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.

10 Keys To Making Money By Investing In Entrepreneurs

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Use the surge of crowdfunding sites for small amounts. The hottest new way of investing in startups to go to popular online sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. Participate as a mentor in local startup incubators.

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.

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.

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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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.

10 Ways To Build Trust And Loyalty In Your Business

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Your role is to provide mentoring and support as required. Provide training and mentoring directed at career growth. For customers, the buying experience goes well beyond support after the sale, to include product selection, web site layout, and feedback.

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.

6 Ways To Learn From Failure, And Beat Success Odds

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For example, you probably never knew that both Facebook and YouTube started out as dating-site experiments, but pivoted to something more unique when that experiment failed due to an apparently over-crowded market. Establish mentoring and coaching relationships.

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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.

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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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.

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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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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10 Steps To Investing Successfully In New Ventures

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Use the new Crowdfunding sites for small amounts. The hottest new way of investing in startups to go to popular online sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. Participate as a mentor in local startup incubators.

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.

Will Crowdfunding Replace Angel And VC Investors?

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Yet as I mentor entrepreneurs around the country, it still seems to be one of the least understood approaches to startup funding, with more myths than accredited angels and professional venture capital investors combined.

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8 Strategies For Winning As A Freelancer Or Employee

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Use blogging, outside publication, and speaking or mentoring opportunities to establish credibility and stand out above peers. A big trend in business these days is hiring freelancers or contract personnel for the duration of a project, rather than permanent staff.

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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Boost Your New Venture By Teaming With An Incubator

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I believe their competitive advantage is their top on-site leadership, exclusivity, and connections to investors. Mentoring and technical assistance from volunteer or paid experts.

10 Keys To Giving The Right Entrepreneur Your Money

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Use the new Crowdfunding sites for small amounts. The hottest new way of investing in startups to go to popular online sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. Participate as a mentor in local startup incubators.

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 Entrepreneurs Find Money To Start A Business

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One of the most frequent questions I get as a mentor to entrepreneurs is “How do I find the money to start my business?” This popular funding source, where anyone can participate, per the JOBS Act in the US, is exemplified by online sites like Kickstarter.

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.

Accelerate Your Startup With Help From An Incubator

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I believe their competitive advantage is their top on-site leadership, exclusivity, and connections to investors. Mentoring and technical assistance from volunteer or paid experts.

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.

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.

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.

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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8 Ways To Prepare Yourself For Business Crises Ahead

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Even with all my years of experience mentoring in business, I can’t predict how you will prepare for and react to pressure situations. If your team is feeling over-whelmed by the pressures of customer demands, it may be time for an off-site fun event to get them recharged and fully motivated.

Shortcuts For Simplifying How To Think, Act, and Lead

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Anyone can build a new web site, or publish a smartphone app for a few thousand dollars, but getting market penetration requires a lot more. Those who proactively seek knowledge and learn fast build knowledge pools and tap into the wisdom of mentors and industry leaders to raise their game.

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.