Category: At Work

List of San Diego Startups VC Funded in Q4

List of San Diego Startups VC Funded in Q4

| February 20, 2014 | Reply

This data was provided to me by Randy Smith, CPA, of CFO Innovations San Diego Companies receiving venture funding in Q4 2013. Thanks Randy! 21 deals were completed locally in Q4 of 2013, down from 23 in Q3 of 2013. Aver­age deal size de­creased from $8.9 million in Q3 2013 to $6.9 million in Q4 […]

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Entrepreneur StartUp Questions (Part 1)

Entrepreneur StartUp Questions (Part 1)

| February 18, 2014 | Reply

In February 2014 Christy Wang, a student at MIT Sloan School of Management, interviewed Steven Cox, CEO and Founder of TakeLessons.com for her Entrepreneurship class. Here is the transcript of the interview. 1. How did you come up with the idea about TakeLessons? What made you set your mind to go into this business? I’ve […]

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Constant And Never-Ending Improvement

Constant And Never-Ending Improvement

| January 31, 2014 | Reply

One of our core values at TakeLessons.com is CANI – Constant And Never-ending Improvement. In addition to putting things in motion to become better at what we do, we wanted to change the company to make it a place where talented people can thrive. It’s good to see (from the pic below) we’re making progress […]

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Guest Post: How to Run Your Life in a “No Huddle, Hurry-Up Offense”

Guest Post: How to Run Your Life in a “No Huddle, Hurry-Up Offense”

| January 14, 2014 | 1 Reply

Today’s post is a guest post by Tim Owens. Tim helps guide, advise, and accelerate the growth of talented professionals and entrepreneurs. I read the post and asked Tim if I could re-post since I thought it was a perfect analogy to getting the most out of life. ————— I’d like to share with you […]

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TakeLessons Named a 2013 Deloitte Tech Fast 500

TakeLessons Named a 2013 Deloitte Tech Fast 500

| January 10, 2014 | Reply

Post by Steven Cox.

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Tour of the Google Headquarters

Tour of the Google Headquarters

| October 14, 2013 | Reply

Post by Steven Cox.

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How to Raise the Series A

How to Raise the Series A

| September 13, 2013 | Reply

Needing to raise a Series A round for your startup? Join me at the San Diego Venture Group panel next Thursday: http://www.sdvg.org/seriesa/ September 19, 2013  7:00-9:00 am  Hyatt La Jolla Much has been written about the “Series A crunch”.  Yet entrepreneurs continue to bring home the cash.  (Just follow the SDVG tweets for some examples!) Come […]

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Meet LaunchPad LA at the San Diego DLA Piper Office

Meet LaunchPad LA at the San Diego DLA Piper Office

| September 8, 2013 | Reply

Launchpad LA is coming to SD.  Launchpad LA is ranked the #5 accelerator in the United States by Forbes, has the highest median funding rate of any accelerator in the world according to Seed-DB, and is described by PandoDaily as “the top accelerator in Southern California”. Graduates of the LaunchPad program have raised over $110M […]

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Raising Your Game

Raising Your Game

| September 4, 2013 | 1 Reply

This month is an incredibly busy month for the team at TakeLessons. You can feel the added focus and pressure to get out a major software release on time. Here’s a note I sent to my peeps today. I thought it might encourage you to raise your game as well… Can you feel it? This […]

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Pursue Something Worthwhile

Pursue Something Worthwhile

| August 13, 2013 | Reply

I heard a great quote today from Tim O’Reilly: “Pursue something so important that even if you fail, the world is better off with you having tried.”

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San Diego Startup Week Events

San Diego Startup Week Events

| July 8, 2013 | Reply

San Diego StartupDigest Connecting you with your local startup community. StartUp San Diego’s Tech Week is here!  I hope you can get out to as many events as possible!For newcomers: The San Diego StartupDigest is an event list, created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, that is laser-focused on the needs of startups in the San Diego […]

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Steven Cox Entrepreneur Interview on MarketPulse – ESPN Radio

Steven Cox Entrepreneur Interview on MarketPulse – ESPN Radio

| May 23, 2013 | Reply

  Interview Transcription Starts at :48 Chris: As I mentioned before the break, we have a wonderful guest in studio today, Steven Cox, founder and CEO of TakeLessons.com. The team at TakeLessons has been connecting music students with the best local music teachers since 2006. They pride themselves on providing safe, affordable, fun music lessons […]

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A Couple Pointers on Becoming a Better Presenter

A Couple Pointers on Becoming a Better Presenter

| March 20, 2013 | Reply

A friend of mine asked me to watch a presentation that he needed to give to 50-60 people on a business topic and give him some feedback. While he did good, I had a couple nuggets I’ve learned along the way that I was able to share with him. Here’s the write up of my […]

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$7,500 Referral: Vice President Software Engineering

$7,500 Referral: Vice President Software Engineering

| March 12, 2013 | Reply

I have a cool $7,500 for someone – maybe you! What’s the catch? Our company, TakeLessons, is growing like crazy and we’re looking for a rockstar VP of Software Engineering. As one of my trusted business associates, I wanted to reach out to you to see if you might know of someone interested in an […]

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TakeLessons.com gets a little shout out from USA Today for Online Marketplaces.

TakeLessons.com gets a little shout out from USA Today for Online Marketplaces.

| February 26, 2013 | Reply

Happy to see TakeLessons mentioned in Michael Wolf’s article on how new companies are disrupting Craigslist (which, in turn, have disrupted newspapers). In the article, Wolf discusses how the new breed of vertical marketplaces are able to gain traction by providing value greater than a listing. Our general thesis is that the next generation of […]

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