How To Snag Lunch With A High-Profile Entrepreneur


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. He also noted that, "I probably meet with one or two aspiring entrepreneurs a month.

7 Business Mistakes Serial Entrepreneurs Never Make (Twice)


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.

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. As a teenager he experimented with writing & producing his own rap music and received a lot of feedback from elders that he had a talent with words. He created demand.

Contract Traps Entrepreneurs Should Avoid At All Costs - Sweet Sixteen Kisses of Death


Just as Batman repeatedly avoids Poison Ivy’s kiss of death, so too must entrepreneurs avoid the Kiss of Death provisions which BDCs attempt to include in their agreements. As noted in Frugal Is As Frugal Does , after cash, an entrepreneur’s most valuable asset is time.

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. I think there is also no denying the role that Richard Rosenblatt has played in building the LA tech ecosystem and spawning great entrepreneurs who followed in his footsteps.

US Economic Risks (Sept 2010): Impact on Investors & Entrepreneurs

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My advice to entrepreneurs was and is “ when the hors d’oeuvres tray is being passed take two ” (e.g. So I agreed to offer my current thinking on the economy and what it portends for the VC industry & fund raising for entrepreneurs. What does this mean if you’re an entrepreneur?

Make It Work, Now Belongs To Geek Squad

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Next, came MIW II…but before we get to that part, let me explain why I’m writing this post. We started with Citrix again, but this time, it became obvious to us that the demand was coming from the residential sector.

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Ten Rookie Startup Mistakes You Won’t Make


As an entrepreneur and startup investor, I have helped create companies which achieved two IPOs which collectively raised over $100 million, as well as two acquisitions which totaled $385 million. 5) Allow Partners To Write Your Agreements. Entrepreneur Strategic Planning The Fringe

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

Can you overcome five risks and create 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. Of course, we are speaking of increased valuation of your company when we speak of “wealth.”

Intimate Anecdotes And Photos Of Steve Jobs


I do not often write blog entries which reference other blog articles. Entrepreneur NetworkingHowever, I recently came across a truly delightful post entitled, Jeffrey Aaronson’s Improbable Journey with Steve Jobs, the Guy Who Changed His World (and Ours).

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


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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RingRevenue Creates A New Performance Marketing Revenue Channel


9) In Getting The Band Back Together , I write about the power of serial Founding teams. Do you have any words of caution or advice for entrepreneurs who attempt to “Get Their Band Back Together”? “In Performance marketing also demands accountability. Entrepreneur Interview

Interview with Skyler Lucci, HeyTutor


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. With HeyTutor, we track those lessons, let you write notes down about your clients, we create a tutor profile for you and a hub.

Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

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It was a pleasure to write them myself. 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.

Stage 32: An Education Hub For Entertainment Industry Creatives


In 2000 he launched a men’s lifestyle magazine called RAZOR and served as the publication’s Editor in Chief and CEO for the next six years, pursuing acting and writing projects on the side. The continued proliferation of media network and online distribution channels has increased demand for quality content. Entertainment Industry Entertainment entrepreneurs Startups

Julie Schoenfeld On Perfect Market's New Funding


We caught up with Julie Schoenfeld , the firm's CEO, to hear about how the firm's offerings have evolved, an interesting comparison of the firm's software to what Demand Media is doing, and what this new funding will go towards. Right now, news organizations write off the news cycle.

Reflections on 2018: Richard Wolpert, The Soul Of A Deal


Editor's note: As we head into the new year, we've been featuring reflections on 2018 from notable investors, entrepreneurs, and others from Southern California's technology community. We do, as of the writing of this in early December, seem to be seeing a correction at this time. On Demand). richard wolpert soul deal book entrepreneur startup dealmaking reflections2018 reflections 2018

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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. If you don’t act in demand, people will subconsciously know you’re not in demand.

Startup Lessons From Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon


Entrepreneurs can learn a great deal from the manner in which Pink Floyd created DSOTM. Pink Floyd recorded DSOTM after a year of writing and performing the material in front of live audiences. Entrepreneurs should always err on the side of long-term gain.

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What is the Definition of a Seed Round or an A Round?

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This is something I think entrepreneurs don’t totally understand and it’s worthwhile they do. So VCs started writing some smaller A-rounds. Entrepreneurs started demanding that VCs call their first-round financings “seed” rounds even if they were $3 million.

Orange County FundingPost VC and Angel Investor PitchFest + Pitch Workshop

SoCal Tech Calendar

Due to the overwhelming demand to pitch at our last event in Orange County, we're throwing an exclusive PitchFest speed dating event where you will be pitching to over 20 investors one-on-one! The panels of seasoned and newer investors will focus on Early-Stage Venture Investing: How to meet investors, pitch them, and what it really takes to get them to write you a check! As an additional benefit, entrepreneur 1/4 page summaries will be given to the investor speakers and attendees.

San Diego FundingPost VC and Angel Investor PitchFest + Pitch Workshop

SoCal Tech Calendar

Due to the overwhelming demand to pitch at our last event in San Diego, we're throwing an exclusive PitchFest speed dating event where you will be pitching to over 20 investors one-on-one! The panels of seasoned and newer investors will focus on Early-Stage Venture Investing: How to meet investors, pitch them, and what it really takes to get them to write you a check! As an additional benefit, entrepreneur 1/4 page summaries will be given to the investor speakers and attendees.

How to Talk About Valuation When a VC Asks

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One of the hardest things about the fund-raising process for entrepreneurs is that you’re trying to raise money from people who have “asymmetric information.” every entrepreneur will go for the highest reasonable price with a VC they like so I at least need to put my best foot forward.

What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

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I’d like to explain as best I can my opinion on what is going on because most of what I hear from entrepreneurs is not only wrong but is reminiscent of what I heard in 1997-2000. ” “This will be great for VCs and bad for entrepreneurs.”

Extracting More Than Cash From Your Angel Investors


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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Don’t Let Faux Unicorns Screw Up Your Financing


If such write-downs only impacted the faux unicorns and their avaricious investors, there would be little need for alarm. Company Friendly – Investors should demonstrate an entrepreneur-centric approach with their actions, not solely their words.

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

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If you’re raising a round where a new lead investor would invest $5 million the VC fund must have no less than $100 million and if you’re looking for them to write $15–20 million as the lead their fund realistically should be at least $400 million.

The Loneliness of Success that Nobody Talks About

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They suffered in trying to live up to public perceptions and the demands to continue their successes. Entrepreneurs could learn about loneliness of success: nobody talks about. The Yo-Yo Life of a Tech Entrepreneur.

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Interview with Jimmy Hendricks, Deal Current


It's the biggest portion of our revenues at our company, and our clients include the Buffalo News, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, JDate, Spark network, and many entrepreneurs. We actually built that about a year and a half ago, and are bringing that back due to overwhelming demand.

Serious Presentation Tips From Standup Comics


Comedians are entrepreneurs. They often write their own material, book their gigs, arrange their travel and negotiate and collect their compensation from club owners. In addition, both comedians and entrepreneurs must engage and entertain their demanding audiences.

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How Mompreneurs Can Have it All, And Some


My spouse’s work is demanding, but he is an extremely present dad, covers for me during work dinners, and still spends the time to talk to me about how to handle work matters. For some reason, the 2012 Atlantic article, “ Why Women Still Can’t Have It All ,” has always fueled me.

What Would You Pay To Have Dinner With A Lost Loved One?


This conversation caused me to ponder the obvious reality that busy people, especially entrepreneurs who are building companies, often optimize their time completing short-term operational tasks and lose sight that tomorrow is promised to no one.

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Interview with Fouad ElNaggar, Redpoint Ventures


We can also write checks as large as $35M out of the Omega Fund. It's difficult to add value to a portfolio company or entrepreneur. We're helping the entrepreneur, leveraging our network, introducing them to people, and helping them think about new products.

Keep It Down Up There | The Canadian Tech Scene in Toronto

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They are used by almost all the entrepreneurs I met with and have gained some serious traction in the marketplace. Almost, two years since the inception, he has built up a team and product making a name for himself as one of the city’s most promising entrepreneurs.