Top Ten infoChachkie Entries Of 2011


With the exception of the week of Thanksgiving, I published two entries every week during 2011. I published 21-Skype interviews during 2011. Top Ten infoChachkie Entries Of 2011. The following entries generated the most page views during 2011. Surprisingly, not all of these entries were published in 2011. 2011 Rank. I began publishing my blog in 2008. For the first couple years, I wrote under the pseudonym Uncle Saul.

Hulu: Nearly Half A Billion In Revenues in 2011


Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu is set to earn half a billion dollars in revenue this year, according to an update from CEO Jason Kilar posted last night on its company blog.

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Equity for Early Employees in Early Stage Startups


I was asked by a reader how much equity he should give out to early employees and to service providers in a very early stage startup. I'll get to service providers in a later post. Founders vs. Early Employees To help with this discussion, let me start with a definition of "early employee."

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OC Technology Influencer Mixer & Summit 2011

Tech Coast Venture Network

April 25, 2011, Irvine, Calif — Tech Coast Venture Network ( is hosting the OC Technology Influencer Mixer & Summit 2011, an historic two-day event with partners CompTIA, the world’s largest technology association, the Technology Leadership Political Action Committee and Ingram Micro. What: OC Technology Influencer Mixer & Summit 2011.

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Branchout an Example of Viral Spread Opportunity for Startups


And it certainly seems to have worked with reports of: Branchout has seen explosive growth in January 2011, growing from 10K to 250K monthly users, with a total usership now in the hundreds of thousands.

Learn From The Masters of SEO, Social, Branding, Advertising and More | PubCon 2011

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Advertising & PR Events News Pubcon SEO Social Media Social News pubcon PubCon 2011

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CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies


Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners was nice enough to compile some data on CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies for the LA CTO Forum and present last year. He agreed to make this data public which is awesome. Todd is a go to resource for people looking for talent in startups.

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2011 Harvard Business School/ USC-Marshall Business Growth Conference

Tech Coast Venture Network

Please note that early registration ends April 30, 2011; afterward, prices will increase significantly. Joining forces again with the USC Marshall School of Business, also a global leader in business education, and with the USC Marshall Alumni Association of Orange County, we are proud to provide a sneak preview of our plans for the 2011 Business Growth Conference. TCVN is proud to support the HBS/USC-Marshall BGC this year with a special TCVN code for attendees. Enjoy!

Hiring a CTO for Your Startup


Several people have recently come to me to help them source and/or hire full-time CTOs for their startup having found me through my post that looks at: Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data.

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Ten Startup Tips From Steve Jobs


Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series. Other installments include: Words of startup wisdom from Jeff Bezos. In the course of my recent interview with Guy Kawasaki , author and former Apple Evangelist, Guy describes Steve Jobs as: “… the world’s greatest CEO, ever.

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Getting Started with a Two-Sided Market Business


As I discussed in Matching Algorithm , I end up talking to a lot of startups who want to become the eHarmony of careers, eHarmony of clothes, eHarmony of jobs, eHarmony of tutoring, eHarmony of services, eHarmony of investments, etc.

Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?

Both Sides of the Table

While Google and Facebook will buy “acquihires” (at least as of Dec 2011), many acquirers hate the idea of buying companies that aren’t profitable. There are certain topics that even some of the best journalists can’t fully grok. One of them is profitability.

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TechZulu Heads To NYC For #BWE | BlogWorld Expo 2011

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BlogWorld Events New Media News Social Media Video BlogWorld Expo BlogWorld Expo 2011 C.C. BlogWorld in NYC? That’s right folks, BlogWorld and New Media Expo have left their old stomping grounds in Las Vegas to venture on to a new chapter. BlogWorld is now being held in New York City in May and Los Angeles in November. Now you get a double dose of BlogWorld awesome in a year! And of course you will be getting all of the amazing TZ interviews live from the Expo floor.

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Insights and Opinions: A Cynic Predicts IT and Media in 2011


For today's Insights and Opinions section, where we share the thoughts and insights of local technology thought leaders, we have an article from Tony Greenberg , CEO of Ramprate on A Cynic's Prediction of IT and Media in 2011.

Eleven Startup Tips From Richard Branson


In October of 2011, the company announced a $4.5 Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series. Other installments include: Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs. Last weekend, a friend gave me and my family a wonderful ride in his plane.

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How to Hunt Programmers for Your Startup - A Field Guide


This post is admittedly the outcome of a conversation with a few people over some beers. Some of it is a bit tongue-in-cheek and certainly we are greatly simplifying things. The people around the table included a bunch of us who would be prey in some situations.

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Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions


I talk to roughly 2 or 3 new startups every week who need advice from an experienced CTO. Many of the founders of these companies are surprised to learn that I'm willing to review what they are doing (maybe an hour) and get on the phone for an hour with them and provide free advice. Generally I can provide quite a bit of help in that brief time. And I try my best to point them to resources that can help them longer term. Of course, I provide part-time CTO services.

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The Amazing Power of Deflationary Economics for Startups

Both Sides of the Table

I’m often asked by people what investment areas interest me. It’s true that I have a functional focus on three areas: Performance-based marketing, digital television and mobile computing.

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Los Angeles Startup Weekend August 2011 | The Complete Breakdown

Tech Zulu Event

What a weekend! Coming hot off the coat tail of earlier this year’s Startup Weekend LA where Zaarly launched, this LASW was nothing less than amazing and as someone put, one of the best tech events in LA they had ever been to.

The End of the Web? Don’t Bet on It. Here’s Why

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Fred Wilson recently posted a great video on his blog with the CEO of Forrester Research, George Colony. The money slide is the graphic below. The chart shows three scarce resources and their improvements over time.

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Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data


Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners was nice enough to compile some data on Start CTO Salary and Equity at Venture Backed Companies for the LA CTO Forum and present last year. He agreed to make this data public which is awesome. Todd is a go to resource for people looking for talent in startups.

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Startups Are A Remix


Note: On May 16th, 2011, The New Yorker published an excellent article by Malcolm entitled, Creation Myth. “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something.

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Lead, Follow or Get the Fuck Out of the Way

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Today’s post courtesy of the Dave McClure school of vocabulary. About a month ago I was meeting with a seasoned entrepreneur. After 10 minutes I felt like we were old buddies because we had both been through the trenches of startup tech land and had had similar experiences.

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32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder


Almost every day I'm talking to early stage startup founders (see Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions ) about what they plan to do. I tend to ask a lot of questions, challenge aspects, make suggestions. But I've often been very surprised by one aspect of these conversations.

Never Ask a Busy Person to Lunch. Here’s Why:

Both Sides of the Table

I know with a title like that I’m going to subject myself to people thinking I’m just being a grumpy, exclusive VC. That’s not the point. It’s honest advice so please judge once you’re read the post. I’ll keep it short.

Why You Need to Take 50 Coffee Meetings

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50 coffee meetings. It should stick in your head as a metaphor for networking. For getting outside of your comfort zone. For starting relationships today that won’t pay off for a year. It’s the entrepreneur’s equivalent of “ 10,000 hours.&#.

Understanding How Dilution Affects You at a Startup

Both Sides of the Table

This post originally appeared on TechCrunch. Dilution. Or as industry insiders call it, “taking a haircut.” ” Everybody knows that when you raise money at a startup your ownership percentage of the company goes down.

An Enchanting Conversation With Guy Kawasaki


Guy’s latest book, Enchantment , was released in March of 2011, to overwhelmingly upbeat reviews. Of the 225 customer reviews currently posted on Amazon, over 90% are highly positive.

Registration Form Design with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn Authentication


I continually face the challenge of designing and building registration / sign-up pages on a wide variety of different web sites and mobile applications.

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Quick Practical, Tactical Tips for Presentations

Both Sides of the Table

In the past I’ve given some tips for handling meetings effectively, covering topics like: - How not to let your meeting go down a rat hole ; - Dealing with the elephant in the room ; - Dealing with skeletons in your closet ; - How to make meetings discussions, not “pitches&#. -

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Powermat: A Brief History and Walkthrough at CES 2011

Tech Zulu Event

News Retail & Consumers Science & Technology Startup Video Arconas CES CES 2011 Chevrolet Volt General Motors GM Powermat Qualcomm TeknionIt's been just about 2 years since we first came across Powermat at CES and they have come a long way from only providing wireless charging mats. This year Powermat made announcements of a deal with General Motors to wirelessly enable vehicles, to airports, offices, and more of today’s most popular smartphones. Visit TechZulu for full story.

When Hiring Entrepreneurs, Ignore Their Resumes


Note: This is the third installment in the Startup Team Building series. Read Part I HERE and Part II HERE. When hiring ATM Operators at a Big Dumb Company (BDC), assessing each candidate’s ability to execute predictable tasks is of paramount importance.

10 Reasons To Start A Company In An Economic Downturn


There has recently been a common theme among the entrepreneurs I have interviewed and the conferences I have attended: despite the relatively weak state of the world economy, now is a great time to create a high-tech startup.