Startup Mentors


I've had several Startup CTO Consulting sessions recently where it became apparent that the Founder needed help with the business and product as much or more than the technology. Then we discussed how they could go about finding this startup business advisor. Then I got an email that asked: I'm leading the marketing efforts for an early-stage startup. I recently completed an MBA, which I feel gave me a good basis in the fundamentals of building our brand from the ground up.

Austin Start-up MailLift Joins 500 Startups

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I met fellow hustler Brian Curliss about 2 years ago at a Startup Weekend event that I was covering. It came as no surprise whatsoever when I found out that his new company MailLift was called up to the big leagues to join the 500 Startups accelerator.

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Does Your Mentor Play These 6 Roles?


Bob Wood has been a mentor to dozens of professionals during his long career in public service. As noted in You''re Never Too Old (Or Too Successful) For A Mentor , Bob has become not only my mentor, but also my friend. I can''t emphasize that enough, when seeking mentors.".

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

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The “what” Troy Carter does also led him to be an early investor in Uber, Lyft, Dropbox, Warby Parker and several other great startups of the last era. So what did it take for Gaga to break out and what does Troy preach to startups? Startup Lessons

You Are Never Too Old (or Too Successful) For A Mentor


Despite what you might think, you are never too old to benefit from the helpful guidance of a mentor. Jason Nazar, Co-Founder and CEO of Docstoc , and a self-professed "Mentee Whore," discusses his secrets to finding and keeping a mentor in this compelling article.

Agtech Accelerator Radicle Recruits Industry Vets to Mentor Startups


Former Sapphire Energy CEO Jason Pyle is one of four agricultural technology veterans who have agreed to advise the startups taking root at Radicle, the San Diego-based accelerator focused on agricultural and food tech ventures. Radicle named Pyle, who is now the CEO of BaseHealth, a Silicon Valley healthtech developer of analytic software, as a venture partner in a statement released last week. Connects People With Mentors


How do you find someone to help mentor you with your goals, career, or other aspirations? Los Angeles-based 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

MentorNight's Mentor List Tops 100


Are you a startup founder wishing you could find someone more experience to help meet other entrepeneurs, get some advice, and help you figure out the issues you face? 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. According to Diep, the group is now holding one event a month to connect mentors and mentees.

Who Should you Hire at a Startup?

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This is part of my ongoing posts on Startup Advice. There are people who tell startups that they should hire the most senior people that they can find. Bringing in a senior person who’s “done it all before&# is often a mistake in a startup.

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Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. Many startup companies hire advisory boards. If you plan to set one up – no problem. come out of the gate strong and never let up) then you might get some attention. So you set up advisory meetings.

The Danger of Crocodile Sales

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This is part of my series on Startup Advice. I love working with Aussies because their outlook on life seems very similar to what I grew up with in California. I probably will jump in with a few questions about their industry and start a discussion.

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Insights and Opinions: Find A Mentor


How do you figure out the best way to advance your career or your startup? Nick Hulse, the Chief Revenue Officer at Rubicon Project says: find a mentor. To accelerate your success there is nothing better than selecting and then learning from great mentors.

Noramay Cadena, Make In LA: Accelerating Hardware Startups


One of the big advantages of starting up a new company in the region in recent years has been a large number of startup accelerators, who have been driving a lot of the new startups in the area. Do you make an investment in those startups?

2015 LA Investor Startup Forecast

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TechZulu is excited to invite you to the 2015 Startup and Entrepreneur Forecast taking place Thursday, January 29 from 7 p.m. Our line-up of panelists include many of Southern California’s top VCs, Angels and Startup Accelerators.

Three Ways to Bolster The Innovation Ecosystem for Women


When the topic of encouraging more female leadership in the startup economy arises, discussions usually center on what women entrepreneurs should do differently. We all bear some responsibility for creating a more diverse startup community.

Startup CTO or Developer


In December 2007, I described how I commonly take on an Acting CTO Role in a Start-up. However, I’ve now begun questioning how and what an early-stage / startup CTO should be. Here are a bunch of other kinds of questions that get addressed by Startup CTOs.

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Interview Dan Dato and Bruce Brown, Upstart.LA


Although Los Angeles has become a hub for the high tech startup world, Surprisingly, one of the things which hasn't happened in the Los Angeles area is any huge, successful venture acceleration programs. Those mentors are not just Bruce and I, although we are full time on this.

LA Tech Startup Innovators and Fun Facts

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Today’s startup innovators come from about six hours south of Silicon Valley. Fun Fact: One of the most prominent figures from their firm, Mark Suster t, runs a blog startups follow religiously. Fun Fact: Their startup beach house costs a tiny fee of $20,000 per month!

Financing a Start-Up

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Virgina Lorimor There are several options for financing a start-up business that tend to follow a natural course in a business’ development: Personal Investment. This is where all entrepreneurs have to start. Remember, help is only a mentor away. “OC’s Premier Incubator – Supporting Start-Up Businesses in Our Business Collective&#. Tags: Funding General financing funding startup

LA Technology Scene: StartEngine Entrepreneurs Mix It Up With Mentors


StartEngine , the startup accelerator, which launched earlier this year with ten hopeful businesses, is now in the middle of its third and largest class to date. At a recent Mentor Mixer for the accelerator, held last Thursday, the group ran through pitches and mixed and mingled with mentors. They're already having a lot of interaction with mentors, some of them have customers and traction, some of them even have investors already lined up.".

Exit Interview: Lita Nelsen on MIT Tech Transfer, Startups & Culture


Lita Nelsen has seen it up close—and played a part in its evolution—from her studies there in the 1960s, to her business-school fellowship in the late 1970s, to her 30 years working in MIT’s Technology Licensing Office. And so that’s what Stanford did, so it was set up in that model. And then in ’87 we started making the spinouts official rather than just go out the backdoor.

Interview with Amir Banifatemi and Kai Tao, K5Launch


Last week, a group of four angel investors here announced their plans to create a new, accelerator program to spur the creation of an entrepreneurial community in the area around new startups. Our challenge is to help start, fund, improve, and grow 1000 companies in five years.

Los Angeles’s Secret to Startup Success


When Los Angeles, CA was listed as the fastest-growing tech startup region in 2014, many guesses were raised about the root cause of its success. No, to see the strength of Los Angeles’ startup scene, you must look at the whole story. For three years now, Cornerstone OnDemand has been using this conference to celebrate the successes of local startups and to look to the future of technology. This is one of the essential ingredients that make up a sustainable startup community.

K5Launch Launches Venture Accelerator


Irvine-based K5Launch , a new venture accelerator started by angel investors Amir Banafatemi, Ray Chan, David Cheng, and Kai Tao, is looking to spawn the growth of startups in Southern California, saying today that it has launched its efforts in the area.

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.


23 Million Views – Startup Content Goes Mainstream


Bob Wood – Public Servant CEO & Mentor Extraordinaire. A mentor see you in your potential, sees who you could be. ”. Bob Wood has been a mentor to dozens of professionals during his long career in public service. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

TechZulu Presents 2012 Startup Forecast | Featuring Science, Tech Coast Angels, Amplify, StartEngine, upStart.LA

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TechZulu is excited to invite you to the 2012 Startup and Entrepreneurial Forecast taking place on Tuesday Jan. We have a line up of amazing speakers who will share their insights and forecast for startup trends in 2012. Dan Dato , Mentor at upStart.LA.

Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Names New Startup Class


The Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Powered by Techstars has announced the next class of startups to join the healthcare accelerator, saying this morning that it has added eight startups to what will be the second class for the program. The new startups include Cerebro Solutions , ENSO , FIGS , Frame Health , HealthcareTTU , HealthTensor , Noteworth , and ReferralMD. cedars sinai startup accelerator healthcare techstars incubator

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Here is How to Make Sense of Conflicting Startup Advice

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Many startups now go through accelerators and have mentors passing through each day with advice – usually it’s conflicting. There are bootcamps, startup classes, video interviews – the sources are now endless. Improving startup productivity ?

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.

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. We caught up with the CEO William Zell. Based in Columbus, Ohio and community management in Washington, D.C,

New Startup Incubator Launches At Loyola Marymount


There's a new, startup incubator in town in West Los Angeles--this time, launching out of Loyola Marymount University and its College of Business. Choi--is launching with nine student and alumni companies, and provides space, advisors and mentors, and connections to startups.

Lead Developer to CTO at a Startup


I received a great question via LinkedIn: I'm the founding engineer and working hard to launch my startup. What can I do to best equip myself to step up when the need to officially fill this role arises? I've previously addressed the role of a CTO in early-stages in my post Startup CTO or Developer. What metrics are going to be the key startup metrics and how do we get those metrics without too much cost? " Startups either grow or die.

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