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Not Everyone Loves Startups

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This week, I met a prospective customer who was interested in our Apps, but had a real problem.  “What happens to me when you get acquired?” he demanded angrily. It was a fair question. There are many cases where a young tech company gets acquired, the founders ride off into the sunset, and service goes to hell as the company is absorbed by a large acquiror.  Customers buy innovation from young companies, but worry that that […]

Counting Angels

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How many Angels do you want in your cap table?  Mark Suster wrote a great piece in July giving his answer: “If all else fails, angel-load away! If you can’t raise from a few strong angels, from seed funds or from a VC then raising from a ton (let’s say 20+) angels is a perfectly acceptable strategy. There. I said it. It’s not terrible, it’s just not ideal if you can avoid it. ” Well said, Mark. […]

Community Banks Take the Lead with Apple Watch

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Five community banks and credit unions will immediately launch Malauzai Apple Watch Apps, joined by some less notable financial institutions/platforms such as Citibank, Fidelity, and Mint.com. Why are small institutions taking the lead with the Apple watch?  This is an opportunity to make a statement-we can not only keep up in technology, we can lead.   Here’s what they have to say in their own words: http://bit.ly/1H7Hhdf. There is a definite trend — Community FIs taking the […]

Web 1.0 Entrepreneurs: we are roadkill unless we learn to run as fast as today’s founders.

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New companies are being created at stunning speed by today’s founders.  If you can’t keep up, you are dead. As you may have gathered from my blog, I’ve spent the last couple of months visiting with companies and incubators.  My key takeaway–companies are being created faster and more cheaply than I would have believed possible. Let me give you a few examples: SwingbySwing Golf  created an iPhone/Android app that lets golfers use the GPS in their […]

A Taste of the LaunchPadLA Experience with inLife

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Tuesday, I joined Charles Buhler and Matt Nishiguchi, the founders of inLife (www.inLife.co), for a quick tour of the LaunchPad accelerator and a visit with Sam Teller.  The quick takeaways….the space is very cool, and Sam has more energy than any other 3 people I know. First, the space.  Very Santa Monica…you enter off the alley, follow a series of miniature signs to find the space and Sam.  They are giving you an intelligence test […]