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Saturday, August 5, 2017

All Startupers Need to Read Angel by Jason Calacanis

Are you an investor? Are you the founder of a startup? Do you work for a startup? Are you a venture capitalist that specializes in startups? Are you an entrepreneur? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to get the book, Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups-Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned $100,000 into $100,000,000 by Jason Calacanis.  

If you don't know who Jason Calacanis is, you should. He is one of the top angel investors in the United States, and hosts the Launch Fesitval in San Francisco, which has featured numerous startups. 

Calacanis has invested in such companies as Tumblr, Uber, Evernote, Robinhood, Thumbtack, and numerous other companies.

His book takes you through all the steps to become wealthy through startups, from evaluating new businesses, determining the risks and rewards, and building upon your angel investor relationships.

If you are interested in making money through startups, I highly recommend the book, Angel.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Top Selling FREE Books on Startups

Numerous books are available about startups, and one of the best ways to see what the best ones are is by checking the best sellers. To put icing on the cake, many of these books are available for free for Kindle, at least for a limited time. The following books are the top selling books on Amazon, and are currently available for free, at least at the time this article is being written. Here are the books, most of which have either 4 or 5 stars:

Starting a Successful Blog when you have NO CLUE! - 7 Steps to WordPress Bliss

597 Business Ideas You can Start from Home - doing what you LOVE!

A comment I have to  make about the above two books, which show up as numbers 1 and 2 in the Amazon category of Starting a Business. They are both written by Gundi Gabrielle. I have not read the above books (yet), but I have read the book Travel for Free which she wrote, and which I really enjoyed. It is an outstanding book on travel hacks, and I am planning on covering it in a future post.

How To Get Rich From Home On A Part Time Basis With Only $20!: Start Making Money In The Next 48 Hours!

How to start online eCommerce store: eCommerce store complete guide

40 Rules for Internet Business Success: Escape the 9 to 5, Do Work You Love, and Build a Profitable Online Business

15 Handpicked Unique Suppliers for Handmade Businesses 2015 - 2016: An Exclusive Guide To Fuel Etsy Selling Success and the Handmade Entrepreneur

49 Quick Ways to Market Your Business for Free: An Instant Guide to Marketing Success

Remember, these free book sales may not last long, so order them now if you have any interest.

Happy reading!!!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Venture Deals: Be Smarter than your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist

If you have ever considered starting up your own business, or maybe you have just created your startup and need to raise funds but feel a bit overwhelmed, you need to read the book Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson. It is a complete guide to venture capital from raising money to selling the business.

The book covers the various sources of funding that are available in great detail including crowdfunding and convertible debt. Because the term sheet is so important, there are four chapters dedicated to it.

Throughout all the chapters, there is an "Entrepreneur's Prospective" which is very useful to the startuper.

Probably the best feature of the book is the sample term sheet at the end.

So if you are planning or working on your startup and need additional capital, I recommend you get  Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Startup Your Own Movie or TV Show: Interview with Sean & Taylor King, Producers of Private Sales

Have you ever wanted to produce your own movie or TV show? Well now you can and it's easier and less expensive than you might think.

Listen to this exclusive interview with Sean King and Taylor King, the owners and producers of New Zealand Son Films, which recently produced the series on Amazon called Private Sales, a mystery and thriller that takes place in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Sean and Taylor were the directors, writers, producers, and actors for the series.

This fascinating podcast will provide you with extensive amount of information, including:

Finding actors and actresses
How long it takes to film an episode
Choosing shooting locations
The budget
Deferred pay for actors
Getting a deal with Amazon
The four ways to get paid by Amazon
Future projects
Advice for someone who wants to produce their own indie movie or TV show
And much more

The Interview

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To watch Private Sales on Amazon, click:


To find out more information about New Zealand Son Films, click:


Check out the trailer for the series below:



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Don't Miss the TechCrunch Disrupt Conference

The TechCrunch Disrupt Conference will be held at Pier 36 in New York City on May 15th through the 17th. You have 16 days to get tickets before prices go up. 

If you have a startup in any of the following areas, you have a chance to display in Startup Alley for free

  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
  • E-Commerce
  • Fitness & Beauty
  • Fintech & Payments
  • Food & Beverage
  • Hardware & IoT
  • Health & Biotech
  • Media, Gaming & Entertainment
  • Mobility & Transportation
  • SaaS, Marcom & Advertisement
  • Security & IT
  • Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality

If you want to be a speaker at the event, you can submit your submission here

Hopefully, you will get the chance to attend. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Tim Ferriss Interview

Fred Fuld & Tim Ferriss
I think most people are aware of Timothy Ferriss, famous author, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, fitness enthusiast, public speaker, and much, much more.
Last night, he spoke at an Inforum at the Commonwealth Club event, held at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, California. He was interviewed by  Naval Ravikant of AngelList. The entire session, including questions and answers, lasted an hour and a half.
For those of you who don’t know,  Tim Ferriss is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, who wrote 4-Hour Workweek , 4-Hour Body, and 4-Hour Chef. He just released his latest book, Tools of Titans .
He talked about a lot of different topics covering a wide range of areas. (I don’t want to give any of it away.)
Fortunately, for those who were not able to attend, the presentation was broadcast live on Facebook (FB) and the recording is available on Facebook right now. Enjoy!

Friday, January 6, 2017

How to Get Free Tickets to the LAUNCH Festival on April 6-7

If you have never been to the Launch Festival, the world's largest startup event, you need to attend at least once. And if you have been before, you know that it is worth coming back to.

The latest festival will be held in San Francisco on April 6th and 7th at the Innovation Hangar & Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco.

Ten startups wil be features in each of various Summits, including:
AI
Cannabis
Drones
Education
Food
Health
Robotics
Smart Home
VR/AR

Free tickets are available to founders but only to the first 10,000 applicants, and they are almost at capacity. The tickets entitle you to all stages and the demo pit.