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Splitting Up California


I am a partial hater of California. The truth is Christmas in San Diego would seem about as standard as a nightmare, and I have traveled far too much to consider Southern California anything special. From the activist site - "California needs a refresh.

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.

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.

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.

Tesla Opens World's Largest Battery Plant in California

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Tesla's Powerpack project is partnering with the Southern California electricity utility to bring renewable energy into the home

California Marijuana Legalization Would Cause 'Sea Change' in Capital for Cannabis Startups

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Should California legalize recreational marijuana use this election, it will cause a flood of capital to enter the market for cannabis startups

California Fines Uber $7.3 Million

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A judge ruled Wednesday that the ride-hailing company must pay for refusing to disclose certain information about its business practices

Google Fiber May Expand to Southern California and Kentucky Next

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The Internet service is 100 times faster than existing web speeds

3 Electric Skateboard Startups Set to Cruise in California

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Here are three companies hell-bent on revolutionizing personal transportation

Startup Founders React to California's Proposed Drone Law

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The law could have serious implications for drone operators and other startups hoping to use the unmanned vehicles for delivery purposes

Steve Jobs Was From California. Bill Gates Is From Washington. Here's how You Can Tell

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Each is a perfect reflection of his home state

California's Millionaire Tax Helps Those in Need, But For How Long?

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It may be in California's best interest build an ironclad case to keep its Mental Health Services Act

Everyone Loves Tesla. Except California Car Dealers

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A California trade association complains, saying Tesla''s ads understate the price of the new Model S. CNCDA represents 1,100 new car and truck dealers in California. California lets manufacturers sell their own cars directly.

Google Self-Driving Car Crashes Into Bus on California Street

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No one was injured, according to an accident report the tech company wrote and submitted to the California Department of Motor Vehicles

California, Massachusetts, New York, Colorado

Seth Levine's 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.

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.

What California Firefighters Can Teach About Thwarting Crises

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You can learn a lot about preventing complex situations from spinning out of control by watching how teams of firefighters handle wildfires

High Times Moves Cannabis Cup to California After Troubles in Denver

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The largest annual event of the marijuana industry drew local backlash from elected officials in Colorado and is moving to California

California Could Have Driverless Cars by the End of the Year

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The new set of rules allows companies to put their road-ready cars on the market

California Dreamin'


In late February, I’m going to be moving to San Francisco to work in Bessemer’s Menlo Park office. Having lived in NYC for most of my life, the move is really bittersweet. On the bitter (read: sad) side, my life is in NYC.

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.

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

7 Ways to Thrive as a Startup Outside of California and New York

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You don''t have to live on the coasts to make it as an entrepreneur

Why California Represents the Future of US Growth Potential

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California's real economic performance over the last two years shows what is possible in modern America

Napster Co-Founder Sean Parker Spearheads Pot Legalization Bid in California

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The tech entrepreneur and investor is backing ballot language to make the sale of recreational marijuana legal in the state

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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

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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.

The California Software Company Powering Your Neighborhood Yoga Studio

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Mindbody is finding success by tapping the booming market of boutique fitness

California's Medical Marijuana Industry Will Be Tax-Free Until 2018

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Thanks to a missing date in the amendment's proposed law, medical marijuana will not be taxed until 2018

Walgreens Tells Theranos to Stop Using California Lab That's Under Scrutiny for Testing

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The nation's largest drug store chain told the blood-testing startup on Thursday to only send tests to a certified lab in Phoenix that Theranos runs, or to an accredited third-party lab

Texas Wants California to Pass the Sriracha

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The hot sauce business is booming, but the CEO of Huy Fong Foods is resisting offers to lure the company away from its California home. Texas is trying to lure Huy Fong Foods, the Irwindale, California company that makes Sriracha hot sauce, but CEO David Tran isn''t budging.

[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.

California Protects User Names and Passwords

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Two California bills prohibit employers and universities from retrieving social media user names and passwords. California employers and universities can no longer request access to individual's social network accounts, as California's governor Jerry Brown signed into law yesterday.

New Rankings Reveal the Most Innovative States

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Sorry, California: You just missed the top spot

California teen recognized with $10,000 scholarship for Zshred: Miniature skateboard business

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June 21, 2011 – In recognition of his work in becoming a leading seller of custom miniature skateboards in the United States, Dillon Morgan of Westlake Village, California, has been named the 2011 Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation. In recognition of his achievements, Morgan has been awarded a $10,000 educational scholarship that will help defray the cost of his tuition at the University of Southern California.

Is California Next for the Legal Weed Industry?

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An advocacy group has begun efforts to bring legal marijuana to the Golden State by 2016

A Win for California's Chef Entrepreneurs

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California's new Homemade Food Act went into effect this month, making it legal for entrepreneurs to sell food made at home. Looks like "foodpreneurs" in California got a huge boost from the state government.

Google Makes Employees Sign Away Right to Sue Over Pornography (and Lots of Other Rights, Too)

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Suit alleges Google's confidentiality agreements and waivers are illegal in California

Is California Losing Start-ups to Other States?

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A new study suggests the California dream may be starting to fade: The number of start-ups raising money in the state has been on the decline for years. But a recent report suggests that California might be losing its edge.

Tim Draper Wants to Break California Into Six States

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The venture capitalist plans to present a initiative to the California Attorney General to break the nation''s most populous state into six smaller ones--including a state of Silicon Valley. Think you could wrap your head around six different Californias?