Are you wasting money filing patents?


Thanks to Russ Krajec, a patent attorney, for the quick improvement in my education, here are some important points to consider when thinking of your patent strategy. So, a patent could be damaging to the startup, not a barrier to entry. Starting up Protecting the business

IP Protection Strategies For Start-Ups

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Thursday, February 14, 2019 -- TCVN Legal Program #2: IP Protection Strategies For Start-Ups. TCVN now features four educational tracks in four specific areas. The four tracks are: Legal, Execution, Finance, and Marketing and will consist of a series of five, consecutive monthly programs designed to give the entrepreneur a comprehensive overview of each area.

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Wearable World Labs Partners With Technicolor to Accelerate Wearable Tech & IOT Start­ups

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This partnership will bring one of the most influential media companies together with today’s most promising emerging startups in the Wearable Technology and Internet of Things (IOT) space.

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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This is part of my ongoing series called “ Start-up Lessons.&#. I came across this blog post about getting a computer science degree as the best degree for getting into venture capital or working at a VC-backed start up. Like Chris Dixon I grew up programing. Powers Business Education Fundraising Site


Los Angeles-based , the online fundraising site run by Alon Goren, is powering a new effort to help educators raise money for educational programs from the BizWorld Foundation. According to The BizWorld Foundation and, the two are partnering on a fully customized fundraising portal, which will help educators raise money to purchase BizWorld's educational programs for their classroom.

Schoolofbookkeeping Looks To Tackle Online Accouting Education


A new, Santa Barbara-based startup, , launched this week, offering up online courses for bookkeepers, accountants, business owners, and accounting students. The startup''s founders include Eric David Greenspan, a serial entrepreneur who previously founded such companies as MakeItWork. schoolofbookkeeping bookkeeping accounting education video videos online learning startup

OK, So Maybe Not ALL MBA Entrepreneurs Are Oxymorons


MBA’s are an easy target for entrepreneurs’ scorn. I too have taken shots at MBA’s, describing why they are not typically well suited for startup life in Why Entrepreneurs Hate (Most) MBAs. Ventures In Which An MBA Education Is A Plus. Entrepreneur

How to Not Suck at a Group Presentation

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Francisco Dao came up with the idea of letting 10 companies that weren’t selected for Twiistup to do a presentation the night before to a group of people and let the audience pick one company to win the final slot at Twiistup. Stories have starts, middles and ends.

Why Entrepreneurs Hate (Most) MBAs


Someone on Quora recently asked me to answer the following question: Why Do Digital Entrepreneurs Hate MBAs? Tech entrepreneurs' consternation with MBAs does not rise to the level of loathing. Startups Need Execution, Not Administration.

Los Angeles investors and entrepreneurs launch PledgeLA, a diversity and inclusion program

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Demographics at funds and startups will also be under the microscope, since signatories have agreed to report on their composition by race, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability status, immigration status, veteran status, educational attainment, socioeconomic origin, tenure at a firm.

Should Millennial Entrepreneurs Skip College?


Should millennial entrepreneurs go to college? Given the stellar startup careers of non-college graduates like Zuckerberg, Ellison, Disney, Gates, Jobs, Branson and Dell, the answer to this question might surprise you. Follow my startup-oriented Twitter feed here: @johngreathouse.

Stage 32: An Education Hub For Entertainment Industry Creatives


making connections, looking for jobs, staying up on news, etc.) by providing cutting-edge online education to a global population of people looking to make it in the ever-evolving entertainment industry. There’s a community feel even to our education. And the ability to bring education to the world has been our intention from day one.”. In the past year alone the company has amassed over 1k hours of educational content and generated over $1 million.

Why The ‘Fail Fast’ Mantra Needs to Fail

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Yesterday I wrote a post about how much capital your startup should raise. That is so self centered it winds me up. Who started this meme? I say define a strategy, test it up front and pivot if you’re not getting the traction you had expected.

6 Tips for Building Relationships with Journalists

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File this under both Startup Adivce and Sales & Marketing Advice. Oh, and Demo charges the startups $18,000. Too many startup execs place too much emphasis on the big stage launch. I’ve heard many startup CEO’s (and VCs!) It started socially.

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The Toxic Nature of Email

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I travelled for a couple of days for work and decided to get some sleep on those days rather than staying up into the wee hours as I often do when I travel. It has also coincided with the kickoff of our Launchpad LA educational series which has taken some of my time.

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STEAM Carnival's Education Combines Robots, Lasers, Cotton Candy


What do you get when you cross science and technology education with a carnival? The group is looking to raise $100,000 to startup up the effort. Bushnell started Two Bit Circus last year to combine hardware, software, and technology through a series of projects.

Making The Most out of Sitting on Panels

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Educate – Your primary role on stage is to educate the audience. Things to know: mix of entrepreneurs, big tech company execs, service providers, media people, VCs, etc. It spices things up and makes for great entertainment. Follow up !

Boston Startup School Launches | Education 2.0

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As we continue this monumental year in the startup realm, we welcome a newcomer – Boston Startup School. Last week Boston Startup School officially launched and began with their inaugural class. ” -says Shaun Johnson, Co-Founder and COO of Boston Startup School.

Schoolofbookkeeping Looks To Tackle Online Accounting Education


A new, Santa Barbara-based startup, , launched this week, offering up online courses for bookkeepers, accountants, business owners, and accounting students. The startup''s founders include Eric David Greenspan, a serial entrepreneur who previously founded such companies as MakeItWork, along with Seth David. startup learning online videos video education accounting bookkeeping schoolofbookkeeping

How This Entrepreneur Went From Poverty To CEO Of A Dead Sexy Startup


Don Charlton’s heroic journey began with him growing up on government assistance and culminated in his founding The Resumator , one of America''s fastest growing startups. Don began by explaining that his impoverished childhood drove him to a life as an entrepreneur. ".

Meet Martha Harper, The Social Entrepreneur Who Perfected The Franchise Business Model


In addition to creating a franchise chain which exceeded 500 locations at its peak, Martha Harper was also one of the world’s first social entrepreneurs, helping thousands of middle-class women create their own businesses and control their destinies. Entrepreneur Innovator Stories

Intro to the LA Startup Scene

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Article after article points out that Los Angeles is on its way to becoming one of the most robust startup communities in the United States. Sam taught a second rendition of the class in February and over 700 people signed up. Guest article by Eva Hibnick with General Assembly LA.

Understanding Your True Character as an Entrepreneur

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In it there is one small ask – a small donation to Vic’s cause – which is helping build a school in Tibet to educate young girls. ” The post Understanding Your True Character as an Entrepreneur appeared first on Bothsides of the Table. Startup Lessons

Startup Children – How To Parent An Entrepreneur (Part I) - Teach Your Children To Create Something Out of Nothing


I recently answered the question “ What are good ways to raise your children to be entrepreneurs? ” I believe that you cannot teach someone to be an entrepreneur, but that you can teach entrepreneurs. Every entrepreneur is faced with making something out of nothing.

From Startup Newsletter To Best Selling Book: How This Entrepreneur Pulled It Off


Upon graduation from Wharton, John and Kyle launched a startup based upon a simple, pedestrian product: a computer mouse shaped like the head of a golf driver. Putting their expensive educations to good use, they aptly named their novelty product a "MouseDriver". crawl(ing) up.".

Entrepreneurs Thinking Inside the Box


The experience was part of InCube 2018 , a global startup pitch competition organized by the ETH Entrepreneurship Club. Hackathons usually involve thinking outside of the box.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

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This is part of my Startup Advice series. In case it’s not obvious it’s a play on the Nike slogan, “Just Do It.&# ) I believe that being successful as an entrepreneur requires you to get lots of things done. Good entrepreneurs are wrong often.

Why Startup Entrepreneurs Need to Communicate More Like George Bush Than Al Gore

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I use George Bush vs. Al Gore as allegory and I’ve been using it with entrepreneurs for years to sink in a simple point about how to communicate with the market. Most Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs I know are more like Al Gore. Entrepreneur Advice

Clinton and Trump Platform Analysis: Which Is Best for Education Companies?


Tech entrepreneurs are likely considering how hospitable the new leadership might be to their specific industry sectors. Educational technology is one field worth examining, even though education hasn’t been a front-burner issue in the final months of the campaign. Both Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival Donald Trump say they’d spend billions on educational reforms, and while their visions diverge, they have some points in common.

Choose Your VC Investor Carefully

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. I like to say to first-time entrepreneurs, picking a VC is more permanent than marriage. In these many exchanges similar questions crop up. Trust your instincts – they will serve you well as an entrepreneur.

Why Teenagers Make Great Entrepreneurs


What is the ideal age to start a company? Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists have weighed in from time to time and their answers tend to fall into two camps. Today’s teens have grown up with the Internet. Entrepreneurship education is a great start.

President Obama Stresses Jobs, Education In First Silicon Beach Visit


In the first time that President Barack Obama has paid a special visit to the epicenter of Southern California''s high tech industry, the President spoke for over an hour to an audience of entrepreneurs at Cross Campus , the Santa Monica coworking space, touching on topics around providing an infrastructure for the next generation of entrepreneurs. The visit was also a huge opportunity for local startups to get some visibility.

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. I would love to see Tara follow up with blog posts on: why she believes this is the case & what we can do about it. We need to start encouraging it in our youth. Startup Advice

Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Entrepreneurs

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Pocket Sun didn’t want to be the only girl in the room at startup conferences. So she started a conference for girls. Hundreds of founders, speakers, mentors, and students flocked to the University of Southern California on March 28 th , 2015 to be inspired by female entrepreneurs.

Four Questions Entrepreneurs Should Answer Before Dropping Out Of College


Are you an entrepreneur that is thinking about dropping out of college? The startup careers of Zuckerberg, Ellison, Disney, Gates, Jobs, Branson and Dell make it seem that the path to entrepreneurial success is enhanced by avoiding a college degree.