Choose Your VC Investor Carefully

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. In these many exchanges similar questions crop up. Either you’re not a good leader and he shouldn’t be investing at all, or he has no clue what it takes to build a startup.&#. They speak up on every topic.

Technology Roles in Startups


I’ve worked with 30+ early-stage companies in all sorts of capacities (and spoken to many, many more), so I thought it might be worthwhile trying to classify the various ways that I’ve engaged in different technology roles in startups. He posted on several social networking sites the following message: If you know of a startup company that could benefit from the knowledge, experience, professional network and reputation of a globally recognized technology and innovation leader.

Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding: $50,000 Per Startup

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Launchpad LA today announces it will accept applications for its third class of Los Angeles-based tech startups. But the most important metric has been the deep and lasting relationships that have been built with startups and also between senior executives.

From Call Center Agent To C-Suite Executive: How This Amazing Woman Did It


Her positive attitude and willingness to take chances rapidly propelled her to the coveted and influential position of Coach. Several Zappos employees had mentioned "Coach" and the impact she has had on the corporation during our tour. When the opportunity came up.

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Attorney and Startup Business Advisor – Aaron Shechet


I recently got together with Aaron Shechet and an early stage startup to discuss the direction the company might want to take. I grew up in Los Angeles and went to undergrad at UC Santa Barbara, graduating in 2003 with Honors in Economics. Los Angeles is a great place for startups.

The Loneliness of Success that Nobody Talks About

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They suffered in trying to live up to public perceptions and the demands to continue their successes. The road is littered with startups that shined bright before burning out. Startups are All Naked in the Mirror. Advisors / Coaches / Mentors. Startup Lessons

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Why You’re Not Getting the Most out of Your Board

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Get board members to help me with things they are uniquely positions to help with – mostly introductions, recruiting or coaching my team members. should we ramp up sales hires now or wait for more traction? Startup Advice

8 Tips To Get the Most Out of Your Investors and Board

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And as Rob points out – if you email members with short updates more frequently they are more up to speed when you do need them to weigh in. You start to act cohesively as a group. Startup Advice Rob Bailey is the CEO of DataSift.

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How Arivale Is Harnessing Genomics To Optimize Human Health and Wellness


Arivale (, a startup founded by Dr. Leroy Hood, the well known DNA and genomics pioneer�which combines gene sequencing with a host of other diagnostic tests, with personalized counselors and health and wellness recommendations, recently launched an expansion into California, starting in Los Angeles. We caught up with Clayton Lewis , the company's CEO (and also a General Partner at Maveron), here in Los Angeles last week as it launched into this market.

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MapMyFitness | Keeping an Eye on Health

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If we rewind to 8 years ago, it was me in San Diego training for my second marathon and I was trying to start another company at the time. So, what I ended up doing was I ended up creating a little website where I can go click, click, click and map my run.

Success Is Not Always A Straight Line, With Hamet Watt, Upfront Ventures


We thought we''d catch up with Hamet to learn about his new position over at Upfront, and what he''s working on--plus how entrepreneurs ought to understand that success is not a straight line. How''d you end up joining Upfront Ventures?

Interview with Jonathan Lehmann and James Chung, KarmaGoat


Jonathan Lehmann: I was awarded the Larry Wolfen Entrepreneurial Spirit Award at UCLA, after getting amazing coaching from Matt Ridenour in our business plan development class. We have a really good team that brought this site up.

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New Tech Provides Parents Help in Guiding Teen Drivers

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This field combines telecommunications, GPS and other technologies to enable real time reporting on vehicle usage metrics that was not previously possible. It is a free 100 hour coaching program to help new drivers improve their driving with data-driven feedback.

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