Startups

Crowdfunding has grown to new heights, thanks to platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. And speaking of Indiegogo, AssetAvenue acquired one of the biggest names in the crowdfunding industry, Adam Chapnick. His expertise will only help solidify AssetAvenue’s business model and provide growth and insight in the crowdfunding industry.

We’ve all heard some variation of the quip that overnight success actually involves years of striving, with presumably several failed efforts and false starts along the way. But when entrepreneurs experience failure, whether it’s their first encounter with it or an especially spectacular failure, it can be a major blow financially as well as emotionally. Here are my thoughts on how to recover from a significant business setback.

Pets do not have the ability to bark or meow their conditions to their owner. A Los Angeles-based company called Petnostics, saw the arising problems pet owners have with their dog or cat’s health and created a solution where pet owners can have an early look into their pet’s health.

There are good times to focus on fundraising and, well, not so good times. If you think that you’re ready to start pursuing investors, you need to make sure that the time is right.

We recently sat down with Luc Berlin, co-founder of Miigle, a SoCal startup that has an aggressive global mission to bring entrepreneurs together from around the world. We first interviewed Luc in 2012, just as he was launching the prototype for Miigle. We followed up with Luc to see just how he’s been managing the entrepreneurial waters. On the day of Miigle’s public launch, we chatted about developing his team, lessons learned, and how World Cup soccer fits into his vision.

Silicon Beach has been known in part for fostering and revolutionizing high revenue generating e-commerce startups. These companies focus on bringing the best selection and new experiences to customers. Some provide subscription based services offering designer shoes or low-cost razors, but is there a market for closeout or clearance products? Clearance.co and team are providing that there is.

Malibu and Beverly Hills have long been hot neighborhoods for entertainment execs. But the tech culture of Los Angeles is shifting real estate’s center of gravity. As the line blurs between tech and entertainment, and as Silicon Valley seeks synergy with L.A.’s creative talent pool, Silicon Beach is the new center for both homes and headquarters.

The lack of child obedience – when it comes to dental care – could create future problems and an expensive bill for many parents. Dr. Yong-Jing Wang, founder of Grush, saw the importance of children needing to build an early and healthy dental habit. To succeed, Dr. Wang built Grush.

‘Asking for money’ is doing it wrong, messaging is what matters. Imagine if you go to your husband or wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, and say ‘I need your help’… no matter how much they love you, the statement naturally leads to a quick mental reaction of ‘what do you want’.

You have probably already absorbed many obvious caveats about setting up your own startup; don’t blow money you don’t have on fancy equipment or splash out on expensive rental space. But what about expenses you’re tempted to cut, but shouldn’t?