CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies

SoCal CTO

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. I'm a little surprised that CTO Founders with growth capital funding only have 15% of their companies.

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10 Reasons To Start A Company In An Economic Downturn

InfoChachkie

As Guy Kawasaki pointed out in our recent conversation , “…it is cheaper than ever to start a company. If there was ever a time to start a company, this is it.”. However, a recessionary market also generates a number of Big Dumb Company (BDC) refugees.

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Ten Of The Top Tech Companies For Employees In LA

socalTECH

Who are the top tech companies to work for in Los Angeles? Despite a huge number of companies, we found there are a number which. Although it's impossible to include all the companies suggested to us (there were dozens and dozens), here's some of the ones that stood out: 1.

Hulu: Nearly Half A Billion In Revenues in 2011

socalTECH

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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OC Technology Influencer Mixer & Summit 2011

Tech Coast Venture Network

April 25, 2011, Irvine, Calif — Tech Coast Venture Network (www.tcvn.org) 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. As these companies grew and matured, the agenda shifted from one focused on small and medium-sized businesses to one representing more established companies.

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Explaining FNAC: Feature, Not a Company

Both Sides of the Table

Feature, not a company. Whether something is a feature or a company is clearly subjective. And sometimes features (say, Twitter) turn into companies. At minute eight I spoke about group messaging companies as “features, not companies.&# FNAC.

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32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

SoCal CTO

What set of functionality would make your company launch-ready? 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.

The Future Is Here Today | Augmented Reality Event 2011

Tech Zulu Event

From attending the 2nd official Augmented Reality Event (2011) , the AR industry really seems to be getting some traction and moving itself beyond the buzz realm; into something a bit more substantial, seeing an ever-more increasing presence into consumer, commercial, and artistic realms.

The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA

Jason Nazar

I recently hosted a panel at the Twiistup Conference about LA tech companies. I have some pretty specific thoughts on the differences between companies in the two cities, as I wrote about in my previous post A Tale of Two Tech Cities.

Oculus VR Sued By Hawaiian Company

socalTECH

Irvine-based Oculus VR and co-founder Palmer Luckey have been sued again, this time by a company in Hawaii called Total Recall Technologies. Total Recall says that it hired Luckey to build the company a head mounted display in 2011--information that he later used to start Oculus VR.

Branchout an Example of Viral Spread Opportunity for Startups

SoCal CTO

However, funny enough, I don't see the job search and showing you who you know at the company as being particularly well done. As one review put it: Searching by company to find connections you might have is arduous at best, and in my mind, basically useless.

Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?

Both Sides of the Table

Exec Summary: Most companies (98+%) in the world (even tech startups) should be very profit focused. 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.

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2011 Harvard Business School/ USC-Marshall Business Growth Conference

Tech Coast Venture Network

Rothenberg, Principal Executive Officer, Chairman, and Director at Capital Research and Management Company; and. 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.

Ten Startup Tips From Steve Jobs

InfoChachkie

He is a great example of…building an enchanting company.”. The Fortune photographer placed Steve in front of the Apple logo in the company’s lobby. However, the danger with such opportunistic, short-term activities is that they derail the company from achieving its strategic goals.

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Eleven Startup Tips From Richard Branson

InfoChachkie

Departing from Edwards AFB, we flew over the Mojave Air and Spaceport, home of the world’s largest private manufacturer of spacecraft, The Spaceship Company (TSC). In October of 2011, the company announced a $4.5 We are a company that likes to take on the giants.

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

socalTECH

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. Markets will stay irrational longer than companies stay solvent.

Getting Started with a Two-Sided Market Business

SoCal CTO

When I talk to the founders of one of these “eHarmony of” companies, one of the hardest problems is how to predict and test the concept in the early days – before you have scale.

Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Presenting Companies at CalTech

Tech Zulu Event

The Spotlight is shining down these amazing LA companies! And now without further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Winners: Spotlight Companies. It gives music companies a direct pipeline to market their products and services to music fans. Its Time! Its Time!

How to Hunt Programmers for Your Startup - A Field Guide

SoCal CTO

Some places you can find programmers locally: In your company or other companies. 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.

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Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions

SoCal 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. What are related products/companies? However, there are lots of other people who help companies raise capital I talk to roughly 2 or 3 new startups every week who need advice from an experienced CTO.

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Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data

SoCal CTO

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. I'm a little surprised that CTO Founders with growth capital funding only have 15% of their companies.

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The Amazing Power of Deflationary Economics for Startups

Both Sides of the Table

But one theme in pervasive in all my thinking about investing in Internet-based companies: Deflationary economics. Had I taken the lower-margin approach I really think I’d be sitting atop a $1 billion+ company today. Data transfer is what costs telecom companies money these days.

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Los Angeles Startup Weekend August 2011 | The Complete Breakdown

Tech Zulu Event

Several teams disassembled themselves, joining other teams as well as one new company surfaced off in the corner with no one seeming to notice. What a weekend!

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

Both Sides of the Table

Throughout the 90′s the PC became much more popular in corporate environments, so companies began to replace dumb terminals with PCs. But for software developers like my company the web was a blessing.

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Lead, Follow or Get the Fuck Out of the Way

Both Sides of the Table

He founded the company, raised a bunch of money, built the product and established a good reputation and market position. But since he was still the CEO people still always looked for him to set the direction of the company. What a wonderful company they built.

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Understanding How Dilution Affects You at a Startup

Both Sides of the Table

” Everybody knows that when you raise money at a startup your ownership percentage of the company goes down. The simplest way to think about this is: If you own 20% of a $2 million company your stake is worth $400,000. This post originally appeared on TechCrunch. Dilution.

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

Both Sides of the Table

I intro’d him to the COO of a growing tech company about maybe working together. And given that I travel enough and have dinners with portfolio companies, etc. You can definitely ask senior people to dinners (VCs, senior execs at companies, etc.)

Why You Need to Take 50 Coffee Meetings

Both Sides of the Table

You should always have a steady stream of “friend of the firm&# hanging around your company. Hot company. 50 coffee meetings. It should stick in your head as a metaphor for networking. For getting outside of your comfort zone.

32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

SoCal CTO

What set of functionality would make your company launch-ready? 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.

An Enchanting Conversation With Guy Kawasaki

InfoChachkie

Guy’s latest book, Enchantment , was released in March of 2011, to overwhelmingly upbeat reviews. My recommendation is that it is cheaper than ever to start a company. If there was ever a time to start a company, this is it.”.

When Hiring Entrepreneurs, Ignore Their Resumes

InfoChachkie

When hiring ATM Operators at a Big Dumb Company (BDC), assessing each candidate’s ability to execute predictable tasks is of paramount importance. In fact, a company filled with inventors would be a dysfunctional mess.

Quick Practical, Tactical Tips for Presentations

Both Sides of the Table

A tale of two pitches (I eventually invested in the first company that pitched). It’s not going to make a bad company, good.

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Local Companies Support Movember

socalTECH

A number of local, high tech companies are putting their efforts behind Movember , a charity which helps raise funding and awareness for men's health, and particularly prostate cancer.