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Archive for the ‘Entrepreneurial skills’ Category

Search for meaning

Monday, March 26th, 2012

In this rare clip from 1972, legendary psychiatrist and Holocaust-survivor Viktor Frankl delivers a powerful message about the human search for meaning — and the most important gift we can give others.

“When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Pillars Of Enchantment

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Hear it from “Guy Kawasaki” – the man who has worked with STEVE JOBS twice in his career, and is the author of “Enchantment” – the Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions!

Networking Tips for Those Who Hate to Network

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Did you know that 70%+ of jobs are found through referrals? Referrals are people who know you and know what you are capable of. Referrals are people you positively and greatly impressed. If you don’t like to network, or you are not be comfortable with it, you may want to listen to this.

Sasha Strauss – From Branding, With Love

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

What do you want me to remember about you?

If I fail more than you, I win…

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

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.

Why you will fail to have a great career?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

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.

What is an Entrepreneur?

Monday, March 12th, 2012

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/

Walter Isaacson Discusses Steve Jobs’ Genius

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Source: Forbes

People will be trying to understand the genius of Steve Jobs for a very long time, and so far no one has gotten closer to plumbing it than his biographer, Walter Isaacson.

Spanx Creator Sara Blakely Turns $5,000 Into A Billion

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Source: Forbes

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.

Why Los Angeles Will Outpace Silicon Valley As The Tech Startup Capital

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Source: Tara Tiger Brown on Forbes

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 InvestorDave 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.

Some of those accelerators and incubators are listed here: and here. Read more here