Category: Start-Ups

Tools for your startup

Tools for your startup

| February 25, 2010 | Reply

Here is a post by Sean P Aune on 10 helpful tools that can help your startup. I've personally used 99Designs and DropBox, and we are reviewing a couple of the other customer service tools for use on the TakeLessons Music Lessons site.   Lots of good tools from file sharing to storage to email. 10 […]

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The reason why you can’t get in touch with a live person at most internet companies

The reason why you can’t get in touch with a live person at most internet companies

| February 18, 2010 | Reply

The reason why you can't get in touch with a live person at most internet companies… (from "Lean Analytics" on Slideshare

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Using Social Media to Recruit Employees

Using Social Media to Recruit Employees

| November 19, 2009 | Reply

Here's a slideshow from Fred Wilson, a smart VC from Union Square Ventures, on using social media to recruit new talent.  At TakeLessons, we've hired twice in 2009. The first time, we posted ads on Craigslist and Monster, sifted through 400 resumes, and invited 35 candidates to come wow us at an evening open house. […]

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Mint CEO Aaron Patzer discusses how to start a startup

Mint CEO Aaron Patzer discusses how to start a startup

| October 8, 2009 | Reply

I found this presentation on TechCrunch and Vator.TV. If you’re doing a startup, you’ll like this… Mint CEO Aaron Patzer on Startups from Techcrunch on Vimeo.

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How are you going to make a profit in your startup?

How are you going to make a profit in your startup?

| July 5, 2009 | 1 Reply

Image via Wikipedia I read an interesting post from Mark Cuban today on the problems of startup success using a free model. Back in the 90's when I was cutting my teeth around web/tech, the mantra we heard from VC's was "get big fast", and "eyeballs are everything", and "don't worry about making money, we'll […]

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TakeLessons Founder Interviewed on StartUpLucky.com

TakeLessons Founder Interviewed on StartUpLucky.com

| June 17, 2009 | Reply

“Steven Cox stopped by to tell us all about his San Diego based startup, TakeLessons.com which, as the name simply implies, is an online marketplace for finding music & voice instructors in over 400 cities in the US. Steven and his team are working extremely hard and have provided a service that simply didn’t exist […]

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27 Ways You Know You Work at a Startup

27 Ways You Know You Work at a Startup

| May 26, 2009 | Reply

Here's a fun post to start off your shortened work week on the right foot. It was written by our good friends Mel and Michelle of Artistic Hub. They do design contests for corporations. Here's a pic of their 'corporate office'. It reminds me how fun it is to do a startup, struggle with people […]

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Do Web Entrepreneurs Still Need Venture Capitalists?

Do Web Entrepreneurs Still Need Venture Capitalists?

| May 20, 2009 | Reply

Image via CrunchBase There's an interesting article and comment thread going on over at the New York Times on whether web entrepreneurs need VC's like they did ten years ago. I see both sides of the argument. It's true that costs to build have plummeted, and a couple guys can knock out an iPhone app […]

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TakeLessons featured in San Diego Union Tribune Sunday Edition

TakeLessons featured in San Diego Union Tribune Sunday Edition

| May 17, 2009 | Reply

The Union Tribune ran a story on young web start-ups in San Diego and what they are doing to make the most out of the recession. TakeLessons was a featured company. "The company started working out of Cox's house. It now has offices, but not the $700 Aeron chairs that typified the excesses of the […]

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Speaking Event: San Diego Young Entrepreneurs Slide Show

Speaking Event: San Diego Young Entrepreneurs Slide Show

| May 13, 2009 | Reply

I had a great time at the San Diego Young Entreprenuers meeting yestday at the offices of DLA Piper. Cliff Currie and Robert Reyes are the hosts and founders of StartUpCicle (follow them on Twitter). Their idea is to be able to help startups get together, feed off each other's ideas, and watch young businesses […]

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“We’re Going to Be the Next… (facebook / twitter / The Killers / fill in the blank)

“We’re Going to Be the Next… (facebook / twitter / The Killers / fill in the blank)

| April 30, 2009 | Reply

Earlier this week, I was speaking with a few people at a breast cancer fund raising event at the San Diego Hard Rock. I was introduced to two budding entrepreneurs who had just launched a new music site geared towards helping bands market their services. When I asked them to tell me a bit about […]

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From Vator.TV – The Best Pitches Are Done in 7 Minutes

From Vator.TV – The Best Pitches Are Done in 7 Minutes

| April 16, 2009 | Reply

Here's a quick five minute interview with Bambi Francisco and Charlene Li on what to do when pitching a potential investor or member of the media. Always remember to focus on the following 3 steps: 1. What's the problem?2. How are you solving that problem in a differentiated way3. How are you going to make […]

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6 Helpful Clues for CEOs | AlwaysOn

6 Helpful Clues for CEOs | AlwaysOn

| February 12, 2009 | Reply

Image via Wikipedia 6 Helpful Clues for CEOs by Guy Kawasaki. Read and see how your startup is doing. This reminds me how important it is to be blatantly honest with your business. You simply can’t believe your own hype. Deal with the reality you have, not the one you wish to have… 6 Helpful […]

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A VC Gets On Board with Profits, Not Revenues

A VC Gets On Board with Profits, Not Revenues

| February 10, 2009 | Reply

I found this story from Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures. I've always found his posts to be thoughtful and useful: "I think that's an important part of the economics of the web that are left out of most discussions of Internet business models. Yes, we are turning analog dollars into digital pennies in many cases. […]

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Seth Godin – How to Survive the Economic Downturn

Seth Godin – How to Survive the Economic Downturn

| February 4, 2009 | Reply

Seth is right. Focus on keeping expenses in line and build something that your customers really want. The days of “get big fast and burn money” are over.

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