San Diego startup community is making it happen

Friday, I attended an event put on by Brant Cooper and the startup community in San Diego. Brant Cooper helps startups get started – they need it sometimes. He is also the author of the popular lean startup book “The Entrepreneurs Guide to Customer Development.” Give him a Google, he is writer, speaker, consultant, and all around cool guy.

David Cohen, the founder and CEO of TechStars was in the house talking about their accelerator program and what it takes to grow a localized startup/tech scene. The event was packed and very well received.

It was cool to see all the people sharing their ideas, their companies, and their efforts/hard work to continue building the startup community. I tell you what, this is a community you need to watch – something is taking shape and fast.

Heading into the event I had no expectation other than to hear David speak and to see what the startup scene was like in San Diego. I was blown away after just being there a few minutes. I wasn’t expecting it, honestly.

After the talk by David Cohen, Brant had organized FREE beer at a pub on campus at UCSD. Yes, free beer! That topped it off for me. Great event, great people, and free beer. I’m sold!

Talking with the different entrepreneurs, you got a sense that everyone is not out for themselves and what you can do for them, but what can they do to support the overall effort of building the community. You don’t see this very often, so it was enlightening. That is what it takes – people supporting people to grow and get things done.

Lets just say this, people are fired up and they’re putting in the work to make a killer startup community happen. Let’s support them.

Keep it up San Diego! And, thanks for the warm welcome and free beer! You rock!

 

Streamlining the investment process

Check out this great new company called CaplinkedIt’s a new tool that streamlines the investment process and gives companies a new way to raise capital and sell assets.

Also, it’s not just built for tech startups, but for all startups. Some of the investments on the site are:  financial services, energy, transportation and food and beverage industries.

Here’s the number that got me excited! The company launched in Oct 2010 and it already has $12 billion in deals.

If your entrepreneur or investor, I say, click on over to the site and check it out.

Note: (To view a deal, would-be investors have to certify that they are accredited investors, institutional investors or advisors to one of the investors.)

Oh, and last but not least, the service is FREE! Who doesn’t love FREE!

Epically failing on purpose

Are you afraid to epically fail? Not me, I epic fail on purpose. We need more people willing to take risks and epic fail on purpose. Well, epic fails that don’t totally wipe us out, but that make us bolder and more confident in our abilities. Epic fails that teach us lessons about what works and what doesn’t.

Epic failure is something I enjoy very much. Why? Because, each time I fall down and scrape up my knees I learn something very valuable that I wouldn’t have learned before. I learn how far I can go, how high I can jump, and how much money it’s going to cost!

When I fail, it moves me away from what doesn’t work and closer to what does. I like the sound of that – moving closer to what works. We all want to know and understand the things that work, right? But, how can you learn the things that work until we’ve tried and epically failed at the things that don’t work.

Think experiments. We may try hundreds, if not thousands of experiments until we find a solution. The same is true with projects, ideas, startups, dating, and the million other things we try to figure out in life. But, we have to be willing to epically fail at these things.

Parents don’t always teach us this, schools screw it up, and so do your bosses. Don’t listen to these safe boring people, they are going nowhere. You need to epically fail at things, it’s part of the learning experience. You can do it, epic fail. Just don’t wipe yourself out!

 

ARE YOU A STARTER OR A SUSTAINER?

I’ve come to realize that I’m horrible at sustaining things, but awesome at starting things and making things happen! I’ve only learned this after starting so many things that I can’t even count them on my two hands! This is the truth. I actually tried the other day and bombed miserably! How sad right?

I started to dig deeper and ask tough questions about why most of these things aren’t around. I started asking questions like: what the hell happened? It started out so good. Why did such and such fall apart so quickly? And how in the world did….

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