Entrepreneurs do not easily retire.

Berkonomics

Most successful sales of businesses, again especially in the technology arena, enrich younger entrepreneurs and stock-option holders who are under fifty years of age. I followed many of these stated retirees, and very few if any retiring entrepreneurs stay that way for long.

10 Ways Entrepreneurs Limit Their Creative Potential

Marty Zwilling

Every entrepreneur believes in their heart that their startup is more innovative and creative than their competitors. Yet none knows exactly

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6 Reasons To Ease Into The Entrepreneur Startup Dream

Startup Professionals Musings

Billionaire entrepreneur and "Shark Tank" co-host Mark Cuban is an outspoken proponent of the all-in early approach in a video interview, and made it clear that he gives no credibility and low odds to founders seeking funding who have not fully committed their time and efforts to their cause.

How The Reality That Entrepreneurs Face Is Not Fair

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of the time, I’m all about providing encouragement and inspiration to entrepreneurs. They need it and they deserve it, because entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of our economy. The question of defensibility is one of the toughest for an entrepreneur to answer.

6 Motivations Shared By Most Satisfied Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Out of curiosity, I often ask aspiring entrepreneurs like you, who come to me for help, what drives them to take on the workload and risk of a new startup. The result is a higher probability of success, and the true entrepreneur lifestyle. best entrepreneurs motivations satisfaction

7 Entrepreneur Stages Help You Assess Your Progress

Startup Professionals Musings

The road to becoming an entrepreneur is a journey , and it’s not a short trip. Many well-known entrepreneurs, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos , worked for years in bigger businesses and Wall Street before they had their awakening to untapped opportunities.

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10 Strategies That Work Best For Serial Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs who experience success with their first startup are often amazed to realize that the risks and fears of doing it right the second time go up, rather than down. I have pulled together here a few of our joint recommendations to every entrepreneur and startup that I advise.

Should An Entrepreneur Seek Out An Investment Bank?

Startup Professionals Musings

entrepreneur investment bank startup fundingThe name “investment bank” somehow always sounded like a place where I could deposit my investments, and maybe even earn a little interest.

10 Traits Demonstrate Entrepreneur Character Strength

Startup Professionals Musings

As I was watching the investor show, Shark Tank , on TV the other night, I was struck by how quickly and how extensively the sharks focused on the background and character of the entrepreneurs, compared to time spent evaluating their products. For example, if you as an entrepreneur come across as arrogant or too casual, many people you need to deal with in business, including investors, suppliers, and customers, will run the other way. entrepreneur investors stregth of character

6 Drivers For Aspiring Entrepreneurs To Finish School

Startup Professionals Musings

A continuing question I hear from young entrepreneurs is whether a university degree is important to startup success, or just a distraction in achieving their purpose in the world. college degree dropout entrepreneur

5 Crowdfunding Approaches To Tempt Every Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Even if you ignore all the hype around crowdfunding, there can be no doubt that it is a real alternative for entrepreneurs to achieve visibility and funding today. Yet as I mentor entrepreneurs around the country, it still seems to be one of the least understood approaches to startup funding, with more myths than accredited angels and professional venture capital investors combined. crowdfunding entrepreneur model startup

Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Entrepreneur Lessons Learned

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7 Personal Strategies That Define Great Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

As an angel investor in startups, I’m a believer that smart investors invest more in you as the entrepreneur than the next billion dollar solution you are pitching. Great entrepreneurs know how to listen and learn effectively, as well as talk.

8 People And Process Talents Every Entrepreneur Needs

Startup Professionals Musings

His focus is on sales, but I see the same skills needed for entrepreneurs. This means all business people, especially entrepreneurs, need to get beyond the presentations and the experts, to actively listen to real customers. Anthony Iannarino entrepreneur skill set talent

Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Microbiome

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Thursday, September 12, 2019 -- Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Microbiome. This event will explore many fascinating and potentially life-saving developments in the Microbiome field. Keynoting will be Professor Sarkis Mazmanian of Caltech's Division of Biology and Biological Engineering. See [link] (more

5 Keys to Moving From Entrepreneur Thinking To Action

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, I’m always surprised by the fact that some never seem to be able to that first startup going, while many others never seem to stop, starting their second or third initiative before the first one is fully hatched. I’m now convinced that serious entrepreneurs relish the startup process more than success. Real entrepreneurs start experiments. entrepreneur execution ability how do I start startup dream

The Ten Commandments for Entrepreneurs

Eric Greenspan

Years ago I began doing a presentation called Think Big for area high schools and colleges which included The Ten Commandments for Entrepreneurs. Part of my Think Big presentation is the 10 Commandments for Entrepreneurs. The post The Ten Commandments for Entrepreneurs appeared first on Eric Greenspan. Entrepreneuring Ignite Motivational Think Big

Can a “good-hearted” entrepreneur succeed in business?

Berkonomics

People argue over whether an entrepreneur with a sense of fairness, a desire for collegiality, a want to share the profits can succeed in the long run within a business world full of lions and tigers that eat timid entrepreneurs for lunch. First, let’s separate the “good heart” from the issue of whether an entrepreneur is driven to succeed. A sense of values that allows for sharing and fairness is not at odds with a ‘type A’ entrepreneur driven for success.

Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Transportation

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Saturday, November 16, 2019 -- Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Transportation. Emerging Opportunities in Urban Mobility and the Business Models It Will Enable. The ways that people and products move around cities worldwide are rapidly changing. As traditional car ownership declines, companies are offering cost-effective alternatives powered by new technology and networks.

5 Startup Challenges That Derail Many Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor to entrepreneurs, I tend to see many of the same obstacles appearing in every new startup, and since I don’t want to appear to be a downer , I’m not sure how to properly warn people ahead of time to be on the alert for these challenges. In fact, since most entrepreneurs are eternal optimists anyway, they would never believe any negative scenarios could happen to them. Too many entrepreneurs think that expert external advisors are suspect, or will slow them down.

How TuesdayNights is Helping Women Entrepreneurs Connect With Capital

socalTECH

So, to help other female entrepreneurs, they founded TuesdayNights (www.tuesdaynights.org), a group in LA which helps female entrepreneurs connect with capital and each other to improve their access to capital. What is the most difficult challenge that women entrepreneurs face? For the men who are investors who might be reading this, what advice would you give them on working with women entrepreneurs?

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7 Winning Business Writing Pointers For Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Since we all lose when an entrepreneur with a great idea is held back by a failure to communicate, I would like to offer a quick summary of business writing basic strategies. Every entrepreneur needs to remember that they are selling themselves in every written communication, even more than they are selling their idea or funding request. business writing entrepreneurs tips for success

5 Rewards Of Independence That Excite Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

For all entrepreneurs, starting a business is the route to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” no matter how risky. According to a classic article and poll by Startups.co.uk , having the independence to make your own decisions is considered the key benefit of being an entrepreneur. Only 32 percent of entrepreneurs cited money a key benefit of running their own firm. Entrepreneurs love the continuous challenges of a startup, and the satisfaction of solving them.

8 Indications Of A Real Entrepreneur Versus A Hacker

Startup Professionals Musings

I recognize that entrepreneurs tend to substitute vision and passion for formal processes, but using no discipline or process in building something new is a sure way to spend money, rather than see any return and build a self-sustaining business. I still see entrepreneurs who spend money and time for months on a new business idea without any separation of personal and business funds, and any formal accounting system for their new business.

We Need Entrepreneurs Who Think Like Revolutionaries

Startup Professionals Musings

The realm of an entrepreneur is all about change, but in my experience as a mentor to business founders, I hear too much about incremental change, and not enough about revolutionary change. We need more people who are willing to follow the mantra of business leader David McCourt in his new book, “ Total Rethink: Why Entrepreneurs Should Act Like Revolutionaries.” Great entrepreneurs cross industry boundaries to find synergies, and are constantly in learn mode on several fronts.

7 Ways Every Entrepreneur Should Evaluate A New Idea

Startup Professionals Musings

As an advisor to entrepreneurs, one of the most common requests I get is for an evaluation of a next startup idea. The most successful entrepreneurs focus on solving a problem that they personally have experienced, and are convinced they fully understand.

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Entrepreneurs: Employment law is not on your side!

Berkonomics

To most entrepreneurs, this often leads to an event whose resolution by a governmental agency or even a court seems unfair and illogical. Small companies most often scrape by with borrowed or invested funds, doing everything possible to grow and prosper with limited resources. So, it is like a punch in the gut when an employee makes a claim against the company for a perceived or actual but unintentional violation of a law or regulation.

First Time Entrepreneur Workshop

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Saturday, September 15, 2018 -- First Time Entrepreneur Workshop. LAVA is extremely pleased to announce its next First Time Entrepreneur training program. The program is open to entrepreneurs that are starting companies in areas that are likely to draw venture capital investment. The program is not open to service providers. You are encouraged to apply today for one of the 25 slots open in our workshop.

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LA's ECMC Foundation Backs Female Entrepreneurs

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based ECMC Foundation , a foundation that provides funding to both nonprofit and for-profit ventures focused on college success and career readiness, has helped backed two female entrepreneurs, along with investment firm Chloe Capital. Live, where women entrepreneurs pitched live for up to $250,000 in funding. inscribe ecmc foundation female entrepreneur investor investment venture capital

Restarting – an Entrepreneur’s Journey

Eric Greenspan

I''m a dad, an entrepreneur, coffee farmer, I attend TED, and my hidden passion is in the kitchen. About my company: [link] The post Restarting – an Entrepreneur’s Journey appeared first on Eric Greenspan. Coffee Entrepreneuring Me I’ve had an interesting run this past year and I’ve dealt with restarting…more than once. After my latest company collapsed in June of 2012, I went into a bit of a depression.

Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Robotics

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Saturday, May 11, 2019 -- Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Robotics. The past few years have seen significant improvements in ease of adoption of robots with the introduction of collaborative robots, low-cost easy-to-use drones, and level 3 autonomous vehicles. In parallel, low-cost 3D machine vision systems and widely available deep learning AI toolsets have been adopted in the enterprise.

Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Longevity

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Saturday, October 13, 2018 -- Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Longevity. Join us for this exciting forum where we will review how entrepreneurs may approach the most promising advances in healthspan biotech, how entrepreneurs may approach these opportunities, the path to financing, and the resources in Southern California. Approaches to enhancing healthspan range from drug discovery efforts to big-data methods and direct-to-consumer (DTC) strategies.

8 Team Member Types Test Your Entrepreneur Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

The most valuable assets of a new startup are the people on the team, and the most challenging task of the entrepreneur and team leaders is to spend their leadership time and energy productively. Cash isn’t always the scarcest resource startups have to invest – more often it’s the leadership capital of under-experienced and over-stretched entrepreneurs and co-founders. entrepreneur team leadership team members Victor Prince

Why ADD Might Actually Benefit Startup Entrepreneurs

Both Sides of the Table

” This sentiment is probably familiar to many entrepreneurs and it must certainly resonates with anybody who suspects he or she has ADD. It was called “ Delivered from Distraction ” and it outlines many successful executives with ADD and in particular some famous entrepreneurs. ” So as I realized that ADD is a trait found in many successful CEO and entrepreneurs and that it has this creative benefit I started to feel better and look at how to improve my life.

7 Ways Investors Assess Your Focus As An Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of you aspiring entrepreneurs have new ideas on a regular basis, and find it hard deciding which to pursue, or try to tackle several at the same time. Good examples of initial focus by an entrepreneur would include Jeff Bezos when he started Amazon as an online marketplace for books only, and Elon Musk starting PayPal as an online bank. entrepreneur focus investor learn from failure

7 Questions To Test Your Potential As An Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, the most common question I get is, “I want to be an entrepreneur -- how do I start?” Many people with great ideas never make it as entrepreneurs, and true entrepreneurs can make a business out of anything. The first myth you have to get past is that having the right idea will make you an entrepreneur. In fact, even implementing the idea into a solution doesn’t make you an entrepreneur.

5 Entrepreneur Lifestyle Drivers That Lead To Success

Startup Professionals Musings

As a startup advisor, I see many aspiring entrepreneurs whose primary motivation seems to be to work part time, or get rich quick, or avoid anyone else telling them what to do. Let me assure you, from personal experience, and from helping many successful as well as struggling entrepreneurs, that starting a business is hard work, and doesn’t come with any of the benefits mentioned. Entrepreneurs at this level will seek the minimum cost and quality to be more competitive.

5 Ways To Sample The Joy Of An Entrepreneur Lifestyle

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though I’m a big proponent of becoming an entrepreneur, it is definitely not for everyone. Unfortunately the success and lavish lifestyle of some current well-known entrepreneurs, including Richard Branson and Elon Musk , lead many who are not so well prepared to jump in with both feet, only to be shocked and severely tested by the unexpected rigors and high risk. In my view, entrepreneur roles need to be planned carefully rather than made on the spur of the moment.

10 Attributes That Make You An Entrepreneur To Follow

Startup Professionals Musings

Every new entrepreneur has to initiate the right actions to be perceived as a leader in their chosen business domain by their team and by their customers, or the road to success and satisfaction will be lost along the way. No entrepreneur can build a business alone. Smart entrepreneurs take reasonable time to consider alternatives, and then move forward, never looking back. Entrepreneur leaders don’t need excuses, like a down economy, bad timing or demonic competitors.

International Entrepreneur Rule

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Friday, April 6, 2018 -- International Entrepreneur Rule. This shows the importance of immigrant entrepreneurs to the US economy. Jeff Farrah- General Counsel of the National Venture Capital Association will join us to explain what the International Entrepreneur Rule is and where it stands. He will also share how our community can support immigrant entrepreneurs that are starting and scaling US companies through policy.

One Book Every Entrepreneur Should Own

Both Sides of the Table

” I have long thought about and written about the personal toll that being an entrepreneur places on your life. These were amongst some of the most read blog posts I have written, which shows me that the stress, pressures and loneliness of being and entrepreneur resonates. They talk about the destructive nature that the all-consuming and at times narcissistic entrepreneur journey can place on your personal relationship. Entrepreneur Advice

10 Ways For Entrepreneurs To Enhance Their Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

Most new entrepreneurs don’t anticipate the learning burden of being the leader, including the sense of loneliness and isolation at the top. Even in a single entrepreneur startup, the leader carries a heavy weight. This unexpected burden often results in a dysfunctional startup, as the entrepreneur reverts to micro-management, burnout, or even grandstanding to get some attention or sense of direction and feedback.

5 Steps To Get Ahead With The Entrepreneur Lifestyle

Startup Professionals Musings

One obvious alternative is to become an entrepreneur. As a mentor to many aspiring entrepreneurs, I’m often asked what it takes to switch and get real satisfaction from this lifestyle. It’s a collection of stories from real-life young entrepreneurs, all of whom chose to break away from the comfort and security of unfulfilling corporate careers to be entrepreneurs. In fact, Mehta focuses on a special class of entrepreneurs that he calls disruptors.