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Is it Time for You to Earn or to Learn?

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my Startup Advice series. That’s Ok.  They raised $5 million in their B round.  125,000. So let’s go CRAZY!  Not bad.

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Startup Software Development – Do Your Homework Before You Develop Anything

SoCal CTO

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. always take a very different approach in early conversations.

Bank Robber or ATM Operator?

InfoChachkie

This is a reposting of a ‘classic’ popular post. Fortune 500 CEO once told me that I was a Bank Robber. Initially, I was offended. However, once he explained what he meant, I was flattered. Bank Robber is someone who craves the thrill of the chase. They relish the role of the underdog, with the odds are stacked against them.

140 meetup in LA with Jeff Pulver of 140conf

Eric Greenspan

Please add me on Facebook if you wish to be involved and message me. My email addy is on FB as well.

The Unintended Consequences of Startups

Jason Nazar

years ago I was running 6 miles a day 3 times a week, and playing competitive basketball and tennis.  .

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MedApps: Making Healthcare Simple

Tech Zulu Event

What they have created is a dedicated device that requires no interaction on the patients' part making it totally automatic. 

Running a Startup without Losing Your Family

Alon Schwartz

Prefix. This post is for everyone, married, singles, with children and without. tried to focus on a few, non common, lessons I’ve learned along the way. If you don’t have children but plan on having some in the future, please continue at your own risk. If you do have children, please sit down…. starting Point. Ready? Balance. didn’t even notice.

"Pull Management" vs. "Push Management" systems (v1.0)

CEO Flow

Are we working harder, under more pressure, but running in place? It’s not uncommon for the double whammy of clutter and pressure to make companies and people so busy that they can’t get anything done! Anyone can work hard, hire people and raise more money. Push v Pull Management. Mistakes are punished. Burnout is common. Next step?

Most Startups Should be Deer Hunters

Both Sides of the Table

This post is part of my series “ Startup Lessons &#. Elephants, Deer and Rabbits – Some thoughts on start-up segmentation. Basecamp? Ditto.

Startup Metrics

SoCal CTO

A post by Fred Wilson pointed me to Dave McClure's Startup Metrics presentation. You only build what you need to prove that model. Great stuff.

Sales Kids With Grit – Web 2.0 Paper Routes

InfoChachkie

What do Warren Buffet, Martin Luther King, John Wayne, Walt Disney, Harry Truman and Wayne Gretzky all have in common? In addition to all of them reaching the pinnacle of their chosen professions, they also all started their careers performing the same job. All of these extremely successful individuals were paperboys*. million. Boys To Men. Web 2.0

Launch to the Moon 2010, MIW style!

Eric Greenspan

Yesterday, Make It Work got together at our partner South Bay Mini’s offices to discuss our achievements, our challenges and our future.

Why Saying “No” is Hard for Angels

Ask the Angels

A few years ago, Joe Torre (when still managing the Yankees) wrote an article for Business Week ( Joe Torre on Winning ) that’s well worth reading. In the world of startup investing, Angels invariably come across a lot of great entrepreneurs that they get to know on a personal level and think the world of. Let’s talk if we raise another round.

How to Save MySpace

Jason Nazar

I wouldn’t bet against MySpace. But they’re clearly headed in the wrong direction, and have been for the last two years. MySpace = Yahoo2.0:

Friendgiftr Launches Facebook Gift Card App

socalTECH

Hollywood-based Friendgiftr , an angel funded startup developing Facebook applications, said today that it has launched a new Facebook application which allows users to send real gift cards to friends, family, and others. The startup said it is now offering over 120 U.S. The firm was founded by Rob Carpenter and David Murphy. READ MORE>>.

A Tour of the Rubicon Project Headquarters

Frank Addante

I decided to try doing a video blog post. Here is a tour that I did of the Rubicon Project headquarters and all of the thought that we have put into things like culture, communication, efficiency, team development (and a little fun).

L.A. Tech Week: The Hidden Gem of L.A. Tech Events

Tech Zulu Event

Tech Week held at the Business Technology Center in Altadena is one of the gems of tech events held in Southern California in my opinion.  Why a gem? 

Running a Startup without Losing Your Family

Alon Schwartz

Prefix. This post is for everyone, married, singles, with children and without. tried to focus on a few, non common, lessons I’ve learned along the way. If you don’t have children but plan on having some in the future, please continue at your own risk. If you do have children, please sit down…. starting Point. Ready? Balance. didn’t even notice.

"Pull Management" vs. "Push Management" systems (v1.0)

CEO Flow

Are we working harder, under more pressure, but running in place? It’s not uncommon for the double whammy of clutter and pressure to make companies and people so busy that they can’t get anything done! Anyone can work hard, hire people and raise more money. Push v Pull Management. Mistakes are punished. Burnout is common. Next step?

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

Both Sides of the Table

You are constantly faced with decisions and there is always incomplete information.  This paralyzes most people.  Not you. Making Things Happen.

Networking Events in Los Angeles and Southern California

SoCal CTO

Great post by John Shiple. He talks about a bunch of the different networking events that occur in Los Angeles and other parts of Southern California. In his post, he mentions the following events / event organizers, and you should visit his post for a bit more on each of them. They put on great events. AITP-LA – Monthly events.

Fast Follower III – First Mover Disadvantage

InfoChachkie

This is part III of a three part series. Click here for Part I and Part II. John Fitch was first. He spent the majority of his adult life fruitlessly attempting to capitalize on the novelty and uniqueness of his invention. He debuted his technology in Philadelphia at the 1787 Constitutional Convention. free weekly Infochachkie articles!

Baby Greenspan 4D ultrasound…Is it a boy or a girl? Watch and find out!

Eric Greenspan

Thanks to My First Peekaboo for the great footage. Check them out at www.myfirstpeekaboo.com.

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Strategic Direction - The Core of a Strategic Marketing Plan

Cliff Allen on Marketing

Taking a long trip is like marketing. The same is true for marketing. The importantce of choosing the right strategic marketing direction. Not today.

Building an E-commerce Business - Startups Uncensored #11

Jason Nazar

We are joined this month by Wil Schroter the former CEO of SwapaLease and founder of the GoBig Network. TO SIGN UP FOR THIS EVENT, CLICK HERE.

Interview with Sean McCleese, Student of Fortune

socalTECH

It's interesting to see how the Internet continues to create new marketplaces for what are otherwise inefficient businesses. An area we've been seeing a lot of companies attacking recently is tutoring and homework help. One of the firms looking to make its market in the area is Altadena-based Student of Fortune (www.studentoffortune.com).

10 Things You Need for Your Social Media Road Trip

Daradiction

Written by Jolie O’Dell. By the way, our RoadTwip panel just got selected by SxSW Interactive. More on that later. Get sponsorship.

Envolve: Enabling Meaningful Conversation All Over The Web

Tech Zulu Event

Envolve is a very early stage start-up company based out of San Francisco with a goal to enable meaningful conversation all over the web in real-time. 

Entrepreneurs Beware of Overlawyers

Ask the Angels

Every once in a while, I’m reminded just how harmful overlawyering can be.  I just finished preparing an operating agreement for 3 partners in a new venture.  That’s about all they need at this nascent stage. After all, I’m company counsel, not founder counsel.)  Needless to say, many hours and thousands of dollars later, we are all “agreed”. 

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“Pull Management” vs. “Push Management” systems (v1.0)

CEO Flow

Are we working harder, under more pressure, but running in place? It’s not uncommon for the double whammy of clutter and pressure to make companies and people so busy that they can’t get anything done! Anyone can work hard, hire people and raise more money. Push v Pull Management. Mistakes are punished. Burnout is common. Next step?

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

Both Sides of the Table

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

Matching Algorithm

SoCal CTO

Because I was the Acting CTO for eHarmony at it's start, I quite often get introduced to people who have an idea for a startup company that is based on some kind of matching algorithm. They describe the company as the eHarmony of careers, clothes, jobs, college, tutoring services, doctors, service companies, investments, etc. That feels powerful.

Pour And Stir I – In Pursuit Of The Ideal Business Model

InfoChachkie

Note: This is Part I in a three-part series on The Perfect Business Model. Click here for Part II , and Part III. Authentic, hand-crafted Persian rugs always include intentional imperfections. They are said to be, “Perfectly Imperfect, and Precisely Imprecise.” If you haven’t already subscribed yet, subscribe now for. Perfect Imperfection.

Baby Greenspan…Is it a boy or a girl? Watch and find out!

Eric Greenspan

Thanks to My First Peekaboo for the great footage. Check them out at www.myfirstpeekaboo.com.

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