With so much going on in the thriving LA tech and startup ecosystem, it is easy to miss some of the news in the space. We keep you abreast of a few of things that you may have missed in LA Tech news this week including the fundings, exits, and events.
In the beginning all businesses are just people playing out an idea. It’s never the other way around – there is no idea so big that it doesn’t need people to make it succeed. Investors know this, hence the saying “Bet on the jockey (founder), not the horse (idea).” A great jockey is a great […]
Even as I sit here dictating this article, my writer Colin, who snuck into my office at 11:01 even though I have an 11:00 o’clock meeting knew that it would make all the difference. I have meetings from 8:00a.m until midnight or 8:00 until 11:00 PM, and every second is scheduled. The funny thing is, […]
It’s easy to blame the environment around you for being unjust, but it serves you (and your fellow female entrepreneurs) more to fight it. In her book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg notes that she has seen many female entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and around the world with the talent, […]
While in the midst of setting up a startup where you are most likely working night and day, it may seem crazy to take a sabbatical. This is because you are seemingly walking away temporarily from something that would need your round-the-clock attention. However, what I learned was that it was the best thing I […]
In my role as advisor to small businesses, I often think of the old joke, “In a bacon-and-egg breakfast, the chicken is very involved, but the pig is committed.” Some business owners claim to be committed, but seem quick to look to someone else to make the hard decisions, or some external factor to blame […]
An entrepreneur is literally “one who creates a new business.” The best new businesses are ones that have never been done before, so mastering creativity and recognizing creativity are key skills and mindsets. But how does one recognize and nurture creativity in a person or team? In researching this question, I reviewed a classic book […]
Here are the latest venture capital, seed, and angel deals for LA startups for 9/21/17. This page will be updated throughout the day to reflect any new fundings.
Providing strong support to your customers after their purchase is one of the most effective ways to build a good relationship. The power of positive relationships should never be underestimated, especially if you care about things like creating a loyal customer base and generating positive reviews and word-of-mouth advertising. I am close with many of […]
Private equity and venture capital investors are copying our sisters in the hedge fund and mutual fund world: we’re trying to automate more of our job. But we’re doing it slowly. VCs tout themselves as frontier technology investors, but most are using the same infrastructure tools they have used for the past 20+ years: Excel […]
This past week, a robotic first happened: ABB’s Yumi robot conducted the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra in Pisa, Italy. The dual-armed robot overshadowed even his vocal collaborator, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. While many will try to hype the performance as ushering in a new new era of mechanical musicians, Yumi’s artistic career was short-lived as it […]