Startup CTO Resources

SoCal CTO

I've posted quite a few things on the topics associated with being a Startup CTO. I've tried to collect them together here as a starting point for this topic. Here are some resources that come from other sources: Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?

Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series “ Start-up Lessons. &# If you want to subscribe to my RSS feed please click here or to get my blog by email click here. Moonlight Responsibly - If you are still employed please be very careful not to use your company’s resources to produce your product and please do not work on your next idea during business hours. Imagine you pour 5 years of your life into your next gig and it starts to become successful.

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Start-ups are all Naked in the Mirror

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series Startup Lessons. I started my first company in 1999 in London at the height of the dot com craze. It didn’t add up to me. Every competitor is resource constrained. Bad morale is the enemy of any company let alone a start up.&#. Because I had started reaching out to competitor CEO’s. Realize as a start-up you have much more in common with them in driving the industry adoption.

The Scarcest Resource at Startups is Management Bandwidth

Both Sides of the Table

When you work inside a startup with lots of clever and motivated staff you’re never short of good ideas that you can implement. Each one incrementally sounds like a good idea, yet collectively they end up punishing undisciplined teams. Startup Advice

The Fallacy of Channels: Startups Beware

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series on startup advice but also filed under my sales & marketing posts. No advice I give will ever apply to 100% of companies, 100% of startups or even 100% of tech startups. So Should I Avoid Channels at all Costs When I’m a Startup?

Startups: What are your odds for success?

Berkonomics

Starting a company is HARD – in so many ways. I read several years ago, that the average startup restaurant lasts only about a year. Restaurant startups would not top my list. And this includes all businesses, not just startups. Starting up a new company is risky.

Startup CTO

SoCal CTO

I've posted quite a few things on the topics associated with being a Startup CTO. I've tried to collect them together here as a starting point for this topic. Here are some resources that come from other sources: Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?

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Don’t be a Grin Fucker

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I grew up in the US but lived in England for so long I can never remember from which country my slang comes. But then I started to see it happening internally. So we (and by we I mean “they&# ) at Accenture decided to come up with our own bull shit. All startups are hard.

How to (re) Approach People (Advice on the Eve of LeWeb)

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series with Startup Advice. With the LeWeb conference about to start in Paris I thought the timing of this post would be appropriate. But don’t assume that I have a Minority Report like machine that can invisibly and instantly gin up my memory.

The best advice startups will never follow

Berkonomics

Email readers, continue here…] Don’t take money, especially start-up loans, from unsophisticated investors. I was a co-lender and assumed the chairmanship of a young startup where the entrepreneur’s cousin also loaned money under the same terms.

The Power of “In Person” – Why Distributed Teams are Less Effective

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In the era of Skype, web conferencing tools and collaboration software conventional wisdom says that distributed startup teams can be just as effective as those that are in person. There reality is that a certain magic that happens when you’re in person is critical in a startup.

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. Do you make an investment in those startups?

Startup CTO or Developer

SoCal CTO

In December 2007, I described how I commonly take on an Acting CTO Role in a Start-up. However, I’ve now begun questioning how and what an early-stage / startup CTO should be. Here are a bunch of other kinds of questions that get addressed by Startup CTOs.

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Startups and VCs Should Avoid “Pier” Funding

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Often when startups who have raised venture capital need another round of financing they will turn to their existing investors to give them money before raising from outsiders. It starts as a debt instrument (e.g. And it adds up.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? (1/11) – Tenacity

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I wanted to also post the series here to have it as a resource on my blog for future entrepreneurs who stop by. It’s the person who never gives up – who never accepts “no&# for an answer. If you’re already running a startup you know all this.

Alternative Accelerators and Start-Up Resources

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, June 30, 2016 -- Alternative Accelerators and Start-Up Resources. Today, start-ups have more choices for accessing business resources and seed funding than ever. The next Mobile LAVA will present some of these different equity partners available to start-ups in today’s rapidly evolving tech landscape.

Alternative Accelerators and Start-Up Resources

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, June 23, 2016 -- Alternative Accelerators and Start-Up Resources. Today, start-ups have more choices for accessing business resources and seed funding than ever. The next Mobile LAVA will present some of these different equity partners available to start-ups in today’s rapidly evolving tech landscape.

Eleven Startup Tips From Richard Branson

InfoChachkie

Richard’s Startup Tips. As discussed in Thrill The Messenger , slightly off-color, unconventional quotes will help ensure that your startup’s voice is heard. I never get the accountants in before I start up a business. Startups are not bound by the past.

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Intro to the LA Startup Scene

Tech Zulu Event

Article after article points out that Los Angeles is on its way to becoming one of the most robust startup communities in the United States. Sam taught a second rendition of the class in February and over 700 people signed up. Guest article by Eva Hibnick with General Assembly LA.

LA Tech Startup Innovators and Fun Facts

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Today’s startup innovators come from about six hours south of Silicon Valley. Fun Fact: One of the most prominent figures from their firm, Mark Suster t, runs a blog startups follow religiously. Fun Fact: Their startup beach house costs a tiny fee of $20,000 per month!

The 4 Partners Early-Stage Startups Need

Tech Zulu Event

I often write about the best strategies for startup fundraising or how to manage startup financing and optimize for growth. Teaming with the right service providers can have a huge impact on a startup’s ability to succeed.

NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept

SoCal CTO

One of the readers asked my opinion around sharing your startup concept: My first question has always been - how do you protect your idea while shopping around for feedback, partners, developers, etc.? Especially if the idea could be whipped-up by a few 24-year olds in a few weeks?

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NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept

SoCal CTO

One of the readers asked my opinion around sharing your startup concept: My first question has always been - how do you protect your idea while shopping around for feedback, partners, developers, etc.? Especially if the idea could be whipped-up by a few 24-year olds in a few weeks?

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Indianapolis is the “It Place” to Start a Startup?

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Despite every challenge he had to face he was determined to see his stunt through the end and not give up. We’re all so caught up in social media marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) that we tend to forget one on one relationships are the most powerful of them all.

Entrepreneurs Should be Respected, Not Loved

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And yet you still have scarce resources. If engineering got the shaft because “we need 3 more weekends from you to get this release out the door&# … then there better be a solution to make this up to them and to explain your decision.

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Aquam Raises $26M to Expand Tech, Services for Aging Infrastructure

Xconomy

Aquam, a San Diego company with technology for cleaning out and re-lining aging utility pipelines, has raised $26 million in a growth capital round led by NewWorld Capital Group , a New York private equity firm that makes investments in sustainable energy and natural-resources related deals.

Wars and Start-ups

Alon Schwartz

I’ve been an entrepreneur and in the startup business for many years now. I’ve also been involved and/or interested in conflicts and wars in Israel and other places to the point I began to see similarities between these two worlds: Startups and Wars. For example, starting a startup is like starting a war. Yes, you’ll need resources and funding but you can start relatively small and grow. No wonder they call startups “an uphill battle”.

Wars and Start-ups

Alon Schwartz

I’ve been an entrepreneur and in the startup business for many years now. I’ve also been involved and/or interested in conflicts and wars in Israel and other places to the point I began to see similarities between these two worlds: Startups and Wars. For example, starting a startup is like starting a war. Yes, you’ll need resources and funding but you can start relatively small and grow. No wonder they call startups “an uphill battle”.

Wars and Start-ups

Alon Schwartz

I’ve been an entrepreneur and in the startup business for many years now. I’ve also been involved and/or interested in conflicts and wars in Israel and other places to the point I began to see similarities between these two worlds: Startups and Wars. For example, starting a startup is like starting a war. Yes, you’ll need resources and funding but you can start relatively small and grow. No wonder they call startups “an uphill battle”.

Consider all resources before seeking investment.

Berkonomics

First, few startups can use that much money today with all of the virtual services available and increasingly inexpensive methods of development, prototyping and marketing. Second, almost no professional investor will consider putting that much into a startup until there is proof of market demand, product viability or some other mitigation of failure. Starting up Raising money

Should Startups Care About Profitability?

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There are certain topics that even some of the smartest people I talk with who aren’t startup oriented can’t fully grok. In any tech startup there is a healthy tension between profits & growth. Revenue When I look at an income statement I start by focusing on the revenue line.

How to Improve Hiring at Startups

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This is part of my ongoing series with Startup Advice. I think this can also be a great resource for others to chip in with other suggestions since I clearly don’t corner the market on recruiting advice. BEFORE YOU START. What if you start to have doubts?

Startup Mentors

SoCal CTO

I've had several Startup CTO Consulting sessions recently where it became apparent that the Founder needed help with the business and product as much or more than the technology. Then we discussed how they could go about finding this startup business advisor. Then I got an email that asked: I'm leading the marketing efforts for an early-stage startup. I recently completed an MBA, which I feel gave me a good basis in the fundamentals of building our brand from the ground up.