2016

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.

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

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Why Misunderstanding Startup Metrics Can Cost You Your Business

Both Sides of the Table

There has been a lot of public debate over the past several weeks about whether it’s a good thing to be “gross margin positive” or not and commentary always reminds me that some people at startups don’t quite understand financial metrics or even how to think about which ones are healthy.

Practice Entrepreneurship With A Purpose – Before You Start A Company

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Even Stephen Curry Needs To Practice. Entrepreneurship is a contact sport. It cannot be learned from a book or in a classroom. The skills which underlie entrepreneurship are largely learned first-hand, through trial and error.

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Noramay Cadena, Make In LA: Accelerating Hardware Startups

socalTECH

One of the big advantages of starting up a new company in the region in recent years has been a large number of startup accelerators, who have been driving a lot of the new startups in the area. One of those accelerators�focused exclusively on hardware�is Make In LA (www.makeinla.com).

Why Teenagers Make Great Entrepreneurs

Xconomy

What is the ideal age to start a company? It’s a question that often circulates in the business press and on tech blogs. Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists have weighed in from time to time and their answers tend to fall into two camps. The first group advocates for the 20s as the optimal time.

15 interesting startups to watch in 2016

Jason Nazar

What will be the next big thing that everyone talks about? I’ve been asking around and looking at companies, trends, and what else is going on to put together the following list of startups worth watching in 2016. Read at Venture Beat. Press

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The Entrepreneurial Spirit: Are Entrepreneurs Born Or Made?

Tech Zulu Event

We have just lived through the greatest era of fake entrepreneurs. It was a second-wave dot-com boom that lasted five to six years, when money was so readily available ( many have referred to it as the Age of the Unicorns ) that it felt like anybody could get in on the “become-an-entrepreneur” game.

Pop culture stimulates the evolution of the LA tech scene

TechCrunch LA

It wasn’t so long ago that venture capital was a suburban California phenomenon. Los Angeles didn’t have much in terms of a real tech scene — and even San Francisco only had a few VCs or tech companies.

Appetize Signs Deal to Supply Devices to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

L.A. Business Journal

Point-of-sale system manufacturer Appetize of Santa Monica has signed a deal with venue management firm Legends to outfit the Los Angeles Rams’ temporary home, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, with its devices

What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

Both Sides of the Table

There is much discussion online and also in small, private groups, about why the price of technology companies – public and private – are falling.

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

InfoChachkie

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.

Think about Performance Before Building a Web Application

TechEmpower

“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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What are the Technical Performance Requirements for your Startup?

SoCal CTO

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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Floravere Delivers Luxury Wedding Gowns to Your Doorstep

Tech.Co

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.

Accruent Founder Friedman Steps Away From CEO Role, Shifts To Chairman

socalTECH

Real estate management software developer Accruent , which was founded 20 years ago in Los Angeles by Mark Friedman, said today a that Friedman--its CEO for nearly 20 years--is shifting to become Chairman of the board. John Borgerding becomes CEO of the company. Friedman is stepping away from the CEO role four months after the company was acquired by Genstar Capital. Accruent still has offices in Los Angeles, but recently has been headquartered in Austin, Texas. Accruent was founded in 1995.

The Five Major Tech Trends of 2016

Xconomy

As we draw closer to the end of 2016, it is important that we take a moment to look back and reflect on all of the ways technology has inspired us, and transformed the way we live and do work.

Comparably launches Glassdoor competitor for salary data

Jason Nazar

Most people want to know if they’re being paid fairly or if they should be commanding higher pay, but don’t know how to find out. Nazar’s new company, Comparably, is launching Thursday to bring transparency to not only pay, but also culture in the workplace. Read at TechCrunch. Press

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How Event Farm Is Making Events A Part Of Your Sales Funnel

SoCal Tech Calendar

In the corporate world, events are more than just an event�they are opportunity to connect with your customers and turn potential customers into buyers. How do you make those events happen? We spoke with co-founder Ryan Costello about Santa Monica-based Event Farm (www.eventfarm.com), on how its software technology is being used to power high end, VIP events for large companies. What, exactly, does Event Farm do? Ryan Costello: We're a software company.

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Thrive Market raises $111 million for its online organic grocery store

TechCrunch LA

Buy organic groceries online, at an affordable price. That’s the mantra of Los Angeles-based Thrive Market, which has raised a significant $111 million Series B funding round, led by Invus.

SolarReserve to Build $5B Thermal Solar Project in Nevada

L.A. Business Journal

SolarReserve announced on Tuesday that it would build ten solar thermal plants on a Nye County site about 225 miles northwest of Las Vegas for $5 billion

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Why Raising Too Much Money Can Harm Your Startup

Both Sides of the Table

Amongst the most often asked questions I get from founders is, “How much money should I raise?”

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

InfoChachkie

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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rhubarb studios Raises $1 Million in Financing to Accelerate Growth

Tech Zulu Event

rhubarb studios, the Los Angeles-based venture studio that helps entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life, announced that it raised $1 million in seed funding.

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Cameron Kashani Launches COACCEL, The Human Accelerator

LATechDigest

CAMERON KASHANI is the Godmother of Silicon Beach, having cofounded LA’s first coworking space, Coloft, in 2010. Coloft has been home to over 1400 alumni, including Uber LA, Instacart, and Fullscreen.

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Secure Enterprise Sharing Provider CapLinked Announces $3.5M Round

Tech.Co

CapLinked , a secure enterprise sharing and storage provider, today has announced a new round of funding totaling $3.5 million.

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TigerText Names Two Healthcare Vets To Exec Team

socalTECH

Santa Monica-based TigerText has hired on two new healthcare veterans to its executive team, the company said this week. According to TigerText, it has named Kirk Kirman as President of Client Organization, heading up sales and customer support; and Kelli Castellano as Chief Marketing Officer, leading the company's marketing strategies. Kirkman was previously VP of Enterprise Solutions at athenalheath, and also has served at TamberHealth, Zix Corporation, and Amicore.

What Is Causing Startups to Go Bankrupt?

Xconomy

Many startups have a great product that’s viable, marketable, and ripe with potential. But if that was the only indicator of success, then nine out of 10 startups wouldn’t fail.