Startup CTO Resources


Here are some resources that come from other sources: Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering? I've posted quite a few things on the topics associated with being a Startup CTO. I've tried to collect them together here as a starting point for this topic.

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.

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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. The Case for Reduced Funding Levels.

10 Reasons To Start A Company In An Economic Downturn


As Guy Kawasaki pointed out in our recent conversation , “…it is cheaper than ever to start a company. If there was ever a time to start a company, this is it.”. Fortunately, this reality results in valuable resources being applied to a fewer number of viable opportunities.

Getting Your Head in the Game for Fund Raising

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You have cash in the bank, a monthly burn rate and a “cash out” date that few in the company truly comprehend. Fund raising is hard for everybody. Fund raising is like a funnel where you need a bunch of potential leads in the top end and only a few will reach the bottom.

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Aquam Raises $26M to Expand Tech, Services for Aging Infrastructure


Aquam, a San Diego company with technology for cleaning out and re-lining aging utility pipelines, has raised $26 million in a growth capital round led by NewWorld Capital Group , a New York private equity firm that makes investments in sustainable energy and natural-resources related deals. The privately held company said the funding would.

How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

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I’ve raised money as a “hot company” and I’ve raised capital when no one would return my phone calls. I raised money as an entrepreneur, like you, in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005 for two different companies. Fund raising is bloody hard.

Pasadena Angels Form $1.3M Investment Fund

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Pasadena, California (June 1, 2016) – The Pasadena Angels (PA) today announced the formation of their first investment fund at $1.3 million, PA Fund 1 (The Fund). The Fund will specialize in seed and early stage investments and will co-invest exclusively in deals that are subscribed by Pasadena Angels members. The Pasadena Angels’ 100 plus members invest individually and directly, without any legal pooling of financial resources.

The Challenges of Milestone Funding

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knows, I am a huge, huge fan of milestone funding. Investors like milestone funding as it makes clear how much money you will need and what you’re going to do with it (which inspires confidence that they will see a return on their investment). Do you practice milestone funding?

Clinton and Trump Platform Analysis: Which Is Best for Education Companies?


The teachers’ groups that back her fear that such schools drain resources from the wider public school system. Among the many initiatives in Clinton’s education platform is proposed federal funding to provide computer science lessons to every public school student in the country—something Clinton says the majority of U.S. If that policy goes forward, edtech companies might be enlisted to help those schools accommodate a flood of new student demand.

Local Companies Support Movember


A number of local, high tech companies are putting their efforts behind Movember , a charity which helps raise funding and awareness for men's health, and particularly prostate cancer.

Why We’re Looking to Fund Stuff With More Meaning

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If you’re funding the same stuff as everybody else and if you started your activities when the clues were obvious you’re much less likely to drive enormous returns. When Fred Wilson funded Twitter I guarantee you it wasn’t obvious that it was a billion dollar idea. When the early teams: angels, lowercase capital & first round capital funded Uber they had no idea it would be one of the most revolutionary ideas of our time.

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How to Make Sure Professional Services Don’t Take Over Your Software Company

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So when I meet with GRP portfolio companies that do enterprise sales I try to emphasize the following: 1. Hopefully it’s not as a way of avoiding fund raising or finding quick pockets of money. Everything needs to be part of a holistic company strategy.

New Bootstrap Fund Pulls Itself Up in World of Health IT Deals


Just a few months earlier, Hinshaw had sold his private healthcare IT consulting company, MaxIT Healthcare, to government contractor SAIC for $473 million.

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Civic Resource Group Gets $300K


Los Angeles-based Civic Resource Group , which develops cloud, mobile, and other software for government and other civic organizations, has raised $300,000 in a debt funding round, the company said this morning. The funding came from Lighter Capital, and came in the form of a revenue-based, debt funding round. The company said it will use the funding to deliver new cloud offerings. Civic Resource Group is led by Gregory G.

Pasadena Angels Invest Over $4M in 2014

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Pasadena Angels for the 3rd consecutive year invested over $4 million in an array of exciting start-up companies. Since the inception of the Pasadena Angels in 2000, members have invested over $50 million in over 120 companies. The companies are in an array of industries such as telecommunications, consumer products, healthcare, logistics, co-working office space, biosciences, data analytics, and software technology.

Founders from MIT With a Plan to Change How We Grow and Eat Food

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In our industry we always talk about funding big ideas or funding things with more meaning. Startup CompaniesIt’s something Yves Sisteron & I have been talking about for years at Upfront Ventures.

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Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Presenting Companies at CalTech

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The Spotlight is shining down these amazing LA companies! And now without further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Winners: Spotlight Companies. It gives music companies a direct pipeline to market their products and services to music fans. Its Time! Its Time!

Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Winter Presenting Companies at Caltech

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Months of submissions and the amazing help from our judges , the Spotlight is shinning down on awesome companies that were born right out of Southern California. And now without further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Winter Companies: Spotlight Companies. Bill Gross founded Idealab in March 1996 and serves as the company’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Bill serves on the boards of directors of numerous companies.

Reflections on 2016: Lawrence Ng, OnRamp Fund


Today's contribution is from Lawrence Ng , serial entrepreneur who, last year, founded OnRamp Fund , a $10 million incubator that invests in early stage startups. It solidified our ability to launch new technology using resources both here and abroad. Two good examples are children's entertainment company (Spin Master) which launched an AR drone-racing game for the holiday season. The Fund has expertise in technology development and data management.

BetterWorks Shutting Down On May 31st


According to an email from Craig, the company decided to close down the BettterWorks perk platform, and will not longer be active after next Thursday. BetterWorks--and Paige Craig--have been one of the companies driving the growth in Santa Monica's Silicon Beach. BetterWorks had raised $10M in funding from Redpoint Ventures. betterworks layoffs employment employee silicon beach paige craig resources human fringe benefits shutdown deadpool

ReachLocal Names Two Executives


Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal said Monday that it has named two new executives, hiring Paras Maniar as the company''s new Chief Strategy Officer, and Megan Opp as the company''s new Chief People Officer. Maniar was most recently a venture capitalist at WPSChallenger, managing that fund''s venture investments in North America; he also had been at EQAL (before the startup''s acquisition by Everyday Health), and served at McKinsey and Company.

Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals Raises Funding To $247M


Laguna Nigel-based Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals , a developer of treatments for hemophilia, has raised its latest funding to $247.6M, according to a regulatory filing by the firm today. Details on the funding have not been announced by the company. The deal also apparently gives an investor a right to buy the firm, with Inspiration saying that a "business combination transaction" is not imminent but may arise in connection with the funding.

NEOGOV Snags Funding From Warburg Pincus


El Segundo-based NEOGOV , the developer of human resources automation software for the public sector, has raised a round of growth equity from private equity investor Warburg Pincus. NEOGOV, which is led by Damir Davidovic, was founded in 2000, and has not previously received institutional funding. The company's software-as-a-service products are used to manage recruitment, onboarding, and performance evaluation for government agencies.

Online Learning Company Ties With UCLA Extension, CAA


A new, venture backed online education company, Encore Career Institute , headed by Steve Poizner, said today that it has linked with the UCLA Extension to offer up professional certificates and career counseling online. The firm said it has raised $15M in a Series A venture capital funding from InterWest Partners and Granite Ventures.

March Capital Partners' Jim Armstrong On A New, $240M Venture Fund


Santa Monica-based March Capital Partners ( has just announced a brand new, $240M venture investment fund, led by longtime venture investing veterans Jim Armstrong, Sumant Mandal, Gregory Milken and Jamie Montgomery. What is the investment focus for this fund?

Startups and VCs Should Avoid “Pier” Funding

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This happens when the company has been making steady progress but hasn’t built enough “ proof &# to raise its next round of financing from external investors. They also trust VC’s to determine the right price to pay for the company securities that they buy.

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.”.

8 Tips for Making Real VC Connections

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If you’re looking for funding, you don’t just want to “meet” investors, shake their hands and give them your quick pitch. Maybe it could work for someone, but I don’t personally know of any examples in which a young company was able to whip up investor interest through a cold email.

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Start Engine Creates $15M Fund, Adds Governor Gray Davis As Advisor


Los Angeles-based Start Engine , the business accelerator being spearheaded by Activision co-founder Howard Marks, said today that it has created a new, $15M investment fund for its portfolio of startups, and added former Governor Gray Davis as an advisor. Start Engine did not provide deals on the structure of its new $15M investment fund.

Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Presenting Companies at UCLA

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After months of submissions and the amazing help from our judges , the Spotlight is shinning down on awesome companies that were born right out of Southern California. And now without further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Companies: Spotlight Companies. 8:00 – 8:25pm – 5 five-minute demos, followed by brief Q&A for each company. They are a unique group of intellectuals with aspirations to truly change how companies do business.

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Simplifying Startup Investments: Ryan Feit (CEO) of SeedInvest

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On one end, entrepreneurs who have (at minimum) built something customers love and are willing to pay for, and the other hand, investors who are looking for the very companies who fit that profile. But you can’t secure the funding needed to scale. .