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Don’t be a Grin Fucker

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I grew up in the US but lived in England for so long I can never remember from which country my slang comes. But then I started to see it happening internally. So we (and by we I mean “they&# ) at Accenture decided to come up with our own bull shit. All startups are hard.

How to Not Suck at a Group Presentation

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Francisco Dao came up with the idea of letting 10 companies that weren’t selected for Twiistup to do a presentation the night before to a group of people and let the audience pick one company to win the final slot at Twiistup. Stories have starts, middles and ends.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

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This is part of my Startup Advice series. In case it’s not obvious it’s a play on the Nike slogan, “Just Do It.&# ) I believe that being successful as an entrepreneur requires you to get lots of things done. Good entrepreneurs are wrong often.

The Danger of Crocodile Sales

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This is part of my series on Startup Advice. I love working with Aussies because their outlook on life seems very similar to what I grew up with in California. I probably will jump in with a few questions about their industry and start a discussion.

Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. Many startup companies hire advisory boards. It’s mostly done by first-time entrepreneurs who want to persuade (bribe?) If you plan to set one up – no problem. So you set up advisory meetings.

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. I started the series talking about what I consider the most important attribute: Tenacity.

Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

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If you want the full SlideShare deck with many slides not in either post it’s in this link –> The LA Tech Market. ” It’s the most common refrain I hear from investors and even entrepreneurs these days. Where do all of these engineers end up?

Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010

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Some really great stuff in 2010 that aims to help startups around product, technology, business models, etc. Steve Blank , January 25, 2010 10 Tips for Adding Game Mechanics to a Non-Gaming Service - ReadWriteStart , September 21, 2010 Startups & VCs: Learn How to Design, Market, & Eat Your Own. - Forum December 9th Lineup - Startup Houston , November 27, 2010 When to step on the gas and go for it?

Intro to the LA Startup Scene

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Article after article points out that Los Angeles is on its way to becoming one of the most robust startup communities in the United States. Sam taught a second rendition of the class in February and over 700 people signed up. Guest article by Eva Hibnick with General Assembly LA.

Startups Should Avoid Dropping Trou

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Note: This is Part I in the Startup Advantages series. Startups have few advantages. The more sensitive the data and potentially damaging to your company, the more likely it will end up in the hands of someone who can use it against you. Corporate Communications Entrepreneur

NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept

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One of the readers asked my opinion around sharing your startup concept: My first question has always been - how do you protect your idea while shopping around for feedback, partners, developers, etc.? Especially if the idea could be whipped-up by a few 24-year olds in a few weeks?

NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept

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One of the readers asked my opinion around sharing your startup concept: My first question has always been - how do you protect your idea while shopping around for feedback, partners, developers, etc.? Especially if the idea could be whipped-up by a few 24-year olds in a few weeks?

Why Entrepreneurs & VCs Should Focus on Basecamp, Not the Summit

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Equally, I encouraged entrepreneurs to spend time getting to know their future VCs early because getting a feel for your chemistry is far more important than how the VC is ranked in some survey. I felt the exact same way when I was an entrepreneur.

Do you need a Powerpoint deck for a VC meeting?

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I also recently wrote a post about a company that came in for a presentation and never even got the slides out or presented a demo. Can you just show up without one? Act I – The Discussion: You’re goal in starting the meeting is to establish rapport.

How to Present at Big Meetings without Going Down a Rat Hole

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Either way, don’t assume that the entire room is up to speed on your company. My plan would be to start the presentation at the 50,000 foot view and then dive down to a more granular level once we’re all base-lined.

Why the LP Outlook is Good for Venture and Startups in 2017–2020

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Every year Upfront Ventures surveys Limited Partners (LPs) who are the main source of capital that invests in VC funds and thus the main source of capital that goes to startups to get an early-warning sense of the year ahead, leaving aside any Black Swans. startup venture-capital

Effective Startup 360-Performance Reviews - Entrepreneurs Should Sanity Check Their Self-awareness

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I am on the Board of a growing, dynamic SaaS business which has recently graduated from the startup stage and entered the early-growth phase. Thus, confident entrepreneurs understand the value of seeing themselves through the lens of seasoned executives whose opinions they value and trust.

The Best VC Meetings are Debates not Sales

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This involves a person who leads a PowerPoint presentation in which the presenter feels more comfortable racing through pre-practiced slides and rattling off charts & bullet points than having a discussion. The presenter comes out of the meeting proud at having gotten through all 30 slides (and maybe even a demo) with a bunch of smiling faces and nodding heads and no discussion. We used to do this in our sales slides.

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Brian Coryat, ValueClick Founder And Internet Pioneer: Startups Should Wing It

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He shared a number of witty entrepreneurial insights, including: "Startups are like high school. Note: I am an investor in Brian''s current startup via Rincon Venture Partners.). But the more I started to think about it, I said, well, why the hell not?

Should Your Startup Give Performance-Based Warrants?

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This is part of my ongoing series on Startup Advice. As startup entrepreneurs we all want to work with them because having their name as reference clients makes it so much easier for marketing, PR, selling to other customers, fund raising and even recruiting.

Startup Fundraising 101: Getting Ready To Raise A Round

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This seems like an obvious question but you need to be clear why you’re looking to raise in order to come up with an effective game plan and determine your best funding option. Start with your fundraising end in mind. These are usually the first sources entrepreneurs tap.

Batch 8 500 Startups Demo Day | Our Top Ten

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As our first time covering a 500 Startups demo day , we could only imagine the stratospheric levels of stress our Batch 8 founders must have gone through to get on stage and present their progress from their last four months of startup bootcamp. First, A Look Inside 500 Startups.

Stock Market Slide Effecting Start Up Valuations

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Early stage VCs typically say that the ebbs and flows of the stock market don't effect the valuations they pay in start up financings. At the formation stage, when a start up is little more than a business plan and a few dedicated engineers, there are a host of other factors that influence valuations more so than PE multiples of public companies.

Here Are the Details About Upfront Ventures’ Newest EIR – @Chamillionaire

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We started hanging out a bit and discussing technology and entrepreneurship. After seeing Chamillionaire interact with several entrepreneurs both at events and as an investor I started introducing him to startups in an advisory capacity. Startup Lessons

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The Four Main Things that Investors Look for in a Startup

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But in my experience as an entrepreneur and now spending my time amongst investors I can generalize that almost all VC investments in early stage technology & Internet investments come down to just four key factors. It’s a conversation that creeps up from time-to-time.

What Makes an Entrepreneur (5/11) – Inspiration

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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. I started the series talking about what I consider the most important attribute of an entrepreneur : Tenacity.

Save Your Spin for Someone Who Cares

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This is part of my series on How to Raise VC but could equally be filed under Startup Advice more generally. I recently got a phone call from an entrepreneur whom I respect and who runs a company that I hope will do great things one day. Strike one up for subtlety.

Interview with Steve Seigel, Hatched

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What's the difference between pitching your startup on television, versus pitching your startup in real life? And how do you best take advantage of a TV audience to promote your startup? Hatched recently started into its second season. What we want to do with our show, since it runs on a Saturday, is to be very family friendly, and focused on the entrepreneurs. I think the best entry level position is starting in investment banking.

Quick Practical, Tactical Tips for Presentations

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It’s any meeting where you are in a small room and are being called on to present on some form of overhead slides. Sit closest to the projector – Many times a week I have entrepreneurs who do presentations for me and often I’m with some or all of my colleagues.

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Retro: My Favorite Blog Post on Raising VC

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On December 2nd, 2006 I wrote the blog post published later in this post when I was CEO of startup Koral about my experiences in pitching VCs. This blog post ended up on Valleywag (which had much bigger presence back then). Anyway, the starting point for this blog entry is a cartoon I remember reading in the New Yorker. We started building the product 18 months ago so we are in better shape than 99% of start-ups. 1:20 and they turned up like clockwork.

Story of a Startup Weekend Veteran | The Good, The Bad, and the UGLY!

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From LA Demo Day to Silicon Beach Fest to Crowdstart LA to hackathons to Startup Weekends, companies and entrepreneurs alike have joined forces to feed the startup ecosystem. So, I teamed up with a group of developers that showed interest in working on my idea after the weekend.

How To Give A Horrendous Investor Pitch

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You are an entrepreneur – go for it. If you are forced to display financial data, ensure that the slides are unintelligible. An effective method to incite Death By PowerPoint is to deploy an extraordinary number of slides. Limit the use of pictures or graphs on your slides.

Top 57 Online Startups Meets Technology Meets Product Posts for November 2010

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I continue to collect great content that is the intersection of startups, products, online and technology. Equity-Only CTO and Equity-Only Developers - SoCal CTO , November 1, 2010 I had a recent email dialog with the founder of a company looking for a CTO for their startup. Was it a Startup Founder Developer Gap ? The Scene Will Kill You - Brad Hargreaves , November 7, 2010 If you’ve taken a deep dive into tech startups, you know about the scene. Start 2.

Interview with Asher Hunt, Overnight

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The startup, which launched this week, is hoping to find both travelers and hosts who don't want to deal with long term plans, and who can respond immediately to finding and offering up a place to stay for the night. Plus, prices were starting at $180.

Startup Grind Turns the Tables on Mark Suster

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One of my favorite events last year was attending Startup Grind where I got to interview Clayton Christensen, author of The Innovator’s Dilemma. Not just because meeting Clayton was influential in shaping my thinking about markets but also because Derek Andersen (who founded Startup Grind) is such an awesome host and runs a very informative events. ” We talked about my influences as a younger person and what got me started in technology and entrepreneurship.

Intimate Anecdotes And Photos Of Steve Jobs

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As he lowers his loupe for a moment and glances up from his slides, he suddenly notices a flash of brown amidst all the white outside his window. A UPS truck is pulling up in front of his studio. Entrepreneur Networking

How to Run Better Presentations & Improve Results

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We had a training session from somebody who put up the four-quadrant graph you see above. This is really important as extroverts like to have the answers presented to them up front. Don’t dwell on this slide for ever. Most entrepreneurs are. Startup Advice

This Week in VC Episode 6 with @Jason Calacanis: Best One Yet

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It’s always fun chatting with Jason because he’s knowledgeable about the market, quick on topics and pushes me to talk more about VC / entrepreneur issues. What are the three most important lessons investors could pass along to first-time entrepreneurs raising money?

Is Silicon Valley Really Coming to an End?

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But then Marc Andreessen weighed in – as did I and several others – and the media picked up on his comments. Entrepreneurs can still build big businesses on the outskirts.” As per my video, think about the data in the following slide. Startup Advice

If You Don’t Define Your Personal Brand the Market Will

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I have long advised startup companies that if you don’t control your messaging somebody else will and your potential customers will form impressions of you shaped by somebody else or by nobody at all. My starting salary was $27,000. I can’t make this up.