Startup Metrics

SoCal CTO

A post by Fred Wilson pointed me to Dave McClure's Startup Metrics presentation. This kind of a simple model also helps: Define the early proof points for the company. Define what you need from a metrics and reporting standpoint.

Ninja Metrics Ties With Mobile Analytics Firm

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Los Angeles-based Ninja Metrics , the social analytics software developer led by Dmitri Williams, said this week that it has tied with mobile analytics company TUNE. The two said that they will integrate Ninja Metrics'' Katana Social Analytics Engine into TUNE''s own MobileAppTracking product, which the two said will help app developers and marketers with the value of their advertising. Ninja Metrics'' backers include the Harvard Business School Angels and Tech Coast Angels.

Ninja Metrics Aims At $5M Round

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Los Angeles-based game analytics software developer Ninja Metrics has raised $2.8M The startup, led by Dmitri Williams, and helps mobile, online, and social game developers better monetize their properties. ninjametrics ninja metrics venture capital funding regulatory filing game videogame online mobile social analyticsof an ongoing, $5M funding round, the company disclosed in a regulatory filing this week.

Why Misunderstanding Startup Metrics Can Cost You Your Business

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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.

How Startups Can Use Metrics to Drive Success

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Having a set of metrics that you watch & that you feel are the key drivers of your success helps keep clarity. And the more public you can make your goals for these key metrics the better. Revenue Metrics. No metrics = high level, more generalized advice.

Ninja Metrics: Apply Predictive Analytics To Makes Games More Profitable

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In a move to convert that huge pile of data into something much more meaningful, Los Angeles-based Ninja Metrics (www.ninjametrics.com) launched a new predictive analytics product for the industry. Explain what Ninja Metrics is doing?

Image Metrics Powers Ubisoft Title

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Santa Monica-based Image Metrics , a developer of facial animation technology, said Monday that the firm is behind the facial animation for the Ubisoft title Assassin's Creed II. Image Metrics said it helps deliver 28 minutes of facial animation for 23 different characters in the game, using its facial animation and rigging technology. Tags: assassin ubisoft animation facial metrics image

BetterWorks Adds Metrics Dashboard

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Santa Monica-based BetterWorks , the employee fringe benefits management service, said late Friday that it has added a new company metrics dashboard to its product. The company said the information will help companies build the best solution for their particular company culture. According to BetterWorks, the new feature allows businesses to measure their employee spending habits and interests in fringe benefits.

Ninja Metrics Gains $750,000 To Decode Social Influence In Apps, Games

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How do you figure out which of your users matter most in your social applications and games, and help that to improve social interaction and engagement in your apps? ninjametrics ninja metrics videogame mobile social analytics analysisRedondo Beach-based NinjaMetrics has just scored some funding for exactly that, in the first part of a Series A funding round, worth $750,000.

Ninja Metrics: Applying Predictive Analytics To Make Games More Profitable

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In a move to convert that huge pile of data into something much more meaningful, Los Angeles-based Ninja Metrics (www.ninjametrics.com) launched a new predictive analytics product for the industry. Explain what Ninja Metrics is doing?

Ninja Metrics: Applying Predictive Analytics To Makes Games More Profitable

socalTECH

In a move to convert that huge pile of data into something much more meaningful, Los Angeles-based Ninja Metrics (www.ninjametrics.com) launched a new predictive analytics product for the industry. Explain what Ninja Metrics is doing?

Interview with Mike Starkenburg, Image Metrics

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Los Angeles-based Image Metrics (www.image-metrics.com) recently landed a $6.5M, Series B funding round for the firm's facial animation products. We're now waiting to help people learn that they can now do this, and use it to tell a better story. After I left Sprout, I worked with a dozen venture capital firms to help them grow their startups and figure out what to do with technology. I was introduced to Image Metrics a year before I joined, and was helping them along.

How to Profit: “Thank You Metrics” – Community First, Money Second

Tech Zulu Event

To prove that point, tonight I had the privilege of hearing him speak at Lean LA , a Los Angeles group that helps high tech start-ups build great companies on a budget. He told us how important it is to empower our team to make decisions that will help achieve company goals.

ForwardMetrics Gets $1M In Seed Funding

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Encinitas-based ForwardMetrics has just taken $1M in a seed funding round, to help companies better conduct their strategic planning. ForwardMetrics, which is headed by Ozzie DiVinere, said its cloud-based software helps organizations create and track their strategic plans, helping to track the progress of employees towards business results--rather than just activity. forwardmetrics forward metrics strategic planning software venture capital

New Tech Provides Parents Help in Guiding Teen Drivers

Tech Zulu Event

Parents are increasingly turning to high tech solutions to help give their teens much needed independence while keeping them safer behind the wheel. It is a free 100 hour coaching program to help new drivers improve their driving with data-driven feedback.

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How Gigmor Is Looking To Connect Musicians With Gigs, with David Baird

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Our goal was to reduce the inefficiency and friction in music, helping musicians to find each other. Two months ago, we extended into a two sided marketplace, to help talent seekers and people looking to hire musicians. The new site is focused entirely on creating a more efficient, online marketplace, that helps bot sides help each other. We knew that, along the way, achieving a critical mass of talent would help us implement the marketplace.

Accounting: What kind of bean counter do you need?

Berkonomics

Many early stage founders and CEO’s believe they can delegate design and creation of metrics, flash reports, analytical reports and more from their bookkeepers. Close. Accountants are trained, certified and usually quite experienced in financial analysis, both creating and reviewing data.

Interview with Jonathan Lehmann and James Chung, KarmaGoat

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Well, Los Angeles-based KarmaGoat (www.karmagoat.com) has figured out a way to help people get rid of those unwanted items they have--and provide those proceeds to charity. That gift of livestock can help families out of extreme poverty.

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Putting the band back together, ExactTarget execs reunite to launch MetaCX

TechCrunch LA

The former President of ExactTarget and later chief executive of Salesforce Marketing Cloud has made billions of dollars building products to help support customer service and now he’s back at it again with his latest venture MetaCX.

Timing and why we’re all VCs

TechCrunch LA

Startups either get three dozen term sheets or none at all, since every firm is walking around with the same frameworks and metrics in their head. Some more on metrics design and quantification.

Is your company or department as efficient as it should be?

Berkonomics

Start by carefully restating the goal for the process, such as “produce 500 quality units per day” and create metrics to measure the present output and quality (rejects or time lost) with this goal. Close.

How to Prepare for a Board Meeting to Make Sure you Crush It

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If you buy into the argument that a strong board can actually help you then this post will lay out how to help you have more productive meetings by preparing properly in advance. Often board members themselves don’t do the work to say “what metrics would we like to see.”

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Entreprenuer Network

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Thursday, March 1, 2007 Entreprenuer Network Great post by Ben Kuo - The Importance of the “Network&# to Entrepreneurs - the informal connections between people in the technology industry here who have a vested interest in helping entrepreneurs take their companies to the next level. Ben asks for help finding the people who would be good for entreprenuers to know.

Please learn this: “Noses in; fingers out!”

Berkonomics

I have repeated it often to boards deliberating action, to individual board members seeking to get their hands dirty inside the corporation by giving advice and helping at levels beneath the CEO, and to senior executives or managers as well.

EnumSet and EnumMap

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If you've ever used primitive collection libraries like fastutil or Trove , then it may help to think of Enum{Set,Map} like those primitive collections. It beats RegularEnumSet in all important metrics: Query speed ( contains(element) , etc.) This article discusses java.util.EnumSet. and java.util.EnumMap. from Java's standard libraries. What are they? When should they be used? Could the implementations be improved? Could the APIs be improved? Conclusion. What are they? EnumSet.

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Vertebrae Expands In Texas

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Los Angeles-based 3D and augmented reality (AR) software developer Vertebrae announced this week that it has opened up a new office in Austin, Texas hiring two new executives in the location to help it with its next stage of growth and expansion. Eastham previously was at Bazaarvoice, and also was co-founder and CEO of Cmpare Metrics (Acquired by GroupBy).

The LALA School of marketing

Berkonomics

The title of this insight helps us find a formula: LALA. Create metrics for customer acquisition, retention, conversion, reach, or anything that helps you to better understand the effects of your changes to the program.

Building Your MVP as a Non-Technical Founder

SoCal CTO

Once you build it, they will now ask you about the key metrics that they need proven in order to see if you really are a good investment. The real reason to build an MVP is to do early tests of key Startup Metrics for the business.

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Leadership: Sell the dream; Make the reality.

Berkonomics

As a leader, you set the goals, establish the strategies and tactics to get there (with help from others of course) and sell the dream to all of your stakeholders.

Some Quick Things Every Founder Should Know

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" Revenue doesn't pay your bills, GM does  —  @msuster 2/ Founders obsess with revenue as a vanity metric. One thing that comes with being a venture capitalist is you see hundreds and hundreds of businesses.

The power of THREE – Solving critical issues

Berkonomics

So you identify the three most critical issues, perhaps with the help of the group. Define success : Think of what an ideal outcome would look like and find metrics to measure progress along the route.

32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

SoCal CTO

Still, if you've not heard these questions from a developer, they are not helping you as much as they should. What are your key Startup Metrics ? Do we want to use something like SendGrid in order to help with delivery? Do you need help getting hosting going?

After 20 years: Updating the Berkus Method of valuation

Berkonomics

So how do you use financial projections as valuation metrics when you know the odds of those being accurate predictors of the future are so very unreliable? Well, it had to happen.

32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

SoCal CTO

Still, if you've not heard these questions from a developer, they are not helping you as much as they should. What are your key Startup Metrics ? Do we want to use something like SendGrid in order to help with delivery? Do you need help getting hosting going?

Who Should be on Your Startup Board?

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This is smart because amazing board members can be transformative with important advice and access and can also help attract other great board members (and team members). I actually think having a formal board can really help you. If your metric move immediate up-and-to-the-right?