The Wall Street Journal Launches The Accelerators; Online Mentorship From Startup Gurus

The Wall Street Journal launches a new "online forum" to provide mentorship and advice to startups and entrepreneurs. The online forum is called "The Accelerators". The Accelerators will feature 20 individuals ranging from "successful entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, and technology and business thinkers". Among the list of thinkers, investors include, Kevin Colleran, Bill Gurley, Steve Blank, Alexa Hirschfeld, Brad Feld, Charles Hudson, Michael Lazerow, Naval Ravikant, and myself.

I have been selected to be one of the 20 contributors of The Accelerators and looking [...]

Let the SXSW Voting Begin! You Should Start Here! #SXSW #SXSWi #SXSW2013

It’s that time of the year to vote on your favorite 2013 South by Southwest (sxsw) Interactive Festival Panel Topics.. This year SXSW reports there were over 3200 speaking proposals submitted. For newbies the voting process works this way:

  • Public voting only accounts for 30% of the decision-making process on your proposal.
  • SXSW Advisory Board (40%)
  • The input of the SXSW staff (30%).

Voting on SXSW panels ends Friday, August 31 (11:59 PM CST) and on October 15, the first batch of topics will be announced.

SXSW is one of those must attend events that I recommend anyone in the [...]

Angel Investors and Venture Capitalist Are People Too


flickr photo by: KatLevPhoto

Since moving to San Francisco, CA in February I've interacted with tons of Angel Investors and Venture Capitalist (VC). More so on the Venture Capital side than angel investor side. Part of my interactions have been connecting prepared entrepreneurs for demo days, pitch meetings, or giving VCs referrals. Other interactions have been for customer development on a new product I'm working on.

There are a few basic VC rules when it comes to meeting with investors for entrepreneurs such as:

  • Never be late to an investor meeting
  • Always be prepared
  • Always be honest
  • [...]