Entrepreneur, Investor, Professor and Freshman In The School Of Life. I write a bit more about how entrepreneurs can protect their ideas here: Spilling The Beans. I encourage emerging entrepreneurs to utilize Quora. Entrepreneur Sales The Fringe

One Book Every Entrepreneur Should Own

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Brad Feld seems to write books faster than I can read and write about them. He teamed up with his wife, Amy Batchelor , to write about about the impact that entrepreneurship has on relationships and what to do about it. Entrepreneur Advice

Understanding Your True Character as an Entrepreneur

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“Of course I work!” I imagine that for many – if you are fortunate enough to stay healthy – it’s the beginning of truly feeling comfortable in your aging skin and accepting the course of your life. Why do we do all that we do? Is it for the money?

The Entrepreneur Thesis

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I call it the entrepreneur thesis. I’m not talk about the age old debate amongst investors whether you back entrepreneurs, markets or products (or as people like to hedge – product / market fit). It’s entrepreneurs I back. It’s what I call the “entrepreneur thesis.”

Why Aren’t There More Female Entrepreneurs?

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I’m often asked the question about why there aren’t more women who are entrepreneurs. The truth is I have been thinking a lot about the topic, I just haven’t been writing about it. My inspiration to become an entrepreneur came from my mom, not my dad.

A Serial Entrepreneur’s Guide To Uncovering Awesome Startup Ideas

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Seth is a design-oriented entrepreneur, with little desire to document details. In my UC Santa Barbara Entrepreneurial course, I require the students to submit a venture idea every week. The more you play around with ideas and you write them down, the better. Entrepreneur Video

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What Tech Entrepreneurs Could Learn from Chamillionaire

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On why you should be an entrepreneur, “A lot of people do what they have to do. So it was my great pleasure to host Chamillionaire on This Week in VC this week talking marketing, entrepreneurship, old media and, of course, music.

7 Business Mistakes Serial Entrepreneurs Never Make (Twice)

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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. Your commitments to investors must be significant enough to compel them to write you a check.

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.

Are You an Entrepreneur?

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Hint: He was an entrepreneur. A Writer Is Someone Who Writes. A writer is someone who writes, not someone who goes about telling their friends that they are “a writer”. The same is true of entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship is so highly valued in the Western World that some people try to convince themselves that they are an entrepreneur, when in fact they would be better off at a Big Dumb Company (“BDC”). Entrepreneur Does Not Equal Inventor.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Cojones (7/11)

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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.

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

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Greathouse: Your collective experiences have clearly made bootstrapping a viable option for you, more so than might be the case for a typical, younger entrepreneur who needs more direction, doesn’t have cash discipline, etc. How do early-stage entrepreneurs go about doing it?

Why Super Pro-rata Rights are Not a Good Deal for Entrepreneurs

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Yesterday I saw a Tweet from Chris Sacca fly by that prompted me to want to write a blog post helping entrepreneurs understand why they should push back against VCs asking for “super pro-rata” rights.

How The Mightily Unaware Fall: Entrepreneurs And Authors Must Be Self-aware To Be Serially Successful

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To further enhance your state of denial, you write a new book entitled How the Mighty Fall and blame the previously vaunted companies for subsequently faltering. He is a member of the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Faculty where he teaches several entrepreneurial courses. _.

Ryan Blair, HashtagOne: From Gang Member, To Entrepreneur, To Anti-VC

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Ryan Blair is a bit of an interesting entrepreneur: he came out of the most unlikely of family backgrounds--he grew up in poverty, and ended up in a gang and with the wrong crowd (arrested 10 times), but managed to turn his life around thanks to a mentor, and became a technology entrepreneur and multi-millionaire, with his first big success being Los Angeles-based broadband provider SkyPipeline. So, now, as a VC, I swore I'd never treat entrepreneurs like those VCs treated me.

The Yo-Yo Life of a Tech Entrepreneur – A Cautionary Tale

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TechCrunch Europe ran an article in November of last year that European startups need to work as hard as those in Silicon Valley and I echoed the sentiment in my post about the need for entrepreneurs to be maniacal about their businesses if one wants to work in the hyper competitive tech world.

How The Mightily Unaware Fall: Entrepreneurs And Authors Must Be Self-aware To Be Serially Successful

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To further enhance your state of denial, you write a new book entitled How the Mighty Fall and blame the previously vaunted companies for subsequently faltering. He is a member of the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Faculty where he teaches several entrepreneurial courses. _. —

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

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It’s what life was like as an entrepreneur. I plan to write about it early next year when we’re all through. But this is nothing like the stress of being an entrepreneur. What’s it really like being an entrepreneur? If you’re not an entrepreneur.

Should Startups Announce Their Funding?

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Understanding “The Funding Angle” I sit at enough board meetings to hear conflicting advice given to entrepreneurs about how to handle PR and announcements at startups. I will add to this as I write more in the coming weeks on the topic. Entrepreneur Advice

Will your company’s sale be celebration or silence?

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And finally, there are the thirty-plus sad exits that were complete write-offs for the investors, sometimes regaining some portion of note-holder or creditor money in the process. Sometimes the entrepreneur who believe s/he has failed the investors apologizes.

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Steve Blank Discusses The Origin And Future Of The Lean Startup Movement

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Steve is also a Stanford Professor and noted marketing entrepreneur. Large companies write business plans, why of course, that’s the organizing document for a startup. Yet we took this document, the business plan, because we knew nothing else and said, ‘Go write one of these.’.

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Can you overcome five risks and create wealth?

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Of course, we are speaking of increased valuation of your company when we speak of “wealth.” Especially if you are in the early stage of growing a business, these five risks can and often do derail entrepreneurs before realizing the riches of a great exit.

Innovation and Geography

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, February 20, 2007 Innovation and Geography I ran across a post in Read/Write Web - Does Location Matter in Web Innovation? Of course, thats probably even more true in Silicon Valley. Product Manager Entrepreneur Mark Geller SEO for Startups Startup Version 1.0

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The Truth About Convertible Debt at Startups and The Hidden Terms You Didn’t Understand

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My initial reaction to Adeo when we spoke was that while it may have solved some issues (debt versus equity) it didn’t solve the ones that I’ve been warning entrepreneurs about most loudly. So if I write you a $500,000 check into a convertible note with a $4.5 Of course.

Five Ways To Maximize The Value Of Your Startup Experiences

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Peer Group – Meet with other emerging entrepreneurs who will help you objectively evaluate your experiences and provide relevant feedback regarding your successes and failures. Journal or Blog – Writing about your experiences will force you to be contemplative and thoughtful.

Interview: Lynda Weinman of Lynda.com

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9) I believe that entrepreneurs who are driven by a compelling mission that is not based on making lots of money have a much higher propensity for success. What advice would you give an emerging entrepreneur who is looking to establish themselves as a thought leader?

Interview: Lynda Weinman of Lynda.com

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9) I believe that entrepreneurs who are driven by a compelling mission that is not based on making lots of money have a much higher propensity for success. What advice would you give an emerging entrepreneur who is looking to establish themselves as a thought leader?

Hands-on Techniques To Avoid Hiring Wantrepreneurs

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They profess to be entrepreneurs, but are they actually Wantrepreneurs? A Wantrepreneur is a well-intentioned person who wants to be an entrepreneur, but does not have the skills, personality and or risk profile to be successful. Entrepreneur Team Building

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My story: Fail locally, one customer at a time.

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It’s good advice; the theory being that entrepreneurs can discover the flaws in their business models sooner, make course corrections and move in a more favorable direction. I became an entrepreneur by default. Could an entrepreneur follow this same business model today?

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Intellectual Property – Worthless To A Startup, Priceless To A Big Dumb Company

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Unlike an unregistered copyright, which you gain automatically by expressing an idea in written form, you cannot gain intellectual property protection by simply being the first person to describe an idea in writing.

Why Saying “Thank You&# Is Good Business

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As discussed in Personal Pitch , entrepreneurs must cultivate the help of Donors during the early days of their adVenture. In most instances, the Donor’s compensation comes from the satisfaction of helping a fellow entrepreneur who is on the front end of her career.

Should You Blog? (yes, and here’s how …)

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I was an entrepreneur. Don’t just write a carbon copy of what somebody else is doing. OK, well, actually the first thing I did is come up with a list of 50 posts that I wanted to write. I didn’t want to run out of things to write about in the first 6 months.

Entrepreneurship: Nature vs. Nurture? A Religious Debate

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In my bones I’m convinced that entrepreneurs are more nature than nurture although I know both are involved. I wasn’t going to write about it since he had just covered the topic and echoed my point of view. Of course I don’t believe this argument.

Why Confidence is So Important in Fund Raising

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I was recently with an entrepreneur and talking with him about his fund raising process. link] Another entrepreneur was recently in my office. Of course you have to be careful with this. This is part of a series I’ve been writing on fund raising.

What Can You Do if a VC Pulls Their Term Sheet?

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I’m just writing verbatim what I wrote in a Quora response years ago. Of course you should eventually warn other entrepreneurs you know 1-1 in private. What Can You Do if a VC Pulls Their Term Sheet?