Huge Round for Waze, Raises $25 Million for Social GPS

VC Cafe

The proceeds of this round will be used to scale operations, continue building its platform for real-time location data and move its headquarters from Israel to Palo Alto, California, according to the CEO’s post on the company blog, By The Waze.

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.

Hiring A Key Executive – Tips For The Hands-On CEO


By Ali Behnam, co-founder of Riviera Partners. Prior to co-founding Riviera Partners , Ali Behnam co-founded and acted as EVP, Operations & Services at PeopleMover. Ali is a graduate of the University of California at Irvine with a BA in Economics.

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Early Growth Financial Services Announces New Partner and VP of Sales

Early Growth Financial Services

New VP of Sales to lead EGFS business development efforts in California San Francisco, CA Early Growth Financial Services (EGFS), an outsource accounting, finance, and tax support firm that provides on-demand services to early-stage companies, has just announced a new partner to their leadership team. Gadiel Morantes is an accomplished executive with 15+ years of sales, marketing, and operations experience. Originally published in PRWeb.

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. Managing a Business Operations Strategy

Late-stage comeback: Acton Capital Partners in 150M final close of new fund

Fred Destin

Great news for European entrepreneurs of the later stage variety: Acton Capital Partners closes on a EUR 150M maiden fund , the so-called Heureka Growth Fund, presumably named after the discovery of gold in California rather than Archimedes running naked through the streets of Syracuse.

Episode 5 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Pete Newell, John Kuhn, Matt Weingart, Takashi Tsutsmi and Masato Iino

Steve Blank

My guests this past week on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Pete Newell , managing partner of BMNT Partners. John Kuhn , who works at BMNT Partners. Army special operations before retiring from active duty service in 2014.

What Are the Top Governance Challenges for Hospital Boards?

Board Effect

Hospital boards of directors are finding that an asset-only approach doesn’t account for financial and operational risks across the organization. High levels of exposure to the capital markets and operational variability create volatility in the financial profiles of hospitals.

Elon Musk Makes Right Decision Over Tesla Patents


Partner with the competitors in your industry by creating key relationships with the right people who have the right skills and can properly complement your strengths. In Orange County, California, for example, there is a street called State College.

Hacking For Defense In Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

The University of California managed research and development of the bomb design at Los Alamos while the US Army managed the Los Alamos facilities and the overall administration of the project. Lead, follow or get the heck out of the way. In peacetime the U.S.

How to Out Amazon, Amazon

Both Sides of the Table

Think about the tension between media companies and cable operators like last year when Viacom threatened to pull Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, BET, etc. In Venice, California they opened a “Parachute Hotel” that let consumers experience the product for a night in a world-class location.

Small Business Owners Say They Have Achieved the American Dream And Wish Their Kids Pursue The Same Life


In 2015 Tony Hernandez left his corporate career to open Cienfuegos Cuban Café in Simi Valley, California, inspired by the restaurant his father ran in the 1980s—a Cuban immigrant who came to America in search for a better life. by Victoria Treyger, CMO of Kabbage. What is the American Dream?

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2017 – Lessons Learned Presentations

Steve Blank

That if we could get teams to rapidly discover the real problems in the field using Lean methods, and only then articulate the requirements to solve them, could defense acquisition programs operate at speed and urgency and deliver timely and needed solutions.

Strangling Innovation: Tesla versus “Rent Seekers”

Steve Blank

Smart startups prepare to face off against rent seekers and map out creative strategies for doing so… First, however, they need to understand what a rent seeker is and how they operate… ———-.

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

Mucker Lab

As an entrepreneur himself, founding and operating printed circuit board factories in Taiwan, my father was debating between two places to immigrate to and build his next new venture: Los Angeles (“The Valley” aka San Fernando Valley) and Santa Clara (“Silicon Valley”). Over time, though, military spending wound down and many large aerospace and military companies left Southern California.

20 Most Influential Graphic Design Companies From Around the World

crowdSPRING Blog

The studio’s design talent boasts some famous names among the list of partners, including Paula Scher, Michael Beirut, Alan Fletcher, Colin Forbes, Harry Pearce, and many more. Headquarters: San Francisco, California. Headquarters: San Francisco, California.

National Security Innovation just got a major boost in Washington

Steve Blank

As I later discovered, Joe’s first act was 24 years in the Army Special Operations Forces (SOF), retiring as a Colonel. Putting theory into practice, he went to Iraq in 2008 as part of the 75th Ranger Regiment, in support of a Joint Special Operations Task Force. Ironically, I was first introduced to Joe not at Stanford but through one of his other lives – that of an entrepreneur and businessman – at the company he founded, BMNT Partners.

CEO Behind Multi-Million Dollar Escape Room Business


It only seemed logical for Akos and his partners to bring this concept to the US. He opened the first of many PanIQ Escape Rooms in Hollywood, California, and today, they have locations in San Jose, Phoenix, Miami, NYC, Dallas, Nashville, Chicago and many more. In 3 years, they predict more than 50 operating units. In 5 years, an international takeover after partnering with the right investors. We are building and operating escape rooms.

[Interview] Michael Patryn, Bitcoin Entrepreneur


He has also given back to the wider community by serving as an advisor to such nonprofit organizations as the Lifeboat Foundation, World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation, Vancouver Bitcoin Co-Operative, and the Bitcoin Foundation of Canada.

Cannabis Startups: Exploring the Opportunities and Challenges — May 26th San Francisco Panel Event

Early Growth Financial Services

Co-hosted by First Ascent Associates and Runway Incubator, “Cannabis Startups: Exploring the Opportunities & Challenges” will take place on May 26, 2015 at Runway Incubator in San Francisco, California. This event will be a chance for founders within the cannabis industry to hear from and network with other founders, meet potential investors and others interested in the industry, and learn from business partners who support the space. Originally published on PRWeb.

Strangling Innovation: Tesla versus “Rent Seekers”

Steve Blank

Smart startups prepare to face off against rent seekers and map out creative strategies for doing so… First, however, they need to understand what a rent seeker is and how they operate… ———-.

The Three Benefits Of Nailing Before Scaling


We created virality in small pockets, such as Venice Beach, California, and the virality spilled over to the next pocket, Santa Monica.

Bigger in Bend – Building a Regional Startup Cluster–part 1 of 3

Steve Blank

When Customer Development and the Lean Startup were just a sketch on the napkin, Dino Vendetti, a VC at Bay Partners, was one of the first venture capitalists I shared my ideas with.

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A Startup’s First Steps: What’s In A Name?


Having taken stock of the main legal documents and actions involved in forming and operating a new startup, let’s crack open the “case” (disregarding the warnings about voiding your warranty) and examine a few of the steps, documents and key decisions to be made in getting a new startup ready for business. Most entrepreneurs focus on #3, and perhaps are also aware of the ability to search state business entity databases online (as with Delaware or California ).

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Why The Next Generation of Online Video Companies Will be Vertical

Both Sides of the Table

And you can now negotiate for fees for cable and satellite operators to carry your channels. Mitu Network is the largest digital media company for Latinos in the US and also targeting Mexico and South America.

“Regardless of who is in the White House, we have work to do from the bottom up and from the outside in” – Five Questions With Jennifer Pahlka of Code for America

Hunter Walker

But our hundreds of alumni — the fellows, employees, and government partners who have worked with us over the past six years — are a truly powerful movement that’s growing incredibly fast. Many of them have been carried on by the cities, counties or states we partnered with.

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.

4 Tips to Ensure your Allergy Practice is Profitable in 2017 by Wendy Barlin

Mike Michalowicz

My aim was not to uncover the basics, but to dig deeper into the financial operating processes and mindsets of highly profitable firms. Wendy is a member of the California Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Many Startups Stumble on International Cultures

Startup Professionals Musings

I counseled the department manager against hiring since she would be subject to personal challenges in selling to our partners in Latin countries. Unfortunately my prediction turned out to be true, she felt harassed by one or more of our business partners and left the group shortly thereafter.

From Brick to Click: Optimizing Your Customer’s Experience

Up and Running

We work with like-minded partners who also want to help your businesses succeed by providing the best tools and content for the job. If our readers choose to learn more or purchase from links to our partners, sometimes we earn affiliate commissions that support Bplans’ mission.

How This Entrepreneur Raised $28,000 Using Airbnb to Fund Her Startup

Both Sides of the Table

And she didn’t start her company in Northern California. And when her assets were tapped she rented out her bedroom and even her couch on Airbnb to afford her year-one operations. Without this money she wouldn’t have been able to finance operations.

“Everything is a marketing campaign now, even policy ideas” – Renee DiResta Connecting Politics, Anti-Vaxxers & Social Media

Hunter Walker

Hunter Walk : You went from Wall St Trader to VC at OATV to operating side now at Haven , a logistics startup. And I love being on the operating side. Badass. Renee DiResta is badass. Not self-proclaimed badass. But like seriously badass. Click on that bio link in the previous line.

[Exercise] Create A Bulletproof Mission Plan


What actions will your operating team perform? It’s important that you remember (or ask your partner to remind you) not to fall back on actively thinking about a solution; rather, let your mind remain blank and clear.

Turning the Camera on Chris Dixon

Both Sides of the Table

This week I sat down with Chris Dixon, co-founder / CEO of Hunch and Partner at Founder Collective in the most recent installment of This Week in Venture Capital. 5. We then went back to talking about how to choose the space in which your startup is operating.

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Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 32: Evangelos Simoudis and Ashok Srivastava

Steve Blank

Evangelos Simoudis’ is the founder and managing director of Synapse Partners. His investing career started 15 years ago at Apax Partners and continued with Trident Capital. Innovation outposts in Silicon Valley allow big companies to sense and respond to rapid changes in technology.

Veteran-owned Business Closing The Gap Between Gender and Work Leadership Gaps


And, in various ways we help all new businesses make connections with local organizations that can link them with potential partners or customers, which is particularly useful for companies just entering this market from other parts of the country or the world.

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

The Startup Magazine

The entrepreneur must have a clear vision & focus, must operate in an optimized environment and, most importantly, must work with good people who share the vision. Second, they operate in the flourishing Parisian tech scene. Only one in ten startups succeed.

How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

Both Sides of the Table

Founded it as a California LLC but your potential VC wants a Delaware C-Corp? Focus on the partner you would be working with. I always try operate on the “Fixed Fee +&# arrangement. One issue he talked about was working with partners.

Why International Startups Love NY, and NY VCs Love International Startups

David Teten

One of the drivers for that growth is that for European, Israeli, Latin American, and Eastern Canada-linked companies, the East Coast is much closer than California. New York is now the second-most-active tech ecosystem in the US on all key metrics, after the Bay Area.

An Interview with Steve Ligouri, Serial Innovator

Startup Lessons Learned

I’m a partner in his latest venture, the Corporate Entrepreneur Community (CEC) , the newest addition to his long history of reinvention work that spans industries ranging from football to banking. What that means is that If you're running a utility company, an airline, or let's say, even a railroad, the data that comes off of your equipment is invaluable to running your operation more efficiently. In fact, there's a term now, it's called, "OT," as in operations technology.

How to Write a Business Plan for a Subscription Box Service

Up and Running

Operations. If you partner with a large, wealthy private school district who wants you to provide comic book packages to all their eighth-grade students every month, that contract might be key your business survival for a period of time. Operations.

5 Best Canadian Cities For Startups and Entrepreneurs

crowdSPRING Blog

And gaming companies like EA, Ubisoft, Bioware, and Capcom are either based out of Canada or have large operations in the country. There are a handful of respected incubators operating in the city, including Startup Edmonton and TEC Edmonton.

The Beginner’s Guide to Launching a Food Truck Business

Up and Running

Plus, you want to find the right partner to build your truck because prices and workmanship can vary. Other possible requirements: You may also need to provide a business plan , menu, standard operating procedures, sampling plan, example of labels and proof of current liability insurance.