SXSW, Yoga Jounal, Jivamukti, Cash, SELF-fund SXSW

by Larry Chiang on July 22, 2014

By Larry Chiang Larry, here. I’m a practitioner. Here on the front lines of entrepreneurship. Sorry the blog is staccato. Bursts of insight from the front. I’m hunkered down here on my iPhone. On university avenue. Steve Blank said to “get out of the Ivory Tower” so I practice. Practice my entrepreneurship like Luke Skywalker practices with a light sabre… SXSW, Yoga Jounal, Jivamukti, Cash, SELF-fund SXSW Huh? I believed when I was a wee baby entrepreneur that I could have a FICO score the size of a 40 year old millionaire I beat the FICO and self funded http://www.duck9.com/blog/entrepreneurship/beat-the-fico/ So did my co-founder. Matt Smith. SXSW, Yoga Jounal, Jivamukti, Cash, SELF-fund SXSW in reverse chronological order Self fund SXSW. Your trip should pay for itself before you fly from SFO to Austin AUS with revenue. Cash. RMRMRE / InternalEscrow / OneWayLetterOfIntent under “Reduce Sales Friction. Jivamukti. It is an under promoted form of Yoga. Jan 17, use the free Starwood hotel stay at St Regis to meet me (in the lobby BUT YOU MUST HAVE A ROOM) Yoga Journal. YJ Learn how to promote at YJ Launch something at YJ YJ is like SXSW. But it’s for yoga Yoga is a practice like entrepreneurship. Winning SXSW is like winning in AAA Columbus baseball. First practice winning YJ Winning SXSW by winning in January in SF (disclosure: I won that year because I won in Jan at Slim’s neighboring restaurant) Win with other people’s money by Beating the FICO… http://www.duck9.com/blog/entrepreneurship/beat-the-fico/ Starwood Hotels needs you, the future rich, so get a big free SXSW hotel room using Quora advice Mike Arrington took to get free Westin Hotels http://bit.ly/mmpqq710 Disclosure: I’m a male heterosexual SuperModel.


7 Best Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Experiences

by Larry Chiang on July 14, 2014

Filed in Starts and “Entrepreneur Experiences”

Summer in the San Francisco Bay Area is Filled with Low Cost Events

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Event curation is something of a hobby for me. I pay attention to entrepreneur themed events and pattern recognize the best events for founders.

Many people are envious of the networking that goes on at Stanford University or Y Combinator. Here are 7 experiences that are low cost, high in networking impact and ones that I am paying attention to (obviously, I do not stand to financially gain. Obviously, I am neither selling tickets nor vested.) Here are the events approximately 30 days out so you can plan your travel plans.

-1- Yelp’s 10 year anniversary.

Yelp got its start when the co-founders of Yelp did live events to drive Yelp registrations. Well, this year marks their 10th anniversary. Beginning late July, there will be a smorgasbord of events (pun intended). These parties are mostly free and the space for RSVP is first come, first-served.

Yelp was started by PalPal alumni. These alumni are very engineering major and engineering as-a-profession friendly. Bring your resume, maybe a business card and a smartphone to do some great netwoking because other PayPal alumni will be there. For example, Keith Rabois, Luke Nosek and Ken Howery.

-2- W Hotel for After Parties.

In Los Angeles, afterparties involve bottle service at a club or tables with alcohol behind velvet ropes. Well in SF, the tech elite congregate in the lobby of this property. They eschew bottles and substitute asian fusion food served in tapas-portions. Bottled italian water with lime is the house drink. Most on a budget will just drink San Francisco tap that is piped in from the Rocky Mountains or the Sierras.

-3- Famed Sand Hill Road

70% of the United States of America’s venture capital sits between the 2000 block of Sandhill and the Stanford University Shopping Mall. When Sandhill Road hosts a party, you would think that founders near and far would fly in for it.

You’d be wrong.

Sandhill Road is discreet and while VCs crave and yearn to meet founders like yourselves… They do not have the distribution mechanisms in place. For example, August Capital is hosting a party on August 1. People balk at the price tag. It is eighty dollars. I calculate a return on investment to occur by 5:40pm (the party starts annually at 5:30).

-4- Interns hosting interns.

In the bay area, interns quickly become the celebrity founders. For example Brian Wong. For example, Cory Levy. For example, Ryan Shea. Well, this summer on July 22, Cory Levy is hosting interns at Broadway Studios in SF. RSVP via Cory Levy’s twitter feed or on Julia Hartz’s Eventbrite site


-5- Napa Launch Party.

The old launch parties were lavish and wasteful. The new launch party takes place on a vineyard. Here is some insight for you, VCs took their management fees and plowed that money into wine. The result is a launch party for the 2010 Cab that Silver Oak is launching.

The annual launch party takes place after the August Capital event on August 2, 2014. Silver Oak is off the Silverado trail.

-6- The AirBnb pop up party.

Remember, there are big discounts to hotels via the Yelp anniversary party. But in case that, and your free nights awards from Starwood’s American Express (no application fee and no annual fee) are still too onerous to ‘pay’, you can book airBnb housing. SF also has a public spaces initiative where you can host a small pop up party of your own.

Think “Mininum Viable Party” that is parallel with the entrepreneur concept of ‘Minimum Viable Mini Company Concept’ (LCMCC). The best way to have an impact is to host a mini live event in the real world. This is what Yelp and PayPal both did to get started. This is what start-ups do to get initial traction.

-7- This is the party that is curated in my social media feed.

You are welcome to scour and search for the multitude of Silicon Valley events. For example, Twitter, Facebook, Eventbrite and Plancast. Google+ has my locations as well.

Enjoy this summer and feel free to comment on good events that you hear about.

This is part of the 31 envelopes method. This is part of the 31 envelopes method.


I’m Not The Founder of Quora

June 20, 2014

By Larry Chiang One friend had an issue with Amex, and all of a sudden Larry  Chiang Quora  Auto-fills on google FYL I’m not the founder of Quora. Heck, I’m barely a founder of Duck9 Need an AmEx Starwood credit card?http://www.quora.com/What-credit-score-is-needed-for-an-AmEx-Starwood-credit-card ENGR145′s Anchor Concept: Lemonade and Gua Gua Guacamole  It moves you to the right […]

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Just-In-Time-Checklist for a Fired Founder

April 23, 2014

By larry chiang I read a couple things that I’ll summarize for you, founder of A Company you just got fired from. The book, “CHECKLIST MANIFESTO” – when a plane is stalling out. P172 talks about having the pilot refer to an effen checklist. CUT FUEL REDUCE THROTTLE HEAT UP FUEL. (don’t forget to fly […]

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Start at Product Market Timing

April 16, 2014

By Larry Chiang I can’t help but to DJ solution. Like a male that hears a problem, I wanna solve it with something I read. A book I read is typically someone else’s life’s work. I read fast. For example, I did a book report at Harvard called “Fifth Epiphany”. There is no book called […]

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FAVORITED McKinsey Global Institute and Eric Ries

April 14, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. McKinsey Interview: McKinsey’s Michael Chui Interviews NY Times bestseller, Eric Ries. Disruptive technology has placed a cloud over existing companies and their existing models. In this McKinsey video interview, the author of The Lean Startup reveals how upstart engineers inexpensively build a minimum viable product. These entrepreneurs make large organizations realize that they lack the countermeasures… […]

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UT Entrepreneurship Week Calendar 2014

February 25, 2014

By Larry Chiang UTeWeek is a sequel to #StanfordEweek. It was inked January 23, 2012 Here is a calendar of critical dates: http://www.duck9.com/blog/uncategorized/feb-20-march-12-2014-is-ut-entrepreneurship-week-2014/ ENGR145′s Anchor Concept: Lemonade and Gua Gua Guacamole It moves you to the right on the entrepreneur bell curve CEO of Duck9 Stanford University Entrepreneur in Residence, Emeritus Duck9 = “Deep Underground […]

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6 Ultimate Entrepreneur Goals They’ll Never Stress at SXSW

February 7, 2014

By Larry Chiang My opinion of founder goals differ from the herd. Instead of trying to define what the herd thinks, here is what I believe. It’s important in that it’s served me well and it’ll clear up some mysteries about me. 6 Ultimate Entrepreneur Goals They’ll Never Stress at #SXSW. Larry Chiang Goal #1. […]

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December 19, 2013

This is the first video http://youtu.be/tjgxESuU26I ENGR145′s Anchor Concept: Lemonade and Gua Gua Guacamole It moves you to the right on the entrepreneur bell curve CEO of Duck9 Stanford University Entrepreneur in Residence, Emeritus Duck9 = “Deep Underground Credit Knowledge” 9 125 University Avenue/ 100 Palo Alto CA 94301 http://www.duck9.com/ass 650-566-9600 650-566-9696 (direct) 650-283-8008 (cell) […]

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Larry Chiang | Page 9 | Celebrity Net Worth

December 18, 2013

By Larry Chiang Net worth is calculated using NPV (net present value There are five factors PV – present value FV – future value n – term (1981- 2092 i – interest PMT – payment/rev Your net worth would be significantly made better as an undergrad if instead of paying tuition at University of Illinois, […]

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