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.

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.

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.

Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

Both Sides of the Table

billion by Cisco and the only winter that can be found is at the ski resorts following California’s epic snowy and rainy January.

The LeanLaunch Pad at Stanford – Class 8: Key Resources, Activities and Expense Model

Steve Blank

This week they were testing their hypotheses about Partners. Partners are the external companies whose product or service combines with your Value Proposition to create a complete customer solution or “whole product&# to satisfy customers.

Why The Next Generation of Online Video Companies Will be Vertical

Both Sides of the Table

In the online world the ecosystem is being fragmented into those that primarily produce content (Mitu, Vice, BuzzFeed) and those who primarily distribute it: YouTube, Amazon, Netflix, Yahoo!,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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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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.

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.

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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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.

Early Stage Marketing and Branding – Farida Fotouhi

SoCal CTO

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

10 Scientific Facts About Successful Teams

YoungUpstarts

University of Southern California’s Diane E. After all, as a supplement to textbooks and lectures, it allows participants to pull from their strengths and reach out to partners with complementary weaknesses.

Discussion Creation Among Bloggers - LinkedIn, Blogging and Discussion Groups

SoCal CTO

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.

10 Mom-and-Pop Businesses That Turned Into Empires

YoungUpstarts

Today, The Bean has approximately 350 company-owned stores, with locations in Southern California, Las Vegas, Honolulu, New York City and Southeast Asia. Darius Bikoff, who distributed his enhanced drinks to health food stores, independent retailers and mom-and-pop stores in the New York area. The idea took off and Bikoff responded to the success by expanding the drinks to national distribution.

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.

Mike Michalowicz’s Net Worth

Mike Michalowicz

With a partner, I built and sold my second company to a Fortune 500 in about two and a half years. The money from the sale went into a temporary bank account my partner and I set up. (We We then wrote out our distributions from there, on the bank starter checks.

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The Texas Startup Manifesto

Austin Startup

Some businesses can service all four cities with a single distribution hub in one of the cities, making it a unique market for launching new businesses. We’ll be bringing other entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and corporate partners with us. Only California and New York have more.

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Monetizing Medium

Austin Startup

However, while the culture of California startups has always been to scale first, then monetize; Texas’ startup culture is money first, then scale. Medium could even partner up with Square to provide a white labeled version of this that could be embedded into other blogging platforms.

Seth Sternberg – Meebo

Both Sides of the Table

Seth saw friends move out to California, go to school, and launch Plaxo. Brands like Samsung, LG, and Dunkin Donuts pay Meebo to advertise to users on our partner sites. Mobile is another very important distribution place for the internet and Meebo is on the iPhone, Android, and BB.

35 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Name

Hearpreneur

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.

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Can You Trust Any vc's Under 40?

Steve Blank

Each VC firm/partner has a different spin on what to weigh more.) Venture Capitalists on your board developed the expertise to get your firm public as soon as possible using whatever it took including hype, spin, expand, and grab market share because the sooner you got your billion dollar market cap, the sooner the VC firm could sell their shares and distribute their profits. I find the same still going on with a few firms and partners.&#

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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.

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

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com 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.

Crushing It With Competitive Intelligence Analysis: Best Metrics, Reports

Occam's Razor

In this case, a simple distribution of overall search traffic and the amount that is coming via paid search. For each category, you need to partner with your creative teams on ad content, with your marketing team for ad targeting. It shows Traffic Share and distribution of the share.

The Customer Development Manifesto: Reasons for the Revolution.

Steve Blank

customers aren’t buying it, the cost of distribution is too high, etc.) Or at times an even more honest answer, “My senior partners say this is the only way to do it.”

How to Start a Farm: Your Complete Guide to Success

Up and Running

What if, as you’re getting ready to harvest your first batch, you then find out that all the demand for passion fruit is centered in Southern California, and not in Miami like you thought? Your day begins before the sun has even risen.

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. -

Another Sin Based Entrepreneur on Campus: Professor and Biker Gang Leader

Campus Entrepreneurship

From Inside Higher Ed : An erstwhile associate kinesiology professor at California State University at San Bernardino remains on the lam after police raided his home last week and found a pound of methamphetamine and a cache of guns. The actual distribution falls to the members and their associates, the enforcer handles the dirty work, and the president’s leadership duties can be delegated to the vice president when necessary.

How to Divide Equity to Startup Founders, Advisors, and Employees

thinkspace.com

The part that I’d like to zero in on is when you’ve got a high growth company what are some of the best practices out there to distribute equity to the founders, advisors, and employees? Below is an example of how some companies may approach distributing equity to employees.