Financing a Start-Up

Tech Coast Venture Network

Virgina Lorimor There are several options for financing a start-up business that tend to follow a natural course in a business’ development: Personal Investment. This is where all entrepreneurs have to start. Understand how to value you company (more to come in a future blog!) Come to the table with a reasonable equity offer based on your company’s true value. Tags: Funding General financing funding startup

Austin Start-up MailLift Joins 500 Startups

Tech Zulu Event

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.

Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes

Both Sides of the Table

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.

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 [.].

Blockchain-Based Health Care Start-Up Curisium Raises $3.5 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Curisium, a Manhattan Beach–based start-up company that allows health care systems and biotech firms to contract through blockchain technology, has raised $3.5 million from investors, officials announced Thursday

REVIEW | Un-Realistic TV: “Start-ups: Silicon Valley”

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The final episode of Bravo’s Start-ups: Silicon Valley aired recently, wrapping up an 8-episode run of what could be considered the most bizarre depiction of entrepreneurs and start-ups to date. They can’t believe people are not lining up to give it them.

3 Things You Need To Remember To Get Your Tech Start Up Moving

Tech Zulu Event

Do you have a great tech company idea but you’re a bit new to entrepreneurship? Working at your company but want to break off to start your own? While looking to get business insurance I would recommend calling around to various companies such as Geico or Progressive.

Wearable World Labs Partners With Technicolor to Accelerate Wearable Tech & IOT Start­ups

Tech Zulu Event

This partnership will bring one of the most influential media companies together with today’s most promising emerging startups in the Wearable Technology and Internet of Things (IOT) space.

Start-up Advisors

SoCal CTO

He recommends that early stage companies get input from people who know the funding process, know the vertical, etc. On the flip side, as a person who regularly advises early stage start-ups, I often have a hard time finding interesting start-ups. Actually, the friction is even higher trying to find a partner for a start-up. eHarmony for start-up / advisor relationships

Start-ups…The Ultimate Risk-Reward Game.

Tech Coast Venture Network

Ultimately Billy quit his night job and became a legitimate businessman hauling cargo out and back from ships that could not tie-up at the busy docks. Or maybe Billy’s story is the same story as so many start-ups. Lessons Learned: Start-ups are not for wimps. Sure you mostly likely will not have to deal with guys with guns or potentially going to jail to launch your start-up but there will be many, many times you will want to quit.

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

Berkonomics

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?

Startups: What are your odds for success?

Berkonomics

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.

Acting CTO Role in a Start-up

SoCal CTO

I generally am working as an acting CTO for about 3-4 start-ups or other companies at any one time. I also found this interesting graphic of the changing needs around the CTO role in different size/type companies that somewhat echoes my experience. Most often I'm being brought in the early stage, Start-up or Expansion (as the company looks at new product lines). And the company is likely missing lots of opportunities and is a bit all over the map.

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Most Startups Should be Deer Hunters

Both Sides of the Table

This post is part of my series “ Startup Lessons &#. Elephants, Deer and Rabbits – Some thoughts on start-up segmentation. Nearly all of the mistakes I made at my first company I fixed by the time of my second company.

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.

Bonfire Ventures closes $60 million to invest in SoCal B2B startups

TechCrunch LA

Los Angeles is becoming one of the more interesting destinations for startups and the investors that provide money for venture capital firms to place bets on young companies are increasingly starting to take notice.

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Big tech companies are looking at Hollywood as the next stage in their play for the cloud

TechCrunch LA

Google raised the curtain with a splashy announcement that they’d be setting up their fifth cloud region in the U.S. ” There’s a lot at stake for Microsoft, Google and Amazon as entertainment companies look to migrate to managed computing services.

To Avoid Trouble, Companies Must Support Harassed Employees First

Xconomy

When news breaks about sexual harassment at a company like Uber, the public is likely to believe that the entire business has a cultural problem. In contrast, the same isn’t true for other issues, such as financial misconduct, which the public tends to see as a “bad apple” situation.

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.

Web Start-Ups Hit Cash Crunch – As New Companies Proliferate, Financing Is Drying Up – WSJ 10-13-2011

Ask the Angels

Amid a glut of Web start-ups, some strains are starting to show. For most of this year, a start-up fever, fueled by Facebook and others, has gripped Silicon Valley. But as the number of tiny Web companies riding the frenzy has mushroomed, some in recent weeks have found it tough to procure new funding, investors and entrepreneurs say. The start-up financing market “is getting weaker by the week, no question,” he says.

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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.

Legal Issues for Start-ups

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, March 8, 2012 -- Legal Issues for Start-ups. ou and the other founders have conceived of the next game-changing start-up. Now its time to get to the legal nitty-gritty  set up the company, build the team with equity incentives, get the contracts in order, and everything else youre not thinking of (but a good lawyer will tell you). How do I protect the great new name we have for the start-up?

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Illumina Selects Companies For Startup Accelerator

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San Diego-based lifesciences equipment maker Illumina says it has selected five companies to participate in its startup accelerator the Illumina Accelerator. illumina lifesciences startup accelerator incubator gene sequencing

Ex-Uber data chief Kevin Novak joins LA-based startup Tala in big win for LA ecosystem

TechCrunch LA

Kevin Novak, the architect of Uber's dynamic pricing technology and the head of its data team, has joined the Los Angeles-based financial services startup Tala as its new head of data.

Ex-Uber data chief Kevin Novak joins LA-based startup Tala in big win for LA ecosystem

TechCrunch LA

Kevin Novak, the architect of Uber’s dynamic pricing technology and the head of its data team, has joined the Los Angeles-based financial services startup Tala as its new head of data.

Who Should you Hire at a Startup?

Both Sides of the Table

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.

Want to Start a Technology Company in LA?

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I was recently interviewed for an article that appeared in Fast Company titled, “ Why you should start a business in LA.&# If you’re interested in the topic it’s worth a read, but I thought I’d elaborate on the topic since it comes up all the time.

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.

Should Your Startup Give Performance-Based Warrants?

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This is part of my ongoing series on Startup Advice. Large companies can be strange sometimes. But I say they can be strange because of their behavior in working with startups. What they mean specifically is ownership in your company.

Bonfire Ventures closes $60 million to invest in SoCal B2B startups

TechCrunch LA

Los Angeles is becoming one of the more interesting destinations for startups and the investors that provide money for venture capital firms to place bets on young companies are increasingly starting to take notice.

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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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Startups and VCs Should Avoid “Pier” Funding

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Often when startups who have raised venture capital need another round of financing they will turn to their existing investors to give them money before raising from outsiders. It starts as a debt instrument (e.g. And it adds up.

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.