Financing a Start-Up

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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

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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.

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.

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 [.].

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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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

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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

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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

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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

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?

Start-ups…The Ultimate Risk-Reward Game.

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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.

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.

Most Startups Should be Deer Hunters

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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.

Acting CTO Role in a Start-up

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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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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.

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

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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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The best advice startups will never follow

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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.

Amplify Adds Two New Companies To Portfolio

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Venice, California-based Amplify LA , the startup investor which got its start as one of LA's first startup accelerators, said this week that it has added two new companies-- Kulagy and Tapcart --as part of its portfolio of companies. Financial details of any investment in the two startups were not announced. amplify startup accelerator portfolio kulagy tapcart ventuer capital ecommerce mobile shopping

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.

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.

Established Space Companies Pitch Startups

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017 -- This event provides a unique opportunity for established companies and government agencies to discover and source innovative startup solutions. For startups, the event provides a fantastic opportunity to meet and go to work with some of the leading suppliers in the government and commercial space sector who will pitch funded projects designed to put space-relevant startups to work.

Entrepreneur's Brilliant Companies List Pinpoint SoCal Startups

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Entrepreneur's list included the Southern California startups across a number of areas -- tech, apps, travel, geek chic, invention, retail, social media, and music/art. brilliant companies nimble parkme quarterly beachmint dollarshaveclub chromatik startup

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.

Bootstrapping Your Start-up

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009 -- Bootstrapping Your Start-up: Lessons Learned from Building a Business During a Recession. Dave Gross, one of the founders of Fastclick, will present the lessons he learned in building his local internet media company between 2000 and 2003. MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast. Building a business is challenging enough during times of economic expansion. Learn how one entrepreneur built a successful business during a recessionary environment.

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.

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.

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

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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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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.

Startup Founders Should Flip Burgers

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. When you’re an early-stage startup that hasn’t raised any institutional money you end up doing almost every job function of the company yourself. The expectations of our company having raised $16.5

Life Science Companies: Strategies for Start-Up, Continued Growth and Long Term Success

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012 -- Life Science Companies: Strategies for Start-Up, Continued Growth and Long Term Success. Keynote Speaker: Bob Baltera: "Structuring Your Life Science Company --. Successful Choices and Avoidable Pitfalls" See [link] (more

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 Improve Hiring at Startups

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This is part of my ongoing series with Startup Advice. BEFORE YOU START. Example: Work Experience can be broken down into: has managed a team, has led direct sales efforts, has worked for a startup before, etc. They find it easier to tell you about the company and their job.