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CSUF Alumnus Jason Khoo Profiled in Daily Titan

CSUF Alumnus Jason Khoo helping an entrepreneur become a better marketer

CSUF Alumnus Jason Khoo ’15 (right) helping an entrepreneur become a better marketer

Every other Monday at the CSUF Startup Incubator CSUF alumnus Jason Khoo ’15 hosts office hours to help eager entrepreneurs tackle their toughest marketing problems. As a successful entrepreneur himself and a marketing expert, Jason is uniquely able to help entrepreneurs with any issues they have and the Daily Titan recently sat down with him during his office hours to discuss his personal entrepreneurial journey.

Khoo always knew he wanted to start his own business. He said he began knocking on doors on Chapman Avenue and State College Boulevard asking for businesses to give him a chance when he was only a sophomore at CSUF.

On January 17, 2013, he got that chance with Quickly Chinese Cafe.

“It felt like the biggest victory of my life because I was doing business,” Khoo said. “It felt amazing to be able to get started and to have someone blindly just accept me. That was the confidence boost and I still use that to this day whenever I get a little bit shaky with my confidence. I think about that and it kind of pushes me forward.”

After he graduated, Khoo became the marketing director at Ron Wave Design, now known as the Search Business Group. He said he wants to stay connected and help people who are interested in starting businesses.

Every other Monday, Khoo will be at the CSUF Startup Incubator to continue to help entrepreneurs with any questions they have about internet marketing and search engine optimization.

The whole story is worth reading. It goes into detail about how the people who attended Jason’s last office hours were able to get some clarity on the marketing problems they were facing. As you know, search engine optimization (SEO) is a critical issue for every entrepreneur because being able to cut through all of the clutter on the internet can mean the difference between your business succeeding or failing. And reading articles online about different SEO strategies is a poor substitute for being able to discuss your pressing issues with an expert like Jason.

If you would like to get some assistance with your SEO and internet marketing efforts you should definitely attend Jason’s office hours at the CSUF Startup Incubator.


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For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Incubator

For more details on how CSUF Consulting can help businesses thrive: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

Attend one of our events for entrepreneurs or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

How to Build Your Startup Team – Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship

How to Build Your Startup Team - Knowledge @ CSUF EntrepreneurshipThe early days in any business are tough. The entrepreneur, the person with the idea, ends up doing most of the jobs. And this is important because it is during these formative times that processes are created and the startup’s culture starts to take root.

But after some time you need to start hiring people. After you have figured out how to do something, like QuickBooks, you will need to hire someone to start doing that for you. And then, more or less, you wash, rinse, and repeat that process until you have developed your team.

Oh, and you better like your lawyer because you will be working closely with this person from day one. Your lawyer will obviously help you with legal matters but they are also a tremendous source for business intelligence and they can make key introductions for you as well.

This Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship clip was taken from a talk at the CSUF Startup Incubator given by Jeff Greenberg. Jeff is currently the Managing Director of Tech Coast Works and a serial entrepreneur.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffreyrgreenberg/

Edited by Bo Kim


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For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Incubator

For more details on how CSUF Consulting can help businesses thrive: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

Attend one of our events for entrepreneurs or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

Self Mastery for Entrepreneurs @ CSUF Startup Incubator

matthew-gallizziBehind every great business is a founding entrepreneur or entrepreneurs. Behind every great entrepreneur is their psychology. The collection of habits, perspectives, DNA, and other unique characteristics that affect how the entrepreneur experiences the journey. This evening, you are invited to show up if you want to understand and master the inner journey that few speak about.

As an example, let’s look at driving a car. The driver of a car can drive the car best when they know how to drive the car. The driver can drive best when they know when to speed up, when to slow down, when to stop, when to signal, or when to change lanes. Driving can serve the driver in getting to where they want, avoid any accidents along the way, and enjoy the journey.

The entrepreneur is like the driver. The car is the business. When the entrepreneur can become the master of who they are, they can understand how their psychology affects their experience of entrepreneurship. Having such insight can empower the entrepreneur to get more of what they really want.

This evening, Matthew will create a unique experience unlike other evenings. Instead of 45 minutes of teaching, he will host a conversation for those who attend. He is willing to equip participants who show up in uncovering what self-mastery looks like for them. It begins with what is wanted.

If you decide to show up, be prepared to show up with your deepest questions, fears, or desires, in the interest of creating the world you believe in. This evening is not for everyone. It may be uncomfortable for you. Show up if you want to become the master of self.

Bio

Matthew Gallizzi, CEO HXWorks, believes self-mastery can create a happy, successful, and desirable life. Through the power of conversation and unique experiences, he equips entrepreneurs in becoming the master of self.

With 20 years as a serial entrepreneur, Matthew brings an insightful perspective in business, technology, and people. Recognized nationally due to his leadership, he was also honored as commencement speaker at Cal State Fullerton.

When he is not serving his clients, he is exploring as a full-time traveler. Or, he can be found mountain biking down a mountain ridge.


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For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Incubator

For more details on how CSUF Consulting can help businesses thrive: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

Attend one of our events for entrepreneurs or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

CSUF Business Plan Competition Winner Announced!

Yannick Lambrecht and Jonny May at CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

Yannick Lambrecht and Jonny May at CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

We hosted the CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals last week and it was an amazing event! The participating student-entrepreneurs all did great and they will all receive part of the more than $20,000 in scholarships and in-kind services to help them with their startups.

And, as you will read in this week’s CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider, we have a special event planned for this Wednesday at 6pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator titled: Self Mastery for Entrepreneurs that we hope you can attend.

The results are in and the winner of the 2017 CSUF Business Plan Competition is Piano with Jonny!

It was an amazing event and all of the finalists did exceptionally well. They all did commendable jobs presenting their concepts and ably weathered our judges’ incisive questions. After all was said and done, the finalists are not only going home with their portion of the more than $20,000 in scholarships and in-kind services but also with the experience that comes from participating in a competition like the CSUF Business Plan Competition.

We will be publishing more content about the competition over the next week or two and I will be sure to let you know about it.

But, as you know, entrepreneurs are always looking ahead and this Wednesday at 6pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator we welcome CSUF Entrepreneurship alumnus Matthew Gallizzi in to give a passionate talk titled Self Mastery for Entrepreneurs. As every entrepreneur quickly finds out, being an entrepreneur takes a certain mental fortitude to withstand all of the trials and tribulations that comes with launching a business. It’s tough work and Matthew will be going into detail about how he helps the entrepreneurs he works with become the “master of self”. We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

John Bradley Jackson
Director & Professor
CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship, CSUF Consulting,
& CSUF Startup Incubator

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The Biggest Mistake Entrepreneurs Make in Product Development – Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship

The Biggest Mistake that Entrepreneurs can make when Developing a Product

Having reviewed thousands of businesses and investing in multiple startups, Tech Coast Works Managing Director Jeff Greenberg knows a thing or two about product development. In this video in the Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship series taken at the CSUF Startup Incubator, Jeff goes into detail about the product development process and explains what the biggest mistake is that entrepreneurs can make when developing a new product.

Jeff details how smart entrepreneurs avoid this common pitfall by using the lean startup methodology. It all starts with the minimum viable product (MVP) and continues on with multiple iterations and A/B testing resulting in a much better product, a product that customers actually want.

Jeff Greenberg: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffreyrgreenberg/

Edited by Bo Kim


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For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Incubator

For more details on how CSUF Consulting can help businesses thrive: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

Attend one of our events for entrepreneurs or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

Daily Titan Covers Patent Talk at CSUF Startup Incubator

David Jafari 10 Rules Everyone Should Know About PatentsOn Wednesday, patent attorney and friend of the Center for Entrepreneurship and CSUF Startup Incubator David Jafari gave a great talk on patents titled: 10 Rules Everyone Should Know About Patents. David has given this talk in the classroom but this was the first time that he gave this talk at the CSUF Startup Incubator and two Daily Titan reporters were there to cover it.

Here is an excerpt from the Daily Titan story written up by Andrew Salmi:

Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Entrepreneurship hosted a discussion Wednesday at its CSUF Startup Incubator overviewing what up-and-coming entrepreneurs should know before pursuing a patent for their inventions.

The event featured David Jafari, a patent attorney licensed in Orange County who has been involved in intellectual property, business law and employment matters. With 17 years of experience, Jafari offered insight on patents and how to avoid making mistakes with them.

“It’s a property right that the government grants to the inventor of the idea that’s memorialized and claimed in that document. It’s a contract between the state and the inventor,” Jafari said.

You should really click on the link above to read the entire article that Priscilla Bui also contributed to. And make sure not to miss any of our other events and news by signing up for our weekly email update, the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider.

Did you miss David’s excellent talk? You’re in luck! His entire presentation can be viewed in the video below.


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For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Incubator

For more details on how CSUF Consulting can help businesses thrive: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

Attend one of our events for entrepreneurs or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

10 Rules Everyone Should Know About Patents @ CSUF Startup Incubator

David Jafari, Patent Attorney

David Jafari, Patent Attorney

Maybe you are trying to get a patent now or you have a great idea that you know you have to get patented before you start trying to sell it; either way, this is the talk for you! Before you make some of the common mistakes that happen when people try to get a patent you should absolutely attend this talk by lawyer David Jafari.

In this talk, David will go over the ten essential things that everyone should know when they pursue a patent for their invention. With this knowledge you will be well on your way to understanding the seemingly complex process of securing your intellectual property.

Date: Wednesday, April 5 from 6pm to 8pm

Location: CSUF Startup Incubator, 120 S Bradford Ave in Placentia (we are in the back of the building)

To Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/10-rules-everyone-should-know-about-patents-csuf-startup-incubator-tickets-31990844477?aff=csuf

David Jafari is an attorney licensed in California and the District of Columbia. He started Jafari Law Group, Inc. in June 2005. His practice as a lawyer has focused primarily on intellectual property, business law, and employment matters. Mr. Jafari has also served as a mediator and has helped clients settle cases outside of court, avoiding costly and unnecessary litigation. He holds a Certificate in Mediation from the Orange County Human Relations Council, is a part of the Mandatory Fee Arbitration committee of the Orange County Bar Association, and is also associated with Quality Dispute Resolution Services and IVAMS Arbitration and Mediation Services. Mr. Jafari has represented clients in over 70 litigation cases.


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For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Incubator

For more details on how CSUF Consulting can help businesses thrive: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

Attend one of our events for entrepreneurs or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents