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Co-Founders, it’s Time to Split that Equity

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Every so often while talking to startups, I start to notice trends in questions that come up. Recently, one of those frequently-asked questions has been: How do we split equity between us co-founders? It’s a very fair question to ask. Bryan and I asked the same question of ourselves when we started Embarke 3 years ago. Bryan and I had only known each other for a couple months, yet it was...

San Diego’s Start-Up Scene is Out of Control

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20/20 Mentor Event

It’s the middle of 2013, and I’m incredibly excited at where San Diego is from a start-up ecosystem perspective. When I first dove into the start-up scene in San Diego 3 years ago…there wasn’t a whole lot going on.  There were a handful of events, and most of them were attended by the usual suspects. About 2 years ago, things started to change.  More...

Demo Booth – 12 Tips to Make Your Table a Success

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Embarke at March Mingle 2012

I get asked pretty frequently how I manage a successful “demo booth” at an event.  Through my company, Embarke, I’ve had tables at two Founder Showcases, one Launch Conference, two San Diego Venture Summit (Cool Company) events, a March Mingle, and many others…  I’ve met with people that eventually became customers, investors, mentors, and advisors…sometimes...

3 Crazy Months in the TechStars Accelerator

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Microsoft Accelerator powered by TechStars

Everyone keeps asking me what it’s like to go through an accelerator program. I got asked after we graduated from The Founder Institute, and I’ve gotten asked repeatedly as we’ve been going through TechStars. The long answer is below (as best I can put to words)…but the short answer is: You can’t describe it with words. That should make this an interesting post...

Microsoft BizSpark Plus and My Company Embarke

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BizSpark Plus - Embarke Benefits

So, a lot has happened this year with Embarke…and one of the most substantial things is Embarke being accepted into the Microsoft BizSpark Plus program.  If you don’t feel like clicking that link, here’s the Cliff’s Notes:  We get $60k of free Azure Cloud services.  Nice! We’re so excited, we shot a video for it.  Bryan and I chatted for about 15 minutes, then I...

The JOBS Act and Crowdfunding, Will This Work?

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American JOBS Act

Mark April 5, 2012 on your calendars people. It’s a monumental day. Today is the day that President Obama will sign the JOBS Act. For entrepreneurs and startups, the most exciting piece of this is crowdfunding. As Howard Lindzon says, crowdfunding has been around for years.  So what’s the big deal with this legislation?  Today, if you’re to invest your hard-earned dollars in a company (for equity...

Bootcamp for Your Brain – What I got from The Founder Institute

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Founder Institute

I’ve been an entrepreneur and involved in startups most of my 15-year career.  I started my own ecommerce company, helped grow a network management and SaaS organization which was eventually sold, and I’ve built communities to a million page views per month. Because of this you’d think I might have a clue what I’ve been doing all these years.  I’m confident enough in...

I was on This Week In Startups asking about Co-Founders

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Al Bsharah on This Week in Startups

You can see my mug on ThisWeekIn.com Web TV Network today, on their Startups show with Jason Calacanis and Tyler Crowley.  Amazing guys with amazing insights, been watching their podcast for some time now.
I asked some questions about co-founders and how best to find the good ones.
Have a watch of the show here!  I come on at around the 22 minute mark.

How to Organize Your Garage in Three Steps

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Clutter

I recently had the pleasure gutting and organizing my garage a couple weeks back, and thought I would share my story.  In speaking with friends, family, and strangers about my adventure, I know I’m not the only one out there who’s collected far too much stuff to keep organized. When I started, I had waist-to-chest high stuff all over the place and had to jump over items to get from one end of the...

Share Your To-Do List across Multiple PCs with OneNote and Dropbox

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OneNote DropBox

EDIT 2011.05.12:  I’ve since moved to Windows Live to synchronize my notebooks since SugarSync seems to be generating copious amounts of duplicates.  Not sure what happened, but it started thinking nearly every tab was a duplicate even if the other PC wasn’t on.  Very difficult to manage the additional tabs and assure items weren’t duplicated.  While “Live” has a...

Al Bsharah Business Minded, Technically Inclined