Month: January 2009

Protecting Your Invention – Topic for Upcoming Breakfast

Bootstrappers Breakfast(TM) announces Pete Tormey “the Patent Guy” (http://www.actionpatents.com) as invited guest to discuss when you need a patent and tips for getting one. Patents provide an important competitive advantage, and young companies need to develop an understanding of patents to maintain this competitive advantage.Bootstrappers Breakfast will meet at Omega Restaurant in Milpitas, Feb. 13, …

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Marketing Consultants Forum at CNSV

I took part in the Marketing Consultant’s forum at CNSV tonight as a panelist, joining Ahmet Alpdemir, Brian Berg, and Peter Salmon. The slides are on the CNSV site at http://californiaconsultants.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/CNSV-0901-Berg-Murphy-Alpdemir-Salmon.zip My focus was on “Cultivating Communities to Get More Customers.” I addressed joining a community with the objective of becoming a member in good standing. …

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Looking Down the Money Trail at CSPA

I attended CSPA’s “Looking Down the Money Trail” tonight at Pilsbury in Palo Alto. Pilsbury hosts a number of entrepreneur oriented events and tonight their room was overflowing. One reason was that the event had a stellar panel: Steve Bengston, Managing Director of Emerging Company Services (ECS), PricewaterhouseCoopers Prashant Shah, Managing Director, Hummer Winblad Venture …

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Fantastic On-Line Workshop on Wikis at CPSquare in January 2009

I attended a workshop put on by CPSquare in 2003 on Communities of Practice that had a profound impact on my worldview. I met folks from around the US who helped to foster communities of practice in corporate, education, government, and non-profit settings and was surprised at how common the both the challenges and methodologies …

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5 Tips For Writing a Startup’s First Backgrounder

Focus on establishing your team as trustworthy and dependable. The biggest question in a prospect’s mind is how your team will you perform when things go wrong. Stress earlier engagements with the problem you help your customers solve. Make this “phase two” of efforts to solve these problems, building on earlier relevant experience and accomplishments. …

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Paul Lippe on an Entrepreneur’s Accountability

Paul Lippe is CEO of Legal OnRamp, a community of practice website for lawyers. He did a guest post on the AmLaw Daily Blog “Welcome to the Future: Leadership, Accountability, and Swimwear” that I enjoyed, in particular his observations on the entrepreneur’s accountability were worth bearing in mind in 2009. Paul Lippe on an Entrepreneur’s …

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Welcome to 2009

Believe me when I say that we have a difficult time ahead of us. But if we are to be prepared for it, we must first shed our fear of it. I stand before you now, truthfully, unafraid. Because I believe something you do not? No! I stand here because I remember. I remember that …

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