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.

Study Finds Tech is Number One Industry for Workplace Drinking


But, in recent years, we’ve started side-eyeing tech’s drinking habits. Now, a new study has pulled tech drinking culture back into the spotlight. The tech world, the study found, is the single industry most likely to allow or sponsor alcohol consumption in the workplace.

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Study: 17% of Tech Workers Are High on the Job


Nearly 17 percent of tech workers admit to being under the influence of marijuana while at work at some point in their careers, according to a new study. The percentage of employees who are high at work has increased 60% over the past five years, moving up from just 9.7 News Startups

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

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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.

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.

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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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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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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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.

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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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.

Oncolytics Bio Tacks On Cancer Combo Study with Merck KGaA, Pfizer


There’s a speed dating game of sorts happening as pharmaceutical companies that have approved cancer immunotherapies are testing their medications in combination with experimental drugs in hopes of reaching more patients.

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Startups Weekly: VCs are drunk on beverage startups

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Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a newsletter published every Saturday that dives into the week’s most noteworthy venture deals, fundraises, M&A transactions and trends. Let’s take a quick moment to catch up. Startup capital.

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.

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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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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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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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?

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.

7 Startup Habits Investors Read as Staying Power

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I’m always looking for evidence of early startup characteristics that might be predictors of long-term success. Of course, we would all like to have a magic list based on more definitive tracking of many real startups over time.

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6 Ways Tech Startups Are Changing in 2019


Tech startups are always looking to capitalize on the next big thing. And every year, the startup ecosystem is slightly different. Entrepreneurs preparing to launch a startup in 2019 should be aware of the latest trends that will guide their successes or failures. News Startups

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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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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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Early Predictors of Long-Term Survival for Startups

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I’m always looking for evidence of early startup characteristics that might be predictors of long-term success. Of course, we would all like to have a magic list based on more definitive tracking of many real startups over time. entrepreneur startup long-term survival investor busines

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Your Next Startup Will Likely Be Run By a Boomer

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In fact, according to a study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, these Boomers are actually driving a new entrepreneurship boom. Here is a summary of indicative facts from the earlier study referenced, an update published last year, and others.

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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