Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions

SoCal CTO

I talk to roughly 2 or 3 new startups every week who need advice from an experienced CTO. Of course, I provide part-time CTO services. In talking with a colleague who also does Acting CTO work, he said that he also does this kind of free consulting sessions and offered to help me if I didn't have enough time - which sometimes happens. So, I wanted to use this post to make it official - we are offering free startup CTO consulting sessions.

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Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions

SoCal CTO

I talk to roughly 2 or 3 new startups every week who need advice from an experienced CTO. Of course, I provide part-time CTO services. In talking with a colleague who also does Acting CTO work, he said that he also does this kind of free consulting sessions and offered to help me if I didn't have enough time - which sometimes happens. So, I wanted to use this post to make it official - we are offering free startup CTO consulting sessions.

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Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

Steve Blank

Corporate business development and strategic partner executives are flocking to Silicon Valley to find these five types of innovation. For acquirers this math makes sense since they can factor in the potential impact the startup has when combined with their existing business.

Lessons Learned: What does a startup CTO actually do?

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Tuesday, September 30, 2008 What does a startup CTO actually do? So what does CTO mean, besides just "technical founder who really cant manage anyone?" So I initially gravitated to the CTO title, and not VP of Engineering. for Harvard Business Revie.

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Episode 1 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Alexander Osterwalder and Oren Jacob

Steve Blank

My guests on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Alexander Osterwalder – inventor of the Business Model Canvas. Oren Jacob , ex-CTO of Pixar and now CEO of ToyTalk. What’s the Business Model Canvas? “It’s

Dharmesh Shah, CTO of HubSpot at Business of Software 2011. Building Big Ass Software Businesses.

Business of Software Blog

Dharmesh Shah - Building Big Ass Software Businesses: Insights and musings on the Business of Software. Dharmesh Shah is the founder and CTO of HubSpot , a venture-backed software company offering a hosted software service for inbound marketing. When Dharmesh set up his first business, an enterprise sales guy told him he would have to play golf. ” SaaS and Subscription Business Models. Freemium vs Cheapium Models.

Share Your Wifi Karma

YoungUpstarts

At US$79 which includes an initial 1 GB free bandwidth it even ditches the subscription model – so yay, no more monthly subscription payments. Ideaspotting business model Karma New York Techstars WiFi wireless hotspot

Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April

SoCal CTO

Some great posts from April 2010 that talk to me in terms of being a CTO at a Startup. Redeye VC , April 13, 2010 Startup Development - SoCal CTO , April 23, 2010 Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?

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. I also found this interesting graphic of the changing needs around the CTO role in different size/type companies that somewhat echoes my experience. During Stabilization, often the focus is transitioning to a full-time CTO. So, what is my role as an acting CTO? Basically, the role is to support both the business strategy and technical strategy.

Venture Cyclist: You know you're not a startup if?

Venture Cyclist

You know you’re not a startup if… Guest Post by Sean Lindsay [When asked by BostInno to define what makes a startup, Sean Lindsay ( @rseanlindsay ), cofounder and CTO of Sigma company Viximo , and founder of Founder Mentors , came up with the following (published originally here ). Four Reasons for a Business Model. Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. Pages. Advice for Entrepreneurs. VC:VC.

The Different CTO Roles

www.allthingsdistributed.com

Main July 11, 2007 The Different CTO Roles I was putting together a short panel presentation on the roleof a Chief Technology Officer in corporate innovation and I once again realized that there is quite a bit of confusion around the role of the CTO. The first thing thatalways comes up when you want to discuss the role of a CTO is that there is no wellestablished definition of what a CTO actually does.

The Government Starts an Incubator: The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps

Steve Blank

Each of the teams selected by the NSF had a Principal Investigator – a research scientist who was a University professor; an Entrepreneurial Lead – a graduate student working in the Investigator’s lab; and a mentor from their local area who had business and/or domain expertise.

How Startups Can Keep Product Development Lean

YoungUpstarts

by Steve Owens, Founder and CTO of Finish Line Product Development Services. The lean start-up movement has been based on a single insight – which the purpose of a start-up is to discover a business model that works. Start-ups are very different from established businesses.

Highly-scalable talent and entrepreneurial drive: Jean-Luc Vaillant, CTO of LinkedIn

Grade A Entrepreneurs

I had the pleasure of welcoming one of the co-founders of LinkedIn , now its CTO, Jean-Luc Vaillant , on a panel on social media for business organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce that I moderated. By Marylene Delbourg-Delphis @mddelphis.

Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010

SoCal CTO

Some really great stuff in 2010 that aims to help startups around product, technology, business models, etc. Grade A Entrepreneurs , September 5, 2010 Why Krispy Kreme failed in Australia - Start Up Blog , November 3, 2010 Mellow Johnny’s: Retail Stores as Community Hubs - IDDICTIVE.COM , July 14, 2010 Is crowdfunding an option for my business?

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Customer Validation - 33 Great Articles

SoCal CTO

" Today I had two conversations with early stage startups (see Free CTO Consulting ). I saw a great post from Tristan Kromer Pivoting on Investor Feedback a.k.a Beware of Mentors. It was a top post on StartupRoar on Tuesday.

Why Uber is The Revenge of the Founders

Steve Blank

A version of this article is in the Harvard Business Review. None of this was law, and nothing in writing required this; this was just how these firms did business to protect their large institutional customers who would buy the stock. — all great things when you are executing and scaling a known business model. If the founder was lucky, he got to stay as chairman or CTO. Schmidt had been the CEO of Novell and previously CTO of Sun Microsystems.

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Lean LaunchPad for Life Sciences – Value Proposition and Customers

Steve Blank

Each of the teams is assigned a mentor to match their domainv(Head of device R&D of Phillips, Genetech, Crescendo, CTO of UCSF, venture capitalists from Sofinnova, Burrill, Lightstone, M34, etc.). We’ve recorded these panels for each part of the business model canvas.

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We have a CTO, and so can you!

www.aaronkharris.com

Im a private tutor on Tutorspree Text Aug 23, 2010 @ 9:08 pm Permalink We have a CTO, and so can you! I was told that finding a CTO/technical co-founder in NYC was about as easy as climbing Everest with one leg, no O2, and carrying a dead elephant. I handed out a whole bunch of business cards, and got rejected time and time again. Also, remember this: just because developers like to think about code first does not mean that they don’t like/have a head for business.

Pixar, Artists, Founders and Corporate Innovation

Steve Blank

That means the entire company is driven by directors – the artists – not by corporate executives in management with MBA’s or financial models or a development department. Directors, like founders, develop mental models for how they search for an unseen destination – they “get in the zone.”

Advice for CTO Founders: Don't Let Business Kill the Business

www.informationarbitrage.com

BlogTalkRadio Buddy Media Clickable Cloverhill Enterprises Covestor Domdex Global Bay Mobile Tech Zoo Games Invite Media Kinetic Trading Strategies Mashery Mimeo oneforty OrcaOne OrganizedWisdom Recognia Selerity Business Insider Standout Jobs StockTwits TheLadders Ticketfly TLists TubeMogul TweetDeck Zoomino ?Vaultive Main February 23, 2010 Advice for CTO Founders: Dont Let Business Kill the Business Founding a technology company is an amazing thing.

You Hardly Ever Fail Because of Your CTO

Babbling VC

If you're going to send your business plan to a VC or pitch their partnership make sure you address this issue right up front. It's always sales that kill most early-stage businesses. I can't remember ever saying "shit, we're going to fail with this one because of the CTO!" I have to admit that when sitting in a pitch hearing endlessly about tech and how innovative a product is, if I don't hear the business case, it all becomes "blah, blah, blah".

Why Lean May Save Your Life – The I-Corps @ NIH

Steve Blank

The traditional model of how to turn scientific discovery into a business has been: 1) make a substantive discovery, 2) write a business plan/grant application, 3) raise funding, 4) execute the plan, 5) reap the financial reward.

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The New Moneyball--and Why It Matters for Business

Inc Startups

In the process, the A''s template for affordable team-building became one of the most envied (and copied) business models in the sports world. For business leaders, there are two key takeaways: 1. The key to successful business model innovation is a larger subject.

10 Entrepreneur Milestones That Make Funding Easy

Startup Professionals Musings

Every investor expects to see some business traction, both before and after a funding event. Here are some tips which will signal traction and fundability to investors, as well as to your team: Document your business plan. milestones entrepreneur startup funding business

Marketing Your Startup: A Billion-Dollar Company’s First Marketer Reflects Back

View from Seed

Initially, we promoted it to a list that we’d already developed through Website Grader, the free app our CTO Dharmesh Shah had built before we even had a product. Ellie Mirman was the first marketer hired by the CMO of HubSpot, the Boston-based marketing software startup that IPOed in 2014.

How Venture Capitalists Decide What to Fund

Inc Startups

So now that you know all of that, are you going to change your business model, your top team, your body language, or your customer outreach? Before you do, evaluate your deep-down, innermost reasons for being in business. And what you can learn from investor rejection.

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My Partners

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

We had both been in the venture business for more than a decade, had made a fair bit of money, but were still hungry to prove ourselves. He's been a CTO, a VP Engineering, and has run businesses. Albert has a very analytical mind, asks piercing questions, and thinks deeply about the web, its underlying technologies, and new business models. It's friday so it's time for another suggested post from the amazing comment thread on the bloggers block post.

How to Do Market Research

Up and Running

I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my business career. Tons of businesses would need it and it was going to be a huge hit! See Also: How Not Doing Market Research Sunk My Business. Don’t just do it to fill in a section of your business plan.

Conducting User Research in Product Management

The Product Guy

He grows revenue and adoption, and ensures product by turning business problems into profitable, simple, easy-to-use solutions Jordan works closely with his market, executives, and internal subject matter experts to develop roadmaps, and communicate these roadmaps internally and with clients.

Product Management at Startups vs. Enterprises

The Product Guy

He grows revenue and adoption, and ensures product by turning business problems into profitable, simple, easy-to-use solutions Jordan works closely with his market, executives, and internal subject matter experts to develop roadmaps, and communicate these roadmaps internally and with clients.

User Experience Design Tactics for Product Managers

The Product Guy

He grows revenue and adoption, and ensures product by turning business problems into profitable, simple, easy-to-use solutions Jordan works closely with his market, executives, and internal subject matter experts to develop roadmaps, and communicate these roadmaps internally and with clients.

10 Keys to Startup Traction That Investors Look For

Startup Professionals Musings

Every investor expects to see some business traction, both before and after a funding event. Here are some tips which will signal traction and fundability to investors, as well as to your team: Document your business plan. milestones entrepreneur traction startup fundability business

Senior Product Manager and Your Next Career Steps

The Product Guy

He grows revenue and adoption, and ensures product by turning business problems into profitable, simple, easy-to-use solutions Jordan works closely with his market, executives, and internal subject matter experts to develop roadmaps, and communicate these roadmaps internally and with clients.

Founder's Dilemmas: Equity Splits

www.startuplessonslearned.com

Noam is one of a rare breed of business academics: he studies entrepreneurship using a rigorous empirical approach. At the company level, founders learn about the flaws in their initial plans and adjust the startup’s strategy, business plan,and business model.

9 Books Every Entrepreneur Needs to Read

Inc Startups

Here''s where to find the best advice for your business. Unlike most business stories which are penned from the point of view of the CEO, this one is written by the CTO/founder, David Hitz. Business Model Generation This proposes a visual technique for creating and understanding business models for companies. The book also includes many examples of successful companies'' models which helped me understand those companies better.

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Finding Blue Oceans #prodmgmt

The Product Guy

He grows revenue and adoption, and ensures product by turning business problems into profitable, simple, easy-to-use solutions Jordan works closely with his market, executives, and internal subject matter experts to develop roadmaps, and communicate these roadmaps internally and with clients.

The Kinect Accelerator

Feld Thoughts

The goal is to help new startups develop both the technology around their Kinect experience as well as the business model so the resulting company can prosper as an independent entity after the program. Eran Egozy, Founder and CTO Harmonix. Some of the Microsoft mentors include: Dan’l Lewin, Corporate VP, Strategic and Emerging Business Development. Dave Drach, Managing Director, Emerging Business Team.

BoS 2011: Business of Software Talks from 2011 all in one place.

Business of Software Blog

If you came to Business of Software 2011, you can access all the talks from last year here using the passcode you were sent by email. PUBLIC - Professor Clayton Christensen, Professor, Harvard Business School, How to Create New Growth Businesses in a Risk-Minimizing Environment. Jason Cohen, Founder, Partner, WP Engine, Capital Factory, Naked Business: How I made more money through honesty than through typical business behavior.

Lessons Learned: The three drivers of growth for your business.

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, September 22, 2008 The three drivers of growth for your business model. The AARRR model (hence pirates, get it?) is an elegant way to model any service-oriented business: Acquisition Activation Retention Referral Revenue We used a very similar scheme at IMVU, although we werent lucky enough to have started with this framework, and so had to derive a lot of it ourselves via trial and error. for Harvard Business Revie.

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