Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes

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This is part of my ongoing series “Start-up Lessons.&# If you want to subscribe to my RSS feed please click here or to get my blog by email click here. Tags: Start-up Advice startup In the Beginning … This is a very important post to me because I find myself giving this advice all the time and if you don’t follow [.].

Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series “ Start-up Lessons. &# If you want to subscribe to my RSS feed please click here or to get my blog by email click here. Imagine you pour 5 years of your life into your next gig and it starts to become successful. Many times the answer is ‘no.&# The problem is that you’re opening yourself up to a claim by one of these people that you somehow stole their ideas. Starting with 25% is even harder.

Financing a Start-Up

Tech Coast Venture Network

Virgina Lorimor There are several options for financing a start-up business that tend to follow a natural course in a business’ development: Personal Investment. This is where all entrepreneurs have to start. Understand how to value you company (more to come in a future blog!) “OC’s Premier Incubator – Supporting Start-Up Businesses in Our Business Collective&#. Tags: Funding General financing funding startup

Austin Start-up MailLift Joins 500 Startups

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I met fellow hustler Brian Curliss about 2 years ago at a Startup Weekend event that I was covering. It came as no surprise whatsoever when I found out that his new company MailLift was called up to the big leagues to join the 500 Startups accelerator.

Should You Blog? (yes, and here’s how …)

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I recently wrote a piece for Mashable on how to create a company blog. Since it’s already written (and since I promised not to republish on my blog other than a summary) if you’re interested please have a read over there. What should you blog about? Most blogs are.

Wars and Start-ups

Alon Schwartz

I’ve been an entrepreneur and in the startup business for many years now. I’ve also been involved and/or interested in conflicts and wars in Israel and other places to the point I began to see similarities between these two worlds: Startups and Wars. For example, starting a startup is like starting a war. Yes, you’ll need resources and funding but you can start relatively small and grow. No wonder they call startups “an uphill battle”.

Wars and Start-ups

Alon Schwartz

I’ve been an entrepreneur and in the startup business for many years now. I’ve also been involved and/or interested in conflicts and wars in Israel and other places to the point I began to see similarities between these two worlds: Startups and Wars. For example, starting a startup is like starting a war. Yes, you’ll need resources and funding but you can start relatively small and grow. No wonder they call startups “an uphill battle”.

Retro: My Favorite Blog Post on Raising VC

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On December 2nd, 2006 I wrote the blog post published later in this post when I was CEO of startup Koral about my experiences in pitching VCs. After my company was acquired by Salesforce.com I was asked to stop blogging and they took over my blog as an asset in the sale of the company. My blog was wiped out. I had kept a personal blog for more than a year and was new at keeping a professional blog. Remember, I was new to professional blogging.

How the Hell do I Prioritize Work, Blog & Find Balance?

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I don’t know Ezra yet but since he’s taking the time to blog (which I hugesly respect) and share thoughts I thought I’d take him up on his challenge and also spill the beans on my secrets. On blogging I blog because I love it. My other secret on blogging?

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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This is part of my ongoing series called “ Start-up Lessons.&#. I was reading Chris Dixon’s blog tonight. I came across this blog post about getting a computer science degree as the best degree for getting into venture capital or working at a VC-backed start up.

Start-ups…The Ultimate Risk-Reward Game.

Tech Coast Venture Network

The teen, we will call him Billy for this blog, often raided the oyster beds South of Oakland. Ultimately Billy quit his night job and became a legitimate businessman hauling cargo out and back from ships that could not tie-up at the busy docks. Or maybe Billy’s story is the same story as so many start-ups. Lessons Learned: Start-ups are not for wimps. Welcome to the world of Start-ups. Which business model will you choose for your start-up?

Why Startups Need to Blog (and what to talk about …)

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Blogs. By definition, you read blogs. But should you actually write one if you’re a startup, an industry figure (lawyer, banker) or VC? People often ask me why I started blogging. It really started simply enough. Blog on that topic.

How Many Times Should You Tweet Your Blog Post?

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So I started experimenting with multiple Tweets. I wanted to see two things: Would the second (or sometimes even third Tweet) convert enough people to my blog to make it worth potentially annoying some people on Twitter?

Blogging for the Hell of It, Not Blogging to Stay Relevant

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I used to love blogging. Blogging proved to be a great way to hone my ideas, have public conversations with people and as it turns out – build meaningful relationships through public dialog that spilled over into the real world. Somewhere along the way blogging changed. And back before I tried to cover up my slang. But this is for Decatur, what’s up Bobby Ray? And get back to the music, That started this s**t?”

Start-ups…The Ultimate Risk-Reward Game.

Tech Coast Venture Network

The teen, we will call him Billy for this blog, often raided the oyster beds South of Oakland. Ultimately Billy quit his night job and became a legitimate businessman hauling cargo out and back from ships that could not tie-up at the busy docks. Or maybe Billy’s story is the same story as so many start-ups. Lessons Learned: Start-ups are not for wimps. Welcome to the world of Start-ups. Which business model will you choose for your start-up?

The Fallacy of Channels: Startups Beware

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This is part of my ongoing series on startup advice but also filed under my sales & marketing posts. No advice I give will ever apply to 100% of companies, 100% of startups or even 100% of tech startups. Great inches eked out on tech blogs or industry rags.

Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.

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But for some strange reason they make you file your progress on fund raising, which is the widely picked up by the press. And why I woke up at 4.50am. As a startup founder you rarely have much money in your bank accounts. Don’t f**k them up. It’s 4.50am.

How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

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I recently read a post over on VentureHacks titled, “ Top Ten Reasons Entrepreneurs Hate Lawyers &# written by Scott Walker (who blogs on legal issues for entrepreneurs ). Many people start companies arse backwards. Every town has firms that focus on startups – find them.

Some Thoughts on Twitter as a Micro-Blogging Tool

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1/ Twitter started off positioned as a micro-blogging platform but in the end became more of an RSS reader. The post Some Thoughts on Twitter as a Micro-Blogging Tool appeared first on Bothsides of the Table. Startup LessonsPlanning a threaded Tweetstorm? Here’s the rules: 1/Tweet 2/Reply to 1st Tweet but remove your @name 3/Reply to 2nd Tweet not 1st 4/Repeat. Mark Suster (@msuster) May 29, 2015.

2010 VC Funding Outlook for Startups – Prepare for Winter (Part 3/3)

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It is also a result of pent-up demand. So we loaded up on flat screen TVs, multiple generations of iPods and trips to Hawaii. When the market run started in March people were relieved that “the world wasn’t ending” so they started spending again.

I Want My CIC! … The Benefits for Startups to Be Co-Located

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I recently wrote a blog post about why I believe that startup teams in close proximity perform better. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised – I got a similar lukewarm reaction when we started Launchpad LA and that seems to be going pretty well.

Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?

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I recently did a post for startups on understanding sales people. A few people have asked me to try and define the perfect startup organization chart. But I do have more insight into understanding your startup team. Let’s start with the basics.

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Intro to the LA Startup Scene

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Article after article points out that Los Angeles is on its way to becoming one of the most robust startup communities in the United States. Sam taught a second rendition of the class in February and over 700 people signed up. Guest article by Eva Hibnick with General Assembly LA.

Building Products for Mass Adoption

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Chris Dixon wrote a blog post last week titled, “ Techies and Normals &# in which he defined “Techies&# as people who are not just “early adopters&# but also have more of a geeky, technical, product bent. Anyway, Chris’s blog got me thinking about Techies and Normals.

E-Commerce Startups, Legacy Stores Grapple With Changing Retail Scene

Xconomy

Yet, new startups—aided with tech tools like artificial intelligence, chatbots, and the like—are trying to reinvent how to connect shoppers with the goods they want to buy. The changing of the guard transforming retail is accelerating. Sears, the nation’s first “everything store,” is teetering toward bankruptcy after years of stagnation as industry leaders prepare to gather in New York at the National Retail Federation’s annual conference.

About this Blog

SoCal CTO

skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Saturday, February 17, 2007 About this Blog Ive been thinking about doing a blog with my thoughts on technology and whats happening in the Los Angeles area technology scene for a while, but it was Ben Kuos recent start of a blog that inspired me to actually go ahead and do it. He has been the CTO for several start-ups, most notably eHarmony. ► February (2) CTO Founders / Cofounders Part-Time Startup CTO?

What Makes an Entrepreneur? (1/11) – Tenacity

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I wanted to also post the series here to have it as a resource on my blog for future entrepreneurs who stop by. It’s the person who never gives up – who never accepts “no&# for an answer. If you’re already running a startup you know all this.

Should You Bother Targeting the Tech Blogs for Your PR Campaigns?

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I’ve started a recent series on PR at startups since I get asked for advice on this topic so often. The start of this series was, Should Your Startup Announce Funding ? that they probably read the main tech blogs. It’s the Wikipedia of tech startups.

Framework Benchmarks

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About What we do Portfolio People Blog Contact. Application performance can be directly mapped to hosting dollars, and for a start-up company in its infancy, hosting costs can be a pain point. First up is plain JSON serialization on Amazon EC2 large instances.

6 Tips for Building Relationships with Journalists

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File this under both Startup Adivce and Sales & Marketing Advice. Oh, and Demo charges the startups $18,000. It got me thinking, which for me is always the sign of a good blog post. Too many startup execs place too much emphasis on the big stage launch.

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Steven Blank Kills It at Greycroft CEO Summit

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I’m going to save that for a future blog post. Get your product/market fit working before you ramp up your costs (or raise too much money). Greycroft – Why Accountants Don’t Run Startups. Tags: Entrepreneur Advice Start-up Advice Startup Advice

The Best VC Meetings are Debates not Sales

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This is part of my blog series “Pitching a VC.&#. Tags: Pitching VCs Start-up Advice startup technology vc venture capital I’ve sat through a lot of VC pitches and having been CEO of an enterprise software firm for many years I’ve also sat through many customer meetings with sales teams. There is one classic mistake that I see across both types of meetings – “the tell & [.].

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Comments are the New Black

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The power to me was that I had already been blogging about my personal life and my children as well as separately about my startup. And Facebook continued to innovate while all this time I have continued to wonder WTF LinkedIn was up to.

You’re most vulnerable right after you win a deal

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This is part of my ongoing series, “ Start-up Lessons.&#. Recently I wrote a blog post about how I hated losing, but I embrace it. I even put that in the the preamble to my Start-up Lessons outline. In fact, ramp up your efforts.

Founders, Ownership and Prenuptials

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This is part of my ongoing series, “Startup Lessons.&#. Yesterday I wrote a blog post (here) in which I urged people to not have too many founders. Tags: Start-up Advice Best case scenario in my mind is just 1, but at most I recommend 2. I knew this topic would be controversial because when I tell people this [.].