Startup Mentors

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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

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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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MealswithMentors.com Connects People With Mentors

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How do you find someone to help mentor you with your goals, career, or other aspirations? Los Angeles-based Mealswithmentors.com 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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MentorNight's Mentor List Tops 100

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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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How To Mentor Millennials Into Business Leadership

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As a partially-retired baby-boomer in business, I’ve spent much of the last few years mentoring aspiring millennial entrepreneurs, and I’m always looking for more insights into how to help them. business leadership coaching danita bye mentoring millennials

10 Keys To Making Mentoring A Win-Win Relationship

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Every entrepreneur can learn from a mentor, no matter how confident or successful they have been to date. Yet most entrepreneurs simply don’t know how to work with a mentor. Some of the best mentoring relationships don’t involve monetary compensation, but none are free.

Does Your Mentor Play These 6 Roles?

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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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5 Reasons Every Smart Business Owner Seeks A Mentor

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time mentor and business advisor, I find it ironic that many look only to friends for advice. They forget that friends tell you what you want to hear, while good mentors tell you what you need to hear. Also don’t confuse a business mentor with a business coach.

10 Required Actions To Make Startup Mentoring Work

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur can learn from a mentor, no matter how confident or successful they have been to date. Yet most entrepreneurs simply don’t know how to work with a mentor. Some of the best mentoring relationships don’t involve monetary compensation, but none are free.

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Insights and Opinions: Find A Mentor

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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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5 Keys To Effective Entrepreneurial Team Mentoring

Startup Professionals Musings

I believe you can be much more productive, as well as a more effective leader, if you approach most meetings as mentoring opportunities, and limit them to five minutes. It works, but in all cases, to be a successful mentor, there are some key things you have to do: Be available always.

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Why You Should Enlist a Business Mentor, Or Be One

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience working with startups, the best approach these days is to find and use a good mentor (been there, done that). Of course, mentoring is not new – it’s been the favored way to learn arts and crafts since way back in the middle ages.

10 Keys to Real Entrepreneur Mentoring Satisfaction

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur can learn from a mentor, no matter how confident or successful they have been to date. Even one of the richest, Bill Gates , still values his friend Warren Buffett as his mentor. Mentoring is not as simple as one person giving the other all the right answers.

Is Your Advisor a Critic Posing as a Mentor?

Startup Professionals Musings

Advisors need to be mentors, looking ahead and directing you on key actions to take or avoid. These people don’t help you or your startup. Mentors have no interest in win-lose relationships. Most advisors I know really believe they are mentors and not critics.

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10 Steps To A Productive Mentor-Mentee Experience

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur can learn from a mentor, no matter how confident or successful they have been to date. Even one of the richest, Bill Gates , still values his friend Warren Buffett as his mentor. Mentoring is not as simple as one person giving the other all the right answers.

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Startup Leaders Today Mentor More Than Dictate

Startup Professionals Musings

The servant leader serves the people they lead through mentoring, direct assistance, listening, and acting on their employees input. Do people believe that you are committed to helping them develop and grow? If the answers surprise you, it may be time to find a leadership 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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7 Keys to Finding the Right Startup Mentor for You

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m a big fan of mentoring in business, and have been at different times on both the contributing and receiving end of the process. These days, I seem to often hear from entrepreneurs who are struggling to find a mentor, or complaining about their lack of effectiveness.

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Let Five-Minute Mentoring Scale Your Productivity

Startup Professionals Musings

I believe you can be much more productive, as well as a more effective leader, if you approach most meetings as mentoring opportunities, and limit them to five minutes. It works, but in all cases, to be a successful mentor, there are some key things you have to do: Be available always.

The Unwritten Secrets for Choosing a Startup Mentor

Startup Professionals Musings

Every first-time entrepreneur, or even an experienced founder stepping into a new business area, needs a mentor. A mentor is a confidant who has been there and done that, and is willing to guide your steps. Later, the great Warren Buffet became his mentor on many corporate matters.

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5 Reasons a Startup Mentor Need Not Be Your Friend

Startup Professionals Musings

Mentors tell you what you need to hear. When the message is the same from both, you don’t need the mentor anymore. In that sense, you should think of a mentor more like your advisor who has done all he can. Also don’t confuse a business mentor with a business coach.

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Every Entrepreneur Needs a Mentor, but not a Critic

Startup Professionals Musings

The dictionary definition of a mentor is “an experienced and trusted advisor,” or “leader, tutor or coach.” The big difference, of course, is that a mentor looks ahead to help you, while a critic looks backward to tell you what you did wrong.

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Five Ways a Business Mentor is More Than a Friend

Startup Professionals Musings

Mentors tell you what you need to hear. When the message is the same from both, you don’t need the mentor anymore. In that sense, you should think of a mentor more like your advisor who has done all he can. Also don’t confuse a business mentor with a business coach.

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You Are Never Too Old (or Too Successful) For A Mentor

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Despite what you might think, you are never too old to benefit from the helpful guidance of a mentor. Jason Nazar, Co-Founder and CEO of Docstoc , and a self-professed "Mentee Whore," discusses his secrets to finding and keeping a mentor in this compelling article.

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Don’t Ask a Best Friend to be Your Startup Mentor

Startup Professionals Musings

Mentors tell you what you need to hear. When the message is the same from both, you don’t need the mentor anymore. In that sense, you should think of a mentor more like your advisor who has done all he can. Also don’t confuse a business mentor with a business coach.

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How to Make a Business Mentoring Relationship Work

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m a big fan of mentoring in business, and have been at different times on both the contributing and receiving end of the process. These days, I seem to often hear from entrepreneurs who are struggling to find a mentor, or complaining about their lack of effectiveness.

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Finding the Right Business Mentor is Value Squared

Startup Professionals Musings

Every first-time entrepreneur, or even an experienced founder stepping into a new business area, needs a mentor. A mentor is a confidant who has been there and done that, and is willing to guide your steps. Later, the great Warren Buffet became his mentor on many corporate matters.

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Why You Need Help Rather Than Helpers In A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

As an advisor to startups, and a mentor to many aspiring entrepreneurs, I’m still surprised at the number who are determined to go it alone. Even worse, when they figure out that they really need help, the first place they look is for an intern or untrained helpers.

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Five-Minute Mentoring for Effective Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

I believe you can be much more productive, as well as a more effective leader, if you approach most meetings as mentoring opportunities, and limit them to five minutes. It works, but in all cases, to be a successful mentor, there are some key things you have to do: Be available always.

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

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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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How to Detect Mentors Who are Critics in Disguise

Startup Professionals Musings

The dictionary definition of a mentor is “an experienced and trusted advisor,” or “leader, tutor or coach.” The big difference, of course, is that a mentor looks ahead to help you, while a critic looks backward to tell you what you did wrong.

Artificial Intelligence Can Help Or Hurt Any Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Pixabay Everyone has heard about the big potential for using artificial intelligence (AI) to expand your business, but many of the small businesses I mentor are still wary of embracing it, because they don’t understand how it works, and fear losing control and unintended consequences.

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10 Clues That It May Be Time To Seek Outside Help

Startup Professionals Musings

The challenge in to know when and how to ask for help, and not let bravado and ego mask anxieties. The best people know when they don’t know, and know how to find the right help. Unfortunately, too many entrepreneurs I know are terrible at finding and accepting help.

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6 Ways To Help Others At Work And Still Save Yourself

Startup Professionals Musings

Don’t you wish you were better at saying “no” to all those extraneous requests for a bit of help at work? After some tough love by me, he admitted that he just couldn’t say no to all the people around him asking for help. Offer one-minute mentoring up front, and stick to it.

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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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