Tag: Entrepreneur

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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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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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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Fundraising: Plan B

Fundraising: Plan B

| October 12, 2008 | Reply

Guy Kawasaki has an excellent post on Plan B: Another way to grow your company. Over the past few years, I've seen so many companies with stars in their eyes. I know what it looks like – I've been there myself. Somehow, the idea of a big round of venture funding solidfies their existence and […]

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Is the Grass Really Greener?

Is the Grass Really Greener?

| November 11, 2007 | 1 Reply

The grass may seem greener, and the pasture may seem larger somewhere else. But what I’ve learned is that I must be able to answer the question, “What is the value we’re creating that people are willing to pay for?”

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The Journey…

The Journey…

| August 2, 2007 | Reply

Here’s an opening quote from Steven Gary Blank, taken from his book, “The Four Steps to the Epiphany“: “All new companies and new products begin with an almost mythological vision – a hope of what could be, with a goal that few others can see. It’s this bright and burning vision that differentiates the entrepreneur […]

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Why I started my company

Why I started my company

| July 25, 2007 | 1 Reply

Enrique was a top-notch musician. He had gotten a music performance degree a few years back, and followed his passion into music. He played all over San Diego, and was the drummer for our regional-touring rock band, Across The Room. One Saturday afternoon, the band had just finished an acoustic set at a sea-side coffee […]

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