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

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In the 90’s most of us studied, “ Crossing the Chasm ” by Geoffrey Moore in which he preached serving a narrow market that are passionate fans about your tech product before trying to bring it to the masses.

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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. Ignorance is Blasphemy: Why You Need a Mentor in the First Place.

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

President Obama To Honor USC Professor With Math, Science Award


A University of Southern California professor with a specialty in robotics is one of eleven individuals being honored by President Obama next week, as part of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring are given each year to individuals who have mentored students studying science or engineering.

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Friendship + Mentorship = Friendtorship


Consider a recent study that noted that most people cite their happiest (and saddest) moments as those which involve a relationship. In addition to non-coworker friends, entrepreneurs should also proactively seek mentors. Healthy adult friendships have an element of mutual mentoring.

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


Tom eventually left to work on a startup, and I started traveling, reconnected with some former mentors, and really started diving into the space. gabe gottlieb adomic yieldmetrics online display advertising analytics study interview

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


Annie’s approach is a highly-readable balance between memorable, real-world analogies and hardcore behavioral science studies. Join A Truth-seeking Pod – Annie was mentored by several veteran poker players. A version of this article previously appeared Forbes.

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

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I don’t feel like canceling LinkedIn just because occasionally a well-meaning but slightly not-clued-in person from a faraway place wants me to be their personal mentor, answer 3-questions for their high-school entrepreneurship project or take a sales pitch for their recruiting services.

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. . By JJ Richa.

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UCSB Tops Harvard & Wharton In Startup Wars


Instead of a traditional business school''s case study and textbook approach, UCSB''s Technology Management Program (TMP) emphasizes experiential learning. Salty Girl Seafood - Another focus of the TMP is the recruitment and mentoring of women entrepreneurs.

Should Millennial Entrepreneurs Skip College?


Resources – Many campuses offer entrepreneurial students a variety of free resources, such as: incubators, accelerators, mentor programs, venture competitions (with meaningful prize money) and even seed funding. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

What Makes a Great Independent Board Member?

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The second is that they are usually very experienced operators that can mentor the founding team. I think when you choose an independent board member you should be thinking about somebody who can mentor you.

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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How to Be a Good Board Member

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It’s one thing to push back against executive compensation but another entirely to help with benchmarking studies and help get board support for a plan. Knowing the broader team helps you to be more helpful to the CEO and helps you be a better mentor or debate partner.

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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.

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


Ask For Mentoring. However, greater exposure to studies performed by other, less widely-read persuasion experts would have been appreciated. As I noted in Why Most Business Books (Still) Suck , I am generally not a fan of business books.

Steve Blank Discusses: The Ideal Venture Capitalist


Board skills (Startup coaching, mentoring, strategy, operational/growth). I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Steve Blank, author of Four Steps To The Epiphany , Stanford Professor and noted entrepreneur.

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

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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. In preparation for her reentry into VC she spoke with many mentors of hers for advice on venture capital. *. What is the role of a VC for entrepreneurs?

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

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Thiel and friends will also agree to mentor these young entrepreneurs. Actually, they’ll get even more attention because this selection will put them in an even more exclusive peer group and will introduce them to even more connected mentors. In the US we now have some very well established incubation programs run by high-caliber mentors including IdeaLab, yCombinator, TechStars, BetaWorks and Launchpad LA.

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


There are tradeoffs that don’t require a lot of study or handwringing and we try to point those out and prioritize them so the entrepreneur can understand what he or she should really care about, rather than get stuck in the minutia of an endless negotiation about stuff that don’t matter.”.

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

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Tracy studied SEOMoz and several other online sources of SEO tips. Once off the ground she could attract mentors from her industry. Tracy DiNunzio isn’t your typical Silicon Valley startup founder. She’s a painter and a self-proclaimed Bohemian.

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. ” And the Kauffman Foundation just published a major study pointing out that all but the top 10% of VC firms fail to create value. As a Pasadena Angel, I wanted to be shocked, but I wasn’t. The Angel funding process can be arduous.

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As Populist as it May Feel, 98% of VCs Aren’t Dumb

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It’s true this was much bigger in the dot com era but I’ve studied the data and know that over the past decade these numbers are right. And hard for me to imagine the Fred Wilson and Albert Wenger weren’t instrumental mentors to David.

Moving Analytics | Sitting Kills, Moving Heals

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You recently conducted a pilot study. Can you share with us how the learnings of this pilot study impacted your strategy? Before we did the study we did a lot of research to see how best we could show the data. And the funding for this study came through the PhD program at USC?

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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”. Backers browse the profiles to identify high-potential upstarts according to their areas of interest or study.

Top 30 Startup Posts for July 2010


Though this was 2000 , and all startup & VC blogs we've grown to love didn't exist yet, I did have mentors available. Computer scientists call the study of graphs “ network theory ,&# but on the web the word “network&# is used to refer to the websites themselves). Some great content around the intersection of startups and being a Startup CTO in June this year.

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The Danger of Crocodile Sales

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YOU Selling – My wise old friend & mentor, Ameet Shah, once told me after a meeting we had with clients (when I worked at Accenture), “there are two ways to run a meeting: asking or telling. This is part of my series on Startup Advice.

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How Arivale Is Harnessing Genomics To Optimize Human Health and Wellness


In today's world, people are lonely, and they are really looking for someone to mentor them, to guide them, to hold them accountable. In 2014, we did an IRB approved study when I was doing this for 30 to 40 percent of my time, where I learned three things. I entered into this study, and thought�since I'd been training for the Ironman�I'd be the healthiest person in the study.

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Interview with Scott Ferreira, MySocialCloud


Both have been great mentors ever since. Whta were you studying before the startup? Scott Ferreira: I was actually studying architecture.

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Southern California Accelerator Report Card: Q1 2013


To be fair (and as other accelerators in town are eager to point out), Launchpad LA has had a head start, with a number of companies which joined the accelerator before it was an accelerator, and was a mentoring group for a mix of both funded and non-funded companies.

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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.

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

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The thing you should do is study Silicon Valley and try to understand what’s great about it and try to institutionalize within your community some of those things. Brad Feld is a fountain of knowledge & wisdom.

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Interview with Bruce Huang, UCLA Silicon Beach Innovation Lab


The idea came about, because we see a lot of people coming through our program at UCLA, who might have the desire to be an entrepreneur, and to get into the technology field, by studying data science or cybersecurity. What we are trying to do, is to host industry events, hosting mentoring sessions, and offer programs and internships that can help people get the knowledge and skills they need to be part of this, whether in software, entrepreneurship, data science, or cybersecurity.

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Presence & Peace


He’s also one of my mentors and close friends. Dale also relayed a story about an experience he had in college while studying philosophy that transformed his life relating to a moment in time when he first internalized these concepts, and the tangible and positive effects this transformation has had on him. Dale Okuno is one of our investors at CitySourced. To give some context, Dale is very level headed and recently sold his company to Ebix, a Nasdaq traded company.

7 Startup Lessons from NBA Finals

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When you ask any NBA player what inspired them to be successful and how they got there, they will most likely mention having an idol or a mentor to guide them through every step of the way.

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