Framework Benchmarks Round 10


Round 10 of the Framework Benchmarks project is now available! It has been a little less than a year since the previous round and in that time, approximately 133 contributors have made 2,835 git commits.

The best advice startups will never follow


Let me tell you a few short hair-raising stories of entrepreneurs who have raised money and regretted it later. Here are some rules that entrepreneurs almost always ignore to their future peril.

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What I’ve Learned About Venture Funding

Both Sides of the Table

VC funding. Our perspectives on the topic wax and wane with market cycles.

Chapter 8: My 9 Lives, 6 Companies, 3 Wives, 7 dogs, 4 Homes, 4 Boats, 160 cars and 2 Kids Story

Eric Greenspan

I call this story Chapter 8, I’ll explain later. In 1987 I arrived in Santa Barbara with a bike, $3,000 and a chip on my shoulder, tons of passion and something to prove. I was unstoppable and I achieved much.

What The Heck Are My Startup Options Worth?


A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. When joining a startup, there are seven important questions you should ask in order to answer the question: “What the heck are my stock options worth?”. You just received a job offer from a startup which includes 50,000 stock options.

Joey Flores On Earbits' Life, Death, and Resurrection


What is it to start up a company, and run it to the brink of shutdown�only to have it acquired and restarted immediately? That's the fascinating story behind Los Angeles-based Earbits (www.earbits.com), which offers up a mobile music streaming service focused on discovering both new and talent.

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Los Angeles CTO / VP Engineering Job Searches


As the organizer of the LA CTO Forum , I get lots of inquiries by job seekers and people looking for CTO / VP Engineering talent. I’ve written quite a bit about aspects of this topic, especially from the perspective of startup founders looking for talent – you can find these in: Startup CTO.

6 Startup Strategies That Turn Off Most Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Don’t bash the competition. Every investor knows how vulnerable a new startup is to competitors, so investors always ask about your sustainable competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Chicago And Los Angeles Are Next Up For Google Fiber

TechCrunch LA

You know the drill. Once a city has spoken with Google about bringing Fiber into their hood, there’s a process for the city to go through. A lengthy one. Checklists. The whole nine yards. Two new cities are exploring Fiber with Google and they are Chicago and Los Angeles.

Why Successful People Focus on the Bottom End of the Funnel

Both Sides of the Table

Business leaders have many tasks to accomplish and prioritizing stuff can be hard.

Framework Benchmarks Round 11


Round 11 of the ongoing Web Framework Benchmarks project is now available! We'll keep this blog entry short and sweet. The highlights for Round 11. Three new languages are represented in Round 11: Crystal , D , and Rust. Meanwhile, the total number of frameworks has increased by 26.

Good, cheap, fast. Pick any two.


This one is attributed to Rod Adair, the famous oil and gas fire suppressing expert. And boy, does it apply to most of us and our offerings.

Venture Outlook 2016

Both Sides of the Table

There is a lot of uncertainty about the state of the private, high-growth technology markets and the venture capital markets that underpin them.

Three Years and 12 Years Later

Eric Greenspan

Three years ago, I got the news that my investor was unable to fund and my 11 year old company would miss it’s first payroll. It was a Sunday, around noon. When the news arrived, I moved fast and did all I could to start the process of acceptance.

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Entrepreneurs Who Relish Being Wrong Usually Win


A version of this article previously appeared in the Wall Street Journal. During my 15-years as a startup executive, I relished being proven wrong. Knowing that I was had made a mistake empowered me to make the correct decision.

Interview with Michael Abrams, the Disney Accelerator


Earlier this week, the Disney Accelerator held the demo day for its second class.

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No Doubt About It: You Need Video Ads for Your Company


There’s just no getting around it: part of building any strong startup means cultivating a robust online presence that reaches directly to today’s tech savvy market.

Here Are the Details About Upfront Ventures’ Newest EIR – @Chamillionaire

Both Sides of the Table

Five-and-a-half years ago I first met Chamillionaire at a tech conference in LA. I saw him on stage at the event talking about how he used social media to engage audiences. This was 2009 and his understanding of audience engagement was far beyond anything I was hearing from most people at that time.

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6 Growth Barriers Most Startups Don’t See Coming

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur thinks he can relax a bit after his business model is proven, funding is in place, and revenues are scaling as projected up that hockey-stick curve.

What Los Angeles Is Missing

TechCrunch LA

tech has clearly hit its growth inflection point, but the City of Angels has yet to get its startup wings.

What Everyone Should Take Away from Twitter’s 8% Staff Reductions

Both Sides of the Table

Today Twitter announced it had laid off around 336 jobs or 8% of its workforce. Nobody should celebrate, cheer or shout, “it’s about time.”

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The Hardware behind the Results of Framework Benchmarks Round 10


By Jeffrey Papen, CEO and Founder, Peak Hosting. At Peak Hosting , we're big fans of TechEmpower's Framework Benchmarks, an open source project the company has been coordinating since early 2013. Covering a wide variety of web application frameworks, this project gives developers useful data that can help them find the framework that will provide the performance and features they need for their application.

Nail it; then scale it.


So your business has begun to take off. You’ve figured out your channels of distribution, pricing model and how to support your growing list of customers. Don’t be alarmed by this next statement. That’s relatively easy.

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How to Know if You Have ADD and What to Do About It

Both Sides of the Table

Let me start the post with three statements.

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To Your Happiness! Surround Yourself with Positive People and Stop the Ranting

Eric Greenspan

I know you aren’t feeling well. I know you’re bored in that hospital bed. I know you are on meds. I know it hurts. I know she broke your heart. I know you failed. I know you got rained on. I know you hate that. I know you are tired and your kids are bugging you.

George Powell – Doing Well By Having Fun


A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. George Powell is proof that you can do well by having fun. Rare and fortunate is the person who successfully converts their passions into a lucrative vocation. Mr. Powell, Founder and President of Skate One is such a man.

Why Seriously Thinks Mobile Games Are Key To Hollywood's Future


In the mobile age, what is the key to connecting and engaging with users, and where does Hollywood''s creative content fit into the mix? According to LA mobile game maker Seriously (www.seriously.com), mobile games are the best way to engage with the mobile generation.

Watch an Ad, Help a Nonprofit Out


It’s a fact: young people are becoming more socially conscious these days. Speaking as one of them, we want to buy from brands that represent our values and give back to the community in some way, even if it’s just a few dollars donated to a charitable cause.

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The Loneliness of Success that Nobody Talks About

Both Sides of the Table

Yesterday I saw two biopic films: “ Amy ” about the life of Jazz sensation Amy Winehouse who died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27 and “ Montage of Heck ” about the life of Kurt Cobain , the grunge-rock generational voice who died of an overdose of heroin and valium at the age of … 27. It was a heavy day, for sure. Both films were must watches for artistry. They interweave off-stage lives and conversations with amazing musical performances and they both have amazing editing and cinematography. They are essentially the same story. Each had childhoods with some degree of parental neglect and each suffered from and was diagnosed at a young age with depression. In both cases they turned to hard-core drugs to escape reality – Cobain to heroin and Winehouse to heroin and crack cocaine. Both had serious eating issues – Winehouse had bulimia and Cobain actually suffered from severe intestinal disorders that he claims led him to heroin in the first place to deal with the pain. They were also obviously both very talented writers and musicians and were expressing their pains and existence through words and music. In both cases the biopics portray suffering souls who find extreme and sudden success that casts them into the public eye in a way that they weren’t prepared for. They suffered in trying to live up to public perceptions and the demands to continue their successes. They both found themselves surrounded by influences who amplified their insecurities and drug addictions and also by the “system” of people around them who pushed them to succeed for their own interests. As I was thinking about how I feel about the movie I Tweeted out that immediate success brings out a loneliness that few have empathy for. @jordandhudson Very heavy. But needed to be seen. Entrepreneurs could learn about loneliness of success: nobody talks about. — Mark Suster (@msuster) July 19, 2015. And the immediate reaction was obvious – that failure can be pretty lonely, too. Of course that’s true. I’ve tried over the years to write many times about the realism of the downsides of being an entrepreneur because there is a complete cognitive dissidence between what you read about yourself in the press and what you feel internally about where you’re at in the journey. I felt this myself as we went from a few founders huddled into a tiny room to the front page of the Financial Times, an influx of VC interest, magazine covers, invitations to high-profile events and the pressures of trying to live up to this perception and the economic opportunities everybody expected. I was 31. I managed the pressure but it lead me to gain weight, drink too much, work all the time and internalize the pressure that if I failed it would be very public and would affect the lives of everybody who joined my startup in the belief we would do something big together. It was a lot to bear. As an industry we need to pay attention to those who are struggling as they build their startups and make sure we pay as much attention to the mental stresses of the job as we do to the business challenges like shipping product, hiring staff and raising money. I spend a ton of time with founders discussing personal issues such founder fighting, the fear of failure, the rejection of investors as well as dealing with real failure and figuring out the aftermath. I think we intuitively all know about these struggles even if not enough people focus on them. But I wanted to call out specific attention to the loneliness of success because it has its own unique flavor. With success comes more pressure not to let others down. With success you often have a public perception that you’re loaded but in reality much if not all of it is on paper. Nirvana talked about this after their first album went platinum and they were still focused on what their daily per diem on the road was because none of them had wealth. The road is littered with startups that shined bright before burning out. Every founder knows this. Every $10 million financing only puts more pressure on the founders to figure out how to hit the metrics to get to the next milestone and every company that raises $25 million puts a ton of pressure on their 10 competitors who haven’t. Look at some of the biggest successes of our era and tell me the founders / CEOs haven’t gone through some serious stresses: Levie at Box, Houston at DropBox, Kalanick at Uber and recently Costolo at Twitter. We envy them all and want to emulate them but know that they are just people dealing with struggles of a different magnitude from the pressures of going public, the pressures of pricing competition, the pressures of over-reaching of journalists and regulators and the pressures of activist public shareholders with short-term expectations. And not that I’m looking for VC sympathy but just know that I know well-known partners who have dealt with the financial pressures of capital calls with no carry checks to show for it, the difficulties of first-time funds, the challenges of fund-raising when one isn’t a brand-name VC and even founder fighting and departures of high-profile colleagues. We should try to have empathy for each other. Know that “the grass is always greener” but that we’re all human and all going through the same struggles. That was the words from Kurt Cobain that permeated my consciousness the most. He kept rejecting the public narrative that he was special and he kept saying on camera that he was just a person. He suffered publicly as the press called his wife fat and begged people at concerts to be kinder to his wife. Success can be a lonely place because the expectations don’t stop – they get higher. Success can be a lonely place because there is so much more at stake and so many more livelihoods and legacies that you are playing for. Success can be lonely because it is only a heartbeat away from failure and the press love a rise-and-fall story. Success can be lonely because as with Kurt and Amy you find yourself surrounded by a bubble and often a bubble with vested interests in your actions. After watching the hatefulness of the Reddit troubles play out in front of us – whatever conclusions people draw about our leaders I just wish we could humanize them a bit more. If we did that we would have more empathy and less vitriol. And if you’re going through the struggles of success or failure – know that everybody else is, too. It’s a part of life. I have written some posts in the past that may be helpful. On what it feels like during the struggle. 1. Entrepreneurshit. 2. Why We Need Sympathy for Those with Depression. 3. Don’t Drink Your Own Kool Aid. 4. The Yo-Yo Life of a Tech Entrepreneur. 5. The Perils of Founder Fighting. How to separate what you read in the press from your reality on the ground and the surrounding yourself with support systems to help. 1. Startups are All Naked in the Mirror. 2. Advisors / Coaches / Mentors. 3. The Role of Chief Psychologist. 4. How to Motivate Yourself & Stay Focused. Startup Lessons

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Entrepreneurs Who Improve Society Make More Profit

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs still don’t understand that building a business culture today of doing good, like helping people (society) and planet (sustainability), is also a key to maximizing profit. Employees and customers alike are looking for meaning, not simply employment and commodity prices.