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Practice Entrepreneurship With A Purpose – Before You Start A Company


A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Even Stephen Curry Needs To Practice. Entrepreneurship is a contact sport. Unknown. Great.

LA pulled in over $300M in funding in June. Here are the top 5 rounds.

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Why Raising Too Much Money Can Harm Your Startup

Both Sides of the Table

Amongst the most often asked questions I get from founders is, “How much money should I raise?” have this “How much should I raise?”

Social To-Do List iOS App WeDo Launches Out of Beta


From Evernote to Asana , each platform and offering has their own unique set of features that make it appealing.

Think about Performance Before Building a Web Application


“It was running fine.” User experience is suffering and it’s the worst possible time with the product taking off. So, why does this happen?

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Two Years After Paying $680M, BioMarin Shelves Duchenne Drug


BioMarin Pharmaceutical took a $680 million gamble when it bought Prosensa in 2014 for its experimental Duchenne muscular dystrophy treatment.

Pop culture stimulates the evolution of the LA tech scene

TechCrunch LA

It wasn’t so long ago that venture capital was a suburban California phenomenon.

Cameron Kashani Launches COACCEL, The Human Accelerator


CAMERON KASHANI is the Godmother of Silicon Beach, having cofounded LA’s first coworking space, Coloft, in 2010. What is a Human Accelerator?

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VC Confessions: I Don’t Really Care About Your Product Demo


A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. It happens during nearly every fundraising pitch meeting. Don’t Demo Me Bro. Share and Enjoy.

First ever Techstars/Cedars-Sinai Healthcare Accelerator alumni offer advice to startups

Built In Los Angeles

HomeHero;dammydommydimmy;Inscope Medical. Blog Thumbnail: June 23rd marks the end of the first ever Techstars Healthcare Accelerator. read more

Why Misunderstanding Startup Metrics Can Cost You Your Business

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When I publicly Tweeted that all companies should be gross margin positive many people pointed out that Amazon wasn’t profitable for many years.

Secure Enterprise Sharing Provider CapLinked Announces $3.5M Round


CapLinked , a secure enterprise sharing and storage provider, today has announced a new round of funding totaling $3.5 million. We are more like vault.

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Collectors Now Look to Hang With Artists Online

L.A. Business Journal

Websites such as Saatchi Art offer artists a new way for their works to click with collectors


What are the Technical Performance Requirements for your Startup?


By far the most popular post on this blog is 32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder. Requests. Compute. Response. API Usage?

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The Entrepreneurial Spirit: Are Entrepreneurs Born Or Made?

Tech Zulu Event

We have just lived through the greatest era of fake entrepreneurs. As the economy gets tighter, these businesses will start to disappear. Salesmanship.

Comparably Compares Your Salary with Other People In Your Field, Anonymously

Jason Nazar

The first step to making sure you’re being paid fairly is knowing how much your peers make, and while many sites provide some information on the topic, Comparably does so anonymously and privately. Read at Lifehacker. Press

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Dauntless Takes Flight with New Business Model for Starting Biotechs


We are definitely interested in oncology, but there is no value in disclosing details.”. It’s a little like what Avalon is doing.

Thrive Market raises $111 million for its online organic grocery store

TechCrunch LA

Buy organic groceries online, at an affordable price.

Pasadena Angels Form $1.3M Investment Fund

Ask the Angels

Pasadena, California (June 1, 2016) – The Pasadena Angels (PA) today announced the formation of their first investment fund at $1.3 million, PA Fund 1 (The Fund). The Fund will specialize in seed and early stage investments and will co-invest exclusively in deals that are subscribed by Pasadena Angels members.  Tweet Tweet.

Confessions Of A VC: Crap – Why I Passed On Uber’s Seed Round


A version of this article previously appeared on Entrepreneur.com. Did I passed on Uber’s seed round? It’s worse than that. Nope, that’s not a typo.

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Who needs Muscle Beach? 4 LA tech companies getting their workers fit

Built In Los Angeles

Demand Media;dammydommydimmy;OpenX Technologies Inc.;dammydommydimmy;Docler dammydommydimmy;Docler Media;dammydommydimmy;DAQRI. read more

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

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What is the True Sentiment of VCs? ” and you can see that the balance of caution vs. optimism is 82% to 18%. There is reason for despondency.

CamFind Makes the World a Giant Store


Sure, it’s possible to dive into Google and search for endless hours, but what if there was a better an easier way to do this? Luckily, there is.

Financial Doc Management Firm Docupace Raises $16.5 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Docupace Technologies, which develops financial document management software, has raised a $16.5 million round of capital from Palisades Growth Capital and TVC Capital

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Three SoCal Startups That Beat Snapchat To $100M In Revenues


Venice-based Snapchat might be the darling of the technology startup scene, but there are at least three, privately held startups--and maybe, more--in Southern California who recently passed $100M in revenues, according to a look through recent announcements. READ MORE>>.

The 5 Biggest Tech Trends for Healthcare in 2016

Tech Zulu Event

Staying on top of the newest innovations in the healthcare field can be extremely time-consuming. The Cloud. Wearable Patient Technology. 3-D Printing.

This Company Raised $6.5 Million to Help You Find Out If You’re Underpaid

Jason Nazar

How much money do you make? Is your salary significantly lower than the industry average? Where does your compensation rank you in your company? Uncomfortable yet? That’s the point. Nazar, 37, says compensation is one of the most taboo topics of conversations in society. Read at Fortune. Press

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An Homage to Larry Bock, Who Had God’s Hand on His Shoulder


Maybe we can share an infusion room,” he replied. “I will be sending good thoughts your way.”. They had a lot of fun.”. Larry Bock.

Work–life balance is now a cliché


Dave’s Note:  Our special guest author this week is Kelly Graham from Decision Toolbox, Inc. Work–Life Balance is dead. Where is the balance?

How Event Farm Is Making Events A Part Of Your Sales Funnel

SoCal Tech Calendar

In the corporate world, events are more than just an event�they are opportunity to connect with your customers and turn potential customers into buyers. How do you make those events happen? What, exactly, does Event Farm do? Ryan Costello: We're a software company. We provide an event and experiential marketing platform. It's a marketing experience.

Why GoToMeeting’s SaaS Playbook Wouldn’t Work Today


A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. It was a decade ago that I led the sale of Expertcity (creator of GoToMeeting) to Citrix.

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All-female team of engineers launch career development platform and are embracing their femininity while they rise to the top

Built In Los Angeles

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The Resetting of the Startup Industry

Both Sides of the Table

Much has changed in the past four months of the technology startup world and how outsiders value the business. Why does this matter? Start early.

Turn Yourself Into a Hologram with HOLLAGRAM


About a year ago we introduced you to VNTANA , an Los Angeles, CA-based startup that wanted to leverage hologram technology to help celebrities and brands use holograms to entertain and engage their followers and fans. VNTANA was founded in 2012 and has since become a leader in social augmented reality.