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Dave Lerner
New York, NY
3x Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Adjunct Professor Entrepreneurship Columbia Business School, Host of Venture Studio
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This is part of my ongoing Series on Entrepreneurial Culture I get emails from entrepreneurs all the time, asking me, “How do I access the New York City tech scene so I can do x, y, or z?" (Usually x, y or z is a specific need like “find tech... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at David B. Lerner
This is part of my ongoing Series on Entrepreneurial Culture. I see people in the startup world being careless, screwing up, cutting corners, making excuses, and worse (a lot worse)- all the time. I'm far from perfect just like the next guy and have made my share of mistakes as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2013 at David B. Lerner
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This is part of my ongoing Series on Entrepreneurial Culture. In the tech world, we hear the term “warm introductions” bandied about ad nauseum, often from the horse’s mouth—namely, that it’s the best and sometimes the only way for entrepreneurs to meet angel investors and venture capitalists. A so-called warm... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2013 at David B. Lerner
This is part of my Venture Studio Series where you can find tons of interviews with entrepreneurs and investors. Cyrus Massoumi and ZocDoc have raised $95M since that fateful day when he had a burst eardrum and couldn't find a doctor to see him right away! Enjoy his story and... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2013 at David B. Lerner
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This is part of my ongoing Series on Entrepreneurial Culture. In my last post on OPEN Forum, I made the case that entrepreneurs should stop actively looking for a co-founder. Now I’m here to tell you that if you think you have in fact found the right partner, you should... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2013 at David B. Lerner
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I recently wrote this article for Amex Open Forum. The original text can be found here. This is part of my Series on Entrepreneurial Culture Everywhere I go, I hear the same refrain from fledgling entrepreneurs I meet: “I’m looking for a co-founder.” I hear it from many of my... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2013 at David B. Lerner
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I wrote this last week in the aftermath of the terrible happenings in Boston and dedicate it to the great people of Boston who I came to know and love when I lived up there (after something of a rough start). ------- Having grown up in Brooklyn in the 70's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2013 at David B. Lerner
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This is part of my ongoing series on Entrepreneurial Culture. So what's this mythical pain point every startup needs to have that everyone's always referring to? The easy answer, (to quote Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart), is "you know it when you see it". Perhaps, but I think this concept... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2013 at David B. Lerner
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This is part of my Series on Angel Investing and Venture Capital I recently came across this absolutely awesome post as well as the accompanying infographic above having to do with identifying the sort of founders investors can feel good about backing. It was written by Saar Gur a partner... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2012 at David B. Lerner
thanks for the note Helen, my condolences... (fully agree)
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2012 on Death of a Mentor: Reflections at David B. Lerner
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This is part of my ongoing Series on Mentorship. Yesterday was Thanksgiving and I was thinking about the many things for which I am thankful. I won't list them here as they are many. But my mind kept returning to memories of a great mentor of mine who passed away... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2012 at David B. Lerner
I'm happy to report that this press release went out yesterday announcing the following partnership: Endeavor Global and Startup Genome are pleased to announce a partnership that will help drive and deepen the cultivation of entrepreneurial ecosystems worldwide. It’s the mission of Startup Genome to build the world’s most up-to-date... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2012 at David B. Lerner
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This is part of my Series on Mentorship. The last few days in NYC have been harrowing and humbling for everyone, but especially for those living in low-lying areas. Many have lost their homes, many have seen valuable possessions destroyed, and tragically for some of the unluckiest- Sandy took their... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2012 at David B. Lerner
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This is part of my Series on Mentorship. I recently wrote about some enduring lessons I was privileged to learn from that great Old Master I told you about. I'm happy to say that of late I've been receiving some additional lessons, this time from some younger Masters. A few... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2012 at David B. Lerner
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I am a mentor for Blueprint Health and their winter program that starts on Jan 7 is accepting applications for healthcare start-ups. Blueprint Health is a healthcare-focused accelerator program based in NYC that helps early stage healthcare companies get started by providing access to a community, customers and capital. Their... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at David B. Lerner
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This is part of both my Series on Entrepreneurial Culture and Mentorship. On a frigid winter's night about seven years ago, I was challenged to a chess match by an ancient looking man with a snow white beard. We were in an old Baltic tavern that suffered from poor heating... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2012 at David B. Lerner
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Our Startup Genome project got some excellent coverage recently in the Silicon Prarie News. I've appended the text below. It captures what we're trying to accomplish for entrepreneurs and others in the startup ecosystem worldwide. We've got a burgeoning group of remarkable city and state curators all around the world... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2012 at David B. Lerner
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This is part of my Series on Entrepreneurial Culture. I'm going to begin this post by asking a few questions. How many people do you trust completely? For many I would guess this group would include your "inner circle"- comprised of your spouse, parents, siblings, grandparents and a handful of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2012 at David B. Lerner
Thanks for weighing-in Frank... those are some heavyweight companies... Pinterest: BOOM... Comixology: BOOM... student entrepreneurs can really take advantage of these cutting edge programs many universities are offering these days that go beyond "old-school business plan writing" and offer lots more... (and we need to get you on Disqus soon!) d
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This is part of my Series on Student Entrepreneurship In the previous posts in this Series we established the mindset and awareness required, the immersion you need to inititate in your local startup ecosystem, what you need to do to acquire subject matter expertise, how to develop a social media... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2012 at David B. Lerner
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This is part of my Series on Student Entrepreneurship In the previous posts in this Series we established the mindset and awareness required, the immersion you need to inititate in your local startup ecosystem, what you need to do to acquire subject matter expertise, how to develop a social media... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2012 at David B. Lerner
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This is part one of my ongoing Series on Getting from Zero to One. You suspect you possess the Founder's Eye- that mythical Picassoan Eye referred to in the Prelude. To put it another way, you don't laugh to yourself at the suggestion. Why is this? You probably see the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2012 at David B. Lerner
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This is part of both my ongoing Series on Entrepreneurial Culture as well as my ongoing Series on Getting from Zero to One. I had the pleasure of reading Patrick O'Brian's biography of Picasso in the mid-nineties. O'Brian is of course best known for his magnificent Aubrey-Maturin series, but he... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2012 at David B. Lerner
RC you make some strong points... thanks for weighing in. I bet you and I would agree on a lot of things- as we've both seen some damage done by bad advice. And yes, of course, with the right person and right motivations- all that interdisciplinary experience can be invaluable. dave
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This is part of my Mini-Series on Mentorship It occured to me that no series on mentorship would be worth much if I didn't make mention of the various forms of bad or faux mentorship I've seen out there. In fact, from what I've observed over the years, the worst... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2012 at David B. Lerner