Freeletics raises $45M for its AI-powered mobile fitness coach

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Sports teams including the San Francisco 49ers and the Boston Celtics also invested, though Freeletics founder and chief executive officer Daniel Sobhani declined to comment on any partnerships that may be in the works between the startup and the athletes.

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Tech Coast Angels: EXTREME Coaching

SoCal Tech Calendar

Sunday, April 29, 2018 -- Tech Coast Angels: EXTREME Coaching. Perfect your 60-second pitch with valuable coaching from Tech Coast Angels investors and startup experts. Attend one or both of the coaching days and perform your 60-second pitch in front of Teach Coast Angels investors, receiving valuable feedback and coaching on how to enhance and perfect your pitch.

Tech Coast Angels: EXTREME Coaching

SoCal Tech Calendar

Saturday, April 28, 2018 -- Tech Coast Angels: EXTREME Coaching. Perfect your 60-second pitch with valuable coaching from Tech Coast Angels investors and startup experts. Attend one or both of the coaching days and perform your 60-second pitch in front of Teach Coast Angels investors, receiving valuable feedback and coaching on how to enhance and perfect your pitch.

15Five Lands $8M To Expand Use of Its Coaching Software for Managers


San Francisco-based performance management startup 15Five , whose mission is to torpedo annual performance reviews for workers and replace them with supportive weekly coaching by managers, announced today it raised $8 million in a Series A funding round.

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Who Should you Hire at a Startup?

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing posts on Startup Advice. There are people who tell startups that they should hire the most senior people that they can find. Bringing in a senior person who’s “done it all before&# is often a mistake in a startup.

People Management: Startup Teams Should Dip but not Skip

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We all like to think of startups as “non hierarchic&# organizations and to some extent that should be true. I see two common mistakes in companies (not just in startups, in fact). Let information flow up but direct your staff and execute through hierarchy.

Don’t be a Grin Fucker

Both Sides of the Table

I grew up in the US but lived in England for so long I can never remember from which country my slang comes. But then I started to see it happening internally. So we (and by we I mean “they&# ) at Accenture decided to come up with our own bull shit. All startups are hard.

Do you think you are flexible and coachable?


Those relationships would be impressive but worthless if the entrepreneur was not coachable, open to suggestion and criticism from those who have experience enough to surface the issues unspoken but obvious to the coach. Starting up

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How To Communicate with your Investors between Board Meetings

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Most early stage startups having monthly board meetings. A prominent startup CEO in NYC wrote me a private message telling me that this was an issue he was struggling with. I ran board meetings as a startup CEO for more than 8 years. Running the “Agile&# Board.

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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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.

Raise cash from trusted, close resources first.


My very first investment as a professional angel was in a small startup where the entrepreneur’s vision fueled my imagination in the audio market niche where I had run a business in an earlier life. I was so enthusiastic that I coached the entrepreneur to approach his mother, who invested $50,000 under the same terms as my investment. Starting up Raising money

GoodLooks Launches Lifestyle Expert Marketplace


Los Angeles-based GoodLooks , a new startup focused on connecting people with "lifestyle experts", said it has launched a new online marketplace to find career and life coaches, personal trainers, fashion stylists and dietitians. According to the startup, it was created to help "successful people" look, feel, and be their best. goodlooks lifestyle expert market marketplace career coach fashion

Takehollywood Links With Mobli


Los Angeles-based Takehollywood , a new startup offering up online short form videos around different topics about acting, said Wednesday that it has linked with Venice-based Mobli , the developer of a social sharing app. The two said the move will help offer up Takehollywood''s content library to Mobli''s users. takehollywood mobli short form video acting instruction coach hollywood actor teaching mobile sharing

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Startup Weekend San Diego | Veterans, Service Members & Military Families

Tech Zulu Event

On Saturday teams were coached a mentored by a number of successful entrepreneurs. The winners of Startup Weekend San Diego: Veterans & Military Families. The post Startup Weekend San Diego | Veterans, Service Members & Military Families appeared first on TechZulu.

Understanding the Politics of Tech Startups

Both Sides of the Table

Many startups these days are started by young, technical or product founders who are in the idealistic phase of their lives and careers. And it’s why many early-stage companies blow up. Trust me – ignore startup politics at your peril. Startup Advice

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First Ever Startup Weekend Orange County Live!

Tech Zulu Event

As you all know TechZulu is a huge supporter of Startup Weekend, and when we had the chance to be part of the very first Orange County (my home town) Startup Weekend we jumped on board. Tonights Startup Weekend presentations are being judged by the following: Maneesh Goyal.

The Importance of Realism in Startups

Both Sides of the Table

I made many classic first-time mistakes which serves both as my warning signal of which teams to avoid funding (if I perceive they will make critical mistakes often led by hubris) and also as my source for coaching others. They are only one aspect of the startup experience.

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The Valuable Unsung Heroes of Startups

Both Sides of the Table

We’ve grown accustomed to a professionalism where we know when a work issue comes up we can count on each other for a quick Sunday call between family time. And speaking of coaching, if you haven’t read Googled by Ken Auletta you should. EXECUTIVE COACHES.

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Meet the 2017 Startups from the Disney Accelerator


Other Disney startups such as Atom Ticket , a new movie ticketing app, partnered with the next Star Wars movie and will continue to work with Walt Disney Studios on major film releases. Meet the 11 startups for 2017: Ambidio. Read more about startups in the Los Angeles area at TechCo.

Equity financing: great for rapid growth startups


If you are starting a virtual company with your employees working from home locations, as many startups do, it should be the location of the founder. We’ve spoken of financing a young company through friends and family, known as “inside angels.”

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New Accelerator Aims At International Startups In LA


A new, startup accelerator, aimed at startups and small-and-medium-sized businesses looking to go global, says it is launching this summer in Los Angeles. The International Business Accelerator said it is running its first program in Los Angeles from June 26th to July 7th, with workshops aimed at aspects of exporting, one-on-one coaching, and a demo day in October. The startup accelerator said it is hosted by the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce.

How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

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I have never been more optimistic about the impact that the tech startup community is having on cities in America or about the role that cities outside of San Francisco / Silicon Valley can play in our future. Changes in the Startup Ecosystem. Startup Lessons

Reflections On 2018: Matt Stodder, Startup Boost LA


My biggest takeaway this year was truly understanding the strength and cohesion of the Los Angeles startup community. With Startup Boost, we had dozens of investors, service providers, successful entrepreneurs, and major industry leaders (including Microsoft, Google, Softbank, REME, and TechStars) coalesce around our initiative to help early stage companies get to the next level. matt stodder startup boost angeles reflections2018 predictions newyear feature

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Helping Startups Understand Salespeople & the Sales Culture

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Most technology startups seem to be funded by product people or business people. My first startup was no different. ” So I did want any rational person who wants to improve does – I hired a coach. Here’s what I learned in running my first startup.

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$150,000 Investment from Make in LA for hardware Startups | Batch 2 Application Open

Tech Zulu Event

A great opportunity for any early stage hardware startup. Make in LA makes hardware less hard, working with 5 promising start-ups at a time. Perks include office space, prototype lab, production facilities, mentoring, and investments up to $150,000 in the first 4 months.

Five Startup Tips From Bill Gates


Like Steve Jobs, Michael Dell and Larry Ellison, he is one of the few startup Founders who remained at the helm of their respective companies throughout their entire maturation process. Great Startup Ideas Come From Everywhere. "At One Of The Most Important Startup Skills. "The

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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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Be Careful About Being a Meddling Startup CEO

Both Sides of the Table

Fred Wilson also wrote on a similar topic in his usual more succinct manner , with a great quote being: “One thing I know for sure is that those who advise and invest in startups cannot and should not meddle in the day to day decision making. It’s harmful and hurtful to the startup and those that lead it. In practice it can be a fine line between sparring partner / coach and stepping over the line to brute-force persuasion. Startup Lessons

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This is How Startups “Level Up” After Raising Money

Both Sides of the Table

In a VC business when you raise additional capital you need to “level up” and act the round you are. I’d say 20% of startups I see level-up early after their A round. These are important leveling-up activities but the CEO is often still up at 10pm f **g around with QuickBooks entries. Level up. At the C round she needs to level up. You’re the coach, mentor, cheerleader. They happen to those that level up. *.

What Startup Advisors Do I Need?


A large part of this conversation is what kinds of advisors startups should be looking for. A little while ago, I suggested that Every Web/Mobile Startup Should Have a Technical Advisor. We both felt that most startups are not taking a very systematic approach to defining with they need in terms of advisors. But, advisors, coaches, and mentors can often fill the bill. There are a lot of people in the startup ecosystem that are happy to do this.

The most satisfying life journey is never about the money.


Next week we return to the start of the journey, focusing upon the “what and how” to ignite a successful enterprise from start-up to exit. Allow me to reminisce. This is the final post of this cycle.

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Embrace Losing

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series on Start-up Lessons that I learned from founding two companies. It is never as rewarding when you’re the coach (but coaching has many other benefits ;-). But first I’d like to start with a story. They had a team trained up in Documentum and we certainly had enemies from the inside. I immediately put a full team on contract management and another on drawing up an implementation plan.

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Why Your Startup Doesn’t Need a COO

Both Sides of the Table

It’s very common for startup companies to have COO’s. But … Startups don’t need – shouldn’t have – COOs. I have this conversation with every startup that comes to see me and has a CEO & a COO. Startup Advice

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Startup Sales – Why Hiring Seasoned Reps May Not Work

Both Sides of the Table

If you’re interested in recruiting sales people, I wrote on the topic of startup sales people: who to hire & when – understanding the roles of Journeymen, Mavericks & Superstars. Evangelical sales – Understanding startup sales people and process.

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