Archive for October, 2010

Walker Twitter Highlights: October 24th – 30th

by Scott Edward Walker on October 31st, 2010

I’m using Twitter as a form of micro-blogging to share interesting blog posts, articles and podcasts relating to entrepreneurship & startups, mergers & acquisitions, and business & corporate law issues.

For those of you who missed this week’s Twitter updates, below are my five most popular tweets (via bit.ly) and my blog-related tweets.  If you’d like to see all of my tweets (or an RSS feed of them), you can do so here.  Thanks, Scott

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Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs: Winning via Vince Lombardi

by Scott Edward Walker on October 29th, 2010

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

Welcome to our weekly series entitled “Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs.”  Each week, we post a short video clip to inspire and motivate entrepreneurs.  Why?  Because we know how tough it is being an entrepreneur; and whether you’re launching your venture, trying to execute your business model or raising funds, you need a little juice to help you push the ball forward.  I hope these videos are a little juice.  Cheers, Scott

Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Paul Graham

by Scott Edward Walker on October 27th, 2010

To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series “Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.”  Each week, we post a short video clip of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics to help entrepreneurs succeed.

Today, as a bonus to the Mark Zuckerberg clip posted on Monday, we present startup guru Paul Graham, co-founder of Y Combinator and a very smart guy.  Indeed, I was discussing Paul last night during my presentation to the Lean Startup Circle in Portland.  In this interesting, recent four-minute clip (courtesy of TechCrunch), Paul discusses, among other things, (i) how  negotiating leverage has shifted to the founders in connection with angel financings; (ii) how much cheaper it is to launch a startup these days; and (iii) how it is becoming “social acceptable” to launch a startup.  I hope you enjoy it.  Many thanks, Scott

Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Mark Zuckerberg

by Scott Edward Walker on October 25th, 2010

To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series entitled “Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.”  Each week, we post a short video clip of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics to help entrepreneurs succeed.

This week, we again present Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook and a brilliant entrepreneur.  We previously shared a clip from Mark’s presentation at Stanford University (via Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner) in which he discussed building and managing his Facebook team.

In this interesting three-minute clip (from Y Combinator’s recent Startup School), Mark discusses (i) Facebook’s acquisition strategy, (ii) the importance of hiring “the best” people and (iii) creating and maintaining an entrepreneurial culture.  I hope you enjoy it.  Many thanks, Scott

Walker Twitter Highlights: October 17th – 23rd

by Scott Edward Walker on October 24th, 2010

I’m using Twitter as a form of micro-blogging to share interesting blog posts, articles and podcasts relating to entrepreneurship & startups, mergers & acquisitions, and business & corporate law issues.

For those of you who missed this week’s Twitter updates, below are my five most popular tweets (via bit.ly) and my blog-related tweets.  If you’d like to see all of my tweets (or an RSS feed of them), you can do so here.  Thanks, Scott

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Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs: “I’m Going To Show You How Great I Am”

by Scott Edward Walker on October 22nd, 2010

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

Welcome to our weekly series entitled “Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs.”  Each week, we post a short video clip to inspire and motivate entrepreneurs.  Why?  Because we know how  tough it is being an entrepreneur; and whether you’re launching your venture, trying to execute your business model or raising funds, you need a little juice to help you push the ball forward.  I hope these videos are a little juice.  Cheers, Scott

How Do I Raise Seed Capital If I Don’t Know Any Investors? – Part 2

by Scott Edward Walker on October 20th, 2010

Introduction

This post is part 2 of my three-part series: “How do I raise seed capital if I don’t know any investors?”  In part 1, I discussed the importance of hustling and building relationships in order to get warm introductions to investors.  In this post, I will discuss a different approach: applying to one of the mentorship/seed capital programs.

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Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Tom Peters

by Scott Edward Walker on October 18th, 2010

To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series entitled “Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.”  Each week, we post a short video clip of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics to help entrepreneurs succeed.

This week, we present Tom Peters, management guru, public speaker and author of a number of extraordinary business books, including In Search of Excellence (co-authored with Robert H. Waterman, Jr) and Re-imagine! Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age.  In this interesting, three-minute clip, Tom discusses how to innovate, the problem with competitive benchmarking and the importance of doing something “remarkable.”  I hope you enjoy it.  Many thanks, Scott

Walker Twitter Highlights: October 10th – 16th

by Scott Edward Walker on October 17th, 2010

I’m using Twitter as a form of micro-blogging to share interesting blog posts, articles and podcasts relating to entrepreneurship & startups, mergers & acquisitions, and business & corporate law issues.

For those of you who missed this week’s Twitter updates, below are my five most popular tweets (via bit.ly) and my blog-related tweets.  If you’d like to see all of my tweets (or an RSS feed of them), you can do so here.  Thanks, Scott

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Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs: “I Am a Champion”

by Scott Edward Walker on October 15th, 2010

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

Welcome to our weekly series entitled “Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs.”  Each week, we post a short video clip to inspire and motivate entrepreneurs.  Why?  Because we know how tough it is being an entrepreneur; and whether you’re launching your venture, trying to execute your business model or raising funds, you need a little juice to help you push the ball forward.  I hope these videos are a little juice.  Cheers, Scott

How Do I Raise Seed Capital If I Don’t Know Any Investors? – Part 1

by Scott Edward Walker on October 13th, 2010

Introduction

As a corporate lawyer for entrepreneurs, I am constantly asked by first-time entrepreneurs: “How do I raise seed capital if I don’t know any investors?”  That’s a good question, which I’m going to answer in three parts.  This post is part 1 – hustle and build relationships.

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Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Steve Blank

by Scott Edward Walker on October 11th, 2010

To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series entitled “Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.”  Each week, we post a short video clip of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics to help entrepreneurs succeed.

This week, we present startup guru Steve Blank, a retired, highly-successful serial entrepreneur (with 30+ years of venture experience), and currently a Consulting Professor at Stanford and blogger extraordinaire.  In this interesting, short clip (courtesy of Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner – 11/11/09), Steve discusses his checklist for entrepreneurs launching a venture, including (i) what’s the opportunity? (ii) where’s the innovation? and (iii) who’s the customer?  I hope you enjoy it.  Many thanks, Scott

Walker Twitter Highlights: October 3rd – 9th

by Scott Edward Walker on October 10th, 2010

I’m using Twitter as a form of micro-blogging to share interesting blog posts, articles and podcasts relating to entrepreneurship & startups, mergers & acquisitions, and business & corporate law issues.

For those of you who missed this week’s Twitter updates, below are my five most popular tweets (via bit.ly) and my blog-related tweets.  If you’d like to see all of my tweets (or an RSS feed of them), you can do so here.  Many thanks, Scott

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Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs: “I Expect Nothing Less”

by Scott Edward Walker on October 8th, 2010

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

Welcome to our weekly series entitled “Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs.”  Each week, we post a short video clip to inspire and motivate our fellow entrepreneurs.  Why?  Because it’s tough being an entrepreneur; and whether you’re launching your venture, trying to execute your business model or pitching investors, you need a little juice to help you push the ball forward.  I hope this video via Coach Bear Bryant is a little juice.  Cheers, Scott

5 Biggest Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make in Selling Their Company

by Scott Edward Walker on October 6th, 2010

Introduction

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are definitely starting to come back to life.  In fact, we’ve recently been retained on a couple of new sell-side, middle-market M&A transactions.  Accordingly, I thought I’d briefly share with you the five biggest mistakes I’ve seen entrepreneurs make in connection with selling their company, based on my 16+ years of M&A experience.

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Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Jerry Kaplan

by Scott Edward Walker on October 4th, 2010

To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series entitled “Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.”  Each week, we post a short video clip of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics to help entrepreneurs succeed.

This week, we present Jerry Kaplan, a serial entrepreneur, technical innovator and author of “Startup–A Silicon Valley Adventure.”  In this solid seven-minute clip (courtesy of Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner), Jerry discusses the “five biggest mistakes that entrepreneurs make,” including (i) having unclear goals; (ii) trying to prove that they are smart; and (iii) doing it for the money.  I hope you enjoy it.  Many thanks, Scott

Walker Twitter Highlights: September 26th – October 2nd

by Scott Edward Walker on October 3rd, 2010

I’m using Twitter as a form of micro-blogging to share interesting articles, blog posts and podcasts relating to entrepreneurship, startup and corporate law issues, and mergers & acquisitions.

For those of you who missed this week’s Twitter updates, below are my five most popular tweets (via bit.ly) and two most popular blog-related tweets.  If you’d like to see all of my tweets (or an RSS feed of them), you can do so here.  Many thanks, Scott

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Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs: Make a Mistake, Do Something

by Scott Edward Walker on October 1st, 2010

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

Welcome to our weekly series entitled “Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs.”  Each week, we post a short video clip to inspire and motivate our fellow entrepreneurs.  Why?  Because it’s tough being an entrepreneur; and whether you’re launching a venture, trying to execute on your business plan or raising capital, you need a little juice to help you push the ball forward.  I hope this video is a little juice.  Cheers, Scott