Dear Uber & Lyft, get your shit together

Let’s start out by saying that I’m a big fan of both Uber and Lyft. I’m indirectly an investor in both companies as I’m an investor in three VC funds that are investors in Uber and one VC fund that is an investor in Lyft. I have no idea how much actual equity I have in either company, but based on current valuations the dollar value of my indirect ownership is non-trivial. And Foundry Group came close to investing in Zimride (the predecessor to Lyft) but we ended up withdrawing from what we thought was an inappropriately high-priced round, which, in hindsight, was clearly a miss on our part.

How to get funding, as told by August Capital (video)

The Internet has fundamentally changed the ways in which startups receive funding these days. In many ways, it’s much easier to connect with investors that you want to work with, but on the other hand, it’s much more difficult to secure funding because of the massive amount of competition in the marketplace. Thus, for early-stage startups, it’s incredibly important to hone in on your product or service and perfect your pitch if you want to be one of the few startups that succeeds.

Apply to Splash LA startup competition and win sit-down meetings with top VCs and $35k-plus in prizes

Vator, one of the largest business networks for high-tech entrepreneurs and investors, is holding its popular Splash event in Casa del Mar in Santa Monica on October 2. If you’re a startup and want a chance to win 10 sit-down meetings with VCs and $35k-plus in prizes, apply, be sure to apply to the startup competition. The application deadline is August 22nd.

5 signs your app is ready to win awards

Is your beta the next big thing in mobile? Consider looking into awards such as The Mobileys. “Awards are a great way to gain instant credibility and signal to the industry that you’re the best and not going anywhere,”