Startup Mentors

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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. Mentor vs. Advisor Generally when I talk about startup mentors and advisors, I distinguish them in terms of: Mentor focus is You: The marketing person above is looking for someone to help them with their personal challenge. The same is true of your advisors and mentors.

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7 Lessons From A Long-Time Mentor On Value And Impact

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by World Economic Forum As a long-time mentor and advisor to new business owners, I can attest to both the need for mentoring, and the satisfaction that comes from watching an aspiring but tentative entrepreneur grow into someone capable of changing the world.

7 Keys To Teaming With The Right Mentor For Success

Startup Professionals Musings

Why is it that only the most successful entrepreneurs , including Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Richard Branson, admit to having a mentor and actually use them? Here are my guidelines on how to make that happen: Identify specific issues and goals where you need mentoring.

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7 Barriers To Understanding Your Mentor Communication

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Most business mentors tell me that the single biggest problem they have to deal with in small companies is the lack of open, honest, and effective communication, both from the top down and from the bottom up. business communication Derek Torrington mentor understanding

Why Mentors Are Needed To Spark Future Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time mentor and advisor to new business owners, I can attest to both the need for mentoring, and the satisfaction that comes from watching an aspiring but tentative entrepreneur grow into someone capable of changing the world. Face-to-face mentoring generates more inspiration.

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.

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 others on your team communicate their ideas and vision for the organization when you are around? Startups provide leadership in the market.

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

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In many ways this was the precursor to the MVP philosophy our era espoused by Steve Blank and the ideas we discuss around product/market fit. I recently sat down with Troy Carter to talk about what he does and why he believes it is applicable to venture capital.

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8 Disciplines for Transforming Ideas Into Businesses

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs are people who dream up new ideas, and then commercialize them into new businesses. Most people believe that the hard part is coming up with the idea, and the easy part is turning it into a business. business entrepreneur idea transformation

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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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Mentor Secrets for Keeping Your Startup Alive

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup mentor has his favorite list of basic strategies to avoid pitfalls, and I’m no exception. entrepreneur mentor secrets funding founder mistakes businessBehind most great startup success stories is a long list of mistakes!

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6 Steps To Convert An Idea To A Sustainable Business

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business mentor, I sometimes feel besieged by people begging for my view and support of their latest idea. In reality, I like most ideas, but I have to tell them that the real challenge is taking the inspiration from a dream to a business.

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9 Sources Of Inspiration To Make Your Idea A Winner

Startup Professionals Musings

Ideas are a dime a dozen, but the inspiration to drive a great business is a lot harder to find. As a mentor to many aspiring entrepreneurs, I often get asked for next sure-fire idea. Look inside yourself for inspiration and ideas, rather than asking me or anyone else.

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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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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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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.

Why Most People Fail To Cash In On Their Dream Idea

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business mentor, I sometimes feel besieged by people begging for my view and support of their latest idea. In reality, I like most ideas, but I have to tell them that the real challenge is taking the inspiration from a dream to a business.

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Competition Dangles $200K To Students With Clean Technology Ideas

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A new competition--part of the Startup America effort launched by the Obama Administration, and spearheaded locally by Caltech, USC, and UCLA--said today that it is looking to award $200,000 in prize money to university students with clean energy business ideas. cleantech clean energy idea education startup student greentech green ongreen flow

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A Good Friend Doesn’t Make a Good 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.

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

Tech Zulu Event

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. This challenge grew into the idea that became Huddlewoo. Based in Columbus, Ohio and community management in Washington, D.C,

7 Tips For Building The Right People Relationships

Startup Professionals Musings

In my role as a mentor to business professionals and entrepreneurs over the years, I have found that it’s important to take a hard look at the relationships around you on a regular basis. But, like most other skills, you can learn from these priorities: Everyone benefits from active mentoring.

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7 Ways To Test Your Potential For Starting A Business

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, the most common question I get is, “I want to be an entrepreneur -- how do I start?” The obvious answer is that you need an idea first, but I’ve come to realize that the process is really much more complex than that.

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Interview Dan Dato and Bruce Brown, Upstart.LA

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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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7 Keys To Success With An Employee Ownership Culture

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the lessons I have learned over the years as a business executive, and now as a mentor to entrepreneurs, is that if you really want employees who enthusiastically take ownership of their work, you have to start treating them like owners, not renters.

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Silicon Beach Fest Hollywood, LA Tech Summit, and Idea to Screen | Why You Need to Attend Any or All

Tech Zulu Event

Those who are more involved in traditional entertainment are seeing a major shift online which is why an additional one-day seminar was created to coincide with Silicon Beach Fest Hollywood as a partnership called, Idea to Screen.

7 Criteria For Selecting an Entrepreneur-Confidant

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs are too stubborn to seek a mentor for guidance: They have so much confidence in themselves and their ideas that they don’t see the need to ask anyone for advice. Mentoring does not happen by accident, or require large stipends.

6 Steps Required From A New Venture Dream To Reality

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business mentor, I sometimes feel besieged by people begging for my view and support of their latest idea. In reality, I like most ideas, but I have to tell them that the real challenge is taking the inspiration from a dream to a business reality.

Every Small Business Founder Needs An Advisor

Startup Professionals Musings

In that sense, you should think of an advisor more like your mentor who has done all he can. You need someone who: Applies pragmatics to your ideas. Most entrepreneurs have lots of ideas. business entrepreneur mentor startup

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Business Professionals Can Be The New Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor to startups, I see more and more startups that are really an individual professional, marketing themselves as a consultant or freelancer. business professional entrepreneur mentor startup

Interview with Amir Banifatemi and Kai Tao, K5Launch

socalTECH

K5Launch (www.k5launch.com) 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.

Most Entrepreneurs Need to be Inspired to Perspire

Startup Professionals Musings

Aspiring entrepreneurs ask me why their great idea hasn’t sold; they talk about it endlessly, and they expect others to do the development, finance, and marketing work for them. There is nothing more inspiring than seeing the results of your mentoring and leadership.

The seven attributes of a highly successful start–up CEO

Berkonomics

Selling is required whether it is for sales of the company’s products or selling the business idea to investors. Teacher, tutor, and mentor. You have to challenge yourself and others – even with ideas that seem outrageous.

10 Symptoms Of An Entrepreneur Who Is Nearly Broken

Startup Professionals Musings

If an entrepreneur doesn’t find themselves in over their head at least 20% of the time, they are probably not pushing the limits, not taking enough risk, and probably not working on an idea that’s worth doing. You have no idea how to pivot with the latest market trends.

Startup Weekend Conejo Valley - Sports Focused

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Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event, where attendees pitch ideas, form teams and launch companies/products. The event is very community focused and provides a place for budding entrepreneurs to find co-founders, mentors and momentum for their ideas. Sunday, November 5, 2017 -- Startup Weekend Conejo Valley - Sports Focused. Calling all startup junkies, makers, inventors, coders, and sports enthusiast! We are looking for the next big thing in Sports, Fitness, and Performance.

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