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

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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.

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

Craft your roadmap. Plan your trip.


Richa is a successful entrepreneur and technologist giving back to the entrepreneurial community in many ways, including his weekly Internet TV program on entrepreneurism, and participation in several mentoring programs. . Starting up Positioning By JJ Richa.

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UCSB Tops Harvard & Wharton In Startup Wars


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.

Friendship + Mentorship = Friendtorship


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

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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.

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


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.

7 Startup Lessons from NBA Finals

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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

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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


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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What Makes a Great Independent Board Member?

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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.

How to Be a Good Board Member

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

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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.

Meritful Wants To Help Students Showcase Their Wit Online

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Students and teachers could rarely be friends on Facebook and no student would want their Physics or Math teacher telling them to study thoroughly for their term paper, but things change and so do we. Meritful is a professional network for students and mentors.

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Should Millennial Entrepreneurs Skip College?


Given the stellar startup careers of non-college graduates like Zuckerberg, Ellison, Disney, Gates, Jobs, Branson and Dell, the answer to this question might surprise you. In each case, the students were glad they remained in school and snagged their diploma before launching their startups. .

You Can’t Rely on a VC for Your Hardest Decisions

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They become obsessed with why the problem exists and they start chipping away at ideas for solving the problem. She’ll have to quit her well-paid job at a respectable company and tell her parents that although she studied hard throughout school and got into a great college and graduated in 3 years that she is now leaving it to change the way that manufacturers sell products electronically through their distribution systems. Startup Lessons

Why Solving Big Food & Healthcare Problems Will Yield Spectacular Companies

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Shireen had been studying for her masters in business at MIT and thinking about her own food allergies and Scott was a graduate of the mechanical engineering school at MIT with an emphasis in product design.

Steve Blank Discusses: The Ideal Venture Capitalist


During the fall of 2011, Steve wrote a controversial post entitled, Why VCs Should Be Startup CEOs. Board skills (Startup coaching, mentoring, strategy, operational/growth). But none of them are substitutes for having started and run a company.

A Serial Entrepreneur’s Take On Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment


If you are a leader at a startup and you are reading a business book, you are not closing customers, raising capital, improving your product, or spending time with your loved ones. A cause can be a: non-profit, Internet startup, idea, political opinion, or coffee shop.

Africa’s Largest and Fastest Growing Social Network | Interview with LAGbook’s Chidi Nwaogu

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Today they say its Africa’s largest and fastest growing social networking utility with over 4,000 daily new sign-ups. TechZulu caught up with Chidi Nwaogu, co-founder and CEO brings you the energy behind the twin co founders. Who are your mentors, role models?

Moving Analytics | Sitting Kills, Moving Heals

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SoCal startup Moving Analytics is tackling this global problem. Tell us about your startup Moving Analytics and your app Movn. HV: Our current focus is helping people get up and move more, and that’s why we created Movn. So should we be standing up right now?

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

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Several people have been asking me to weigh in publicly on the “20 under 20″ initiative announced by Peter Thiel in which he will award up to $100,000 to 20 people under the age of 20 who agree immediately to pursue entrepreneurship (the implication of which is that they’d drop out of university to do so). Thiel and friends will also agree to mentor these young entrepreneurs. I worry that we create people who start their careers as indentured servants.

Want To Be A TechStar? Read Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson’s New Book: Venture Deals


Brad is also the Co-Founder of TechStars , an acclaimed startup boot camp which has spawned a number of promising companies. In today’s day and age, the entrepreneur should be one up to the investor…the investor should be focused on enabling the entrepreneur in every way they can.

The Odd Couple: Angels and Accelerators

Steve Reich

At a recent accelerator event on the West Side, a friendly young founder told me that he had been coached by his mentor not to talk to Angel groups. The entrepreneurs in startups are trained to go fast and run lean. ” And the Kauffman Foundation just published a major study pointing out that all but the top 10% of VC firms fail to create value. I’m not convinced that this is a scalable approach, but it’s not a bad start.

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Interview with Scott Ferreira, MySocialCloud


If you were a student in college, working on a startup idea, what would spur you to drop your education plans, and go full time on your startup? We understand you were in school when you started this? I started playing around with a similar idea in my freshman year.

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Brad Feld Drops Knowledge. Here’s What He Said …

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Huge thank you to Steve De Long for the write up. How did you start blogging? “My In 2004 / 2005 I was starting to get intrigued with user-generated content. was starting. You still need the presentation to back that up. Brad’s start in Venture Capital.

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Empowering Music Teachers With TakeLessons' Online Marketplace


We caught up with Steven Cox , the company''s CEO, to learn more about the company. Why did you start the company? Steven Cox: I''ve been doing Internet startups since 1998. He mentioned he had a poster up at the local drugstore, but he just couldn''t get anyone to call him.

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Paving The Way For Future Women Entrepreneurs | Technovation LA Pitch Night

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Entrepreneurship : Through working with their mentors, each team acted as a startup, conducting market research for their pitch presentations.

How Amavitae Wants To Help Youth Find A Career They'll Love


To help fix that, the startup has created a mobile app to guide people through their strengths, interests, key skills, and more to guide them along the way to a career they'll love. How did this start? Deborah Ramo: The group of us who started the company are all very interested in solving problems. Since then, I have worked extensively with mentoring youth, and helping them figure out what's possible in terms of careers. Look for ways to move up?

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The Gap Has Two Sides


At the center of the conversation would be the results from the Diana Project, a research study that examined our industry and the stark lack of representation of women investors and funded entrepreneurs. I could be setting myself up for an attack. There is no better place to start.

Carpooling Wants You To Share Your Car, Meet New Friends & Get Paid For It!

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While studying at university, one of the founders had a girlfriend who lived in another city. Do you have any mentors, Investors? What do you like about the US startup scene?

Southern California Accelerator Report Card: Q1 2013


There''s been a lot of activity over the past two years in the Southern California accelerator/incubator market, with numerous groups (Amplify, EvoNexus, K5, LaunchpadLA, MediaCamp, Science, StartEngine, and many, many others) looking to help entrepreneurs start and fund their companies.

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How Arivale Is Harnessing Genomics To Optimize Human Health and Wellness


Arivale (, a startup founded by Dr. Leroy Hood, the well known DNA and genomics pioneer�which combines gene sequencing with a host of other diagnostic tests, with personalized counselors and health and wellness recommendations, recently launched an expansion into California, starting in Los Angeles. We caught up with Clayton Lewis , the company's CEO (and also a General Partner at Maveron), here in Los Angeles last week as it launched into this market.

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