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. Companies like Google, Yahoo, Oracle and PayPal attract top talent for years; when they reach maturity or a major liquidity event, their talent disperses and germinates into the next generation of companies. It’s quite possible that Snapchat could do the same for L.A. Read More. Column Social TC Los Angeles Snapchat PayPal Mafia Evan Spiegel

Efficient multiple-stream concatenation in Java

TechEmpower

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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It’s what you ask, not what you know.

Berkonomics

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,” Yes,” replied the professional. “And how much would it cost?” To which the arborist responded, “We’d charge $18,000 for that.”.

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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.

Can You Ask for Office Rent Relief? How to Manage Your Lease During COVID-19

Office leases are one of companies’ largest expenses, and if your whole team is working from home with no clear end in sight, you may be wondering what to do about your lease.

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

Interview with Gladys Kong, UberMedia

socalTECH

It's the age of smartphones and mobile data, where there are now apps gathering an immense amount of information about where we are, what stores we visit, and what we are doing. How do you make sense of all that data and actually help it to drive business decisions? Pasadena-based UberMedia (Www.ubermedia.com) is taking that data, and sorting through it to help businesses.

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

SoCal CTO

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. Depending on the Technical Performance Requirements for your system, this could be really valuable information that is part of your framework selection process.

Insights: Five Essential Crowdfunding Success Tips

SoCal Tech Calendar

For today's Insights and Opinions article, we have Melinda Moore , author of How to Raise Money: The Ultimate Guide to Crowdfunding , who gives us some tips on crowdfunding. Instead of getting VC funding, a lot of startups and creative projects turn to the masses or the public -- often through popular crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, AngelList or StartEngine. But to get funded, you need to be able to harness crowdfunding in all the right ways.

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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. I then passed on Uber’s A Round as well, which I thought was valued too high, in light of the company’s progress. Too bad, as the initial funding round has increased over 4,000 times in value, making a $250,000 investment worth more than $1,100,000,000.

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How Deepak Chopra Is Using Virtual Reality To Improve Your Health

Tech.Co

In addition to being a tool for burgeoning startups and lucrative companies, virtual reality is also a great way to escape the stress of everyday life. Whether you’re whisking away to another planet or sitting by the beach, a little virtual relaxing can do the body good. Now, virtual reality is being used as a therapeutic meditation tool to help people find their zen and reduce stress-related health issues.

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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. But when it comes to transportation, there might be more to LA than just bloated commute times. Read More. Column TC Transportation Los Angeles Hyperloop One self-driving cars faraday future TallyGo

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. Now when we run a promotion with our new partner and get a thousand users coming in at one time, it grinds to a halt.”. We’ve heard this from startup founders, product managers, development team leads, CTOs, and others who see their product gaining traction, but simultaneously see performance falling off a cliff.

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After 20 years: Updating the Berkus Method of valuation

Berkonomics

Well, it had to happen. Originally created in the mid 1990’s to help with the imprecise problem of how to value early stage companies, especially those in technology, I developed what soon became known as “The Berkus Method” when published in the popular book, “Winning Angels” by Harvard’s Amis and Stevenson with my permission in 2001. But a lot of time has passed since then.

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. After a decade on the job I’ve started to speak more openly when newer industry colleagues now ask me what I’ve learned. The number one advice I give is “stop trying to be too smart”.

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

How Tengia Wants To Help You Tap Into The Rich Experience Of Older Professionals

socalTECH

Often, older professionals in the workforce�especially those who are past retirement age�face job discrimination, despite bringing a rich set of experience and talent honed over many years. Those individuals, however, are actually a gold mine of talent, says Deone Sulgatti , the CEO and founder of Tengia (www.tengia.com).

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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. After being what I assume is the subject of one or more of Seth David’s emotionally charged blog posts, I’ve decided it’s time to respond. First, let me say that this post is merely to state my position as a result of the current events.

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. I find myself sending it to startup founders all the time – maybe just slightly less than Free Startup CTO Consulting. One notable gap in the 32 Questions post is Performance.

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Impact Radius Gets $30M For Affiliate Marketing Software

SoCal Tech Calendar

Santa Barbara-based Impact Radius , which develops digital marketing and affiliate marketing software, has raised $30M in a funding round, according to the company. The funding came from Silversmith Capital partners. Impact Radius--let by startup veteran Per Pettersen--said the new funding will go towards its platform, fund developmentof new products and services, and also to global expansion.

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

InfoChachkie

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. Once the timer was started, a fan blew the money about and the contestant had a few seconds to grab all the cash they could hold onto. Once you begin seeing the world with the eyes of an entrepreneur, you realize that money-making opportunities are all around you.

Acting and Modeling Startup Castar Is Thriving in LA

Tech.Co

Los Angeles is the destiny of people wanting to succeed in the field of acting. People flock from around the world just to have a chance at a glimmer of fame. And while you might think only 20-something aspiring actors and models are headed to the California city, it’s also the perfect place for a tech startup focused on acting and modeling to set up shop. That is exactly what Castar did.

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. In what has been a slow year for tech IPOs, Blackline decided to go public right now because it’s “part of a longer term plan to raise awareness for what we do,” said CEO Therese Tucker. She said the IPO, which raised… Read More. Cloud Fundings & Exits blackline wifi IPOs iconiq capital Los Angeles cloud

Mangling JSON numbers

TechEmpower

If we have a long (64-bit integer) that we serialize into JSON, we might be in trouble if JavaScript consumes that JSON. JavaScript has the equivalent of double (64-bit floating point) for its numbers, and double cannot represent the same set of numbers as long. If we are not careful, our long is mangled in transit. Consider 2 53 + 1. We can store that number in a long but not a double.

The lion and the ant: A managerial lesson

Berkonomics

This story has been making the rounds lately, and I confess that our research cannot find the source. So, with thanks to whomever created this great little parable, here it is: “Every day, a small Ant arrived at work early and started work immediately, she produced a lot and she was happy. The boss, a lion, was surprised to see that the ant was working without supervision. He thought if the ant can produce so much without supervision, wouldn’t she produce more if she had a supervisor!

Why You Can’t Search for a Job From a Remote Location

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve had this conversation many times. A friend calls me up from: Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, wherever and says, “I’m thinking about moving to Los Angeles (or SF, NY, etc) and I’d love to start interviewing. Let me know if you hear of anything interesting.” I usually slip into counsel mode and tell them it’s a lost cause unless they’re truly committed to living in that city and if they are they should move there first and job search second.

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

HelloTech Names New President

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based HelloTech , the on-demand, tech support company co-founded by Richard Wolpert, announced this morning that it has named Ted Hong as President of the company. Hong was previously co-founder of Dropoff, an Austin, Texas startup providing same day delivery for businesses. Prior to that, he was Chief Marketing Officer at Fandango. According to HelloTech, Hong will ofersee finance, marketing, operations, product development, and technology operations for the company.

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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. The rest of the administration is awesome and in particular, the head of the league. Turns out also, AYSO has much better processes and education than I had expected. I figured it all out eventually, and we had an awesome season.

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Framework Benchmarks Round 12

TechEmpower

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. This news made Round 12 unusual: rather than wait until we can equip and configure a new environment, we decided to conclude Round 12 while the current environment remained available.

Lynda.com's Parent Company, LinkedIn, Acquired By Microsoft

SoCal Tech Calendar

LinkedIn , the owner of Southern California's Lynda.com , is being acquired by Microsoft is a giant, $26.2 billion, all-cash deal, LinkedIn and Microsoft said this morning. According to the companies, Microsoft will pay $196 per share in cash for LinkedIn. LinkedIn bought Goleta-based Lynda.com in April of last year, paying $1.5 billion for Lynda.com. It's unclear how the giant acquisition by Microsoft will affect Lynda.com's operations in Southern California. READ MORE>>.

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. As politely as I can, I dissuade them and explain that there are other ways I prefer to spend our precious time together. Most entrepreneurs seem confused by my reaction and often say something like: “VCs love demos. You’re the first one I’ve met who didn’t want to see our product.”

The seven attributes of a highly successful start–up CEO

Berkonomics

Dave’s note: This week we welcome guest author, David Friedman, to tell us about his favorite startup CEO, and his take after interviewing her – asking for her list of attributes for startup success. . By David Friedman. I met Kirsten Mangers several years ago after she successfully sold her startup, Webvisible. Kirsten is the founder of ChickLabs , an incubator that focuses on helping primarily women entrepreneurs.

Hyperloop One plans to project Russians across Moscow

TechCrunch LA

Hyperloop One, a Los Angeles-based startup working on making Elon Musk’s crazy-fast vacuum tube transportation blueprint a reality, has agreed to partner with the Summa Group and the Russian Government to build a Hyperloop in Moscow. The Summa Group is a Russsian investment group with a large stake in infrastructure investments in the country including port logistics, engineering… Read More.

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How to avoid “death by meeting.”

Berkonomics

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? More important, how long would it take to realize that there is something wrong with the enterprise when it takes constant meetings to get the job done? Slowly in many cases. And expensively.

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How to think like a growth CEO

Berkonomics

Growth CEO’s differ from those who merely station–keep their way into the status quo, protecting the enterprise by reducing risk and cost – without creating a vision and action plan for growth. Here is a way to test yourself with a tool useful for any leader seeking to create positive change. Authors Jeanne Liedtka and Tim Oglivie have created a framework for creation of a new product or service – one worth spending at least a cycle of time for review.

How Do VCs Choose Their Investors (and should entrepreneurs care?)

Both Sides of the Table

I recently read a blog post by Beezer Clarkson, Managing Director of Sapphire Ventures about why entrepreneurs should care about from whom their VC funds raise their capital. I spent a bunch of time thinking about this position — especially since Beezer is an investor in Upfront Ventures. There are a lot of things I think entrepreneurs should care about when raising from a VC: How big or small their fund is? What percentage of their fund will you be?