Category: Web and Tech

Teaming up with the International Women’s Hackathon

Teaming up with the International Women’s Hackathon

| October 9, 2014 | Reply

TakeLessons is proud to be a part of the video, and a supporter of this years International Women’s Hackathon, held at Cal State, San Marcos. The International Women’s Hackathon is sponsored by Microsoft Research to empower young women leaders (ages 16 and older) in computer science. Teams of 4-6 girls will make a website, game, […]

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AirBnB’s “Overnight” Success?

AirBnB’s “Overnight” Success?

| April 30, 2014 | Reply

In the Internet space, it’s so easy to get caught up in the big success story that comes piped in from Pando or TechCrunch that shows how a company went from zero to hero in an obscenely short amount of time. While it’s true that, on occasion, the ‘up and to the right’ explosive growth […]

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Cool Travel Apps for your iPhone or Android

Cool Travel Apps for your iPhone or Android

| April 25, 2014 | Reply

Here is my TV segment on San Diego 6 TV on cool travel apps. Below is the video and my write-up on the coolest travel apps I’ve found. Waze Both Android and iPhone – FREE Crowdsourcing – which means gathering information from communities and giving more people access to the information. So, this crowdsourced app […]

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Four Ways San Diego Can Continue to Build It’s Startup Ecosystem

Four Ways San Diego Can Continue to Build It’s Startup Ecosystem

| April 22, 2014 | 1 Reply

From day one, we’ve built TakeLessons right here in the heart of San Diego. Over the past few years, I’ve personally seen an explosion of activity as more and more people become interested in working for themselves, starting a company, and running after their dream. Compared to yesterday, San Diego’s technology and innovation scene has […]

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Upcoming Incubator Hosted By San Diego Venture Group

Upcoming Incubator Hosted By San Diego Venture Group

| March 14, 2014 | Reply

Thinking of starting a tech or internet company here in San Diego? When you start a company, there are a TON of things to consider: How will you raise capital? Who will form your team? How will you develop your product to fit market needs? What will your user interface look like? This list goes […]

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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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Tour of the Google Headquarters

Tour of the Google Headquarters

| October 14, 2013 | Reply

Post by Steven Cox.

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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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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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New Book from Maynard Webb – Rebooting Work

New Book from Maynard Webb – Rebooting Work

| January 29, 2013 | Reply

Maynard Webb (one of my investors in TakeLessons and former COO of eBay) just launched his new book, Rebooting Work. In the book, Maynard Webb identifies 4 different mindsets around work (the company man, CEO of your own destiny, disenchanted employee, and the aspiring entrepreneur). It organizes those who are self-motivated versus those who are […]

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Google Launches Underwater Street Views

Google Launches Underwater Street Views

| September 26, 2012 | Reply

I’m so impressed with Google’s continued innovation – even as they’ve exploded to 54,000 employees. They just launched underwater “street views” of the world’s most popular undersea destinations including the Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay, and Apo Island in the Philippines. What’s next? The moon? Mars? Whatever it might be, I’m sure it will […]

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Shimi – A Smart Musical Robot For Your iPhone

Shimi – A Smart Musical Robot For Your iPhone

| September 17, 2012 | Reply

I just backed Shimi 0n KickStarter. Shimi is a new robotic music player that plays from spotify or Pandora, finds songs in your library, answers yes/no whether you have certain songs or bands, and dances with your music. The reason I backed it is because (a) I want one for the office, and (b) I […]

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New Blog Theme

New Blog Theme

| September 13, 2012 | 1 Reply

Well, I finally did it. I moved from TypePad to WordPress. And I have to say… I LOVE IT! Super-easy to use and the community is outstanding. Some of you have asked me what theme I’m using – it’s called wp-prosper by a group called SoloStream.       Really easy to configure. Of course, […]

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The Digital Frontier – A Showcase of San Diego’s Entrepreneurial Innovation (Clip 4 of 8)

The Digital Frontier – A Showcase of San Diego’s Entrepreneurial Innovation (Clip 4 of 8)

| June 8, 2012 | Reply

On Wednesday, 4/18, a few local tech entrepreneurs spoke at the 6Degrees Breakfast Speakers series on digital startups and innovation here in San Diego. Topic: The Digital Frontier – A Showcase of San Diego's Entrepreneurial Innovation. In this segment, the panelists discuss what makes San Diego a great place to do business.   Moderator: You […]

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The Digital Frontier – A Showcase of San Diego’s Entrepreneurial Innovation (Clip 2 of 8)

The Digital Frontier – A Showcase of San Diego’s Entrepreneurial Innovation (Clip 2 of 8)

| June 5, 2012 | Reply

On Wednesday, 4/18, a few local tech entrepreneurs spoke at the 6Degrees Breakfast Speakers series on digital startups and innovation here in San Diego. Topic: The Digital Frontier – A Showcase of San Diego's Entrepreneurial Innovation. In this segment of the video, the second of eight clips, the panelists discuss how we raised money to […]

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