Great Entrepreneurs Sell Solutions, Not Technology

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though I love technology, I always cringe when an entrepreneur starts his investor pitch to me by touting his new technology. They have forgotten that new technologies are perceived by most customers as causing more pain than the problems they eliminate.

Invested.in Looks To License Technology Platform

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Los Angeles-based Invested.in , the developer of a site which helps users raise money for projects and ideas, has launched an effort to provide a white label version of its platform. platform allows anyone to create their own, white-labeled crowd-funding sites, according to the company. s founder, said the new offering is aimed at both media companies and entrepreneurs who might be interested in licensing the platform for their own uses.

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Smart Audio – A Lucrative Platform… If You Figure Out How To Leverage It

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Neither Google nor Amazon offer ads on their platforms. Entrepreneurs who utilize a user-centric, thoughtful approach will ultimately gain the greatest benefit from smart audio platforms. However, the speed with which the technology is being adopted is astonishing.

10 Startup Survival Tips in the Age of the Platform

Startup Professionals Musings

According to many technology pundits, including Phil Simon, in his new book “ The Age of the Platform ,” these four exemplify the rise of platforms with applications as a business model, rather than a single product or service. Temper expectations and overshoot on technology.

6 Technology Trends Will Spawn Countless New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

According to what I see, as outlined by Surdak, this data surge is being driven by the following six technological and social trends: Mobility: smartphones, tablets, and the “Internet of things.” christopher surdak new venture technologies trends

3 Sales Tips for Startups – Creating a Burning Platform

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Many entrepreneurs who start technology companies are product people, technologists or savvy business people who worked previously for a larger company. Most start-up entrepreneurs have little or no sales experience. This is the easiest one for most entrepreneurs.

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Base Your New Venture On These New Technology Trends

Startup Professionals Musings

A common request I get while mentoring entrepreneurs is for a copy of the startup checklist they need to follow, in order to build a successful new business. I’m sure you can find some gaps, niches, or extensions for each of these technologies: Internet of Things.

10 Collaboration Myths No Entrepreneur Should Believe

Startup Professionals Musings

In reality, it takes a collaboration of many good people to build and run a business, even though the original idea probably did come from that innovative entrepreneur. Technology startups need experts more than collaboration. Technology alone doesn’t make a business.

Startups Need To Build Solutions, Not Technology

Startup Professionals Musings

Technical entrepreneurs love their technology, and often are driven to launch a startup on the assumption that everyone will buy any solution which highlights this technology. Customers buy solutions, not technology.

2018 Hollywood Entertainment Technology Festival

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 -- 2018 Hollywood Entertainment Technology Festival. The Hollywood Entertainment Technology Festival (HETF) is an exciting international event bridging the US and China, with expert speakers and panel discussions on trends in entertainment technology, cross-border opportunities, and investments.

LA Technology Scene: StartEngine Entrepreneurs Mix It Up With Mentors

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It's a warm summer night in Westwood and 35 entrepreneurs are mingling with a collection of the new SoCal silicon-set. However, despite the good news, Marks and his entrepreneurs all agreed that their work is far from over. Flying in the face of the typical lean startup methodology, the company appears determined to not only build a unique display advertising platform, but also manufacture custom computers and monitors to install into participating venues.

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Great Businesses Focus On Solutions, Not Technologies

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though I love technology, I always cringe when an entrepreneur starts an angel investor pitch to me by touting his new technology. They have forgotten that new technologies are perceived by most customers as causing more pain than the problems they eliminate.

Startups Must Tout Market Needs Before Technology

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though I love technology, I always cringe when an entrepreneur starts his pitch by touting his new technology. He has forgotten that new technologies are perceived by most customers as causing more pain than the problems they hope to eliminate.

10 Ways Entrepreneurs Find Money To Start A Business

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most frequent questions I get as a mentor to entrepreneurs is “How do I find the money to start my business?” These are tough for a first-time entrepreneur. business entrepreneur funding money

Entrepreneurs Need Time Management Accelerators

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs fantasize about days longer than 24 hours, convinced that their new venture could change the world, if they just had more time. However, this topic is particularly critical to entrepreneurs, who struggle with challenges and crises every day that they didn’t anticipate.

Coull Entrepreneurs Get More Customers

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Skimlinks has proven effective for thousands of publishers (including, for a time, Pinterest), because its frictionless, self-serve platform automatically generates revenue from previously existing online content. Founded in 2007, GumGum has become the largest in-image ad platform.

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How Connectifier Is Applying Search Technology To Recruiting, With John Jersin

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The company recently announced a funding round, led by True Ventures, so we thought we'd talk with John about what the company is doing, and why he believes search technology is so important to apply to recruiting. Recruiters can access that search technology in one of two ways.

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

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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. In the centerpiece of his education platform , Trump would redirect $20 billion in federal education spending to K-12 school choice programs.

8 Success Drivers Define A Lifestyle Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Being called a lifestyle entrepreneur should be a point of pride, not an insult. Of course, even lifestyle entrepreneurs want to be happy, and want their business to be “successful.” A lifestyle business becomes an integral part of an entrepreneur’s identity and their life.

How Entrepreneurs Must Reinvent Themselves To Thrive

Startup Professionals Musings

Sometimes entrepreneurs are so focused on making change happen for others, that they forget that continually changing themselves and their company is equally important. Negative advice on an unknown is easy and safe to give, so every entrepreneur hears it over and over.

Entrepreneurs Need More Relationships And Fewer Friends

Startup Professionals Musings

Successful entrepreneurs understand the difference between a good business relationship with more people and having more friends. In fact, the focus on social networking platforms, starting with Facebook, has destroyed the meaning of the word friend and even changed it from a noun to a verb.

Entrepreneurs And Startups Drive Future Work Trends

Startup Professionals Musings

The new era of highly connected and interactive technology is changing not only how business employees interact with customers, but also how they interact with each other, and with their company. Use of collaborative and other social media platforms.

How To Prepare For The Entrepreneur Life You Want

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the simplest questions I get from aspiring entrepreneurs, and ironically one of the hardest, is “How do I start?” They just aren’t prepared for the life they want, and are really asking me how to learn to be an entrepreneur. Help entrepreneurs with constant learning.

Venture investors and startup execs say they don’t need Elizabeth Warren to defend them from big tech

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Responding to Elizabeth Warren’s call to regulate and break up some of the nation’s largest technology companies, the venture capitalists that invest in technology companies are advising the presidential hopeful to move slowly and not break anything. Warren also wanted regulation in place that would block companies making over $25 billion that operate as social media or search platforms or marketplaces from owning companies that also sell services on those marketplaces.

Freelancers Are The New Entrepreneurs For Services

Startup Professionals Musings

You don’t need to invent an innovative product to be a real entrepreneur. Many of these new entrepreneurs were regular employees a few years ago, focused on a skill specialty. Now some never see the people they support, but are experts on the technology involved.

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. Let me start with the obvious baseline that most people probably know instinctively: Los Angeles is the 3rd largest technology startup ecosystem in the 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.

Want to Start a Technology Company in LA?

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And we’re left with a city with idyllic weather, major commerce, the media center of the world, and a great emerging technology scene. We have many seasoned entrepreneurs who have built successful companies here and made a lot of money for investors and themselves. Los Angeles.

What Makes an Entrepreneur (3/11) – Ability to Pivot

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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. VCs often tell entrepreneurs that they want to see “traction&# before they’re ready to invest.

5 Ways To Safely Sample The Entrepreneur Lifestyle

Startup Professionals Musings

If you think you are the perfect fit for the entrepreneur lifestyle, but you’re not yet sure if you’re ready to start your own, then I recommend that you take a job with an existing startup first to validate the culture realities against your dream. Hang out where entrepreneurs meet.

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8 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Lead With New Work Models

Startup Professionals Musings

The new era of highly connected and interactive technology is changing not only how business employees interact with customers, but also how they interact with each other, and with their company. Use of collaborative and other social media platforms.

Let Me Count The Ways Entrepreneurs Fund Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most frequent questions I get as a mentor to entrepreneurs is “How do I find the money to start my business?” These are tough for a first-time entrepreneur. entrepreneurs funding investors startups

A New Era For Entrepreneurs And Startups Has Begun

Startup Professionals Musings

is already well above the dot.com bubble of 15 years ago, although we have slipped a bit this year from the high point of 320 new entrepreneurs out of 100,000 adults in 2011. Thus a record number of entrepreneurs (and employees) are getting rich.

Technology Means Pain and Customers Want Solutions

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though I love technology, I always cringe when an entrepreneur starts his pitch by touting his new technology. He has forgotten that new technologies are perceived by most customers as causing more pain than the problems they hope to eliminate.

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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. Propelled by new technologies, new businessmen have been landing in Los Angeles since the invention of the nickelodeon to create a studio that would dominate popular entertainment. Hardware makers have invested billions to improve the technology, and they’d like that money to not go to waste.