Tag: startup

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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Baby Girls and Startups

Baby Girls and Startups

| April 19, 2014 | Reply

Last week, I had an email exchange with Merrick Lozano of PRLeap.com. I’ve known Merrick for many years and enjoyed watching him grow his company while also building a family. I asked him about how he was enjoying his new baby girl. I don’t have kids now and often wondered just how some entrepreneurs manage […]

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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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Entrepreneur StartUp Questions (Part 2)

Entrepreneur StartUp Questions (Part 2)

| February 25, 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. See Entrepreneur Startup Questons: Part 1 4. What makes a good startup business partner? Where can you find them? There’s a line that […]

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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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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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Cool Tech Incubator Space in Palo Alto

Cool Tech Incubator Space in Palo Alto

| September 18, 2012 | Reply

After my morning workout today, I walked by TalentHouse – a nifty incubator space in downtown Palo Alto. It had a vibe that made me feel like I’d want to work there: Open and airy Big-ass espresso machine Clean and crisp Local art on the wall and a white drum set and a Gibson Les […]

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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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San Diego Venture Group Pitchfest 2011 – now taking applications

San Diego Venture Group Pitchfest 2011 – now taking applications

| August 27, 2011 | Reply

Last year, TakeLessons was fortunate enough to win the 2010 SDVG Pitchfest (and a check for $20,000). This year, the competition is back again, and it's your chance to score some cash and cred for your startup. Details: Compete in PitchFest 2011 Welcome to the application page for SDVG’s 2011 PitchFest competition! Thank you for […]

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Current Obstacles Will Pass. Focus on the Big Picture.

Current Obstacles Will Pass. Focus on the Big Picture.

| July 15, 2011 | 1 Reply

I was checking my email this morning and a new start-up founder asked me the following: "P.s.  how did you stay focused and motivated with so many obstacles and uncertainties when you were first starting takelessons?" Great question and something all entrepreneurs will face. Here's my answer: Peter, Thanks for the note. The obstacles are […]

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Getting your startup to $10mm in revenues

Getting your startup to $10mm in revenues

| October 11, 2010 | Reply

Here is a post (the first of two) from Steve Carpenter on the different potential business models for internet startups right now and some of the metrics necessasry to get to $10mm in revenues. I believe that services are one of the best internet business models for the next 10 years for the following reasons: […]

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