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.

How to Negotiate a Partner Role at a Venture Capital or Private Equity Firm

David Teten

It’s hard enough to get a job at a venture capital or private equity firm; it’s even more complex to join as a Partner. Sean Seton-Rogers, Partner, Profounders Capital, breaks the conversation into three areas: Control: voting/veto for new deals, share of management company. For some examples of public transparency on what investors are looking for, see HOF Capital , KEC ( Brian Laung Aoaeh ), IA ( Roger Ehrenberg ); and Georgian Partners. – Tax distributions.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 28: Magdalena Yesil and Michael Mondavi

Steve Blank

Michael Mondavi , founder and coach of Folio Fine Wine Partners. In Silicon Valley for three decades, spent eight years as a partner at US Venture Partners. In 2004, he launched Folio Fine Wine Partners with his wife Isabel and their children, Rob, Jr.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 28: Magdalena Yesil and Michael Mondavi

Steve Blank

Michael Mondavi , founder and coach of Folio Fine Wine Partners. In Silicon Valley for three decades, spent eight years as a partner at US Venture Partners. In 2004, he launched Folio Fine Wine Partners with his wife Isabel and their children, Rob, Jr.

How to Be Smarter than Your Investors – Continuous Customer Discovery

Steve Blank

As a bonus it meant the 1,400 aerial applicator companies could be a potential distribution channel partner. We’re now piloting our application with Tree Farmers in California and working with crop specialists at U.C.

The Small Business Content Marketing Paradox

crowdSPRING Blog

If we zoom even further, we see that the strongest interest in content marketing is found in two major startup markets – the East Coast and California. create a strategy and implement tactics to distribute and promote your content. from Velocity Partners.

Whole Foods to Chobani: Please Leave

Inc Startups

In a statement released by Chobani, Ulukaya said, "Though we have very limited distribution within Whole Foods, they have been an important partner of ours over the years," and added, "We hope to continue our partnership moving forward."

This Week in VC with Rick Smith of Crosscut Ventures

Both Sides of the Table

– I spoke about GRP’s recent exit of Ulta in which we returned $320 million to our limited partners. Can you please expand on your post about distributed teams? It was a verbal discussion on my post on distributed teams. -

Rocket Science 3: Hollywood Meets Silicon Valley « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

So I got out out of the building to meet and understand our customers and distribution partners. My partner had convinced several major Hollywood names that this was the inevitable consequence of the merger of Hollywood and Silicon Valley.

Early Stage Marketing and Branding – Farida Fotouhi


Same partner all along: Jorge Alonso, Creative Director. I need to get you into both the Southern California Tech Central and the B2B Marketing Zone. What networking events in Los Angeles or Southern California do you go to? I've known Farida for quite a while. Maybe ten years.

The Secret History of Silicon Valley 12: The Rise of “Risk Capital.

Steve Blank

Ampex’s first customer was Bing Crosby who wanted to record his radio programs for rebroadcast (and had exclusive distribution rights.) In a typical venture fund, the partners receive a 2% management fee. This is where the partners would make their money.

Meet the Grand Prize Entrepreneurs of the BEC Boost

Up and Running

” Michelle and her business partner Andrew Ekelem are the founders of Chariot Mobility, a company dedicated to updating the manual wheelchair to a low-profile, efficient and ergonomic chair that better serves the needs of its users.

Ecosystem for success: the key ingredients to attract an early-stage investor

The Startup Magazine

I therefore value business partners who share my values and vision, and who don’t just see me as an investor, but as a member of the team. Only one in ten startups succeed.

supermac War Story 1: Joining supermac

Steve Blank

Yet two smart VC firms, Sigma and Matrix Partners, realized that somewhere in this mess there was value. They had an existing distribution channel and their dealers and customers thought they knew who the company was and what it stood for.

How Tender Greens Turns Top Chefs Into Fast-Food Cooks

Inc Startups

Tender Greens Culber City, California -1977Company founded -$10The approximate price Carpenter''s first Snurfer, a surfboard made for the snow -845Number of employees worldwide, 348 of them in the U.S. -35%Burton Oberholtzer and his partners teach them how to be entrepreneurs.

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The LeanLaunch Pad at Stanford – Class 6: Channel Hypotheses

Steve Blank

Virtual channels include Dedicated e-commerce, Two-step e-distribution and Aggregators. Their goal is to deploy CarrotBot this week in the farm fields in Avenal, California, on the way to the World Ag Expo. This team spoke with 10 more customers and potential channel partners.

7 Tips for Building Your Lean Team

Startup Lessons Learned

and Union College found that what they label the “c factor” (another term for collective intelligence) is correlated with “the average social sensitivity of group members, the equality in distribution of conversational turn-taking, and the proportion of females in the group.” This is an idea that Courtney Hemphill, partner at Carbon Five, calls reversible risk. Guest Post by Misti Yang, Writer for Lean Startup Co. Think big. Start small. Scale fast.”

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Discussion Creation Among Bloggers - LinkedIn, Blogging and Discussion Groups


It seems that four different models of "discussion creation" have occurred: Organice Discussion - someone posts something interesting, lots of bloggers post on the topic, distributed discussion ensues. Charles Edge :: Partner, 318 Author :: Mac Tiger Server Little Black Book April 16, 2007 1:37 AM Shashank said. Technology Jobs in Southern California – a Rebound.

How to Market Like an Arrogant Bastard

Inc Startups

America''s love affair with craft beers was still in its infancy when Greg Koch and his partner, Steve Wagner, started Stone Brewing in 1996. It was too intense for them," says Koch, the CEO of the Escondido, California-based company.

4 Steps to Making Your Next Great Idea a Reality

Up and Running

They collaborated with Haloplate, a parking lot management company based in California. After a product is designed and ready to be manufactured, it still takes a lot of time and money before it can be distributed and sold.”. Image credit: Yvonne Martinez. Congratulations!

Tale of Two Valleys: LA and the Bay Area from an Investor’s Perspective

Mucker Lab

Over time, though, military spending wound down and many large aerospace and military companies left Southern California. For the last couple of years, I’ve been investing in startups as a partner at Mucker, while spending a lot of time in the Valley working with potential co-investors and partners. My partner Erik Rannala has had a similar experience, having worked as a VC at Harrison Metal before moving down to LA to co-found our seed stage venture firm.

Who Wins ARPA-E Grants?

Secret Formula

Grant winners may be a single organization (like “GE Research”) or, more commonly, a consortium with a single prime contractor and one or more subcontractors (like “Applied Materials partnered with A123Systems and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab”).

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Take Advantage of a New Trend: Big Business Looks to Small to Innovate

Up and Running

One recent development has been that larger companies are now looking at small innovative companies in a new light — as potential partners in developing new products, processes and services. Sometimes it’s the smaller business that has more freedom to innovate.

Welcome to SBA Ventures LLC.

Inc Startups

The first licensee is Hatteras Venture Partners, of Durham, North Carolina. And nearly 70 percent of that money went to companies in just three states: California, Massachusetts, and New York.

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Faith-Based versus Fact-Based Decision Making « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

You make several first order approximations about your business model, distribution channels, demand creation, and customer acceptance. You leave the comfort of your existing job, convince a few partners to join you and you jump off the bridge together.

Super Specialized Wine and Film Private Equity Funds

Entrepreneurial Growth Culture

With trust in the financial system at one of its lowest points, I will imagine potential limited partners are raising all the hard questions around the objective and investment process of these vehicles. Based in the United States, Bacchus Capital Management specializes in mezzanine and private equity wine industry investments, principally in California’s premium wineries.

The Quest to Be the Biggest Little Hometown Brewery

Inc Startups

Generally speaking, that happened because many entrepreneurs were hobbyists who didn''t have the sales distribution background to know how to get their beer into the market. Volume requires distribution. L.A.''s s Golden Road Brewing Company makes wildly successful brews.

LinkedIn Wins Entrepreneur of the Year

Inc Startups

Co-founder and executive chairman Hoffman, who is also a partner at Greylock Partners, the venture capital firm that led a $10 million funding round in LinkedIn in 2004, started the company in 2002 in his living room.

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How to Be Smarter Than Your Investors: Continuous Customer Discovery

Inc Startups

As a bonus it meant the 1,400 aerial applicator companies could be a potential distribution channel partner. We’re now piloting our application with tree farmers in California and working with crop specialists at U.C.

Times Square Strategy Session – Web Startups and Customer Development

Steve Blank

Union Square Ventures The next morning I got to spend time with Brad Burnham , partner at Union Square Ventures talking about their investment strategy and insights about web-based businesses. Bill and his partner Fred Wilson have invested in ~30 or so companies with 27 still active.

A new field guide for entrepreneurs of all stripes

Startup Lessons Learned

Differences in how people are reached, their expectations of the buying process, how their trust is earned, the price point they’ll accept, what distribution methods are most efficient, the messaging that attracts them -- all these factors (and more) may represent different sub-segments.

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Interview with Anthony Smith, Founder and CEO of Insightly

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

AS: Insightly is not the first business I founded, and one thing I learned is if you start a business with other founders, you need to make very sure they are just as committed to the business as you are, and you need to make the ownership stake each founder has distributed in a fair way.

35 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Name


I sat down with my partner and we brainstormed the name for our business. Instead, my producing partner suggester Corner Piece, Because we’re the piece you need to get everything started. My business partner Isaac and I came up with the name Baby K’tan.

This Week in VC with Mo Koyfman of Spark Capital

Both Sides of the Table

This was a really fun episode for me because Mo is informed and knowledgeable on so many topics and being a Boston / NYC VC it gave us so much to talk about relative to just covering California VCs. We also discussed having distributed teams (e.g.

Rocket Science 5: Who Needs Domain Experts

Steve Blank

Meanwhile my partner was in heaven working with his newly hired group of game designers directing and producing our first games. No, not really, but my partner owns the studio and tells me it’s spectacular and everyone will love it.

Rocket Science 2: Drinking the Kool-Aid

Steve Blank

If you were a “with it” VC you needed to have a “Content&# or “Multimedia&# company in your portfolio to impress your limited partners – educational software companies, game companies, or anything that could be described as content and/or Multimedia. You can be an Independent studio or do “work for hire&# (either a revenue share or buy-out model) - If you’re an independent studio you have a set of choices for distribution channel and marketing models. -

The Nonprofit Giving Free Money to the Poor, No Strings Attached

Inc Startups

We''re spending all this money on aid and development," Niehaus, now an assistant professor of economics at University of California, San Diego, says. So far, GiveDirectly has distributed that money in large lump sums over the course of a year to 50,000 people and counting. Knowing that GiveDirectly would have its dectractors, Niehaus also partnered with Yale''s Innovations for Poverty Action to conduct a full impact study of GiveDirectly''s work.

Launchpad LA – 10 Startup Companies to Watch

Both Sides of the Table

Walk into any Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Southern California and you can’t miss their digital screens. They have developed a cloud-based platform for merchants to publish to multiple distribution networks, including social, mobile and email.

What Do Microsoft, Tim Ferriss, Donald Trump and Katy Perry Have In Common? by Yaro Starak

Now, if you think about it, Microsoft did a joint venture with IBM, and leveraged their mass distribution and deep market penetration to reach the entire industry while getting paid for it. Today, Microsoft is Microsoft not because of some marketing campaigns, but only because of their ability to command the distribution through multiple mediums in multiple markets consistently. Her first music video for this album, “California Gurls”, featured Snoop Dogg.

Business Strategy Plan: How to Tilt the Game in Your Favor

Growthink Blog

As an example, I pretty much love all the beers created by Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, California. Often this is done through alliances with strategic partners and other opportunities for synergy.