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Equity for Early Employees in Early Stage Startups

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I was asked by a reader how much equity he should give out to early employees and to service providers in a very early stage startup. million. Not bad.

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Working with Developers

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There was a lot of passion in the room last week when I presented Working with Developers at the Stubbs Precellerator. Go watch a few episodes.

Technical Advisors: Every Web/Mobile Startup Must Have One

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I did a presentation recently for a graduate class from The Founder Institute around getting online/mobile products out the door. Compensation.

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Startups and a Common Misunderstanding in Agile Software Development

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I've done four Free CTO Consulting Sessions in the past month with startup founders who all had run into variations of the same problem.

32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

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Almost every day I'm talking to early stage startup founders (see Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions ) about what they plan to do. Partners? Comps?

Building Your MVP as a Non-Technical Founder

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I did a presentation this week at Coloft that looked at how Non-Technical Founders can go about getting their MVP built. Plan for past the initial MVP.

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CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies

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He agreed to make this data public which is awesome. Todd is a go to resource for people looking for talent in startups. Here are a few slices of it.

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What are the Technical Performance Requirements for your Startup?

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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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Getting Started with a Two-Sided Market Business

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This comes up a lot and if you are thinking about one of these kinds of startups, definitely take a look at Matching Algorithm. How long? B. Who pays?

Branchout an Example of Viral Spread Opportunity for Startups

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The purpose of Branchout is helping people to network their way to jobs. But that's not the focus of this post. That's impressive growth!

How to Hunt Programmers for Your Startup - A Field Guide

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This post is admittedly the outcome of a conversation with a few people over some beers. So, please take this in the spirit intended. Is it big data?

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Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions

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I talk to roughly 2 or 3 new startups every week who need advice from an experienced CTO. Many of the founders of these companies are surprised to learn that I'm willing to review what they are doing (maybe an hour) and get on the phone for an hour with them and provide free advice. Generally I can provide quite a bit of help in that brief time.

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Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data

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He agreed to make this data public which is awesome. Todd is a go to resource for people looking for talent in startups. Here are a few slices of it.

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32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

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Almost every day I'm talking to early stage startup founders (see Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions ) about what they plan to do. Partners? Comps?

Lead Developer to CTO at a Startup

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I received a great question via LinkedIn: I'm the founding engineer and working hard to launch my startup. seem to encounter a lot of people who want to attach a CTO label to me as I'm the only programmer on the founding team of three. What can I do to best equip myself to step up when the need to officially fill this role arises? Accounting?

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Hiring a CTO for Your Startup

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The first thing I do is suggest they explore if they really need to hire a full-time CTO for their startup and if so, what kind of CTO they need.

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Registration Form Design with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn Authentication

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That post looked at when and why you would use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. as part of your registration and authentication mechanism.

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Hiring a CTO for Your Startup

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The first thing I do is suggest they explore if they really need to hire a full-time CTO for their startup and if so, what kind of CTO they need.

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Investors, MVPs and Evidence of Traction

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It is almost never the case that you are building an MVP to "show" to an investor the product itself. Results of Algorithms. Bad News?

Hiring Developers Before Product/Market Fit?

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Using my StartupRoar as a radar, I came across a great post by Gabriel Weinberg Do you really need a full-time hire for that? Far from it.

NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept

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Especially if the idea could be whipped-up by a few 24-year olds in a few weeks? Lots of thoughts here. But let's leave that aside for a minute.

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NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept

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Especially if the idea could be whipped-up by a few 24-year olds in a few weeks? Lots of thoughts here. But let's leave that aside for a minute.

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How to Hunt Programmers for Your Startup - A Field Guide

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This post is admittedly the outcome of a conversation with a few people over some beers. So, please take this in the spirit intended. Is it big data?

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Startup CTO Resources

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I've posted quite a few things on the topics associated with being a Startup CTO. Lessons Learned: What does a startup CTO actually do?

Startup CTO

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I've posted quite a few things on the topics associated with being a Startup CTO. Lessons Learned: What does a startup CTO actually do?

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Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions

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I talk to roughly 2 or 3 new startups every week who need advice from an experienced CTO. Many of the founders of these companies are surprised to learn that I'm willing to review what they are doing (maybe an hour) and get on the phone for an hour with them and provide free advice. Generally I can provide quite a bit of help in that brief time.

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Startup Development

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I’ve come to realize that I have lots of posts around startup software development scattered around in different posts. Thought it would be good to capture them in one spot and also include links to related posts from other sources. How to Work With a Contract Web Developer How To Bootstrap Your Startup

Founder Challenges with Startup Development Teams and CTOs

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I''m spending more of my time recently working with non-technical startup founders who are having challenges with their software/web/mobile development teams. Common Signals I''ve written previously about Symptoms of a Weak Development Team. Some of the top symptoms are: Frequently missed deadlines. Everything takes a long time to build. Get help.

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StartupRoar Adds Personalized Subscriptions

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Aggregage , the platform that powers StartupRoar has added a powerful personalization engine. Now with personalization it's even better.

Startup Mentors

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I've had several Startup CTO Consulting sessions recently where it became apparent that the Founder needed help with the business and product as much or more than the technology. suggested that they should look for someone like me, but on the business end. Then we discussed how they could go about finding this startup business advisor.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. told them that I had recently seen several posts/articles talking about how vibrant the community has become. As is usual, I couldn't remember where I had seen those posts. will do my best to keep this up to date.

Visualization of Startup CTO Equity and Salary Data

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You can click on the filters such as Founder Status (#3) and Job Title (#4) to filter to that particular data. Most non-founders have less than 2%.

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Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010

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Some really great stuff in 2010 that aims to help startups around product, technology, business models, etc. First Principles. Berkonomics , November 29, 2010 Rice Alliance IT/Web 2.0 Forum December 9th Lineup - Startup Houston , November 27, 2010 When to step on the gas and go for it? If you think so, please let me know what they are

Choosing a Programming Language and Framework for Your Startup

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We had an interesting presentation at the LA CTO Forum by the CTO of a startup who chose Groovy / Grails as the framework for their startup. prompted a good discussion around how CTOs go about choosing the programming language and framework for their startup. There are some cautions around these choices, but it is often the basis of a choice.

Startup CTO or Developer

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I’ve been having discussions with several people recently about the role of the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) in very early stage companies.

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What Startup Advisors Do I Need?

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Bob Dorf just published a post Where are the Hackers? Solving the Founder-Tech Gap that came out of some fun conversations that Bob and I have been having. large part of this conversation is what kinds of advisors startups should be looking for. little while ago, I suggested that Every Web/Mobile Startup Should Have a Technical Advisor.

Los Angeles Startup Events

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I recently posted about the Increase in Early-Stage Startup Activity in Los Angeles. In that post, I mentioned how one of the signals is the big increase in number of startup events and the number of attendees at those events. Of course, given the size of this list and having kids, I really can't attend a lot of these.

Startup Surge in Los Angeles

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Ben Kuo just posted on SoCalTech: Are the good times for startups back? That seemed to be the mood running through the cloud at the more-than-sellout crowd at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica Thursday at the first LA Demo Day. At the event, the enthusiasm for startups was palpable. Are others seeing this as well

StartupRoar - Great Content for Startups

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Today I join Ben Yoskovitz , Vinicius Vacanti , Jill Hubbard Bowman and Steve Blank and others in announcing the launch of StartupRoar.

TechEmpower Benchmarks and the Microsoft ASP.NET Core 1.0 Performance Story

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I’ve had lots of conversations with fellow CTOs about the TechEmpower Web Framework Benchmarks. Frankly, those two statements are often correlated.