Leadership Is From Experience, Mentoring and Failure

Startup Professionals Musings

Committees don’t create successful startups. Some will argue that people leadership is a skill you have to be born with, but I’m convinced that it can be learned from experience, mentoring, and failures. business entrepreneur experience failure leadership mentoring

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

Both Sides of the Table

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

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The Danger of Crocodile Sales

Both Sides of the Table

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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Find Your Mentor: Here’s How…

Jason Nazar

I never bought books, rarely went to class, and hardly studied for exams. But I did spent those four years starting businesses and courting many mentors to help me along the way. Instead of studying for my classes, I’d set up new meet & greet meetings with successful alums. At the end of every meeting, I’d ask, “Would you consider being my mentor?” — and every time, I got the same response. Machiavelli vs. Mother Teresa: Choosing a Mentor.

Huddlewoo Wants To Connect You To Mentors You Admire Through Online Video

Tech Zulu Event

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. He attended The Ohio State University where he studied business.

Your Next Startup Will Likely Be Run By a Boomer

Startup Professionals Musings

In fact, according to a study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, these Boomers are actually driving a new entrepreneurship boom. Here is a summary of indicative facts from the earlier study referenced, an update published last year, and others.

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If Your Dream is to Get Rich, Don’t Try a Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

A question I sometimes get from startup founders is “What do I talk to these guys about?” Most successful entrepreneurs have been written up on the Internet, or in magazines, or books. Spend some time with these biographies and soak up the insights and inspiration.

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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. Here are some indicative entrepreneurial facts from recent Kauffman studies and others.

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UCSB Tops Harvard & Wharton In Startup Wars

InfoChachkie

According to a recent Forbes article , UC Santa Barbara''s Technology Management Program offers students a superior startup education over the University of Pennsylvania (home of Wharton), as well Harvard, Northwestern and even its acclaimed southern neighbor, the University of Southern California.

5 Ways Poker Legend Annie Duke’s Brilliant Book Will Help You (And Your Startup) Make Better Decisions

InfoChachkie

Annie’s approach is a highly-readable balance between memorable, real-world analogies and hardcore behavioral science studies. Don’t Confuse Luck With Skill – Most people who win with a weak poker hand attribute the outcome to skill, saying, “I knew that card would come up!”

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

Xconomy

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.

Startups Without Business Plans Are Expensive Hobbies

Startup Professionals Musings

If you sold your last startup for $800 million, you probably already know how to build a business, and even conservative investors won’t worry about the quality of your next business plan. Most investors tend to think of startups without a plan as expensive hobbies.

The Truth Behind Display Advertising: Adomic's Quest For Transparency

socalTECH

We caught up with CEO Gabe Gottlieb recently to understand better why the company thinks transparency is important--and to try to understand better the tangled web of online ads. I grew up here, but then I moved up to Redmond after college.

Friendship + Mentorship = Friendtorship

InfoChachkie

However, too often, entrepreneurs allow their non-work friendships to wither, as they struggle to maintain a healthy relationship with their family while nurturing their startups. In addition to non-coworker friends, entrepreneurs should also proactively seek mentors. Be a mentor.

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

Both Sides of the Table

Tracy DiNunzio isn’t your typical Silicon Valley startup founder. She did her first tech startup after the age of 30. And she didn’t start her company in Northern California. She leveraged herself and even sold many of her possessions to get started.

How Introverts Like Mark Zuckerberg Build A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

I hope all this seems obvious to you, but I still get a good number of notes from “entrepreneurs” who have been busy inventing things all their life, but can’t find a partner to start their first business, and others trying to find an executive, an investor, or a lawyer.

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6 Practical Steps To Learning How To Build A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Of course, you can pick up the basic principles this way, but the problem is that the practical rules for success are changing so fast that no academic can keep up. Find a business mentor, as well as a friend. Start your own small business.

No Expert Has A Startup Checklist To Ensure Success

Startup Professionals Musings

A common request I get while mentoring entrepreneurs is for a copy of the startup checklist they need to follow, in order to build a successful new business. Nevertheless, there is nothing wrong with studying and learning from the wisdom and experience of others.

How To Use A Checklist To Build An Innovative Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

A common request I get while mentoring entrepreneurs is for a copy of the startup checklist they need to follow, in order to build a successful new business. Nevertheless, there is nothing wrong with studying and learning from the wisdom and experience of others.

Entrepreneurs Relish The Challenge More Than Money

Startup Professionals Musings

A question I sometimes get from startup founders is “What do I talk to these guys about?” Most successful entrepreneurs have been written up on the Internet, or in magazines, or books. Spend some time with these biographies and soak up the insights and inspiration.

You Need A Motivated Startup Team To Change The World

Startup Professionals Musings

I was shocked to read an old Gallup study that indicates only 13 percent of employees worldwide are actively engaged at work, and more recent data shows only a small change in the right direction. Good hiring, training, and mentoring are the best motivators. Start today.

Team Member Competency Is Critical To Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Let me assure you that it is also alive and well within startups. I see startup founders and managers who are stalled transplants from large organizations, as well as highly-capable technologists trying to start and run a business for the first time.

6 Keys to Moving Startup Leaders From Good to Great

Startup Professionals Musings

I’ve often said that creating and building a business is not a one-man show, even though it usually springs from the mind and determination of one person – committees don’t start successful businesses. We all start with what researchers term the “ knowing-doing gap.”

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7 Startup Lessons from NBA Finals

Tech Zulu Event

Just like in a startup team, a CEO should be aware of all the roles his co-founders or employees fulfill and predict how they perform in certain situations. There will be similar startups doing exactly the same thing and some may have more capital at hand.

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Upstart | The Startup is You

Tech Zulu Event

Through one lens, it looks like a way for aspiring twenty-somethings to raise capital and find mentors that can help them pursue their dreams”. According to Girouard on his blog, two thirds of students in the US graduate with an average of more than $23,000 in school debt and end up jobless.

Top 30 Startup Posts for July 2010

SoCal CTO

Some great content around the intersection of startups and being a Startup CTO in June this year. This continues my series of posts: Top 30 Startup Posts in June 2010 Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010 Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April 16 Great Startup Posts from March The following are the top items based on social signals. So, I’ve had about 4 years on the “inside” of a fast-growing, venture-backed B2B SaaS startup.

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Entrepreneurs Love the Learning and Ramen Noodles

Startup Professionals Musings

A question I sometimes get from startup founders is “What do I talk to these guys about?” Most successful entrepreneurs have been written up on the Internet, or in magazines, or books. Spend some time with these biographies and soak up the insights and inspiration.

7 Ways it Pays to Build a Socially Conscious Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

But very quickly, it is becoming obvious to startups that the value and satisfaction exceeds the costs. Investors believe these startups demonstrate more integrity and less risk, as well as being better positioned to deliver long-term, sustainable value to their stakeholders.

If Money Is Your Goal, Don’t Be An Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

A question I sometimes get from startup founders is “What do I talk to these guys about?” Most successful entrepreneurs have been written up on the Internet, or in magazines, or books. Spend some time with these biographies and soak up the insights and inspiration.

What Makes a Great Independent Board Member?

Both Sides of the Table

When you set up a board it is often initially a combination of the founders and the early investors. It can start 2–1 founders to investors and then sometimes moves to 3–2 but sometime around the A, B or C round the idea of “independent” directors comes up.

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How to Be a Good Board Member

Both Sides of the Table

I have been writing a series on how startup boards get selected, who sits on them and what to avoid. I will also delve into how to prepare for them, how to make the meeting effective and how to best follow up to make sure people take action.

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7 Tips for an Introvert Who Wants to Run a Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

I hope all this seems obvious to you, but I still get a good number of notes from “entrepreneurs” who have been busy inventing things all their life, but can’t find a partner to start their first business, and others trying to find an executive, an investor, or a lawyer. See my recent article “ Smart Entrepreneurs Plan Key Networking Activities ” on how and where to get started. It should end by asking for something, to start the relationship. Nominate someone as your mentor.

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This is the Dumbest Op Ed I’ve Read in a While

Both Sides of the Table

Should Jeff Bezos be required to address every written complaint that shows up in Seattle or Satya Nadella at Microsoft? I try to speak at universities, high schools, startup accelerators?—?as The sort of thing I’m guessing you’ve studied for some time.

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Why Investors Rank New Businesses By Leader Quality

Startup Professionals Musings

As an Angel investor in early-stage startups, I’ve long noticed my peers’ apparent bias toward the strength and character of the founding entrepreneurs, often overriding a strong solution to a painful problem with a big opportunity. Find and enjoy the company of one or more mentors.

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