The startup ecosystem is not just made up of entrepreneurs and investors; it also includes lawyers, bankers, HR and payroll providers as well as financial services providers. These service providers do more than provide a service; they are partners and important players within your startup ecosystem, providing guidance, connections, and support.

Without a doubt, when looking to technology, one can see it has changed the way we do business. Even thinking back 20 years, you can see that businesses have changed, for the better. While true, many entrepreneurs don’t take advantage of this or understand why technology is so crucial to helping one achieve higher profits and find more clients.

A series of reports are circling the web regarding a new top secret project being performed by Apple. This project has been confirmed to be focused on the building of a self-driving car. The project is officially known as Titan.

In the best case, getting funded can take months, and in the worst, you might end your quest without a single signed term sheet. Oh, and have I mentioned that it’s a full-time job? Physical endurance is one thing, but how do you prepare yourself for the mental and emotional toll?

For small business owners of SAAS companies, compliance with international safety standards is often manifested in three basic tasks i.e. identifying users and granting access privileges to those users; identifying sensitive data assessing where the data is stored and how it is encrypted; and documenting this information in an easy-to-understand format for auditors or SAAS regulating authorities.

Now you’d think we’d be a bit farther along today in 2015, right? It would seem that the open nature of the social web now allows people to be shamed (bullied really) that the ecosystem polices itself in what is right and wrong.

Most people agree that Stanford’s entrepreneurial spirit and talented students played a pivotal role in the growth and success of Silicon Valley. Many believe the same culture will be essential to the success of growing Southern California’s own startup culture.

TZ Tech Crawl is back for the new year and teaming up with Digital LA for their Digital Women Symposium!! Come take a tour of some of the hottest LA Tech companies located in Pasadena!

I get questions from startup founders about executive summaries all the time. They range from “what should I include?” to “how long should it be?” to “where can I get help writing one?” Those can be found on a previous post. But I do want to highlight 5 things that are guaranteed to make you stand out — and not in a good way.

We all want to make things easier. That’s what the Internet does. And apparently, that’s what mobile applications do better – just ask the fast-growing number of app users. This is the consequence of the switch from desktop and laptops to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. A recent study by Nielsen showed that an average American adult spend some 34 hours per month using mobile internet on smartphones compared to 27 hours via personal computer. Of that smartphone internet time, mobile apps take up 86% of usage and only 14% access time via the mobile web.