The Entrepreneur Thesis

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I call it the entrepreneur thesis. I’m not talk about the age old debate amongst investors whether you back entrepreneurs, markets or products (or as people like to hedge – product / market fit). It’s entrepreneurs I back. It’s what I call the “entrepreneur thesis.”

7 Business Mistakes Serial Entrepreneurs Never Make (Twice)

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As an entrepreneur, I helped create companies which achieved two IPOs and two trade sales totaling $385 million. Fallacy: An entrepreneur’s two most precious assets are time and money. Your commitments to investors must be significant enough to compel them to write you a check.

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

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Consistent with the statistics cited in Why Entrepreneurs Hate (Most) MBAs , the large majority of John and Kyle''s classmates accepted positions at investment banks and consulting firms upon graduation. Saying, ''Hey, we want to pay you to write a book.’

63 Los Angeles Entrepreneurs To Be Proud Of

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where entrepreneurs share their stories. Subscribe to RSS. Subscribe to RSS. 63 Los Angeles Entrepreneurs To Be Proud Of By mario on May 2, 2012 in Features , grid. Free Corporations For First-Time Entrepreneurs. Jeff Unger is a lawyer and entrepreneur.

Should You Blog? (yes, and here’s how …)

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I was an entrepreneur. Don’t just write a carbon copy of what somebody else is doing. OK, well, actually the first thing I did is come up with a list of 50 posts that I wanted to write. I didn’t want to run out of things to write about in the first 6 months.

Brad Feld: Secrets To A Successful Startup Life (Hint – Creating Wealth Ain’t Everything)

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In their new book Startup Life , serial entrepreneur and venture investor Brad Feld, along with his wife Amy Batchelor, describe what has, and has not, worked for them during their 22-year relationship. Brad is in the midst of writing a series of startup-oriented books.

Here’s How You Get A VC To Pull Out Their Checkbook

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Most sophisticated investors ignore them, focusing their attention on an entrepreneur's pitch and presentation materials, financial forecast and executive summary. Entrepreneurs routinely seek my advice regarding their executive summaries. Business Plans are dead.

Startup Tips From College Dropouts: Zuckerberg, Jobs, Gates, Dell, Ellison, Branson and Disney

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For many entrepreneurs, college has little appeal. Academia’s arbitrary, bureaucratic structure, combined with its predominant focus on theoretical issues, causes many entrepreneurs to depart college early. Entrepreneurs are misfits. Entrepreneurs are often societal rejects.

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What The Heck Does “Traction” Really Mean To A VC?

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Nearly every entrepreneur has heard the refrain, "Get back to me when you have some traction,” while seeking funding. In a like manner, proudly profess your traction to your target VCs until they either write you a check or ask you to look elsewhere.

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Comments are the New Black

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This phenomenon led Jan Schultink to comment that we increasingly size people up online in a Malcom Gladwell “Blink&# sort of way and establish a sense of trust based on what we read about the individual, the type of comments they make and what they write about in their blogs.

Extracting More Than Cash From Your Angel Investors

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Ideally, such early-stage investors should have the experiences and motivation to help their ventures establish a sustainable business model, rather than simply writing a check before moving on to their next investment. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

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Serious Presentation Tips From Standup Comics

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Comedians are entrepreneurs. They often write their own material, book their gigs, arrange their travel and negotiate and collect their compensation from club owners. In addition, both comedians and entrepreneurs must engage and entertain their demanding audiences.

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Why Startups Need to Blog (and what to talk about …)

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But should you actually write one if you’re a startup, an industry figure (lawyer, banker) or VC? This is a post to help you figure out why you should write and what you should talk about. Or “I’m a new entrepreneur, why would I offer advice on how to run a startup?&#.

How To Become a VC

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One the most frequent questions asked of me by entrepreneurs is, "How can I become a Venture Capitalist?" The inquiry is common because being a VC is (to an entrepreneur, at least) a sexy job. All you need do to become an Angel is identify a promising venture and write a check.

Guerilla Marketing, Brad Feld Style

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Serial entrepreneur, venture investor and startup accelerator pioneer Brad Feld has notoriously mocked traditional marketing throughout his career. When the entrepreneur is obsessed with the product and the company has organized all of its activities around that, it’s very powerful.”.

Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010

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IP Law for Startups , June 23, 2010 Groupon’s Growth Made Possible by Facebook - Leveraging Ideas , May 5, 2010 Automating Themed Logo Changes by Season - TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey , October 18, 2010 Selling a Business - A Guide for Investors and Entrepreneurs - Angel Blog , February 28, 2010 Minimum Viable Product in practice - Guy Nirpaz , October 17, 2010 Want to Know How VC’s Calculate Valuation Differently from Founders?

Hacking Hacker News – How Wily Startups Leverage Social News Sites

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We’re a tool for hackers, designers, and entrepreneurs - effectively everyone who reads Hacker News. Hacker News encourages entrepreneurs to solicit feedback by using the "Show HN" prefix in a post's title. This article previously appeared in Forbes.

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Using Social Media To Deal With Customer Trolls

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In addition to utilizing reputation management services such as YellowBot , entrepreneurs must become proficient online advocates, defending their businesses against unjust and unfounded attacks. A version of this article previously appeared on Inc.

23 Startup Tips From Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of her generation. When I began gathering examples of Oprah’s wisdom, I expected to identify a handful of quotes relevant to entrepreneurs. From these, I collected 23 insightful missives of interest to aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Trade Show Guerilla Marketing – Booth Babes With Beards

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Of the 228 exhibitors at ad:tech, Brittany Fleit, writing for Allvoices , voted Central Desktop’s booth as her favorite, despite the fact that the company was outspent by nearly all the other attendees. Serial entrepreneur Seth Epstein is an incredible marketer.

Top 30 Startup Technology and Product Posts for September 2010

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Why Every Entrepreneur Should Write and 9 Tips To Get Started - OnStartups , September 27, 2010 "The best part of blogging is the people you will meet"- Hugh MacLeod repeating wisdom from Loic Lemeur to me at the Big Pink at 2 am in South Beach after the Future of Web Apps 2008. If you asked me to tell you a list of three of the best decisions in my life, I can certainly tell you that regularly writing is one of them. Why You Should Write.

This 28 Year Old Woman Co-Founded One Of The Most Successful YouTube Networks

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I actually come from a long line of entrepreneurs. Five Tips For Emerging Entrepreneurs. Also, when you become super, super successful and you want to write your book, it''s helpful!". A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

Brad Feld Drops Knowledge. Here’s What He Said …

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Huge thank you to Steve De Long for the write up. RSS was something that had appeared.” “….I We have a theme we call Protocol, which are technology protocols and markets built around technology protocols like SMTP for email and RSS.

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Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes

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This is part of my ongoing series “ Start-up Lessons. &# If you want to subscribe to my RSS feed please click here or to get my blog by email click here. I often talk with entrepreneurs who are kicking around their next idea. If you live somewhere where this is the case you’re better off discussing with your employer that you may from time-to-time work on private projects outside of work hours and you want their clearance in writing that this is OK.

What the Past Can Tell Us About the Future of Social Networking

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asymmetry, real-time, curated RSS / link-sharing]. As I write these words I’m aware that I could practically change the words AOL and Facebook for much of this section and with a few factual tweaks it might not be noticeable to the reader which of the firms I was talking about.

Aaron Swartz | A Stranger in a Strange Land

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At 14, he became a co-editor for the spec responsible for RSS technology. Swartz had been open in sharing his battle with depression, often writing his thoughts regarding suicide on his blog. Swartz, 1986-2013, Image by Lalo Bontra.

The first 6 steps to homegrowing basic startup analytics | Futuristic Play by @Andrew_Chen

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Heres 5 steps to start exploring: View the "Best Of" list with 50+ essays on viral marketing, gaming, and ads » Get introduced: About this blog, why entrepreneurs and marketers recommend it » Receive updates by email or RSS feed or Twitter. Futuristic Play by @Andrew_Chen.

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