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What Entrepreneurs Need to Know for their Business to Thrive

What Entrepreneurs Need to Know for their Business to Thrive

James Bottom

Director, Founder

Every new business owner wants their venture to be a big success, but for many, getting started on the right foot is often the biggest challenge. From having an understanding of what your brand is and the importance of determining your corporate culture to the development of your product or lines of service, the questions you need to answer are critical in order to build a successful business you can one day sell at a premium value. James Bottom is the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Southern California and the founder of Incubatrix in Los Angeles. He and Jeff Allen will discuss the steps you need to take and the pitfalls you need to avoid to help your new business thrive.

Guest Profile

James Bottom is the Project Director of the Blackstone LaunchPad @USC. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. James’ expertise is in startups, incubators, mentors, crowd funding and crowd sourcing. James is also a founder of IncubatriX, a premier Trojan Incubator that works to develop and enhance ecosystems at USC. He is a lifelong student and an entrepreneur that builds dynamic teams, provides mentorship, clearly articulates the vision and creates organizational alignment. Prior to returning to USC, James was an IT business strategy specialist responsible for overseeing a portfolio of consulting projects in the U.S., Australia and Canada. His skills include deep project management expertise, business intelligence proficiencies, enterprise social media strategies and customer relationship management (CRM). He has experience leading offshore software development, implementing supply chain management, facilitating requirements gathering and streamlining business flows. He has nearly a decade of international technical computer experience in hardware and software in the industries of Aerospace & Defense, Entertainment, Financial Services, Healthcare, Government and Non-Profits. James’ undergraduate accolades include being part of: USC Interfraternal Council, the USC Rugby team, USC Deep Water Cruising – Sailing program, a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon – National Fraternity, the USC Football team, and the Captain of the National Champion Rose Bowl Team in 2003.

IncubatriX is the premier Trojan Incubator that works to develop and enhance the startup ecosystem at USC. This organization is dedicated helping individuals find their team, sharpen their idea, find mentors, seek funding, crowd source assets and build lifestyle companies that can quickly flourish into big companies.

Address: Simi Valley, California


A Roadmap to the Successful Sale of Your Business (152 pages)

A Roadmap to the Successful Sale of Your Business (152 pages)

You could spend a lifetime figuring out how to successfully sell your business and still end up confused or clueless. What if you can stop the guesswork and start taking action now?

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