Category: Start-Ups

Upcoming Events for San Diego Start Ups

Upcoming Events for San Diego Start Ups

| November 28, 2011 | Reply

What's Going on in the San Diego Startup Community Agile San Diego When: Thu, Dec 1, 6:30pm Where: The Linkery, 3794 30th St., San Diego Dave Churchville will talk about Agile Planning. If you are into or interested in Agile, you should come hear Dave, who knows his stuff. Plus, the Linkery is a nice […]

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San Diego Tech Startup Launch Quickpitch Event

San Diego Tech Startup Launch Quickpitch Event

| November 4, 2011 | Reply

On Wednesday, November 2, Brant Cooper and the gang hosted the San Diego Tech Launch event where ten start-ups gave their 30-second elevator pitch and everyone got a chance to vote on their favorites. The Tech Launch was also a great place to network and dig for talent. Funded companies that attended included TakeLessons, Brightscope […]

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When Pitching Investors, Einstein Said it Best

When Pitching Investors, Einstein Said it Best

| October 22, 2011 | Reply

I'd add something to this picture if I could, but Einstein sums it up perfectly. This is necessary when seeking financing for your startup and making your investment deck.

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Mary Meeker’s internet trends presentation at Web 2.0 Summit

Mary Meeker’s internet trends presentation at Web 2.0 Summit

| October 19, 2011 | Reply

Mary Meeker, one of the most interesting forecasters, gave a presentation on her view of where the internet is going. A stat I found fascinating is that ecommerce makes up less than 10% of the total pie. That means there's still a long way to go before we reach an equilibrium point. When you consider […]

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Map of San Diego Tech Start-Ups

Map of San Diego Tech Start-Ups

| October 10, 2011 | Reply

Fellow entrepreneur, Michael Bastos put together a map mashup of SD Tech Company locations. We're seeing a concentration of start-ups downtown near the Gaslamp district. Note to Mayor Jerry Sanders: the city should work on attracting more start-ups to downtown / Little Italy / East Village by offering discounts on parking, tax incentives, etc. Make […]

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Register for The Art of the Startup

Register for The Art of the Startup

| August 29, 2011 | Reply

From our friends at CONNECT: CONNECT FrameWorks Workshops present The Art of the Start-up Program Overview: For entrepreneurs, deciding to form a company, or become involved with a start-up, presents enormous challenges. Navigating around legal, fund raising and other issues can often seem overwhelming, and traps for the unwary or uninformed are numerous. However, successfully […]

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Start Ups: Apply for the Silicon Valley Bank Showcase Event

Start Ups: Apply for the Silicon Valley Bank Showcase Event

| August 15, 2011 | Reply

From our friends at Silicon Valley Bank: Silicon Valley Bank's next pitch event, SVB Showcase, hosted by SVB Accelerator, will take place on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park. This event will feature three concurrent tracks with presentations from companies seeking a Series A, B or C round of financing […]

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Current Obstacles Will Pass. Focus on the Big Picture.

Current Obstacles Will Pass. Focus on the Big Picture.

| July 15, 2011 | 1 Reply

I was checking my email this morning and a new start-up founder asked me the following: "P.s.  how did you stay focused and motivated with so many obstacles and uncertainties when you were first starting takelessons?" Great question and something all entrepreneurs will face. Here's my answer: Peter, Thanks for the note. The obstacles are […]

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Today is TakeLessons’ 5 year Anniversary

Today is TakeLessons’ 5 year Anniversary

| July 11, 2011 | 2 Replies

What a great week this is starting off to be! It's our 5 year anniversary for TakeLessons. Here's a short note I shared with the team: ————— Hi team, I walked in the office today greeted by streamers and giant balloons. It's our 5 year birthday! While we got started building out the site earlier […]

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Interview with the Northwest Young Entrepreneurs Association

Interview with the Northwest Young Entrepreneurs Association

| March 25, 2011 | 1 Reply

I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Nick Hampshire with the Northwest Young Entrepreneurs Association about building companies and what I've learned as we continue to grow TakeLessons. Here is the Q&A: Audio MP3 download of Steven Cox interview is located here:  Nick Hampshire: What is your philosophy on life and business? Steven Cox: […]

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Entreprenuers: Selling Your Company

Entreprenuers: Selling Your Company

| January 8, 2011 | Reply

It is Monday so it is time for another MBA Mondays post. We are a few weeks into a series on mergers and acquisitions. The first week we covered the basics of mergers and acquisitions. Last week we talked about asset sales. via www.aonetwork.com Here's a good article for entrepreneurs getting near an exit. Written […]

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San Diego Urban Land Young Leaders Social Media Panel

San Diego Urban Land Young Leaders Social Media Panel

| December 15, 2010 | Reply

Tonight, I'll be on the panel discussing how small and local businesses can use social media to their advantage. Here are my key points: Focus on quality instead of quantity. Be consistent. Be real. Make sure someone is assigned to the task with definitive plans. Focus on Google Places, Facebook, and YouTube Other secondary tools […]

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Getting your startup to $10mm in revenues

Getting your startup to $10mm in revenues

| October 11, 2010 | Reply

Here is a post (the first of two) from Steve Carpenter on the different potential business models for internet startups right now and some of the metrics necessasry to get to $10mm in revenues. I believe that services are one of the best internet business models for the next 10 years for the following reasons: […]

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Strategic Partnerships with Big Companies

Strategic Partnerships with Big Companies

| August 11, 2010 | Reply

Recently, our company has been fortunate enough to strike deals with channel partners that should help us in our quest to become the "Starbucks of Music Lessons". Starting in August, TakeLessons will be giving in-store lessons in conjunction with our partners. The service will provide certified TakeLessons local music instructors to thousands of kids and […]

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Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make – Hire Right

Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make – Hire Right

| March 2, 2010 | Reply

Here's a good article from Neil Patel (co-founder of KISSMetrics). He interviewed a few successful entrepreneurs that had built businesses worth at least $50 million to learn what some of their biggest mistakes were. By far, the reply that kept coming up is hiring the wrong people. It seems that just about everything else falls […]

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