Snapchat will make Los Angeles a stronger tech hub

TechCrunch LA

If you were to write a history of Silicon Valley, you could do it by looking at a series of major diaspora.

Think about Performance Before Building a Web Application


“It was running fine.” ” In our performance consulting work, we often hear variations of the following: “Our web application was running fine with a few hundred users.

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It’s what you ask, not what you know.


A friend recently told me a story that had nothing to do with business, but unintentionally had a great lesson for all of us. He had asked his arborist if he could move a mature tree from one part of his property to another – to make room for an addition to his home. “Yes,”


How I Promise You One of the Most Meaningful Days of Your Life

Both Sides of the Table

I know the title “I promise you one of the most meaningful days of your life” sounds grandiose but I mean it and I hope you’ll read through to the end and choose to take one small, totally free action, that will change your life and likely those of others.

TechEmpower Benchmarks and the Microsoft ASP.NET Core 1.0 Performance Story


I’ve had lots of conversations with fellow CTOs about the TechEmpower Web Framework Benchmarks. Some really appreciate the value that they bring to help them understand performance characteristics of different frameworks.

Confessions Of A VC: Crap – Why I Passed On Uber’s Seed Round


A version of this article previously appeared on Entrepreneur.com. Did I passed on Uber’s seed round? It’s worse than that. I never even bothered to listen to Travis’ pitch, even though I was repeatedly offered the opportunity.

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L.A. Tech Wages Rising Fastest in the Nation

L.A. Business Journal

Los Angeles County tech wages are growing faster than the earnings of tech employees in the nation’s other big cities, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics compiled in a report by downtown real estate investment firm Jones Lang LaSalle Inc

Make It Work, Now Belongs To Geek Squad

Eric Greenspan

In 1995, I sat on my couch with an IBM Thinkpad 720C, Coreldraw, Microsoft Word and created Make It Work.

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How Crexi's Startup Dream Team Is Tackling Commercial Real Estate


In the world of residential real estate, there are now web and mobile services for everything from finding a new home, comparing neighborhoods and properties, to finding a mortgage, and even handling paperwork and closing.

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Do Things That Don’t Scale

Tech Coast Venture Network

Graham calls it “doing things that don’t scale” because part of the definition of a startup is having a scalable technology. So what has changed? Playing Startup. Doing a startup is relatively popular. You know it is when universities start offering “entrepreneurship” programs.

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Los Angeles is a transportation tech powerhouse

TechCrunch LA

Los Angeles is famous for two things: entertainment and traffic. Back in the 1950s, any association with “stars” and “cars” would be the envy of any modern city. But today, that’s sometimes overshadowed by images of aggressive paparazzi and gridlocked freeways.

Framework Benchmarks Round 12


Round 12 of the ongoing Web Framework Benchmarks project is now available! A race against the clock. Recently, we were notified that the physical hardware environment we have used for Rounds 9 through 12 will be decommissioned imminently.

After 20 years: Updating the Berkus Method of valuation


Well, it had to happen.

And Then They Came for Me …

Both Sides of the Table

Yesterday was Halloween in the United States where children dress up and try to scare people as they “trick-or-treat” for candy. Yet the only horror I experienced was watching Peter Thiel stand in front of a national media audience and re-endorse Donald Trump for President.

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What are the Technical Performance Requirements for your Startup?


By far the most popular post on this blog is 32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder. It was originally written in 2011 and has had amazing staying power. While I’ve updated it a few times, it continues to get at important questions that startup founders need to be asking.

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Mini-ventures Build Entrepreneurial Muscle (And Can Lead To Big Businesses)


A version of this article previously appeared Forbes. Entrepreneurs see the world like a cash booth from a 1950’s game show. On such shows, winners were placed in glass booth filled with money.

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Floravere Delivers Luxury Wedding Gowns to Your Doorstep


Between late appointments, pushy sales people and sticker shock, finding the perfect wedding dress can quickly turn into a frustrating nightmare for any blushing bride.

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Car Exec Still Plugs Electric

L.A. Business Journal

Henrik Fisker has charged back into the electric-car market with a new energy storage technology

Straight Outta Twitter

Eric Greenspan

This silent feud between Seth David and I had been pretty one sided, until now. Like Ice Cube and Dr. Dre use rap lyrics, Seth and I use social media instead. We recently parted ways and agreed to do so amicably.

Why District2 Is Creating An Online Marketplace For The Fashion Industry


How do you take an industry, the fashion industry, which is set in its old fashioned ways�even to the point of still wiring money through things like Western Union�and take it into the electronic age?

Blankspaces Targets New Location In Hollywood

SoCal Tech Calendar

Coworking space operator Blankspaces says it is planning a big expansion in mid-June, and plans to open up a new location in Hollywood. According to the company, the new space will have 14,500 feet, and will be its biggest location so far.

Blackline surges 40% in software IPO

TechCrunch LA

Blackline, a Los Angeles-based accounting software company, debuted in the U.S. markets Friday. After pricing at $17 per share, the stock closed at $23.70.

Efficient multiple-stream concatenation in Java


I want to combine the elements of multiple Stream instances into a single Stream. What's the best way to do this? This article compares a few different solutions. Stream.concat(a, b). The JDK provides Stream.concat(a, b) for concatenating two streams. void exampleConcatTwo () {. Stream a = Stream. of ( "one" , "two" ); Stream b = Stream. of ( "three" , "four" ); Stream out = Stream. concat ( a , b ); out. forEach ( System. out :: println ); // Output: // one. // two. // three. // four. }.

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How to avoid “death by meeting.”


Imagine yourself with a calendar requiring you to be in six meetings in a day. Day after day. How long would it take to induce you to rethink your use of time – and that of the others sitting (or standing) beside you?

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Venture Capital is About Human Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Gregg Johnson, CEO of Invoca For the first 5 years or so after I became a VC I didn’t talk much about what I thought a VC should be excellent at since frankly I wasn’t sure. I was mostly doing my job and trying to figure out how to be better every day.

Knowledge Test

Tech Coast Venture Network

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VC Confessions: I Don’t Really Care About Your Product Demo


A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. It happens during nearly every fundraising pitch meeting. The entrepreneur cannot wait to show me their product via a demo.

The Top 30 Celebrity Investors in Tech


The tech world is filled with unique personalities, budding innovators, and a great deal of money. That’s why the tech world is the perfect place for celebrities to get their feet wet when it comes to investment opportunities.

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Fender Turns to Hollywood, Internet to Lift Sales

L.A. Business Journal

Guitar maker Fender looks to crank the volume on sales with a new outpost in Hollywood

Achieve Greatness for Yourself, Become Far More Useful to Others

Eric Greenspan

When I started coaching AYSO I was confused, often bewildered. The process is a ton of work and communication is precarious. I usually got my hand slapped by my division administrator for asking a question. To be honest, the guy was a putz. Maybe too much on his plate.

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