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Framework Benchmarks Round 9

TechEmpower

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.

Working with Developers

SoCal CTO

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.

You Are Never Too Old To Learn To Surf (aka: Don’t Be Afraid To Suck)

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. I have a confession: I used to quickly become frustrated whenever I tried something new and I didn''t quickly excel. Rather than attempting to master the new activity, I would moved on to another task, seeking a gentler learning curve.

Join us for CONNECT Weekend, March 13-18

Ask the Angels

We’re proud to sponsor the work of Innovate Pasadena , who is hosting the CONNECT Weekend, March 13-18. Join us in celebrating innovation in the Greater Pasadena area for an inaugural citywide weekend of talks, panels, hack and code events, open-houses and mixers.

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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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Entertainment Deals Take Center Stage In LA’s Burgeoning VC Scene

TechCrunch LA

A string of big acquisitions, public offerings, and a pipeline of growing young startup companies has venture investors saying “I love L.A.” ” The recent acquisitions of Maker Studios and Oculus VR, as well as the planned public offering for TrueCar that’s finally going through, all point to a healthy investment ecosystem, but there’s still one industry that rules over… Read More.

Post in Sales

Technology Council

I have the opportunity to work with a large number of sales teams and to see what makes for highly successful ones and ones that struggle. In my experience the #1 determining factor in sales team success is whether the company has the right sales people on board or not. There are 10’s, if not 100’s, of different sales jobs in the market and like numbers of different types of sales people fit those jobs.

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One million HTTP RPS without load balancing is easy

TechEmpower

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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What Startup Advisors Do I Need?

SoCal CTO

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.

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

InfoChachkie

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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PAs participate in Startup Weekend Pasadena

Ask the Angels

Winning team Digital Production Studio presents at Startup Weekend Pasadena. Judges Left to Right: Pasadena Angel Omo Velev; Paul Orlando, co-founder of AcceleratorHK; patent attorney Jeffrey G. Sheldon of Sheldon Mak & Anderson; and Pasadena Angels Julie-Ann Pina and Steve Reich.

Agent Ace: Using Algorithms To Help You Find A Real Estate Agent

socalTECH

In the age old world of real estate, it''s often referrals, friends, door to door visits, and sometimes shopping carts which help connect home buyers and sellers with local real estate agents.

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The Case for Optimism and Risk at Startups

Both Sides of the Table

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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How I got a Countrywide Loan Modification from BofA

Eric Greenspan

It was 2008. My home had peaked at value and my business was slowing. My mortgage payment was $14,400/month. I of course paid only the negative amortization amount of $8,000 per month tacking the difference back on to the principal each month.

Social Media Faking It – Cheaper Than You May Think, But Still Not Worth It

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. How much will social media fame cost you in 2014? At $6,800, it is probably cheaper than you thought. This money will buy you a million Twitter followers, get you a million YouTube views and 20,000 Likes on your Facebook page.

New Year Resolutions vs. Focusing on What Matters

John Morris

The post New Year Resolutions vs. Focusing on What Matters appeared first on Tapping the power of your peers. I love the holidays especially with some extended time with family members. Each year after Christmas as we all do, I spend some quiet time alone organizing my New Year’s resolutions. Don’t you love it when you start listing all … Continue reading → The post New Year Resolutions vs. Focusing on What Matters appeared first on Tapping the power of your peers.

Why You Should Hire A Gaggle Of Interns At Your Startup

InfoChachkie

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.

Building Corporate Value: The Five Keys

Technology Council

By Charles J. Curto, Managing Principal of Tech Coast Equity Group. At a meeting of the Technology Council’s Entrepreneur Society, David Knecht, Partner with the CPA and management value consulting firm of Milam, Knecht & Warner, presented Building Corporate Value: The Five Keys. Below are take-aways from his presentation. David began by emphasizing that the basis […]. Events Company Value EBITDA Strategic Planning

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UCSB Tops Harvard & Wharton In Startup Wars

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Want to be an entrepreneur? Don''t go to Wharton or Harvard. Instead, grab your surfboard and head to UC Santa Barbara.

Puking On The Emotional Startup Rollercoaster

InfoChachkie

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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How To Network With Really Busy People

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal. It has never been easier to network with really busy thought leaders who can have a huge impact on your career.

PA Board Member Judges ‘Hack for Pasadena’ Event

Ask the Angels

Hack for Pasadena winners. Hack for Pasadena winners. Hack for Pasadena winners. PA Board Member Steve Reich participated as one of the judges in the first Hack for Pasadena event conducted as part of Innovate Pasadena’s Connect Weekend.

Interview with Jonathan David, Tapstone

socalTECH

For our profile today, we had a chat with Jonathan David , the CEO of Los Angeles-based Tapstone (www.tapstone.com), a company providing media buying and optimization. We spoke with Jonathan about the company and where it fits into the advertising market. What is Tapstone all about?

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

Both Sides of the Table

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.

Guy Fieri Missed Some Great Santa Barbara Spots for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

Eric Greenspan

First, I’m a huge Guy Fieri and Triple D fan and in general, the Food Network. An old friend Susie Fogelson works there and I was actually on the Food Network’s Private Chefs of Beverly Hills “Glamping” episode.

Dynamic Duos – Are You Batman Or Robin?

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal. Balance is one of the most important aspects of skiing. A solid foundation formed by two strong legs is key, especially at a competative level. Balance is also an extremely important factor among a founding startup team.

Rebranding Should Be Driven By Growth, Not Desperation

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Companies typically rebrand themselves for two distinct reasons. Those that are floundering do so in a desperate attempt to stave off failure.

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