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

Both Sides of the Table

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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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.

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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.”.

The Loneliness of Success that Nobody Talks About

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve tried over the years to write many times about the realism of the downsides of being an entrepreneur because there is a complete cognitive dissidence between what you read about yourself in the press and what you feel internally about where you’re at in the journey.

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

Both Sides of the Table

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

Both Sides of the Table

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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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.

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Getting Back Your Series A Mojo

Both Sides of the Table

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

Both Sides of the Table

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

Both Sides of the Table

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

Both Sides of the Table

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

Both Sides of the Table

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.

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

Tech Zulu Event

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.

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

Both Sides of the Table

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 Marketing Lessons for Early-Stage Tech Startups

Both Sides of the Table

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.

This is How Startups “Level Up” After Raising Money

Both Sides of the Table

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.

Master of Customer Acquisition, Matt Coffin, On Startups …

Both Sides of the Table

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

Both Sides of the Table

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.

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.

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

Both Sides of the Table

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.&#.

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.

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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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.

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

Both Sides of the Table

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.

One Man’s Signal is Another Man’s Noise

Both Sides of the Table

They could chat about it with their peers or mentors. I get many requests from recent graduates asking if I’d meet for a coffee or be a mentor. After the weekend kerfuffle over AngelList I was reading Brad Feld’s post on Signal vs. Noise.

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The Master Checklist of EVERYTHING You Need to Start a Business

Jason Nazar

Business Mentors. Speak to entrepreneurs and leaders in your industry and consider asking them to be your mentor. Ask mentors to join your Board of Advisors (for the overall benefit of the company). Reach out to relevant newspapers and press.

What Mattered in 2012: Kevin Winston, Digital LA


Both Silicon Beach Fests featured LA Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti, and were covered in several Forbes articles, TechCrunch, PandoDaily, and national and local press.

Interview with Michael Wong, MergeLocal


On average, not including our internal friends, every user who joins the site is inviting four new friends, and we haven't done any marketing except a press release. The big thing for us has been those connections to investors and mentors.

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Why Teenagers Make Great Entrepreneurs


It’s a question that often circulates in the business press and on tech blogs. They need to be connected to entrepreneurial networks, mentors, and leaders to help them find their footing. What is the ideal age to start a company?

Batch 8 500 Startups Demo Day | Our Top Ten

Tech Zulu Event

This was a chance to blow open the story on their companies, to address a room full of potential investors, mentors, partners, customers, and press. Amphitheater seating, hundreds of investors. Stage lights above four months of hustling behind you. X marks the spot.

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Interview with Alex Benzer, SocialEngine


We have some great mentors now. Thanks to TechStars, we've got an awesome mentor who's co-habitating with us now, and we're learning something daily from him. The other reason for building it, is LA is crapped on all the time from a press perspective and entrepreneur perspective.

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Advice for CTO Founders: Don't Let Business Kill the Business

SoCal Delicious

Home About Press IA Capital Partners Archives After 17 years in M&A, Derivatives and Trading, Im spending my time with young entrepreneurs in and around financial technology and digital media. Read more » Recent Press The New York Times April 22, 2009 - A Company Plans to Market Illiquid Assets April 8, 2008 - Social Stock Picking Reuters April 6, 2009 - Seek advice from a mentor. Seek advice from a mentor.

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Blackboard Acquires Elluminate and Wimba

Tech Zulu Event

The technologies are used to supplement traditional courses, to support full distance learning courses, and to facilitate a variety of other collaborative interactions including virtual office hours, team meetings, professional development, student projects and mentoring and tutoring opportunities.

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