Archive for December, 2010

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

by Scott Edward Walker on December 22nd, 2010

Happy Holidays and best wishes for the New Year.  It’s been an amazing 2010 at Walker Corporate Law Group, and my colleagues and I want to thank all of our clients and friends for their support.  Our offices will be closed until Monday, January 3rd.  No blog posts or tweets until then.  Cheers (and enjoy Louis Armstrong below), Scott

Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Steve Blank

by Scott Edward Walker on December 20th, 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 startup guru Steve Blank, a retired, highly-successful serial entrepreneur (with 30+ years of venture experience) and one of the smartest startup guys out there.  In this powerful clip, Steve discusses, among other things, (i) the importance of hubris, vision and passion; (ii) how entrepreneurship is a “calling” – “not a job”; (iii) the importance of getting out of the building to learn what the customer wants; and (iv) how a startup is “nothing more than a series of guesses.”  I hope you enjoy it.  Many thanks, Scott

Walker Twitter Highlights: December 12th – 18th

by Scott Edward Walker on December 19th, 2010

I’m using Twitter as a form of micro-blogging to share interesting blog posts, articles, Quora answers and podcasts relating to entrepreneurship and startups, M&A and legal issues.

If you 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: “Explore. Dream. Discover.”

by Scott Edward Walker on December 17th, 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 a 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 To Be a Silicon Valley Lawyer: A Tribute to Craig Johnson

by Scott Edward Walker on December 15th, 2010

Craig Johnson

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Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Dave McClure

by Scott Edward Walker on December 13th, 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 Dave McClure, a smart entrepreneur turned angel investor and venture capitalist and founding partner of 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund and incubator program headquartered in Mountain View.  In this interesting recent interview (courtesy of Vator.TV), Dave discusses, among other things, (i) how his fund differentiates from other funds; (ii) the changing M&A market (and the new set of potential acquirors); (iii) portfolio company exit strategies; and (iv) customer acquisition.  I hope you enjoy it.  Many thanks, Scott

Walker Twitter Highlights: December 5th – 11th

by Scott Edward Walker on December 12th, 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: “Maybe You’re Just Making Excuses”

by Scott Edward Walker on December 10th, 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 a 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

Tips re Letters of Intent

by Scott Edward Walker on December 8th, 2010

Introduction

This post was originally part of my “Ask the Attorney” series which I am writing for VentureBeat (one of my favorite websites for entrepreneurs).  Below is a longer, more comprehensive version.  Please shoot me any questions you may have in the comments section (or via the “Ask Scott Any Question” link if you prefer confidential treatment).  Many thanks, Scott

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Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Sheryl Sandberg

by Scott Edward Walker on December 6th, 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 Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and a brilliant thinker.  In this interesting, three-minute clip (courtesy of Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner), Sheryl discusses leadership, including (i) the importance of getting passion and “true enthusiasm” from your team, (ii) how to be a great leader and (iii) the sine qua non of leadership: vision (and “one that scales”).  I hope you enjoy it.  Many thanks, Scott

Walker Twitter Highlights: November 28th – December 4th

by Scott Edward Walker on December 5th, 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: “It’s A Great Moment When Someone Has Character”

by Scott Edward Walker on December 3rd, 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 a 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 Should a Startup Compensate its Attorneys?

by Scott Edward Walker on December 1st, 2010

Introduction

This post was originally part of my “Ask the Attorney” series which I am writing for VentureBeat (one of my favorite websites for entrepreneurs).  Below is a longer, more comprehensive version.  Please shoot me any questions you have in the comments section – or feel free to call me directly at 415-979-9998.  Many thanks, Scott

 

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