MealswithMentors.com Connects People With Mentors

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How do you find someone to help mentor you with your goals, career, or other aspirations? Los Angeles-based Mealswithmentors.com has one way: let you take those mentors out to lunch. The startup, headed by Evan Aaronson, said this week that its site will help connect people with mentors, by taking those mentors out to coffee or lunch at the mentor's favorite restaurant. mealswithmentors mentor mentoring help career marketplace startup

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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. Our revenue stream will come from huddles that are paid for on the site.

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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Founder Institute: 12 Firms Out of San Diego

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The San Diego arm of the Founder Institute , the entrepreneurship mentoring effort started by Adeo Ressi, said Friday that it has graduated 12 companies from its Fall 2009 San Diego semester. The group said the companies included CloudCanvas , an online imaging editing site, Live On Campus , an interactive publishing platform for college and university students, and XBand Technologies , a firm developing electronic devices for monitoring performance, nutrition, and hydration for cyclist.

Putting the Pedal to the Metal at Amplify

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Amplify Mentor Panel in full swing. Amplify’s close mentoring is by design. Like good mentors Paul, Jeff, Richard, Oded and David as well as Chris and Kris create an atmosphere in which the motivated founders can take advantage of the knowledge base to which they are exposed.

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

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Between YouTube and bookmarking sites (which) were the big thing at the time, (such as) Reddit, which is still going strong. I don''t think we should go and say, ''Hey, will you be my mentor?'' (Instead), what we do is we go find people we think are interesting.

Disney Accelerator Names 2016 Class

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The Walt Disney Company has named its next class of startup participating in the Disney Accelerator , the startup accelerator and mentoring company held on the company's Burbank campus.

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

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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.” More information is available through a FAQ on 1776’s site.

Meet us at StartEngine Wednesday

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If you'd like to be considered to pitch us at StartEngine, submit your application on their site today. StartEngine is the startup accelerator headed by Howard Marks , the co-founder of Activision, which invests up to $20,000 in startups and helps them build their businesses through a 90 day mentoring program. Interested in getting into one of the local startup accelerators? We're helping Los Angeles-based StartEngine screen possible startups this Wednesday at their offices all day.

Eight Startup Tips From Mark Zuckerberg

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1) Get A Mentor. "I "I started the site when I was 19. Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series. Other installments include: Jeff Bezos , Steve Jobs , Richard Branson , Walt Disney and Michael Dell. I didn't know much about business back then."

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10 ways you’ll probably f**k up your startup — Spook Studio — Medium

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Spend time finding a good mentor who you can trust and who has a genuine interest in the success of your venture.

Meritful Wants To Help Students Showcase Their Wit Online

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A new startup Meritful, out of Michigan Univeristy and accelerated and funded through Ann Arbor SPARK has launched into public beta to unite both students and mentors or even teachers. Meritful is a professional network for students and mentors.

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Go West Young Men: Winklevoss Twins Buy $18M L.A. Mansion To Dive Into SoCal Tech Scene

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Yes, the showbiz gossip site that some prickly readers like to compare to TechCrunch , which I think is meant to be an insult but could be a compliment? Dial-A-Mentor Service Clarity Talks Stats: 12K Calls Across Nearly 50 Countries [TCTV]. Startups. Mobile. Gadgets. Europe. Video.

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ShopNation Partners With theFashionSpot

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Los Angeles-based ShopNation , one of the current class of the LaunchpadLA business mentoring effort, has partnered with fashion focused and editorial site theFashionSpot , the firms said today. ShopNation, which is headed by Travis Schneider, is powering theFashionSpot's online fashion storefront. Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

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iChange Finds $500K More

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El Segundo-based iChange , the online community site focused on nutrition counseling headed by Stuart MacFarlane, has raised another $500,000, as part of an ongoing $600,000 funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm today. iChange offers up a site for personal counseling from licensed nutritionists, combined with custom meal plans and support groups. iChange has previously raised funding from business mentoring firm and incubator Momentum Ventures.

Why Millennial Entrepreneurs Should Never Watch Shark Tank Alone

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If you have a consumer-oriented product, Shark Tank can act as a component of an effective PR campaign, driving by buyers to your site. A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal.

Announcing a Deal I’ve Wanted to Talk About for a Year

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I acted as the occasional mentor, advisor and coach to Ethan. Ethan had pointed out to me that merchants were being barraged by “deal site” wanting to drive customers in the door but they didn’t have great tools to manage their customers. Let me not bury the lede.

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Putting the Pedal to the Metal at Amplify

From the Venture Trenches

Amplify Mentor Panel in full swing. Amplify’s close mentoring is by design. Like good mentors Paul, Jeff, Richard, Oded and David as well as Chris and Kris create an atmosphere in which the motivated founders can take advantage of the knowledge base to which they are exposed. Building a standout destination site for video gamers takes moxie in the highly competitive and lucrative on-line game industry.

Seth Sternberg – Meebo

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Seth’s interest in helping others grew out of his lack of having a mentor. He was drawn to Stanford by the people ecosystem- access to professors and mentors. Again, he stressed the importance of good mentors.

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Interview with Howard Marks, Start Engine

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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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Interview with Sam Teller, LaunchpadLA

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There is a large menu of startup accelerators in the Los Angeles, but one of more established efforts in the area is LaunchpadLA ([link] The effort actually started as an informal mentoring program, but has grown and expanded to follow the accelerator model.

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

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Once off the ground she could attract mentors from her industry. She floundered a bit working with contractors before finally settling on an agency to build her first site for $20,000. Tracy DiNunzio isn’t your typical Silicon Valley startup founder.

Raising Seed Capital Now: 10 Tips

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“Most have a strong desire to mentor and help build companies.” Learn from the presentations of Steve Jobs,” says Elie Seidman, a serial entrepreneur and CEO of Oyster.com , a hotel research and booking site that has raised $11 million. Investors and entrepreneurs who won at the fundraising game during and after the Great Recession offer advice on landing equity money. By Monica Mehta.

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Top 30 Startup Technology and Product Posts for September 2010

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10 Tips for Adding Game Mechanics to a Non-Gaming Service - ReadWriteStart , September 21, 2010 Game mechanics have become a popular way of increasing user engagement and pushing user adoption, referral and retention, and many startups have sought ways to incorporate game mechanics into their sites. But how do you actually get the right people to be your mentors? APIs provide a way to “federate&# web services from a single website to a distributed network of 3rd party sites.

“Built In L.A.” the New Online Community for Startups

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Which is why some senior tech leaders (that include Tony Pritzker , Howard Marks and Josh Berman ) banded together to bring the community online through a new site called Built In L.A. It is all part of the strategy to build the site slowly with the most impact.

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Launchpad LA Gears Up For New Class

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Los Angeles-based Launchpad LA , the business mentoring and acceleration program which has been spearheaded by Mark Suster and Adam Lilling, looks to be gearing up for its third class. According to the group's web site, it will kick off the next class in November 2011, and continue until early spring 2012.

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Learn How to Kiteboard Online. MentorMob Launches Free Social Online Learning Guides

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All content within these playlists is hand-picked from the web for their quality and relevance by the MentorMob Mentors, a group of experts, enthusiasts and bloggers. LessonPaths is a site geared more toward sharing and curating content, whereas today’s MentorMob focuses on lifestyle learning.

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Interview with Michael Wong, MergeLocal

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There's an awful lot of check-in sites out there. Why would someone want to use your site? For local businesses, we're also giving them free mobile web sites, and working on other relationships. The big thing for us has been those connections to investors and mentors.

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Interview with Jonathan Simkin, SwoopThat

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We spoke with Jonathan about the advantages of SwoopThat over existing sites. Jonathan Simkin: What makes us unique from other sites, is we're here to help students save time, in addition to money, when they buy books. How did you come up with the web site?

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LA Tech Startup Innovators and Fun Facts

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By using SteelHouse, ecommerce sites can use live data to instantly respond to a customer’s wants and needs for stronger transaction values, increased conversion rates, and an overall better customer experience. Silicon Valley? That’s so yesterday.

How to Measure & Track Marketing

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For example, if it costs $1,000 on Google paid search to get 500 people to visit your site and five of those people purchase an item, your CAC is $200 ($1,000/5). See what other startup mentors have to say about marketing tactics. For example: a) What percent of your site visitors bounce before taking any action? Engagement: The measurement of how much and often a user engages with a product, typically measured by “time on site/app” and “average visits”.

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My Life as a CEO (and VC): Chief Psychologist

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And as a VC, mentor, angel investor and founder of Launchpad LA I live it as a routine of my life. I had the CEO of a prominent site in 2006 come to me near tears about how she couldn’t take the stress of running her company any more.

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Product Manager Entrepreneur Mark Geller

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For me, FI was great for networking with Adeo and the other mentors, who are all world class successful entrepreneurs themselves, as well as the other founders in the program. Of course, you should monitor social media such as Twitter, the social news sites, Facebook, etc.

Interview with Erik Rannala, MuckerLab

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If you're familiar with YCombinator or TechStars, you know that companies also get access to a deep network of top tier mentors and advisors, who help them with a variety of things, such as product marketing, go-to-market, and funding.

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How to Measure & Track Marketing

Jason Nazar

For example, if it costs $1,000 on Google paid search to get 500 people to visit your site and five of those people purchase an item, your CAC is $200 ($1,000/5). See what other startup mentors have to say about marketing tactics. For example: a) What percent of your site visitors bounce before taking any action? Engagement: The measurement of how much and often a user engages with a product, typically measured by “time on site/app” and “average visits”.

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