Category Tech Crunch

Here are all of the articles Ashkan Karbasfrooshan wrote for Tech Crunch between 2010 to 2012

If Financing is Marriage, is M&A Death?

Not a week goes by where I don’t get an email that goes like this: “I wanted to reconnect, as I’ve recently left [the company that bought my startup].  Long story, but suffice it to say their executives and I… Continue Reading →

CEO Bloggers: To Blog or Not to Blog

“Where do you get the time to write so much as a company CEO, and more importantly, shouldn’t you be closing deals or doing something more useful?” Fair enough. Do What Comes Naturally To You Some entrepreneurs are technologists, others… Continue Reading →

The Future Of Content: Content Is The Future

“I thought the analysis of content vs other video companies very convincing. But I’m curious: the content game hasn’t worked out so well for AOL and Yahoo. Audiences are fickle. Are you predicting a rosier future?” – reader comment in Is Tech… Continue Reading →

Is Technology A Zero-Sum Game?

In last week’s Get Rich or Die Trying article, I mentioned that “tech is a zero-sum, winner takes all game”.  A reader objected, arguing: “I think that may be an inappropriate use of the term ‘zero-sum’ – one company’s increase in profits… Continue Reading →

Get Rich or Die Trying

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated… Continue Reading →

Why Entrepreneurs Fail And Most Startups Are DOA

This isn’t an anti-entrepreneur rant. It’s also not a piece to discourage anyone from launching their own business. It’s a warning for those who seek to launch their startup to understand some of the lesser-discussed reasons why 99% of new businesses… Continue Reading →

Entrepreneurs Are Difficult At Best And Abrasive at Worst — Get Over It

The greatest entrepreneurs follow their gut and as a result are perceived as difficult at best and abrasive at worst. Most people who know me say I’m too diplomatic, but last week my advisor told me that someone asked him… Continue Reading →

What A Love Doctor Taught Me About Fundraising

“How You’re Defined by the Stories You Tell Yourself” Oprah Winfrey recently interviewed Anthony Robbins, who talked about “how we’re defined by the stories we tell ourselves”. Last month, I met two investors; one of them asked how come I’d never raised… Continue Reading →

How To Get People To Do What You Want

Leadership in management is the art and science of getting others to do what they don’t necessarily want – or don’t understand why they’re being asked – to do. Doing it at a startup is accomplishing all of that in… Continue Reading →

Seize Your Opportunities Like Jeremy Lin

Last week, Forbes contributor Eric Jackson published a list on the 9 lessons that Jeremy Lin can teach you; number 2 on his list was “Seize the Opportunity”. Lin’s not the first, and he won’t be the last, but his meteoric rise has reminded… Continue Reading →

Patience is a Virtue, for Losers

Patience is one of the seven virtues, the lesser-known cousins of the seven sins.  And indeed, “patience is a virtue” – or so goes the saying.  But another saying states that “fortune favors the bold.” So which one is it? Well, here’s… Continue Reading →

Mark Zuckerberg’s 6 Ingredients For Success

Leadership guru Warren Bennis asked whether leaders are born or made. When asked if Wall Street would accept a young Mark Zuckerberg in his early 20s as CEO, Facebook investor Peter Thiel said: “Well, we’ll wait until he’s over 25 to file”. … Continue Reading →

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