Crowdbooster founder, Ricky Yean: " I came to Stanford not knowing how to spell the word entrepreneurship. BASES exposed me to founders who inspired me, investors who encouraged me, mentors who showed me how to get things done, and peers to collaborate with."
"I think this focus on developing people should be part of any organization’s mission, including our startups."
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Angela Dunn @blogbrevity interviews Leslie Ziegler, Co-founder of startup incubator Rock Health, part of her Women in mHealth series for HL7Standards dot com.
ADVICE TO BUDDING ENTREPRENEURS
“Find leaders in the space that you really respect and you really enjoy reading about. Follow them on Twitter and read what they read. Find people outside of the space that are doing cool things. Keep your curiosity.
Always ask questions, even if it may sound stupid to ask. Surround yourself with people that inspire you both online using tools like Twitter, and offline. Try to find someone who you think is building something really cool. Go to a coffee shop where you know entrepreneurs hang out, like Samovar, and soak in some of the energy. It’s going out and finding those things.
Talk to as many people as you can, find someone you admire, offer to buy them coffee. And don’t be afraid of ‘no.’ Good luck!”
Pick whatever metric you want for gauging the success of a particular startup: profits, revenues, pageviews, etc. A graph I’d love to see is those metrics, graphed over time, for a wide variety of startups. From my experience, you’d be surprised how often those graphs show sudden growth. Something happens in the world (an “exogenous shock”) and the startup suddenly takes off.
"Build something useful! Rock Health is the first seed accelerator for digital health startups. We’ve created an ecosystem of passionate individuals–from investors to startup founders to doctors–who work together tirelessly to make meaningful change in healthcare through scalable, innovative technology."
Check out rockhealth.com resources pages for startups with valuable links and information.
If you want to be a great hacker, go and start hacking right now. Build something. Build anything that works. It might be that cool script you've always wanted that can add, commit, rebase and push your git repository in one line. What matters is that you keep building. When you have built something great your hacker friends will tell you.
Fortieth in a series of weekly posts by Nic Brisbourne and Nicholas Lovell of Gamesbrief which answer the fifty questions you should ask before raising venture capital. "We expect the series to run for a year after which we will collate the posts into a book."
"No matter how good of a programmer you are, you can't memorize everything. It often happens that we spend more time searching for a particular library, tag or declaration, than implementing it on our code."
Ignore the myths perpetuated by Silicon Valley: you don't have to be young to find startup success. In fact, says Songkick CTO Dan Crow, older entrepreneurs can bring experience and focus that young companies desperately need.
The name of your investors on your crunch base page, the number of followers on your Angelist profile, and the cap on your valuation— all will have no relevance if you fail to delight your users. For this one period of time, fundraising is fun. But now more than ever it's time to prove you're worth it. Go do something incredible.
"A path to turn your ideas into a company people love." Online classes to start making: 1) Make something people love, 2) Building your team, 3) Turning user insight into product, 4) Modeling your business, 5) Forming the right kind of entity, 6) Raise your first million.
Where Europe is truly behind (the U.S.), is in the quantity of funds available for start-ups, and in the skills that the average start-up entrepreneur will need in presenting his or her company to a potential investor.
Y Combinator is trying an experiment this funding cycle. We're going to have a separate application track for groups that don't have an idea yet. So if the only thing holding you back from starting a startup is not having an idea for one, now nothing is holding you back. If you apply for this batch and you seem like you'd make good founders, we'll accept you with no idea and then help you come up with one. (We'll consider single founders too, but we prefer groups.)
Over the past several months that I’ve been removed from the day-to-day of tech blogging professionally, I’ve gained some perspective from the other side of things. As an investor, I’m privy to information that I normally would not know. And more generally, people/startups are willing to share information with me that they never would have when I was a blogger, for obvious reasons.
In 14 weeks, I was given a floodgate of connections to the best advisors, mentors, investors in Silicon Valley. I got to immerse myself daily among some of the Valley’s most driven, ambitious and talented founders. Most importantly, I became a better founder, CEO and person through the 14 week journey that is 500 Startups.
"Remember that special moment when we all realized that the Web was going to remake yard sales and auctions, but we didn’t know yet who was going to win? (And then eBay left the rest in the dust?)
Such a moment has come again, and with a choice prize: Investing in start-ups. The House has already passed crowdfunding legislation, by a whopping majority. The president supports it. Senators on both sides of the aisle (Merkley, Bennet, and Brown) have agreed on a version. Entrepreneurs are signing petitions to support it. And there is speculation that the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may push for passage of the House bill as-is. This could be law overnight.
What would this mean? It would mean start-ups can “go public” from the get-go. Fasten your seatbelts. This is Kickstarter on jet fuel."
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