The Scarcest Resource at Startups is Management Bandwidth

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As a VC I regularly meet with companies and listen to their plans. A significant number of the companies I meet with get some form of feedback from me that: “I’m a bit worried that you’re doing too many THINGS. I had some problems with my hosting company.

Amplify’s Guide to Crafting a Pitch Deck | Entrepreneur Resources

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As we turn our ideas for the future into the latest startups and companies of today, there’s always a need for resources to help guide one through the process of it all. While this time for a business can be exciting one must be prepared with the resources to take the next step.

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What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

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There is much discussion online and also in small, private groups, about why the price of technology companies – public and private – are falling. In 2015 in the US there were $77 billion written into startup tech companies. Back to my non-VC example.

3 Ways to Create a High Performance Company Culture

Frank Addante

Great company culture isn’t just about ping pong tables, free lunches, bouncy ball chairs and free gummy bears. As CEO of Rubicon Project, a lot of people ask me what defines the culture of our company. Here’s my take on a few things effective company culture is about…and a few things it’s not about: 1. This is tremendously helpful when communicating the story of your company … starting with the “why” will inspire the highest performance from your team.

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Build a Product-Driven Company

Frank Addante

If you want to manage a hyper-growth company, start with a great product. That is, a company that focuses all functions on the product. Each one needs dedicated resources for his respective functions and needs control over those resources to drive the plan.

Building a Life Science Company with Cost- Saving Flexible Resources

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Thursday, October 28, 2010 -- Navigating the Path with Sure Footing: Building a Life Science Company with Cost- Saving Flexible Resources. With the continued resource constraints life science companies at all stages face, utilizing flexible external resources and/or virtual teams offer companies an attractive business model.

Launching An International Tech Startup: The Challenges And Benefits

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140,000 new startup companies are reportedly launched every day. What’s more, strategic locations can benefit from varying global legislation: influencing competitor clauses, user privacy data collection, and tax laws amongst other factors that can give a company a powerful competitive edge.

Intellectual Property – Worthless To A Startup, Priceless To A Big Dumb Company


It requires you to expend your two most valuable resources, your time and your money. However, to a Big Dumb Company (BDC), a startup’s IP is a thing of beauty. As such, they are hesitant to acquire a company which has not sought formal protection of their IP for two reasons.

Who’s to Blame for Inflated Health Insurance Costs?


For example, if a person has multiple medical problems or is not consistent with her medical treatment, she might consciously or subconsciously select a better health plan, anticipating high health expenses. For example, if I buy a good health plan that includes a low co-pay for expensive specialist services, I might be more likely to see specialists for issues that could probably be handled by a less expensive primary care doctor.

How to Know When to Sell vs. When to Market to Customers

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This is final part of a series that describes a sales methodology for technology companies or frankly many other types of companies, too. We developed this at our first company and called it PUCCKA – the overall methodology is described here.

Equity for Early Employees in Early Stage Startups


If i is the average outcome for the company with the addition of some new person, then they're worth n such that i = 1/(1 - n). of the company for him. Let's run through an example. Suppose the company wants to make a "profit" of 50% on the new hire mentioned above.

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Interview with Mike Hopkins, ICE Energy


The company recently landed a major contract from Southern California Edison (SCE) to deploy thousands of the company's "Ice Bear" equipment--enough to store 25.6 We ended up being a part of a group of four companies who were awarded energy storage contracts.

Framework Benchmarks


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. In all of our tests, the database server (MySQL or MongoDB) used very little CPU time; and WeigHTTP was not starved of CPU resource.

Why Misunderstanding Startup Metrics Can Cost You Your Business

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When I publicly Tweeted that all companies should be gross margin positive many people pointed out that Amazon wasn’t profitable for many years. If you had no other spend in your company to acquire the customers then your CAC is $200 / customer, not $100.

Frameworks Round 1


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. In all of our tests, the database server (MySQL or MongoDB) used very little CPU time; and WeigHTTP was not starved of CPU resource.

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Ask the Angels

We will rarely —almost never — say, “Okay, we love the company and we’re going to take the whole round, and no one else comes in.”. For example, many of our members are also members of the Tech Coast Angels. The app industry is a good example of low barriers to entry.

Why Teenagers Make Great Entrepreneurs


What is the ideal age to start a company? These decades are when you have the knowledge and experience, not to mention the contacts and resources, to make a new business successful. It’s a question that often circulates in the business press and on tech blogs.

Do VC Platforms Make Sense?

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Examples of VC platform services include: recruiting, marketing, design support, inside sales reps, consulting, accounting services and so forth. Other firms like Google bring massive resources to design or engineering and as as corporate VC can offer things normal VC firms can’t offer.

UCSB Tops Harvard & Wharton In Startup Wars


The TMP is an example of lean academia. Lettuce - After taking orders on a homemade inventory app at a tradeshow, my former students realized that their app was generating more excitement than the company''s dog toys. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

Can You Build Your Business on Somebody Else’s Platform?

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DataSift was selected as the topic data supplier for Facebook , which allows companies to analyze a data feed that is > 20x larger than the entire Twitter feed and creates privacy-safe insights from a network of 1.4 These are just some quick examples to help you understand the differences.

Web Second, Mobile First

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I know that they really impacted an entire cohort of startups because every company that was coming to pitch me businesses was (is) saying, “I’m a ‘mobile first’ company.” I recognize there is an issue with resource scarcity.

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Did You Just Fail The Partnerhip Idiot Test?


If your company has said "Yes" to any of the following requests, you have effectively failed the partnership idiot test. Exclusivity can kill a small company. A "Pilot" is big company code for a meandering, non-committal test drive of your solution.

Should Startups Care About Profitability?

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To grow faster businesses need resources in today to fund growth that may not come for 6 months to a year. 70–80% of the costs of most startups are employee costs so what you’re really talking about when a company is unprofitable is that they are growing their staff ahead of their revenue.

The Long Economic Case for Snapchat

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Today I want to talk briefly about why I believe Snapchat is an important media company. The people who spend the most money on reaching consumers: consumer products, car companies, food & beverage, entertainment – need to reach mass audiences and smaller channels aren’t as effective for them relative to the time to produce creative and learn how to perform in a channel. We’ve seen portfolio companies like GumGum become enormous by riding this trend.

Hire for talent. Rent for experience.


Think like a startup, with little resources, a limited window of time, and few dollars to spend on expensive experts. This insight comes from a fellow CEO who explains that he leverages his financial resources for growth by dividing his hiring decision into these two boxes.

IT Software Companies Are Looking For Military Trained Hackers Now

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Back in 2012 when the Flame virus was wreaking havoc across the world, the need for army-trained hackers became a whole new frontier for IT software companies. As a result, software companies are turning to military trained hacking talent to help deal with this threat.

Los Angeles Hosts the Oscars and the Tech.Co Startup Showcase


For examples, our sponsor, Microsoft Accelerator , will have team members on the floor to take stock of all the budding startups and genius ideas that this showcase will no doubt present. We’ve also partnered with WeAreLATech , a startup resource that can help everyone from potential employees to budding founders to get acclimated to the LA ecosystem with job listings, event calendars, and startup profiles.

Marketing Mistakes Serial Entrepreneurs Only Make Once


This approach allows your venture to "fail in the small" and make course corrections before spending significant marketing resources. An infamous example of a startup that did not follow this strategy is Color. A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal.

How Zadara Is Putting The Enterprise In The Storage Cloud


While Internet and startup companies have widely adopted the cloud for both their computing and storage needs, enterprise companies are only now starting to widely adopt cloud services. We were the first storage company to go to the OpenStack summit.

What Happens When Startups Turn from Their Innovation Stage to Operational Excellence?

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An alternate outcome that I also unfortunately observe in some cases are companies who had extreme early success with an initial product adoption but failed in key areas that limited the growth and therefore the ultimate financial outcomes.

The Impact Matrix: Prioritize Your 2013 Initiatives Using This Startup Ninja Tool


Dynamic, growing startups consistently identify more ideas and opportunities than they have the time or resources to pursue, including: entering into potential partnerships, developing new products and accessing emerging markets. Resources : 2 - relatively small.

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


The program provided each company with $25,000 in financing, and a spot for three months in the startup camp program at the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale. We would like to launch an accelerator based here, and bring in additional resources from the Bay Area.”.

Opening The Cloud: Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus Systems


According to Marten, “We enable companies to run, within their own firewall, a cloud that behaves exactly like the public clouds, exactly like Amazon. A good example is the shoemaker Puma. With Eucalyptus, they are capable of switching over resources where they are needed the most.”.