DocCash: Make Money by Uploading Documents to the Web

May 13, 2009 915 Comments

With DocCash, users can now make money by uploading documents to Docstoc. Docstoc has leveraged the Google Adsense API. Now, when you upload documents to Docstoc, you share in the revenue whenever someone clicks on one of the Google Ads on your documents. Docstoc splits the revenue from documents in DocCash with each user 50/50. [...]

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The Unintended Consequences of Startups

Apr 18, 2009 8,627 Comments

There is only one way I can imagine running a startup, obsessively giving it everything you’ve got. In my opinion its what separates the winners from everyone else, and it’s the only way I’d ever be able to look back on this experience without regret. But that kind of dedication comes with a price. And [...]

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Startups Uncensored #4 – “Finding and Working with Partners”

Jan 30, 2009 13,597 Comments

This month’s “Startups Uncensored” (we finally gave the talks a name) will be on “Finding and Working with Partners”.  It will be an open and frank town-hall conversation revealing how to find partners to grow your business, how to play nice with others, and deal with issues when they do (inevitably) arise. The event will [...]

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Los Angeles Speaking Series #3: “Mistakes People Make Before Starting a New Business”

Dec 29, 2008 5,989 Comments

As planned, I’ll be hosting monthly presentations/conversations each month throughout 2009 on different topics for entrepreneurs. These are FREE events, and my goal is to help contribute to the Los Angeles Technology Scene by bringing together various entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, social media experts, and professionals in the technology field. These events are put [...]

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Star Trek Lessons

Dec 10, 2008 3,127 Comments

So yah, I was a huge star trek fan growing up, and proud to say it. Personally I wish our outgoing President watched so he could have been more familiar with the Prime Directive. So its with great pride that I highlight this document on docstoc: 10 Importnat Life Lessons from Star Trek 10 Important [...]

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The Venture Capital Industry: The Current State of Affairs

Dec 07, 2008 6,387 Comments

There has been a lot of conjecture about how the Venture community will respond to the economic downturn. My personal opinion is that its going to be bad, really bad. If the limited partners who fund venture firms either a) change the percent of funds they allocate to VCs or b) don’t come through on [...]

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A Tale of Two Tech Cities – Silicon Valley vs. Los Angeles

Nov 23, 2008 5,566 Comments

Is there a difference between tech startups in Silicon Valley vs. Los Angeles? Most emphatically, Yes! I’ve spent the last year running a tech company based in Santa Monica, CA and I’ve spent countless weeks in the Bay meeting with hundreds of tech founders. As unreliable as stereotypes may be, these are my generalizations. Bay [...]

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BestCovery – Find the Best of Everything

Nov 18, 2008 7,239 Comments

Bestcovery, a new venture by Kamran Pourzanjani the co-founder and former CEO of PriceGrabber, was announced today on TechCrunch. Kamran is one of the investors in docstoc and I’ve got to know him well and consider him a dear friend. I dig his concept of helping consumers find the best products through experts driven reviews. [...]

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Raising Money for Startups in a Down Market

Nov 11, 2008 20,479 Comments

I’m hosting a talk next Wednesday November 19th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm on “Raising Money for Startups in a Down Market” with Venture Capitalist David Travers of Rustic Canyon in conjunction with DealMaker Media. The event is free and will hold about 100 folks, it will sell out, but we will have a waiting list. [...]

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Interview with BNET about Docstoc.com

Nov 07, 2008 5,739 Comments

I recently did an interview with Vince Thompson for the Dog and Pony Show on the BNET network. We talked about building out the largest repository of professional documents on docstoc, what its like to run a startup, and a little bit of self help entreprenerus (i used to be a motivational speaker ). Here [...]

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