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At MentorCloud, Inc. (“MentorCloud”) the privacy and security of our users’ data is our highest priority. On May 25, 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) will go into effect. The GDPR unifies several existing privacy and...
Innovation and startups go hand-in-hand. The business of startups is to be on the cutting edge of the next big idea, to harness new technology, to think in new ways and offer new solutions to old problems. These ideas...
I love nature and am passionate about preserving it. There is a wonderful native american quote that says: "We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." So, we all share a responsibility to safely...
When the right people come together at the right time, magic happens. The magic I am referring to is 'Accelerated Success.' I have written earlier about one such magic that happened between me and my mentee Srikanth - who...
Yesterday, the "Let's get the Taharka Brothers' ice cream truck on the road!" campaign to raise funds through Kickstarter was a big crowd-sourcing success: they asked for $28,000 but raised $34,557 in a thirty day period. Why present the entrepreneurial success...
MentorCloud is preparing to present at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (“GHC-13″) in October 2013 and is also  working with partner People to People (P2P) to publish a new book called Triangular Partnership: The Power of the Diaspora.  A pre-production version...
TiEcon “The World’s Largest Conference for Entrepreneurs” was held 17-18 May 2013 in the Silicon Valley, California. MentorCloud powered the TiE Silicon Valley MentorConnect program presented as part of TiEcon.  MentorConnect has several elements, including a web-based platform (MentorCloud) and a series of speed...
The week before TiEcon 2013, MentorCloud invited Sashi Chimala to talk about mentoring from his perspective as a successful long-time serial entrepreneur. Sashi has founded a wide variety of startups, including: Covansys, Indigo Technologies, Qwiky's Coffee Pub, CricTV.com cricket social...

IMG_4401 In yesterday's MentorCloud blog entry on "Funding Professional Conference Travel", several suggestions required asking for money. I know how hard this can be - yet it is often key to professional success....

IMG_2321In many mentoring programs, travel funding is a big issue. Mentors and mentees working at great distances often want to attend a professional conference together at some point in their relatioship. Conferences are an excellent way to maintain and improve professional knowledge and networks. Also, after being encouraged by the mentor, the mentee may want to raise his or her visibility by seeking a speaking engagement, accepting an invitation to join a conference panel, or present a workshop or poster....

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