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Prioritizing Your Target Market Niches

Tuesday of this week I attended an online workshop hosted by Cheryl Downing, founder of Cheryl Downing and Associates. The topic of the workshop was "Prioritizing Your Target Market Niches." From the workshop I learned: 1. Why you should select your top 3 target market niches 2. Why to focus [...]

By | 2007-10-10T17:29:26+00:00 August 31st, 2007|Events|0 Comments

Another Perspective on Paul Saffo’s Talk Aug 28

Two days ago I attended the Churchill Club breakfast presentation featuring Paul Saffo. It was a very insightful and thought provoking talk that revolved around his Harvard Business Review article "Six Rules for Effective Forecasting." From his talk I took away three points You can't predict the future! I don't [...]

By | 2009-12-21T00:41:44+00:00 August 30th, 2007|Events|1 Comment

By the Numbers: How I built a Web 2.0, User-Generated Content, Citizen Journalism, Long-Tail, Social Media Site for $12,107.09

Last night I attended a BayChi event held at the PARC auditorium. This presentation featured Guy Kawasaki, Founder of Truemors and Managing Director at Garage Technology Ventures. His presentation was titled "By the Numbers: How I built a Web 2.0, User-Generated Content, Citizen Journalism, Long-Tail, Social Media Site for $12,107.09." [...]

By | 2007-08-15T16:48:41+00:00 August 15th, 2007|Events, Founder Story, skmurphy|0 Comments

Ready, Set, Launch: Taking the Product to Market

This evening, I attended the SVPMA event featuring Chris Shipley Co-Founder and Chairman, Guidewire Group, Inc. The title of the presentation was Ready, Set, Launch: Taking the Product to Market. Surprisingly, Chris brought two additional speakers with her; Steve Larsen, Co-founder and CEO of Krugle and Arya Barirani, Marketing Manager, [...]

By | 2009-02-05T22:03:27+00:00 July 11th, 2007|Events|0 Comments

InfoWorld: Social Media and B-to-B; Over-hyped or Under-executed

This morning I attended the InfoWorld Media Group Technology Breakfast, at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The topic was: "Social Media and B-to-B; Over-Hyped or Under-Executed". Below is my summary of the question and answer discussion. Moderator: Paul Calento, SVP/Strategic Development InfoWorld Panelists: David Hahn, Director, Advertising Products, Linkedin Virginia [...]

By | 2009-02-05T19:28:43+00:00 May 22nd, 2007|Events|0 Comments

Plug and Play Expo Startup Pitches

Are you trying to raise venture capital? If so, the Plug and Play Tech Center Expo is the place to be. The full day agenda included presentations from thirty-one companies to a panelist of investors from Norwest Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Foundation Capital, Amidzad Ventures, and Mohr Davidow Ventures. The [...]

By | 2007-05-23T15:02:42+00:00 May 3rd, 2007|Events, Funding|0 Comments

Lessons Learned by Jason Feinsmith at Accomplice

This evening I attended the SDForum SEM SIG, featuring Jason Feinsmith, CEO of Accomplice. Jason gave an excellent no holds bar talk on his lessons learned from starting a company. Accomplice started operations over 2 years ago. The company has developed and commercialized an innovative "virtual assistant" software product and [...]

By | 2007-05-07T20:54:00+00:00 April 19th, 2007|Events|1 Comment

SDForum Startup SIG: Interim CEO’s featuring Mark Lazar

Tonight I attended the SDForum Startup SIG, featuring Mark Lazar. Mark is a highly experienced chief executive with a proven record in successfully growing and managing companies in the software and telecommunication industries. Mark is usually attracted to opportunities where a company needs help in accelerating growth or turn around. [...]

By | 2007-05-07T14:20:03+00:00 March 19th, 2007|Events|0 Comments

March Silicon Valley NewTech Meetup

Last night I attended the Silicon Valley NewTech Meetup. Below is my opinion of the companies, the presentation, and my attempt to capture the content from the questions and answers. The first presentation was given by MyThings, a website that allows you to catalog your belongings on-line. The site was first [...]

By | 2007-05-04T20:00:09+00:00 March 7th, 2007|Events|0 Comments

2 Disruptive Trends: Open Source & SaaS

Last night, I attended the SDForum Business Intelligence SIG. The guest speaker was Barry Klawans, CTO of JasperSoft who spoke on 2 Disruptive Trends: Open Source & SaaS. From Barry's talk I learned: The advantages vs. disadvantages of SaaS (Software as a Service) The similarities between SaaS and Open Source [...]

By | 2007-03-08T17:38:04+00:00 February 21st, 2007|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Pixar’s Ed Catmull Highlights Value of Post Mortems

The Annual Stanford Entrepreneurship Conference featured Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, as its keynote speaker. Ed gave a great presentation on lessons learned from structurally organizing a company for effective communication across its departments. In the beginning, Ed believed they had created a very strong culture at Pixar. [...]

By | 2007-02-26T22:43:48+00:00 February 1st, 2007|Events, Rules of Thumb|0 Comments

Going Solo or Partnering Panel: Stanford E-Conference

Today I attended the 2007  Entrepreneurship Conference at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. One session that I truly enjoyed and found very informative was the "Going Solo or Partnering" Panel. Below are three questions and answers I believe capture the importance of developing a solid team. Moderator Andy Rachleff – [...]

By | 2007-02-26T22:44:08+00:00 January 31st, 2007|Events|0 Comments