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Top 57 Online Startups Meets Technology Meets Product Posts for November 2010

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aka: An Open Letter to the Next Big Social Network) - 500 Hats , November 1, 2010 I've held off writing this post for a long time, because I couldn't quite get my head around all the issues. When It’s Darkest Men See the Stars - Steve Blank , November 24, 2010 When It’s Darkest Men See the Stars. November 23, 2010 By Julia D.

Better Business Bureau? For who?

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This is my sole objective for January of 2010. 2008 Closed Complaints – 2. How many BBB logos are there? Not too shabby IMHO!

IPO Market Surpasses 2008, 2009, According to Report

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A new report today released by PwC finds that the market for initial public offerings (IPOs) has jumped significantly in 2010, with volumes exceeding both 2008 and 2009 levels. PwC tallied up 154 IPOs completed this year so far, raising $37.5 billion. IPO market to generate liquidity for their investors.

Never Hire Job Hoppers. Never. They Make Terrible Employees

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This is part of my startup advice series. This post isn’t going to be popular.  I’m sure of that. never hire job hoppers. Never.

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Want to Raise Venture Capital More Easily? Clean Up Your Own Shite First

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It is 2010. Many companies that are raising B or C venture capital rounds right now raised their initial money in 2005-2008. Good luck. Happens.

Top 30 Startup Technology and Product Posts for September 2010

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This continues my series of posts: Top 40 Startup Posts for August 2010 Top 30 Startup Posts for July 2010 Top 30 Startup Posts in June 2010 Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010 Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April 16 Great Startup Posts from March Some great free resources listed this month that I thought were interesting. Enjoy.

US Economic Risks (Sept 2010): Impact on Investors & Entrepreneurs

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between June and July 2010 (and 25% from a year ago).  raise money now to weather any storms). VCs get paid to “put money to work.&#.

Understanding the Risks of VC Signaling

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And more to the point – if you hit a major economic down cycle (like September 2008) you’ll have tough times with all investors.

Time is the Enemy of All Deals

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History repeated itself in September 2008 with that market crash. History repeated itself in September 2008 with that market crash.

Why Gay Marriage Needs to Legitimized

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Most issues are really nuanced.  I accept that on many issues there is no “right&# answer and rational people can disagree. Obviously.

What is the Right Amount of Money to Raise at a Startup?

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This is part of my ongoing series on Raising Venture Capital. It’s a tricky question with no clear answer. There are trade offs. Fail fast?

Materia Spinoff Elevance Gets $100M

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Materia spun out Elevance Renewable Sciences in March of 2008, with $40M in funding. Elevance is a spinout of Pasadena-based Materia , the material research firm based on research out of Caltech. The new funding for Elevance came from Naxos Capital Partners, Total Energy Ventures, TPG Biotech and TPG Growth. READ MORE>>.

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June 17th, 2010 Creating Incremental Strategic Value Creating Incremental Strategic Value | | POSTED BY: Tom McKaskill We can easily overlook the level of demand pull when we are assessing strategic value. VIEW/ADD COMMENTS (0) | POSTED IN Company Creation/Operation , General SUBSCRIBE TO THIS FEED April 15th, 2010 How Do Those @#$%!$

Ask the Angels

Ask the Angels

June 17th, 2010 Creating Incremental Strategic Value Creating Incremental Strategic Value | | POSTED BY: Tom McKaskill We can easily overlook the level of demand pull when we are assessing strategic value. VIEW/ADD COMMENTS (0) | POSTED IN Company Creation/Operation , General SUBSCRIBE TO THIS FEED April 15th, 2010 How Do Those @#$%!$

Ask the Angels

Ask the Angels

June 17th, 2010 Creating Incremental Strategic Value Creating Incremental Strategic Value | | POSTED BY: Tom McKaskill We can easily overlook the level of demand pull when we are assessing strategic value. VIEW/ADD COMMENTS (0) | POSTED IN Company Creation/Operation , General SUBSCRIBE TO THIS FEED April 15th, 2010 How Do Those @#$%!$

Ask the Angels

Ask the Angels

June 17th, 2010 Creating Incremental Strategic Value Creating Incremental Strategic Value | | POSTED BY: Tom McKaskill We can easily overlook the level of demand pull when we are assessing strategic value. VIEW/ADD COMMENTS (0) | POSTED IN Company Creation/Operation , General SUBSCRIBE TO THIS FEED April 15th, 2010 How Do Those @#$%!$

How to Block Unwanted Bots from Your Website with.htaccess

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Copyright © 2008 by Christopher Heng. It will appear on your page as: How to Block Unwanted Bots from Your Website with.htaccess Copyright © 2008 by Christopher Heng. Last updated: 23 August 2008. Preliminary Information What are bots? Examples of bots include those used by the search engines. Who is this article for?

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What Makes an Entrepreneur? Cojones (7/11)

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About 18 months ago in early 2008 we hired an analyst (pre-MBA), but wanted to wait until after Summer to hire a post-MBA associate. And cheap.

What I *Would Have* Said at TechCrunch Disrupt

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But I wrote about one other point that I wrote back in March 2010 so it’s clear I didn’t just dream this up after today’s panel.

Interview with Jason Howe, CEO of Awarepoint

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think that there might be cash toward the end of 2010 or 2011, where IPOs might be reasonable. Congrats on funding. million square feet.

Interview with J.R. Johnson, Lunch.com

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We sold it in July of 2008, to Expedia. Johnson , founder of Lunch.com, is an experience entrepreneur, who sold his last firm, VirtualTourist.com , to Expedia. Johnson's latest effort is Lunch.com (www.lunch.com), a web site which takes the concepts behind VirtualTourist.com beyond travel, and into lots of other subjects. That's obvious.

What’s Really Going on in the VC Industry? What Does it Mean for Startups?

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So as of 2008 total LP commitments were still at nearly $250 billion. 3. Lots of discussion these days about the changes in the VC industry.

SoCal Firms In X PRIZE Auto Contest

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The X PRIZE competition will begin in 2009, with winners awarded in 2010 Los Angeles-based X Prize Foundation said today that it has signed up 22 teams in the firm's Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, including two Southern California teams.

DATAllegro Acquisition Completes

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Microsoft said that DATAllegro's technology will show up in Microsoft SQL Server through community technology previews (CTPs) within the next 12 months, with full product availability scheduled for the first half of 2010. Financial terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed. READ MORE

Productivity in Your Pocket

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Fast-forward to the iPhone and the smartphone explosion in 2008 with the launch of the App Store. Behaviors started to shift. But First iPad.

Best Corporate Citizens GO GREEN!

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EPA’s Climate Leaders program, pledging to reduce its global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 30 percent per production unit from 2004 to 2010. It's perhaps no surprise that Intel, on Wednesday 02/27, was announced #1 of the "100 Best Corporate Citizens" of 2008, by CRO Magazine. In 2006, Intel joined the U.S. www.koodooz.com

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NextWave Wireless Gets $100M In Debt, Cuts Staff, Hires Banker

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NextWave said that the debt will go towards funding its operations into 2010. San Diego-based wireless broadband technology firm NextWave Wireless said today that it has scored a new, $100M debt financing for the firm's business, and made cuts in its staff, along with hiring an investment banker. READ MORE

Interview with Ian Swanson, Sometrics

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There are more and more brands doing test campaigns, and we think we'll see some real budgets being thrown at it by mid 2009, or especially 2010. As companies figure out a way to monetize social media, one of the areas which has been lacking is a way to measure the impact and effectiveness of social media advertising. Thanks

Interview with Sometrics, Ian Swanson

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There are more and more brands doing test campaigns, and we think we'll see some real budgets being thrown at it by mid 2009, or especially 2010. As companies figure out a way to monetize social media, one of the areas which has been lacking is a way to measure the impact and effectiveness of social media advertising. Thanks

This Week in VC with Jim Armstrong of Clearstone

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14mm in Series C; $25mm in Series B raised in March 2010; $44mm raised in total. million loss in 2008. Segment Two: “Deal of the Week”.

What Angel Investing & Florida Condos Have in Common

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Remember it was only 2008 where Microsoft and even Google were laying off employees. Those stories didn’t sound that plausible to me.

This Week in VC with Dana Settle of Greycroft Partners

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Founded in August 2008 in Palo Alto, CA, by Sam Christiansen and Keith Lee.  60k unique visitors in March 2010. Time will tell. BuzzFeed. 

This Week in VC with Om Malik & Paul Jozefak

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Founded in November 2008 by Jack Moffitt and Patrick Mahoney; CEO is Gerry Campbell (ex-AOL, ex-Reuters/OpenCalais). Real-time search engine.

Plug and Play San Diego Finds Home in New Downtown Works Space

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Among other things, they get an opportunity to pitch to investors and industry representatives at Plug and Play’s quarterly “expo” event.

This Week in VC with Mo Koyfman of Spark Capital

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Founded in 2008 by Mehdi Maghsoodnia. Our guest was Mo Koyfman of Spark Capital.  Content, of course, is the same!]. Total raised: $16.0mm.

This Week in VC with Farb Nivi, Founder of Grockit

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Brought in new CEO, Russ Reeder in 2008. Here’s this week’s outline: INTRO to FARB NIVI. Farb is the founder & CEO of Grockit.com. million.

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How I Got the Monkey Off My Back – Today Was a Good Day

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In 2010 somebody posed the question on Quora, “Is Mark Suster a Successful Venture Capitalist?” years ago. years ago. ” Still.

This Week in VC Episode 6 with @Jason Calacanis: Best One Yet

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Doxo (November 2009 financing, just announced in May 2010 as company exited stealth mode).  short answer: very, very rarely. But it does happen. 

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This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 4

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11.2mm in Series A, rumored pre-money of $35mm; $1.6mm angel raised in Jan 2010. VC Financings: 1.  15mm in Series A. Read more:  TechCrunch. 2. 

DONE Ventures Gets Trial Date In NBC Suit

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had sued NBC over a failed domain name sale back in May of 2010, after it said NBC Universal agreed to sell the company Women.com and Women.net in via domain name broker Sedo. Padnos sold BetterPPC in September of 2008 to Tsavo Media, the startup which was started by current MySpace president Michael Jones. Los Angeles-based DONE!

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