Startup Mentors


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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Insights and Opinions: Startup Mentors


For this year's first article, we share the advice of Tony Karrer , Founder and CTO of TechEmpower , Founder and CTO of Aggregage and organizer of the LA CTO Forum and Startup Specialist Network , two local groups focused on startups. Do you have any suggestions for how to find a good mentor?

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MentorNight's Mentor List Tops 100


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. The group, which is headed by John Diep and Tony Karrer, said it''s looking to provide a very curated way to create relationships and introduce mentors to those who need their help and guidance. mentornight mentor startup angeles help advice incubator accelerator

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

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The need to have well-defined networks of people you trust for introductions (he talks about Shervin Pishevar, who is also a friend of mine). The power of “influencer networks” to drive product adoption.

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ThisWeekIn Expands Network


ThisWeekIn , the Los Angeles-based, online video podcasting network co-founded by Jason Calacanis, Mark Jeffrey, and Kevin Pollak, is expanding out its lengthy list of podcasts, with a new one focused on startups out the TechStars business incubation effort.

Amid Gender Gap Talk, Mentor Network Emerges For Women In Health, Bio


Launched last fall, a nonprofit mentoring program for women in healthcare and biotech has already signed up about 100 women, according to its founder.

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. A valuable mentor will provide you this roadmap and a lot of sage wisdom along the way.

Kauffman Fellows Take On VC Sexual Harassment, Bench Mentor McClure


It provides a two-year mentoring and education program, and then lifelong membership in a global network where members have been screened for integrity and other character traits. (A The network. If you’re looking for a counterpoint to the recent flurry of news stories about sexual harassment and gender bias in the tech sector, the Kauffman Fellows program isn’t a bad place to start.

Understanding the Power of Your Human Networks

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The critical skill is not just your immediate network but the network beyond that you can tap into if you’ve earned the right through nurturing your 1-degree relationships. Building Your Network. Either you have a well established network or you don’t.

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. How different are you from other networks? Based in Columbus, Ohio and community management in Washington, D.C,

Lean on Your Networks When Making Early Hires


So with no real barometer for reliable talent and a fast-evaporating social network, where should early founders snag that elusive star talent. Tap Into Your Network. Tap Into Your Employees’ Networks. Tap Into Superconnectors’ Networks.

Rally Networks Gets Spot At Virgin Media Accelerator In London


Venice, California-based Rally Networks , a startup which uses free charging stations in public locations to help spread the word about mobile apps, has been selected for the new Virgin Media Accelerator that is launching in London. Rally Networks is one of the companies which has been part of the Stubbs Alderton Precellerator program, which helps startups with co-working space, mentoring and other resources for very early stage startups.

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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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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Network Hardware Resale Names IT VP


Santa Barbara-based Network Hardware Resale , a firm which sells used and new networking equipment, said this morning that it has named Mark V. IT was most recently at Den-Mat Holdings, and also has served at Situs Group and Mentor Corporation. Network Hardware Resale is a major seller of used Cisco, Juniper, and Foundry Networks hardware. Tags: network hardware resale executive

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.

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.

Africa’s Largest and Fastest Growing Social Network | Interview with LAGbook’s Chidi Nwaogu

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Today they say its Africa’s largest and fastest growing social networking utility with over 4,000 daily new sign-ups. They also add that LAGbook ranks #2 in the city of Yaba-Lagos, where the social network was incepted, and #37 in the city of Hirtshal, Denmark.

LaunchpadLA Names Second Class


Los Angeles-based Launchpad LA , the startup mentoring effort spearheaded by GRP Partners' Mark Suster, is announcing this afternoon that it has selected 10 startups for the second season of the program. The firms get one-on-one mentoring from experience entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and the program was open only to companies who had not not already raised institutional venture capital, and were located in or are willing to relocate to Los Angeles.

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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.

Interview with Richard Koffler and John Morris, The Tech CEO Network


What is the idea behind the Tech CEO Network? The Tech CEO Network is there to fill the gap. That's why we're hoping that bringing domain expertise and an industry network will help facilitate that process.

amSTATZ Social Network For Fitness Gurus, Athletes & Events | Interview With Founder

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The fitness professional network develops business tools that make it easier for fitness professionals to run their businesses and keep their clients engaged between training sessions.

TZ Startup Hot Seat | Andrew Zarian CEO of GFQ Network Inc.

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Starting up your own broadcasting network is no longer out of anyones reach. In this installment of TZ Startup Hot Seat we have a chat with Andrew the CEO of the Guys from Queens (GFQ) Network. Guys From Queens Network Inc. What made you decide to begin the GFQ Network.

Who’s In Your Club For Your Mutual Improvement?


Johnson also points out that innovators who successfully connect the dots between disparate disciplines typically have multiple hobbies, varied interests and a diverse personal network. I’ve written about my biking mentors several times in the past. Happiness Networking

Early-stage investment firm Defy updates the venture partner model

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Vassallo and Sequeira prefer the term “sage” to describe the folks they’re looking to bring in to help mentor their companies.

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” We offer each accepted company $25k – $100k, free office space in the heart of Santa Monica (one block from the beach) for four months, a ton of perks and discounts, and most importantly, access to a massive network of mentors, advisors, and investors

How I Got Funded

SoCal Tech Calendar

A successful start-up requires funding, mentoring, and smart connections. Join us for a panel discussion with Pasadena Angels' portfolio companies and network with our angel investors, LAVA members and the Expert Dojo team. Thursday, March 15, 2018 -- Join us for an evening celebrating entrepreneurship at Expert Dojo, Santa Monica CA.

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Cedars-Sinai and Techstars Partner to Launch Healthcare Technology Accelerator

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Marking the 10 th Techstars corporate program, the accelerator will provide funding, three months of mentorship and guidance from senior leadership at Cedars-Sinai and the Techstars network of more than 7,000 founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners.

How I Got Funded

SoCal Tech Calendar

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

Practice Entrepreneurship With A Purpose – Before You Start A Company


If you are a recent college graduate, mentor college students. Networking is one of an entrepreneur’s most valuable skills. You can easily avoid awkward pauses by weaving your Personal Pitch into your networking conversations.

Susan Cooney


Susan is a startup coach and the founder of Givelocity, a social network for giving that offers a new spin on crowdfunding for good. She was a member of the founding team at LinkExchange, pioneering the online banner advertising network.

How VCs Think About Adding New Partners

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Wonderful human being who is civically engaged, mother of 3, mentorer of younger founders, hard worker and arguer extraordinaire (so says her current Twitter bio). As a result we need somebody well networked into these communities already. She is a coach and mentor to team members.

EXPERT DOJO Investor Festival Brings Together Startups, VCs


Day Two will give members an opportunity to connect with over thirty investors during Mentoring Day, including members of Start Engine, Lux Capital, Watertower Group, Midstage Ventures, LAVA, Tech Coast Venture Network, Canyon Creek Capital, and dozens more.


Digital Activists: WelkerMedia Is Launching a Free Global Accelerator


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.

TechStar Co-Founder @BFeld: Are We Experiencing A Startup Accelerator Bubble?


If you use the mentor-driven model that we pioneered at TechStars, you get entrepreneurs who are deeply connected with the broader entrepreneurial landscape. In 1961, after 70-years, professional baseball created its first expansion teams – the Angels and Twins.

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