Honest Company Cuts 80 Employees
DECEMBER 8, 2016
Los Angeles-based Honest Company , the online provider of eco-friendly baby, personal care, and other household goods led by Brian Lee and co-founded by Jessica Alba, has quietly let go of 80 employees --or nearly 14% of the company--in what the company has billed as a "growth positioning". honest company layoff jobs employment jessica alba baby personal care products ecommerce
Productivity in Your Pocket
AUGUST 11, 2016
Like a dream, or a nightmare, e-mail—which is still the go-to work productivity app—became 100 percent mobile, available anytime you wanted or needed, day or night. Smartphone Productivity App Insurgence. The app that you use is the one in your pocket.
Here's One Tech Company With No Gender Issue: LA's Evite
APRIL 12, 2017
With all the hand wringing in the tech industry over gender balance and equity, here's one company that apparently has no issue: LA-based Evite , the online invitations service. Evite said that women head up its Product, Analytics and Data Infrastructure, Mobile Development, Testing and Advertising Operations, in addition to HR Legal & Operations, Process Excellence, Sales Strategy, and Corporate Communications & Business Development. The company is led by CEO Victor Cho.
The Honest Company Gets $70M
AUGUST 26, 2014
Los Angeles-based The Honest Company , the online, family products retailer led by serial entrepreneur Brian Lee, and which was co-founded by Jessica Alba, has raised $70M in a funding round, according to the company Tuesday.
Ten Of The Top Tech Companies For Employees In LA
NOVEMBER 9, 2012
Who are the top tech companies to work for in Los Angeles? Despite a huge number of companies, we found there are a number which. Although it's impossible to include all the companies suggested to us (there were dozens and dozens), here's some of the ones that stood out: 1.
Why Email May Be Draining Your Company’s Productivity
Both Sides of the Table
SEPTEMBER 28, 2011
That great productivity drain that we somehow all buy into. So I ask you – if you’re being reactive to somebody else’s emails are you really being as productive in your company as you could be? I spend tons of time each day on portfolio company issues.
VC Confessions: I Don’t Really Care About Your Product Demo
JULY 7, 2016
The entrepreneur cannot wait to show me their product via a demo. You’re the first one I’ve met who didn’t want to see our product.” Note: I invest almost exclusively in b-to-b software companies. An interface that is engaging can fool customers into trying a sub-par product.
DataPop Launches New Ad Product
OCTOBER 23, 2014
Los Angeles-based DataPop , the product advertising technology developer headed by Jason Lehmbeck, has launched a new product aimed at retailers. According to DataPop, its new OmniAds product uses a retailer''s merchandise catalog to drive advertising on such sites as Google, Bing, Pinterest, Polyvore, Ebay, and Amazon. DtaPop said that so far, the product is being used by such customers as Pier 1 Imports. datapop advertising catalog retailer products ecommerce
Ten of Southern California's Top Software Companies
NOVEMBER 16, 2012
We've identified ten of the more technically interesting companies working on software in Southern California, using our unscientific, unproven, and undoubtedly biased informal polling. The company handles all the infrastructure required for text messaging, voice.
Start Your Company Where You Want To Live – Period
OCTOBER 28, 2013
Thus, the "best" place for you to start your company is the community you want to live in. For the first decade, nearly every venture capitalist I met posed the same question, "Santa Barbara is a great town, but when are you going to move your company to the Valley?"
What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued
Both Sides of the Table
FEBRUARY 14, 2016
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.
Startup Pricing: Are You Selling A Giffen Product?
JANUARY 5, 2015
A recurring entrepreneurial challenge is to determine the optimal price of a new product, especially absent a directly competitive alternative. Yet, the value of your solution will vary by customer, based on the utility each derives from your product.
Hiring Developers Before Product/Market Fit?
APRIL 2, 2012
The problem is you don't yet have product/market fit, and until you do, you don't really know what to build. And that should be the focus of the founders -- to find the special fit that will make your company take off. They need to determine product/market fit.
What is the Right Burn Rate at a Startup Company?
Both Sides of the Table
SEPTEMBER 28, 2014
But what IS the right amount of burn for a company? Burn rate in case you don’t know is the amount of money a company is either spending (gross) or losing (net) per month. (it Conversely if you’re burning $600,000 per month (yes, some companies do) then you only have 5 months of cash left. I often see companies burning $100,000 per month (net) looking to raise $6-8 million. We’re going to start aggressively spend money on marketing our product.
Spreeify Launches New Mobile Ad Product
OCTOBER 16, 2014
Los Angeles-based Spreeify , the developer of display ad technology which is led by Ruben Dua, has rolled out a new product aimed at the mobile market.
Be Honest About Whether Your Product Really Makes a Difference
Both Sides of the Table
JANUARY 25, 2015
The law of large numbers, platforms that can make your company blow up unexpectedly and the trendy nature of tech markets can be deceiving. This is why I loved Brad Feld’s recent post about the “ illusion of product / market fit.” Are our users addicted to our product? But if users don’t come back to your product directly and often I question whether you have a sustainable product / company.
Pelican Products Buys UK Company
FEBRUARY 4, 2014
Torrance-based Pelican Products , which is best known for its protective cases and flashlights and other lighting systems, said late Monday that it has acquired UK-based Cool Logistics , a developer of temperature controlled packaging products. According to Pelican Products, it will merge Cool Logistics with its previously acquired Minnesota Thermal Science brand, which is part of its biopharmaceuticals division.
The Silent Killer – The Company Your Community Never Created
Both Sides of the Table
NOVEMBER 15, 2014
I was at a dinner recently in Chicago and the table discussion was about building great companies outside of Silicon Valley. It’s not the great companies you build, it’s the silent killer of those that should have been build locally and weren’t. For example, Lookout is a mobile security company that was founded by three talented graduates of USC. Klout was an LA company – sold for $200 million to Lithium.
Build a company – not just a product.
JANUARY 23, 2014
She stated that she had rejected the investment being discussed, because in her mind the entire company was “just a button, on a feature, in an app.” If you have invented a game that will be marketed as a new app in the app store, have you created enough of a model to create an ongoing company, or just another app that will compete with the hundreds of thousands already in the store? Can you extend your product into a planned series?
Shopatron Launches Product Locator Tool
JUNE 2, 2015
San Luis Obispo-based Shopatron , which develops software which helps manufacturers direct online orders to local retailers, said it has launched a new product aimed at product search. Shopatron said its new product, Local Product Search, helps customers find products from brands, offering up real time, local product inventory to those customers. The company says its new tool instead directly points consumers at available inventory of product.
No Doubt About It: You Need Video Ads for Your Company
SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
And while independent freelancers offer alternatives, it’s still a bit too expensive and time consuming for startup companies. Tech-based companies immediately understand the need for an explainer video to showcase the rich features of their app or web platform.
CraveOnline Sets Up Its Own Production Studio
MAY 3, 2013
The company said it has opened up a new, 4,000 square foot studio at its Los Angeles headquarters specifically to create original video. The company said the studio includes a green screen, "numerous" sets, and state-of-the-art equipment. CraveOnline said it has a new production team of 10 people behind the studio. craveonline production studio publishing male video content
YP Rolls Out New Search Advertising Product
FEBRUARY 24, 2015
Los Angeles-based b> YP , the provider of business search and local marketing services, said today that it has launched a brand new product. YP said it has launched ypSearch , a new product aimed at small business owners, which both provides search ads on YP''s properties, as well as on major search engines. The company said the tool not only lists ads on its own properties, but also delivers those ads to Google, Bing, and Yahoo.
10 Reasons To Start A Company In An Economic Downturn
OCTOBER 24, 2011
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.”. However, a recessionary market also generates a number of Big Dumb Company (BDC) refugees.
CrownPeak Gets $50M In Merger With UK Company
APRIL 7, 2016
Los Angeles-based web content management software developer CrownPeak has raised $50M in a funding round, and merged with UK-based ActiveStandards , according to the two companies. According to the companies, the combined company will be based in Los Angeles, and will also have locations in Denver and London. The company said it will use the funding to re-launch the company and for future product enhancements.
AnyMeeting Debuts New Web Conferencing Product
JANUARY 30, 2014
AnyMeeting , the developer of web and video conferencing software aimed at the small business market, said today that it has launched a new, web conferencing product called AnyMeeting Company Pro. According to the company, the new tool provides set price access to its services to companies with up to 50 employees, allowing companies to purchase a plan which covers all of their employees at a fixed price. anymeeting conferencing product small business meeting
Building Products for Mass Adoption
Both Sides of the Table
JANUARY 25, 2010
Chris Dixon wrote a blog post last week titled, “ Techies and Normals in which he defined “Techies as people who are not just “early adopters but also have more of a geeky, technical, product bent. They use products because the products solve a need they have.
Jessica Alba's The Honest Company Scores $27M
MARCH 26, 2012
Online, eco-family products company The Honest Company , started by celebrity Jessica Alba and Los Angeles e-commerce master Brian Lee, said late Friday that it has raised $27M in funding. ecommerce celebrity products baby shoedazzle brian alba jessica honest
Return on Productivity (ROP) – How Do You Measure the Success of Your Company Culture?
NOVEMBER 11, 2013
At Rubicon Project, we manage culture just like a product. Today, we are working on a prototype of a new measurement metric that we call ROP (Return on Productivity). The Return on Productivity metrics will be directly tied to business value (e.g.
Build a Product-Driven Company
JULY 20, 2012
If you want to manage a hyper-growth company, start with a great product. The best product wins. With a great product comes great customers, and with customers comes revenue and profit, which in turn can be used to build more great products.
Google Enters Financial Products Comparisons Market
MAY 19, 2011
Search engine giant Google has made its entree into an area long dominated by Southern California technology startups: financial products and leads generation. The new service puts Google into the same space as such local companies as LeadPoint , LowerMyBills , Oversee's Low.com , and others. google advisor financial products leads mortgages rates leads360
How Online Video Companies Can Increase Margin and Build Better Businesses
Both Sides of the Table
SEPTEMBER 17, 2013
In my last post I pointed out that many of the media commentators who have criticized the YouTube video network companies as not having strong businesses were mistaken. So what happens when production is reduced by 99% and distribution bends to infinity? Post-Production.
Ixia Rolls Out New Network Security Product
OCTOBER 12, 2015
Calabasas-based Ixia said this morning that it is expanding out its lineup of products for the cybersecurity market, with a new product called ThreatARMOR. According to the company, the new product is aimed at enterprise networks, and specifically blocks known bad traffic from malicious IPs, hijacked IPs, and unassigned or unused IP spaces and addresses, all at line speed.
A Day in the Life of a Product Manager
Tech Zulu Event
NOVEMBER 10, 2013
Rather, these were the words given in response to the opening question to a panel of product managers to “describe their occupation” in 3 words or less, + an additional word on what their biggest challenge was. Jay Stakelon , VP Product Design, Fullscreen.
Spireon Launches New GPS Vehicle Tracking Product For Subprime Market
MARCH 28, 2016
Irvine-based Spireon , a developer of telematics products for vehicle and fleet tracking, said late last week that it has launched a new GPS vehicle tracking system, specificdally aimed at the subprime auto financing market. The company said its new GoldStar Lender product is aimed at helping auto finance professionals manage their portfolio risk, by tracking vehicles sold in the subprime lending market, and the "Buy Here Pay Here" dealership market.
Rent.com Snags Product Head From ReachLocal
JANUARY 12, 2012
Santa Monica-based Rent.com , which is now part of eBay, has hired on a new Head of Product. According to recruiting firm NeoHire, Amanda McConnell has been hired as Head of Product for Rent.com, joining the company from ReachLocal, where she was Director of User Experience and Product Management. rent.com rent executive product reachlocal
The Crowd Has Spoken: Check Out The Coolest US Tech Companies
SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
What American tech company is the coolest? Talented employees look for a number of tangible and intangible factors when deciding among multiple employment offers, including a company's cool factor. Or you may find that coolness is all about the companies' products and innovations.
Cynvenio Spins Out BioMolded Products
FEBRUARY 10, 2012
Westlake Village-based Cynvenio Biosystems , the developer of molecular diagnostics systems for cancer, has spun out a new subsidiary, BioMolded Products , focused on blow molded plastic parts for the biopharmaceutical and life science industries this week. According to BioMolded Products, it has opened up a new product design and manufacturing facility, which will manufacture medical-grade, blow molded plastic parts for the biopharmaceutical and life science industries.
RealPractice Launches Marketing Automation Product
FEBRUARY 21, 2012
The company said the new software is aimed at all types of small businesses, and helps local businesses to respond faster to customer inquiries, track online and offline advertising, and reply more effectively to calls, emails, and social media inquiries. The new product is an expansion--and significant shift--beyond RealPractice's former focus on the legal vertical.
Kofax Launches New Product
JANUARY 3, 2012
Irvine-based Kofax , the developer of business process management and document capture software, reported this morning that it has launched a new product. The company said the new product connects into its existing platform. Pricing on the new product was not announced. Kofax said it has launched Kofax DotImage Enterprise Edition, new software which enabled Internet browser portal applications for document scanning, viewing, annotating, and processing.