Incubating LA's Biotech Future, With Richard Koffler, Greenwings Biomedical


A couple of weeks ago, a brand new, startup incubator launched in town--with a slightly different focus, on biomedical technology. The incubator-- Greenwings Biomedical (, is led by Richard Koffler , a serial entrepreneur and angel investor in Los Angeles.

Streamlining The Sports Recruiting Process with FieldLevel


That''s what Los Angeles-based FieldLevel ( has been working on, making it easier for coaches to network and exchange information on athletes. What makes it really different, is our platform empowers coaches. It''s exclusive only to verified coaches.

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CLU Boots Up New Startup Center


In an effort to bolster startups and entrepreneurs in the San Fernando, East Ventura and Santa Clarita Valleys, a group has just started a new Center for Entrepreneurship and Growth , which will provide training, coaching, consulting, and other resources for local entrepreneurs. and the Maverick Angels--said it will choose up to 20 applicants to participate in its first program, which will begin in early January, and run for six weeks.

Don’t Let Your Startup O.D. On Cash


Raising too much cash, too early, can kill your startup. Startups should only spend their money on initiatives that deliver a discernible, measurable return on investment. For many years after Microsoft became highly successful, its executives (yes, including Mr. Gates) flew coach.

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Accelerators: a recent and positive trend


Accelerators are organizations that selectively accept entrepreneurs into a program of intense coaching in a physical environment sponsored by the accelerator that also provides seed funds for the startup to begin its business.

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Plug and Play San Diego Finds Home in New Downtown Works Space


Plug and Play San Diego, established in 2013 as a satellite of the Sunnyvale, CA-based incubator, has funneled 15 local startups through the Silicon Valley program after providing some coaching and other services in San Diego.

Hub 101 Demo Day

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The Hub101 Incubator Program is a 13-week incubator for early-stage, high-potential startups from the Conejo Valley and across the globe. The Program brings these startups to sunny Westlake Village and helps them build a repeatable, scalable business model in a mentor-driven format. In 13 weeks, more than 25 mentors have given their time to coach and advise our teams. Thursday, June 30, 2016 -- Hub 101 Demo Day.

Every Dollar Spent At A Startup Should Yield A Return


Cash is the fuel in your startup’s gas tank. If there happens to be a gas station along the way where you can fill up for a reasonable price, great. Along with Selling (see Be Like Sam ) and Networking (see Making Stone Soup and Personal Pitch ), negotiating is a vital startup skill.

The Odd Couple: Angels and Accelerators

Steve Reich

At a recent accelerator event on the West Side, a friendly young founder told me that he had been coached by his mentor not to talk to Angel groups. The entrepreneurs in startups are trained to go fast and run lean. I’m not convinced that this is a scalable approach, but it’s not a bad start. The TCA and PA have agreed to use a common term sheet, cleaning up one source of aggravation.

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Startup Weekend LA | Recap February 2012

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Startup Weekend LA has grown to become a very special event here in Los Angeles. It’s also a very exciting time here in LA Tech with over 6 accelerators and incubators springing up over the past year. It was Oscar night, well Startup Oscar night in LA.

Green LAVA Meeting

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Los Angeles launched its cleantech business incubator to accelerate development of cleantech start-ups by offering flexible office space, CEO coaching and mentoring, and access to a growing network of experts and capital. The next Green LAVA meeting will feature a fresh crop of businesses currently in the incubator program. Friday, July 20, 2012 -- Green LAVA Meeting.

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What I Would Look for When Choosing a VC – Knowing What I Know Now?

Both Sides of the Table

VCs should be more of a coach than proscriptively telling you what to do. In the end it will be up to you to figure out what to do. Nothing blows up great opportunities faster than founders who are constantly fighting. I think of VCs as coaches. Startups are hard.

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Gipper Launches Sports Video App


According to Gipper, its new app allows anyone to post, organize, share high school sports, letting players, parents, coaches, schools, and other upload sports highlights. The app was created by Matthew Glick, now a sophomore at Colgate University, and who came up with the idea while at Harvard-Westlake High School. The new app was created in conjunction with startup incubator LiftOff, which is led by Kraft and Venkat.

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This Entrepreneur Fought America’s Toughest VCs… And Won


Adeo Co-Founded the entrepreneur-friendly website The Funded and he is the Founder and CEO of The Founder Institute , whose goal is to create and foster local startup ecosystems across the globe. At the time, there were about 25,000 technology businesses started every year.

What Future for Accelerators?

Both Sides of the Table

My good friend Adam Lilling and I started Launchpad more than 5 years ago . I had witnessed a number of early-stage tech startups in LA raise seed capital from the Bay Area and relocate. By 2011 the market had started to change dramatically. Adam had a full time startup and then was doing consulting (he later raised a VC fund). When we started talking to Sam Teller we knew we had the perfect person. But by 2014 much had started to change.

Omkar Kulkarni On The Cedars-Sinai, Techstars Health Accelerator


The Techstars Health Accelerator recently set up shop in Los Angeles with Cedars- Sinai�the second, Techstars powered startup accelerator in the city--in a move to help healthcare startups get to market quicker. Omkar Kulkarni: The program starts March 28th through June 23rd.

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Omkar Kulkarni On The Cedar Sinai-Techstars Health Accelerator


The Techstars Health Accelerator recently set up shop in Los Angeles with Cedars Sinai�the second, Techstars powered startup accelerator in the city--in a move to help healthcare startups get to market quicker. Omkar Kulkarni: The program starts March 28th through June 23rd.

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Stained Glass Labs Patners With Exitround, Unveils App Directory for Google Glass

Tech Zulu Event

To make it better for entrepreneurs to get the maximum attention and funding they need Stained Glass Labs has also partnered with Exitround , the world’s first marketplace for startups to discreetly get funding partners and acquisition opportunities.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

Both Sides of the Table

This led to an explosion in startups. With new micro VC entrants into to early-stage investing plus increased competition from angels, incubators and the like – traditional VCs have taken notice. The LP Community Hasn’t Yet Caught Up. They should start “lean.&#

TenHands HD Video Collaboration I Founders Interview

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The “ TenHands ” name emerged from the concept and philosophy of John Wooden, the UCLA basketball coach, who emphasized the value of teamwork and insisted that all ten hands (five players) touch the ball before shooting. What inspired you to come up with the idea?

What Should We Make of Peter Thiel’s “20 Under 20? Education Program?

Both Sides of the Table

Several people have been asking me to weigh in publicly on the “20 under 20″ initiative announced by Peter Thiel in which he will award up to $100,000 to 20 people under the age of 20 who agree immediately to pursue entrepreneurship (the implication of which is that they’d drop out of university to do so). In the US we now have some very well established incubation programs run by high-caliber mentors including IdeaLab, yCombinator, TechStars, BetaWorks and Launchpad LA.