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.

Smart Entrepreneurs Don’t Need Disruptive Technology

Startup Professionals Musings

It may not be as sexy, but starting a new business that builds on an existing technology or business model is usually less risky than introducing that ultimate new disruptive technology. There is always time later for your next startup, using that disruptive technology of your dreams.

New Entrepreneurs Are Rebuilding Our Business Engine

Startup Professionals Musings

On the other hand, everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. His focus is on entrepreneurs in America, but what he says applies to every other country as well. Existing technologies have been “commoditized” globally. Entrepreneurs growing companies create more value and more jobs.

6 Keys To Marketing That Many Entrepreneurs Overlook

Startup Professionals Musings

You can have the best technology, but if customers don’t know you exist, or they don’t know how your technology solves a real problem for them, your startup will fail. Yet I see many technology entrepreneurs that focus on the basics of marketing too little and too late.

6 Marketing 101 Tips For Technology Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

You can have the best technology, but if customers don’t know you exist, or they don’t know how your technology solves a real problem for them, your startup will fail. Yet I see many technology entrepreneurs that focus on the basics of marketing too little and too late.

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Deckard Technologies Finds $4M For AI Property Tax Software

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San Diego-based Deckard Technologies , a new startup founded by serial entrepreneur Neil Senturia, said on Monday that it has raised $4M in funding and launched a new company focused on using artificial intelligence (AI) to identify property tax scofflaws. Deckard Technologies says it uses real estate data, using data analytics, machine learning and advanced statistical analysis to identify where there might be unpaid property taxes.

Great Entrepreneurs Lead People and Use Technology

Startup Professionals Musings

Some entrepreneurs forget that they can’t use people the same way they use technology to build a startup. Inventors, for example, are skilled in manipulating technology, but may have little interest or experience engaging people to make an effective team.

5 Exciting Technologies That Need Your Execution Help

Startup Professionals Musings

DNA image via Wikipedia As a business advisor and technologist, I often think about the large array of opportunities for entrepreneurs as technology seems to be evolving faster and faster. Future opportunities for entrepreneurs are endless.

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What the 5 Stages of Grief Teach Us About Technology

Startup Professionals Musings

How many times have investors heard startups start their pitch by touting that their technology is “disruptive?” The concept of disruptive technology was first introduced by Clayton M. What are you doing to avoid this trap with your disruptive technology?

10 Entrepreneur Attributes That Will Make You A Star

Startup Professionals Musings

Elon Musk via Flickr by TED Conference To be successful as an entrepreneur, you don’t have to be a fabulous person, but it helps. Some people, and some entrepreneurs, have that something extra that you can’t quite put your finger on, like Ryan Seacrest is searching for on American Idol.

Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Robotics

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Saturday, May 11, 2019 -- Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Robotics. The next wave of robotics will be driven by the integration of these 3 technologies to reduce the cost and time-to-market of robotic systems by an order of magnitude or more. The past few years have seen significant improvements in ease of adoption of robots with the introduction of collaborative robots, low-cost easy-to-use drones, and level 3 autonomous vehicles.

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.

Restarting – an Entrepreneur’s Journey

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The world changed, technology changed and the company was no longer relevant. I''m a dad, an entrepreneur, coffee farmer, I attend TED, and my hidden passion is in the kitchen. Coffee Entrepreneuring Me

8 Keys To Market Delivery Of Innovative Technologies

Startup Professionals Musings

Therefore I always recommend to entrepreneurs that they use the term cautiously, but I never discourage their focus on disruptive innovation. Linear thinking is a good way get started as an entrepreneur, but paradigm shifts are the route to a big legacy.

Los Angeles investors and entrepreneurs launch PledgeLA, a diversity and inclusion program

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for technology investment and corporate development.

Entrepreneurs do not easily retire.

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Next week, we begin again with new insights from startup through liquidity event, including guest postings by some of the nation’s best known angel investors and entrepreneurs. I followed many of these stated retirees, and very few if any retiring entrepreneurs stay that way for long.

Accelerate OC Puts Focus on Local Entrepreneurs In Podcast

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Interested in hearing more about the technology community in Orange County? A newly launched podcast, Accelerate OC , recently launched a series of interviews from Orange County innovators, trendsetters, entrepreneurs, investors and community leaders, in a live radio show and podcast.

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One Book Every Entrepreneur Should Own

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” I have long thought about and written about the personal toll that being an entrepreneur places on your life. These were amongst some of the most read blog posts I have written, which shows me that the stress, pressures and loneliness of being and entrepreneur resonates.

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.

Ophthalmology Technology Summit (OTS)

SoCal Tech Calendar

Friday, June 29, 2018 -- Ophthalmology Technology Summit (OTS). Orange County is the single most technology-rich epicenter for ophthalmology technology. This year we are excited to announce that Brent Saunders, Allergan CEO, will begin the conference with an open discussion about technology innovation in the Ophthalmic space.

How Entrepreneurs Use Technology to Improve Business Efficiency

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Entrepreneurship is undergoing many technological changes. The rise of powerful new tools for automation and management of business tasks is taking the world by storm, because it lets one entrepreneur accomplish much more with their time than they ever could before.

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. However, it remains to be seen whether this can convince advertisers to take a risk on the new technology. mentors entrepreneur entrepreneurship accelerator startengine

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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.

How Do VCs Choose Their Investors (and should entrepreneurs care?)

Both Sides of the Table

I recently read a blog post by Beezer Clarkson, Managing Director of Sapphire Ventures about why entrepreneurs should care about from whom their VC funds raise their capital. But should entrepreneurs really care whom the LPs of a fund are?

10 Entrepreneur Approaches That Turn Off Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Many new entrepreneurs are so excited by their latest idea that they can’t resist contacting every investor they know, assuming the investor will be equally excited and want to contribute immediately. I don’t have a business plan, but the technology is disruptive.”

Successful Entrepreneur Panel

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Thursday, October 26, 2017 -- Successful Entrepreneur Panel. Join TCVN for our October event featuring a panel of 4 successful entrepreneurs. Panel includes: Tara Hannaford, Founder of GoTYM Inc and Vice President of Sales at Casamigos Tequila; Scott Fox, Startup Advisor/Executive, Serial Entrepreneur, CEO, Author, Angel Investor; Jeff Greenberg, Technology Executive, Entrepreneur, Startup Coach, Professor, Author; and Mark Lam, Founder and CEO at Pristine Group/Law Firm.

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OK, So Maybe Not ALL MBA Entrepreneurs Are Oxymorons

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MBA’s are an easy target for entrepreneurs’ scorn. I too have taken shots at MBA’s, describing why they are not typically well suited for startup life in Why Entrepreneurs Hate (Most) MBAs. Situationally, MBA’s Can Be Effective Entrepreneurs. Entrepreneur

The next big restaurant chain may not own any kitchens

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If investors at some of the biggest technology companies are right, the next big restaurant chain could have no kitchens of its own. Pilotworks has pitched itself as a recipe for success for new food entrepreneurs. and FunWall, a display technology for online gaming in retail settings.

Should Millennial Entrepreneurs Skip College?

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Should millennial entrepreneurs go to college? If you believe the mythology surrounding the handful of entrepreneurs who did not obtain a degree, you may think that the path to entrepreneurial success is enhanced by avoiding college.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

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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 can admit when their course of action was wrong and learn from it.

Cie Digital Labs Names Entrepreneur In Residence

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Irvine-based Cie Digital Labs (CDL) said this week that it has named Jim Davis as the company's new Entrepreneur in Residence. Cie Digital Labs, led by Anderee Berengian, recently has focused on helping brands and also startups take their ideas and turn them into new technology ventures. digital labs entrepreneur residence davis ebay pepsi rezven venture capital

8 Keys To Keeping Up With Technology In Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Technology is so key to every business these days that experienced business-smart but non-tech entrepreneurs are feeling deeper and deeper in the hole. That means every entrepreneur needs to learn how to attract, hire, and manage technical people for their team.

7 Key Entrepreneur Habits Highlight Execution Ability

Startup Professionals Musings

As a small business and startup advisor, I find that entrepreneurs often love to talk about their latest idea, but not their execution. The best entrepreneurs know what they don’t know, aren’t afraid to ask for business help, and always offer something in return.

How To Embrace Disruptive Technologies And Succeed

Startup Professionals Musings

All too often as a startup investor, I hear the term “disruptive technology” from an entrepreneur, played like a trump card that should override any other potential business qualms. In fact, most investors avoid disruptive technologies as extremely risky, with long waits for a payback.

Relate Your Technology Solution to Customer Values

Startup Professionals Musings

Young entrepreneurs often are so excited by new technology or their latest invention that they forget to translate it into a value proposition that their customers or potential investors can understand. Mashup technology may be your biggest plus, if you position it in this context.

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