Archive for January, 2011

Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: William Sahlman

by Scott Edward Walker on January 31st, 2011

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.

This week, we present William Sahlman, a professor at Harvard Business School and a very intelligent, engaging guy. In this interesting, three-minute clip from a few years ago (courtesy of Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner), Bill discusses, among other things, (i) the importance of the “relentless pursuit of opportunity” and (ii) how  “ideas are a dime a dozen and execution is all that matters.”  I hope you enjoy it.  Many thanks, Scott

Walker Twitter Highlights: January 23rd – 29th

by Scott Edward Walker on January 30th, 2011

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: “Believe in Yourself”

by Scott Edward Walker on January 28th, 2011

“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

What’s It Like Working at a Major New York City Law Firm?

by Scott Edward Walker on January 26th, 2011

Introduction

About once a week, I receive an email or phone call from a law school student asking for career advice and specifically inquiring what it’s like working at a major New York City law firm (as I did for nearly eight years).  I discuss below the good, the bad and the ugly.

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Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Aaron Levie

by Scott Edward Walker on January 24th, 2011

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.

This week we present Aaron Levie, the Co-Founder and CEO of Box.net and a smart, engaging entrepreneur.  In this interesting, three-minute clip (courtesy of Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner), Aaron discusses how he launched Box from his dorm room and how he had the guts to quit college to pursue his dream.  I love this clip because it’s another example of the importance of guts – which I addressed in my recent post, “What Makes a Great Entrepreneur?”  I hope you enjoy it.  Many thanks, Scott

Walker Twitter Highlights: January 16th – 22nd

by Scott Edward Walker on January 23rd, 2011

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: “You Have Greatness Within You”

by Scott Edward Walker on January 21st, 2011

“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 “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

What Makes a Great Entrepreneur?

by Scott Edward Walker on January 19th, 2011

Introduction

I’ve worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs over my 17+ years of practicing law, and clients and friends ask me all the time: “What makes a great entrepreneur?  Why do some entrepreneurs make it and others fail?  Hey Scott, what’s the secret sauce to being a successful entrepreneur?”


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Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Marc Andreessen

by Scott Edward Walker on January 17th, 2011

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.

This week, we again present Marc Andreessen, a brilliant entrepreneur and co-founder and general partner of the venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz; he is also co-founder and chairman of Ning.  In this interesting, two-minute clip (courtesy of Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner), Marc discusses the general criteria for a successful, high-tech startup:  (i) Is there a big market? (ii) Is there a “10x change” happening in the landscape? and (iii) Is the team outstanding?  I hope you enjoy it.  Many thanks, Scott

Walker Twitter Highlights: January 9th – 15th

by Scott Edward Walker on January 16th, 2011

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: “Maybe I’ll Take That Ride Again”

by Scott Edward Walker on January 14th, 2011

“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 on 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: Tom Conrad

by Scott Edward Walker on January 12th, 2011

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 Conrad, the CTO of Pandora and a smart, engaging guy.  In this interesting, five-minute clip (courtesy of Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner), Tom discusses, among other things, the importance of (i) word of mouth (“words and mouths”), (ii) fostering relationships with your customers and (iii) genuinely connecting with them.  I hope you enjoy it.  Many thanks, Scott

Walker Twitter Highlights: January 2nd – 8th

by Scott Edward Walker on January 8th, 2011

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: “Passion Has a Funny Way of Trumping Logic”

by Scott Edward Walker on January 7th, 2011

“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

Can I Raise Money for My Startup via Twitter?

by Scott Edward Walker on January 5th, 2011

Introduction

I get this question all the time (in one form or another): “Hey Scott, can I raise money for my startup via Twitter?  I have a lot of followers, and I know some of them would be interested in investing.”  As discussed below, the answer is no — unless the tweet is a direct message (a “DM”) to a follower with whom you have a substantive, pre-existing relationship. 

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Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Randy Komisar

by Scott Edward Walker on January 3rd, 2011

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 Randy Komisar, a partner at Kleiner Perkins and a very smart investor.  In this interesting, eight-minute clip (courtesy of Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner from a few years back), Randy discusses the magic of Silicon Valley and its “culture of constructive failure.”  I hope you enjoy it.  Many thanks, Scott