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Invest in Lines, not Dots

Both Sides of the Table

Everyone seems to be in such a rush to get shacked up these days. And remember, if we get married you’re stuck with us, too.

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Startup Development

SoCal CTO

I’ve come to realize that I have lots of posts around startup software development scattered around in different posts. Thought it would be good to capture them in one spot and also include links to related posts from other sources. How to Work With a Contract Web Developer How To Bootstrap Your Startup

Better Business Bureau? For who?

Eric Greenspan

How many BBB logos are there? What is the Better Business Bureau? It’s not a government agency. It’s not policed by a government agency.

Networking Tips for Entrepreneurs

Jason Nazar

Ten Tips on How to Make it in the Meet-up Scene. The technology meet-up scene is an odd co-mingling of entrepreneurs, engineers, social media mavens, service providers, and up and comers. Here are ten actionable tips to make the most of your meet-ups. Meet More – the key to any meet-up is first to meet others.

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Things Get More Crowded For HauteLook, As Amazon Gets BuyVIP

socalTECH

The online, flash sales market for fashion is looking to a bit more crowded this week for Los Angeles-based HauteLook , as Amazon.com said that it had acquired BuyVIP.com. BuyVIP.com is a Spanish operator of a fashion and lifestyle site, which serves the European market with flash fashion sales, similar to HauteLook. READ MORE>>.

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Have a Look Inside an Angel’s Brain

Ask the Angels

As Angel investors, we like to see entrepreneurs with a laser-like focus on themselves, their venture, and fundraising. However, there are times when that single-mindedness can work to their disadvantage. With startups, fundraising is usually the most formidable challenge, whether the money comes from Angels, VCs, or other sources.

Early stage boards work for stock options, not cash.

Berkonomics

Give one percent equity to each outside board member vesting over four years of service. Many early stage CEOs and board members have asked for some guidance regarding pay and time commitments for board members.  Here is my best advice, based upon many boards and many years.  Email readers continue here.]

Meet some attendees of our recent TCVN Social

Tech Coast Venture Network

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Understanding How The Innovator’s Dilemma Affects You

Both Sides of the Table

Professor Christensen uses real data from the disk drive industry to make his points. So the startups tend to focus on totally new customers. billion.

Startup CTO or Developer

SoCal CTO

I’ve been having discussions with several people recently about the role of the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) in very early stage companies.

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Is life moving faster now or does it simply move faster as you age?

Eric Greenspan

Jackson Greenspan, 6 months. It’s hard to believe that my newborn is not so new anymore. Is life moving faster or is this how it works?

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Bootstrapping Your Business – Startups Uncensored #19

Jason Nazar

This month’s Startups Uncensored will be on “Bootstrapping Your Business”.  It will be an open and frank town-hall conversation with some of the most successful LA entrepreneurs talking about how they started and grew their successful businesses without raising outside financing. TO SIGN UP FOR THIS EVENT, CLICK HERE. 00pm on, Reception. Cost: FREE.

Clarient Acquired By GE Healthcare For $580M

socalTECH

Aliso Viejo-based Clarient , a developer of cancer diagnostic tools, is being acquired by GE Healthcare in a deal worth $580M. According to GE Healthcare, which is a unit of General Electric, it will pay $5.00 per common share or $20.00 per preferred share in cash for Clarient. Calrient was advised by Goldman, Sachs & Co., READ MORE>>.

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How to Block Unwanted Bots from Your Website with.htaccess

SoCal Delicious

Preliminary Information What are bots? Bots", for those not familiar with the term, are basically computer programs that "surf" multiple websites toperform a variety of automated tasks. Examples of bots include those used by the search engines. Other bots probe your website forsecurity vulnerabilities. Who is this article for? Be careful though.

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Have Mophie Will Travel: Mophie Juice Pack Plus

Tech Zulu Event

Apple does an amazing job improving the battery life in their phones, but seemingly it is never enough. As entrepreneurs come out with new LBS (location based services) applications and more ways to stay plugged in, the likelihood of actually making it through the day on one charge is far gone. Visit TechZulu for full story.

De-risk Your Startup By Doing It Again: The Joy Of Getting The Band Back Together

InfoChachkie

In 1980, following the breakup of the American band The Eagles, Don Henley was asked when the group would reunite. The story is familiar. The Upside.

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AngelList – Santa Never Sleeps

Ask the Angels

A somewhat briefer post today about a group I recently joined called AngelList. It’s not an investment fund, and it’s not the sleazy individuals that claim to be angels but are nothing more than consultants that don’t really help you raise money. AngelList was started by a serial entrepreneur, Naval Ravikant and a VC named Babak Nivi.

To your board of directors: Noses in, fingers out.

Berkonomics

The problem cannot be overstated. Once a board member reaches beyond the CEO into the corporation, especially without the approval of the CEO, incurable damage has been done to the CEO’s ability to govern.  Even if not the intent, there is an instant change in dynamic once this line has been crossed. Email readers continue here.]

AT-A-BOYS (Follow Up)

Tech Coast Venture Network

Virginia's Post got me thinking a lot about how entrepreneurs and business owners treat their employees. You might be surprised.

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

Both Sides of the Table

Every team configuration is different. But I do have more insight into understanding your startup team. Let’s start with the basics. But barely.

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Caution 2.0

SoCal CTO

Just saw this tweet fly by: Unfortunately, this CTO happens to be the CTO of a restaurant chain which was probably the reason that this was tweeted.

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Communicate 2010…

Eric Greenspan

Wanna Talk? Email? Tweet? Message? Comment? We need guidance on how to use these tools properly. Facebook message (private) is similar to #3.

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Business Development Advice (for the online world)

Jason Nazar

This post is geared toward folks looking to do BD deals in the online world. 10 Tips for Better BD. 1.) Information, a deal does not close. 

Boingo Get Preload On MetroPCS

socalTECH

Boingo did not disclose financial details of the deal, but did say it was its first pre-load deal with a carrier. READ MORE>>.

Want to Know How VC’s Calculate Valuation Differently from Founders?

Both Sides of the Table

Back in 1999 when I first raised venture capital I had zero knowledge of what a fair term sheet looked like or how to value my company. Normal.

25 Digital Entertainment Executives to Watch and Your Chance to Meet Them

Tech Zulu Event

On January 6, 2011, Digital Media Wire is hosting its 4th Annual Digital Media Insider at CES, an exclusive event for the digital media industry’s key movers and influencers at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Visit TechZulu for full story. Arts & Entertainment Events New Media Retail & Consumers Alex St.

Optimistically Pessimistic: Entrepreneurs Fear Near-term Failure Yet Are Assured Of Their Long-term Success

InfoChachkie

A friend once told me about a soccer game in which the opposing team deployed a frustratingly effective strategy. free weekly Infochachkie articles!

AngelList - Santa Never Sleeps

Ask the Angels

A somewhat briefer post today about a group I recently joined called AngelList. It’s not an investment fund, and it’s not the sleazy individuals that claim to be angels but are nothing more than consultants that don’t really help you raise money. AngelList was started by a serial entrepreneur, Naval Ravikant and a VC named Babak Nivi.

The Benefits of Top-Down Thinking & Why it is Critical to Entrepreneurs

Both Sides of the Table

You need to be able to structure problems / solutions at the appropriate level to communicate effective and drive decision-making. Heresy. discuss.

Trends for Entrepreneurs - Part 2: Privacy as Currency

Tech Coast Venture Network

Photo Credit: karramarro The last decade has witnessed an erosion of privacy and personal rights unlike any other in history. We all live in public.

Life is 10% How You Make It and 90% How you Take It

Both Sides of the Table

Startups are hard. When you read the press you only read the glamorous bits. Whether you choose to be happy or not is up to you. And somehow Michael J.

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Equity-Only CTO and Equity-Only Developers

SoCal CTO

I had a recent email dialog with the founder of a company looking for a CTO for their startup. We had several emails back and forth where he provided basic details on the concept. And I tried to evaluate the idea and figure out: What did the founder really need here? Was it a Startup Founder Developer Gap ? Was it a case of needing Homework?

Modern Family

Eric Greenspan

So, I’ve been married, 3x. My first wife, we were young, it ended. It was hardly enigmatic. No kids. wish her well.

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How to Persuade People – Startups Uncensored #15

Jason Nazar

This month the session will be run by Jason Nazar, in a presentation format.  TO SIGN UP FOR THIS EVENT, CLICK HERE. 00pm on, Reception. Cost: FREE.