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.

Strategies to Increase Your Construction Business Revenue

Up and Running

George Hedley, a CSP based in California, is known as “The Business Builder” and has worked in the construction industry since 1977. Job costs are specific to each job your firm is working on, from labor and equipment to project management and worker’s comp.

Digital Revenue Expert – Vince Thompson

SoCal CTO

Vince: I’m an author, speaker and management consultant with a special expertise in online media sales. My management book, Ignited, was released in 2007 and serves a guide and champion for middle managers. Today I lead a small consultancy that helps advertising supported develop and scale the revenue producing sides of their businesses. I usually.just focus on revenue. Vince: In addition to my management writing I’ve interview many CEOs and innovators.

The LeanLaunch Pad at Stanford – Class 7: Revenue Model

Steve Blank

This week they were testing their hypotheses about Revenue Models: what are customers really willing to pay for? Are you generating transactional or recurring revenues? providing a tool set for managing Amazon Web Services cloud compute usage.

So you say you want to be a Product Manager …?

Austin Startup

(Almost) everything you need to know (but are afraid to ask) before you wistfully ask a product manager to coffee so they will help you find a job. TL;DR Product management is a unique and poorly understood discipline, especially as it applies to software and other tech-related companies.

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.

I Just Invested in @Burstly, a Mobile Ad Management Company

Both Sides of the Table

I’m very pleased today to announce that I invested, on behalf of GRP Partners, in Burstly alongside Rincon Venture Partners , an early stage VC in Southern California whith whom we love to work (and were our co-investors on RingRevenue ). Burstly, a Santa Monica based company, provides an open and free ad management platform that helps mobile application developers better monetize their inventory. He knows the ad management and ad network businesses.

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Bizshark Helps You Search For Business Contacts (Or Sales Leads)

YoungUpstarts

Each contact profile is categorizes by fields such as job title, department, phone number, and email information, and even includes include company revenue estimates and built-in company directories by department and geographical location.

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How to Know When to Close Your Business and Start Over

Up and Running

Make sure your really on top of your financial metrics so you’re not suddenly surprised that even though you’re bringing in revenue, you don’t have enough cash flow to survive. . Managing a Business Starting a Business entrepreneurship failure

When DIY Is A Terrible Idea

YoungUpstarts

The Tax Foundation, a tax policy research organization, found that the total number of words in the Internal Revenue Code & Regulations grew from 1.39 For instance, California and Connecticut set the 28 th as their deadline while Maine goes with the 15 th of every month.

Keeping A Struggling Business Afloat

YoungUpstarts

Many successful enterprises encountered difficult times and manage to endure, adapt, and even grow stronger and larger because of the trials. She is based in San Diego, California, and maintains a blog with her closest gal pals, Word Baristas. by Stacey Thompson.

The Top Nine Challenges Of Growing an Entrepreneurial Business And How To Tackle Them

YoungUpstarts

years, and had reached an average revenue level of $60 million with the range being from $5 million to $350 million. Too much growth too quickly can create financial, quality, and reputational risks that if not properly managed can lead to the demise of the business. Managing cash flow.

Stage 5 of Non-Profit Incorporation: Sustain

Business Plan Blog

In California, a biennial Statement of Information can be submitted on Form SI-100. In California, charitable corporations with gross revenues of over $2 million must prepare annual ?nancial In California, the Nonprofit Integrity Act is available here.

The 11 Bad Habits Killing Innovation in Your Company

Steve Blank

Big companies have great execution habits to manage and improve successful business models and value propositions. This happens because managing the present often takes oxygen away from inventing the future.

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The 11 Bad Habits Killing Innovation in Your Company

Steve Blank

Big companies have great execution habits to manage and improve successful business models and value propositions. This happens because managing the present often takes oxygen away from inventing the future.

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Killing Innovation with Corner Cases and Consensus « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

He had just filmed the second of a series of videos called, Speaking to the Big Dogs: How mid-level managers can communicate effectively with C-level executives (CEO, VP’s, General Managers, etc.) We were happily brainstorming when one of his managers spoke up and said, “Well, the phrase ‘Big Dogs’ might not work because it might not translate well in our Mexican and Spanish markets.”

Be Like Ray Kroc? Or Not?

Growthink Blog

These innovations were those of the McDonald brothers - poor, first-generation Irish immigrants that made their way during the Great Depression to California to seek their fortune. Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture Capital

Is Passion Enough to Make Your Business Succeed?

Up and Running

BlueVine, which is based in Redwood City, California, offers online working capital financing to small- and medium-sized businesses in many industries. I was head of the company as well as the accountant, the press relations person, and the back-office manager.

How to use metrics and a dashboard

Berkonomics

I had that thrill when a student at the Richard Petty Stock Car School of Driving at a motor speedway in California. Email readers, continue here…] Metrics should be created by you and your managers to measure near real time progress for your enterprise.

Stage 4 of Non-Profit Incorporation: State Filing

Business Plan Blog

California requires a separate application for exemption from state taxes: Form 3500. For other states, search for state tax exemption in your state or look at your state’s Department of Revenue web site. In California, forms are available on the Attorney General’s web site.

Map of VC Investments

SoCal CTO

Dr. Karrer was valedictorian at Loyola Marymount University, attended the University of Southern California as a Tau Beta Pi fellow, one of the top 30 engineers in the nation, and received a M.S. Technology Jobs in Southern California – a Rebound.

There's a Pattern Here « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

In hindsight it appeared clear that startups that survive the first few tough years do not follow the traditional product-centric launch model espoused by product managers or the venture capital community. As you stated, the VCs only want to hear about product development and, I would add, revenue models.

Six Nudges: Creating A Sense Of Urgency For Higher Conversion Rates!

Occam's Razor

Increase current conversion rate by 25%, quantify how much increased revenue there will be. These two recommendations will help you compute the opportunity size for your management team. In the long run that’ll also create a positive revenue outcome for you.

Realistic Entrprenuers Guide to Venture Capital

SoCal CTO

Dr. Karrer was valedictorian at Loyola Marymount University, attended the University of Southern California as a Tau Beta Pi fellow, one of the top 30 engineers in the nation, and received a M.S. Technology Jobs in Southern California – a Rebound. Product Manager Entrepreneur Mark Geller SEO for Startups Startup Version 1.0

Open Source Business Model

SoCal CTO

However, Elgg could power 100,000 networks and it would make no difference - there is no revenue stream as we give everything away under a GPL license. There are quite a few other Software Development Companies in Southern California working on open source and/or freemium business models. Common revenue streams are consulting, training, support, customization, upgraded versions for corporate applications, etc. Technology Jobs in Southern California – a Rebound.

5 Tips for Private Practice Optometrists to Grow Profits This Year

Mike Michalowicz

Dr. White has one of the highest Yelp scores among private practice optometrists and has one of the highest per-patient revenues in the country. His practice, Complete Family Vision Care Optometry, is in San Diego, California. Profitability is the main key to business success.

Starting A Profitable Recycling Business

YoungUpstarts

by Erich Lawson, online marketing manager at Northern California Compactors, Inc. Stringent regulations have also contributed to the drive towards use of recycled products and proper waste management and disposal practice.

F2F Still Matters

SoCal CTO

Dr. Karrer was valedictorian at Loyola Marymount University, attended the University of Southern California as a Tau Beta Pi fellow, one of the top 30 engineers in the nation, and received a M.S. Technology Jobs in Southern California – a Rebound.

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

Steve Blank

Last week the teams tested their Revenue Models hypotheses: what are customers willing to pay for? Their initial customer segment were upwardly mobile professionals with $2-10K discretionary purchases/year (excluding travel,) and their revenue model was affiliate program fees.

Lean Startups aren't Cheap Startups

Steve Blank

In times when venture capital is hard to get, investors extract high costs for failure (down-rounds, cram downs , new management teams, shut down the company.) Lean Startups aren’t Cheap Startups « Steve Blank (tags: startup product-management strategy) [.]

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Why You Should Use Localisation in a Globalised World

The Startup Magazine

The globalist McDonalds managed to beef up its falling profits in 2015 by adopting a localisation strategy. Localisation prevents embarrassment and improves revenues.

Times Square Strategy Session – Web Startups and Customer Development

Steve Blank

In it, I got asked a question I often hear: “What if we have a web-based business that doesn’t have revenue or paying customers? And without revenue how do we know if we achieved product/market fit to exit Customer Validation?” I’ve never thought validation required revenue.

Valuation Methods 101

Gust

It is one of the most useful methods for establishing the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue startup ventures. Dave Berkus is a founding member of the Tech Coast Angels in Southern California, a lecturer and educator. Reflecting the premise that the higher the number of risk factors, then the higher the overall risk, this method forces investors to think about the various types of risks which a particular venture must manage in order to achieve a lucrative exit.

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: VCs Are Not Always Right

ReadWriteStart

In How To Defend Your Dream Against All Odds , Alex and I explore the company's journey to $200 Million in revenue, while their VCs wrote them off. Zoho is already over $100 million in revenue and is seeing tremendous traction. Is it inventory risk that Statisco manages well?

The Perils of Founder Fighting

Both Sides of the Table

I think as a tech industry we have bred a culture that places more emphasis on product excellence than managing human behavior. Of course it makes no sense to have great people management and a crappy product.

One Little Ice Cream Cart That’s About to Have Big Growth

Up and Running

From the beginning and all along the way, careful planning has guided the business from revenues of $35,000 in 2011, to $400,000 in 2014, and estimates of $700,000 for 2015. Increased revenue has gone hand-in-hand with public acclaim. An employee at Red Wagon Creamery serves up a scoop.

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Clarity Is Key When Negotiating with Investors

ReadWriteStart

To make sure that doesn't happen - and help startups avoid costly lawsuits (another instance where the only people who get rich are the lawyers) I asked Anton Rosandic , a California-based attorney and an entrepreneur himself, for some free advice.

[US] The 10 Best Sectors That Are Boosting The Economy

YoungUpstarts

According to eWeek , India-based tech firms support more than 280,000 jobs in the United states, concentrated primarily in California, Michigan, Texas, and Illinois. A Bloomberg report indicates that there’s been a distinct rise in The Institute for Supply Management’s index of non-manufacturing industries, signaling a very positive move for the service industry and economy as a whole. The poultry and livestock industry recently added $19 billion in tax revenues for the U.S.

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Events and Networking in Los Angeles

SoCal CTO

And there are definitely other service providers who provide things like marketing services who are interesting, so its not all service providers, its more like the wealth management types. Dr. Karrer was valedictorian at Loyola Marymount University, attended the University of Southern California as a Tau Beta Pi fellow, one of the top 30 engineers in the nation, and received a M.S. Technology Jobs in Southern California – a Rebound.

How Finding Your Purpose Can Build Your Business

YoungUpstarts

Sure, a company’s goal may be to generate a revenue, but corporate purpose focuses on a business’s aspirations beyond that. Kevin Xu is the CEO of MEBO International , a California- and Beijing-based intellectual property management company specializing in applied health systems.

Time Rich, Time Poor and Apple

SoCal CTO

Dr. Karrer was valedictorian at Loyola Marymount University, attended the University of Southern California as a Tau Beta Pi fellow, one of the top 30 engineers in the nation, and received a M.S. Technology Jobs in Southern California – a Rebound. Product Manager Entrepreneur Mark Geller SEO for Startups Startup Version 1.0

Kevin Federline Search Engine

SoCal CTO

Dr. Karrer was valedictorian at Loyola Marymount University, attended the University of Southern California as a Tau Beta Pi fellow, one of the top 30 engineers in the nation, and received a M.S. Technology Jobs in Southern California – a Rebound. Product Manager Entrepreneur Mark Geller SEO for Startups Startup Version 1.0

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8 Ways the Internet has Changed Software Marketing

SoCal CTO

Dr. Karrer was valedictorian at Loyola Marymount University, attended the University of Southern California as a Tau Beta Pi fellow, one of the top 30 engineers in the nation, and received a M.S. Technology Jobs in Southern California – a Rebound. Product Manager Entrepreneur Mark Geller SEO for Startups Startup Version 1.0