Startup Mentors


I've had several Startup CTO Consulting sessions recently where it became apparent that the Founder needed help with the business and product as much or more than the technology. Do you have any suggestions for how to find a good mentor? Great question and I believe that just like finding a Technical Advisor for your startup is critical, finding a good mentor is critical. They want someone who understands their current role and can help them be successful there.

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Insights and Opinions: Startup Mentors


I've had several startup CTO consulting sessions recently where it became apparent that the Founder needed help with the business and product as much or more than the technology. Do you have any suggestions for how to find a good mentor?

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How do you find someone to help mentor you with your goals, career, or other aspirations? Los Angeles-based has one way: let you take those mentors out to lunch. The startup, headed by Evan Aaronson, said this week that its site will help connect people with mentors, by taking those mentors out to coffee or lunch at the mentor's favorite restaurant. mealswithmentors mentor mentoring help career marketplace startup

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Does Your Mentor Play These 6 Roles?


Bob Wood has been a mentor to dozens of professionals during his long career in public service. As noted in You''re Never Too Old (Or Too Successful) For A Mentor , Bob has become not only my mentor, but also my friend. I can''t emphasize that enough, when seeking mentors.".

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MentorNight's Mentor List Tops 100


Are you a startup founder wishing you could find someone more experience to help meet other entrepeneurs, get some advice, and help you figure out the issues you face? One Los Angeles group, MentorNight , believes it now has the largest mentor network outside of the local accelerators and incubators, and now has over 100 mentors looking to help up and coming entrepreneurs. mentornight mentor startup angeles help advice incubator accelerator

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Insights and Opinions: Find A Mentor


Nick Hulse, the Chief Revenue Officer at Rubicon Project says: find a mentor. To accelerate your success there is nothing better than selecting and then learning from great mentors. Read Nick Hulse's full article on finding a mentor.

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Spotting, Nurturing and Mentoring Talent – The Power of Troy Carter

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The “what” is well known in LA circles – Troy discovered a little known young singer named Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta aka Lady Gaga and helped her launch her career. That is PRECISELY what Shep Gordon said he did to help Alice Cooper break out two decades before.

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Karlin Ventures Looks To Help Develop LA's Rising Tech Leaders With Program


Los Angeles-based venture capital investor Karlin Ventures is hoping to help develop rising, technology executives--particularly those at the VP level--with a new program it is launching today called Karlin Fellows. According to the firm, the new fellowship program will help mentor vice president level managers of growing LA startup, to help those leaders grow. karlin ventures mentor mentoring mentorship product management

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Entrepreneur Mentoring Session

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009 -- Entrepreneur Mentoring Session. Nitro will help strengthen the region's eco-system for successful entrepreneurship by providing startup entrepreneurs with access to powerful mentoring and executive in residence (EIR) resources. NITRO. Entretech is launching Nitro a new program designed to "Get more companies funded in Greater Los Angeles."

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Find Your Mentor: Here’s How…

Jason Nazar

But I did spent those four years starting businesses and courting many mentors to help me along the way. At the end of every meeting, I’d ask, “Would you consider being my mentor?” — and every time, I got the same response. Ignorance is Blasphemy: Why You Need a Mentor in the First Place. Mentors will help identify areas of opportunity or risk that weren’t even on your radar. Machiavelli vs. Mother Teresa: Choosing a Mentor.

How to Ask for Help, Favors and Intros

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An entrepreneur recently sent me an @ reply message on Twitter asking for some help with a decision coming up in his business. In today’s era we’re all asked for help, favors or introductions all of the time. Most of us want to help.

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Hack4LA Looks To Help Local Communities, Government


Can your software skills help make your local community a better place? Could doing some coding over a weekend help improve your local government? A local group, Hack4LA , thinks so, and has launched a "civic hackathon" where over $10,000 in prizes will be awarded to help use open data to address local or national challenges, aimed at helping out local communities and cities.

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Huddlewoo Wants To Connect You To Mentors You Admire Through Online Video

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Huddlewoo a live video platform set to launch early 2013 to give people the ability to access extraordinary people for one-on-one conversations and mentoring. The post Huddlewoo Wants To Connect You To Mentors You Admire Through Online Video appeared first on TechZulu.

Startup Next Opens Los Angeles Applications


According to Startup Next, it helps startups prepare for accelerators and seed investment, using mentors and other founders to help startups with pitches, and puts them through a series of weekly seminars around pitching their company, market sizing, finding product/market/fit, and other topis. startupnext startup next techstars angeles precellerator mentor mentoring session application deadline

How Amavitae Wants To Help Youth Find A Career They'll Love


To help fix that, the startup has created a mobile app to guide people through their strengths, interests, key skills, and more to guide them along the way to a career they'll love. Deborah Ramo: Amavitae, which means "love life" in Latin, is a mobile-first platform to help the emerging workforce find a career that they will love and have a natural aptitude for, and to help them understand what careers are growing and will be around in the future.

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Interview Dan Dato and Bruce Brown, Upstart.LA


Those programs--epitomized by YCombinator in the Bay Area, and TechStars in Boulder, Colorado--attract newly minted entrepreneurs with a mixture of cash and mentoring, and a program which rapidly takes ideas and turns them into viable, executing businesses. Do you have mentors lined up?

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Meritful Wants To Help Students Showcase Their Wit Online

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A new startup Meritful, out of Michigan Univeristy and accelerated and funded through Ann Arbor SPARK has launched into public beta to unite both students and mentors or even teachers. Meritful is a professional network for students and mentors.

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Founder Insitute LA Gears Up For Spring Semester


The Los Angeles chapter of the Founder Insitute , the startup incubation program run locally by Ken Rutkowski, is gearing up for its Spring Semester, saying that it has added a number of new mentors for the semester.

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Fuel50: Helping Employees Figure Out Their Career Path, With Anne Fulton


Los Angeles-based Fuel50 ( � backed by local investors Rincon Venture Partners and Bonfire Ventures�is helping to solve that problem, with its career pathing software designed for helping employees at large enterprises figure out what's next. It helps you figure out what you can do in a business, what roles are available, what might be my future here. You can find a mentor, a coach, a project, or experience, to help you prepare for the role you are looking for.

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Capturing The Entrepreneurial Energy At StartEngine's Demo Day


It was standing room only at StartEngine 's Demo Day Wednesday afternoon, held at Santa Monica's Cross Campus , as the startup accelerator launched eight of its latest startups into the world, after a 90 day process of mentoring, honing their business model, and heads down development.

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San Diego Founder Institute Deadline Nears


One of the groups trying to help local startups in their efforts to find funding and get to the next leve, the Founder Institute , said this morning that its early deadline for its Spring 2013, San Diego session is this Sunday. classes mentoring startups diego institute founder

K5Launch Launches Venture Accelerator


The accelerator said that it is aiming at helping entrepreneurs--particularly in the social and mobile technology space--in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County with pre-seed funding and mentoring.

All's Fair In Love and War: Textpert's Love and Texting Advisor


I wanted to help other people with the service, like my sister had helped me. Our simple goal, is to help you get to the next date. There are probably millions of pieces of advice you get on who to bring on board, tactics, from mentors and advisors.

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President Obama To Honor USC Professor With Math, Science Award


A University of Southern California professor with a specialty in robotics is one of eleven individuals being honored by President Obama next week, as part of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring are given each year to individuals who have mentored students studying science or engineering.

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Interview with Amir Banifatemi and Kai Tao, K5Launch


K5Launch ( is modeled after the successful Y-Combinator and TechStars acceleration programs, and invests equity, provides mentors, and runs a three month program to get very early stage startups off the ground. All of our mentors are investors as well.

What’s your story? Did someone else create it?


I have a friend in the music business who worked hard to gain introductions to, and become mentored by, several known names in the business. One well known informal mentor called him the “Stevie Wonder of Hip Hop.” It is an old warning in the entertainment industry.

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New Group Looks To Bridge Gap Between Research, Companies


The new group, The Tech CEO Network , said it is looking to help bridge between the technology present at local schools like Caltech, UCLA, USC, UC Irvine, and other universities, and actual, viable companies. According to Koffler and Morris, the new group--which also includes a network of other members--is hoping to help bridge the gap between research projects, technology, and inventors and commercially viable companies, by connecting researchers with mentors, CEOs, and other resources.

Founder Meet Funder

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Founder Meet Funder focus on supporting entrepreneur growth by connecting them with mentors, influencers, and investors within the community. A special social sphere is created due to the culture and diversity of experience brought along the way to encourage everyone to help one other's business growth. Wednesday, February 6, 2019 -- Founder Meet Funder (Invite Only).

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Early-stage investment firm Defy updates the venture partner model

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Defy , the early-stage venture investment firm founded by Neil Sequeira and Trae Vassallo, is putting a new twist on the venture partner model as it brings Brian Lee and Sujal Patel on board to help out with investing and guiding companies in the firm’s portfolio.

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Exit Interview: Lita Nelsen on MIT Tech Transfer, Startups & Culture


It basically helped invent the ultra-filtration field. X: I read an article from 1998 that you were quoted in—it sounded like Stanford’s Niels Reimers helped MIT reorganize its patenting and licensing office in 1986 to make it more like Stanford’s model. [ Editor’s note: This is part of a series of stories examining entrepreneurship on MIT’s campus and beyond. ]. MIT’s approach to nurturing entrepreneurship has changed a lot over the past 50 years.

Friendship + Mentorship = Friendtorship


He goes on to point out three powerful aspects of adult friendships (paraphrased below): 1) Friendship helps people make better judgments (by) thinking through problems together and it allows you to see yourself through sympathetic eyes. Be a mentor.

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23 Million Views – Startup Content Goes Mainstream


Bob Wood – Public Servant CEO & Mentor Extraordinaire. A mentor see you in your potential, sees who you could be. ”. Bob Wood has been a mentor to dozens of professionals during his long career in public service. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

The seven attributes of a highly successful start–up CEO


Kirsten is the founder of ChickLabs , an incubator that focuses on helping primarily women entrepreneurs. But culture will help you succeed and be one of the differentiators to also–rans. Teacher, tutor, and mentor.

Founders Institute LA Sees High Interest From Women


The Founders Institute Los Angeles , the local branch of the Founders Insitute mentoring program, is seeing unusual interest from women for the upcoming semester of the program, according to local organizer Ken Rutkowski. Rutkowski attributed the high interest from women to the number of women mentors signed up for the program. Rutkowski said that there are ten women mentors, representing 30 percent of the program's local mentors.

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Hub 101 Demo Day

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The Program brings these startups to sunny Westlake Village and helps them build a repeatable, scalable business model in a mentor-driven format. In 13 weeks, more than 25 mentors have given their time to coach and advise our teams. Thursday, June 30, 2016 -- Hub 101 Demo Day. The Hub101 Incubator Program is a 13-week incubator for early-stage, high-potential startups from the Conejo Valley and across the globe.