Category Archives: CSUF Startup Incubator

Baby I’m A-Wishin – Piano Play by CSUF Alumnus Jonny May

Jonny May’s ’17 most recent YouTube hit is out and it’s called Baby I’m A-Wishin (see below).

As you know from our previous posts, Jonny is a recent grad and a resident at the CSUF Startup Incubator where he works on growing his business, Piano with Jonny. Piano with Jonny is a great way to learn how to play the piano in a fun, interactive way and at your own pace. If you’ve thought about learning then I suggest you check it out.

Until then, check out his most recent video.


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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

Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship video series:
http://bit.ly/csufknowledge

Join CSUF Entrepreneurship this Wednesday at the CSUF Irvine Campus for a Special Event

 

IP Talk in Irvine for CSUF EntrepreneurshipThis Wednesday at 6pm at the CSUF Irvine campus we are thrilled to have lawyer and professor Stephen LaCount come in to give a talk titled Intellectual Property and the Entrepreneur. I am sure that this will be a fascinating event with a lot of great information that entrepreneurs can use to bolster their IP game. And, even if you don’t think you have any IP (i.e. patents, trademarks, copyrights, etc.) you should still attend this event because 1. You probably do have IP and 2. Even if you don’t have IP now you will at some point in the future and you need to know how to protect and leverage these incredibly important assets.

We hope to see you there!

The remainder of this post is the weekly CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider. If you haven’t already done so, make sure to become an Insider so that you don’t miss any of the news, events, or knowledge that comes out of the CSUF Entrepreneurship community.

The CSUF Irvine campus represents a special opportunity for the CSUF Entrepreneurship community. There, we will be able to reach more people from the community in the classroom, at the new CSUF Startup Incubator location at the CSUF Irvine campus once it opens (hopefully) later this year, and through events there as well.

Our first event for the public will be held this Wednesday at 6pm at the Irvine campus. Professor and lawyer Stephen LaCount will be giving a talk titled Intellectual Property and the Entrepreneur at that time. At this talk, Stephen will be going over IP essentials that every entrepreneur and business owner must know to effectively protect their IP (i.e. patents, copyrights, trademarks, etc.) and how to leverage those assets to get the most out of them.

We will be serving pizza and soft drinks at this event. To register, including learning important information about parking at this location, please go to the event page.

We look forward to seeing you at our first event on the CSUF Irvine campus and at our events in the future in Irvine, the Fullerton campus, the CSUF Startup Incubator office in Placentia, and wherever else we have events!

Sincerely,

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

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Intellectual Property and the Entrepreneur – CSUF Startup Incubator

Join us at the CSUF Irvine campus to learn about Intellectual Property from lawyer Stephen LaCount

Join us at the CSUF Irvine campus to learn about Intellectual Property from lawyer Stephen LaCount

Usually, the most valuable thing that young companies own is their intellectual property. This is the portfolio of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets that a company creates and there can be a tremendous amount of value there. Unfortunately, too many businesses do not fully utilize their intellectual property.

That’s where a good lawyer like Stephen LaCount comes in. Stephen works with his clients to develop a strategy to protect their IP and fully utilize it. In this talk at Cal State Fullerton’s Irvine campus for the CSUF Startup Incubator, Stephen will go into the important lessons that every entrepreneur should know about intellectual property. After attending this talk, attendees will have a clearer understanding of what their intellectual property is, how to protect it, and what to do with it.

Pizza and soft drinks will be served at this event.

We hope to see you there! Reserve your ticket today.

[You will need to purchase a parking permit to park on this campus. Information for parking can be found here: http://www.fullerton.edu/irvinecampus/about/campusmap.php]


Stephen H. LaCount Biography

Prior to founding his own boutique firm in March of 2005, Stephen LaCount was affiliated with Nixon Peabody LLP, a top-50 law firm headquartered in the Northeast. He was previously a partner (and member of the firm’s Executive Committee) in the national law firm of Arter & Hadden LLP from 1992-2003. He attended Boston University (B.A.), New York Law School (J.D.) and New York University School of Law (LL.M. Trade Regulation).

Mr. LaCount has extensive experience representing a broad range of corporate clients and has also served as in-house counsel with a number of prominent multinationals, including Studebaker-Worthington, Inc., Westinghouse Electric Corporation, and Esterline Technologies. In 1987, he relocated from Fairfield, Connecticut to Irvine, California to join AST Research, Inc., a Fortune 500 personal computer manufacturer, where he served as General Counsel for three years before entering private practice.

His practice emphasizes domestic and international business transactions, including acquisition and sale of technology assets, general counseling/emerging growth companies, intellectual property protection and exploitation, technology licensing and development, software transactions and information technology contracting, outsourcing, strategic partnering arrangements, internet, e-business, privacy and data protection, antitrust, and specialized regulatory matters involving International technology transfer.

He is also a long-standing member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Neutrals and has arbitrated a wide variety of disputes involving intellectual property rights and technology and franchise-related agreements and transactions.

Stephen LaCount served as the Laspa Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship Law and Practice at Harvey Mudd College (the engineering and science school of the Claremont college consortium) and has also taught law-related courses at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo School of Business and Economics, and at Chapman University’s Fowler Law School and Argryos School of Business and Economics.

Mr. LaCount served on the board of directors of the Computer Law Association (currently known as the International Technology Law Association) from 1992-1998 and continues to serve as an active member of ITLA. In 1991 and 1995, he chaired the CLA’s biennial Pacific Rim Computer Law Conferences in Newport Beach and San Francisco. He co-founded the High-Tech Innovation Awards, an annual Orange County technology company showcase currently in its 20th year. In May of 2007, he was awarded Tech America’s prestigious Community Service Award.

He is a nationally recognized lecturer and author on technology contracting and international trade subjects and most recently served on the faculty of the 8th International Asian Conference in Bangalore, India. Mr. LaCount has been ranked by Who’sWho Legal as one of California’s top Information Technology lawyers for the past 15 years.

Stephen LaCount is admitted to the state bars of New York and California.


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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

Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship video series:
http://bit.ly/csufknowledge

 

CSUF Startup Incubator Resident Featured in Coast Magazine

Geoff Pascual '16 creating art and a business

Geoff Pascual ’16 creating art and a business

Geoff Pascual ’16 has been featured in these pages in Pop Art for a New Generation for the business he has started: Pascual Productions. Geoff has done a great deal of hard work over the years to make his art into a real business. His drive and dedication have sustained him and he is starting to realize financial success as an artist, which is not an easy thing to do.

Geoff was one of our students in the classroom and he graduated as a Resident from the CSUF Startup Incubator as well. One of his mentors while at the Incubator was Rudy Chavarria and Rudy has definitely helped Geoff improve his PR game. One recent example of this successful collaboration was when Geoff was featured in the OC Register’s Coast magazine for his anime-inspired pop art.

Below is a copy of the article about Geoff and what his artistic inspiration is.

Geoff Pascual Coast Magazine Article 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

Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship video series:
http://bit.ly/csufknowledge

 

How I Raised $7.5M – This Wednesday at CSUF Startup Incubator

Join us at the CSUF Startup Incubator this Wednesday at 6pm to hear veteran entrepreneur and investor Pete DeAngelis give a talk about raising money for your startup

Join us at the CSUF Startup Incubator this Wednesday at 6pm to hear veteran entrepreneur and investor Pete DeAngelis give a talk about raising money for your startup

There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to raising money for a startup and that’s understandable since the vast majority of entrepreneurs never end up raising a dollar from anyone outside of their close network of family and friends. Companies that receive Angel money are rare and the universe of companies that receive funding from Venture Capitalists is much smaller than that.

That is why we are excited to be hosting a talk this Wednesday at 6pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator in Placentia by serial entrepreneur and Angel Investor Pete DeAngelis. As you will read in this edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider, Pete has successfully raised over $7.5M for companies he has worked with and is an active investor himself.

Attendees will get the chance to ask Pete any questions that they have. And, if you ask me for a recommendation as to what question to ask, how about: “How realistic is Shark Tank?” I have my own opinions about the realism of that show but I’m curious to find out what a veteran entrepreneur/investor like Pete has to say about it.

Pete DeAngelis has raised more than $7.5M for companies he has been an executive or board member for and he is also on the Investment Committee for the Cove Fund. In other words, when he talks about how to finance your business you should listen.
This Wednesday at 6pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator in Placentia (reserve your seat for this talk on our Eventbrite page) Pete will lead a conversation that covers a range of topics that are absolutely critical for every entrepreneur looking to raise funds. He will give his tried and true advice on how to give an effective pitch to investors and talk about how to manage the due diligence process that happens afterwards.
Attendees of this talk will get information that only equity investors know and they will get the opportunity to ask questions of and network with angel investors. We hope to see you there!
Sincerely,

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

P.S. This Friday, May 5, our entrepreneurship students will be giving their end of the semester presentations for either the business plans they have been working on or the businesses they have been actively launching. We still need a couple more judges for our morning and afternoon sessions and if you would like more information on what it means to be a judge please email Travis Lindsay at tlindsay@fullerton.edu for more information. It’s a great experience for all involved!

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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