September, 2012

The Truth About Convertible Debt at Startups and The Hidden Terms You Didn’t Understand

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This article initially appeared on TechCrunch - with a minor update highlighted in red below. We’re back to discussing convertible debt again. This time by the efforts of Adeo Ressi to introduce a new kind of structure called “ convertible equity.”

With Greathouse Comes Great Responsibility


The following guest post is from some of my former UC Santa Barbara students. I thought this post might be of interest to some of my readers, as it offers a glimpse into my approach to teaching entrepreneurship. . Fall quarter of Sr.

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In Venice Beach, A Coming Out for Silicon Beach


These days, it's not unusual for a handful of tech and startup mixers and events to be going down on the westside. Still, there was something special about the Nextspace @ Amplify Grand opening on Wednesday night. Something very, established about it. I've lived in Los Angeles for ten years now.

Recruiting Star Talent? Do This First

Frank Addante

When it comes to top hires, the questions people ask tell you far more than the answers they give. When I interview, I don't ask many questions. Instead, I simply open with, "What can I tell you about the company?"

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Here’s How You Get A VC To Pull Out Their Checkbook


Business Plans are dead. Most sophisticated investors ignore them, focusing their attention on an entrepreneur's pitch and presentation materials, financial forecast and executive summary.

StoryBots And The Future of Learning,With Gregg Spiridellis, JibJab


What would Sesame Street look like, if it was created in the world of smartphones, tablets, and YouTube? It might look a little bit like StoryBots (, the new kids educational and entertainment service just launched by JibJab (

The Future of Automated Trading

Frank Addante

I was asked to talk about the Future of Automated Trading at the ExchangeWire ATS conference in London, here is my presentation. ATS Presentation from robcoop. Digital Advertising

The Future of UX | Retaining Humanity

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We see it all the time. Everywhere you look. In business meetings, dinner with friends, people strolling on the beach, or parents watching their children in the park— people are attached to their device. It’s a question to ask then, how much are we really LIVING in the very essence of the word?

The Startup UCLA Accelerator Is About Entrepreneurship Not Investment Returns

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What Makes a Successful Startup Community? Is it Possible to Build One Where You Live?

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This article originally appeared on TechCrunch. Recently I wrote a post arguing to make the definition of a Startup more inclusive than that to which Silicon Valley, fueled by Venture Capital return profiles, would sometimes like to attach to the word.

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The Crowd Has Spoken: Check Out The Coolest US Tech Companies


What American tech company is the coolest? A subjective, yet important question. The rest of the country may be in a recession, but hiring within the tech community remains highly competitive.

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Map: Southern California Hotbed Of Kickstarter Activity


A new mashup map of activity on crowdfunding site Kickstarter shows that Southern California is apparently one of the hotbeds of activity on the site.

They Just Didn’t Get It: VC Rejection

Steve Reich

A billion dollar established market. Incumbent companies so despised by consumers that they are routinely sued over the poor quality of their offerings. A dynamic founder who has proven he can run lean and get the job done. A young VC liked the idea and took it to his partner meeting. What could go wrong? A turndown. They just didn’t get it.”. Meet Erick Arndt and A great entrepreneur and company who were just turned down at a notable LA VC firm.

How to Talk to a Journalist When You Only Have 30 Seconds

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It’s unbelievable how often start up founders stifle their company from growing by not knowing how to effectively communicate their brand.

A good board deals with what and why, not how.


Who is responsible for the vision that drives the company? This is arguably the primary job of the CEO, with agreement from the board. Many entrepreneurs after taking outside investment defer to their board for matters of direction that include setting the vision, as well as executing the plan. Here is a general rule: The CEO sets the sails and points the ship, creating the vision for the company.

Is Going for Rapid Growth Always Good? Aren’t Startups So Much More?

Both Sides of the Table

I think I’ve read Paul Graham’s post on “ Startup = Growth ” three or four times now. And of course on Twitter I’ve seen the Tweets, ReTweets and superlatives on what a great post it is. Viewing the article through the lens of a venture capitalist there’s much to agree with under the mantra of “growth!” ” And when you read the article carefully it allows for a period of discovery in your business. For example.

Five Trick Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Answer Before Asking For Money


From a venture capitalist’s point of view, there are no “trick” questions. However, certain questions can be tricky for an entrepreneur to answer. Below are five common questions an entrepreneur will encounter when seeking venture funding.

WSJ Top Startups List: SoCal Matches Silicon Valley On IPOs


One of the most interesting things about the Wall Street Journal's list of top startups in the U.S.? The number of IPOs of companies on the Journal's list from 2011 from Southern California matched the number of IPOs of Silicon Valley companies.

Eric Kuhn: 'I'm Developing An App' Is The New 'I'm Writing A Script'

The Huffington Post

Technology accelerators and incubators have sprung up around L.A., making it easier for a new entrepreneurs and seasoned Hollywood executives alike to quit their jobs and pursue the startup dream. Read more: Los Angeles Startups , La Tech Incubators , La Startups , Los Angeles Tech , Venture Capitalists , Tech Accelerators , Tech Incubators , Venture Capital , Slideexpand , Silicon Valley , Los Angeles News

Social Media Week Lands in Los Angeles Sept. 24-28

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Social Media Week (SMW) helps organizations connect and share the latest social media findings through social, cultural and economic talks and workshops in major cities worldwide.

Do you always follow the advice of your board?


This may be news, but boards of directors can offer bad advice. A typical board is composed of five persons in a company that has received outside funds from professional investors. Two members usually represent the founders or management, two are from the investors, and one is often elected by the four to represent the industry in which the company works. The financial investors typically have deep experience running companies, often in other industries.

Should Investors in the Same Round of Financing Ever Get Different Prices?

Both Sides of the Table

If you were on Twitter on Saturday you might have noticed a lively discussion with Dave McClure, Fred Wilson, Chris Dixon and myself. And a few others. Luckily there are tools like Storify – so you can actually see a synopsis here.

Quick Tips For Hiring Your First Employee


The following guest post is from Dan Monarko, Online Marketing Manager at The Resumator , a SaaS applicant tracking system and hiring platform trusted by many of the fastest-growing companies in the world, including: Pinterest, Tumblr, Hootsuite, Klout, Posterous, Bitly, Atari and Mashable.

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EverySignal Looks To Filter Social Noise, With Backing From Science


3-D Image Firm Gets Flattened

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From the Los Angeles Business Journal. BIOTECH: FDA snub pushes Imaging3 into bankruptcy. By ALFRED LEE. Monday, September 24, 2012. When Imaging3 Inc., a nine-employee medical device maker on a nondescript street near Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport, filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, it was more than just another penny stock quietly running out of cash.

TechZulu Top 2013 SXSW Panel Picks & More

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Coconut is the Secret Ingredient

Eric Greenspan

If you have been invited to our evening of food preparation and the celebration of Katelyn’s birthday, here’s a few tips to get you ready for the night. Remember, the secret ingredient is coconut). Please make enough for ten small portions. This includes food items and beverages.

Startup Weekend

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Friday, October 5, 2012 -- Startup Weekend Santa Clarita. Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.