April, 2013

Frameworks Round 2


Last week, we posted the results of benchmarking several web application development and frameworks. The response was tremendous. We received comments, recommendations, advice, criticism, questions, and most importantly pull requests from dozens of readers and developers.

My Favorite Entrepreneur Story in a Long Time

Both Sides of the Table

This article originally appeared on TechCrunch. If you don’t like it hot, use less,” he said. “We don’t make mayonnaise here.” ” . This morning I was reading my social media and came across an article that Christine Tsai had posted on Facebook.

Contractors must really be independent!


How many of us have “hired” independent contractors over the years, a bit worried over the gray area between employee and contractor as defined by the IRS?

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Does Best Buy Need a Restart?

Eric Greenspan

I continue to be fascinated with Best Buy. I am an absolute believer that this organization can rebuild its brand and re-establish a cult like following. Techies, geeks, nerds and the rest of us need a place to get our tech on.

Empowering Music Teachers With TakeLessons' Online Marketplace


One of the biggest areas where the Internet has been shaping our everyday life, is how it has begun to empower people to earn money and a living in brand new ways.

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Making Sure You Are Ready to Begin Building Your MVP


I'm presenting Making Sure You Are Ready to Begin Building Your MVP next week at Coloft ( Details/Registration ).

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Two Amazing Women Setting Out on Their Startup Journey

Both Sides of the Table

Note: if you’re a parent please check out their website. Kara called me on a Tuesday. She was leaving IAC to start a company. “Tasha, clear some space on my calendar tomorrow. ” “I want you in my offices tomorrow, Kara. Does that work for you?” ” Kara came.

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Hone your sense of urgency!


It is an unfortunate truism that most of us become a bit stale in our jobs after some time, even if we are most successful at it and appreciated by all who work for or with us.

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Serious Presentation Tips From Standup Comics


A version of this article previously appeared on Inc. The worlds of standup comedy and business presentations are not as disparate as they may appear at first glance. Comedians are entrepreneurs.

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Streamlining The Sports Recruiting Process with FieldLevel


How do you take a process--recruiting of athletes--and make it more efficient, without getting in the way? That''s what Los Angeles-based FieldLevel (www.fieldlevel.com) has been working on, making it easier for coaches to network and exchange information on athletes.

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Selecting a Web Development Company


I''ve written before about finding Web Development Firms in Los Angeles. What I didn''t discuss was how you should go about selecting the right company.

Frameworks Round 3


We''ve previously posted two rounds of results of benchmarking many web application platforms and frameworks. The community''s response remains strong! We have really enjoyed your comments, advice, questions, criticism, and pull requests.

Stop Trying to Catch Lightning in a Bottle

Both Sides of the Table

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The FAIRNESS doctrine.


Reduce the emotion; reduce the threat of lawsuit. You’ve certainly experienced the angry outburst from an associate or employee who has just learned of an event that the person took as “unfair,” no matter how rational the explanation by the decision maker.

How This Startup Kicked Oracle’s A$$


A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. How did a small, open source software company from Finland capture billions in market share from Oracle?

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Incubating LA's Startup Future At the USC Viterbi Startup Garage


A few weeks ago, the University of Southern California announced a new startup incubator, the Viterbi Startup Garage ([link] backed by such notable investors as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and the United Talent Agency.

Defined By Our Desktop (or We Are What We App?)

Eric Greenspan

You can tell a lot about a person by the apps they keep and how they keep them. Some try to cram as much as possible into the home page. Some, keep it simple. Is this how their mind works? Or is it the opposite? Do the cluttered minds like simple desktops?

10 Entrepreneur Comments That Kill Investor Deals

Startup Professionals Musings

Lack of confidence in your self, your product, and your startup is a surefire recipe for disaster. At the other extreme, too much confidence or arrogance can kill you just as fast.

How to Raise Money When You’re Not in a Major VC Market

Both Sides of the Table

I travel the country a lot. And I am often approached by entrepreneurs in cities which don’t have a vibrant VC community. They often ask whether they have to move to SF, NY or LA to get financed. I have the same response always, “Where do you want to live?

Avoid the office politics trap.


It is hard to separate this kind of advice from economic lessons in running a business, when office politics can threaten a business in ways that are subtle, but sometimes just as devastating as economic shocks or continuing poor management.

This 28 Year Old Woman Co-Founded One Of The Most Successful YouTube Networks


A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. How did Sarah Penna create one of YouTube''s most successful networks? Consistently working 14-to-16-hour days had something to do with it, along with a service-oriented mentality built upon a foundation of integrity.

Snapchat Hit By Spam Attack


Snapchat , the hot Venice-based startup which lets users send self-destructing photos to each other, has been hit by a spam attack, the firm said this morning. According to posts on Twitter, a large number of posts of a "naked lady" were sent to users on the service.

Best Buy’s New “Wizard” Learning Center (hypothetical)

Eric Greenspan

In my past post , I spoke about a recovery plan for Best Buy. One of my points was well received regarding the development of an in store learning center. For purposes of the discussion, I call it the “Wizard.” ” The Wizard is everything technology.

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Do You Have What it Takes to Attract Investors?

Startup Professionals Musings

I’ve noticed that some entrepreneurs seem to have no trouble attracting investors, while others with a great business plan struggle with it. The reality is that angel investors are humans, and personal traits often make or break the relationship, even before the investment is considered.

How to Better Manage Relationships with Your VC

Both Sides of the Table

Just back from 2 solid weeks on the road in Boston, New York & Philly. I spent countless hours with VC firms, startups & LPs (the people who invest in VC firms). I find these trips invaluable both from a relationship-building perspective as well as stretching my mind about our industry.

Putting the Pedal to the Metal at Amplify

From the Venture Trenches

For the first three months of this year, I have had the pleasure of breathing the same air as the crew from Amplify , the Venice based accelerator. As a member of NextSpace I have witnessed Amplify in operation and it is a shop that definitely believes in good rewards stemming from hard work.

Using Social Media To Deal With Customer Trolls


A version of this article previously appeared on Inc. For many small businesses, their online reputation is their passport to virtual word-of-mouth referrals. Unfortunately, an articulate and engaging negative review on Yelp!, TripAdvisor or Amazon can have an outsized impact on a small business.

Women of Silicon Beach: The Infographic


Who says that there aren''t powerful women in Silicon Beach''s startup ecosystem? A new infographic highlights some of the women who are making waves along Silicon Beach, for their efforts in creating new companies and businesses.

How Pizza Hut Can…Well, Sell More Pizza

Eric Greenspan

So imagine for a moment that you are Pizza Hut and you are looking to expand sales. From my experience, the monthly coupon I receive from Rusty’s Pizza (a local Santa Barbara pizza delivery) is slam dunk.

Gen-Y Should Thank Gen-X For Social Media Today

Startup Professionals Musings

What happened to Generation X? They are generally defined as anyone born between 1965 and 1980, sandwiched between 80 million Baby Boomers and 78 million Gen-Y (Millennials). Gen-X has just 46 million members, but they continue to lead the way and set the standards in the startup world.