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.

How This Founder Wants to Apply Her Technology to Help Save the Planet’s Resources

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If you want to know more about her company you should read the above link because her presentation at the Upfront Summit was taking her vision several steps beyond the current scope of our next few years plans and talking about her hope of helping to develop systems to save humanity.

Black Lotus Expands DDoS Resources In Virginia, Amsterdam


The company helps companies mitigate DDoS attacks, which are becoming all too common an issue for companies to deal with, and recently have been used to extort companies to restore service to their web sites.

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.

Planetary Resources Taps NASA JPL Talent


Planetary Resources , the space asteroid mining venture co-founded by Peter Diamandis, has quietly been tapping talent from Pasadena's NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, according to an email from Diamandis sent to backers of the company. Planetary Resources launched in April, saying it would look to capture asteroids and mine them for valuable minerals, metals, and other resources. mining space curiosity nasa resources planetary

Three LA Companies Selected For Commerce.Innovated Accelerator


Three, Los Angeles area companies have been selected for a accelerator being run by Silicon Valley Bank and Mastercard, the companies announced this morning. Silicon Valley Bank and Mastercard said the startups will go through a four-month virtual program that provides resources to help refine and enhance their business ideas.

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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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.

Lessons Big Companies Should Learn from Entrepreneurs

Jason Nazar

Entrepreneurs often lament big companies, but most of us hope we’ll create just that. Add in public company demands, lawsuit targets, & millions of customers to continually satisfy, and you have to have great respect for those doing it well.

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 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. But you do need to be sure your company doesn’t just become the internal R&D department for a large corporation. This article originally appeared on TechCrunch.

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. Well, here’s the real future and where I’d spend most of my resources. I’m a big fan of this company but I’m afraid for their future now that they have lost their leader who was a remarkable individual. Wait, retract. Then again.

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 company said it will use the funding to deliver new cloud offerings. Civic Resource Group is led by Gregory G. civic resource group venture capital debt funding cloud government mobile software

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. If that policy goes forward, edtech companies might be enlisted to help those schools accommodate a flood of new student demand. Clinton’s low-cost college plan, and much of the other change she envisions, would seem to create opportunities for digital learning companies and other outside providers in public schools, higher education, and workplace training.

Interview with Damir Davidovic, NEOGOV


It's surprising how often we run into rapidly growing companies that not many people have heard of, here in Southern California, but that's the case with El Segundo-based. The firm recently showed up as one of the fastest growing companies in LA as part of the Deloitte Fast 500 rankings.

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.

Cornerstone OnDemand Extends Alliance With ADP


Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand , the provider of cloud-based talent management software for the enterprise, and human resources management outsourcer ADP , said today that they have expanded an existing strategic alliance between the companies to target small businesses. cornerstone ondemand talent management human resources saas cloud small business

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

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His conclusion in short is that all societies throughout history have failed due to natural resource over-exploitation and his strongest source of optimism about the future is that younger generations are starting to change consumption patterns based on this awareness. Startup Companies

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IMS Company Buys Flight Deck Resources


Brea-based IMS Company , a manufacturer of in-flight portable entertainment players and related products, said Friday that it has acquired Flight Deck Resources, a provider of hardware for flight deck management on airplanes. According to IMS, Flight Deck Resources will become a new division, which will be known as IMS Flight Deck. Tags: company electronics aviation aircraft airplane merger acquisition flight deck resources

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!

Return on Productivity (ROP) – How Do You Measure the Success of Your Company Culture?

Frank Addante

So, a $5,000 investment in our time, resources and systems to improve meeting performance could potentially yield $500,000 in cost savings, a 100X return on our investment – that’s a needed Culture expense with a very high ROP. How do you prioritize and budget for culture?

Tech Hiring Trends: Buzzwords, Trump Effect, and Gender-Pay Gap


companies’ interest in foreign workers; and another disappointing look at the gender-pay gap. As the tech economy continues its historic boom, here’s three views of labor market trends released this week, including the rise and fall of buzzwords in engineering job postings; the Trump Administration’s impact on U.S. —In the last two years, big data has fallen off the buzzword bingo card.

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.

How Tuition.IO Is Helping To Tame Student Debt, One Employee At A Time


Once upon a time, one of the best benefits that employers could offer up an employee was a company contribution to their retirement plan. We spoke with Brendon McQueen , founder and CEO of Tuition.IO, to hear more about the company. What was the idea that behind the company?

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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.

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 layoffs employment employee silicon beach paige craig resources human fringe benefits shutdown deadpool

Consider all resources before seeking investment.


Professional investors love to see companies where the first round of financing came from the entrepreneur, showing “skin in the game” and more motivation to succeed because of money invested as well as time and creativity. There are so many resources for early money to validate an idea, turn it into a product and increase the value of the company before professional investors come into the picture.

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.

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.

SoCalBio Human Resources Conference

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 -- The 3rd SoCalBio Human Resources Conference.Organized annually by the Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio), this HR conference provides a forum for information sharing among HR executives in device and biotech companies, HR service providers, bio-recruiters, educators, and workforce training professionals to address human capital and employment needs of Southern California's life-science industry.

Think of your exit as you commit your resources along the way.


Each decision you make to commit resources affects the future value of the business to some degree. Minor decisions, such as replacing employees who have left the company or equipment needing updating, are usually considered operational in nature, and unless the business is changing direction, not relevant to this analysis. There are many reasons a company finds to make an acquisition.