This Immigrant Entrepreneur Launched Her Billion Dollar Empire, Despite Speaking No English

InfoChachkie

Opportunity knocked when one of her customers was spotted at a high-end boutique, wearing one of Ida’s outfits. The store’s owner, Enid Bissett, asked the customer where she had purchased the dress. The two women established a custom dress shop called Enid Frocks.

ConTraps Part II – Contract Traps Entrepreneurs Should Avoid At All Costs

InfoChachkie

This series describes how entrepreneurs can craft company-changing agreements with BDCs, while avoiding Kiss of Death contract provisions. Entrepreneurs should never agree to the following provisions when negotiating with a BDC, no matter how lucrative the potential relationship.

AppOnboard raises $15 million to let Android users try before they buy apps on Google Play

TechCrunch LA

Pitching app developers with a new way to convert app browsers into actual customers, AppOnboard has raised $15 million in a new round of funding, the company said. Company co-founder Jonathan Zweig has already had one hit as a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur.

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ConTraps Part II – Contract Traps Entrepreneurs Should Avoid At All Costs

InfoChachkie

This series describes how entrepreneurs can craft company-changing agreements with BDCs, while avoiding Kiss of Death contract provisions. Entrepreneurs should never agree to the following provisions when negotiating with a BDC, no matter how lucrative the potential relationship.

Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map

SoCal Delicious

Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map. Tech startup accelerators dot the landscape, feeding investments into the waiting arms of the nation’s most intelligent and driven entrepreneurs. I worthy cause, with a tough customer, the DOD.

63 Los Angeles Entrepreneurs To Be Proud Of

SoCal Delicious

where entrepreneurs share their stories. 63 Los Angeles Entrepreneurs To Be Proud Of By mario on May 2, 2012 in Features , grid. Free Corporations For First-Time Entrepreneurs. Right now they’re setting up 500 free corporations for first time entrepreneurs.

Be Frugal, But Never Cheap When Locking Down Your IP

InfoChachkie

An invalidated patent or one deemed to infringe the rights of another party can devastate a startup. Defensible Claims - Some companies take pride in the number of patents they own. Fewer patents with readily defensible claims will help keep your legal costs under control.

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Here are ten vision tests for your success

Berkonomics

Test yourself as to whether you can identify the size of your market niche, and whether you can overcome the many barriers to access customers within your niche. A core patent or “thicket” of patents protecting your offering?

Five Startup Tips From Bill Gates

InfoChachkie

Mark noted that even if an entrepreneur does not become a master developer, by simply understanding the software development process, they will be a more effective startup leader. Entrepreneur Iconic AdviceNote: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series.

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Five Startup Tips From The Beatles

InfoChachkie

Despite the book’s shortcomings, it contains a number of insightful lessons for budding entrepreneurs. Of the 100 business “lessons” articulated in the book, I highlight a few below that I feel are the most relevant and impactful for entrepreneurs. Entrepreneur Iconic Advice

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Can you overcome five risks and create wealth?

Berkonomics

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. Of course, we are speaking of increased valuation of your company when we speak of “wealth.”

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. We talked about patents.

Boy! If I had only learned this before spending a million!

Berkonomics

In 1994, (I know a long time ago), I invested over a million dollars into a company whose entrepreneurs had a vision that I bought into for many reasons, not the least of which was that I had industry experience and understood the need. Surprisingly, many entrepreneurs immediately respond.

How to Deal with Skeletons in your Closet

Both Sides of the Table

A company has just filed suit against you for product patent infringement (obviously more serious). Your largest customer just cancelled its order. Did you hear that he was an entrepreneur? Tags: Entrepreneur Advice Raising Venture Capital Start-up Advice Startup Advice

Interview with Kanaan Jemili, uCast Global

socalTECH

Those technologies allow us to scale and offer a superior product for customers. Who are your core customers? Those are the three active areas, and we have several customers and have made lots of headway there. Why do these customers choose you rather than build their own systemsin particular, the carriers? For the first three years, it was all about research and development, building IP and patents and so forth.

Decoding Signal From Noise For Wall Street, With Bitvore

socalTECH

Bitvore is based in Irvine, and is backed by serial entrepreneur Yuri Pikover, as well as other angels. As it turned out, and what we learned to solve for this first customer, ended up finding a huge amount of interest across Wall Street, and anyone who has ever been in the Muni space.

The 5 Criteria That Matter When Evaluating A College Entreprenurial Program

InfoChachkie

As I thought about the characteristics that comprise a great program, I identified five criteria that a prospective entrepreneurial student can use to evaluate the efficacy of a collegiate entrepreneur curriculum. What is the process required to create a custom degree?

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TYLT Labs' New Seed Fund And The Promise Of Silicon Beach

socalTECH

We need to see a company which has already verified their use cases, has customers, has some form of revenue, or something that shows us that they can differentiate themselves, plus have the right team. Is there anything specific you are looking for in an entrepreneur or company?

Here’s How You Get A VC To Pull Out Their Checkbook

InfoChachkie

Most sophisticated investors ignore them, focusing their attention on an entrepreneur's pitch and presentation materials, financial forecast and executive summary. Entrepreneurs routinely seek my advice regarding their executive summaries. Patents and Trademarks.

Why Coachella Valley Is a Hub for Renewable Energy Startups

Tech.Co

Hank: I am the CEO and founder of Seco Sys , which is a platform that allows water agencies, customers, and water related services to concurrently engage in water conservation at all water use endpoints.

10 Reasons To Start A Company In An Economic Downturn

InfoChachkie

There has recently been a common theme among the entrepreneurs I have interviewed and the conferences I have attended: despite the relatively weak state of the world economy, now is a great time to create a high-tech startup. Customer Dollars Taste Great.

NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept

SoCal CTO

Beyond that, I want lots of conversations with experts, users, customers, VCs, partners, etc. I also will point out that in the The 15 Mistakes of First Time Entrepreneurs : 9. Entrepreneur: Following is an email describing my idea.

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Address the five risks to increase your valuation.

Berkonomics

In the creation of a new enterprise, there are five principal risks to be addressed by the entrepreneur. So it is important for the entrepreneur to identify, address and mitigate each of these in order to increase valuation and decrease the risk of ultimate loss of the business. One way to mitigate this is by using early money to create a prototype, to perform market research, to complete the first generation of the product, or to deliver the service to a satisfied customer.

NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept

SoCal CTO

Beyond that, I want lots of conversations with experts, users, customers, VCs, partners, etc. I also will point out that in the The 15 Mistakes of First Time Entrepreneurs : 9. Entrepreneur: Following is an email describing my idea.

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Tapping The Power Of The Crowd For Ideas, Advice and Funding, with JumpStartFund

socalTECH

Can tapping the power of the crowd not only help you find customers and help fund your project, but also help you shape your startup idea and find funding? How do entrepreneurs get involved? That gives us access to the patents from those federal labs and universities have.

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Why Coachella Valley Is a Hub for Renewable Energy Startups

Tech.Co

Hank: I am the CEO and founder of Seco Sys, which is a platform that allows water agencies, customers, and water related services to concurrently engage in water conservation at all water use endpoints.

What I learned from losing a million…Market knowledge comes FIRST.

Berkonomics

In 1994, (I know a long time ago), I invested over a million dollars into a company whose entrepreneurs had a vision that I bought into for many reasons, not the least of which was that I had industry experience and understood the need. Surprisingly, many entrepreneurs immediately respond.

Interview with Jose daVeiga, KlickSports

socalTECH

We filed for a patent in 2000, but in 2001, when we filed for the final patent, the market tanked. Kent also went off to other things, but in 2005 we got awarded that patent.

Interview With Caradoc Ehrenhalt, EV Safe Charging

socalTECH

After doing the work for an internal event for them, that led to external, customer-facing launch events around the country. We present the best solution for a customer and their needs, and we work with the top EV charger manufacturers and software providers to accomplish that We coordinate everything needed for an event. Caradoc Ehrenhalt: I've been at a startup before, before Avery Dennison, as a serial entrepreneur creating different products and inventions.

How Great, Operationally-Focused CFO’s Can Transform Your Business

Both Sides of the Table

I love the enthusiasm, the boundless energy and the sense of possibility that comes from having an idea that hasn’t yet been beat up in the marketplace of competing ideas, customer contracts, VC skepticism, jaded journalists or fickle consumers who are on the The New, New Thing. It’s the nature of most entrepreneurs, honestly. Another thing entrepreneurs f**k up? Who is leading your patent filing program?

Interview With Caradoc Ehrenhalt, EV Safe Charge

socalTECH

After doing the work for an internal event for them, that led to external, customer-facing launch events around the country. We present the best solution for a customer and their needs, and we work with the top EV charger manufacturers and software providers to accomplish that We coordinate everything needed for an event. Caradoc Ehrenhalt: I've been at startups before, before Avery Dennison, and after, as a serial entrepreneur creating different products and inventions.

Three Keys to Business Success

Tech Coast Venture Network

Entrepreneurs who have the discipline to plan well significantly increase their odds of success. Planning Process – Use both external factors (industry, market, customers, vendors, regulators, competitors) plus internal factors (mission, vision, product features & benefits, cost structure) to develop functional plans: Design, Make, Market, Sell, and Account. Patents. Tom Miller What does it take to be successful?

Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010

SoCal CTO

Kathy Sierra at Business of Software 2009 - Business of Software Blog , May 4, 2010 "In the old days, getting customers was easy. Putting customers first. Legendary customer support. Why Lawyers Don’t Run Startups - Steve Blank , May 27, 2010 Startups need to have a great lawyer, accountant, patent attorney, etc. Why Entrepreneurs Hate Lawyers. In many of them I get asked similar questions, including the inevitable “what makes a great entrepreneur?”

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Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Inventing Stuff, Obviously Impossible?

Frank Addante

Hire Entrepreneurs! Stage two: They say the solution was obvious all along." -- Robert Fischell, Inventor (Holder of 200 medical device patents) It is easy to come up with ideas.

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TechZulu Tech Crawl | Culver City Edition!

Tech Zulu Event

Whether you’re a networked entrepreneur or just finding your way in the LA tech scene, TZ Tech Crawls give you a fun way to discover new things about the community and each other. ZehnerGroup designs and builds custom websites that scale. Custom ad deals and partnerships.