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Intro to la startup community [avesta]

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION TO THE LOS ANGELES STARTUP COMMUNITY Avesta Rasouli Founder, ColoftThursday, February 21, 13
  2. 2. AGENDA 2 ‣ About Me ‣ Introduction ‣ Startup Communities ‣ Los Angeles ‣ Getting Started ‣ Final TipsThursday, February 21, 13
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION 3 AVESTA RASOULI FOUNDER, COLOFTThursday, February 21, 13
  4. 4. INTRODUCTION 4 LOS ANGELES STARTUPS TECH + [ ]Thursday, February 21, 13
  5. 5. INTRODUCTION 5 WHAT DEFINES A STARTUP ECOSYSTEM? ‣ Startups ‣ Talent ‣ Investors ‣ Mentors ‣ Partners ‣ Service ProvidersThursday, February 21, 13
  6. 6. STARTUP COMMUNITY 6 WHAT CREATES A GREAT STARTUP COMMUNITY? Startup Community Physical Human Capital Capital Capital SocialThursday, February 21, 13 $
  7. 7. STARTUP COMMUNITY 7 WHAT CREATES A GREAT STARTUP COMMUNITY? Physical Capital $ $ Human ANGEL INVESTORS VENTURE CAPITAL Capital Social Capital $ $ LARGE COMPANIES RECYCLED CAPITALThursday, February 21, 13
  8. 8. STARTUP COMMUNITY 8 WHAT CREATES A GREAT STARTUP COMMUNITY? Types of Talent Physical ‣ Business Capital ‣ Technical Human Capital Social CapitalThursday, February 21, 13
  9. 9. STARTUP COMMUNITY 9 WHAT CREATES A GREAT STARTUP COMMUNITY? Where do they come from? Physical ‣ Large Companies Capital ‣ Universities Human ‣ Non-local Capital Social CapitalThursday, February 21, 13
  10. 10. STARTUP COMMUNITY 10 WHAT CREATES A GREAT STARTUP COMMUNITY? Social capital refers to the economic benefit, both on Physical an individual and community level, of social networks. Capital Human $ $ Capital Social Capital $ $Thursday, February 21, 13
  11. 11. STARTUP COMMUNITY 11 WHAT CREATES A GREAT STARTUP COMMUNITY? Benefits Physical ‣ Connecting co-founders Capital ‣ Connecting talent with startups Human ‣ Connecting mentors with mentees Capital ‣ Connecting investors with entrepreneurs ‣ Connecting businesses with customers Social CapitalThursday, February 21, 13
  12. 12. LOS ANGELES 12 STARTUPSThursday, February 21, 13
  13. 13. LOS ANGELES 13 CO-WORKING SPACESThursday, February 21, 13
  14. 14. LOS ANGELES 14 ACCELERATORSThursday, February 21, 13
  15. 15. LOS ANGELES 15 INCUBATORSThursday, February 21, 13
  16. 16. LOS ANGELES 16 EDUCATIONThursday, February 21, 13
  17. 17. LOS ANGELES 17 EVENTSThursday, February 21, 13
  18. 18. LOS ANGELES 18 DEVELOPER MEETUPSThursday, February 21, 13
  19. 19. LOS ANGELES 19 OTHER MEETUPS Los Angeles LA Web/Mobile Startup Nights Lean Startup Software Circle EntrepreneursThursday, February 21, 13
  20. 20. LOS ANGELES 20 ANGELS Tom Paige Craig Kamran Farhad McInerney Pourzanjani Mohit Troy Jason Brian Gil Elbaz Carter Calacanis LeeThursday, February 21, 13
  21. 21. LOS ANGELES 21 VC FIRMSThursday, February 21, 13
  22. 22. LOS ANGELES 22 PRESS Michael Carney Benjamin Kuo Ryan Lawler Lori Kozlowski PandoDaily SoCal Tech TechCrunch Forbes.com Amanda Coolong Andrea Chang Mark Milian Techzulu LA Times BloombergThursday, February 21, 13
  23. 23. GET INVOLVED 23 COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS FOUNDING A COMPANY IS THE BEST WAY TO GET INVOLVEDThursday, February 21, 13
  24. 24. GET INVOLVED 23 COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS SILICON VALLEY IS ALL THAT MATTERS!Thursday, February 21, 13
  25. 25. GET INVOLVED 23 COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS THE LOUDEST PEOPLE ARE THE SMARTEST!Thursday, February 21, 13
  26. 26. GET INVOLVED 23 COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS TOO HARD TO GET “IN” OR CATCH UPThursday, February 21, 13
  27. 27. GET INVOLVED 23 COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ENTREPRENEURSHIP IS TOO RISKEY OF A CAREER PATH.Thursday, February 21, 13
  28. 28. GET INVOLVED 23 COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS NDAs - “PEOPLE WILL STEAL MY IDEA”Thursday, February 21, 13
  29. 29. GET INVOLVED 23 COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ONLY DEVELOPERS CAN GET A GOOD JOB AT STARTUPS.Thursday, February 21, 13
  30. 30. GET INVOLVED 23 COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS JUST NEED A CODER TO BUILD MY PRODUCT.Thursday, February 21, 13
  31. 31. GET INVOLVED 23 COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN = GET FUNDINGThursday, February 21, 13
  32. 32. GET INVOLVED 24 EXAMPLES OF STARTUP JOBS ‣ Front-End Developer (CSS,HTML) ‣ Data Scientist (Hadoop, Matlab, SQL) ‣ Back-End Developer (Ruby, Python, Java) ‣ Sales (Willingness to find and follow leads) ‣ UX/UI Designer (inDesign, Photoshop) ‣ Community Management (Social Media) ‣ Product Manager (Light Front-End Developer, Design) ‣ Operations (Customer Services, Office Management) ‣ Business Development (Sales, Partnerships) ‣ Other roles depending on vertical ‣ Marketing/User Acquisition (Email Marketing, Social Media, SEO, Data Analytics)Thursday, February 21, 13
  33. 33. GET INVOLVED 25 WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A STARTUP JOB ‣ Challenge ‣ People ‣ Environment ‣ PurposeThursday, February 21, 13
  34. 34. GENERAL ASSEMBLY I INTRODUCTION TO THE LOS ANGELES STARTUP COMMUNITY I DO THIS 26 DO • Learn the lexicon and how to best position your skillset • Make it easy for people to help you • Think long and hard about what kinds of environments best suit you and seek those out • Roll up your sleeves and learn new skills • Remain humble and figure out ways to give back to the community even when you’re a giant successThursday, February 21, 13
  35. 35. GENERAL ASSEMBLY I INTRODUCTION TO THE LOS ANGELES STARTUP COMMUNITY I DON’T DO THIS 27 DON’T • Think everyone knows something you don’t • Be afraid to ask for help, guidance, and introductions • Hesitate to offer whatever it is that YOU do best • Get discouragedThursday, February 21, 13
  36. 36. GENERAL ASSEMBLY I INTRODUCTION TO THE LOS ANGELES STARTUP COMMUNITY I FIRST STEPS 28 HOW DO I GET STARTED? ASK YOURSELF (BE HONEST): • What am I passionate about? • What types of environments suit me? • What am I good at? • What part of the tech community best matches up to my passions and skills? • How do I best hone these skills and communicate them to others?Thursday, February 21, 13
  37. 37. GET INVOLVED 29 HOW DO I GET STARTED? ASK YOURSELF (BE HONEST): ‣ What am I passionate about? ‣ What type of environment suits me? ‣ What am I good at? ‣ What part of the tech community matches up to my passions and skills? ‣ How do I best hone these skills and communicate them with others?Thursday, February 21, 13
  38. 38. GET INVOLVED 30 READING LIST ‣ VentureHacks — venturehacks.com ‣ TechMeme — techmeme.com ‣ Paul Graham — paulgraham.com ‣ Fred Wilson — avc.com ‣ Mark Suster — bothsidesofthetable.com ‣ Chris Dixon — cdixon.org ‣ PandoDaily — pandodaily.com ‣ TechCrunch — techcrunch.com ‣ Hacker News — news.ycombinator.com ‣ General Assembly — generalassemb.ly/blogThursday, February 21, 13
  39. 39. GENERAL ASSEMBLY I INTRODUCTION TO THE LOS ANGELES STARTUP COMMUNITY I GO 43 GO • Sign up for event newsletters • Attend meet ups, happy hours, panels, and classes • Learn how to code / design • Check out hackathons and Startup Weekends • Take interesting people you meet out for coffee • Be useful – make introductions, give feedback, help people you meet, keep an open mind • Blog about our experiences and adventures • Engage on Social MediaThursday, February 21, 13
  40. 40. GET INVOLVED! 32 FINAL TIPSThursday, February 21, 13
  41. 41. GET INVOLVED! 33 FINAL TIPSThursday, February 21, 13
  42. 42. GET INVOLVED! 34 FINAL TIPSThursday, February 21, 13
  43. 43. GET INVOLVED! 35 FINAL TIPSThursday, February 21, 13
  44. 44. INTRODUCTION TO THE LOS ANGELES STARTUP COMMUNITY 36 ATTRIBUTION General Assembly Sam Teller Angel designed by Henry Ryder from The Noun ProjectThursday, February 21, 13

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