Al Bsharah Business Minded, Technically Inclined

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The Tech Tool Roadmap: How to find, buy, and implement the right tools for your growing business

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There’s literally a software tool for everything these days, and we take for granted how they have transformed modern business. In my 20 years of founding or operating in growth startups, I’ve seen poorly implemented technologies cause more problems than they've helped. Here’s how I’ve mapped out the process to bring on new business tools and avoid these pitfalls.

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...

Al Bsharah Business Minded, Technically Inclined