2011

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Equity for Early Employees in Early Stage Startups

SoCal CTO

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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Ten Startup Tips From Amazon Founder, Jeff Bezos

InfoChachkie

In August 2004, FastCompany published an article titled, Inside The Mind Of Jeff Bezos , written by Alan Deutschman. We are flexible on details….

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Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?

Both Sides of the Table

There are certain topics that even some of the best journalists can’t fully grok. One of them is profitability. Internet scale. Operating Costs.

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Digital LA: Digital Comics Panel With The Punisher Himself (Thomas Jane)

Tech Zulu Event

Join the discussion with digital comics, animation and games experts for the third annual Digital Comics panel. Scheduled Speakers. 8-9:30p Panel.

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Interview with Bong Koh, LifeCrowd

socalTECH

Earlier this month, Los Angeles-based LifeCrowd (www.lifecrowd.com) unveiled its service to help connect people with real life activities. READ MORE>>.

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LA Leads In Entrepreneurs, Says Report

Tech Coast Venture Network

A new study released by the  Kauffman Foundation this week shows that the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has the highest number of entrepreneurs per 100,000 people, of the top fifteen largest MSAs. The report covers all business entrepreneurs, not just those in the high tech industry.

The Truth About Early Stage Pre-Money Valuations

Ask the Angels

By Al Schneider. think there are three fundamental truths regarding the valuation of early stage businesses by potential investors: The first is that a pre-money valuation is ultimately an outcome of negotiation , rather than a mathematical calculation of discounted cash flow or any other metric of potential company performance.

Focus on the Right Competitors

Frank Addante

I did a presentation yesterday at the Digital Publishing Summit in Deer Valley, Utah. Competing often pushes teams to

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32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

SoCal CTO

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?

Ten Startup Tips From Steve Jobs

InfoChachkie

Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series. Other installments include: Words of startup wisdom from Jeff Bezos. Steve’s Startup Tips.

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Why You Need to Take 50 Coffee Meetings

Both Sides of the Table

50 coffee meetings. It should stick in your head as a metaphor for networking. For getting outside of your comfort zone. Recruiting. Job Hunting.

Why Facebook OpenGraph Will Work and Why To Hate It

Tech Zulu Event

openly can’t stand OpenGraph. It’s the one feature that stuck with me the most from the F8 conference this past September. It’s Brilliant.

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LA Ranks As Top Tech Town, Says Scientific American

socalTECH

READ MORE>>. technology angeles access cities

Branchout an Example of Viral Spread Opportunity for Startups

SoCal CTO

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!

The Top 10 Types of Douchebags in Tech and How NOT to Be One

Jason Nazar

Whatever else I accomplish in life, I certainly hope I keep my non-douchebaggy status. Treat each person you meet with respect, kindness and thoughtfulness.  It’s a standard we can all strive for, but some seem to fall extra short.  So here are my muses on the types of Douchebags you can run across in the tech world, and how not to be one. 1.)

How to Hunt Programmers for Your Startup - A Field Guide

SoCal CTO

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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TCVN March Workshop: Buy-Sell Agreement

Tech Coast Venture Network

We had a terrific morning workshop today covering buy-sell details for startups. From the smiles on everyone’s faces, it was worth it!

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CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies

SoCal CTO

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

SoCal CTO

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?

Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data

SoCal CTO

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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When Hiring Entrepreneurs, Ignore Their Resumes

InfoChachkie

Note: This is the third installment in the Startup Team Building series. Read Part I HERE and Part II HERE. free weekly Infochachkie articles! Job One.

Lead, Follow or Get the Fuck Out of the Way

Both Sides of the Table

Today’s post courtesy of the Dave McClure school of vocabulary. About a month ago I was meeting with a seasoned entrepreneur. It happens.

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Female Founders and CEOs | Cameron Rasouli of CoLoft

Tech Zulu Event

She’s also half of the team that built the ever growing Coloft in Santa Monica, CA. Now I’ll let the interview take it from here. Extremely goofy.

Yowie Powers Town Hall For Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson

socalTECH

Yowie said the town hall will be the first ever in a series of chats with politicians and pundits. Yowie was founded by Frank Orozco and Carlos Montes.

Getting Started with a Two-Sided Market Business

SoCal CTO

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?

Interview with Michael Arrington – Startups Uncensored #23

Jason Nazar

Our next Startups Uncensored event is going to be very special.  I’ll be doing a one-on-one interview with Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch and the new CrunchFund. Michael is an incredible serial entrepreneur who, in 2008, was listed as one of Time Magazine ‘s most influential people. Announcements Startups Uncensored

Looking for a roommate for my schweet pad Santa Monica

Daradiction

Hello! It’s a 2BR / 2BA place, remodeled with hardwood floors and a great kitchen.

The Amazing Power of Deflationary Economics for Startups

Both Sides of the Table

I’m often asked by people what investment areas interest me. And it’s something I think you ought to consider when building your Internet businesses.

Never Ask a Busy Person to Lunch. Here’s Why:

Both Sides of the Table

know with a title like that I’m going to subject myself to people thinking I’m just being a grumpy, exclusive VC. They had never met.

Quick Practical, Tactical Tips for Presentations

Both Sides of the Table

Today’s post is a subtle one about positioning yourself in a presentation. You’ll hold their attention much better. Are they offended?&#

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How to Hunt Programmers for Your Startup - A Field Guide

SoCal CTO

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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Startups Are A Remix

InfoChachkie

“Creativity is just connecting things. It seemed obvious to them after a while. Steve Jobs, Co-Founder Apple, NeXT Computing and Pixar.

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Hiring a CTO for Your Startup

SoCal CTO

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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Take Back Your Internet, Leave Klout

Tech Zulu Event

Klout, PeerIndex, Kred, and even Empire Avenue need to go away. Here’s the breakdown: The Inverted Logic Loop. ” It’s that easy.