Startup San Diego Announces New Executive Director – Press Release

Startup San Diego

SAN DIEGO — Aug 16, 2018 — Startup San Diego, is a nonprofit organization which fosters collaboration amongst entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors to accelerate and grow the greater San Diego startup community. The post Startup San Diego Announces New Executive Director – Press Release appeared first on Startup San Diego.

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

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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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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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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.

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.

Meet the 2017 Startups from the Disney Accelerator


In a press release The Disney Accelerator highlights the success of Sphero and announced: “They have a multi-property lineup for this year including the App-enabled Ultimate Lightning McQueen, the voice interactive Spider-Man, and more.”.

How I Got the Monkey Off My Back – Today Was a Good Day

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Working with early-stage teams : coaching, mentoring, setting strategy, rolling up sleeves: 9/10. And while the press always likes to mention the other big media investors who participated in the investments (Time Warner, Canal+, Astro, Singtel, Elisabeth Murdoch, Robert Downey, Jr.

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Getting Your Series A Mojo Back

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The founders and team develop a huge confidence level that appropriately increases risk-taking, output, expansion, deals, revenue, press and everything that is a consequence of initial successes.

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Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding: $50,000 Per Startup

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To give visibility to these companies to: Sources of funding (angels / VCs), business development partners, mentors who have themselves built successful companies, the press and potential employees to hire. One of the people I mentored is now a senior executive at AOL in NY.

Baby Boomers May Be Your Biggest Startup Competitors

Startup Professionals Musings

In fact, according to the latest Index of Startup Activity by the Kauffman Foundation and recent press reports , these Baby Boomers are actually driving a new entrepreneurship boom.

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Define your story before anyone else does.


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.” Press releases and PowerPoint presentations with a uniform use of the mantra or phrase will reinforce your effort. It is an old warning in the entertainment industry.

Getting Back Your Series A Mojo

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You got your tech press and your parents are proud. You build a team, ship your product, more tech press, more funding. Last year I wrote a blog post on entrepreneurs with a chip on their shoulders. I think it’s an important read.

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


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

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Should You Really Sit on Other Boards When You’re a Startup Founder?

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We live in an era where the press espouses the entrepreneurs who have five startups. I think it’s been tremendously helpful to us because the founder of ( Jonathan Strauss ) has a mentor who is going through similar issues but is a few years ahead in terms of company development.

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The Valuable Unsung Heroes of Startups

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She was lamenting that some startups simply see their PR company as merely somebody who corrals the press when you want to get some inches. She felt that her firm provides significantly more value as an advisor than simply a press shop.

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8 Incubators From Around the Country You Might Not Have Heard of Before


The aim, according to the private college’s press release, is to provide “mentoring, advising and access to resources for up to 15 student- and community-run companies with a philanthropic twist.”

Some Reflections on VC Investment Decisions

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And when the press releases and the attaboys wear off it still comes down to real work. This is when founders need you the most – either are coach, mentor, interviewer, work off-loader or honest-mirror-reflection of reality. Just because the press says it is so doesn’t make it so. Usually the press doesn’t have total access to data and is often a lagging indicator of the market. ” nor be dissuaded the presses views about a company or industry.

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Launchpad LA – More Details Revealed

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Full press release with more details is here. Encourage the most successful LA tech entrepreneurs who had previously started companies to get involved as mentors, instructors or just informal advisors. We decided to be less formal about the mentor / mentee relationships.

10 Marketing Lessons for Early-Stage Tech Startups

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They certainly struggle to find mentors as there is nothing more frustrating than trying to help a company who is afraid to tell you anything. But don’t let this information get out into the general press and don’t market more than a few months out.

My Number One Advice for Startups or VCs: Conviction > Consensus

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I think newer associates are surprised by how blunt we are with each other but I’ll always remember the words of my mentor our founding partner, Yves Sisteron, who said, “reciprocity makes for terrible investment decisions.” Great leaders are rare and competition for capital, people, press and customers can be brutal. I saw this Tweet recently by Scott Belsky, co-founder and CEO of Behance. conviction > consensus. Scott Belsky (@scottbelsky) April 29, 2015.

10 Collaboration Myths No Entrepreneur Should Believe

Startup Professionals Musings

If you listen primarily to the popular press, you could easily be convinced that all successful startup businesses are built by one smart person, such as Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook, or Jeff Bezos at Amazon.

10 Ways An Entrepreneur Can Build A Winning Culture

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor to entrepreneurs, I often get asked what you can do to build the right culture. Mentoring and training programs need to be put in place early. Successful leaders are good coaches and mentors, as well as being on the lookout for personal learning opportunities.

This is How Startups “Level Up” After Raising Money

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You’re the coach, mentor, cheerleader. So my counsel at this stage is often: build out your senior team, let them do their jobs, become a leader more than just a doer, allocate your time to the higher-level tasks like setting company goals, managing investors, talking to partners, managing the press, etc. One of the interesting things about being a VC is that you often see companies in transition.

Stained Glass Labs Patners With Exitround, Unveils App Directory for Google Glass

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Apart from the app directory, SGL has also created a Press Release publishing tool for developers to upload their docs during the submission process easily, making it even better for SGL to send it to its network of industry connection.

How This Entrepreneur Raised $28,000 Using Airbnb to Fund Her Startup

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It represents the great majority of entrepreneurship and eschews the fairytale rags-to-VC-riches stories we so often read about in the press. Once off the ground she could attract mentors from her industry. Tracy DiNunzio isn’t your typical Silicon Valley startup founder.

Master of Customer Acquisition, Matt Coffin, On Startups …

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Get connected to the right mentors and your business may catapult to the next level. I figured if Matt was on the verge of bankruptcy and one mentor changed his trajectory, what if we had a formalized, community-wide program?

How the Hell do I Prioritize Work, Blog & Find Balance?

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” It’s not as perfect as many people think, we work much harder than most people think, we care a lot more about people and teams than common press or blogs would have you believe … but still … we have a lot more control than most.

5 Tips For Making Your Whole Team A Marketing Machine

Startup Professionals Musings

That doesn’t mean that everyone needs to participate in creating the typical marketing hype, or needs to face the press on a regular basis. Provide cross-functional mentoring and coaching.

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How Boards Need to Evolve Over Time

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I admit that I haven’t yet read it but I’ve had numerous discussions with Brad over the years about board structure & conduct and consider him a mentor on the topic. I’ve written a few posts about boards recently as part of a series on the subject.

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What Should We Make of Peter Thiel’s “20 Under 20? Education Program?

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Thiel and friends will also agree to mentor these young entrepreneurs. Read the opening quote from his initial press release on the program … “Warning that America’s long term economic prospects are uncertain without radical innovation in technology, Peter Thiel this week launched the Thiel Fellowship to foster the next generation of tech visionaries.&#.

Interview with Howard Marks, Start Engine


The program is basically to take entrepreneurs, pair them with a mentor who is also an entrepreneur themselves, either a CEO or a CTO. It's structured so that they get funding, office space, all of the Internet resources, tools they need from mentors.

7 Key Strategies Will Assure Company Sustainability

Startup Professionals Musings

New and existing companies today need to press beyond what was, through what is, to what will be. The best leaders are mentors to their team, and they are stewards of a company’s assets and vision. Your task is follow-up in support, mentoring, and setting goals.

Interview with Anna Barber, Techstars LA


Anna Barber: Before this, I hadn't been involved with Techstars as a mentor, however, I'd been an entrepreneur and mentored at other accelerators. I worked in entertainment for five or six years, and film for 5 years, then at Scribble Press, which was a retail entertainment concept for kids, to let kids make their own books.

8 Creativity Traits That Will Improve Your Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

In that context, we all have to deal with a huge information overload, which can stifle creativity, just by the sheer weight of trying to consume all the data bombarding us daily from the Internet, social media, and press.

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As Populist as it May Feel, 98% of VCs Aren’t Dumb

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And hard for me to imagine the Fred Wilson and Albert Wenger weren’t instrumental mentors to David. By now you will likely have read Andy Dunn’s scathing post about Venture Capitalists in which he decries the industry’s masses.