2015

Framework Benchmarks Round 10

TechEmpower

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.

What The Heck Are My Startup Options Worth?

InfoChachkie

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.

Los Angeles CTO / VP Engineering Job Searches

SoCal CTO

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.

Conversations with Richard Chino, pt. 1

Ask the Angels

Richard Chino is passionate about investing in the business environment. He has been serving on the Board of ShipHawk, StaffRanker, and C2FO, and is a member of the Advisory Board of Chippmunk.

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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.

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.

SAVE THE DATE!

Tech Coast Venture Network

Saturday, November 14th From 4:00PM to 9:00PM at The Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship – UCIrvine. Events

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Framework Benchmarks Round 11

TechEmpower

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.

VC Confessions: We Passed On Twilio’s Seed Round

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. There are a number of reasons why Rincon Venture Partners passed on Twilio’s Seed Round. In retrospect, our decision was both perfectly rational and completely lame. VC's love to talk about their successes.

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The Hardware behind the Results of Framework Benchmarks Round 10

TechEmpower

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.

Talk Like An 8th Grader When Pitching Investors

InfoChachkie

Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Independent’s recent Techtopia Issue. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Serial entrepreneurs agree that it is best to communicate with investors on an eighth grade level.

Conversations with Richard Chino, pt. 3

Ask the Angels

Richard Chino is passionate about investing in the business environment. In addition to his membership with the Pasadena Angels, Richard has been serving on the Board of ShipHawk, StaffRanker, and C2FO, and is a member of the Advisory Board of Chippmunk.

Joey Flores On Earbits' Life, Death, and Resurrection

socalTECH

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.

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

Tech.Co

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.

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.

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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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.

Why PR?

Tech Coast Venture Network

As long-time PR pros and communications advocates, we’ve grown accustomed to questions like “What is PR?” or “Why do we need PR?”. By definition, public relations (PR) is the practice of managing the spread of information between an individual or an organization and the public; but the strategic communication process that occurs in today’s PR world requires so much more than just information management.

Startup Lessons From The Beatles’ Relationship With Their Manager

InfoChachkie

Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ Manager, was tenacious and ambitious, but he was musically inept. Brian was instrumental in establishing the Beatles’ career, but he had no input on the band’s production of music.

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This Super Cool B-Corp Is Changing The Nonprofit World

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Rose Broome, Founder of HandUp is rocking the non-profit world. HandUp allows donors to hyper-focus their donations to individuals with specific needs. This is a game changer for the homeless.

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Entrepreneurs Who Relish Being Wrong Usually Win

InfoChachkie

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.

Fixing Tech’s Gender Problem Starts With Company Culture

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. On a micro level, you can do your part to fix tech's gender problem by recruiting people with diverse backgrounds and place them in a company culture that rewards those who challenge the status quo.

Pt. 2 Conversations with Ananth Natarajan

Ask the Angels

Ananth Natarajan is a physician and engineer specializing in the utilization of advanced technology to solve pressing clinical problems. As a member of the Pasadena Angels, he brings extensive experience in the healthcare field to bear on emergent business opportunities.

Interview with Michael Abrams, the Disney Accelerator

socalTECH

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

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Watch an Ad, Help a Nonprofit Out

Tech.Co

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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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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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.

Watch Fifth Grader Ari Get Fitted For A New 3D-Printed Hand

TechCrunch LA

During the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles last week, a fifth grader named Ari stopped by a booth set up by Google. The booth had information about its “Impact Challenge” for disabilities. What Ari didn’t know is that her life would change before she left the games.