2012

Startups and a Common Misunderstanding in Agile Software Development

SoCal CTO

I've done four Free CTO Consulting Sessions in the past month with startup founders who all had run into variations of the same problem. They didn't feel they had visibility into timelines and costs for development of their software. They couldn't plan their business.

Nine Startup Tips From Walt Disney

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Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series. Other installments include: Jeff Bezos , Steve Jobs and Richard Branson. Pressure Helps You Break Through Your Breakdowns. "Mickey

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Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.

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It’s 4.50am. Sunday morning. And I couldn’t sleep. I have much on my mind since I just returned from a week on the road. 5 days. 3 cities. Late night Mexican food. Beers. Airports. Delays. I left on a Sunday. I had to miss a full day with my family, camping in the mountains.

Ten of Southern California's Top Software Companies

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Southern California is often criticized for having too many startups which only revolve around brand, celebrity, ecommerce, and. marketing, and not enough of the traditional, software-and-algorithm intensive startups you'd expect to see in Silicon Valley. However, that's not always the case.

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Angel Investing Trends for 2012

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Written By Cindy Vanegas. Published December 29, 2011. FOXBusiness. This year in Southern California, Barry Paulk’s Pasadena Angels funded 12 companies, raising $3 million in angel capital.

Don’t Take for Granted…

Jason Nazar

Don’t take for granted your life, even if you think it’s filled with strife. Don’t take for granted your health, it can’t be replaced any amount of wealth. Don’t take for granted your friends, they may be all you have in the end. Don’t take for granted your kin, for they love you in spite of your sins. Don’t take for granted your dad, he may get mad when you’re bad but his love is no fad.

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Technical Advisors: Every Web/Mobile Startup Must Have One

SoCal CTO

I did a presentation recently for a graduate class from The Founder Institute around getting online/mobile products out the door. I LOVED it because, the presenting part was over quickly and we got into specific issues that the founders had in terms of getting things built.

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CTO Salary and Equity Trends 2009-2011

SoCal CTO

Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners - a go to resource here in LA for recruiting C-level positions at startups - was nice enough to compile some data again this year (see last year's Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data ).

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Startup Tips From College Dropouts: Zuckerberg, Jobs, Gates, Dell, Ellison, Branson and Disney

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HIGHEST DEGREE OBTAINED BY AMERICA'S 400 RICHEST PEOPLE Source: Forbes Magazine, Jan 2012. According to a January 2012 Forbes article, nearly 16% of the 400 most affluent Americans do not have a college degree.

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23 Startup Tips From Oprah Winfrey

InfoChachkie

This article previously appeared in Forbes. Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series. Other installments include: Jeff Bezos , Steve Jobs , Mark Cuban , Richard Branson , Walt Disney , Mark Zuckerberg , Michael Dell and Larry Ellison.

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Some Quick Sage Advice for Young Employees Early in Their Careers

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My wife & I have a close friend who recently entered the workforce for his first-ever job. On his first day of work my wife was kind enough to write down words of wisdom from her years on the job. I don’t write about Tania very often – mostly at her request.

Ten Of The Top Tech Companies For Employees In LA

socalTECH

Who are the top tech companies to work for in Los Angeles? Despite a huge number of companies, we found there are a number which.

Leadership Strategy: Always Take the High Road

Frank Addante

When you lead a business, moving forward and achieving results are always more important than being right. Maybe it's because I'm part-Italian. Nothing boils my blood more than when I feel I've been wronged. I always try hard to take the high road. But it's often far easier said than done.

Indianapolis is the “It Place” to Start a Startup?

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Being an entrepreneur is about, “The journey through the ‘NO’ to get to the YES’ ” said by Ryan Caldbeck, CEO of CircleUp , on a panel at the Connections Conference in Indianapolis.

63 Los Angeles Entrepreneurs To Be Proud Of

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Our Best Interviews Via Email: Monthly. Weekly. Idea Mensch. where entrepreneurs share their stories. About. Events. Contact. Subscribe to RSS. Subscribe to RSS. 63 Los Angeles Entrepreneurs To Be Proud Of By mario on May 2, 2012 in Features , grid. Free Corporations For First-Time Entrepreneurs.

10 Startup Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Superheroes

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As part of UC Santa Barbara’s Distinguished Lecture Series, Jason Nazar, Co-Founder and CEO of Docstoc , recently shared ten lessons that emerging entrepreneurs can learn from superheroes.

Document Your MVP for a Developer

SoCal CTO

I was talking with an early-stage founder who has a product vision and wants to get it built. He is not a technical person, but is somewhat web savvy. He wanted to get input from me on what he's doing, and he wants to begin to ask developers what it would take to build his product.

Eight Startup Tips From Mark Zuckerberg

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Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series. Other installments include: Jeff Bezos , Steve Jobs , Richard Branson , Walt Disney and Michael Dell. 1) Get A Mentor. "I "I started the site when I was 19. I didn't know much about business back then."

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A Serial Entrepreneur’s Guide To Uncovering Awesome Startup Ideas

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Seth Epstein, Founder and CEO SocialStay , former Founder and CEO of FUEL (acquired by Razorfish) and Emmy Award winner for his work on the X-Games, recently spoke at UC Santa Barbara as part of the Technology Management Program’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

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Lean Startup Legend Steve Blank Discloses His Most Daring Guerrilla Marketing Tactics

InfoChachkie

I always walk away smarter after speaking with Steve Blank. In addition to being a thought leader within the Lean Startup Movement , Steve is also a professor at Stanford and Berkley.

The Scarcest Resource at Startups is Management Bandwidth

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When you work inside a startup with lots of clever and motivated staff you’re never short of good ideas that you can implement. It’s tempting to take on new projects, new features, new geographies, new speaking opportunities, whatever.

Entrepreneur’s Don’t Think Enough. Here’s What You Can Do About It …

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Every so often I find myself caught up in a really hectic 3-4 week schedule where it seems like I float endlessly betweens meetings. Pitches. Intros. Board Meetings. Conferences. And I get flooded with legal docs, end-of-quarter financial administration, recruiting, whatever.

Mogreet's Serena Ehrlich Tapped For Mobile Marketing Award

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Serena Ehrlich , Director of Marketing of Los Angeles-based Mogreet --and who is also well known in Los Angeles for her work with the Los Angeles chapter of the Social Media club--has been recognized by Mobile Marketer as one of its Mobile Women to Watch 2013.

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?"

TZ Tech Crawl Santa Monica | Round 3

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Its time for Round 3! The Tech Crawl is back and in full swing heading to Santa Monica Silicon Beach area! For those of you who may have missed out you can checkout what Mediapost and D&B had to say about it: TZ Tech Crawl Takes Participants on a Tour of Silicon Beach.

Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map

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Follow PandoDaily: Search. Main menu. Skip to primary content. Skip to secondary content. Deals. People. Products. Culture. PandoList. Events. Back Page. Books. Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map. Post navigation. ← Previous.

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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.”

Lead Developer to CTO at a Startup

SoCal CTO

I received a great question via LinkedIn: I'm the founding engineer and working hard to launch my startup. I seem to encounter a lot of people who want to attach a CTO label to me as I'm the only programmer on the founding team of three. While I do fill that role at the moment, I'm a little hesitant to refer to myself as a CTO as we still haven't launched a product, acquired a single user, or turned or a penny in profit.

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