Ask the Career Expert: “Why Do I Need a Mentor?”


The following is a guest post from Laurel House, an author, lifestyle mentor, and contributing blogger for Campus Explorer. Question: ”Why do I need a mentor? When should I start looking for a mentor and how do I find a one?”. Finding Your Mentor.

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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. The post Huddlewoo Wants To Connect You To Mentors You Admire Through Online Video appeared first on TechZulu.

Interview Dan Dato and Bruce Brown, Upstart.LA


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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Insights and Opinions: LA's Startups Accelerators As NCAA Football Conferences


So the writers block consensus was to write about LA startup incubators and mentorship organizations (2x as many votes as the other proposed topics). ryan born insights opinions startup accelerator incubator mentoring entrepreneur

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.

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. I really like it when independent directors write a check into the company.

Some Quick Sage Advice for Young Employees Early in Their Careers

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On his first day of work my wife was kind enough to write down words of wisdom from her years on the job. I don’t write about Tania very often – mostly at her request. With a tiny bit of ghost writing from me.

How I Got the Monkey Off My Back – Today Was a Good Day

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As a result I didn’t write my first venture capital check until March 2009 – exactly 5 years ago. I divided success into the phases of venture capital and 18 months into writing my first check here was my view (details on each in the link above).

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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.

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Chapter 8: My 9 Lives, 6 Companies, 3 Wives, 7 dogs, 4 Homes, 4 Boats, 160 cars and 2 Kids Story

Eric Greenspan

As I write this my youngest son and my girlfriend’s two gorgeous kids are playing in the other room. She’s laying next to me as I write this. I’m writing a book and this is a chapter. I call this story Chapter 8, I’ll explain later.

What I’ve Learned from Fred Wilson

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Fred has of course been a public mentor to us all with his market-defining terminology that he popularized including “freemium” and “mobile first.” In stead of just writing operating and funding advice Fred also talks about industries.

Attention Startup Accelerators: Your Job Is Not Over After Demo Day


My Forbes co-contributor Geri Stengel concurs that something is happening in the Volunteer State, writing last month about that state’s emerging women entrepreneurs. Convert Graduate-Founders Into Mentors. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

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Insights: The Perils of Shiny New Objects


Mark writes about The Perils of Shiny New Objects. In today''s uber-connected, social media, everything-is-public, people tell you there''s killing it with these new features, investor & mentor whiplash - it''s hard to avoid the latest thing.

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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. Equally, put away your computer, your iPad or whatever other electronic device you use unless it’s 100% in note-taking mode and you’re using a stylus to write.

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Why It’s Time for Les Moonves to Go — You Can’t Charm Your Way out of Sexual Misconduct

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Moonves was seen as a leader and somebody who built careers and was a mentor and a champion to many. Moonves is so liked in the industry I have no doubt that my writing a blog post will annoy some senior people in the industry that I know but that’s no reason to stay silent.

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Want To Live Life With No Regrets? Follow These 43 Life Lessons


Jackson Brown sat at his kitchen table, pulled out a pad of paper and began writing advice to his son, who had just entered college. Become someone''s hero - when someone asks you to be their mentor, smile and say, "I would be honored.".

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


Writing a book is very different from writing a blog. One, I wanted to know what it was like to write a book. I am actually in the midst of writing a third book, it (may be) called Entrepreneurial Communities… and I am going to self-publish it.

The Loneliness of Success that Nobody Talks About

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I’ve tried over the years to write many times about the realism of the downsides of being an entrepreneur because there is a complete cognitive dissidence between what you read about yourself in the press and what you feel internally about where you’re at in the journey.

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Who’s In Your Club For Your Mutual Improvement?


The rules that I drew up required that every member, in his turn, should produce one or more queries on any point of Morals, Politics, or Natural Philosophy, to be discuss’d by the company; and once in three months produce and read an essay of his own writing, on any subject he pleased.

What Would You Pay To Have Dinner With A Lost Loved One?


This was a question that my friend and mentor, Bob Wood and I recently discussed during one of our epic bike rides. At the time, I was heading up Computer Motion’s efforts to go public, writing the S1, orchestrating the all-hands meetings, etc.

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How the Hell do I Prioritize Work, Blog & Find Balance?

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I just write. I told her I need “20 minutes” to write a blog post. Keep on writing. I took 2 of those morning to write blog posts and then read. Why do I write all of this? I don’t write perfect blog posts.

How to make a business partnership a success


community in many ways, including his weekly Internet TV program on entrepreneurism, and participation in several mentoring programs. . All agreements should be in writing and signed by all parties involved. By JJ Richa.

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


At the beginning of the index, Guy writes, “I hope Robert Cialdini checks this index.” Ask For Mentoring. Like King, his writing style is breezy and engaging. As I noted in Why Most Business Books (Still) Suck , I am generally not a fan of business books.

8 Leadership Skills

Alon Schwartz

Trying to improve your leadership skills is like trying to write a song. I never had a legendary mentor (Yoda was too busy) or a teacher that changed my life. You don’t have to have a mentor just open your eyes, learn and be ready to change.

Why Am I So Lucky?

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He’s an incredibly smart investor and somebody that I actually consider to be a mentor to myself. I’ve seen you write a $10 million check before. I’m a cynic by nature. And I think it pays to be so.

Fred Wilson and Andy Weissman Talk with Lindel Eakman about Transitioning Leadership at a VC Fund

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Recently the firms two founding partners (and also Managing Partners) —  Fred Wilson and Brad Burnham  — decided to transition management of the firm to Andy Weissman (who joined in 2012) and Albert Wenger (joined in 2008 and writes one of the most thoughtful blogs in our industry ).

How to Ask for Help, Favors and Intros

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If I AM an investor, mentor, friend or advisor I accept the email being longer. When you write your email to the person assume it will be forwarded “as is&# so ask for an intro in a way that you wouldn’t mind somebody else reading.

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10 Marketing Lessons for Early-Stage Tech Startups

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They certainly struggle to find mentors as there is nothing more frustrating than trying to help a company who is afraid to tell you anything. Market to Your Target Audience – I’ve seen a lot of startups who like to write blog posts on life as an entrepreneur.

One Man’s Signal is Another Man’s Noise

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I’m sitting at my computer now at 9.00pm writing this – which is an hour earlier than I normally write (there are about 8 women at my kitchen table having a book club (aka excuse to drink wine & gossip so I’m locked in another room writing.

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The Power of Getting the Band Back Together

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You join teams that got good write-ups on TechCrunch, have great VCs, have star CEO’s, whatever. Our founder, Yves Sisteron, was my mentor and board member at my first startup. Writing a book will be fun. Startups are hard. You’ve heard that a million times.

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Some Reflections on VC Investment Decisions

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I know I can’t be in every deal and I know that the easy part of being a VC is writing the first check in a deal. This is when founders need you the most – either are coach, mentor, interviewer, work off-loader or honest-mirror-reflection of reality. If an accelerator is writing you they’re also writing 25 other VCs. I was having dinner with a friend last night and we were chatting about venture capital and a bit about what I’ve learned.

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Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

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And while none has yet had the lasting power of the much bigger NorCal successes I imagine his next moves will continue to be closely watched by those in the know and the countless younger LA entrepreneurs who count Rosenblatt as a mentor may leave an even more lasting impact.

Top 30 Startup Technology and Product Posts for September 2010


Why Every Entrepreneur Should Write and 9 Tips To Get Started - OnStartups , September 27, 2010 "The best part of blogging is the people you will meet"- Hugh MacLeod repeating wisdom from Loic Lemeur to me at the Big Pink at 2 am in South Beach after the Future of Web Apps 2008. If you asked me to tell you a list of three of the best decisions in my life, I can certainly tell you that regularly writing is one of them. Why You Should Write.

What Every Entrepreneur Could Learn from Justin Bieber

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And he has acted as a personal mentor for Justin ever since. The media eats it up as they always need something to write about. But when I write a blog post I always allocate a certain amount of time to having debates in the comments section.