Startup Mentors

SoCal CTO

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

Both Sides of the Table

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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Competition Dangles $200K To Students With Clean Technology Ideas

socalTECH

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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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,

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.

Interview Dan Dato and Bruce Brown, Upstart.LA

socalTECH

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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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.

Startup Weekend Conejo Valley - Sports Focused

SoCal Tech Calendar

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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Startup Weekend Conejo Valley - Sports Focused

SoCal Tech Calendar

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. Saturday, November 4, 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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Startup Weekend Conejo Valley - Sports Focused

SoCal Tech Calendar

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. Friday, November 3, 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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How I Got Funded

SoCal Tech Calendar

Presented by the Pasadena Angels in partnership with LAVA and Expert Dojo Launching a successful start-up requires more than grit, caffeine and an innovative idea. A successful start-up requires funding, mentoring, and smart connections. Thursday, March 15, 2018 -- Join us for an evening celebrating entrepreneurship at Expert Dojo, Santa Monica CA.

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The Breakthrough Presentation that Stole the Upfront Summit

Both Sides of the Table

We’ve known each other for nearly a decade and he’s been a friend, a co-investor in startups and a mentor to many startups with whom I’ve worked. If a picture is worth a thousand words then you already know that Chamillionaire is having a great time with his new startup Convoz.

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How I Got Funded

SoCal Tech Calendar

Launching your start-up requires more than grit, determination and a great idea. A successful start-up requires funding, mentoring and strong community partnerships. Thursday, October 19, 2017 -- How I Got Funded. Pasadena Angels. Engage in our panel discussion with Pasadena Angels' portfolio companies and network with our angel investors.

Girl Scouts Learn to Pitch Like a Girl at Startup Weekend

Tech.Co

The girls formed six teams to work on products in all types of industries, work with mentors, and pitch to judges at the end. They understood the need for having a real, paying customer, not just the idea of one, the cost to run a company, and what revenue looks like.

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Practice Entrepreneurship With A Purpose – Before You Start A Company

InfoChachkie

If you are a recent college graduate, mentor college students. Keep An Idea Journal. As Stephen Johnson demonstrates in Where Good Ideas Come From , epiphanies are rare. Most breakthroughs result from the collision of small ideas which combine to form big ideas.

Customer Validation - 33 Great Articles

SoCal CTO

Beware of Mentors. His basic point was: If someone, including me, tells you something isn’t a great idea and there’s no market for it there are only two acceptable responses. In both cases, I was the mentor telling the person that the idea, as I understood it was "not great."

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Startup Weekend Conejo Valley

SoCal Tech Calendar

Experience what its like to pitch an idea, build a team around it, and have a demo to show Sunday. Entrepreneurs will be able to pitch their business ideas, from apps, to games or even events, that will have a significant positive impact on the society. Participants from all backgrounds will break into teams and develop new solutions to answer social problems, with the guidance of energetic mentors. Friday, November 11, 2016 -- Startup Weekend Conejo Valley.

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Disney Launches New LA Startup Accelerator

socalTECH

According to Disney, it will provide $120,000 in investment capital to startups to help them develp their ideas, and also provide mentoring from Disney executives. Walt Disney Company said Wednesday that it is launching a new, Los Angeles based startup accelerator, focused on.

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EXPERT DOJO Investor Festival Brings Together Startups, VCs

LATechDigest

Throughout the day, Expert DOJO members will be pitching their ideas to three active Angels, as well as CrossCut Ventures, CAA Ventures, and Fund 21, a new Venture Firm based in Indonesia. Each startup will be able to choose up to three mentors to meet with for 7-minute sessions each.

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13 Ecosystem Builders That Are Boosting Startup Growth

Tech.Co

The Case Foundation invests in people and ideas that can change the world. Indiegogo has brought more than 800,000 ideas to fruition since 2008. If you’re an early-stage entrepreneur, technology has served you well.

Digital Activists: WelkerMedia Is Launching a Free Global Accelerator

Tech.Co

“We have being working on the idea of ​​an accelerator since 2015,” Sonya says. Independent media network WelkerMedia is launching the world’s first no-equity and not-for-profit acceleration program with a focus on digital activism, social impact and creative projects.

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George Powell – Doing Well By Having Fun

InfoChachkie

In order to try your ideas in the real market place. I assume you become his mentor? Powell: This is funny, because in the beginning I thought I was mentoring Stacy. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

Who’s In Your Club For Your Mutual Improvement?

InfoChachkie

Stephen Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From , has noted the importance of coffee shops during the Age of Enlightenment as hubs of idea germination. I’ve written about my biking mentors several times in the past. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

Come Check Out a Very Important LA Tech Event on June 1st

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The core idea behind the event is to tap into the hacker spirit in each community in a way that leverages the latest tech and open data to strengthen our democracy and communities across the country. Tech leaders from NASA JPL, to the Census Bureau will share inspiration and ideas.

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Upfront Ventures Adds Hamet Watt as New Investment Partner

Both Sides of the Table

The idea immediately resonated. As more consumers were skipping commercials the idea of authentically integrating brands into media seemed obvious to me and ended up informing a lot of my investments in 2009 and 2010.

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Attention Startup Accelerators: Your Job Is Not Over After Demo Day

InfoChachkie

Convert Graduate-Founders Into Mentors. Bringing an accelerators’ graduates back as mentors provides value to the next class, certainly. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

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Silicon Beach Expands with Santa Clarita’s Startup Weekend Nov. 13 -15

Tech Zulu Event

One weekend, teams of newly formed entrepreneurs and who knows what products or big ideas can happen? Weekend activities begin with rapid-fire pitches, prototype building, mentor feedback from experts in the field, and it concludes with a Shark Tank-style judging session.

Digest 6/13-19: Big Raises for Vow to be Chic, Vrse, Exactly; Makers Kit, Branch Chosen for Target Techstars

LATechDigest

Can’t wait to hear some awesome ideas! s/o to the mentors that came to brainstorm workshops for kids #cs4all @WeWorkLA TY @WearHacks for the hardware kits pic.twitter.com/b0b08ipVE3. Follow LA Tech Digest on Twitter ( link ) for news as it happens. **.

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New Startup Incubator Launches At Loyola Marymount

socalTECH

Choi--is launching with nine student and alumni companies, and provides space, advisors and mentors, and connections to startups. There's a new, startup incubator in town in West Los Angeles--this time, launching out of Loyola Marymount University and its College of Business.

Why Female Founder Office Hours is So Important

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The idea is simple enough: several female VC partners at top funds will hold 1-hour meetings with 40 promising female entrepreneurs looking to get advice on their business and pitch in a friendly, non-judgmental, safe environment.

The Perils of Shiny New Objects

Both Sides of the Table

In today’s uber-connected, social media, everything-is-public, people tell you there’s killing it with these new features, investor & mentor whiplash – it’s hard to avoid the latest thing.

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Want To Live Life With No Regrets? Follow These 43 Life Lessons

InfoChachkie

Believe in love at first sight - be open to instant infatuation with respect to both people and business ideas. Become someone''s hero - when someone asks you to be their mentor, smile and say, "I would be honored.". A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

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Twitter Insights From A Guru With 113,000 Rabidly Active Followers

InfoChachkie

Steve went on to encourage young people to seek mentors, expressing sentiments similar to those described in Don’t Do Tequila Shots With Your Mentor , commenting that, "I think we should all have mentors. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

How Milwaukee’s Tech Ecosystem Found Their Sweet Spot

Tech.Co

We then weave in over 300 local professionals to mentor students and build professional networks. We’ve recently found our “sweet spot” in terms of being in neutral territory between academia, students, mentors, corporations, startups, nonprofits and other community organizations.

Startup Glory Awaits: Become the Startup of the Year Champion

Tech.Co

“We had never pitched in front of others and had no idea what was expected. The Startup of the Year competition has always recognized that great ideas and talent live everywhere – not just the coasts.