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Seth Godin talks about the idea that we must be willing to fail in order to succeed.
Seth Godin is a bestselling author, world renowned speaker, one of the world’s most popular bloggers, entrepreneur and agent of change. His latest book, ‘Poke The Box’, is a call to action about the initiative you’re taking – in your job or in your life.
In this funny and blunt talk from TEDxUW, Larry Smith pulls no punches when he calls out the absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions.
A professor of Economics at the University of Waterloo in Canada, Larry Smith coaches his students to find the careers that they will truly love.
Entrepreneur Week panelists reflect on what it means to be an entrepreneur.
Their goal is to make connections across diverse industries, from young idea-stage innovators to million dollar revenue generators, and join them together in a unifying movement that propels inspired business.
They quip aspiring and existing entrepreneurs with the business skills, insights, tools, resources and networks needed to start and grow a successful business. Entrepreneur Week fosters an environment where enterprise and innovation can flourish.
View the movement at: http://entrepreneurweek.net/
Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, failed the LSAT’s, and then she took $5,000 in savings and turned it into a billion dollar company. A great and inspiring story to watch.
When I moved to Los Angeles in 2008 from San Francisco, I wasn’t very excited about the move because I’m a technologist and moving away from the tech hub of the world to the land of Botox seemed like a really bad career move. I assumed that the people of Los Angeles were disingenuous, attention whores and didn’t know anything about technology.
My husband coerced me into moving to SoCal because he would rather get a tattoo of Tinkerbell than rent an over-priced faux-loft in San Francisco. He asserted that the Web 2.0 or tech startup people do the same thing day after day, go to the same bars, the same coffee shops and work on products that aren’t discernible from a pet rock, and are geared toward the same 100 bot followed Twitter celebrities that are stuck together with gorilla glue on a postage stamp.
I didn’t agree with him, of course, because I was having a great time riding my bike 1.2 miles every day to my favorite coffee shop and then to the music marketing tech startup where I worked. After a day of tweeting all of the awesome agile releases we did, I would head to my favorite bar in the Mission District and hangout with web celebrities hoping they would mention my name when they tweeted.
Once I moved my pod of stuff to the beach in Los Angeles, my world opened up like a fairytale pop-up book. My view on what was technically possible through the eyes of graffiti artists, photographers, entertainers, musicians, talented technologists and even surfers while having a 10 mile radius of personal space looked a lot more interesting. I began to realize that only hanging out with technologists allowed for a very narrow view on the world and that living within 46.9 square miles versus 100 times that was akin to living in an Amish community and trying to comment on the new Tesla Model X. Or a fish bowl, take your pick.
In 2010 I co-founded a tech startup and began to meet other people in the LA startup community and was pleasantly surprised to discover how many there were–and I was pleased to see how many are run by women. AngelList, a community of startups, lists 1400 startups and 1300 investors in LA and that’s just a subset of the total number.
Recently The Lean LA Startup Circle hosted a panel of LA Incubators led by the a well know Silicon Valley based Angel Investor, Dave McClure. Other than the fact the panel was all white men (something Dave pointed out and said that there is a real opportunity for women and people of color to start an incubator) it was very well moderated and full of useful nuggets for aspiring LA entrepreneurs.
Moderator: Amanda Coolong
Last January, I attended the amazing 2012 Los Angeles Startup and Entrepreneur forecast event featuring Michael Jones, Scott Sangster, Dan Dato, Mark Suster, Paul Bricault, and Howard Marks.
They shared their insights and forecast for startup trends in 2012.
Here is the replay. Let me me know if this is helpful.
Two days ago, I attended a Trade Connect Export Workshop in San Gabriel.
Trade Connect (video) is an introductory workshop on the basics involved in exporting, including costs, risks and steps. In cooperation with other agencies and professionals, a summary of help and services available is presented, including:
- basics of the commercial transaction
- finding overseas markets
- trade financing
In addition to the provision of expert services, practical techniques of risk mitigation are presented at the workshop. This program connects businesses with the essential resources provided by the following governmental entities:
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Export Import Bank
U.S. Small Business Administration (Export Assistance Center)
U.S. Southern California Regional District Export Council
California International Trade Development Centers (California Community Colleges)
Port of Los Angeles (including overseas offices)
Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA)
Minority Business Opportunity Center (MBOC)
Trade Connect supports President Obama’s National Export Initiative at the local and regional level for small- to medium-size enterprises in the Greater Los Angeles region.
I met with some great people from the Port of Los Angeles, U.S. Commercial Service Los Angeles, CITD, SBA, Los Angeles World Airports, MIQ Logistics, Travelers and more.
There is a great Business Opportunity for Californian’s manufacturers of food and beverage products.
It’s the Food Expo Trade Mission to Hong Kong.
This Food Expo is attended by thousands of exhibitors from 22 countries in 2010. Attendance included 12,000 buyers from 60 countries. In excess of 370,000 members of the public visited. This creates an ideal opportunity for introducing both buyers and the public to California food and beverage products and services.
HKTDC Food Expo 2010
If you are interested in attending or know someone & company in the field, please email us here We will connect you with one of the persons in charge of the program.