Acting CTO Role in a Start-up

SoCal CTO

Technical Strategy I support the technical team to: review short and long-term technology strategies to help direct strategic technical decisions and help to ensure appropriate technology usage, help define needed technical research activities, assess new and emerging technologies to determine application to business needs, help determine resource needs within business constraints, review and influence business and technical processes to help balance competing needs and priorities.

OpenSocial - Long Way to Go

SoCal CTO

Until sites begin to agree on common patterns for objects like People, Groups, Activities then there's going to be a big barrier to doing a lot of the stuff that we want to do. I had already written about OpenSocial ( OpenSocial and Facebook as Platforms) and frankly I was hoping for a lot more in the announcements and APIs.

Trending Sources

Networking to a Job - Practical Advice

SoCal CTO

Or look at funding activity if you are considering start-ups. 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. I personally believe that the best way to hire, find partners, and find a job is through a network. So the key question is: How can I leverage my network?

Discussion Creation Among Bloggers - LinkedIn, Blogging and Discussion Groups

SoCal CTO

skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Thursday, March 22, 2007 Discussion Creation Among Bloggers - LinkedIn, Blogging and Discussion Groups Ive been participating in a Yahoo Group that are users of LinkedIn and who are Bloggers: [link] Its an interesting group of folks from diverse backgrounds. Where I use the Discussion Group: * Ive not been very active in the discussion group on particular topics. There has certainly been a storm of activity over this question.

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Stay Positive

Frank Addante

► August (1) Invest in Transparency & Active Communication ► July (1) The Fear of Success ► May (2) Optimized for Speed = 30% Waste Happy 1st Birthday Rubicon Project!

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Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Go Fast, but Don’t Hurry

Frank Addante

► August (1) Invest in Transparency & Active Communication ► July (1) The Fear of Success ► May (2) Optimized for Speed = 30% Waste Happy 1st Birthday Rubicon Project!

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: The DNA of an A++ Team

Frank Addante

► August (1) Invest in Transparency & Active Communication ► July (1) The Fear of Success ► May (2) Optimized for Speed = 30% Waste Happy 1st Birthday Rubicon Project! Active Communicators Communication is contagious.

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: FounderBlog’s 1 Year Anniversary! A BIG THANK YOU to 3,500 entrepreneurs in 50+ countries

Frank Addante

► August (1) Invest in Transparency & Active Communication ► July (1) The Fear of Success ► May (2) Optimized for Speed = 30% Waste Happy 1st Birthday Rubicon Project!

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Setting up Shop - Picking an Office Space

Frank Addante

► August (1) Invest in Transparency & Active Communication ► July (1) The Fear of Success ► May (2) Optimized for Speed = 30% Waste Happy 1st Birthday Rubicon Project! We decided against cubes, as we wanted to create a very open environment for active communication.

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Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Startup 6.0 - the Rubicon Project: Internet Advertising

Frank Addante

► August (1) Invest in Transparency & Active Communication ► July (1) The Fear of Success ► May (2) Optimized for Speed = 30% Waste Happy 1st Birthday Rubicon Project!

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: 5. Outsourcing

Frank Addante

► August (1) Invest in Transparency & Active Communication ► July (1) The Fear of Success ► May (2) Optimized for Speed = 30% Waste Happy 1st Birthday Rubicon Project!

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: GoogleClick - Who owns your cash register?

Frank Addante

► August (1) Invest in Transparency & Active Communication ► July (1) The Fear of Success ► May (2) Optimized for Speed = 30% Waste Happy 1st Birthday Rubicon Project!

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: 4. Build a SWAT team

Frank Addante

► August (1) Invest in Transparency & Active Communication ► July (1) The Fear of Success ► May (2) Optimized for Speed = 30% Waste Happy 1st Birthday Rubicon Project!

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Frank Addantes FounderBlog: 3. Virtual Location, Location, Location

Frank Addante

► August (1) Invest in Transparency & Active Communication ► July (1) The Fear of Success ► May (2) Optimized for Speed = 30% Waste Happy 1st Birthday Rubicon Project!

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: 2. Under Process, Over Deliver

Frank Addante

► August (1) Invest in Transparency & Active Communication ► July (1) The Fear of Success ► May (2) Optimized for Speed = 30% Waste Happy 1st Birthday Rubicon Project!

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: So, you need to develop a product?

Frank Addante

► August (1) Invest in Transparency & Active Communication ► July (1) The Fear of Success ► May (2) Optimized for Speed = 30% Waste Happy 1st Birthday Rubicon Project!

What is the Rubicon Project? Part II: Solving a massive problem.

Frank Addante

I wasn’t prepared for all the activity that followed. Things have been a little crazy (good crazy) since last Monday’s funding announcement. We had thousands of visitors hit our website in anticipation of our beta and received tons of calls from potential partners, press and investors. I still can’t believe the overwhelming response! Lesson learned: always stay on your toes because you never

What is the Rubicon Project? Part II: Solving a massive problem.

Frank Addante

I wasn’t prepared for all the activity that followed. Things have been a little crazy (good crazy) since last Monday’s funding announcement. We had thousands of visitors hit our website in anticipation of our beta and received tons of calls from potential partners, press and investors. I still can’t believe the overwhelming response! Lesson learned: always stay on your toes because you never

Venture Group’s Krenn Sees Improving VC Deals for SD Tech Startups

Xconomy

I haven’t seen it this good since 2007,” he says. A breakout of regional deal flow so far this year indicates that venture activity in San Diego. Call him an optimist if you must, but San Diego Venture Group president Mike Krenn says venture financings for San Diego’s early stage tech startups are on a tear. “I

Why the LP Outlook is Good for Venture and Startups in 2017–2020

Both Sides of the Table

Every year Upfront Ventures surveys Limited Partners (LPs) who are the main source of capital that invests in VC funds and thus the main source of capital that goes to startups to get an early-warning sense of the year ahead, leaving aside any Black Swans.

Coull Entrepreneurs Get More Customers

InfoChachkie

I know Coull intimately, as it recently purchased RevUpNet , an online media agency which I Co-Founded with Ben Kiblinger in 2007. In 2007, Microsoft loudly proclaimed the creation of clickable video ads. Founded in 2007, GumGum has become the largest in-image ad platform.

How the Seed-Stage VC Trend Began, The Downsides of Unicorns & Much More

Both Sides of the Table

By fund II (2007) he was able to raise $15 million (if you watch the video you’ll hear an interesting story of how he did this) and he had a proper fund.

How Surfing Made Me A Better Investor

InfoChachkie

The largest sets of wave typically appear after the longest lulls in activity. It wasn't until 2007 that the iPhone finally cracked the code and made handheld Internet surfing a reality. A version of this article previously appeared on the Wall Street Journal.

How to Avoid Being Disrupted as a VC

Both Sides of the Table

I joined Upfront Ventures in 2007 and took over as co-Managing Partner in 2011 along with the founder, Yves Sisteron. He’s proved much more efficient that I ever was at tracking the activities of the community.

How I Got the Monkey Off My Back – Today Was a Good Day

Both Sides of the Table

I become a venture capitalist in September 2007 – exactly 6.5 As a result of this activity I have now personally returned significantly more capital in my 5 years than I have invested. I have huge confidence in the companies that I’ve backed that are still active.

10 Essential Branding Maxims

InfoChachkie

Never Gonna Give You Up ’s resurgence began in 2007, when a user on an obscure gaming site posted a link to Rick’s video under the heading for a trailer of the not-yet-released Grand Theft Auto IV video game. And the process has to be actively managed.

When Should You Allow Exclusivity in Deals?

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve heard many investors and some executives repeat the mantra, “Never offer exclusive deals,” and since this blanket statement is generally bad advice I thought I’d offer the less conventional but I believe more practical version of why exclusive deals can actually be a huge bonus for a startup and why I actively encourage them.

Surveying SoCal's M&A Landscape, with David Siemer

socalTECH

We don''t spend a lot of time there, except that we''re active investors and bankers who are affected by what''s happening in the IPO market. If you rate the market on a one to ten scale, with one being 2002 and ten being 2007, we''re probably at around five or six.

TechZulu Presents: The Annual Startup Forecast

Tech Zulu Event

Pierce’s entrepreneurial activities are focused in the areas of digital currencies such as Bitcoin, games, gambling, ad tech and payments. TechZulu is excited to invite you to the 2014 Startup and Entrepreneurial Forecast taking place on Tuesday Jan. 28 from 7pm-10pm in Santa Monica.

How ConsumerTrack Has Created A Growing, Profitable--and Mostly Unknown Business

socalTECH

We rode that wave through 2007, until the housing market crashed, and we had to adapt. In the Los Angeles startup world, there are lots of high profile, buzzy companies which have lots of attention and funding--but which haven''t earned a dime of revenue.

Why You Shouldn’t Launch Your Startup at a Major Tech Event

Both Sides of the Table

SXSW is where Twitter broke out in 2007. But public broadcasting and location activation are done. It’s February now. That means a slew of companies will be preparing to launch their new products or announcing their companies at the annual SXSW conference in Austin, Texas.

StockTwits Updates iPhone App

socalTECH

StockTwits is led by Howard Lindzon, who is an active angel investor and former founder of Wallstrip, which he sold to CBS back in 2007. San Diego-based micro messaging service StockTwits , which allows fans of the financial markets to exchange stock tips, interact with others, discuss companies, and more, said this week that it has updated its iPhone app.

Interview with Rob Reed, MomentFeed

socalTECH

So, what we do, is bring all of that data together into a unified, comprehensive solution, so they can manage all of that activity and data in one place. Rob Reed: I was doing social media strategy consulting from 2007 until 2009, what I would really characterize as Social Media 1.0.