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Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes

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This is part of my ongoing series “ Start-up Lessons. &#  If you want to subscribe to my RSS feed please click here or to get my blog by email click here. Sometimes they’re working full time at a company or sometimes they’ve already left their employer and they’re bouncing around ideas with friends.

Austin Start-up MailLift Joins 500 Startups

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I met fellow hustler Brian Curliss about 2 years ago at a Startup Weekend event that I was covering. So what is  MailLift ?

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. Tags: Start-up Advice

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. Our company was completely euphoric.  We drank our own Kool Aid.

The seven attributes of a highly successful start–up CEO

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By David Friedman. I met Kirsten Mangers several years ago after she successfully sold her startup, Webvisible.   Culture Maven. Growth!

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This Santa Monica startup is revolutionizing how companies accept returns

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Series: Ecommerce Companies in Los Angeles. Happy Returns. Blog Thumbnail: Blog type: Community. read more

Project cash flow – not just profit – during start-up.

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Cash is everything to a new business.  How many times do we have to say this?  General

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15 LA-based companies named to Inc.'s 500 fastest-growing startups

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5000 list of the fastest growing startups in the US, and the writing on the wall was splashed in bold letters: LA had a huge 2015. read more

How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

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Many people start companies arse backwards.  Most lawyers that  work with startups are willing to work on a deferred payment schedule. 

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

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The Motive for Speaking Up. ” “Mark has a vested interest in talking down valuations of startups.” goes into a startup.

7 beta stage companies looking to make the leap

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Why Most Online Video Companies Will Fail

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I live in LA and fund startups. So you can imagine that I see a lot of video startups. Online technology company that distributes video.

The best advice startups will never follow

Berkonomics

Starting up Raising moneyLet me tell you a few short hair-raising stories of entrepreneurs who have raised money and regretted it later. 

The Fallacy of Channels: Startups Beware

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This is part of my ongoing series on startup advice but also filed under my sales & marketing posts. Period. Channel Love Story. Nevermind.

A cleaner LA: 8 clean tech companies you should know

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Blog Thumbnail: A new crop of startups is bringing fresh opportunity to LA. Series: Clean Tech Los Angeles.

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. How to Work With a Contract Web Developer How To Bootstrap Your StartupThought it would be good to capture them in one spot and also include links to related posts from other sources.

Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?

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But I do have more insight into understanding your startup team. Let’s start with the basics. Every great tech startup needs one.

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What is the Right Burn Rate at a Startup Company?

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I was reading Danielle Morrill’s blog post today on whether one’s “ Startup Burn Rate is Normal. love how transparently Danielle lives her startup (& encourages other to join in) because it provides much needed transparency to other startups. But what IS the right amount of burn for a company?

3 Sales Tips for Startups – Creating a Burning Platform

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.  Most start-up entrepreneurs have little or no sales experience.  I know I didn’t. 

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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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Don’t be a Grin Fucker

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But then I started to see it happening internally. grew up and played sports all my life. All startups are hard. Me: “LOL.

Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?

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

Who Should you Hire at a Startup?

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This is part of my ongoing posts on  Startup Advice.  Tags: Start-up Advice startup technology You’re stressed.

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Practice Entrepreneurship With A Purpose – Before You Start A Company

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However, you do not need to start a business to begin exercising your entrepreneurial muscles. Don’t Throw Up, Speak Up. Unknown.

What it's really like to intern for an LA tech company

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ZestFinance;dammydommydimmy;The Honest Company;dammydommydimmy;PatientPop;dammydommydimmy;Sidebench;dammydommydimmy;Thrive Market. read more

More data, more solutions: 11 LA-based big data companies you should know

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We've rounded up the ones you should keep an eye on. Series: Big Data in Los Angeles. Bottlenose View Profile » Follow. read more

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Appetize CEO discusses Rams deal — and what it might mean for company growth

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Series: Food Startups in Los Angeles. Appetize. Blog type: Community. read more

How to Not Suck at a Group Presentation

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This was evident at the Twiistup pre-event company pitch last week at UCLA. Stories have starts, middles and ends. Show some energy!

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

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

People Management: Startup Teams Should Dip but not Skip

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And having sold two companies I worked inside much larger companies that acquired us and observed even bigger company structures.

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Never Hire Job Hoppers. Never. They Make Terrible Employees

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This is part of my startup advice series. James, 6 years is fine.  12 is getting long unless your company is totally rocking! Never.

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Start Your Company Where You Want To Live – Period

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Thus, the "best" place for you to start your company is the community you want to live in. Establish your startup in a beach town.

The Power of “In Person” – Why Distributed Teams are Less Effective

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There reality is that a certain magic that happens when you’re in person is critical in a startup. Been there. What about call centers?

Fixing Tech’s Gender Problem Starts With Company Culture

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According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, mixed-gender teams produce patents that are cited up to 42% more often.

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?

The Danger of Crocodile Sales

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This is part of my series on Startup Advice. After that you need to begin discussing your company. That’s always stuck with me.

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Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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BCG, Bain, LEK – they’re all great), a few years at a start-up or a few years somewhere like Microsoft, Google, Amazon or Apple. 

Building Products for Mass Adoption

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Quite honestly I see way too many company pitches that are designed for Techies but I only want to invest in products designed for Normals.

Ready, set, scale: how coworking spaces help LA companies grow

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Managed by Q;dammydommydimmy;BLANKSPACES;dammydommydimmy;Helpr;dammydommydimmy;Cross Campus. read more

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Running More Effective Board Meetings at Startups

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So I changed things up and became much happier with my results.  Here For the most part I’d call them Bored Meetings. But wait?