2016

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Practice Entrepreneurship With A Purpose – Before You Start A Company

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Even Stephen Curry Needs To Practice. Entrepreneurship is a contact sport. Unknown. Great.

LA pulled in over $300M in funding in June. Here are the top 5 rounds.

Built In Los Angeles

Blog Thumbnail: LA welcomed in the summer with yet another big month of funding. million.

Why Raising Too Much Money Can Harm Your Startup

Both Sides of the Table

Amongst the most often asked questions I get from founders is, “How much money should I raise?” have this “How much should I raise?”

Social To-Do List iOS App WeDo Launches Out of Beta

Tech.Co

From Evernote to Asana , each platform and offering has their own unique set of features that make it appealing.

Think about Performance Before Building a Web Application

TechEmpower

“It was running fine.” User experience is suffering and it’s the worst possible time with the product taking off. So, why does this happen?

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Comparably launches Glassdoor competitor for salary data

Jason Nazar

Most people want to know if they’re being paid fairly or if they should be commanding higher pay, but don’t know how to find out. Nazar’s new company, Comparably, is launching Thursday to bring transparency to not only pay, but also culture in the workplace. Read at TechCrunch. Press

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Cameron Kashani Launches COACCEL, The Human Accelerator

LATechDigest

CAMERON KASHANI is the Godmother of Silicon Beach, having cofounded LA’s first coworking space, Coloft, in 2010. What is a Human Accelerator?

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Collectors Now Look to Hang With Artists Online

L.A. Business Journal

Websites such as Saatchi Art offer artists a new way for their works to click with collectors

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Confessions Of A VC: Crap – Why I Passed On Uber’s Seed Round

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared on Entrepreneur.com. Did I passed on Uber’s seed round? It’s worse than that. Nope, that’s not a typo.

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4 LA companies we want to work for right now (and they're hiring!)

Built In Los Angeles

Procore Technologies;dammydommydimmy;SendGrid;dammydommydimmy;Prodege - Swagbucks, ProdegeMR, nCrave, SodaHead;dammydommydimmy;Signal Sciences.

Why Misunderstanding Startup Metrics Can Cost You Your Business

Both Sides of the Table

When I publicly Tweeted that all companies should be gross margin positive many people pointed out that Amazon wasn’t profitable for many years.

Secure Enterprise Sharing Provider CapLinked Announces $3.5M Round

Tech.Co

CapLinked , a secure enterprise sharing and storage provider, today has announced a new round of funding totaling $3.5 million. We are more like vault.

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Pop culture stimulates the evolution of the LA tech scene

TechCrunch LA

It wasn’t so long ago that venture capital was a suburban California phenomenon.

What are the Technical Performance Requirements for your Startup?

SoCal CTO

By far the most popular post on this blog is 32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder. Requests. Compute. Response. API Usage?

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Two Years After Paying $680M, BioMarin Shelves Duchenne Drug

Xconomy

BioMarin Pharmaceutical took a $680 million gamble when it bought Prosensa in 2014 for its experimental Duchenne muscular dystrophy treatment.

The Entrepreneurial Spirit: Are Entrepreneurs Born Or Made?

Tech Zulu Event

We have just lived through the greatest era of fake entrepreneurs. As the economy gets tighter, these businesses will start to disappear. Salesmanship.

Comparably Compares Your Salary with Other People In Your Field, Anonymously

Jason Nazar

The first step to making sure you’re being paid fairly is knowing how much your peers make, and while many sites provide some information on the topic, Comparably does so anonymously and privately. Read at Lifehacker. Press

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Interview With Mike Mothner, Wpromote On Growth, Acquisitions

socalTECH

Last week El Segundo-based Wpromote acquired fellow marketing agency Standing Dog, in a deal which brings the company to 260 employees, and continues to grow the company. Tell our readers who haven't heard of Wpromote, what your business is all about? Our clients are everyone from fast growing, freshly funded startups, to the Fortune 100.

Financial Doc Management Firm Docupace Raises $16.5 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Docupace Technologies, which develops financial document management software, has raised a $16.5 million round of capital from Palisades Growth Capital and TVC Capital

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VC Confessions: I Don’t Really Care About Your Product Demo

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. It happens during nearly every fundraising pitch meeting. Don’t Demo Me Bro. Share and Enjoy.

Back to school: 4 Southern California college incubators you should know

Built In Los Angeles

Series: Accelerators & Incubators. We took a look at a few colleges in the LA area with innovative tech incubators. read more

What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

Both Sides of the Table

What is the True Sentiment of VCs? ” and you can see that the balance of caution vs. optimism is 82% to 18%. There is reason for despondency.

CamFind Makes the World a Giant Store

Tech.Co

Sure, it’s possible to dive into Google and search for endless hours, but what if there was a better an easier way to do this? Luckily, there is.

Thrive Market raises $111 million for its online organic grocery store

TechCrunch LA

Buy organic groceries online, at an affordable price.

Pasadena Angels Form $1.3M Investment Fund

Ask the Angels

Pasadena, California (June 1, 2016) – The Pasadena Angels (PA) today announced the formation of their first investment fund at $1.3 million, PA Fund 1 (The Fund). The Fund will specialize in seed and early stage investments and will co-invest exclusively in deals that are subscribed by Pasadena Angels members.  Tweet Tweet.

The Future of Human-Robot Interaction

Xconomy

How will humans and machines work together in the future? What are the risks and ethics around AI systems? Alaoui: Both.

The 5 Biggest Tech Trends for Healthcare in 2016

Tech Zulu Event

Staying on top of the newest innovations in the healthcare field can be extremely time-consuming. The Cloud. Wearable Patient Technology. 3-D Printing.

This Company Raised $6.5 Million to Help You Find Out If You’re Underpaid

Jason Nazar

How much money do you make? Is your salary significantly lower than the industry average? Where does your compensation rank you in your company? Uncomfortable yet? That’s the point. Nazar, 37, says compensation is one of the most taboo topics of conversations in society. Read at Fortune. Press

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Three SoCal Startups That Beat Snapchat To $100M In Revenues

socalTECH

Venice-based Snapchat might be the darling of the technology startup scene, but there are at least three, privately held startups--and maybe, more--in Southern California who recently passed $100M in revenues, according to a look through recent announcements. READ MORE>>.

L.A. Tech Wages Rising Fastest in the Nation

L.A. Business Journal

Los Angeles County tech wages are growing faster than the earnings of tech employees in the nation’s other big cities, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics compiled in a report by downtown real estate investment firm Jones Lang LaSalle Inc

Why GoToMeeting’s SaaS Playbook Wouldn’t Work Today

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. It was a decade ago that I led the sale of Expertcity (creator of GoToMeeting) to Citrix.

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How did LA tech do during the dog days? Here are the top 5 funding rounds of July

Built In Los Angeles

Scopely;dammydommydimmy;Thoughtful Media Group;dammydommydimmy;Homee;dammydommydimmy;Cloudvirga;dammydommydimmy;NextVR.

Why Acceptance of Failure is Critical to Startup Success

Both Sides of the Table

I talk about failure a lot because I think it can be tremendously instructive and I think that success without failure often masks underlying lessons.

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Turn Yourself Into a Hologram with HOLLAGRAM

Tech.Co

About a year ago we introduced you to VNTANA , an Los Angeles, CA-based startup that wanted to leverage hologram technology to help celebrities and brands use holograms to entertain and engage their followers and fans. VNTANA was founded in 2012 and has since become a leader in social augmented reality.