VIDEO: Interview with Angel Investor Paige Craig

Oct 14, 2010 31,082 Comments

Here is the video interview I did with Paige Craig on TWIST this week. We talk about topics like how to raise angel investment, the qualities entrepreneurs should demonstrate and Paige’s new business.

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Video Interview with Brian Lee, Co-Founder of Legalzoom and ShoeDazzle

Jul 14, 2010 8,869 Comments

This last week I guest hosted TWIST for Jason Calacanis.  I did two shows with Brian Lee the Co-founder of LegalZoom and founder of ShoeDazzle, and the first episode with J.R. Johnson founder of Lunch.com and VirtualTourist.  Check out the video interviews below and the great network of This Week In shows. Interview with Brian [...]

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Networking Tips for Entrepreneurs

Jun 29, 2010 29,418 Comments

Ten Tips on How to Make it in the Meet-up Scene The technology meet-up scene is an odd co-mingling of entrepreneurs, engineers, social media mavens, service providers, and up and comers.  Here are ten actionable tips to make the most of your meet-ups. • Meet More – the key to any meet-up is first to [...]

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Business Development Advice (for the online world)

Jun 22, 2010 21,873 Comments

I often get asked for advice on Business Development.  I’ve spent most of my career in sales (or some sales like function), and here are my thoughts on how to be better with your BD.  This post is geared toward folks looking to do BD deals in the online world. 10 Tips for Better BD [...]

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How to Raise Venture Capital (VIDEO) – Startups Uncensored #17

May 04, 2010 35,676 Comments

This month’s Startups Uncensored will be on “How to Raise Venture Capital”. It will be an open and frank town-hall conversation where we bring in venture capitalists from the top firms across the country to talk about the process and requirements entrepreneurs need to go through to successfully raise money from venture capitalists.

This month’s session will be hosted by Jason Nazar (CEO, Docstoc.com), and we will be joined by Nate Redmond of Rustic Canyon, Josh Stein of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Thomas Ball of Austin Ventures, Jim Tybur of Trinity Ventures, and Bill Gurley of Benchmark Capital. More panelists may be added and there will be a large showing of the los angeles venture and angel community in attendance.

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How to Persuade People – Startups Uncensored #15

Mar 02, 2010 66,688 Comments

This month’s Startups Uncensored will be on “How to Persuade People”. It will be an open and frank town-hall conversation talking about the skills and techniques leaders use to influence others .

This month the session will be run by Jason Nazar, in a presentation format. The “How to Persuade People” presentation will be geared towards startups and entrepreneurs to learn and review the skills that will help them raise money, hire great talent, and land partnerships.

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My 30 Day Challenge #1: 30 Straight Days of Charitable Giving

Mar 01, 2010 50,059 Comments

Because of Diet Coke and Matt Cutts I’m going to give to charity every day for the next 30 days…

A month and a half ago I made a bet with Sanaz that I’d stay off diet coke for a week if she refrained from coffee for the same period of time. I’ve probably averaged 1-2 diet cokes a day since I was a teenager (for the taste people, clearly not the reduction of calories). Its been a month and I still haven’t had any any soda.

This got me thinking, “What should be my next 30 day challenge?” I’m not however the only, or first, techie leading the 30 day challenge charge. The impetus came from my friend Matt Cutts at Google who kicked started his own set of 30 day challenges last year.

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12 Golden Rules to Marketing and Publicity for Startups

Feb 03, 2010 6,944 Comments

Last evening I gave a presentation on Marketing and Publicity for Startups at the Founders Institute at their 2010 San Diego session.  Included below is the presentation I wrote and gave.  If you’re in the internet startup space and want to learn from the masters of Marketing and Publicity you should be following folks like [...]

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Los Angeles CEOs – LABJ 2009 Awards

Sep 23, 2009 16,639 Comments

The Los Angeles Business Journal is hosting its 2009 award ceremony for the Most Admired CEOs in Los Angeles.  Seven CEOs were selected in a variety of different categories.  Looks to me like 6 of them are pretty outstanding and one shmuck snuck in…. (congrats to my friends Richard Rosenblatt and Frank Addante) The Awards [...]

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How to Save MySpace

Jun 18, 2009 27,062 Comments

I wouldn’t bet against MySpace. They attract over 70 million people a month (just in the US), and by most accounts are still one of the 10 most popular sites in the world. They also have a new management team, that’s headed up in part by Michael Jones (COO), the most all around talented internet [...]

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