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Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes

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This is part of my ongoing series “ Start-up Lessons. &# If you want to subscribe to my RSS feed please click here or to get my blog by email click here. In the Beginning … This is a very important post to me because I find myself giving this advice all the time and if you don’t follow the basic advice here you can cause yourself much heartache down the line – even if your company ultimately becomes über successful. Register a company.

Austin Start-up MailLift Joins 500 Startups

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I met fellow hustler Brian Curliss about 2 years ago at a Startup Weekend event that I was covering. It came as no surprise whatsoever when I found out that his new company MailLift was called up to the big leagues to join the 500 Startups accelerator.

Start-ups are all Naked in the Mirror

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Lessons Building companies is hard work. I started my first company in 1999 in London at the height of the dot com craze. We also had facilities in Dublin, Ireland where our company was initially founded. Tags: Start-up Advice We went through the euphoria of massive exposure at the time of our [.].

Start-ups are all Naked in the Mirror

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Lessons. Building companies is hard work. I started my first company in 1999 in London at the height of the dot com craze. We also had facilities in Dublin, Ireland where our company was initially founded. Our company was completely euphoric. We had one of the largest US software companies talk about buying us. We were working hard and becoming a real company. It didn’t add up to me.

The seven attributes of a highly successful start–up CEO

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Dave’s note: This week we welcome guest author, David Friedman, to tell us about his favorite startup CEO, and his take after interviewing her – asking for her list of attributes for startup success. . Seven attributes of a highly successful start-up CEO.

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Project cash flow – not just profit – during start-up.

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There is no longer a guarantee that VCs and later stage investors will be waiting at the run-out point of the angel money to pick up and grow the company. Cash is everything to a new business. How many times do we have to say this?

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Startups: What are your odds for success?

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Starting a company is HARD – in so many ways. I read several years ago, that the average startup restaurant lasts only about a year. Restaurant startups would not top my list. And this includes all businesses, not just startups. Starting up a new company is risky.

How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

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If you’re a startup and you don’t have a close relationship with a few law firms you’re really missing one of the most important relationships that any entrepreneur can have. Many people start companies arse backwards.

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. The Motive for Speaking Up. ” “Mark has a vested interest in talking down valuations of startups.”

Why Most Online Video Companies Will Fail

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I live in LA and fund startups. So you can imagine that I see a lot of video startups. “You can’t build a large online video company. You have to build a large online tech company that distributes video.” Online technology company that distributes video.

The best advice startups will never follow

Berkonomics

Email readers, continue here…] Don’t take money, especially start-up loans, from unsophisticated investors. I was a co-lender and assumed the chairmanship of a young startup where the entrepreneur’s cousin also loaned money under the same terms.

The Fallacy of Channels: Startups Beware

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This is part of my ongoing series on startup advice but also filed under my sales & marketing posts. No advice I give will ever apply to 100% of companies, 100% of startups or even 100% of tech startups. My starting point mentally is about 30% for the channel partner.

Startup Development

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I’ve come to realize that I have lots of posts around startup software development scattered around in different posts. How to Work With a Contract Web Developer How To Bootstrap Your StartupThought it would be good to capture them in one spot and also include links to related posts from other sources.

Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?

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I recently did a post for startups on understanding sales people. A few people have asked me to try and define the perfect startup organization chart. But I do have more insight into understanding your startup team. Let’s start with the basics.

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3 Sales Tips for Startups – Creating a Burning Platform

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. Many entrepreneurs who start technology companies are product people, technologists or savvy business people who worked previously for a larger company. Most start-up entrepreneurs have little or no sales experience.

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What is the Right Burn Rate at a Startup Company?

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I was reading Danielle Morrill’s blog post today on whether one’s “ Startup Burn Rate is Normal. I love how transparently Danielle lives her startup (& encourages other to join in) because it provides much needed transparency to other startups. But what IS the right amount of burn for a company? Let’s set up a framework. I often see companies burning $100,000 per month (net) looking to raise $6-8 million. Startup Lessons

Startup CTO

SoCal CTO

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. Lessons Learned: What does a startup CTO actually do? And you may also want to review Startup Development.

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Ten Of The Top Tech Companies For Employees In LA

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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.

After 20 years: Updating the Berkus Method of valuation

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There is a universal truth: fewer than one in a thousand start-ups meet or exceed their projected revenues in the periods planned. I must believe that the candidate company, if successful, could achieve some level of gross revenue at the end of the fifth year in business.

Don’t be a Grin Fucker

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Years ago I was working in England and I worked for a very big company – Accenture. I grew up in the US but lived in England for so long I can never remember from which country my slang comes. Anyway, I spent the first part of my career consulting for large companies.

Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. Many startup companies hire advisory boards. prominent industry luminaries to be closely associated with the company. The CEO picks prominent people who are busy in their own right with their own companies.

Who Should you Hire at a Startup?

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This is part of my ongoing posts on Startup Advice. There are people who tell startups that they should hire the most senior people that they can find. Bringing in a senior person who’s “done it all before&# is often a mistake in a startup.

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How to Not Suck at a Group Presentation

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This was evident at the Twiistup pre-event company pitch last week at UCLA. I’m not saying the companies were bad – many were not. I’ll put up the video when they post it on their website. Stories have starts, middles and ends. All numbers above made up.

Report: Unilever Eyes The Honest Company

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Is another, Los Angeles consumer startup-- The Honest Company --about to be acquired by Unilever ? An unconfirmed report Thursday afternoon, from TechCrunch, says that Unilever is in early talks to acquire the company, founded by Jessica Alba and SoCal serial entrepreneur Brian Lee. The Honest Company has been hinting that it has been working on a possible IPO filing over the last year or so. honestco honest company jessica alba unilever merger acquisition rumor exit

How to (re) Approach People (Advice on the Eve of LeWeb)

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This is part of my ongoing series with Startup Advice. With the LeWeb conference about to start in Paris I thought the timing of this post would be appropriate. But don’t assume that I have a Minority Report like machine that can invisibly and instantly gin up my memory.

Never Hire Job Hoppers. Never. They Make Terrible Employees

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This is part of my startup advice series. It’s still important advice for startup founders and something that I’m passionate about. 12 is getting long unless your company is totally rocking! You’re in it more for yourself than your company.

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People Management: Startup Teams Should Dip but not Skip

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We all like to think of startups as “non hierarchic&# organizations and to some extent that should be true. But issues do arise as your company grows. I see two common mistakes in companies (not just in startups, in fact).

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The Power of “In Person” – Why Distributed Teams are Less Effective

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In the era of Skype, web conferencing tools and collaboration software conventional wisdom says that distributed startup teams can be just as effective as those that are in person. There reality is that a certain magic that happens when you’re in person is critical in a startup.

Los Angeles tech companies take a victory lap with planned tech job fair

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2016 was a good year to be a tech startup in LA, and, with the $25 billion planned public offering for the city’s startup darling, Snap Inc., coming up, the future’s so bright entrepreneurs might want to wear… Spectacles.

Start Your Company Where You Want To Live – Period

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Thus, the "best" place for you to start your company is the community you want to live in. The days of entrepreneurs having to move to New York, LA or Silicon Valley to ensure their startup''s success are long over. Establish your startup in a beach town.

Ten of Southern California's Top Software Companies

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Southern California is often criticized for having too many startups which only revolve around brand, celebrity, ecommerce, and. marketing, and not enough of the traditional, software-and-algorithm intensive startups you'd expect to see in Silicon Valley.

Startup CTO Resources

SoCal CTO

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. Lessons Learned: What does a startup CTO actually do? And you may also want to review Startup Development.

The Danger of Crocodile Sales

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This is part of my series on Startup Advice. I love working with Aussies because their outlook on life seems very similar to what I grew up with in California. Let’s assume you run a Customer Support software company. After that you need to begin discussing your company.

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Fixing Tech’s Gender Problem Starts With Company Culture

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On a micro level, you can do your part to fix tech's gender problem by recruiting people with diverse backgrounds and place them in a company culture that rewards those who challenge the status quo. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

Building Products for Mass Adoption

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I think this is a perfect way to think about the world when you’re designing your product / company. Quite honestly I see way too many company pitches that are designed for Techies but I only want to invest in products designed for Normals.

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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This is part of my ongoing series called “ Start-up Lessons.&#. I came across this blog post about getting a computer science degree as the best degree for getting into venture capital or working at a VC-backed start up. Like Chris Dixon I grew up programing.

Practice Entrepreneurship With A Purpose – Before You Start A Company

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However, you do not need to start a business to begin exercising your entrepreneurial muscles. Advise A Startup. “By You may be thinking, “I am not qualified to advise a startup. Don’t Throw Up, Speak Up. Follow John’s startup Twitter feed here: @johngreathouse.

Running More Effective Board Meetings at Startups

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We started with our financial statements. So I changed things up and became much happier with my results. But they were in a slide and people asked you questions so it ended up chewing up 30 minutes. Harder to do that when you have an 8am start.

The Silent Killer – The Company Your Community Never Created

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I was at a dinner recently in Chicago and the table discussion was about building great companies outside of Silicon Valley. Of course this can be done and of course I am a big proponent of the rise of startup centers across the country as the Internet has moved from the “infrastructure phase” to the “application phase” dominated by the three C’s: content, communications and commerce. “If I were starting now, I would have stayed in Boston.

Calacanis Starts Up New Venture Fund

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Not only is he running his own technology conference, Launch, he''s also making angel investments, and opening up his own coworking space , he''s also created a new venture capital fund, the Launch Fund. Jason Calacanis is busy.