7 Winning Business Writing Pointers For Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Even in this age of videos and text messages, the quickest way to kill your startup dream with investors, business partners, or even customers, is embarrassingly poor writing. You have to be able to communicate effectively in all the common forms, including business writing, as well as talking, presenting, and producing videos. Business writing is not a skill that anyone is born with, but one that everyone can learn. Keep your writing voice friendly and courteous.

Report: Fidelity Writes Down Investment in Snapchat

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snapchat fidelity writedown investment write down finance messaging instant disappearing unicornA report Tuesday in the Financial Times said that investment giant Fidelity has written its investment in Los Angeles-based Snapchat by 25 percent, citing data from a Morningstar report. Snapchat--arguably, the most visible "unicorn" startup in Southern California--had been valued at $15 billion in its last fundraising round.

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VCs, celebrities, and athletes are writing a new LA story to bring women’s soccer to the city

TechCrunch LA

When Upfront Ventures partner Kara Nortman first met Natalie Portman a few years ago to talk about ways their non-profit organizations All Raise and Time’s Up could collaborate, she never realized they’d eventually be partners on a sports franchise.

Writing a Resume

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A Hard Post to Write. Helping @MattLauzon Bring Justice

Both Sides of the Table

I used to write personal posts on these pages and I mentioned earlier in the year I would do so from time-to-time. Why do I feel compelled to write about this? The post A Hard Post to Write. I was contacted today by Matt Lauzon, the founder of Dunwello , who I had met previously when he was running his startup Gemvara. I always liked Matt and found him to be quite thoughtful so I enjoy when he reaches out. This time it wasn’t pleasant.

What do investors want to see before they write that check?

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, August 17, 2020 -- What do investors want to see before they write that check? For first-time and experienced entrepreneurs, the lingering question is the same: How do I get an investor to write a check? Pismo Ventures. Join JJ Richa in fireside chat with Kathie Priebe and Roland Schumann about what investors look for. Sometimes the process of raising money seems more like a mystery novel that takes months to unfold and concludes with disappointing results.

Modern Entrepreneurs Need To Learn How To Write

Startup Professionals Musings

Even in this age of videos and text messages, the quickest way to kill your startup dream with investors, business partners, or even customers, is embarrassingly poor writing. You have to be able to communicate effectively in all the common forms, including business writing, as well as talking, presenting, and producing videos. Business writing is not a skill that anyone is born with, but one that everyone can learn. Keep your writing voice friendly and courteous.

Why Every Entrepreneur Must Write

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, April 18, 2011 -- Why Every Entrepreneur Must Write; Attract Customers, Generate Leads and Increase the Bottom Line. Join Barbara as her special guest Dr. Flora Brown - author, speaker and entrepreneur - shares her secrets on the importance of expanding your business world and life through writing. Tech Coast Angels. Dr. Flora Brown believes that every entrepreneur has a story or a process to share.

Writing Your Press Releases

SoCal Tech Calendar

Friday, November 14, 2008 -- "Writing Your Press Releases" SDSIC. If you're writing your press releases like it was still 1994, you're not maximizing the value of this tool in this Internet-centric age. Discover how to write for the 3 audiences that delivered-by-Internet releases can reach: media, search engines, and direct-to-public. Dana Todd, Chief Marketing Officer of Newsforce Inc., will educate us on the new things happening in online media relations and PR.

My First Book – Pricing Your Practice by Eric Greenspan

Eric Greenspan

I looked at it for a bit and started thinking about writing it. Why did I write a book? I’m going to keep writing books; many of them. Give it a read, a review, help me write more books. Entrepreneuring amazon author authoring book practice pricing pricing writing writing a bookWoke up and there it was, my book cover. She just made it and sent it to me. Then I did.

10 Writings Tips To Get Maximum Impact From Any Plan

Startup Professionals Musings

If you want people to invest in your idea, then my best advice is first write a business plan, and keep it simple. This means writing at the level of an average newspaper story (about eighth-grade level). Don't confuse your business plan with a doctoral thesis or the back of a napkin. Keep the wording and formatting straightforward, and keep the plan short. For minimum content, see my original article “ These 10 Key Elements Make a Business Plan Fundable.”

Good Business Writing is Not a Mark Twain Novel

Startup Professionals Musings

No one is born with business writing skills, and everyone can learn them. Thus, I thought a quick refresher on business writing basics might help you more than any tip on the next big thing on the business horizon: Select clear purpose and focus. Before you start writing, it’s important to ask yourself what you intend the document to accomplish. Tailor writing to your audience. People subconsciously tailor their conversation, and same rule applies to writing.

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. If you are one of the new age of entrepreneurs who hates the thought of doing a business plan as a first step in starting your new venture you will love this message.

How To Write An Effective Answer On Quora: Communications 101

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I write a bit more about how entrepreneurs can protect their ideas here: Spilling The Beans. As described in Buzz Kill , many college-educated professionals tend to write at a level that is uncomfortable for most people (including college graduates) to read. When writing anything that you want people to effortlessly internalize, use simple words and avoid industry jargon.

5 Ways Writing a Book Will Kick-Start Business Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

In addition, the discipline of producing it, like writing a business plan, will help you immensely in understanding the key elements that drive you and your business. I often hear the excuse that writing a book takes precious time away from building and running your business, which you cannot afford. Everyone realizes that writing a book is not easy, and shows you have made a real commitment, can get things done, and are willing to take a position.

Framework Benchmarks

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write(HelloDbResponse.mapper.writeValueAsString(worlds)); } catch (IOException ex) { } } }); return response; }. About What we do Portfolio People Blog Contact. You are viewing a single entry. Please also check out the most recent entries. March 28, 2013. Framework Benchmarks. How much does your framework choice affect performance? The answer may surprise you. Authors Note: Were using the word "framework" loosely to refer to platforms, micro-frameworks, and full-stack frameworks.

Business Writing Style is as Important as Content

Startup Professionals Musings

No one is born with business writing skills, and everyone can learn them. Thus, I thought a quick refresher on business writing basics might help you more than any tip on the next big thing on the business horizon: Select clear purpose and focus. Before you start writing, it's important to ask yourself what you intend the document to accomplish. Tailor writing to your audience. People subconsciously tailor their conversation, and same rule applies to writing.

Insights and Opinions: How I Got Investors to Write Checks this Year

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He recently landed a round of funding, and shares his experience here: Before you start bitching about investors not writing checks in this economy let me just say this  bullshit. I just finished our capital raise for our new company, Affordit.com and can tell you first hand that I've never seen more people eager to write checks. For our Insights and Opinions section today, we have an article from Wil Schroter , CEO and founder of Santa Monica-based Affordit (www.affordit.com).

Eric Kuhn: 'I'm Developing An App' Is The New 'I'm Writing A Script'

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Technology accelerators and incubators have sprung up around L.A., making it easier for a new entrepreneurs and seasoned Hollywood executives alike to quit their jobs and pursue the startup dream. Read more: Los Angeles Startups , La Tech Incubators , La Startups , Los Angeles Tech , Venture Capitalists , Tech Accelerators , Tech Incubators , Venture Capital , Slideexpand , Silicon Valley , Los Angeles News

Read Write Web Video Interview with Kurt Daradics: CitySourced Brings Real-Time Tech to Enterprise & Government

Daradiction

My good friend and Roadtwip compani0n Jolie O’Dell took some time to interview me at the Read Write Web Real Time Summit a few weeks ago in Mountain View. It’s a good overview of what we’re doing with CitySourced. -. CitySourced Brings Real-Time Tech to Enterprise & Government. The real-time web isn’t just for social apps. Its power to increase efficiency, accelerate response, and spot trends makes it ideal for organizational use, too.

The #1 Question to Ask Before Starting Any Case Study

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Share: Case studies in the sales process Case study writing customer case studies Customer success stories Writing Customer StoriesA customer story can't just be interesting or results-oriented. It also needs to sell. Even more critically, it needs to influence the intended audience. Before beginning customer success stories or case studies with a new client, I ask a LOT of questions of my marketing contacts - well before ever talking to one of their happy customers.

'I'm Developing An App' Is The New 'I'm Writing A Script'

The Huffington Post

Technology accelerators and incubators have sprung up around L.A., making it easier for a new entrepreneurs and seasoned Hollywood executives alike to quit their jobs and pursue the startup dream

Final Draft Acquired By Cast & Crew Entertainment

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writing script hollywood break bigbreak silverlake castcrew acquisition merger software screenwriter screenwriting draft finalCalabasas-based software developer Final Draft , which develops screenwriting software, has been acquired by Burbank-based Cast & Crew Entertainment Services. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Cast & Crew said the buy will help expand its suite of technology solutions.

Scripted.com, Backed By LA Investors, Finds $9M More

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scripted scripped writing marketplace content writers venture capital funding ucla Scripted.com , which operates an online marketplace for professionally written content--which was originally backed by LA investors--has raised $9M more in a funding. The company--led by UCLA Anderson grad Sunil Rajaraman--had originally raised funding from such local LA investors as Jody Mulkey (Shopzilla), Paige Craig, Keith Richman, and actor/director/writer Edward Burns.

Paige Craig Ventures Into Scripted

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scripted paige craig venture capital freelance writing content marketplace Los Angeles-based angel investor Paige Craig is one of the investors in Scripted.com , the online marketplace for freelance writers headed by Sunil Rajaraman.

Border Stylo Lands $3.5M

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Los Angeles-based Border Stylo , the developer of Write On Glass , software which allows you to share comments on any web page, chat with friends, and others all through Firefox and Chrome browsers, has scored $3.5M chrome mozilla firefox extension browser software capital venture writeonglass glass write stylo border

Demand Media Launches Long Form Article Effort

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The firm said it is looking to engage feature writers to write long articles--"north of 850 words"--for its sites. Demand Media said it is looking specifically for feature writers who have 5 to 10 years of experience, writing or reporting for a major daily newspaper or as a regular contributor to a major magazine. freelance writer journalism writing livestrong ehow content publisher publishing editorial media demand

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Local Angels Back Scripted.com

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scripted venture capital funding writer blog writing marketplace scrippedA number of Southern California angel investors, including Jody Mulkey , the CIO of Shopzilla, have backed Scripted.com , a new online marketplace for freelance writers. According to Scripted.com, it raised $700,000 in a seed financing round, which was led by Crosslink Capital, and also included Liveops founder Douglas Feirstein, Jody Mulkey, as well as other angels, including other Los Angeles area investors.

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Ebyline Launches New Service For Publishers

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ebyline news freelance author publisher content writingLos Angeles-based Ebyline , the online marketplace which connects publishers with freelance journalists, has rolled out a new offering today, which it says can help publishers produce their own, custom news feeds. The service, called Ebyline News Desk, allows publishers to create their own, custom feeds of original content. Pricing on the new product was not disclosed.

Mahalo: Our Writers Making Over $20,000 A Year

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Jason Calacanis, the high profile founder of Santa Monica-based search engine Mahalo , claims that it now has a number of writers who are making over $20,000 a year writing freelance articles for the site. According to Calacanis, the firm is now paying $5 - $10 to writers to write articles for the site, and then splitting revenues from Google AdSense with those writers. Tags: mahalo calacanis jason search engine online writers freelance writing google adsense

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How to Quickly Build a Customer Base With Lead Generation Tools

Tech.Co

It integrates with OptinMonster, allows you to craft beautiful emails, and more importantly, enables you to create automated workflows without writing a single line of code. Tips & How To’s Beaver Builder Blog Blogging Content Development Crazy Egg digital marketing practices ecommerce GetResponse Lead Capture Strategy lead generation marketing online strategy sales Website Writing CodeWith content management systems like WordPress , getting a site up and running is no big deal.

eByline Gets $1.5M

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Tags: ebyline startup marketplace freelance publishing writing writers freelancer venture capital scripps newspaper

Why Bots Aren’t the Real AI Disruption: The Quiet Rise of Headless AI

Xconomy

Boston Xcon Boulder/Denver Xcon Detroit Xcon Indiana Xcon National Xcon New York Xcon Raleigh-Durham Xcon San Diego Xcon San Francisco Xcon Seattle Seattle Xcon Texas Xcon Wisconsin Xcon apple Area 1 Security augmented writing Chatbots crm DeepMind Expedia google headless AI innovation Jensen Harris Johnson & Johnson learning loops people Predictive Analytics RoboticsAI TextioEditor’s note: This piece was originally posted on Textio’s company blog.

Snapchat will make Los Angeles a stronger tech hub

TechCrunch LA

If you were to write a history of Silicon Valley, you could do it by looking at a series of major diaspora. Companies like Google, Yahoo, Oracle and PayPal attract top talent for years; when they reach maturity or a major liquidity event, their talent disperses and germinates into the next generation of companies. It’s quite possible that Snapchat could do the same for L.A. Read More. Column Social TC Los Angeles Snapchat PayPal Mafia Evan Spiegel

Innovation and Geography

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, February 20, 2007 Innovation and Geography I ran across a post in Read/Write Web - Does Location Matter in Web Innovation? that talked about a recent NY Times article When It Comes to Innovation, Geography Is Destiny. Reading the articles and the comments is probably worth it, but I personally think that the NY Times is overstating the advantage of being in Silicon Valley with a couple of exceptions.

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Framework Benchmarks Round 16

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Mostly so that we can use the opportunity to write a blog entry and generate hype!) Now in its fifth year, the TechEmpower Framework Benchmarks project has another official round of results available. Round 16 is a real treat for anyone who likes big numbers.

Frameworks Round 6

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In preliminary tests, we experimented with more requests per pipeline but doing so caused socket write buffer overflows. The wrk tool was later enhanced to allow larger write buffers, but we ultimately decided to retain a 16 requests per pipeline test configuration. All of the other tests (JSON, Fortunes, database read and write tests) are still run without HTTP pipelining.

Interview with Sunil Rajaraman, Scripped

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to the business of script writing, and is looking to combine a free online tool for writing scripts with matching those scripts with content producers. Zak had an idea for a screen writing magazine, and was trying to make it as a screenwriter, and found out there was a lack of good resources for people trying to scrap and get to the top. Are you targeting Hollywood and existing script writing software?

Framework Benchmarks Round 7

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This project is not a database benchmark so we believed it would be fascinating to see the performance of the full stack when the friction of the database writes is reduced to a bare minimum. As confirmed by our previous spot checking in Round 5, database writes are about 20% to 30% faster across the board when using a ramdisk versus the Samsung 840 Pro SSD we had been using. Happy Halloween fans of web development frameworks!

Frameworks Round 5

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Additionally, we have added a new test type focused on writes, wherein a variable number of database updates are executed per request. MySQL with MyISAM was substantially faster at writes than with InnoDB, but the official Round 5 results are using InnoDB. We have posted Round 5 of our ongoing project measuring the performance of web application frameworks and platforms.

The Lunch Awards | The Nominees Are In! Cast Your Vote!

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Arts & Entertainment Blogging Events Review Social Media Social News Awards Lunch Awards Lunch.com Read Write Wed Reviews RWWThe Lunch Awards are just around the corner and its now time for you to select the winners of this year Golden Thumb Award. For those not familiar with Lunch.com they are a social media website where people can share relevant knowledge and opinions, and create free communities on any topic. Visit TechZulu for full story.

One million HTTP RPS without load balancing is easy

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40 threads and 256 connections Thread Stats Avg Stdev Max +/- Stdev Latency 247.05us 3.52ms 624.37ms 99.90% Req/Sec 27.89k 6.24k 50.22k 71.15% 31173283 requests in 29.99s, 3.83GB read Socket errors: connect 0, read 0, write 0, timeout 9 Requests/sec: 1039305.27 As we and our collaborators prepare Round 9 of our Framework Benchmarks project, we had an epiphany: With high-performance software, a single modern server processes over 1 million HTTP requests per second.

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Everything about Java 8

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At the time of this writing, Java 8 development is still very much in progress. It is essentially another way of writing Collections.newSetFromMap(new ConcurrentHashMap ()). It performs better than RRWL when used as a plain read-write lock. Is also provides an API for "optimistic reads", where you obtain a weak, cheap version of a read lock, do the read operation, then check afterwards if your lock was invalidated by a write.

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