The Future of Business

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This Wednesday at 6pm we welcome CSUF Entrepreneurship Board Member Andrew Carroll to give a talk titled “Why I Quit My Job!” This promises to be an extremely interesting talk about how one of the smartest people I know came to the realization that the way we do business now has been going through dramatic changes and how his epiphany strongly factored into his leaving his previous position as a General Manager of a high level advisory firm. Learn from Andrew when is it the right time to quit your job and start your own business.

We hope that you can make it to this event, along with all the others we have listed below, and make sure to come with an open mind and a lot of questions!

Why I Quit My Job!

How an epiphany about the revolutionary changes coming for how we do work led a well respected executive to quit his job

Andrew Carroll is a CFO and a member of the CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship’s Board of Directors. We have known him for a long time and are delighted to have him come to the CSUF Startup Incubator to talk about some difficult choices that he has had to face recently. Specifically, him quitting his job as an executive in a financial firm and how you will be able to identify when is the right time to startup up your own business..

That was a big move by Andrew and his reasons make for a compelling story. Andrew will talk about the revolutionary changes that he sees in the economy and how that convinced him that he needed to change as well. The way he sees things is that most people, especially Millennials and Generation X’ers, are gravitating more towards freelancing or taking on contract work than seeking traditional jobs. These kinds of changes should not be feared but rather seen as opportunities to the clever entrepreneur.

Wednesday, June 8, 6:00pm to 8:00pm @ CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia)


CSUF Consulting for Businesses

Even though summer is right around the corner many of our MBA students are still hard at work and they are eager to help businesses in our community get to the next level. If you are interested in becoming a client of our consulting program please contact Client Project Specialist Charlesetta Medina at (657) 278-8243 or by replying to this email to find out how we can tailor a project to fit your business’ needs.

CSUF Startup Incubator

We are here to help you start your business. Click the logo above to find out how!

Marketing to Millennials

Curt Cuscino is the marketing guru of HypeLife Brands – a progressive branding & marketing agency connecting lifestyle brands with Millennials – and he will be speaking at the CSUF Startup Incubator on the successful strategies he uses to help his clients engage with the over 80 million millennials in America. Simply put, every startup must have a solid marketing strategy that reaches millennials.

What unique characteristics of millennials do you need to be cognizant of when marketing to them? How does a company develop a marketing strategy that resonates with millennials? Why is marketing to millennials a different proposition than marketing to other groups?All of these questions and more will be addressed by Curt in this exciting talk.

June 15, 6:00pm to 8:00pm  @ CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia)


Legal Advice Office Hours with David Van Sambeek

David Van Sambeek is an attorney for Wellman & Warren, LLP and he has graciously agreed to hold office hours at the CSUF Startup Incubator regularly for our Residents, students, and everyone else in the CSUF Entrepreneurship community. If you are interested in asking David some questions about the law (see his areas of expertise below) please make sure to click the register button above and pick a time that works for you. (If there are no times available we probably have other times available on another day.)

David has represented 100s of companies as outside retained counsel. He currently represents clients headquartered in America, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Malaysia, Brazil, the EU, and Ukraine.  Historical representation of clients has included organization, launch, financing, securities matters, franchising, day-to-day operations, contract drafting, TM and Trade Secret protection, employment matters, joint ventures, mergers/acquisitions, and regulatory issues unique to each industry. He has launched companies/subsidiaries in foreign countries including Mexico, Canada, Ecuador, Columbia, Chile, Peru, Ukraine, Russia, Philippines and various EU nations.

Tuesday, June 21, 5:30pm to 7:30pm @ CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia)

Startup Business Development Office Hours with Jim Cooper

Launching a business can be an extremely difficult thing to do, especially if you haven’t done something like it before. That’s why we are making office hours with CSUF Startup Incubator mentor and speaker Jim Cooper available.

During these office hours, entrepreneurs will have the chance to sit down with experienced startup mentor Jim Cooper for a half an hour to get help with their business. A half an hour may not seem like a long time but Jim is full of ideas and advice and we’re sure that he’ll be able to help your business.

Mr. Cooper is a mentor to some of our Residents at the CSUF Startup Incubator. He is also mentor and pitching coach at PortTech Los Angeles, advisor at Lab Launch Inc., mentor and Lean Startup Panelist for the NSF’s i-Corps CSUPerb STEM program for the CSU system, he mentors and coaches energy and transport related startups at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, an Entrepreneur in Residence at PortTech Los Angeles, and a Business Development Advisor at Lab Launch Inc.

Friday, June 24, 10:00am to 4:00pm @ CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia)

Office Hours with Dave Kinnear

Working on a startup? Have a question about what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Developing the next great piece of technology and you need help figuring out how to bring it to market? You’re in luck because a select group of CSUF Startup Incubator Mentors make themselves available for a couple hours a week to answer questions.

Dave Kinnear is one of our great mentors and he will be available during the times available (check the tickets for availability!). Dave Kinnear is a Business Advisor, Mentor and Executive Leader Coach.  Through his affiliation with Vistage International, Dave convenes and facilitates peer advisory boards of Business Owners, Company Presidents, General Managers and Chief Executives dedicated to becoming better leaders who make better decisions and achieve better results.

Thursday, June 30, 5:00pm to 8:00pm @ CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia)

Navigating the Rocky Road of Intellectual Property

6 Strategies for Avoiding the Pitfalls… and Profiting from your Invention

Sometimes it seems as if inventing your product is the easy part! The tough job comes from avoiding the pitfalls and potholes that rob you of your intellectual property rights.
Arm yourself today with the knowledge to protect and profit from your new app, software, product, or invention by joining patent attorney John Connors for key lessons on navigating the road to success.
Wednesday, July 20, 6:00pm to 8:00pm  @ CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia)



More info on the CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurship


More info on the CSUF Startup Incubator: http://bit.ly/csufstartup

We’re adding events all the time, to get the most up-to-date listing of our events please go here: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

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