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

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If I’m wrong – at least you’ll have more data to decide how you raise & spend your company’s money. Mostly, no.

Is it Time for You to Earn or to Learn?

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at a startup that has already raised $5 million the chances of you making your retirement money on that company is EXTREMELY small.  125,000.

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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. This leads to suboptimal results for all.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

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used to sit on the board of a company (for which I DID NOT invest) with a very smart and very likable CEO.  The company never JFDI.

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

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Business Etiquette Tips for dealing with VCs and Corporates at Conferences. This is part of my ongoing series with Startup Advice. Waste.

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.

3 Sales Tips for Startups – Creating a Burning Platform

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Many, many tech companies I meet start with a set of “awesome features” and present them to me (and I suspect also to customers).  Why Buy Mine?

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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.

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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company has just filed suit against you for product patent infringement (obviously more serious). She loves a man with a great sense of humor. 

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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We eventually got a successful exit but I can’t say it was a Google like exit!  I believe that it helped me succeed in my second company.

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

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 [.].

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

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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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 drank our own Kool Aid. Every company has growing pains. We were hot.

Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?

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The CEO picks prominent people who are busy in their own right with their own companies.  This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. 

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.  You’re stressed. million. 

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

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Some companies don’t push hard enough.  If you haven’t spent time over there you should. Excite, Ask Jeeves and Lycos?  Yeah, right. 

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!,

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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. MBA fine, but not required. So back to MBAs. 

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

Startup Founders Should Flip Burgers

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The expectations of our company having raised $16.5 This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.  This is what happened to me. Burger?

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>>.

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.

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

Company Valuations

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Friday, November 20, 2009 -- TechAmerica Senior Financial Executive Roundtable Breakfast Series. Company Valuations: What methods are VC'S, investment bankers, the IRS and others using to value companies in today's environment and what are the current trends in values? Don't miss our final financial roundtable series for 2009!

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

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The company incinerated cash.  Do you have similar experiences when you built your companies? Two quick stories from just yesterday.

Red Herring Global 2009

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Thursday, January 14, 2010 -- Red Herring Global 2009. On January 12-14, 2010, more than 500 industry professionals will connect in Laguna Niguel, California to honor the Top 100 private technology companies in the world. See [link].

Red Herring Global 2009

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010 -- Red Herring Global 2009. On January 12-14, 2010, more than 500 industry professionals will connect in Laguna Niguel, California to honor the Top 100 private technology companies in the world. See [link].

Red Herring Global 2009

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010 -- Red Herring Global 2009. On January 12-14, 2010, more than 500 industry professionals will connect in Laguna Niguel, California to honor the Top 100 private technology companies in the world. See [link].

Interview with Sean McCleese, Student of Fortune

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An area we've been seeing a lot of companies attacking recently is tutoring and homework help. What's the story behind how you started the company? It's interesting to see how the Internet continues to create new marketplaces for what are otherwise inefficient businesses. Tell us a little a bit about the service, and what it provides?