Saxena: More Than a Tool, A.I. Must Be Used With Society in Mind


startup CognitiveScale and managing director of The Entrepreneur Fund , which makes investments in early-stage machine learning companies, Saxena believes A.I. [ Updated 12/27/18, 9:54 am ] Manoj Saxena is bullish on artificial intelligence. As chairman of Austin, TX-based A.I.

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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. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

Moonshots Capital Ramps Investment Pace With Lead On Two Investments


Los Angeles- and Austin-based Moonshots Capital , the venture capital fund led by serial entrepreneur Kelly Perdew, is ramping its investment pace, with the first two formal investments out of its new fund. The two investments, both announced in January, were cyber-defense firm Threatcare , and bot detection developer New Knowledge. Moonshots also led the investment in New Knowledge. moonshots capital kelly perdew cybersecurity security venture investment

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Convertro Debuts New Tool


Santa Monica-based Convertro , the developer of marketing attribution software led by serial entrepreneur Jeff Zwelling, has rolled out a new tool, which it says helps marketers measure the return on investment from printed catalogs.

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Map of VC Investments


skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Friday, March 9, 2007 Map of VC Investments Found this Map of 2006 VC Investments post. Some very interesting graphics including this heat map: Very cool visualization tool!

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Coull Entrepreneurs Get More Customers


Fortunately, several startups have devised tools which make it possible for content creators to maintain the entertainment integrity of their videos while embedding relevant calls-to-action. A number of startups have created compelling tools to enhance the monetization of online videos.

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A Serial Entrepreneur’s Take On Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment


Although many are entertaining, most fail to provide entrepreneurs with a sufficient return on their time investment. Unfortunately, most business books do not offer entrepreneurs an adequate payoff. For instance, Guy refers to an entrepreneur’s venture as their “cause.”

How TenOneTen Ventures Is Investing In LA's Technology Future


Despite a growing technology industry here in Southern California, local investors and entrepreneurs tell us there''s still a shortage of local, venture capital. Explain what kinds of investments TenOneTen makes or hopes to make? What''s the best way for entrepreneurs to approach you?

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Eight Repeat Entrepreneurs To Watch In SoCal


One complaint we sometimes hear from venture capitalists visiting Southern California for the first time, is the difficulty of finding experienced entrepreneurs and executives. Have we missed a repeat entrepreneur or company you think ought to be watched?

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8 Fundraising Deal Breakers Inexperienced Entrepreneurs Routinely Create


Because of the rapid pace with which Venture Capitalists review investment opportunities, they must employ pattern matching techniques which include identifying common fundraising deal breakers. Surprisingly, most venture investments do not break down over valuation.

Social Search – What Entrepreneur Needs To Know


In order to drill down on how entrepreneurs can leverage social commerce sites without alienating their potential customers, I spoke with industry expert Albert Wilson, who heads up Affiliate and Marketplaces for Deckers Outdoor Corporation.

Entrepreneurs Need A New Adaptive Innovator Mindset

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the business ironies that many entrepreneurs have learned the hard way in the past is that ideas which are truly disruptive carry the highest risk of failure, take the longest to gain traction, and thus are the least likely to get external funding. Learn to use these tools effectively.

Why Computer Vision Has Become a Major Investment Theme for Me

Both Sides of the Table

Computer Vison Startup Nanit If you follow me on Snapchat ( msuster ) you might already know that I’ve been looking at and investing in a number of companies in the computer vision space.

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10 Ways Aspiring Entrepreneurs Are Often Victimized

Startup Professionals Musings

Some aspiring entrepreneurs are so desperate for funding, or naïve, that they ignore the obvious signs of scams and rip-offs on the Internet, praying for a windfall. One would think that with all the sad stories and tools published over the past twenty years, this problem would be behind us.

Entrepreneurs Must Measure ROI On Social Media

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are an entrepreneur today, and not using social media to promote your business, you are missing out on a huge opportunity. Most social media outlets don’t require a subscription charge, but they certainly require an investment – in people, in technology, your reputation, and your time.

10 Lessons For Entrepreneurs on Building Trust

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the first harsh realities that every entrepreneur has to learn is that most of the things that are critical to startup success are outside of their direct control. As a new startup, you the entrepreneur are the brand. trust entrepreneur startup August Turak business secrets

What Makes an Entrepreneur (2/10) – Street Smarts

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my new series on what makes an entrepreneur successful. I originally posted it on VentureHacks , one of my favorite websites for entrepreneurs. Thinking out loud – I’m sure that’s important for entrepreneurs as well.

10 Rules of Thumb for Startup Investment Valuation

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs stumble at this point, losing the deal or most of their ownership, by having no answer, saying “make me an offer,” or quoting an exorbitant number. valuation entrepreneur startup investor business

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Entrepreneurs are Starting Young and Learning Fast

Startup Professionals Musings

I continue to see stories of really young entrepreneurs, like this article on Business Insider , with pre-teens as young as 9 years old who make millions more than their parents. Another one is The Little Entrepreneur by Michael H. Able to invest money wisely.

Coull Entrepreneurs Get More Customers


Coull Entrepreneurs Get More Customers. In addition, a number of advertisers have invested significant resources into creating libraries of video content which effectively communicate brand and product attributes but are incapable of eliciting a particular action, such as: clicking to a landing page, completing a lead form, or initiating a purchase. Skimlinks is an affiliate marketing tool that allows website publishers to readily monetize their online content.

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Advertising Wants to be Measurable – An Investment Thesis

Both Sides of the Table

One of the investment themes I’ve been focused on in the past 3 years has been Performance-Based Marketing. When I started investing the US advertising market was $300 billion with only 10% of it ($30 billion) of it being online and measurable.

How To Become an Extraordinary Entrepreneur Leader

Startup Professionals Musings

Great entrepreneurs are not just idea people and then managers, they are extraordinary leaders. Yet beyond a list of noble attributes, like vision, courage, and integrity, it’s hard for them to define what separates an ordinary entrepreneur or manager from an extraordinary leader.

10 Key Outsourcing Mistakes Made By Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

He is regarded by many as the number-one authority on virtual staffing and personal outsourcing, and is himself a successful entrepreneur based in the Philippines. Some entrepreneurs get outsource-happy to save costs and begin outsourcing everything and anything that lands on their desks.

The One Word That Shouldn’t Exist in an Entrepreneur’s Vocabulary

Both Sides of the Table

The one word the best entrepreneurs never accept. There were online tools to book this stuff but the Internet booking sites were early. I’ve been pitched by hundreds of entrepreneurs who never actually asked me whether I would invest.

The Maker Movement Is A New Mecca For Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Back in the early 2000s, the Maker Movement took hold in California, based on the emergence of such do-it-yourself (DIY) tools as 3-D printers, Google''s SketchUp and makerspaces such as TechShop, with all the tools you need to make almost anything.

7 Entrepreneur Types Drive Change On A Global Scale

Startup Professionals Musings

By most definitions of the term, an entrepreneur is someone who starts a new business, incorporating innovative changes to existing products, services, business models, and creating new markets. entrepreneur Fiona Wood global change Peter Andrews types

5 Ways Entrepreneurs Are Chefs Creating New Recipes

Startup Professionals Musings

First you work in the kitchen for a while, learning some tools of the trade, experiment with a few recipes, and test on willing clients. All the investment money in the world won’t make your company succeed, if you have the wrong team.

Entrepreneurs Today Don’t Need A Big Budget To Start

Startup Professionals Musings

Now you can do it for free, or a few hundred dollars, with one of the many web building tools available, like Shopify or Weebly Store. Minimize investment in prototypes and tooling. budget business e-commerce entrepreneur startup

Online Entrepreneurs: Get Sales Tax Compliant For 2016


One of the reasons I know way more about online sales taxes than I ever thought I would is due to Rincon Venture Partners’ investment in TaxJar , one of the leaders in this emerging space. Fortunately, sales tax automation tools have greatly simplified this process. Tools that help you calculate what you owe can also automate your sales tax filing , so you’ll never have to worry about penalties or late fees again. A version of this article previously appeared Forbes.

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We Need Entrepreneurs Who Can Drive Global Change

Startup Professionals Musings

By most definitions of the term, an entrepreneur is someone who starts a new business, incorporating innovative changes to existing products, services, business models, and creating new markets. entrepreneur Fiona Wood global change Peter Andrews uberpreneurs

New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

The hard part for entrepreneurs is figuring out what it takes to play. These are emerging group of professional investors (venture capitalists, ala VCs), who are investing from a fund of other people’s money, with a particular focus on seed-stage startup opportunities.

When Did Profit Become A Bad Word For Entrepreneurs?

Startup Professionals Musings

As a startup advisor and investor, I find that more and more entrepreneurs avoid using the term “profit” in pitching their new venture. Every entrepreneur needs a good “elevator pitch” which succinctly describes the idea, the customer value proposition, and business profit.

David S. Rose – Father of Angel Investing in New York

Startup Professionals Musings

Rose, who has been described as "the Father of Angel Investing in New York" by Crain's New York Business, and a "world conquering entrepreneur" by BusinessWeek. Marty: Were your own first investment ventures a positive and learning experience?

Backed by LG, AmazeVR is hoping to resurrect virtual reality’s consumer dreams

TechCrunch LA

For over 100 years entrepreneurs have come to Hollywood to try their luck in the dream factory and build an empire in the business of storytelling. Despite billions of dollars in investment, and a sustained marketing push from some of the biggest names in the technology industry, virtual reality still doesn’t register with most regular consumers. Hardware makers have invested billions to improve the technology, and they’d like that money to not go to waste.

7 Attributes Of Entrepreneurs Who Change The World

Startup Professionals Musings

By most definitions of the term, an entrepreneur is someone who starts a new business, incorporating innovative changes to existing products, services, business models, and creating new markets.