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Entrepreneur Articles

SBEC has collected select articles about entrepreneurship, building businesses and contributing to the startup community.

The South Bay Entrepreneurial Center: Where Innovation, Technology, Business and Investment Come Together

January 2013 in Torrance Magazine
The South Bay Entrepreneurial Center (SBEC) is a non-profit business incubator and educational center started by a group of local business and civic leaders who recognized that the majority of new jobs are created by start-ups and emerging growth companies. Its purpose is to provide a place where entrepreneurs can meet, exchange ideas, and access mentors and business resources to help local business grow, create jobs, and foster economic development in the South Bay.

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Educating Young Entrepreneurs – Why!

April 2012 in Torrance Magazine

Most of what you hear about entrepreneurship is all wrong. It’s not magic; it’s not mysterious; and it has nothing to do with genes. It’s a discipline and, like any discipline, it can be learned.

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Fund Raising is a Means Not an End

June 11, 2013 by Steve Blank

For many entrepreneurs “raising money” has replaced “building a sustainable business” as their goal. That’s a big mistake. When you take money from investors their business model becomes yours.


Millennials Genuinely Think They Can Change The World And Their Communities

by @FastCoExist

Far from the jaded, disconnected image you might have of them, 18- to 30-year-olds have a bright view of the future, and are willing to work to make the world better.


How I Think About Seed Investing As A VC

August 2, 2010 by Brad Feld

Last week saw an explosion of discussion around seed investing, including plenty of negative comments around VCs as seed investors. While I agree that many VCs are crummy seed investors, I think there are some that are excellent seed investors.


Raising Venture Capital

June 21, 2009 by Mark Suster

The initial section covers what to do before you approach a VC (or if you should even raise VC at all), the middle section is what the presentation you send should look like and the final session covers what to do after the meeting.

The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint

December 30, 2005 by Guy Kawasaki

I suffer from something called Ménière’s disease—don’t worry, you cannot get it from reading my blog. The symptoms of Ménière’s include hearing loss, tinnitus (a constant ringing sound), and vertigo. There are many medical theories about its cause: too much salt, caffeine, or alcohol in one’s diet, too much stress, and allergies. Thus, I’ve worked to limit control all these factors.

Pitch Decks

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