How To Snag Lunch With A High-Profile Entrepreneur

InfoChachkie

I recently received an email from a former student in which he described how he was able to secure a lunch meeting with a high-profile entrepreneur who is operating multiple ventures in parallel. That same evening I followed up with him by email thanking for the opportunity.

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. He wanted to create awareness for himself to generate marketing buzz and demand and then get the retail stores to pay wholesales prices for his cds. His email list became his power.

7 Business Mistakes Serial Entrepreneurs Never Make (Twice)

InfoChachkie

As an entrepreneur, I helped create companies which achieved two IPOs and two trade sales totaling $385 million. Fallacy: Startup ventures tend to evolve, especially after you begin speaking with pesky customers and demanding partners. “Learn from the mistakes of others.

Five Trick Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Answer Before Asking For Money

InfoChachkie

However, certain questions can be tricky for an entrepreneur to answer. Below are five common questions an entrepreneur will encounter when seeking venture funding. Intent : Investor / entrepreneur conflicts often arise when a company contemplates an exit opportunity.

Five Trick Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Answer Before Asking For Money

InfoChachkie

However, certain questions can be tricky for an entrepreneur to answer. Below are five common questions an entrepreneur will encounter when seeking venture funding. Intent : Investor / entrepreneur conflicts often arise when a company contemplates an exit opportunity.

Entrepreneur of the Year - Marshall School of Business

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Thursday, October 30, 2008 -- USC Entrepreneur of the Year - Marshall School of Business. Richard Rosenblatt, Demand Media, shares his journey with a time for QandA. Email claudia.morataya@marshall.usc.edu.

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10 Ways Tech Entrepreneurs Can Make the Most of the Holidays

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If you’re planning to launch the latest version of a device, for example, make sure you’ve adequately allocated resources to keep up with the demand. 3 Take advantage of email. If you already have an email list, you’re ahead of the game.

Oh, go ahead and ask for a five-million-dollar investment in your startup.

Berkonomics

I cannot tell you how many times I have seen executive summaries of business plans in which the entrepreneur seeks $5,000,000 to build the business. The investors want a motivated entrepreneur, and it is certainly more difficult to motivate a twenty percent owner than a sixty percent owner.

Catch up to your market or be lost!

Berkonomics

Over the years, I have often heard the complaint from CEO friends that they have become so swamped by the demands of their growing businesses that they feel themselves further and further from the center of their industry, no longer at the forefront of information and competitive development.

What would you do if told to “fail fast?”

Berkonomics

If you discover and become convinced that your vision is flawed, or the product impossible to create within cost and time expectations, or the demand impossible to quantify, or revenues never close to plan, then it would certainly be time to rethink the plan and product.

What would you do if told to “fail fast?”

Berkonomics

If you discover and become convinced that your vision is flawed, or the product impossible to create within cost and time expectations, or the demand impossible to quantify, or revenues never close to plan, then it would certainly be time to rethink the plan and product.

Exit timing and price: WHEN to sell? How long does it take?

Berkonomics

His groundbreaking book, “Early Exits” has become a textbook for angel groups and entrepreneurs throughout the world. His Strategic Exits Corporation provides M&A advisory services, and he is much in demand as a speaker at angel and entrepreneur events worldwide. – Dave.

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. Email readers, continue here…] Are you ahead or behind the market with your product or service?

Why Confidence is So Important in Fund Raising

Both Sides of the Table

I was recently with an entrepreneur and talking with him about his fund raising process. Note: If you enjoy my posts please subscribe to my newsletter by adding your email below. link] Another entrepreneur was recently in my office.

Interview with Skyler Lucci, HeyTutor

socalTECH

There's lots of noise in the on-demand tutoring space, especially connecting people virtually, however, in my experience, it's in the best interest of consumers to get in-person, local tutoring. If you look at the other players, I believe, on-demand tutors will never exist. After you've done that, and see that it is working, as an entrepreneur, you really start to believe in your product.

Stage 32: An Education Hub For Entertainment Industry Creatives

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When the beta was ready in 2011 Botto emailed a link to 100 of his industry contacts, asking them to send it along to five more people if they enjoyed the experience. The continued proliferation of media network and online distribution channels has increased demand for quality content. Entertainment Industry Entertainment entrepreneurs StartupsLinkedIn is by far the world’s largest professional network with more than 380 million members in over 200 countries and territories.

Both sides must be fair in a term sheet negotiation.

Berkonomics

These usually involve a handful of angel investors, and a few entrepreneurs, who all want to build the very best term sheet for their exciting nascent enterprise. Email readers, continue here.] By Basil Peters.

Accurate assumptions lead to defendable plans

Berkonomics

Most entrepreneurs quote a resource for market size, but fail to then take the next step to eliminate all parts of that market unreachable by the company or product. Email readers, continue here.] The biggest error in planning may not be spreadsheet calculation error.

Can a revolutionary concept be too late to market?

Berkonomics

A valuable lesson from aviation for entrepreneurs. Email readers, continue here…] Either way, very few startups can afford to forge new markets or create a product that does not fit into an existing class of increasing demand.

Can a revolutionary concept be too late to market?

Berkonomics

A valuable lesson from aviation for entrepreneurs. Email readers, continue here…] Either way, very few startups can afford to forge new markets or create a product that does not fit into an existing class of increasing demand.

Interview with Ryan Disraeli And Stacy Stubblefield, Telesign

socalTECH

We started focusing on that, and at the time we were doing only phone verification, but then we started adding in data analytics because of customer demand, we added in some other things like straight messaging rather than pin codes. cybersecurity authentication startup entrepreneur interview telesign stubblefield stacy disraeli ryan

Smarter Digital Marketing With Smartify's Carla Bourque

socalTECH

Smartify''s software-as-a-service platform automates all aspects of their digital marketing, across their channels, including mobile, social, email, and web. We''re growing and scaling to meet the demands of the market.

Premature scaling kills businesses.

Berkonomics

Email readers continue here.] I’ve been involved as a board member of two such businesses, where venture investors came aboard and pushed management to immediately scale the business without regard for profitability, and without much regard for infrastructure.

How Many Investors Should You Talk to in a VC Fund Raise? And How Do You Prioritize?

Both Sides of the Table

The surest sign a fund-raising process has stalled is when you aren’t getting follow-up meetings or hearing from the VC or hearing from friends that they got a phone call or email asking about you. Remember, I was an entrepreneur for 10 years before a VC).

Consider all resources before seeking investment.

Berkonomics

I cannot tell you how many times I have seen executive summaries of business plans in which the entrepreneur seeks $5,000,000 to build the business. Second, almost no professional investor will consider putting that much into a startup until there is proof of market demand, product viability or some other mitigation of failure. The investors want a motivated entrepreneur, and it is certainly more difficult to motivate a twenty percent owner than a sixty percent owner.

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

Berkonomics

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. In my case as a young software entrepreneur, I had a different approach: Fail Locally, one customer at a time.

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Interview with Dave Fink and Jonathan Neddenriep, Postie

socalTECH

To make it easier to explain, we come from a part of the world where there's been email, display, retargeting, programmatic, and social advertising, which allows us to heavily leverage data, testing, and optimize real time results, so marketers can make good, informed decisions. If you seen the entrepreneurs that disrupt big categories, they came at it from a very different approach, which is not iterative, but is transformative.

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Interview with John Delacruz, Foodme

socalTECH

We let restaurants set pricing based on demand, and then if you're hungry looking for a place to eat, we match you up with a restaurant offering a great deal. How do people get those deals--is this an email or a text?

Confessions Of A VC: Crap – Why I Passed On Uber’s Seed Round

InfoChachkie

The Billion Dollar Email. A few months later, on December 30th, 2010, my friend appended the following text to a lengthy, non-Uber oriented email: “not sure if you guys are aware of uber ( ubercab.com ). A version of this article previously appeared on Entrepreneur.com.

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How Much Should You Raise in Your VC Round? And What is a VC Looking at in Your Model?

Both Sides of the Table

One entrepreneur refrain I sometimes hear is “We want to raise some extra money for M&A activities.” Every VC wants to fund a deal that seems to have too much demand. Having too little demand leads to bankruptcy.

Interview with Jon Ferrara on Nimble, The Microsoft Accelerator, And The Cloud

socalTECH

Nimble's software connects to your email, social accounts, and more, and helps you track your customers, sales prospects, sales pipeline, and much much more. They used Gmail and Gsuite for email and calendar. As business onboard to the cloud for email, they'll eventually move there for servers. If you are in business today, before you get a website, before you get email, you get Gmail, Gsuite, or Office 365.

5 Simple Tactics To Make Freemium Users Pay

InfoChachkie

Yet too often, entrepreneurs embrace giving away their products and services for the wrong reason - they are simply reticent to ask for payment. Not surprisingly, we received a litany of hate email from freeloaders admonishing us for taking away their free service.

Interview with Alex Kazerani and James Segil, OpenPath

socalTECH

For this morning's interview, we have an interview with two of Southern California's most successful serial entrepreneurs, Alex Kazerani and James Segil , now of Los Angeles-based OpenPath. However, we are both entrepreneurs, and needed to build and do something positive. We're now ramping up the team and production and capabilities along that demand curve. openpath interview entrepreneur verizon edgecast alex kazerani james segil

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Extracting More Than Cash From Your Angel Investors

InfoChachkie

In order to extract value beyond your Angel investors' cash, you must first assess three important parameters: (i) the relative strength of their personal brand, (ii) their ability to add operational value, and (iii) the amount of care and feeding they will demand from you.

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Sharpening Our Focus: The Socaltech 100 Is Now The Socaltech 50

socalTECH

The good news: We received over 700 nominations for the awards , where we''ll be identifying the top new entrepreneurs, innovators, and others in the technology industry. We''re also happy to announce some of the first sponsors who are going to be supporting the awards and the event, including: Internap , PricewaterhouseCoopers , Demand Media , Ramprate , Cresa Partners , UK Trade & Investment (with many others coming on board).