Nic Borensztein, Damian Ancukiewicz, and Vikaas Sharma – Columbia University Graduates and LA transplants, are living the dream. They sold Ember in less than a year to Adaptive Media, an Orange County ad technology company. Ember applies machine learning to solve a hairy problem faced by video display advertisers in
In early stage tech startups, there are two major phases your business goes through. First up, there’s that portion during which you figure everything out, discovery mode. And after that’s done you can progress to growth mode, the portion where you, you guessed it, grow your business. First, there’s Discovery
Two days ago LA Biz Journal announced that Amazon.com is negotiating a 75,000 square foot corporate office in Santa Monica’s Water Garden. They chose a majestic and upscale location for their offices, located on the intersection of 26th and Colorado. The rationale for the move is to expand Amazon’s content
The Myth of the Series A Crunch In 1994, Jerry Yang and David Filo started a project in a trailer on the grounds of Stanford. The two were electrical engineering graduate students at Stanford and named their project, “Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web”. In January
“The worst thing to happen is no one writes about you. At the end of the day, you want people to CARE.” - Tim Sae Koo, founder of Tint Why do some startups struggle to get PR when others seem to attract it effortlessly? Most startups follow no process
What defines LA? Some might say sports. Some might say sprawl. Others might say entertainment. But I think all those are offshoots of what LA is really good at: monetization. In a previous article, I wrote about the history of the tech industry in my fair and lovely city, Los Angeles.
Are you still figuring out your product and market, or are you truly ready to grow? On Monday, Howard, chair of StartEngine, wrote an article urging startups to understand what mode their company is in at the moment. This, he says, has nothing to do with how much money they’ve been
How much money you raise is a metric of success, but is it always right? Raising money and spending it wisely are two different games. In startup-land, people seem to equate raising money with having a sound business that’s ready to scale. One blessing I have is that I get