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Branchout an Example of Viral Spread Opportunity for Startups

SoCal CTO

However, funny enough, I don't see the job search and showing you who you know at the company as being particularly well done. As one review put it: Searching by company to find connections you might have is arduous at best, and in my mind, basically useless.

Branchout an Example of Viral Spread Opportunity for Startups

SoCal CTO

However, funny enough, I don't see the job search and showing you who you know at the company as being particularly well done. As one review put it: Searching by company to find connections you might have is arduous at best, and in my mind, basically useless.

Why Most Online Video Companies Will Fail

Both Sides of the Table

“You can’t build a large online video company. You have to build a large online tech company that distributes video.” There’s a reason that Maker pulled away while most online video companies did not. Online technology company that distributes video.

What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

Both Sides of the Table

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.

The Silent Killer – The Company Your Community Never Created

Both Sides of the Table

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.

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. 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.

Xconomy Q&A: Vuforia, Pokémon Go, and Augmented Reality

Xconomy

Of course, as Xconomy noted last year , there also were precious few examples of mobile games or ads that became a runaway success because of the way they used augmented technology. But now there is an exceptional example. Talk about auspicious timing.

The Best Pasadena Tech Company You’ve Never Heard Of

Steve Reich

Why are there great tech companies in Pasadena that no one has heard of? Sometimes the answer is that the team is too busy building a great company to worry about generating press outside their own industry. One example is Bluebeam. Companies like Bluebeam point out the reality.

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

Frank Addante

For example, our Culture Roadmap theme for Q3/Q4 is “Excellence in Innovation.” How do you prioritize and budget for culture? The answer is simple. Measure it and set goals that clearly demonstrate value. At Rubicon Project, we manage culture just like a product.

Is That An Egg in Your Fridge? How One Quirky Company is Crowd-sourcing the Internet of Things

Tech Zulu Event

One of the best examples of this is a company called Quirky. An invention company based on the idea that the best products in the world come from problems real people experience, Quirky takes ordinary people’s ideas and turns them into solutions to everyday problems.

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Great Companies Tell Great Stories

Frank Addante

At Rubicon Project, I’ve found these tools to be vital in helping me convey the story of our company. When you’re telling your story, include a hero: someone who is a champion of your company’s purpose. Avoid Jargon: In the advertising industry, for example, jargon is pervasive.

Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles

SoCal Delicious

RSS ); Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles By: Laura Rich February 26, 2010 It used to be, if you were serious about starting a tech company, you went to Silicon Valley. And as a result we have bred a culture of companies that have been quite innovative on making money.

Conversations with Richard Chino, pt. 1

Ask the Angels

During my seven years at the company, we went public, were acquired by Yahoo , and I continued at Yahoo for two more years. We sold the company to ValueClick , now known as Conversant. I’m inspired when I see companies doing something good for the business environment.

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. Great companies master this, average companies grow beyond one product, and those who lose sight of it fail.

At “The Vine,” Developer Builds a Vertical Campus for Tech Startups

Xconomy

In downtown San Diego, a private real estate company best known for its master-planned communities in suburban Southern California has posed some existential questions for regional tech hubs looking to build their own startup ecosystems. The company moved in about four weeks ago.

RescueTime Seeks To Introduce Great People To Great Companies

Tech Zulu Event

RescueTime , the makers of a web-based time management tool, has come up with another service aimed to help companies find potential new employees. It is up to the companies to ultimately interview candidates and make the final decision.

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With Reverse Merger, Miragen to go Public, Get $40M Boost From Investors

Xconomy

Reverse merging with a shell company is an alternate path, and that’s how Miragen Therapeutics is headed to the Nasdaq. Signal shareholders will own the remaining 4 percent of the combined company. That’ll leave the combined company with over $50 million in cash at the deal’s closing.

Launching An International Tech Startup: The Challenges And Benefits

Tech Zulu Event

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.

Bionic Hands, Mind Control, and AI Oh My! | Techstars Disney Accelerator Class of 2015

Tech Zulu Event

The ten companies in this year’s program represent a diverse cross-section of technologies, and are inspired by their visions for the applicability of these technologies in the media space. 2 3D-Printing Companies. 2 AI Companies.

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Austin Start-up MailLift Joins 500 Startups

Tech Zulu Event

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. MailLift is unique in that it is one of the few companies that combines technology and a special personal touch to change up direct mail.

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

InfoChachkie

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. An example of design patent is shown at left.

Maximize Your Exit By Not Selling Your Company

InfoChachkie

However, in many cases, acquiring companies behave in a less rational manner than Mr. Jackson. Citrix politely approached us, told us they had an interest in acquiring our company and then asked us, “How much?”. Our response was that there was no “price” as our company was not for sale.

Pasadena Angels Portfolio Company Wasatch Microfluidics Completes Capital Raise

Ask the Angels

Wasatch’s product package, which groups early stage antibodies, is already being sold to major pharmaceutical companies. Josh Eckman, the company’s CEO stated, “We are excited to move into this growth phase “ Terry Kay, Chairman of the Pasadena Angels, commented, “We are delighted with the rapid progress Wasatch has made and at the industry attention they have garnered. $2 Million Round Will Power Continued Growth.

Creator…Know Thine Users! | Making Apps the Markets Want

Tech Zulu Event

User Role Examples: UR – Sally Jennings: Sally is a 25 year-old account representative working for an Austin, Texas start-up company.

Great Companies Tell Great Stories

Frank Addante

At Rubicon Project, I’ve found these tools to be vital in helping me convey the story of our company. When you’re telling your story, include a hero: someone who is a champion of your company’s purpose. Avoid Jargon: In the advertising industry, for example, jargon is pervasive.

When Should I Sell My Company

Ask the Angels

For example, when you sell based on strategic value, the value is determined by what a large corporation can extract from your underlying assets and capabilities rather than on your current or potential profits. Tags: Company Creation/Operation General Company Sale Exit Strategies Tom McKaskill I’m often asked ‘When should I sell my business?”.

Software Development Companies in Southern California

SoCal CTO

As part of doing that, I've had the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of different chief technical officers from different kinds of companies over those years. This is a private group of CTOs who are responsible for software development within their companies. But where do the software development companies in Southern California congregate? size of company (startup to very large), stage (early stage to established firms) vary widely.

7 Steps Online Companies Can Take to Manage Sales Tax Exposure

Xconomy

But today, online companies that sell services rather than merchandise also need to be concerned about state sales taxes. Online service companies need to be aware of these potential tax traps so they are not surprised when a state tax agency comes knocking on their door.

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.

Whats Hot-Disconnect- Web companies valuations vs. current economy

Ask the Angels

As an angel investor I have spent the last 3 years advising companies to be reasonable about their valuation for their A round. This is an incredibly important and contentious decision (setting the bar) for both the entrepreneur and the investor at this stage of the company. Examples include valuations for Godaddy.com, Foursquare, Quora, Blippy Inc, and even Twitter which all have monetization issue. By Chris Wadden.

IT Software Companies Are Looking For Military Trained Hackers Now

Tech Zulu Event

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.

Conversations with Richard Chino, pt. 3

Ask the Angels

RC: Investors often talk about “disruption,” but I find that most of the companies you see aren’t necessarily disruptive, but they might be still in a field that you might want to be a part of. Chiefly, I look at companies that are doing things that are helpful.

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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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.

Rebranding Should Be Driven By Growth, Not Desperation

InfoChachkie

Companies typically rebrand themselves for two distinct reasons. Such attempts are seldom successful, as rebranding typically does not address the systemic issues causing the company to fail. RIM''s management made the brilliant decision to change the company''s name to BlackBerry, Ltd.

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Visualization of Startup CTO Equity and Salary Data

SoCal CTO

You can find it here: Interactive Version: Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data (US) Explanation: CTO compensation and equity at venture-backed companies Probably the best thing for someone to do is to go to the Interactive Version and look things up using their specific situation.

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New Cybersecurity Alliance Continues Trend of Industry Collaboration

Xconomy

There have been a series of tie-ups, as security-tech companies try to boost their businesses and amplify their products via acquisitions. The latest example is a new coalition formed by several security companies aimed at addressing data breaches.

Los Angeles, San Diego Among Top 10 Cities For Startups

socalTECH

A list of the top ten cities for startups was released by USA Today and the National Venture Capital Association today, naming both Los Angeles and San Diego among the best cities for startup companies.

Why Misunderstanding Startup Metrics Can Cost You Your Business

Both Sides of the Table

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. For example, on the Java platform, Jackson was used for frameworks that do not provide a serializer. Code examples.