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A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

So when Austin said he wanted to move to San Francisco from eponymous Austin (Texas), supporting his move was a no-brainer. But wait, what if Austin finds a hot new startup in San Francisco and bails on us? But that prose is aimed at the founders, not employee #8.

San Francisco's Real Start-up Secret Sauce

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here''s what actually makes Silicon Valley and San Francisco hotbeds of tech start-up activity. I learned to program computers in the sleepy suburbs of San Diego. I moved to San Francisco in 1994, because my wife had landed a great job there.

Here Are the 10 Fastest-Growing Women-Led Companies in San Francisco

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The Bay Area is proving to be a choice haven for the female founders of these Inc. 5000 companies

Meet The Founders Who Grow the Mother of All (San Francisco) Pot Plants

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Dark Heart Nursery, created in 2007, supplies the medical market with high quality mother plants for the area's dispensaries

HAXLR8R In San Francisco For Their Demo Day on June 18th

Feld Thoughts

Following is a guest post from Cyril about the program along with a link to their Demo Day event in San Francisco on June 18th. And they were many to come across the HAXLR8R office: the founders of MakerBot, Pebble and Sphero, an entire team from IDEO, Bunnie Huang and plenty others who have nurtured a group of people working in robotics, toys, connected devices, IOT, energy, appliances, self-quantified and medical. I love software wrapped in plastic.

Elon Musk's Hyperloop Can Get You From LA To San Francisco In 30 Minutes

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Tesla founder Elon Musk has been teasing an exciting idea for a new form of transportation for the last year. The Hyperloop would get people to Los Angeles from San Francisco in 30 minutes.

Moving On Up: Why Valley Start-ups Are Relocating to San Francisco

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A culture shift is well under way, and San Francisco has become the new destination for Millennial entrepreneurs. The Warfield, the historic vaudeville theater turned music venue on Market Street in San Francisco, celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2012. Starting up?

Thoughts from the road: building startups and collective ambition outside Silicon Valley

Version One Ventures

It meant frequent flights or moving your company to San Francisco to raise money from Bay Area VCs. Over the past month, I’ve spent a lot of time in NYC, Toronto, and Ottawa for board meetings, conferences, meetings with our founders, re-connecting with co-investors, and meeting new entrepreneurs. News collective ambition NYC San Francisco Bay Area startups TorontoJust a few years ago, if you wanted to do something big, you needed to go to Silicon Valley.

Top Silicon Valley VC Explains What Entrepreneurs Are Doing Wrong

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A partner of the Band of Angels and now the head of Nasdaq's center for entrepreneurs in San Francisco, Nicola Corzine gives her best advice for startup founders

3 Secrets For Hiring On Wall Street Versus Silicon Valley

YoungUpstarts

by Eliot Burdett, co-founder and CEO of Peak Sales Recruiting. While New York is influenced by Wall Street’s high-powered deal-making, business in San Francisco tends to have a more relaxed feel with an emphasis on relationships. San Francisco deals in hope.

How Slack's Founders Turned a Failed Video Game into a Multibillion-Dollar Startup

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

San Francisco Bureau Chief Jeff Bercovici the unlikely origin story behind the fastest-growing business application in the world Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield describes to Inc.

Recapping the V1 Marketplace Meetup in SF

Version One Ventures

Last Thursday, we hosted a private marketplace-themed event in San Francisco, The Holy Grail of the Marketplace: The Virtuous Cycle. More than 75 marketplace founders and investors attended the event – coming from as far as South Africa and Nova Scotia. We learned of many awesome new marketplace concepts, and it’s great to see that both investor and founder interest remain high.

Can you build “Silicon Valley” companies outside of the Valley?

Version One Ventures

In many cases, success comes down to the founder’s ambition and mindset. Today we’re seeing more founders start a business on their home turf, come to Silicon Valley for an accelerated program like Y Combinator , then bring the Valley mindset back home. As more Valley-based investors and incubators reach out to assist founders across other ecosystems, the Valley can just be a state of mind. News Los Angeles NYC San Francisco Bay Area Silicon Valley Start Up Toronto Valley

Product manager meetup in San Francisco

Google Ventures

Google Ventures and Greylock Partners invited more than 250 product managers to the top floor of Google’s San Francisco office to meet and learn from one another. We also held a conversation with a panel of founders, CEOs, VCs, and execs who started their careers in product management: Josh Elman (General Partner, Greylock), Adam Nash (COO, Wealthfront), Johanna Wright (VP Product Management, Google) and Craig Walker (CEO & Founder, Firespotter Labs).

6 suggestions for an aspiring founder

joel.is

Looking back to the early days of my first startup attempt, I think something that kept me going was that I continually read books about startups and entrepreneurs and watched as many interviews of founders as I could find. What advice would you give to an aspiring startup founder?

Women 2.0 Partners Google, Extends Founder Friday Events

YoungUpstarts

Both companies will jointly be investing in activities that foster innovation and supporting startups, beginning with Women 2.0 ‘s signature networking event Founder Friday. has held over 200 Founder Friday events in 30 global cities. women founders

Should We Take Harvard MBAs Seriously as Startup Founders? [New Data]

View from Seed

Going to business school and becoming a startup founder are often positioned as conflicting choices by the media and startup bloggers. Some go as far as stating, flat out, that MBAs don’t make for good founders. Harvard MBA Startup Founders: 2008-2014.

Introducing an earlier investment: Volley, a friendly place for helping others

Version One Ventures

The first time we met Volley founders Mike Murchison and David Hariri (they later welcomed Brandon Lynch as a co-founder too), we were blown away by their thoughtfulness. News connections Facebook funding LinkedIn San Francisco Silicon Valley twitter Volley

How This Founder and His Wife Spent 45 Days Together in a Tiny Rowboat--and Remained Married

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Sami Inkinen and his wife broke the world record for the fastest time rowing from San Francisco to Hawaii. That's two people, one marriage, one boat, and 2,750 miles

How to Win as a First-Time Founder, a Drew Houston Manifesto

Redeye VC

In 2007, Drew Houston flew to San Francisco determined to find a co-founder for Dropbox. No co-founder. ” The good news is, early founders can turn things around. At the time, it was just him. No backers. No team.

Founder Labs in New York This Summer

Feld Thoughts

While I was on vacation Founder Labs announced their New York program this summer. Founder Labs fits in the “pre-accelerator&# category – it’s aimed at people that want to experiment with entrepreneurship. While Shaherose and Baat are still tinkering with the formula, they are off to a great start and I’m glad to see them trying it out in New York in addition to San Francisco so they can get some perspective on the dynamics in different geographies.

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

Early Growth Financial Services

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) May 19, 2015 Early Growth Financial Services (EGFS) is pleased to announce its first-ever panel event focused on cannabis-based businesses. 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. Founder and CEO … Continue reading → In the NewsOriginally published on PRWeb.

Yves Behar on the Design Revolution That Turned Silicon Valley on Its Head

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Yves Behar, Founder of Fuseproject, explains to Inc. San Francisco Bureau Chief Jeff Bercovici why design went from an afterthought to a fundamental part of business over the past 20 years

6 suggestions for an aspiring founder

joel.is

Looking back to the early days of my first startup attempt, I think something that kept me going was that I continually read books about startups and entrepreneurs and watched as many interviews of founders as I could find. What advice would you give to an aspiring startup founder?

7 US startup visa options for international founders

The Next Web

Mikita Mikado is a software engineer and entrepreneur from Belarus, now based in San Francisco. He is the co-­founder and CEO of Quote Roller and PandaDoc. For some founders, moving to the Valley is the only option to succeed.

Applied Communilytics – 10 Speakers & Fresh Material

Watching Websites

Expo in San Francisco.

Pitch San Francisco '11 - Free Tickets

Southeast VC

I have 10 free tickets to Pitch San Francisco '11 on Sept 8. You can go, meet the founders of the latest startups, check out some demos and network with other entreprenuers in the startup community.Organizers say 2,000 people are attending. If you're out there or can make it out to SF, it looks like a fun event.

Digg Founder: Trust Your Gut. Always

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Because we were based in San Francisco, we were able to get some really influential founders on the show, including Steve Wozniak and Stan Lee. There are a couple of types of founders I meet with on a daily basis now that I’m at Google Ventures.

Samba TV’s Austin Engineers Create Interactive Television

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Samba TV, a San Francisco-based company which provides real-time television data and analytics, opened an office in Austin two years ago. Omar Zennadi, co-founder of Samba TV and director of engineering, heads up the local office with ten employees.

Stripe's 22-Year-Old Irish-Born Founder Is Just Getting Started

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Today, Collison is president and co-founder of Stripe , a San Francisco start-up that makes it easier for small businesses to accept payments online. We spent the entire month of January working on it, and took a few trips out to San Francisco as class schedules allowed.

Why Slack Co-Founder Stewart Butterfield Is Waging War on 'Bland and Soulless' Software

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

San Francisco Bureau Chief Jeff Bercovici why people hate the software they use at work Stewart Butterfield, CEO of Slack, explains to Inc.

What salary does the founder of your favorite startup get? Probably not a very high one

The Next Web

If you’re a startup founder, how much should you pay yourself? In Silicon Valley, 75% of founders pay themselves less than $75,000 per year and 66% pay themselves less than $50,000 per year, according to the data. Does the stage that a startup is at affect its founders’ salaries?

Urbanization of Startups ? AGILEVC

Agile VC

I spent some time with some startups in San Francisco proper, as opposed to the heart of Silicon Valley (see Note 1). But more broadly than just that,the direct costs of launching a startup have obviously plummeted which makes being a founder more accessible than historically.

Are Executive Assistants Worth the Trouble?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

But, as these five high-profile founders will tell you, a good EA is worth his or her''s weight in gold, fretting over details and schedules their bosses are better off avoiding. Peg Fitzpatrick assistant to Guy Kawasaki of Alltop, San Francisco.

Seed Is The New A – #PreMoney 2015 Talk

K9 Ventures

Here is the video recording of the talk I gave at 500 Startups ‘ PreMoney Conference in San Francisco on 12 June. . Seed Is The New A: What The Seed-Stage Explosion Means For Founders, GPs & LPs.

Pipeline Fellowship Launches in Austin to Invest in Women-Led Startups

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Pipeline Fellowship Founder and CEO Natalia Oberti Noguera spoke recently at a Women 2.0 conference in San Francisco. She talked about her experience as a LGBT Latina entrepreneur and afterwards a black woman approached her tearfully and thanked her for sharing her experience. It turns out the […] The post Pipeline Fellowship Launches in Austin to Invest in Women-Led Startups appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

30-Year-Old Twitch Founder Buys Most Expensive San Francisco Home for $21 Million

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Kyle Vogt, who sold both Twitch and Cruise Automation for close to a billion dollars each, is the new owner of the most valuable home in Fog City

How design thinking transformed Airbnb from a failing startup to a billion dollar business

Redeye VC

Split between three young founders living in San Francisco, this meant near indefinite losses on zero growth. In 2009, Airbnb was close to going bust. Like so many startups, they had launched but barely anyone noticed. The company’s revenue was flatlined at $200 per week.

78 questions for founders

The Startup Toolkit

Have you let your co-founders down? If I were to honestly report my weaknesses, failures, and shortcomings as a founder, would that make you more or less likely to work with me in the future? San Francisco or Palo Alto? FoundersWhat are you working on? How far along are you? How’s it going? What are the big questions that might put you out of business tomorrow? How did you spend your time today? Was it spent answering that question? Why not?

Raising funding as a first-time founder

joel.is

One interesting topic which came up on a couple of different occasions was timing of raising funding as a first time founder. Unfortunately for us first time founders, we don’t have the track record which we very much need in order to close funding without traction.