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One million HTTP RPS without load balancing is easy


As we and our collaborators prepare Round 9 of our Framework Benchmarks project, we had an epiphany: With high-performance software, a single modern server processes over 1 million HTTP requests per second. Five months ago, Google talked about load-balancing to achieve 1 million requests per second. We understand their excitement is about the performance of their load balancer 1.

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Want To Live Life With No Regrets? Follow These 43 Life Lessons


A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. In the Fall of 1990, H. Jackson Brown sat at his kitchen table, pulled out a pad of paper and began writing advice to his son, who had just entered college.

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Working with Developers


There was a lot of passion in the room last week when I presented Working with Developers at the Stubbs Precellerator. I guess it should not be a surprise that Founders have lots of challenges working with developers. So I promised that I would provide a follow-up after the session.

The Silent Benefits of PR

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I’ve been having this PR discussion with three separate portfolio companies at once so I thought I’d just publish my thoughts more broadly. I have written many times about PR so if you want a deep dive on the “how” of PR you may enjoy reading some of these posts.

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Announcing the 2014 socalTECH 50: Southern California's Ones To Watch


This is our second year of creating our list of the top 50 people to watch in Southern California''s technology industry, and it was NOT an easy task.

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DFJ, Pasadena Angels lead $1.4M funding in Edufii

Ask the Angels

DFJ Frontier and Pasadena Angels have led a $1.4 million Series A funding in Edufii Inc., the social/mobile platform for skill development. Other participants in the funding round include the Gideon Hixon Fund, Tech Coast Angels, SLO Seed Ventures and coaching industry private investors including Tiger Woods’ first coach Rudy Duran. As part of the deal, Frank Foster, managing director of DFJ Frontier, has joined Edufii’s board. Read more here. Tweet Tweet.

Rating your CEO leadership skills

John Morris

The post Rating your CEO leadership skills appeared first on Tapping the power of your peers. Sandler Sales Institute owner and trainer Chris Jennings recently presented a terrific best practice workshop for Sales and Sales Management for my CEO Advisory Board. He began his remarks with a ten point test to assess the level of sophistication … Continue reading → The post Rating your CEO leadership skills appeared first on Tapping the power of your peers.

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Silicon Beach Fest: Two Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know

Frank Addante

A month ago I spoke at the Silicon Beach Fest in Santa Monica in front of LA’s community of emerging entrepreneurs, innovators and disrupters. In speaking with Michael Carney, the West Coast editor of PandoDaily, who hosted my fireside chat, two things emerged—a strategy for how to build a company: the ‘find out’ and the ‘roll out’. THE ‘FIND OUT’ When you’re looking to disrupt any industry—advertising, yogurt, VoIP technology, or whatever—begin with learning everything you can.

Framework Benchmarks Round 9


The latest round of our ongoing Framework Benchmarks project is now available! Round 9 updates several test implementations and introduces a new test environment using modern server hardware.

How To Snag Lunch With A High-Profile Entrepreneur


A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. I recently received an email from a former student in which he described how he was able to secure a lunch meeting with a high-profile entrepreneur who is operating multiple ventures in parallel.

What Startup Advisors Do I Need?


Bob Dorf just published a post Where are the Hackers? Solving the Founder-Tech Gap that came out of some fun conversations that Bob and I have been having. A large part of this conversation is what kinds of advisors startups should be looking for. A little while ago, I suggested that Every Web/Mobile Startup Should Have a Technical Advisor. The conversation with Bob was about what the composition of advisors should look like.

Here is How to Make Sense of Conflicting Startup Advice

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Everybody has a blog these days and there is much advice to be had. Many startups now go through accelerators and have mentors passing through each day with advice – usually it’s conflicting. There are bootcamps, startup classes, video interviews – the sources are now endless.

How OneStop Internet Is Powering Ecommerce For Brands


If you''re a brand or retailer, needing to get online, there are a lot of things to deal with to run your e-commerce business smoothly--everything from your e-commerce site itself, to taking photos of your products, packing and shipping, to digital marketing.

iOS 9 iPhone 7 Wish List

Eric Greenspan

iOS 9 iPhone 7 Wish List. My iOS 8 iPhone 6 Wish List is here. I didn’t get what I wanted. Here is my iOS 9 wish list for 2015: 1. I want to be able to choose a folder when I download apps. Enough trying to find the app and dragging it over several pages to the right folder.

15 Hacks to Raise the Most Money for Your Indiegogo Campaign

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Indiegogo is no longer just for filmmakers. The largest crowdsourcing campaign in history was on Indiegogo… and it wasn’t a film, it was tech; Ubuntu Edge open source , a smartphone and desktop PC device getting over 12 million dollars in contributions.

The “drop dead” question for a customer survey


Sean Ellis, the marketing guru behind DropBox and other successes, advises clients that “The most important question on a survey is, ‘How would you feel if you could no longer use this product?’” He goes on to quantify the response.

The Curse of a Modest Exit

Steve Reich

You hear about extreme outcomes all the time—the huge exit or a company shutting down. Recently, I got to observe a much more rare event: a company exiting at a modest valuation. The impact on both the team and investors was illuminating.

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8 Leadership Skills

Alon Schwartz

Trying to define leadership is like defining music. Trying to improve your leadership skills is like trying to write a song. There is no recipe, guidebook, or formula; it is art much more than science.

Nanu Nanu to Robin Williams, Bill Griffin, & Ashley Taylor too.


Hearing the news about Robin Wililams' death this past week hit me like a dump truck. It felt like losing a family member.

Why Your Startup is More Likely to Succeed if You’re Authentic and Passionate

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In my Twitter bio is says that I’m “ looking to invest in passionate entrepreneurs ,” which almost sounds like I was just looking for a cliché soundbite to describe myself.

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Why You Should Hire A Gaggle Of Interns At Your Startup


A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Steve Benson, Founder and CEO of Bay Area Badger Maps , intends to hire so many interns this summer that he will effectively double the size of his startup.

Helping Startups Understand Salespeople & the Sales Culture

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Most technology startups seem to be funded by product people or business people. Specifically what is often not in the DNA of founders are sales skills. Nor do they exist in the investors of early-stage companies. The result is a lack of knowledge of the process and of sales people themselves.

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The Very First Startup Founder You Need to Invest in is You

Both Sides of the Table

This week I wrote about obsessive and competitive founders and how this forms the basis of what I look for when I invest. I had been thinking a lot about this recently because I’m often asked the question of “what I look for in an entrepreneur when I want to invest?”

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Latest Oculus Rift Idea: The Matrix, But For Chickens


Irvine-based Oculus VR , the virtual reality technology developer which was just picked up by Facebook for $2 billion--has a lot of developers with great virtual reality game and simulation ideas and software in the works.

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10 Epic Ways to Save Money

Eric Greenspan

We all want to save money. Here’s some clever methods to do so: When signing up for a trial or a demo, NEVER buy right away. Wait for the email that says “Join today and save with this coupon” or “We miss you. Come back…” Sign up and quit.

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Batch 8 500 Startups Demo Day | Our Top Ten

Tech Zulu Event

Amphitheater seating, hundreds of investors. Stage lights above four months of hustling behind you. X marks the spot. You have three minutes.

Three things you need to have when raising money.


Here’s more advice from professional investors for aspiring entrepreneurs. Each of us has a list of things we look for early on when identifying whether we want to go to the next step in analyzing a plan. Come to think of it, these are good for challenging any business plan.

2014 Was An Amazing Year for the Pasadena Angels

Steve Reich

2014 Pasadena Angels Performance. • 4 Exits, including Bluebeam for $100mm. • $4.7mm in new funding for portfolio companies. • 17 Deals closed, 10 new and 7 follow-on rounds. • 20 New Angels joined. I have never seen such energy at the Pasadena Angels in my decade+ as a member. Deals are getting done, and the PA are more involved in the tech community than ever before. Angels have been attending many outside events, both in Greater Pasadena and further afield in Silicon Beach.

The Changing Structure of the VC Industry

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There has been much discussion in the past few years of the changing structure of the venture capital industry. On the surface the narratives have been. The rise of “micro VCs” or seed-stage funds. The rise of alternative sources of capital (crowd funding and the like).

The Case for Optimism and Risk at Startups

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Last week a company we enthusiastically backed, uBeam , led by a very special entrepreneur, 25-year-old Meredith Perry , announced a $10 million round of financing.

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Puking On The Emotional Startup Rollercoaster


A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal. Startups are an emotional rollercoaster; moments of sheer terror interlaced with bone-crushing, mind-numbing and highly addictive exhilaration. However, if unmodulated, the highs can become too high and the lows way too low.

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Startups Must Embrace Their Unfair Rookie Advantage


A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Note: This is the second installment in the Startup Advantage series. Other installments include: Startups Should Avoid Dropping Trou. There are a number of disadvantages to being a rookie, irrespective of the profession.

When Does Establishing a Good Startup Culture Outweigh Being Cheap?

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Almost every startup company starts off “scrappy” and there’s a well established culture in the tech startup scene to embrace the “be cheap at all costs” mentality.

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How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

Both Sides of the Table

I just returned from 3 days in Cincinnati including attending the annual meeting of one of Upfront’s LPs – Cintrifuse.