2011

Equity for Early Employees in Early Stage Startups

SoCal CTO

I was asked by a reader how much equity he should give out to early employees and to service providers in a very early stage startup. I'll get to service providers in a later post. Founders vs. Early Employees To help with this discussion, let me start with a definition of "early employee."

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Ten Startup Tips From Amazon Founder, Jeff Bezos

InfoChachkie

In August 2004, FastCompany published an article titled, Inside The Mind Of Jeff Bezos , written by Alan Deutschman. Although the article is informative, it is the accompanying sidebar that has remained with me over the succeeding years.

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Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?

Both Sides of the Table

There are certain topics that even some of the best journalists can’t fully grok. One of them is profitability.

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Interview with Bong Koh, LifeCrowd

socalTECH

Earlier this month, Los Angeles-based LifeCrowd (www.lifecrowd.com) unveiled its service to help connect people with real life activities. The firm is initially focusing on the Los Angeles market, and connecting people with fun, interesting classes, activities, and more in the local area.

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32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

SoCal CTO

Almost every day I'm talking to early stage startup founders (see Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions ) about what they plan to do. I tend to ask a lot of questions, challenge aspects, make suggestions. But I've often been very surprised by one aspect of these conversations.

CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies

SoCal CTO

Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners was nice enough to compile some data on CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies for the LA CTO Forum and present last year. He agreed to make this data public which is awesome. Todd is a go to resource for people looking for talent in startups.

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Hiring a CTO for Your Startup

SoCal CTO

Several people have recently come to me to help them source and/or hire full-time CTOs for their startup having found me through my post that looks at: Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data.

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Getting Started with a Two-Sided Market Business

SoCal CTO

As I discussed in Matching Algorithm , I end up talking to a lot of startups who want to become the eHarmony of careers, eHarmony of clothes, eHarmony of jobs, eHarmony of tutoring, eHarmony of services, eHarmony of investments, etc.

Branchout an Example of Viral Spread Opportunity for Startups

SoCal CTO

Branchout , often called LinkedIn meets Facebook, has done a lot in their application to provide users motivation and opportunity to spread the word about the service. The purpose of Branchout is helping people to network their way to jobs.

Ten Startup Tips From Steve Jobs

InfoChachkie

Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series. Other installments include: Words of startup wisdom from Jeff Bezos. In the course of my recent interview with Guy Kawasaki , author and former Apple Evangelist, Guy describes Steve Jobs as: “… the world’s greatest CEO, ever.

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The Amazing Power of Deflationary Economics for Startups

Both Sides of the Table

I’m often asked by people what investment areas interest me. It’s true that I have a functional focus on three areas: Performance-based marketing, digital television and mobile computing.

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LA Ranks As Top Tech Town, Says Scientific American

socalTECH

A new ranking of the top cities for technology ranks Los Angeles as number three, in a list of the top ten cities for technology access and "geek friendliness".

Why Facebook OpenGraph Will Work and Why To Hate It

Tech Zulu Event

I was reading an article by Robert Scoble earlier today about how amazing Spotify and some other news app are on Facebook, and how awesome frictionless sharing is for the Internet. I openly can’t stand OpenGraph.

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The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA

Jason Nazar

I recently hosted a panel at the Twiistup Conference about LA tech companies. I asked the panelists ( David Travers , Brian Norgard , Fouad ElNaggar , & Demian Sellfors ) about the specific challenges that we face down here in Los Angeles as opposed to Silicon Valley.

Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions

SoCal CTO

I talk to roughly 2 or 3 new startups every week who need advice from an experienced CTO. Many of the founders of these companies are surprised to learn that I'm willing to review what they are doing (maybe an hour) and get on the phone for an hour with them and provide free advice. Generally I can provide quite a bit of help in that brief time. And I try my best to point them to resources that can help them longer term. Of course, I provide part-time CTO services.

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Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data

SoCal CTO

Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners was nice enough to compile some data on Start CTO Salary and Equity at Venture Backed Companies for the LA CTO Forum and present last year. He agreed to make this data public which is awesome. Todd is a go to resource for people looking for talent in startups.

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How to Hunt Programmers for Your Startup - A Field Guide

SoCal CTO

This post is admittedly the outcome of a conversation with a few people over some beers. Some of it is a bit tongue-in-cheek and certainly we are greatly simplifying things. The people around the table included a bunch of us who would be prey in some situations.

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32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

SoCal CTO

Almost every day I'm talking to early stage startup founders (see Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions ) about what they plan to do. I tend to ask a lot of questions, challenge aspects, make suggestions. But I've often been very surprised by one aspect of these conversations.

Eleven Startup Tips From Richard Branson

InfoChachkie

Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series. Other installments include: Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs. Last weekend, a friend gave me and my family a wonderful ride in his plane.

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Why You Need to Take 50 Coffee Meetings

Both Sides of the Table

50 coffee meetings. It should stick in your head as a metaphor for networking. For getting outside of your comfort zone. For starting relationships today that won’t pay off for a year. It’s the entrepreneur’s equivalent of “ 10,000 hours.&#.

Lead, Follow or Get the Fuck Out of the Way

Both Sides of the Table

Today’s post courtesy of the Dave McClure school of vocabulary. About a month ago I was meeting with a seasoned entrepreneur. After 10 minutes I felt like we were old buddies because we had both been through the trenches of startup tech land and had had similar experiences.

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Quick Practical, Tactical Tips for Presentations

Both Sides of the Table

In the past I’ve given some tips for handling meetings effectively, covering topics like: - How not to let your meeting go down a rat hole ; - Dealing with the elephant in the room ; - Dealing with skeletons in your closet ; - How to make meetings discussions, not “pitches&#. -

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Social Rewards Gets Seeded

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Social Rewards , the operator of social, loyalty, and affiliate marketing services headed by Joseph Morin, has scored some angel funding, socalTECH has learned.

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Female Founders and CEOs | Cameron Rasouli of CoLoft

Tech Zulu Event

I decide to start off these series of interviews highlighting some of the female founders and CEOs from around the country with Los Angeles’s own Cameron Kashani Rasouli ( @CamRasouli ) of CoLoft. I’ve had the honor of knowing Cameron for quite sometime now and she’s a wonderful person.

Interview with Michael Arrington – Startups Uncensored #23

Jason Nazar

Our next Startups Uncensored event is going to be very special. I’ll be doing a one-on-one interview with Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch and the new CrunchFund. Michael is an incredible serial entrepreneur who, in 2008, was listed as one of Time Magazine ‘s most influential people. We’ll also have some very special guests in attendance – Yossi Vardi (co-founder of ICQ) will be coming with leaders from 15 companies from Israel.

Never Ask a Busy Person to Lunch. Here’s Why:

Both Sides of the Table

I know with a title like that I’m going to subject myself to people thinking I’m just being a grumpy, exclusive VC. That’s not the point. It’s honest advice so please judge once you’re read the post. I’ll keep it short.

The End of the Web? Don’t Bet on It. Here’s Why

Both Sides of the Table

Fred Wilson recently posted a great video on his blog with the CEO of Forrester Research, George Colony. The money slide is the graphic below. The chart shows three scarce resources and their improvements over time.

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Understanding How Dilution Affects You at a Startup

Both Sides of the Table

This post originally appeared on TechCrunch. Dilution. Or as industry insiders call it, “taking a haircut.” ” Everybody knows that when you raise money at a startup your ownership percentage of the company goes down.