startup programs

Mentor Visit – Po Chi Wu

Mentor Visit – Po Chi Wu

One of the great things about running Startup Boot.Camp is bringing experienced mentors in to talk to the startups. We had our first mentor visit recently from Po Chi Wu, an educator and investor who splits his time between Hong Kong and Silicon Valley. When I visited Hong Kong briefly six months ago, Po Chi […]

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Startup Bootcamp Starts

Startup Bootcamp kicked off on Monday. I’m going to blog here periodically about the experience and what we learn works for the group and for Hong Kong. The program has Customer Development / Lean Startup methodology at its core with mentor visits and overall keeping everyone on track for the three months the program runs. […]

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Simplicity

I saw two useful and simple new services yesterday: Delight.io (by Thomas Pun, who I know) and PopTip.com (from a new TechStars grad). Delight.io allows developers to add a line of code to their iOS app in order to see how users interact with the apps. PopTip allows any Twitter user to run a poll […]

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Why getting pissed off at Startup Weekend turned out to be a good thing for me

When one of Startup Weekend’s local reps asked me to lead a week-long master class to build on their New York event I was psyched. When after weeks of planning and work on the content the event fell apart days before delivery I was pissed. So I did the only thing I could do at […]

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Mentoring at StartupWeekend… and Then Teaching There

I had a great time mentoring at NYC’s recent StartupWeekend. This was the first StartupWeekend I ever attended, but it made me think that the teams I saw would have looked very different a couple years ago when I was getting started. First, there was a good mix of people: developers, UX, design, marketing, business […]

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Columbia student pitch practice

Today is the last day of Startups Unplugged – The Columbia Edition. It’s pitch practice time. For those of you involved, be prepared, because your audience will be tough. But also think about how you can learn most from this experience. Sure, there are tons of pitch events around town. But there aren’t that many […]

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Famous teacher or good teacher

Years ago, when I was at Columbia, I heard about an interesting-sounding course taught by a Nobel Laureate. Competition to get in the course was tough so I decided to sit in on a class first (always a good idea). What I found astonished me. The class was half full with most of the attending […]

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Are the TechStars Results accurate?

Are the TechStars Results accurate?

I have total respect for TechStars and what I know about it tells me it’s a great program. So when I recently saw TechStars’ results page with a 80% success rate I had to learn more. I’m always very interested in “success/failure” at startups so I looked through their list of previous classes, going back […]

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Chief concerns of new round of student participants

Chief concerns of new round of student participants

I just started a new Startups Unplugged group for Columbia students (undergrad and MBA) and recent grads. I was psyched that so many people signed up. There were 25 people in the first session, each of which had submitted information about their startups or concepts beforehand.  Here’s the breakdown of the chief concerns of this group (more than […]

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