by David Kashen and Jerry Colonna
Five of the world's top startup-focused executive coaches choose entrepreneurs from the audience who want to volunteer with a problem or area for improvement. In speed coaching sessions, they attempt to make quick and dramatic shifts in beliefs and behaviors which will bring more success and happiness for the subjects' work and companies. In this dramatic demonstration you'll see the power and effectiveness of coaching for startup founders and leaders, and why coaching is a hot trend for high-performing founders recommended by top VCs.
There was an article - or 100 - the other day that said something about entrepreneurs being...The life blood of society! The new drivers of our economy! The largest employers of our citizens! The solution to our problems!
And what about all the LinkedIn profiles stating "Entrepreneur" as a title?
But are all these "entrepreneurs" really entrepreneurs?
We'll be hashing through what entrepreneurship really means, what a startup really is, and what innovation really makes a difference on society and the economy (what is "making a difference" anyway?). Our panel will be a group of diverse "entrepreneurs" - from high-growth speedups as described by Startup America to social entrepreneurs who might not provide huge financial returns but contribute in other ways - and we'll be talking about the similarities and differences between everyone's idea of their own Entrepreneurship.
It's a frank discussion on some of the realities and frustrations surrounding this debate.
It's hard to find a co-founder for your startup. Tell us what you are looking for and we will play the matchmaker. In just an hour, you'll meet a dozen potential co-founders hand-picked for you. Please register ahead of time at http://capitalfactory.com/sxsw-c... .
Why do some tech communities thrive while other fail? What can you do to start, fix or grow your city's startup scene?
This panel will take a grounded look at the key ingredients of successful startup communities in any geography. We'll look the role that events, spaces, accelerators, VC, angels, universities, and government play in the equation, and we'll dissect the intangibles as well - including culture, philosophy, mentorship, education, and more. We'll also have some time at the end for audience questions. Panelists include Brad Feld, Paige Craig, Mark Davis, Nick Seguin, Marc Nager and Andrew Yang.
Imagine getting on a bus with a group of strangers and three days later, while traveling at 60 miles per hour, conceive, build and launch a startup. That's what over 300 people have done for three years, with the cream of the crop battling it out at the grand finals. Come see who will be crowned the 2012 winner...but only after being grilled by a high profile panel of investors and entrepreneurs.
9th–13th March 2012