10 Reasons Not To Write A Business Plan First

Startup Professionals Musings

Here is my edited summary of their ten principles, which I like and may convince you that you don’t need a business plan at all, or at the very least will help you write a better one later: A new venture is a means, not an end.

SBIR Source Launches New Research Tool

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Los Angeles-based SBIR Source , which maintains an online database of grant opportunities from the Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, said this morning that it has launched a new product, GrantIQ. The company said its data can be used by startups and small tech companies looking for R&D grants, to write more targeted proposals and to understand the competition and needs of Federal agencies.

Accessing Government Funding for Research

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, January 28, 2010 -- Accessing Government Funding for Research. Attend this SoCalBio Workshop to sharpen your grant-writing skills and learn how to tap various government funding opportunities from the NIH and DoD. SoCalBio. Numerous U.S. government agencies provide funds, such as SBIR and STTR grants, to small biotech and medical device firms in support of their RandD and commercialization activities.

Accessing Government Funding for Research

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, January 29, 2009 -- "Accessing Government Funding for Research: Partnering for Success in Challenging Economic Times" Southern California Biomedical Council. Attend this SoCalBio Workshop to sharpen your grant-writing skills and learn how to tap various government funding opportunities from the NIH, DoD, and DoE to support your RandD efforts.

Accessing SBIR/STTR Funding for Research

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, January 29, 2009 -- SoCalBio Workshop on Accessing SBIR/STTR Funding for Research. Attend this workshop to sharpen your grant-writing skills and learn how to tap various government funding opportunities from such sources as the NIH, NSF, DoD and Energy Department, to support your RandD efforts.

Pharmapace Acquired By WuXi AppTec

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San Diego-based Pharmapace , a provider of clinical research services, focused on biometrics services for the clinical trial process, has been acquired by Shanghai-based WuXi AppTec , the two companies said on Sunday. Pharmapace provided biometrics services for all phases of clinical trials, regulatory submissions, and post marketing support, including clinical and statistical programming, data management, biostatistics, clinical data integration, and medical writing.

Do you want to control your business destiny?

Berkonomics

This moment is not to be spoiled by such mundane warnings from advisors or consultants to plan carefully, research the market and competition, and execute the plan with tenacity and enthusiasm. Write your own Hollywood script.

Transportation Weekly: Uber’s spending habits, Tesla Model Y, scooters and AVs in Austin

TechCrunch LA

Harris writes: “The figures, dating back to 2016, paint a picture of a company desperate to meet over-ambitious autonomy targets and one that is willing to spend freely, even recklessly, to get there.

Can you finance your company with grants?

Berkonomics

I am chairman of a company that, as I write this, is twelve years old and has not yet taken a dollar of outside investment. Grant writing takes skill and immense amounts of time. First, here’s a link to my recent TEDx talk, “Smiling at success; laughing at failure.”

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

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I’m sure he’s way more versed on the research in corporate psychology than I. I know it may feel this way since I’m writing this tongue in cheek. The person writing things he or she is doing me a favor.

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Can you overcome five risks and create wealth?

Berkonomics

One way to mitigate this is by using early money to create a prototype, to perform market research, to complete the first generation of the product, or to deliver the service to a satisfied customer. Of course, we are speaking of increased valuation of your company when we speak of “wealth.”

Niche marketing works. Here’s how.

Berkonomics

If you’ve taken the steps to research your market and niche, the chances are that you’re taking your business seriously. Here’s a quick nod to the folks at Colour Graphics for urging me to write this insight. Close.

Quick, How Might the Alien Spacecraft Work?

Xconomy

As a company we’ve had a certain amount of experience working with Hollywood, for example writing all the math for six seasons of the television show “Numb3rs” I hadn’t personally been involved—though I have quite a few science friends who’ve helped with movies. Writing Code.

SBIR/STTR Workshop

SoCal Tech Calendar

Each year the federal government awards technology grants to companies like yours to conduct research and develop innovations for the government. You can then convert the funded research project into commercial business opportunities. Attend this workshop to learn how to write successful proposals to any of the 11 government agencies that run Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

The lion and the ant: A managerial lesson

Berkonomics

This story has been making the rounds lately, and I confess that our research cannot find the source. So the lion recruited a cockroach who had extensive experience as a supervisor and who was famous for writing excellent reports.

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

InfoChachkie

When I saw World Series Poker Champion Annie Duke speak in 2017, I was inspired to write an article describing some of her recruiting techniques. A version of this article previously appeared Forbes.

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San Diego’s KnuEdge, Stealthy Since 2005, Unveils Neural Tech

Xconomy

The company worked under a contract with DARPA, the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and for other defense agencies, but Dilligan would not be more specific.

Bio Roundup: Light For Spark, California Drug Law, IPO Queue & More

Xconomy

Fueled by high winds, low humidity, and ample dry vegetation, fires swept through several towns across the state and, as of this writing, have barely been contained. In a year of tragedies across the U.S., natural or otherwise, it seemed this week was California’s turn. With our minds on friends and loved ones affected by the fires, we turn to this week’s roundup. It includes the ongoing national health reform fight and plenty of deals and data.

Pragmatism with Flavor

TechEmpower

Although we spend plenty of time researching and developing with new technologies based on desire and need, we don't want our clients to be guinea pigs (unless that's the nature of their business, of course). You're in the thick of it and about to write a small chunk of server-side code. but getting work done requires shutting down the news feed and writing code. We build web and mobile applications, and we've been doing so for a little over fifteen years.

Why Mommy Bloggers Can Help Your Business

Eric Greenspan

Some write about relationships and others about sex. Each of these “moms” spend their days researching products and services that may benefit their respective audience. They write how they feel and they influence millions. There are over 4,500 influential Mommy Bloggers covering topics from pregnancy to child raising to education. Recently I was approached by a writer of erotica and quality pornography requesting a spot on the TEDxAmericanRiviera stage.

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Quantum Computing 101: Brilliant, Google, Microsoft Training Workers

Xconomy

But tech companies are already writing the novel kinds of software these revolutionary computers will need in order to operate—and businesses are even helping to train the workforce for a future era of “quantum speed-up.’’

7 Recommendations For Building Your Brand With A Blog

Startup Professionals Musings

Search the Internet for blogs in your industry and do a little research before you start. An informal writing style is generally recommended. Don’t be shy, I don’t know many CEOs today that write their own speeches and marketing materials.

Quick Hack to Make Your Boss (and you) More Productive

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The researchers taped 29 hours of people working in a typical office, and found that they were interrupted on average four times each hour. He also write a nice post on limiting email and managing on the important / urgent matrix from the perspective on a recovering ex investment banker.

Epic Fail: Worst Networking Call Ever

InfoChachkie

Research? – Proactive – Not only had the caller not done any research on me, it was clear he also had not properly canvassed Santa Barbara for potential prospects. If that were the case, I would not have been provoked to write this article.

Why Confidence is So Important in Fund Raising

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We have consultants who do research for super big funds who invest in VCs and they have checklists they want you to fill out in order for them to do their work. This is part of a series I’ve been writing on fund raising.

Who’s In Your Club For Your Mutual Improvement?

InfoChachkie

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.

KYTHERA Names Chief Medical Officer

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The firm said Beddingfield will lead all clinical research and development, including strategy, operations, statistics, data management, medical writing, regulatory and quality for the company. Los Angeles-based aesthetic medicine developer KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals announced today that it has named Frederick Beddingfield, III, as its Chief Medical Officer.

Should Startups Announce Their Funding?

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I will add to this as I write more in the coming weeks on the topic. The funding rounds will also build customer confidence and they’ll help journalists feel air cover in writing your more important pieces when you brag about customers, traction, revenue or whatever.

Successful Entrepreneurs Ignore The Lion Tamer’s Stool And Avoid The Whip

InfoChachkie

In a recent NPR interview , Clifford Nass, a Stanford University psychology professor, makes the following observation: "The research is almost unanimous, which is very rare in social science, and it says that people who chronically multitask show an enormous range of deficits.

Focus@will Aims To Help Users Focus, Using Music

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Do you have a hard time concentrating and keeping on task, particularly for concentration intensive tasks like writing, coding, and reading? The company--led by Will Henshall--said it is using productivity research to deliver music to help users focus on tasks, based on musical key, arrangements, intensity, and other factors. A new Los Angeles Startup, focus@will , said this morning that it has launched a private beta of a service to do just that, by using music.

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How The Mightily Unaware Fall: Entrepreneurs And Authors Must Be Self-aware To Be Serially Successful

InfoChachkie

Do you introspectively evaluate your research methodologies and assess your failed assertions? To further enhance your state of denial, you write a new book entitled How the Mighty Fall and blame the previously vaunted companies for subsequently faltering.

7 Keys To Optimizing Your Investment In Social Media

Startup Professionals Musings

Communication and writing skills are required. In additional to strong journalistic writing and storytelling, you need business acumen, strategic thinking and planning, and the ability to do the right research.

Startup Tips From College Dropouts: Zuckerberg, Jobs, Gates, Dell, Ellison, Branson and Disney

InfoChachkie

The primary stipulation is that each Thiel Fellow must drop out of college, for at least two years, and pursue their “entrepreneurial ventures, research and self-education.”. HIGHEST DEGREE OBTAINED BY AMERICA'S 400 RICHEST PEOPLE Source: Forbes Magazine, Jan 2012.

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Some Advice Before You Hit the Fund Raising Trail

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Once you accept that lemons ripen early I hope you’ll realize the following about fund raising Fund raising can be a numbers game so you really need to do research and have a long list of potential VCs in case the earliest ones don’t bite. Fund raising.

How to use PR Firms at Startups

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Obviously you should have somebody that helps you research journalists, gets you meetings, pitches stories, helps prep you for interviews & helps make sure your writing is cogent. And I actually got pretty decent grades in English and writing overall.

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