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.

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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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.”

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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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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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.

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

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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.

The Impact Matrix: Prioritize Your 2013 Initiatives Using This Startup Ninja Tool


During my many years as an entrepreneur, I developed the Impact Matrix to help me prioritize such significant, long-term initiatives. Additionally, many opportunities require financial investments, which must be considered in tandem with non-financial resource requirements.

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

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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.

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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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.

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

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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.

The next big restaurant chain may not own any kitchens

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Investors are pouring millions into the creation of a network of shared kitchens, storage facilities, and pickup counters that established chains and new food entrepreneurs can access to cut down on overhead and quickly spin up new concepts in fast food and casual dining.

Why Computer Vision Has Become a Major Investment Theme for Me

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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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Advertising Wants to be Measurable – An Investment Thesis

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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.

upStart.LA Breakdown | Accelerators and Incubators: An Entrepreneur’s Point of View

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Every entrepreneur at some point has probably felt like this and asked themselves the question: “now what?” Mark Evans , founder of NetPlenish (a 500 Startups company), a price comparison and shopping subscription tool that helps you replenish the items you use on a daily basis.

4 Entrepreneurs Explain The Latest Advancements In Machine Learning

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Four entrepreneurs share their observations and predictions for the machine revolution; exploring the advancements in tech with a crossover into finance, education, e-commerce and art. Programmatic investing outperforms humans on every level.

I Just Invested in @Burstly, a Mobile Ad Management Company

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I’m very pleased today to announce that I invested, on behalf of GRP Partners, in Burstly alongside Rincon Venture Partners , an early stage VC in Southern California whith whom we love to work (and were our co-investors on RingRevenue ). As I naturally get asked all the time why we invested in Company A or Company B, I thought I’d just put forth my thesis in writing. Naturally I’m excited about this investment or I wouldn’t have done it.

Could you have created a “dirty cap table?”


When you started the business, you took investments from friends and family in small amounts just to get you started. Enter the need for larger investments. Investors love to see entrepreneurs who have used their own money to ignite their businesses. Crowd sourcing as a tool.

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Techstars and Starburst Aerospace are launching a space industry accelerator in Los Angeles

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Investments in space and aerospace technologies are picking up, thanks in part to estimates like the one from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which put the size of the space economy at roughly $3 trillion by 2045. With the help of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, the U.S.

Next Gen CrowdInvesting | Chance Barnett (CEO) of Crowdfunder

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Back in January, at the annual TechZulu Startup Forecast , our panel of industry leaders and investors spent a healthy dose of time discussing the ongoing JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) and the investing sphere at large. Crowdfunder Was Created With Entrepreneurs In Mind.

Tech.Co Has Been Acquired by Global Digital Media Business


My first cofounder, Eric Olson, and I launched “Tech Cocktail” events to connect the Chicago startup and technology ecosystem before products like Eventbrite, Twitter, and other social and organizational tools were readily available, yet we quickly amassed crowds of hundreds at each event.

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March Capital Partners' Jim Armstrong On A New, $240M Venture Fund


Santa Monica-based March Capital Partners (www.marchcp.com) has just announced a brand new, $240M venture investment fund, led by longtime venture investing veterans Jim Armstrong, Sumant Mandal, Gregory Milken and Jamie Montgomery. What is the investment focus for this fund?

The Startup UCLA Accelerator Is About Entrepreneurship Not Investment Returns

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The Startup UCLA Accelerator Is About Entrepreneurship Not Investment Returns. Program head Robert Jadon describes Startup UCLA as more of a pre-accelerator than anything, meaning the the ideas are typically earlier stage and the entrepreneurs less experienced.


Interview with Eric M. Jackson, CapLinked


Jackson, CEO and co-founder of CapLinked (www.caplinked.com), which is developing tools to help entrepreneurs and investors connect. Eric is an experienced entrepreneur, and was a very, very early employee at PayPal, where he was recruited by Peter Thiel.

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Elementary Robotics raises cash to expand in Los Angeles’ growing robotics hub

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After about a year of research, the company launched with an initial investment of $1.2 In a separate email, Gross laid out exactly what he found so promising about Elementary’s combination of machine learning and image recognition tools software and robotics.

Interview: Clark Benson of Founder & CEO of Ranker.com - Dicusses Playing Nice With Google


It does this by providing simple tools which facilitate crowed sourced lists. 4) One of the reasons we invested in Ranker is because one of the current investors, who also invested in one of your prior ventures, told us, “Clark will go above and beyond to get you a return on your money.”

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More investors are betting on virtual influencers like Lil Miquela

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“The way I look at it… a lot of it is going to be like any kind of content studio,” says Peter Rojas, a partner at the New York investment firm Betaworks Ventures.

Tony Hsieh is the Seller of Dreams | Enter the Downtown Project

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So many thinkers, developers and entrepreneurs want to bring their idea to life. By using ClippPR’s tools, each individual piece of press can be clipped, tagged, and tracked, giving you a transparent perspective of where and when the conversation takes place.

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Interview with David Loo, CEO and Founder of Perspectium


We're in the space, and leading the thought process on what needs to be combined, for example, CRM with ITSM tools, to create meaningful results that you can act on at the C-level. We've been able to go right in to execute on our corporate plan, and are very excited about this next raise that we've done, and to be able to invest money to grow this company as much as we can. What's your biggest lesson you've learned as an entrepreneur?

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Startups Are A Remix


If you have not yet discovered Everything Is A Remix , I strongly encourage you to invest the time to check it out. Of particular interest to entrepreneurs, Part III discusses the creative process of technical innovations. Entrepreneur Launching Venture

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