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Exploits of a Mom

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Map of VC Investments

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Friday, March 9, 2007 Map of VC Investments Found this Map of 2006 VC Investments post. and Ph.D.

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F2F Still Matters

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As an aside, I personally question that view. The challenge will be getting people used to this - hence the 25 years. Kathys on the money on this one.

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Acting CTO Role in a Start-up

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I generally am working as an acting CTO for about 3-4 start-ups or other companies at any one time. I was just talking with someone who asked me to define how that could work and what they meant. Great question. Roger Smith ) This helps explain where I normally play. During Stabilization, often the focus is transitioning to a full-time CTO.

OpenSocial - Long Way to Go

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I had already written about OpenSocial ( OpenSocial and Facebook as Platforms) and frankly I was hoping for a lot more in the announcements and APIs. The problem with OpenSocial right now is that it: only defines how you plug into platforms and grab the data, but it does not define the form and meaning of the data.

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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I went to an event by Amazon on their Amazon Web Services in Santa Monica today. The focus was S3 - storage service, EC2 - their compute cloud, their queuing system, and their flexible payment system. The S3 system is not a transactional object system, it's for larger objects, larger updates.

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Startup Opportunities in SoCal

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On Ben Kuo's blog, he posted about Entrepreneurs in Southern California and pointed to a post by Will Johnson, a Southern California entrepreneur and blogger. Ben responded with: I’d argue that it’s all a perception, rather than a reality. willing to go work for startup companies. I'm not sure that's the only or primary reason.

Discussion Creation Among Bloggers - LinkedIn, Blogging and Discussion Groups

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Thursday, March 22, 2007 Discussion Creation Among Bloggers - LinkedIn, Blogging and Discussion Groups Ive been participating in a Yahoo Group that are users of LinkedIn and who are Bloggers: [link] Its an interesting group of folks from diverse backgrounds. See Five Things Meme as an example.

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The $100K Startup? Changes in VC Land?

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I've been reading or hearing quite a bit about how startups these days don't take nearly as much capital to create as they used to. What used to cost $1M now takes $100K. If that's actually true, then it creates New Rules Of Technology VC. Each of these is aimed at effectively providing earlier, smaller financing rounds. Just as they always have.

Great Podcast - Failed Startup

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Found this through Ben Kuo's blog: Media Matchmaker: autopsy of a failed startup from the Frank Peters show. Good stuff! It's worth hearing Betsy and then hearing the investors take on execution (roughly 45 minute mark). Quite a contrast. We had talked to them when they were getting started. Sounds like its good we didn't end up working with them.

Networking to a Job - Practical Advice

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For some reason over the past week, I've been asked by three different people I know about job opportunities that might fit them. Since, I've given them the same advice, I thought it was worth putting in my blog. personally believe that the best way to hire, find partners, and find a job is through a network. The experience was interesting for me.

Realistic Entrprenuers Guide to Venture Capital

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He has twenty years’ experience as a CTO. Dr. Karrer taught Computer Science for eleven years. He has been the CTO for several start-ups, most notably eHarmony. and Ph.D. in Computer Science. He is a frequent speaker at industry and academic events. ► February (2) CTO Founders / Cofounders Part-Time Startup CTO?

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Lunch 2.0 in Santa Monica - And Other Events

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I've been remiss in posting to this blog. Very busy on a couple interesting start-ups. More on them in a couple months. In any case, I went by Lunch 2.0 in Santa Monica last Friday. It was way too crowded (250 people in a tiny space). Or maybe it was free lunch? Other posts on the Lunch 2.0 event: Lunch 2.0 in Santa Monica - They’re hiring!

8 Ways the Internet has Changed Software Marketing

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, March 13, 2007 8 Ways the Internet has Changed Software Marketing Great post - 8 Ways The Internet Changed Software Marketing - is an interesting take on how different it is these days to market software. Good stuff. Posted byTony Karrer at 6:58 AM 1 comments: Jon Miller said. Thanks!

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Time Rich, Time Poor and Apple

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, March 20, 2007 Time Rich, Time Poor and Apple Jeremy Liew at Lightspeed Venture Partners has an interesting post: Time Rich or Time Poor? In it he separates web consumers into: Time Rich (more time than money) and Time Poor (more money than time). Its certainly something to keep in mind.

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Kevin Federline Search Engine

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, March 20, 2007 Kevin Federline Search Engine Just saw a post - Sleep with a pop star, get your own branded search engine. talking about Prodeges Search with Kevin Site - [link]. actually think this is a pretty innovative model. Disclosure: we helped build the system that is behind these.)

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MyShape Article - Analyst Misses the Point

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“They’re probably a little ahead of their time,&# she said. Having worked on eHarmony where the intake is 2 hours and was completely counter to the prevailing trend, I think the analyst missed the point. Clothes are very personal and its really a pain to find stuff thats going to look good on you. and Ph.D. in Computer Science.

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Open Source Business Model

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However, Elgg could power 100,000 networks and it would make no difference - there is no revenue stream as we give everything away under a GPL license. understand his frustration. You create something that has value and gets traction and yet youve created it in a way that the software is considered "free." and Ph.D. in Computer Science.

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Entreprenuer Network

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Thursday, March 1, 2007 Entreprenuer Network Great post by Ben Kuo - The Importance of the “Network&# to Entrepreneurs - the informal connections between people in the technology industry here who have a vested interest in helping entrepreneurs take their companies to the next level. and Ph.D.

Google Maps Mobile

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Wednesday, February 28, 2007 Google Maps Mobile I recently downloaded Google Maps Mobile for my Treo. Its works great. And there was a big surprise. It includes traffic! This is something that Ive wanted on my wifes GPS for a while. If you havent checked it out, its pretty amazing. and Ph.D.

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Stanford Podcasts - eHarmony - Greg Waldorf

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, February 27, 2007 Stanford Podcasts - eHarmony - Greg Waldorf I was just pointed to a set of great podcasts done by Stanford B-School and particularly, I just listed to the podcast by eHarmonys Greg Waldorf. Still it was gratifying to hear the numbers. and Ph.D. in Computer Science.

Challenge of Predicting Winners

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Sunday, February 25, 2007 Challenge of Predicting Winners I just read a bit on the payout to YouTube from the Google Acquisition ( Internet News , CNN ). The poor guy. What a bad $200M decision. Why did YouTube win? Why did MySpace win? Certainly MySpaces tie-in with music was a genius move. and Ph.D.

Interesting Model for University President

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Sunday, February 25, 2007 Interesting Model for University President Saw a post by Paul Kedrosky pointing us to Graeme Thickins on How Stanford Does It. Its interesting to think about how universities might want to have their staff better aligned with moving ideas from the lab to start-ups. and Ph.D.

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Events and Networking in Los Angeles

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Friday, February 23, 2007 Events and Networking in Los Angeles One of the issues I discussed in Innovation and Geography was that the geography and traffic in Los Angeles generally makes it more difficult for networking. First - let me say what I consider to be a good audience - interesting people.

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Innovation and Geography

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, February 20, 2007 Innovation and Geography I ran across a post in Read/Write Web - Does Location Matter in Web Innovation? that talked about a recent NY Times article When It Comes to Innovation, Geography Is Destiny. eHarmongy) as an acting CTO. He has twenty years’ experience as a CTO.

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About this Blog

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Saturday, February 17, 2007 About this Blog Ive been thinking about doing a blog with my thoughts on technology and whats happening in the Los Angeles area technology scene for a while, but it was Ben Kuos recent start of a blog that inspired me to actually go ahead and do it. Thanks Ben. and Ph.D.

A Different Kind of Incubator - The Hive

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Saturday, February 17, 2007 A Different Kind of Incubator - The Hive I recently met with The Hive a new incubator in Orange County. This company was started by Victoria Duff (who many of us know from back in the late 90s), Phillis Lane (who I have known for quite a few years) and Jon Bukosky. and Ph.D.

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Where LinkedIn Works for Me

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Saturday, February 17, 2007 Where LinkedIn Works for Me Ive been a long time user of LinkedIn , but only recently have started getting the benefits I always expected. Im sure that many of you have read Guys article Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn. He has twenty years’ experience as a CTO. and Ph.D.

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Finding Good Developers in Los Angeles?

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Saturday, February 17, 2007 Finding Good Developers in Los Angeles? Im part of a CTO group that meets once a month to discuss various topics. About 18 months ago, the entire group began to mention that they were having more difficulty finding good developers. and Ph.D. in Computer Science.

Startup Weekend

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Interesting attempt to create a start-up over the course of a weekend. They failed to get it done in time and they make it sound like they are surprised that it might take longer than a day of programming to build something. It's funny how this expectation around start-ups persists that things can magically be built much, much faster.

Really Valuable Start-up Compensation Numbers

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From Ask the VC - What are typical compensation numbers

Google Hell

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I've worked with several businesses that were essentially based on driving traffic via search engine optimization (SEO). There are a wide variety of techniques that can be used, but getting high rankings is not easy and highly volatile. just saw a Forbes article talking about Google Hell - getting placed in the secondary index.

My HBS Presentation - Web 2.0 Implications on Learning

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I've somewhat fallen off the map on this blog. Been traveling and consulting with a bunch of early-stage and growth companies. Really fun stuff these days. One of my recent fun experiences was doing a presentation at Harvard Business School (HBS) on the implications of Web 2.0 truly developmental kind of experience.

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Why Marketers Must be Better

Cliff Allen on Marketing

The reason they dont want to talk about how to measure marketing ROI is that its very hard to do. My objective here is two-fold.

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Stay Positive

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► October (1) New Video! the Rubicon Project's Secret to Succes. Find a Simple Way to Tell a Complex Story (and ano. Where's Jack Bauer?

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Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Go Fast, but Don’t Hurry

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Frank Addantes FounderBlog: The DNA of an A++ Team

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Frank Addantes FounderBlog: FounderBlog’s 1 Year Anniversary! A BIG THANK YOU to 3,500 entrepreneurs in 50+ countries

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Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Setting up Shop - Picking an Office Space

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Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Startup 6.0 - the Rubicon Project: Internet Advertising

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