Financing a Start-Up

Tech Coast Venture Network

Virgina Lorimor There are several options for financing a start-up business that tend to follow a natural course in a business’ development: Personal Investment. This is where all entrepreneurs have to start. “OC’s Premier Incubator – Supporting Start-Up Businesses in Our Business Collective&#. Tags: Funding General financing funding startup

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. Tags: Start-up Advice startup In the Beginning … This is a very important post to me because I find myself giving this advice all the time and if you don’t follow [.].

Austin Start-up MailLift Joins 500 Startups

Tech Zulu Event

I met fellow hustler Brian Curliss about 2 years ago at a Startup Weekend event that I was covering. It came as no surprise whatsoever when I found out that his new company MailLift was called up to the big leagues to join the 500 Startups accelerator.

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. Imagine you pour 5 years of your life into your next gig and it starts to become successful. Many times the answer is ‘no.&# The problem is that you’re opening yourself up to a claim by one of these people that you somehow stole their ideas. Starting with 25% is even harder.

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”.

Intellectual Property Tips for Start Ups

Ask the Angels

As an Angel investor and retired intellectual property lawyer I am struck by the amount of money spent by startups for IP. 8) A provisional patent application is not available to the public until a patent on the invention issues from a regular application unless the inventor decides otherwise; the inventor has a choice between patent or trade secret rights up until the time of patent issuance. By Lee Rahn.

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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. 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. They then start to think sinister thoughts.

Digital LA - RealTech Start-up Showcase 2

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 -- Digital LA - RealTech Start-up Showcase 2. Our second Digital LA - RealTech Startup Showcase features 5 startups, with a focus on social good / green start-ups. One will be an Audience Choice selection. We'll conclude with a 15-min keynote presentation by a Paige Craig, CEO of BetterWorks.

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. . Seven attributes of a highly successful start-up CEO.

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Blockchain-Based Health Care Start-Up Curisium Raises $3.5 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Curisium, a Manhattan Beach–based start-up company that allows health care systems and biotech firms to contract through blockchain technology, has raised $3.5 million from investors, officials announced Thursday

REVIEW | Un-Realistic TV: “Start-ups: Silicon Valley”

Tech Zulu Event

The final episode of Bravo’s Start-ups: Silicon Valley aired recently, wrapping up an 8-episode run of what could be considered the most bizarre depiction of entrepreneurs and start-ups to date. They can’t believe people are not lining up to give it them.

3 Things You Need To Remember To Get Your Tech Start Up Moving

Tech Zulu Event

Working at your company but want to break off to start your own? Please don’t get discouraged by these difficulties, starting a business is always hard, but it can be one of the most rewarding things you ever do.

Wearable World Labs Partners With Technicolor to Accelerate Wearable Tech & IOT Start­ups

Tech Zulu Event

This partnership will bring one of the most influential media companies together with today’s most promising emerging startups in the Wearable Technology and Internet of Things (IOT) space.

Start-up Advisors

SoCal CTO

On the flip side, as a person who regularly advises early stage start-ups, I often have a hard time finding interesting start-ups. Actually, the friction is even higher trying to find a partner for a start-up. eHarmony for start-up / advisor relationships Andrew Warner from Mixergy posted - Before Looking for Funding, Get an Advisor.

Start-ups…The Ultimate Risk-Reward Game.

Tech Coast Venture Network

Ultimately Billy quit his night job and became a legitimate businessman hauling cargo out and back from ships that could not tie-up at the busy docks. Or maybe Billy’s story is the same story as so many start-ups. Lessons Learned: Start-ups are not for wimps. Sure you mostly likely will not have to deal with guys with guns or potentially going to jail to launch your start-up but there will be many, many times you will want to quit.

Project cash flow – not just profit – during start-up.

Berkonomics

There is no longer a guarantee that VCs and later stage investors will be waiting at the run-out point of the angel money to pick up and grow the company. Cash is everything to a new business. How many times do we have to say this?

Silicon Beach Start-Ups Venice

Tech.Co

Silicon Beach Start-Ups was formed to get together like minded people involved in tech start-ups on the West Side of Los Angeles. The founders run a start-up making and marketing mobile applications out of their offices in Santa Monica. This group is for entrepreneurial types to get together share their victories, defeats and help each other out generally

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.

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.

Acting CTO Role in a Start-up

SoCal CTO

I generally am working as an acting CTO for about 3-4 start-ups or other companies at any one time. Most often I'm being brought in the early stage, Start-up or Expansion (as the company looks at new product lines). My focus in this post is on the Early and Start-up stages - expansion is more of a consulting, focused project role and it acts different. I was just talking with someone who asked me to define how that could work and what they meant.

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Most Startups Should be Deer Hunters

Both Sides of the Table

This post is part of my series “ Startup Lessons &#. Elephants, Deer and Rabbits – Some thoughts on start-up segmentation. I know that this advice won’t apply to every possible startup – but I think it applies to many.

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series called “ Start-up Lessons.&#. I came across this blog post about getting a computer science degree as the best degree for getting into venture capital or working at a VC-backed start up. Like Chris Dixon I grew up programing.

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.

Calacanis Starts Up New Venture Fund

socalTECH

Not only is he running his own technology conference, Launch, he''s also making angel investments, and opening up his own coworking space , he''s also created a new venture capital fund, the Launch Fund. Jason Calacanis is busy.

Legal Issues for Start-ups

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, March 8, 2012 -- Legal Issues for Start-ups. ou and the other founders have conceived of the next game-changing start-up. Now its time to get to the legal nitty-gritty  set up the company, build the team with equity incentives, get the contracts in order, and everything else youre not thinking of (but a good lawyer will tell you). How do I protect the great new name we have for the start-up?

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Who Should you Hire at a Startup?

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing posts on Startup Advice. There are people who tell startups that they should hire the most senior people that they can find. Bringing in a senior person who’s “done it all before&# is often a mistake in a startup.

Running More Effective Board Meetings at Startups

Both Sides of the Table

We started with our financial statements. So I changed things up and became much happier with my results. But they were in a slide and people asked you questions so it ended up chewing up 30 minutes. Harder to do that when you have an 8am start.

Should Your Startup Give Performance-Based Warrants?

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series on Startup Advice. As startup entrepreneurs we all want to work with them because having their name as reference clients makes it so much easier for marketing, PR, selling to other customers, fund raising and even recruiting.

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. Lessons Learned: What does a startup CTO actually do? And you may also want to review Startup Development.

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Content Marketing/PR for Start-Ups

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 -- Content Marketing/PR for Start-Ups. Business Wire Los Angeles invites you to join us for a panel discussion on Content Marketing/PR for Start-Ups. Communicators from Allison+Partners, Digital LA, Brew Media Relations, and TechZulu will discuss how traditional PR is evolving. Email mailto: larsvp@businesswire.com.

Startups and VCs Should Avoid “Pier” Funding

Both Sides of the Table

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.

Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. Many startup companies hire advisory boards. If you plan to set one up – no problem. come out of the gate strong and never let up) then you might get some attention. So you set up advisory meetings.