Asking, “Can I have coffee with you to pick your brain?” is probably the worst possible way to get a meeting with someone with a busy schedule. Here’s a better approach.
“A startup is an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model”. – Steve Blank
By Maria Brilaki (Founder, Fitness Reloaded)
I am a Stanford Engineering grad and getting my master’s degree in business this month. Reflecting back on what I learned in getting the MBA, I realize that the knowledge I got is not particularly useful to me as a startup founder. There is a good reason for that.
As Steve Blank says, a startup does not
I have found that podcasts that I listen to while running or exercising tend to affect and stick with me much more effectively than those that I listen to while working at a computer.
By Courtney Powell (Founder & CEO, PublikDemand)
A good friend once told me that running is like a “bath for your business brain”. It’s absolutely true.
My co-founders and I took up running as a team about four months ago as a way to relieve stress, keep focused and counterbalance our startup diet.
Smart$ program informs, inspires, educates, and prepares business angels and venture capitalists for future investments in IT startups.
By Pemo Theodore (Founder, Ezebis)
Join us at the StartupMonthly Smart$ (SmartMoney) (November 12-15, 2012 in Silicon Valley). I am very excited to be asked to coordinate this program and it is shaping up to be an exciting line up of venture capitalists and angel investors who are significant in the startup ecosystem.
Black Founders events are open to entrepreneurs of all races and encourages all interested to attend.
Black Founders hosts Ideas Are Worthless on Thursday, September 6, 2012 in San Francisco, CA. The all-day conference features Michael Seibel (Founder of SocialCam), Steve Blank (Author of 4 Steps To The Epiphany), Charles Hudson (Venture Partner at SoftTech VC), Angela Benton (Founder of NewMe Accelerator), Ann Winblad (Partner of Hummer Winblad) and many more.
Women 2.0 members save 20% when registering with discount code “women2″.
Entrepreneurs taking part in the conference will benefit
We had a grand vision for the company and I believed in Daniel’s ability to execute from the technical side of things and mine to develop a business around it.
By Erica Brescia (CEO, BitRock)
One of my first lessons in business came at about the age of 5 after tiring of selling lemonade and bags of baby carrots out of our makeshift stand in my driveway in northern California. My best friend and I decided to try something a little more inventive. We caught a slew of tadpoles in a nearby pond and launched our tadpole stand. Sadly, there were no takers. My father, an entrepreneur himself, took this opportunity to explain the basics of supply and demand.
The desire to start and build my own company has always been a constant in my life. The challenge that I had was that I wasn’t sure exactly what kind of company I wanted to start.
Editor’s note: Jessica Bishop was a 2010 PITCH finalist – Apply for the PITCH NYC Startup Competition by August 31, 2012 for your chance to present onstage in November at our conference.
By Jessica Bishop (Founder, Klink Mobile)
Feeling low on energy working on your startup? Maybe you just need to move in a new direction.
In 2010, I was the CEO and co-founder of Prepay Nation, a company that made international mobile money transfers possible though technology integrated with top-up machines housed in brick-and-mortar establishments. It was my job to check in on how the top-up technology was functioning and how customers were responding so that I could steer the company in the right direction. Consequently, I spent a lot of time traveling
My purpose now is to find a repeatable and scalable business model – Steve Blank’s definition of a startup.
By Heather Payne (Founder, Ladies Learning Code)
I’ve wanted to be an entrepreneur for a long time. Not when I was in university (back then, I wanted to be CEO of a Fortune 500 company), but sometime between graduating and landing my first real job, I realized that I just wasn’t going to be able to make a career out of working for the man. Even after that realization, it’s taken me a long time to get here.
As of today, though, I’m really an entrepreneur. And I’m effing excited about it.
(Want to skip to my new venture? It’s called HackerYou.