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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....

Today is very special. A day like this will not come for another 100 years so why not make a resolution to do something daily/weekly/monthly that can accelerate your professional and personal growth. You can always look back on 12-12-12 as the day you kicked off a special habit. My favorite quote from Aristotle "We become what we repeatedly do - Excellence then is not an act but a habit."

I was taking my daughter to school recently when I spotted a squirrel running across the street from my right to the left. It was right in the middle of the road when I came real close to it....

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....

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...
A major new scholarly report has just been published on mentoring called "Characteristics of Successful and Failed Mentoring Relationships: A Qualitative Study Across Two Academic Health Centers" by Sharon E. Straus, Mallory O. Johnson, Christine Marquez, and Mitchell D....
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...
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...
Asking advice and ideas and bouncing it off to colleagues every day is essential for entrepreneurial success. This can be mentally taxing, especially when entrepreneurs receive daily updates from operations, finance, marketing, and other departments.
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...

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