In Defense of Unreasonableness – Saving the California Coast

Steve Blank

Last night Alison and I along with others were honored for environmental leadership by the California League of Conservation Voters. —— Alison and I both grew up on the East Coast but we’ve been fortunate to live in California for 30 years.

A Path Forward in California!


A Path Forward in California! I’m even more thrilled today to announce the launch of a Path Forward program in California with six top tech companies — Go Daddy , Demandbase , CloudFlare , Coursera , Instacart and Zendesk.

5 Things You Need To Know About Flipping Homes In California


Flipping homes can be a profitable business if you are strategic and are familiar with the current real estate market in your area. Whether you are new to house flipping or have flipped many homes up to this point, here are five things you need to know about the process. Inspections are Crucial.

Aceable Expands its Mobile Drivers Ed App into California


Aceable launched its mobile app to teach teens to drive in California this week. The Aceable app is available for iOS and Android […] The post Aceable Expands its Mobile Drivers Ed App into California appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Aceable California Florida TexasThe Austin-based startup reported as of Tuesday teens between the ages of 15 and 17 and a half years old can now fulfill their 25 hour classroom requirement on Aceable’s mobile app.

Southern California Tech Central


I am excited to be participating in and announcing the of: Southern California Tech Central This is a community of people in Southern California who have come together to help find and organize the best content from blogs, news sources and other web sites all around technology in So Cal. This site is being sponsored by the Technology Council of Southern California and my company TechEmpower.

[Video] TED Talk: Startups Aren’t Just For California


Elizabeth Edwards, author of “ Startup: The Complete Handbook for Launching a Company for Less ” ( our review of the book here ), recently presented a talk at TEDxXavierUniversity about startups and venture funding.

USC Village is the largest development in the history of the University of Southern California

YFS Magazine

million-sf expansion to the University of Southern California campus and marks the largest development project in the university’s history. The recently completed USC Village brings a 15-acre, 1.25

Looking For Several Startup Visa Supporters in Texas, California, and Virginia

Feld Thoughts

If you support the Startup Visa and are in the congressional district for Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21), Darrell Issa (CA-49), or Bob Goodlatte (VA-6) I’d like to talk to you – please drop me an email. Startup Visa

Networking Events in Los Angeles and Southern California


He talks about a bunch of the different networking events that occur in Los Angeles and other parts of Southern California. LA CTO Forum Dealmaker Media Digital Family Reunion Startups Uncensored Social Media Club, LA Twiistup Mindshare LA LA Hadoop Meetup Dorkbot Geek Dinners LA Cloud Computing LA Web Application Developers LA PHP Developers In addition to these, I'd recommend looking at: Technology Council of Southern California – Surprised John didn't mention this one.

Software Development Companies in Southern California


In a recent conversation with a fellow CTO, we lamented about the fact that while there's very active software development and web development going on in Southern California and West Los Angeles, yet there didn't seem to be as much of a community around it. But where do the software development companies in Southern California congregate? Even still, this barely touches all the different companies in Southern California where software development is happening.

Technology Jobs in Southern California – a Rebound?


This is purely anecdotal, but it seems like a lot of companies are hiring technology talent here in Southern California. I’ve recently seen several tweets from software development companies looking for talent. And I’ve heard from several people looking for Startup Software Developers. And we have been looking to hire several positions (but are being really picky as is normally the case). I’ll be curious to see if that bears up at our Los Angeles CTO Forum meeting tomorrow.

U.C. Santa Cruz Commencement Speech – 2019

Steve Blank

I was honored to give the commencement speech at the University of California Santa Cruz, right down the road from the ranch. The agency that regulates land use on all 1100 miles of the California Coast. California Coastal Commission Commencement Speeches Conservation

Lightspeed Systems Moves Operations from California to Austin


The Bakersfield Californian reports Lightspeed has about 80 employees and most of […] The post Lightspeed Systems Moves Operations from California to Austin appeared first on SiliconHills. Lightspeed Systems, which makes education software, announced plans to relocate all of its operations and employees from Bakersfield, Calif. to Austin.

California, Massachusetts, New York, Colorado

VC Adventure

California, Massachusetts, New York, Colorado. That’s the order of states with the greatest dollar value of seed and early stage investment according to a PWC MoneyTree study that my partner Jason blogged about today. 290M invested in 41 companies based in Colorado in 2011. Compare that with 2006 when Colorado ranked 12th on the list with just under $90M invested in 32 companies.

Tim Berry – The California Tour Edition

Up and Running

Even while traveling and teaching full day classes, Tim continues to bring daily content. Did you miss one? That’s ok, I’ve got you covered. Is All Good Business Inherently Social Enterprise? I liked the phrase social entrepreneurship instantly when I first heard it.

Techies? Write Your Own Ticket In Southern California

I’ve covered this topic many times before, but I keep coming back to it, because everytime I turn around I’m talking with both startups and established companies in Southern California who are telling me they are looking for technical talent to join their company.

California Passes Legislation Creating New Structures for Social Enterprise

Business Plan Blog

Fortunately, California Governon Jerry Brown signed into law Benefit Corporation (!B The passage of this law creates two options for socially responsible business models in California.

Five Questions with: Douglas McGray, Editor-in-Chief of California Sunday Magazine

Hunter Walker

Like Douglas McGray , the CEO and EIC of California Sunday Magazine , a newly launched multiplatform magazine. Hunter Walk: So a few months back this amazing magazine called California Sunday started showing up monthly. How do you describe California Sunday to people and why does it exist? The California Sunday Magazine tells stories about people and culture and ideas in California, the West, Asia, and Latin America for a national audience.

Paid Sick Leave in California: Understanding the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014

Early Growth Financial Services

The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 was passed to allow most types of employees in California to be eligible for paid sick leave. With this passage, California becomes the first state in the Union to require all employers, regardless of size, to offer sick leave to its employees. This guest post is from Kaspars Upmanis, the founder of CAKE HR.

Can a California company have unpaid interns?

Startup Company Lawyer

On April 7, 2010, the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) issued an opinion letter addressing the requirements employers must meet in order to have unpaid interns in compliance with California law. However altruistic their reasons, employers must be aware that California and federal law severely limit the circumstances under which such internships can be unpaid. (The following is from a WSGR client alert.).

Startup Lessons: 4 Companies Facing Product Lawsuits

The Startup Magazine

One notable example occurred recently in May of 2019, when a jury in California required Bayer, which had acquired Monsanto back in 2018, to compensate a couple $2 billion for failing to properly release the potential dangers of Roundup.

Future-Proofing Your Startup’s Compliance

The Startup Magazine

Legal insight Staffing accountability British Airways California CCPA compliance compliance strategy data breach data security Employees Gamification GDPR investors markets merger predictive analytics privacy regulations reputation workforce

How to Start Up a Computer Repair Business In 2019

The Startup Magazine

If you are looking to start a computer repair in Redding a beautiful city in Northern California, here are some tips on how you can make that dream a reality in 2019. Computer problems can happen to anyone.

Farming for Developers: Coastal Commission Stories – Lesson 1

Steve Blank

Last week I got an email last week from a New York VC asking for advice about building a house in the California Coastal Zone. For six and a half years I served as a public official on the California Coastal Commission. That’s why developers on the California coast love farming.

The Advantages of Slow Growth for StartUps

The Startup Magazine

Research from the Universities of California, Berkley and Stanford University found that a big problem for many failed tech start-ups was premature scaling, essentially businesses growing too fast.

Rare event in Palo Alto today: fireside chat with Lifograph and Microsoft

The Startup Magazine

Event California event Lifograph Microsoft Silicon ValleyMicrosoft General Manager Dave Mendlen is in Palo Alto today to participate in a rare fireside chat with the CEO of Lifograph, Dea Wilson.

Hostages Strapped to the Tank: Coastal Commission Stories – Lesson 2

Steve Blank

For six and a half years I served as a public official on the California Coastal Commission. The California coast is a panorama of open farm fields and hundreds of miles of undeveloped land. Filed under: California Coastal Commission. California Coastal Commission

Jobs, Bezos, Gates, Branson. Inside the Brains of the CEOs

The Startup Magazine

Around 4 out of 10 hail from the same 4 states; California, Texas, Illinois and New York. (7) Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Richard Branson — these visionary CEOs not only shore up bottom lines, but they usher in revolutions. So, what exactly is going on in their heads?

Top 5 Startups Emerging in 2018

The Startup Magazine

Already, the company has a permit to test its self-driving cars in California. Three every second; 11,000 every hour; 100 million every year. That, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report , is how many new startups are launched. Source: Pixabay.

Southern California #Angels and Their Investments

Scalable Startup

Southern California Angels on Twitter and Facebook. Are you a southern California angel (or do you know one) who’d like to be on our list? Click here to add an angel. Jason Calacanis (Los Angeles). link]. link]. Sample Investments: [link]. link]. link]. link]. link]. link]. link]. Matt Coffin (Los Angeles). link]. Sample Investments: [link]. link]. link]. link]. link]. link]. link]. link]. link]. link]. Paige Craig (Los Angeles). link]. link]. Sample Investments: [link].

FHA Loans – How Government Loan Programs Work

The Startup Magazine

They provide the ability for borrowers to loan for luxury markets and areas such as New York City and some areas of California where home prices are very high. Using a home loan can often help you have capital available for your startup.

Going Out With His Boots On

Steve Blank

With 37 mllion people it’s remarkable that California has one of the most pristine and unspoiled coastline in the United States. ———– California Dreaming. It goes through quintessential California beach towns right out of the 1950′s.

The Complete Guide To Southern California Accelerators and Incubators, Part III

Southern California. High Tech News and Information for Southern California. The Complete Guide To Southern California Accelerators and Incubators, Part III. In recent months, a dozen accelerators and incubators have emerged in the Southern California area, looking to help take the new generation of technology startups to funding and beyond. Californias various startup accelerators and incubators. Accelerator Crazy In Southern California.

Living The SoCal Chillax Life With Just Chill


What’s better than chilling out on a Southern California beach? Chilling on a Southern California beach with a great drink in hand, believes The Chill Group. Ideaspotting Chill Group food & beverage Just Chill Southern California United States

For Example! My EG Conference Experience

The Startup Magazine

I arrived in Carmel, California with more than a few doubts. I was attending the 12th annual EG Conference, a 3-day event that takes place at the beginning of May and attracts talented innovators from every conceivable industry around the world.

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ArtLife – Redefining Fashion And Art


That’s what California-based apparel company ArtLife ( ) does – the new contemporary lifestyle brand offers consumers artist-inspired wardrobe must-haves such as cotton tees, tank tops, raglans and sweatshirts showcasing designs of various mediums.

Solving Hard Problems: Traptic’s Harvesting Robots

K9 Ventures

And over 90% of the US strawberry production happens in California, within a short driving distance from Traptic’s headquarters in Sunnyvale. K9 Portfolio Company Ag-Tech Agriculture California Harvest Robotics Harvesting Robots Robotics Strawberries Strawberry Strawberry Picker Trapti

Venture Summit: Connecting with Silicon Valley Venture Capital

The Startup Magazine

Event Details: The event will be held March 13th-14th at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.

The Complete Guide To Southern California Accelerators and Incubators, Part II

In recent months, a dozen accelerators and incubators have emerged in the Southern California area, looking to help take the new generation of technology startups to funding and beyond. In an attempt to help people navigate the landscape of accelerators and incubators, we've come up with a (hopefully) comprehensive list of Southern California's various startup accelerators and incubators.

Neff Headwear Makes Headway In Fashion And Culture


Shaun Neff was always surrounded by Southern California’s skate, surf and snow culture – as an active participant in those sports he’d always dreamed about being involved in the business side of the industry.

Project Kairos Helps Startups with Funding

The Startup Magazine

Kairos (??????) is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment (the supreme moment). Project Kairos is the umbrella brand for Informa’s community built for startups, and in particular connecting investors with startups.

California Startup Gold – bring it here to scale it

Scalable Startup

Most of my 25 year career has been in California; about half of those in Silicon Valley. The term Silicon Valley is now a misnomer – it has moved way beyond silicon and way beyond the original Santa Clara valley to spread all over California. There’s a magic and complex dynamic to the combination of things that make California so different. I’ve rooted for other places to approach California’s ecosystem, but I know they’ll never come close.

Why Accountants Don’t Run Startups

Steve Blank

This week I’m at the California Coastal Commission hearing in Ventura California wearing my other hat as a public official for the State of California. Filed under: California Coastal Commission , Customer Development , Customer Development Manifesto , Durant versus Sloan: Startups Verus Companies. Tags: California Coastal Commission Customer Development Customer Development Manifesto Durant versus Sloan: Startups Verus Companies