Acting CTO Role in a Start-up
DECEMBER 1, 2007
I generally am working as an acting CTO for about 3-4 start-ups or other companies at any one time. I was just talking with someone who asked me to define how that could work and what they meant. Great question. Roger Smith ) This helps explain where I normally play. During Stabilization, often the focus is transitioning to a full-time CTO.
Startup 6.0 - the Rubicon Project: Internet Advertising
MAY 24, 2007
OK, as I eluded to in my previous post, I have decided to take the plunge, yet again, and start another company. So, I am on to Startup 6.0. This one is so new, we don't even have an official company name, yet. So, we decided to code name it "the Rubicon Project". Rubicon is a popular idiom that means to "go past the point of no return".
When Good Metrics Go Bad
Cliff Allen on Marketing
APRIL 19, 2007
The goal of marketers is usually to increase revenue, so we create metrics that help us do that. Marketing Metrics Are Everywhere.
Exploits of a Mom
OCTOBER 10, 2007
Great comic from [link]
F2F Still Matters
MARCH 16, 2007
kathy sierra has a great post today: face-to-face trumps twitter, blogs, podcasts, video.
Startup LA and More Blogs
OCTOBER 27, 2007
I was on a panel yesterday at StartupLA. The event was a good event and I ran into a few folks that I hadn't seen in a while and meet a few new people. One thing that was interesting is that I'm finally starting to run into folks in Los Angeles who run in technology circles and who have blogs.
Entity Extraction Firefox Plugin
OCTOBER 25, 2007
After hearing at a recent CTO Forum meeting from Siderean about their relational navigation technology and various discussions with other folks on search, it's seeming like entity extraction is coming up everywhere. Today I saw John Udell's post Entity extraction everywhere. In and of itself, I don't believe that I'm going to get much use out of it.
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
OCTOBER 23, 2007
I went to an event by Amazon on their Amazon Web Services in Santa Monica today. The focus was S3 - storage service, EC2 - their compute cloud, their queuing system, and their flexible payment system. The S3 system is not a transactional object system, it's for larger objects, larger updates.
Startup Opportunities in SoCal
OCTOBER 17, 2007
On Ben Kuo's blog, he posted about Entrepreneurs in Southern California and pointed to a post by Will Johnson, a Southern California entrepreneur and blogger. Ben responded with: Iâ€™d argue that itâ€™s all a perception, rather than a reality. willing to go work for startup companies. I'm not sure that's the only or primary reason.
The $100K Startup? Changes in VC Land?
OCTOBER 7, 2007
I've been reading or hearing quite a bit about how startups these days don't take nearly as much capital to create as they used to. What used to cost $1M now takes $100K. If that's actually true, then it creates New Rules Of Technology VC. Each of these is aimed at effectively providing earlier, smaller financing rounds. Just as they always have.
Great Podcast - Failed Startup
SEPTEMBER 26, 2007
Found this through Ben Kuo's blog: Media Matchmaker: autopsy of a failed startup from the Frank Peters show. Good stuff! It's worth hearing Betsy and then hearing the investors take on execution (roughly 45 minute mark). Quite a contrast. We had talked to them when they were getting started. Sounds like its good we didn't end up working with them.
Networking to a Job - Practical Advice
SEPTEMBER 25, 2007
For some reason over the past week, I've been asked by three different people I know about job opportunities that might fit them. Since, I've given them the same advice, I thought it was worth putting in my blog. personally believe that the best way to hire, find partners, and find a job is through a network. The experience was interesting for me.
Lunch 2.0 in Santa Monica - And Other Events
SEPTEMBER 13, 2007
I've been remiss in posting to this blog. Very busy on a couple interesting start-ups. More on them in a couple months. In any case, I went by Lunch 2.0 in Santa Monica last Friday. It was way too crowded (250 people in a tiny space). Or maybe it was free lunch? Other posts on the Lunch 2.0 event: Lunch 2.0 in Santa Monica - Theyâ€™re hiring!
JULY 12, 2007
Interesting attempt to create a start-up over the course of a weekend. They failed to get it done in time and they make it sound like they are surprised that it might take longer than a day of programming to build something. It's funny how this expectation around start-ups persists that things can magically be built much, much faster.
Really Valuable Start-up Compensation Numbers
JUNE 19, 2007
From Ask the VC - What are typical compensation numbers
MAY 1, 2007
I've worked with several businesses that were essentially based on driving traffic via search engine optimization (SEO). There are a wide variety of techniques that can be used, but getting high rankings is not easy and highly volatile. just saw a Forbes article talking about Google Hell - getting placed in the secondary index.
My HBS Presentation - Web 2.0 Implications on Learning
APRIL 20, 2007
I've somewhat fallen off the map on this blog. Been traveling and consulting with a bunch of early-stage and growth companies. Really fun stuff these days. One of my recent fun experiences was doing a presentation at Harvard Business School (HBS) on the implications of Web 2.0 truly developmental kind of experience.
Discussion Creation Among Bloggers - LinkedIn, Blogging and Discussion Groups
MARCH 22, 2007
i've been participating in a yahoo group that are users of linkedin and who are bloggers: [link] it's an interesting group of folks from diverse backgrounds. it's also been interesting to
Time Rich, Time Poor and Apple
MARCH 20, 2007
jeremy liew at lightspeed venture partners has an interesting post: time rich or time poor? in it he separates web consumers into: time rich (more time than money) and time poor (more money than time). he tells us
Realistic Entrprenuers Guide to Venture Capital
MARCH 20, 2007
seth's guide is worth reading - the realistic entrepreneur's guide to venture capital
Kevin Federline Search Engine
MARCH 20, 2007
just saw a post - sleep with a pop star, get your own branded search engine. talking about prodege's search with kevin site - [link] i actually think this is a pretty innovative model
8 Ways the Internet has Changed Software Marketing
MARCH 13, 2007
great post - 8 ways the internet changed software marketing - is an interesting take on how different it is these days to market software. good stuff
MyShape Article - Analyst Misses the Point
MARCH 12, 2007
the ny times did a piece today on myshape, a start-up in pasadena - log in your measurements, and the clothes may fit. i had to laugh when an analyst with forrester said in the article -. as impressive as these results may be
Open Source Business Model
MARCH 5, 2007
A recent spate of posts on the challenges of running an open source business is interesting (Tosh, Siemens, Downes, Tosh 2) and quite heated as one of the founders of elgg - a social networking platform aimed at the educational space
MARCH 1, 2007
great post by ben kuo - the importance of the “network” to entrepreneurs -. the informal connections between people in the technology industry here who have a vested interest in helping entrepreneurs take their companies to the next
Google Maps Mobile
FEBRUARY 28, 2007
i recently downloaded google maps mobile for my treo. it's works great. and there was a big surprise. it includes traffic! this is something that i've wanted on my wife's gps for a while. if you haven't checked it out
Stanford Podcasts - eHarmony - Greg Waldorf
FEBRUARY 27, 2007
I was just pointed to a set of great podcasts done by Stanford B-School and particularly, I just listed to the podcast by eHarmony's Greg Waldorf. Having been involved with eHarmony from it's founding days as an acting CTO
Challenge of Predicting Winners
FEBRUARY 25, 2007
i just read a bit on the payout to youtube from the google acquisition (internet news, cnn). part of the discussion around this is the talk about the founder who only got $83m (as compared to $3xxm for the other founders) who bailed out
Interesting Model for University President
FEBRUARY 25, 2007
saw a post by paul kedrosky pointing us to graeme thickins on how stanford does it. it's interesting to think about how universities might want to have their staff better aligned with moving ideas from the lab to start-ups
Events and Networking in Los Angeles
FEBRUARY 23, 2007
one of the issues i discussed in innovation and geography was that the geography and traffic in los angeles generally makes it more difficult for networking. in fact, i would say that over the past few years, it has become harder to
Innovation and Geography
FEBRUARY 20, 2007
i ran across a post in read/write web - does location matter in web innovation? that talked about a recent ny times article when it comes to innovation, geography is destiny. reading the articles and the comments is probably worth it
About this Blog
FEBRUARY 17, 2007
I've been thinking about doing a blog with my thoughts on technology and what's happening in the Los Angeles area technology scene for a while, but it was Ben Kuo's recent start of a blog that inspired me to actually go ahead and do it
A Different Kind of Incubator - The Hive
FEBRUARY 17, 2007
I recently met with The Hive a new incubator in Orange County. This company was started by Victoria Duff (who many of us know from back in the late 90s), Phillis Lane (who I have known for quite a few years) and Jon Bukosky
Where LinkedIn Works for Me
FEBRUARY 17, 2007
i've been a long time user of linkedin, but only recently have started getting the benefits i always expected. i'm sure that many of you have read guy's article ten ways to use linkedin. his suggestions are all good suggestions