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A recently published report from the AccountingDegree.com reveals which universities graduate the most entrepreneurs and how much funding these alumni get from investors and venture capitalists.

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If you look at investment trends we have moved away from the social to more enterprise, hardware, health and fitness. Another vertical on the rise is food. The food vertical is an exciting still unproved IPO market but that hasn’t stop investors. Food and tech companies have seen a 37% increase in investments from 2012 as almost $350 million was raised according to CBInsights.

One venture capitalist who is looking to continue the investment growth in Food and Tech Companies Cynthia Maxey ( is hosting the 4th Annual Bay Area Food & Beverage Investor Fair to do just that. The Bay Area Food & Beverage Investor Fair is an opportunity for investors to meet and evaluate 46 outstanding food and beverage companies seeking investment capital.

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Earlier this month I was interviewed by Paul Blais (@pdblais) Founder & Host of the Doubt The Doubts Podcast. The podcast is one of the top podcast in iTunes and focuses on “Killing The Doubts That Kill The Dreams”. During the podcast we talked about the role of confidence, killing doubt and working with startup founders. Take a listen below and let me know what yo think.

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10 Entrepreneurs Who Are Making It Big In Silicon Valley – infographic

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Influential Health Entrepreneurs of 2013 – Infographic

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Tonight while having dinner with friends/new business partners we enjoyed a vibrant conversation about career paths, choices in life, happiness and success. One part of the conversation that stood out to me was about founders earning their first million. The context was in terms of respect and what it means.

The phrase made me think about my life and accomplishments. I’ve done a lot of things but launching a company and having that one company to either make a million dollars or grow the user base to a million users is not one of them…. yet.

Further reading:
8 Well Known Entrepreneurs Who Made A Quick Million Dollars
The First Million Is What Matters Most
Million-Dollar Startup Secrets
#keepmovingforward

Yesterday I was asked if I could pick five innovators and/or entrepreneurial thought leaders in the Silicon Valley/Bay area who I could shadow/learn from for a month. I provide six. My list is below:

  • Elon Musk
  • Mitch Kapor
  • Ben Horowitz
  • Sheryl Sandberg
  • Vinod Khosla
  • Mary Grove

I’m already learning/worked with one on my list. I have five more to go.

Who are your top 6 innovators and entrepreneurial thought leaders that you would like to learn from?