Tag: start up

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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TakeLessons Secures $7mm in Venture Capital

TakeLessons Secures $7mm in Venture Capital

| March 25, 2014 | Reply

I’m happy to announce TakeLessons.com latest round of venture funding today. This round increases the total amount raised to $20mm and will allow us to accelerate our expansion into more categories outside of music, including tutoring, performing arts, and languages. We’ve even started to see new matches in categories such as welding, crocheting, robotics, and […]

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Is Your VC Acting Irrational?

Is Your VC Acting Irrational?

| August 27, 2012 | Reply

The takeaway is that while your company is the absolutely most important thing in YOUR life, the reality is that you might not be that important to the people you’ve decided to jump in bed with.

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TakeLessons: 2012 “Cool Companies” Award

TakeLessons: 2012 “Cool Companies” Award

| May 21, 2012 | Reply

Good news. TakeLessons selected as a San Diego Venture Group  2012 “Cool Companies” – http://bit.ly/JjmTrY   Related articles Music Lessons Start Up Wins $20,000 (prweb.com)

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Upcoming Events for San Diego Start Ups Jan 15-30, 2012

Upcoming Events for San Diego Start Ups Jan 15-30, 2012

| January 16, 2012 | Reply

San Diego StartupDigest Several great events the next couple of weeks. There's something for everyone, so get out and mingle! 🙂 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 area. San Diego StartupDigest is curated by: Brant […]

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January 2012 – What’s Going on in the San Diego Startup Community

January 2012 – What’s Going on in the San Diego Startup Community

| January 2, 2012 | Reply

What's Going on in the San Diego Startup Community (brought to you by http://TheStartupDigest.com). Sandal Society When: Wed, Jan 4, 7:00-10:00pm Where: Ansir, 4685 Convoy Street #210, San Diego This bootstrappers group will discuss using Google Apps to keep your team running effectively. UX Speakeasy Happy Hour When: Wed, Jan 4, 6:30pm Where: Public House […]

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Upcoming Events for San Diego Start Ups

Upcoming Events for San Diego Start Ups

| November 28, 2011 | Reply

What's Going on in the San Diego Startup Community Agile San Diego When: Thu, Dec 1, 6:30pm Where: The Linkery, 3794 30th St., San Diego Dave Churchville will talk about Agile Planning. If you are into or interested in Agile, you should come hear Dave, who knows his stuff. Plus, the Linkery is a nice […]

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When Pitching Investors, Einstein Said it Best

When Pitching Investors, Einstein Said it Best

| October 22, 2011 | Reply

I'd add something to this picture if I could, but Einstein sums it up perfectly. This is necessary when seeking financing for your startup and making your investment deck.

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Map of San Diego Tech Start-Ups

Map of San Diego Tech Start-Ups

| October 10, 2011 | Reply

Fellow entrepreneur, Michael Bastos put together a map mashup of SD Tech Company locations. We're seeing a concentration of start-ups downtown near the Gaslamp district. Note to Mayor Jerry Sanders: the city should work on attracting more start-ups to downtown / Little Italy / East Village by offering discounts on parking, tax incentives, etc. Make […]

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Interview with the Northwest Young Entrepreneurs Association

Interview with the Northwest Young Entrepreneurs Association

| March 25, 2011 | 1 Reply

I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Nick Hampshire with the Northwest Young Entrepreneurs Association about building companies and what I've learned as we continue to grow TakeLessons. Here is the Q&A: Audio MP3 download of Steven Cox interview is located here:  Nick Hampshire: What is your philosophy on life and business? Steven Cox: […]

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How are you going to make a profit in your startup?

How are you going to make a profit in your startup?

| July 5, 2009 | 1 Reply

Image via Wikipedia I read an interesting post from Mark Cuban today on the problems of startup success using a free model. Back in the 90's when I was cutting my teeth around web/tech, the mantra we heard from VC's was "get big fast", and "eyeballs are everything", and "don't worry about making money, we'll […]

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TakeLessons featured in San Diego Union Tribune Sunday Edition

TakeLessons featured in San Diego Union Tribune Sunday Edition

| May 17, 2009 | Reply

The Union Tribune ran a story on young web start-ups in San Diego and what they are doing to make the most out of the recession. TakeLessons was a featured company. "The company started working out of Cox's house. It now has offices, but not the $700 Aeron chairs that typified the excesses of the […]

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Struggle Builds Character

Struggle Builds Character

| May 6, 2009 | Reply

Image via CrunchBase Josh Kopelman with First Round Capital has a simple, yet true post today on Entrepreneurship. He mentions a couple First Round portfolio companies where the CEO's/Founders really had to struggle through hard times in order to make it. It is through the difficulties that we see what we're made of, and how […]

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A VC Gets On Board with Profits, Not Revenues

A VC Gets On Board with Profits, Not Revenues

| February 10, 2009 | Reply

I found this story from Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures. I've always found his posts to be thoughtful and useful: "I think that's an important part of the economics of the web that are left out of most discussions of Internet business models. Yes, we are turning analog dollars into digital pennies in many cases. […]

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Seth Godin – How to Survive the Economic Downturn

Seth Godin – How to Survive the Economic Downturn

| February 4, 2009 | Reply

Seth is right. Focus on keeping expenses in line and build something that your customers really want. The days of “get big fast and burn money” are over.

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