Category Archives: training

New Classes Available – For Free!

To celebrate America’s two hundred and thirty first birthday, The Technical Management Institute is reducing the price of our one-hour and two-hour classes to zip, zero, or free! For about the cost of a drink of tap water, you can have me come to your company and put on one of these short-format workshops. This will only last a limited time, so act now!

The current list of free short workshops:

The up-to-date list of all classes offered can be found here. Contact me to arrange your free class.

Happy birthday USA!

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Mini MBA For Free – Thanks TVC!

I spent yesterday morning with about 30 other entrepreneurs, learning about some real-world legal, HR, and funding issues that startups typically face. The program was one of six that Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC) puts on in rotation. The program is free, and they even include a decent continental breakfast! Interestingly, TVC is funded by Lockheed Martin and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. The event was hosted by SRI at their headquarters in Menlo Park, CA.

Ralph Kokka, a lawyer with Randick, O’Dea & Tooliatos, started us off with a presentation on the pros and cons of the various forms a business might take, such as LLC, S Corp, and C Corp. He hit the high and low points of each, with a focus on the concerns of startups looking for funding. There were many questions and he did an excellent job of answering them while keeping his presentation moving.

Sherry McVicar then walked us through the most important HR considerations for a startup. She pointed out common pitfalls such as mis-categorizing workers contractor vs. employee or exempt vs. non-exempt. She also explained what benefits are mandatory, and when these requirements kick in. For example:

  • All companies must provide leave for jury duty.
  • Companies with 5 or more employees must provide pregnancy leave.
  • Companies with 50 or more employees must provide family and medical leave.

TVC‘s very own Ralph Patterson rounded out the day with a presentation entitled “13 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make.” The mistakes that he pointed out were all issues that would keep professional investors from funding a company. The mistakes included:

  • Assuming too much debt
  • Acquiring too many shareholders too early
  • Pitching the product instead of the business
  • Too many Powerpoint slides
  • Not having a business plan

The event was interesting and informative, and I’ll be back to checkout the other 5 installments:

  • Entering the Entrepreneurial World
  • Market Research and the Marketing Plan
  • Financial Management
  • Preparing and Presenting the Business Plan
  • Attracting Equity Investors and Lessons Learned

Big thanks to Juan Montermoso, who told me about this event.

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Too Many Meetings, Bad Ideas

msnbc has a short online survey about workplace meetings. There is no great love for meetings among the respondents. As of today, 81% responded that they have too many meetings and 59% indicated that good ideas rarely come from their meetings. Could it be that “none of us is as dumb as all of us”?

If you are hating your meetings and can make it to Foster City, CA on Tuesday May 29th, join us for a short class that will help you stop wasting time in meetings.

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Stop Wasting Time in Meetings!

Super-Saver Sneak Peak Class, May 29th

Engineering managers: does your team think meetings are t3h suck? 
Join us for a super-saver sneak peak class that will cut the time
you and your staff waste in meetings.  This class will show how to
decide which meetings are really necessary, and how to make them short and productive.

  • Tuesday, May 29th 2007
  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Foster City, CA
  • Only $25!!!!!!!!

Register Now!

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