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Interview with Kitae Kwon, serial entrepreneur: Startups are like riding a tiger

Company-engineer-turned-entrepreneur Kitae Kwon talks laptop attachments, beginner’s naiveté, and why startups are like riding a tiger. Can you tell me about your first startup company? My first startup company was LandingZone, which began in March, 2011. I designed a computer docking station for the MacBook Air. I came up with the idea, filed the patents,

July is Lean Canvas Planning Month in Silicon Valley

As a short exercise at the breakfast, entrepreneurs will review their lean canvas with the group. We will share how to fill it out and take advantage of it.  It's not a requirement that you fill out the complete canvas--in fact if it's your first time it's recommended that you just focus on Customer, Problem, and

Japan-US Innovation Awards

The Japan Society of Northern California, in collaboration with the US-Asia Technology Management Center at Stanford University, is hosting it's 8th annual Innovation Awards Symposium July 13, and Stanford University. This will be a huge opportunity for Silicon Valley startups and young entrepreneurs to network with future investors, partners and collaborators, and get a peak

3 things I learned at a Lean Culture meetup on May 22, 2018

At a Lean Culture Meetup in Palo Alto, serial entrepreneur Ed Ipser shared what it takes to build a successful startup. Everyone left with different answers, but here are three things this author learned: 1) Innovation is hard Irritatingly, everything a young startup needs to do to be efficient is directly opposed to what it

Founder Story: Scott Swaaley

Founder and CEO of MAKESafe Tools Scott Swaaley talks power tools, startup savvy, and how an electrical engineer became dedicated to improving workplace safety. Gaby: Can you briefly describe your company? Scott: My company is MAKESafe Tools. It’s a company that develops and manufactures safety products for the manufacturing industry, like our “power tool brake.”