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

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In 2015 in the US there were $77 billion written into startup tech companies. I better roll up my sleeves and help my companies get funded.”

Is it Time for You to Earn or to Learn?

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I often have career discussions with entrepreneurs – both young and more mature – whether they should join company “X&# or not.

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Most Startups Should be Deer Hunters

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Nearly all of the mistakes I made at my first company I fixed by the time of my second company. I guess it has worked for some companies?

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

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I had a picture in the office of my first company with the logo above and the capital letters JFDI. (In The company never JFDI. Not you.

How to (re) Approach People (Advice on the Eve of LeWeb)

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We presented to you about a year ago our company that does voice recognition software integrated with IVRs. It’s an important reminder.

Don’t Roll out the Red Carpet on the Way out the Door

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Before I started my first company in 1999 I worked for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). This is part of my Startup Advice series.

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How to Deal with Skeletons in your Closet

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A company has just filed suit against you for product patent infringement (obviously more serious). I don’t think so. That smile!

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Startup Software Development – Do Your Homework Before You Develop Anything

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I just had an all-too common conversation with the founder of a startup who had spent more than a year working with a software development company who had produced a mess. The mess really comes from a developer who was willing to get started on a product that was not fully thought out. Some founders are taken aback. Who are the customers?

Good Judgment Comes with Experience, But Experience Comes from Bad Judgment

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I believe that it helped me succeed in my second company. This is part of my Startup Advice series of posts. But it’s not my strategy.

IPO Market Surpasses 2008, 2009, According to Report

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A new report today released by PwC finds that the market for initial public offerings (IPOs) has jumped significantly in 2010, with volumes exceeding both 2008 and 2009 levels. billion for companies, which is 123 percent increase in volume and a 49 percent increase in volume compared with numbers last year. billion.

Start-ups are all Naked in the Mirror

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Lessons Building companies is hard work. I started my first company in 1999 in London at the height of the dot com craze. We also had facilities in Dublin, Ireland where our company was initially founded. We went through the euphoria of massive exposure at the time of our [.].

WTF is Traction? A 6-Step Relationship Guide to VC

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Now there are some firms that have strict rules about not funding pre-revenue companies – that’s different. The problem is that they see hundreds of pitches and they often don’t proactively step back and think about the companies that seemed promising but they weren’t ready to pull the trigger. But be polite.

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Insights: Ten reasons to start a company; ten reasons not to

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Rich valuations and venture capitalists throwing money at early stage companies. So not 2009. Start up conferences and competitions.

Start-ups are all Naked in the Mirror

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Building companies is hard work. I started my first company in 1999 in London at the height of the dot com craze. We also had facilities in Dublin, Ireland where our company was initially founded. Our company was completely euphoric. We had one of the largest US software companies talk about buying us. SHIT!!!

Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?

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Many startup companies hire advisory boards. prominent industry luminaries to be closely associated with the company. Not enough time.

Who Should you Hire at a Startup?

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More likely this person who wants to work at your fledgling company is a decent performer but not a superstar. I’m not one of those.

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What Makes an Entrepreneur? (1/11) – Tenacity

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I’ve watched people who went to the top schools, got the best grades and worked for all the right companies flame out. Yeah, right.

Secure Technology Company Sold To Benchmark Electronics For $230M

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Santa Ana-based Secure Technology Company , a developer of ruggedized computers for the military and other markets, has been sold to Benchmark Electronics in a deal worth $230M in cash. Secure Technolgoy Company was owned by private equity investor Vance Street Capital. Vance Street Capital had acquired Secure in October of 2009.

Are Business Plans Still Necessary?

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Ajax was the new buzzword and many companies went overboard. and the subsequent acquisition sprees of companies like Google, Yahoo!,

VentureNet 2009

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009 -- VentureNet 2009. One chance to see the most innovative emerging technology companies in the entire Southern California region strut their stuff. One day. One event. See [link] (more

GadgetFest 2009

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009 -- GadgetFest 2009. The 9th annual GadgetFest is fast approaching, and tech companies in the San Diego region and beyond are preparing to showcase their newest, most innovative technologies for this years competition. Register now and secure your place in this years biggest event! See [link] (more

Bank Robber or ATM Operator?

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In addition to the characteristics noted below, you may also want to consult “ Finding an Entrepreneurial Gem in the Slag Heap of Big Dumb Company ” and “ Are You an Entrepreneur ”. Conversely, the ATM Operator will ask questions centered on the Company’s financial condition, current investors, and potential future investors.

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

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Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. Top for January 16, 2009 - January 31, 2009 Posts Are You Selling Online Yet? This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc.

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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And I feel that this skill is invaluable in both building a start-up company and in being a VC. I had to laugh a bit reading it. Marketing?

Qualcomm Town Hall 2009

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009 -- Qualcomm Town Hall 2009. CommNexus. As 3G takes off all over the world  offering advanced services from networks and devices providing multi-megabit speeds  wireless communications is emerging as the most important technology of this millennium. How will these systems and services evolve?

Startup Founders Should Flip Burgers

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When I founded my first company along with Brian Moran (whose idea it was) I had no real experience running startups. True story.) Burger?

Technology Industry Awards 2009

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 -- Technology Industry Awards 2009. The Best Companies, the Brightest People, and the Most Fun! The Technology Industry Awards is celebrating its 15th year of recognizing individuals and companies that have made significant, superior contributions to Southern California's technology industry.

Startup Metrics

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This is a great presentation and one that I'm going to point out to startup / early stage company CEOs. Great stuff.

BIOCOM's 2009 DeviceFest

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Thursday, May 7, 2009 -- BIOCOM's 2009 DeviceFest promises to provide thought provoking panel discussions and case studies focusing on Inspiring Innovation, Overcoming Adversity and What's Next? However, bringing life saving products to patients expeditiously remains a great challenge for medical device companies. See [link].

Video Games Industry 2009

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 -- Video Games Industry 2009. The question is not whether there is an opportunity in the video game space; rather, the issue is which one to choose. This Panel of gaming media, operational and development experts will share their views on the industry's evolution. See [link] (more

What Makes an Entrepreneur (2/10) – Street Smarts

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I don’t think it takes book smart people to build great companies – sometimes it’s a hindrance. The company incinerated cash.

M and A in 2009

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009 -- M and A in 2009. LLC; Nevena Orbach, President, Co-founder, The Orbach Company, Inc. Our panel will explore the impact of the market environment on MandA (valuation levels and overall activity level). Focus will be a discussion of the various alternatives to plain MandA ? Riley and Co.

Got 2020 Clear Vision?

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My best friend Braden Jones and his wife Denai started a company in my hometown of Ventura in 2001 called Petunia Pickle Bottom and gave birth to a new industry. Early 2009 I stopped drinking alcohol and putting damaging substances into my body and this has been given me remarking clarity and performance benefits. Jack Johnson. in te

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2009 Veterans Economic and Business Development Summit

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Thursday, November 19, 2009 -- 2009 Veterans Economic and Business Development Summit. This activity will provide Veteran Owned Businesses an opportunity to present their companies to Federal Agencies and to identify opportunities of being a Veteran or Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business. See [link] (more

Don’t drink your own Kool-Aid (surviving TC50)

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So many companies suck at managing their booths. It sets the your company’s trajectory for the next several months. Yours.

Do you need a Powerpoint deck for a VC meeting?

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I also recently wrote a post about a company that came in for a presentation and never even got the slides out or presented a demo. Practice.

ActionAllStars.com Signs Up 100K Users For Sports Site

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Six Degree Games launched its Action AllStars site on December 18th, and features such sports as basketball, baseball, football, and snowboarding; the company is targeting the six through age 14 demographic. However, he said that the site also has eyes on Major League Baseball's opening day. READ MORE>>.

Software Development Companies in Southern California

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As part of doing that, I've had the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of different chief technical officers from different kinds of companies over those years. This is a private group of CTOs who are responsible for software development within their companies. or focused on industry or type of company.

What Makes an Entrepreneur (4/11) – Resiliency

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The agreement was that both sets of investors would fund the combined entity, we would reduce overlapped costs and become a healthier company.

Video Games Industry 2009: New Opportunities

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 -- "Video Games Industry 2009: New Opportunities" TCOSC. The question is not whether there is an opportunity in the video game space; rather, the issue is which one to choose. This Panel of gaming media, operational and development experts will share their views on the industry's evolution. See [link] (mor