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How the Seed-Stage VC Trend Began, The Downsides of Unicorns & Much More

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It is, of course, a very recent phenomenon. began asking around who the likely investors were for such a market. But not many others. Startup Lessons

How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

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like to use the example of a company I backed called MakeSpace  because it’s such an easy an obvious market to understand. For example, if you’re going to build a travel planning website (as many, many startup entrepreneurs do) your basic research would be: How much do people spend on travel books / guides today? How much?

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Riding Moonshot, FDA Will Revamp Its Cancer Practice. To What End?

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But to what end? The goals of the FDA’s new Oncology Center of Excellence remain vague, as does its structure.

A Serial Entrepreneur’s Take On Brad Feld & Jason Mendelson’s Venture Deals

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Brad and Jason have been exposing venture capitalists’ secrets since 2005, when they began writing a blog series on Term Sheets at AskTheVC.

Interview with Steve Jillings, TeleSign

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For example, we handle all of the main languages, including dialects. They started in January of 2005. It's been unbelievable.

Flipagram: Using Photos And Music To Create A Viral Machine, with Farhad Mohit

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Farhad Mohit: As you know, Bizrate spawned Shopzilla, which took us from 2000 to 2005. jumped off, and at that point, I thought I'd retired.

How Addroid Is Hoping To Solve The Ad Industry's Flash Problem, with Matt Cooper

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started a company, Neoganda, in the digital advertising area in 2005. Where do you fit into the mobile ad market? It certainly has challenges.

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Interview Dan Dato and Bruce Brown, Upstart.LA

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That was five or six years ago, 2005 or so. Those are two examples, we have about a dozen. What is Upstart.la? Bruce Brown: Exactly.

How Frequency Wants To Bring You Internet Video, with Blair Harrison

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Blair Harrison: I sold iFilm to Viacom at the end of 2005, and got out of there at the beginning of 2008. What is Frequency? Thanks!

Pasadena Angels Invest in a $475,000 Series B Investment in Wasatch Microfluidics

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Pasadena, CA – April 23, 2012 –There couldn’t be a better example of putting the unique founding principles of The Pasadena Angels into practice than the story of their investment in Wasatch Microfluidics.  Wasatch Microfluidics was founded in Salt Lake City, in 2005 by Josh Eckman, Bruce Gale and Jim Smith.  About the Pasadena Angels.

Gene Dolgoff's 3D Vision: Using Crowdfunding To Turn the World 3D

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By late 2005 and 2006, we saw the return of 3D movies, made possible by the digital projectors. Tell us about your project? Fascinating story.

How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

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raised money as an entrepreneur, like you, in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005 for two different companies. Raising money is hard. Call high.

The Convergence of Social Media & Traditional Radio

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didn’t know what I was getting into when I started buying live endorsement radio ads back in 2005. The Make It Work Mini Cooper Fleet.

Interview with Howard Marks, Gamzee

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returned to the gaming industry in 2005, when I started Acclaim Games, which we then sold to Playdom. The Like button is a good example.

Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles

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And thats not even counting MySpace, which Rupert Murdoch famously paid $580 million for in 2005. RSS ); Why You Should Start a Company in.

Interview with Elizabeth Amini, Anti-Aging Games

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Elizabeth Amini: I actually ran into him in 2005, when he was a keynote speaker at a conference. What does Anti-AgingGames do? Thanks!

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Flipagram: Using Photos And Music's To Create A Viral Machine, with Farhad Mohit

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Farhad Mohit: As you know, Bizrate spawned Shopzilla, which took us from 2000 to 2005. jumped off, and at that point, I thought I'd retired.

How A Pivot Turned Vantage Media Into A $100M Plus Business

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How do you take what has been a healthy business--but which has stalled out in growth--and put it back onto the growth curve? Why is LA key to that?

Interview with Eli Portnoy, ThinkNear

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To hear more about where exactly the firm fits in a crowded space, we spoke with Eli Portnoy, the firm's founder. Thanks for the time today.

Surveying SoCal's M&A Landscape, with David Siemer

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If you go back to 2005 and 2006 and look at a company which would have a $5M pre- then, it''s now $8 to $10M, all else equal. Now we have it.

Its BlogWorld Time! Los Angeles Get Ready!

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Peter Shankman is a spectacular example of what happens when you merge the power of pure creativity with  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a dose of adventure, and make it work to your advantage. Lisa Stone co-founded BlogHer in 2005 with Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins. Justine Ezarik (a.k.a.

Should Founders Be Allowed to Take Money off the Table?

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The net effect for [my company] for example is we are now doing reasonably well. Fast forward to my second company.  I founded it in 2005 at the age of 37.  I had just moved back to the US from living in Europe for 11 years.  We had never purchased a house in Europe because we always knew we’d move home at some point.

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Interview with Kevin O'Connor, FindTheBest.com

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billion in 2005, and finally sold again to Google in 2007 for $3.1 billion. What's FindTheBest all about? How'd you decide to start FindTheBest?

Interview with Scott Saunders, Payoff.com

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Scott Saunders: I spent nearly my entire career on the investment side, and in 2005 switched over to the entrepreneurial side of the world.

Interview with Todd Jerry, Marmol Radziner

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Many local entrepreneurs might know Todd Jerry , formerly a venture capitalist at Anthem Venture Partners. It's been around for about 20 years. Thanks!

Want to Know How First Round Capital was Started?

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Josh and Howard began co-investing as angels and in 2005 they started a $10 million fund. I'm a huge fan of this innovation. and Half.com. 

Interview with Robert Flynn, Aggregage

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He has been blogging on a number of subjects, for example, eLearning. As an example of that, we invested in a company, Integrated Media Systems, with a product called Dyaxis, which was the first digital audio workstation. In 2005, YouTube exploded onto the scene, and I took the ideas we had been working on and started--along with J.D.

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Interview with Taher Scherzay, FavRav

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good example of this, is when we first had a baby, my wife wanted to find a pediatrician. One of the previous companies I worked on we sold to Microsoft in 2005, and I then spent some time at Microsoft to get that company integrated. For example, we have a promotion engine, which might allow them to send out a holiday special.

Its BlogWorld Time! Los Angeles Get Ready!

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Peter Shankman is a spectacular example of what happens when you merge the power of pure creativity with  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a dose of adventure, and make it work to your advantage. Lisa Stone co-founded BlogHer in 2005 with Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins. Justine Ezarik (a.k.a.

Brad Feld Drops Knowledge. Here’s What He Said …

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In 2004 / 2005 I was starting to get intrigued with user-generated content. Or, as always, summary notes available below. Brad on blogging.

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Core Innovation Capital's Quest To Find Finance Innovation, With Arjan Schutte

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The Los Angeles examples which you might know about, though not in our portfolio, is Green Dot. How did you end up in Los Angeles? Thanks!

Interview with Winston Damarillo, Morphlabs

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One of Southern California's successful, serial entrepreneurs is Winston Damarillo , who founded Gluecode, which he sold to IBM in 2005. Thanks!

Interview with Josh Stomel, ResumeBucket

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We also allow the users to have a custom URL, for example, resumebucket.com/joshstomel. Josh Stomel: My background is in the recruiting industry. I had early success working in-house with Matt Coffin at LowerMyBills in 2005, and then I was brought on by Yahoo to build out the Yahoo Publisher Network Team. It works. Thanks!

Maximize Your Exit By Not Selling Your Company

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In this example, agreement is achievable between $145M and $185M. The owner of the ranch was shocked by the visitor’s message. Auction.

How to Negotiate in a Business Acquisition

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There are many factors to consider when your company is ready to embark upon an acquisition. Setting the Price. Have A Dedicated Team. Be Diplomatic.

Interview with Zac Brandenberg, Meteor Games

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On Island Paradise, for example, you get a plot of land, you can raise animals and farm crops on them, grow trees, etcetera. Thanks!

Public and Open Debate is the Highest Form of Democracy (and Blogging)

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And there is relationship between debating and blogging. Let me explain. But I can also measure it in retweets, facebook shares and comments.

Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010

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Unexpected Startup Lesson #1: Quitting the day job - Currently Obsessed , May 10, 2010 This post is the first of a series on “unexpected lessons&# learned through my experience as co-founder and CEO of Snapvine , a venture-backed mobile social networking service founded in 2005 and acquired by WhitePages in June of 2008. Solution. Secure.

Interview with Derrick Oien, Intercasting

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good example of what we do is, you can open a WAP browser on your phone and go to m.myspace.com, which is perfectly fiîe. Historically, it was something that started to develop before our launch with operators back in 2005, and it now serves as a laboratory for development of our product. It's a client-server solution.

Guide to the LA Startup Community

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What are some examples of successful companies that were started here? It was acquired by Experian in 2005 for $330M. LowerMyBills, Inc.