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The Scarcest Resource at Startups is Management Bandwidth

Both Sides of the Table

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.

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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If Apple Were My Company, I’d…

Eric Greenspan

Apple is a remarkable company. Apple was a remarkable company. Something has to happen to keep this company going and growing. If Apple were my company, here’s what I would do: 1. For example, on iOS, rework all the most popular apps to tackle new tasks and increase productivity. Well, here’s the real future and where I’d spend most of my resources. If it were my company apple iOS iPad iPhone macbook OSX Steve jobs

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.

Who’s to Blame for Inflated Health Insurance Costs?

Xconomy

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.

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

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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.

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.

Interview with Mike Hopkins, ICE Energy

socalTECH

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.

Hire for talent. Rent for experience.

Berkonomics

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.

Equity for Early Employees in Early Stage Startups

SoCal CTO

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

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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.

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.

Framework Benchmarks

TechEmpower

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 Teenagers Make Great Entrepreneurs

Xconomy

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.

Conversations with Richard Chino, pt. 2

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.

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.

Frameworks Round 1

TechEmpower

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.

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.

UCSB Tops Harvard & Wharton In Startup Wars

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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.

Three qualities of a great leader

Berkonomics

These qualities are applicable whether you are leading your company or a board, and certainly are aspiration targets for you if you are measuring yourself against the best. Every organization has limited resources, especially money and time. By Dave Berkus.

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.

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

Xconomy

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.”.

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.

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?

InfoChachkie

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.

How Zadara Is Putting The Enterprise In The Storage Cloud

socalTECH

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.

Marketing Mistakes Serial Entrepreneurs Only Make Once

InfoChachkie

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.

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

InfoChachkie

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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What I Learned In 2015: Lief Morin, KeyInfo

socalTECH

Whether it's for a cross-country race or building an IT organization, if you don't pay attention to your journey, you may miss something meaningful about the company's success or an important opportunity.

Opening The Cloud: Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus Systems

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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.”.

Most Startups Should be Deer Hunters

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Nearly all of the mistakes I made at my first company I fixed by the time of my second company. This is the only mistake I repeated twice and it is a mistake that I see many, many companies make. So when I started my first company I naturally went for elephants.

The Biggest Reason Most Sales Campaigns Don’t Close

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I’ve been writing a series on a simple methodology that we used at my first enterprise software company. If you’ve done a good job in the sales process you’ve already written out a needs document in which your wrote out what you believe the customer problems are with specific examples.

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Mini-ventures Build Entrepreneurial Muscle (And Can Lead To Big Businesses)

InfoChachkie

Three additional examples of mini-ventures carried out by me and my fellow Wharton classmates are described below. I was once on the Board of such a company that evolved from a mini-venture into substantial company. A version of this article previously appeared Forbes.

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9 Women Can’t Make a Baby in a Month

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I believe that over capitalizing companies too early often favors the VC. In the late 90′s I saw a dangerous trend creeping into the startup world, which was that companies were suddenly raising huge amounts of money too early in their existence.

Want To Trip Out? This Entrepreneur Can Hook You Up

InfoChachkie

After finishing Mr. Thompson''s jaded take on the travel industry, I wondered if there was a travel company that bucked his stereotypes and properly balanced making bold destinations accessible while respecting the unspoiled resources and culture that made the locales interesting in the first place.

Getting Started with a Two-Sided Market Business

SoCal CTO

When I talk to the founders of one of these “eHarmony of” companies, one of the hardest problems is how to predict and test the concept in the early days – before you have scale. Let’s take a particular example: eHarmony of jobs. Additional Reading Some additional resources.

Interview with Vinny Jindal, Stockr

socalTECH

The two things that are mostly lacking from people's investment experience are the lack of a wide network of people to refine investment ideas with, and the best available content about companies they are considering investing in. For example, quotes are quite expensive.