Tag: business

Tools to Help You Start a Business in San Diego

Tools to Help You Start a Business in San Diego

| September 4, 2014 | Reply

Here’s a quick video segment we did on KUSI-TV on a few helpful steps on starting your own business here in San Diego. There are a lot of tools and resources out there that can help you. Transcript David Davis: San Diego has a lot of opportunity when it comes to starting your own business. […]

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Creating Corporate Culture – John Assaraf Interview – Part IV

Creating Corporate Culture – John Assaraf Interview – Part IV

| September 28, 2012 | Reply

  Part 4 in the video series. Subscribe for email alerts when more videos are posted. More from this series: Creating Corporate Culture – Part 1 Creating Corporate Culture – Part 2 Creating Corporate Culture – Part 3 John Assaraf sat down with Steven Cox, CEO of TakeLessons.com, to discuss what it means to create […]

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Creating Corporate Culture – John Assaraf Interview – Part 3

Creating Corporate Culture – John Assaraf Interview – Part 3

| September 26, 2012 | 2 Replies

  Part III in the series: Subscribe for email updates when more videos are posted. More from this series: Creating Corporate Culture – Praxis Now Interview Part 1 Creating Corporate Culture – Praxis Now Interview Part 2 John Assaraf sat down with Steven Cox, CEO of TakeLessons.com, to discuss what it means to create and […]

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Steve Jobs: Magnificence and Mortality

Steve Jobs: Magnificence and Mortality

| October 6, 2011 | Reply

Today, I woke up to the death of Steve Jobs. At the age of 56, he did what most entrepreneurs dream of doing – changing the world for the better. Even though I didn't know him, I could help but feel saddened and tearful. Part out of respect – and part out of feeling that […]

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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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Business Rules of Richard Branson

Business Rules of Richard Branson

| April 11, 2011 | Reply

  I I'm a big fan of Richard Branson. Half because he's a brilliant mind. Half because he's always held up a big fat middle finger to the status quo. He does things his own way, takes calculated risks, sometimes loses, sometimes wins, but always learns. That's a recipe for long-term growth… and i dig […]

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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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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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San Diego Housing Market: Strategic Default, Foreclosures, and Ethics

San Diego Housing Market: Strategic Default, Foreclosures, and Ethics

| March 28, 2010 | Reply

“What I do find troubling, however, is that most banks took billions of dollars from the taxpayers to shore up their own balance sheet, while now trying to emotionally beat up the taxpayers who, in effect, bailed them out to begin with. ”

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Brian Tracy Seminar Taught Me How To Delegate Effectively

Brian Tracy Seminar Taught Me How To Delegate Effectively

| March 21, 2010 | Reply

I attended a 3-day workshop with business coaching expert, Brian Tracy. I learned a lot, including this tip on time management – a necessary leadership skill for any entrepreneur.

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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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Congrats on the great job. Now, back to work.

Congrats on the great job. Now, back to work.

| February 22, 2010 | 1 Reply

…As we continue to expand, I encourage you to master your current position and begin to prepare yourself – at work and on your own watch – for the position you want to grow into. It will be those who continue to require more of themselves who will be the ones that naturally rise up. Will it be you?

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Seeking Venture Funding? Have a Clear Understanding of your Financials

Seeking Venture Funding? Have a Clear Understanding of your Financials

| May 28, 2009 | Reply

Recently, I've discovered the blog of Robert Ochtel. He's an author and a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years experience. He's also raised over $50 million for his businesses, and started VentureBlue, a national Angel network. And, he's just up the road in Carlsbad, CA. Robert wrote a post explaining why entrepreneurs should be comforatble […]

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