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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

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.

What Jonah @Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed, Sees in the Future of Digital Media

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For example, one product alone — Tasty — is consumed by 500 million people per month. BuzzFeed. Others are skeptical, “Ha! But I digress.

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After 20 years: Updating the Berkus Method of valuation

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For example, $500,000 maximum value to each element yields either a maximum pre-money enterprise valuation of $$2 million or $2.5 Ignition!

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.

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.

Why Taking Some Risks in the Sales Process Can Improve Results

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Let me give you another simple example from my experience as a VC at Upfront Ventures. There was a meme that started going around LPs around 2005 that “I’m not sure LA is really its own venture market” and some LPs actually believed that. recently wrote about the three rules of sales. 1. Why Buy Anything ? 2. Us, too.

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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.

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 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!

How Open Should a Startup CEO be with Staff?

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We funded one in 2005 and lost a lot of money. CEO transparency. It It almost sounds uncontroversial. A CEO should tell her staff everything!

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.

Data is the Next Major Layer of the Cloud & A Major Victory for Startups

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One obvious example is the OSI model in which we have seven layers ranging from the physical layer at the bottom of the stack (e.g. Storage.

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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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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Reflections on 2016: Rob Freelen, Silicon Valley Bank

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One example is Santa Monica-based hardware company, Ring, who transitioned to a hybrid business model that now includes recurring revenue. Other examples include media tech companies ZEFR and GumGum � both having record years and positioned extremely well for continued growth in 2017. You can see all of our holiday reflections here.

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.

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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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!

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.

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 Eric Bjorndahl, TravBuddy.com

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For example, if you wanted to travel somewhere, such as Paris, at Christmas, you can see who else is going at the same time. Thanks! READ MORE

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.

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!

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!