Startups: What are your odds for success?


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.

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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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.

HTT Gets $1.2M Funding For Cleveland-Chicago Hyperloop Study


[link] Playa Vista-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), the startup founded by Dirk Ahlborn and Bibop Gresta which is one of a number in the LA area focused on bringing the Hyperloop technology to market, says it has received funding worth $1.2 million for its feasability study to connect Cleveland to Chicago with its technology. hyperloop transportation technology cleveland chicago study government akron cincinnati

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3 Sales Tips for Startups – Creating a Burning Platform

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. Many entrepreneurs who start technology companies are product people, technologists or savvy business people who worked previously for a larger company. Most start-up entrepreneurs have little or no sales experience.

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Hyperloop One Names Winners Of Challenge, Inks Study Deal With Colorado


Los Angeles-based HyperLoop One , one of the startups working to bring Elon Musk's vision of a high speed, tube-based transportation system to life, says it has named a list of the ten most promising routes for Hyperloop, and also inked a feasibility study agreement in Colorado around its systems. state on a feasibility study. hyperloop transportation challenge study colorado tube elon musk

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Sales/Marketing Study Group

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Monday, January 7, 2013 -- Sales/Marketing Study Group. Study group for tech startup founders who want to get better at sales and marketing. See [link] (more

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Study: Reflexion Health Virtual Therapy System Reduces Rehab Costs


The study, which evaluated Reflexion’s system for patients after total knee replacement surgery, was conducted in conjunction with the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), part of the Duke University School of Medicine.

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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.

MIT Study: Age Of Founders In Fastest Growing New Ventures Is 45


In a study which belies the opt-cited preference for "young" entrepreneurs in the startup and venture capital industry, a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology find that the mean age of the founders of the 1,000 fastest growing new ventures in the U.S. The study found that, rather than youth, the prior experience in the specific industry predicts much greater rates of entrepreneurial success.

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Mark Cuban on Why You Need to Study Artificial Intelligence or You’ll be a Dinosaur in 3 Years

Both Sides of the Table Startups Outside Silicon Valley Jason asked Mark is he thought it was possible to build non-Silicon Valley successful startups. Greatest Public Startups Jason: You are still an investor in Netflix, right?

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The Danger of Crocodile Sales

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This is part of my series on Startup Advice. I love working with Aussies because their outlook on life seems very similar to what I grew up with in California. I probably will jump in with a few questions about their industry and start a discussion.

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Entrepreneurship: Nature vs. Nurture? A Religious Debate

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I grew up believing that human behavior was 20% nature, 80% nurture. There have been many studies done on the topic including looking at twins raised in separate families. There have been studies of adopted children to their natural parents versus the parents that raised them.

What Can You Learn from the 4-Hour Workweek?

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Let me start by saying I’m a huge business book cynic. But Net had told me that he picked up some valuable lessons from the book, so I thought, “WTF? They can travel the world, take classes in interesting subjects, spend time with loved ones or start new hobbies.

Study: Most Entrepreneurs Between 55-64


A new study released today by the Kauffman Foundation, reports that the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity belongs to people 55-64. The study --which attempts to characterize who might drive the next wave of entrepreneurial activity in the United States--also found that the average age of U.S.-born, born, technology founders when they started their companies was 39. Tags: entrepreneurship study kauffman startup business

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Economic Study Ranks San Diego Near Top in Genomics Innovation


An economic impact study of San Diego’s emerging genomics industry counted 115 genomics-related companies operating in the region that directly employ over 10,000 people, and drive about $5.6 After previewing a glimpse of the study’s findings last month , Brady provided.

Memorang Gets $500K For Flash Card Study Tool


Los Angeles-based Memorang , the developer of a flash-card based, study tool to help people study for such things as the MCAT, GRE, NBME, and a host of other tests, has raised $500,000 in a funding round, the company is announcing this morning. Both of the two joined startup accelerator MuckerLab in 2014, where they launched Memorang.

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Study Stakes San Diego’s Claim in Genomics: $292M in 2016 VC Deals


Preliminary findings from an economic impact study show that genomics is emerging as a distinct innovation cluster in San Diego. startupsThe San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.

Cirius Therapeutics Raises $40M to Expand Ongoing Liver Study


A $40 million transfusion led by Frazier Healthcare Partners and Denmark’s Novo A/S is bringing fresh life to a Michigan biotech working to advance a new experimental drug for treating a type of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

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Paul Kim | Alpha Trainer, Fitness, & LA Tech

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We caught up with Paul to see his views on LA tech, fitness, and his Alpha Trainer app. TechZulu: Since you are stationed up in North California, What is the tech scene like in LA for you? So how did Alpha Trainer all start? So I started to work out when I was 15.

Silicon Valley Bank Opens Startup Outlook Survey


Silicon Valley Bank , which provides banking services, loans, and other financial products to many startups in Southern California, has opened up its annual Startup Outlook Survey , according to the company this week. The survey quizzes companies about how their businesses are doing, and gauges executive opinions and mood about the startup industry. silicon valley bank survey loan banking services study

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Craft your roadmap. Plan your trip.


Studies found that people who write plans are more likely to put their goals in action and increases your likelihood of success. Starting up Positioning By JJ Richa.

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How an Ohio Kids’ Hospital Quietly Became Ground Zero for Gene Therapy


Earlier this year, Sarepta bought a startup that spun out of. If a once-modest regional hospital and its new biotech allies have their way, the capital of Ohio could one day rival America’s other biomedical hubs.

Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010


Some really great stuff in 2010 that aims to help startups around product, technology, business models, etc. Steve Blank , January 25, 2010 10 Tips for Adding Game Mechanics to a Non-Gaming Service - ReadWriteStart , September 21, 2010 Startups & VCs: Learn How to Design, Market, & Eat Your Own. - Forum December 9th Lineup - Startup Houston , November 27, 2010 When to step on the gas and go for it?

Doing the Right Things is More Important than Doing Things Right

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Yesterday I wrote a post about top-down versus bottom-up thinking. So they create a task list of all the marketing activities an organization can do: press releases, web site updates, customer case studies, blog posts, daily Tweets, Facebook fan page, attending conferences, etc.

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Led by LA-based March Capital, Astound raises $15.5 million for employee help desk automation services

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A study from McKinsey indicates that 70 percent of companies will bring in at least one automation technology by 2030. And those technologies could contribute up to $120 billion in increased economic value, according to the McKinsey study cited by Astound.

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Beyond Meat prices its public offering

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With the public offering, Beyond Meat becomes the first venture-backed meat replacement company to list its shares, but there are other startups waiting to follow suit.

Science 37 Links With Pharmaceuticals Firm UCB


Playa Vista-based Science 37 , the venture backed startup which is developing technology to allow pharmaceutical companies to conduct clinical trials at patients' homes, has linked with pharmaceuticals firm UBC. According to Science37, it is in a strategic collaboration with UCB to improve the clinical trial experience, with initial studies in the areas of neurology and immunology. science37 pharmaceuticals biopharma software clinicial trial study

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Angel Funding Advice

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Good idea & plan: You must start with a good idea and a PowerPoint deck (my outline is here , scroll down mid way). And a great product starts with the founder. If you can’t get product released and validated then do user studies. Quick caveats: having fewer investors (3-5) is better than many investors (10-15) and PLEASE make sure you hire a great lawyer who has experience in doing start-ups to avoid pitfalls that will make VC harder down the line.

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Report: Gender Gap In Tech Worst For 18-25 Year Olds

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Santa Monica-based salary comparison startup Comparably , which is led by startup veteran Jasaon Nazar, has run a survey of over 10,000 technology employers, to help break down some information about the pay gap between men and women. The startup's survey found that the pay gap is worst for women in the 18 to 25 year old age bracket. gender study technology startup salary employment survey california angeles women diversity

Startups Are A Remix


So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. Everything Is A Remix – Including Your Startup. Nobody starts out original. “Creativity is just connecting things.

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Why Open Offices May Be Bad for Your Tech Startup [ Infographic ]


Moving to a physical venue signals exciting times for a technology startup. However, in recent years, studies have echoed that the open floor concept might be a trap. The cons are starting to outweigh the pros.

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Science 37 Raises $31M For Clinical Trial Platform


Los Angeles-based Science 37 , a startup developing a technology platform aimed at enabling clinical trials, said this morning that it has raised $31M in a Series B financing round. science37 clinical trial lifescience healthcare biotech study health patientThe funding was led by Redmile Group, and also included Lux Capital, dRx Capital, and Sanofi Genzyme BioVentures. As part of the funding, Rob Faulkner of Redmile joins the company's board. Science 37 is led by Noah Craft, M.D.,

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 27: CAA Launches Tech Startup Studio With $12 Million in Funding

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CAA launches tech startup studio with $12 million in funding, SpaceX details satellite constellation plans to Congress and AirBnB to generate nearly $1 billion in L.A. County activity, study says

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Why Your Startup Needs a Sales Methodology

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Like most startup entrepreneurs, when I began my first company in 1999 I had no formal sales experience. This is a very important to do when you first start a company. I’m going to set up the framework today and in future posts I’ll drill down into each area.

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UCSB Tops Harvard & Wharton In Startup Wars


According to a recent Forbes article , UC Santa Barbara''s Technology Management Program offers students a superior startup education over the University of Pennsylvania (home of Wharton), as well Harvard, Northwestern and even its acclaimed southern neighbor, the University of Southern California.