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Secret for Networking at Events - Prenetworking

SoCal CTO

I've never been able to walk into a large group of people and feel like I can "work the room." Sure, I've read various articles on this stuff, but honestly, I still struggle with meeting interesting people. Luckily, I've found a GREAT way to make my time spent at events much better. What do I do? Then I couldn't back out. 3.

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. merger acquisition exit liquidity

SCribe Newsletter October 2008

Technology Council

The October SCribe Newsletter has arrived.  Check out the feature articles and the upcoming event schedule. Here are quick links to the feature articles in this issue: Magnify360 Wins VentureNet Best Of Show 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Building Your Startup “Out Of The Box” PR Tactics. Offshore Outsourcing is Dying…Long Live Hybrid Nearshore.

Venture Net 2008 Photos

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Feedback on this year’s Venture Net has been great.  The event was sold out - almost 500 people in total! Scott Fox and an audience volunteer pick winners for the door prizes. These photos courtesy of Ben Kuo of the leading news source for Southern California technology news and deals:  socalTECH.com.  Thanks, Ben!

Venture Net 2008 Winners

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13 of the hottest early stage technology companies in Southern California joined us yesterday for the 13th Annual Venture Net. Presenting companies included: •

Interview with Anne Walls and John Singleton, WordHustler

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WordHustler launched in May of 2008 in a beta. Anne Walls and John Singleton are co-founders of WordHustler (www.wordhustler.com), a local Hollywood startup looking to help writers connect with publishers. We caught up with both Anne and John to learn more about the company. What's the whole idea behind WordHustler? Anne Walls: Everything.

A Tale of Two Tech Cities – Silicon Valley vs. Los Angeles

Jason Nazar

Is there a difference between tech startups in Silicon Valley vs. Los Angeles? Most emphatically, Yes ! I’ve spent the last year running a tech company based in Santa Monica , CA and I’ve spent countless weeks in the Bay meeting with hundreds of tech founders. As unreliable as stereotypes may be, these are my generalizations.

ITEXPO West 2008

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, September 18, 2008 -- ITEXPO West 2008. Collocated with Call Center 2.0 and the Communications Developer Conference, is an event for communications technology professionals. See [link] (more

ITEXPO West 2008

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 -- ITEXPO West 2008. Collocated with Call Center 2.0 and the Communications Developer Conference, is an event for communications technology professionals. See [link] (more

ITEXPO West 2008

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 -- ITEXPO West 2008. Collocated with Call Center 2.0 and the Communications Developer Conference, is an event for communications technology professionals. See [link] (more

2008 Global Strategies Conference

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Monday, November 17, 2008 -- 2008 Global Strategies Conference. OCBC/UCI. Anticipate changes in the global market and stay ahead of your competition. Sustain business growth in an economic downturn * Access capital through government programs to expand your business * Understand the influence of Orange County in the global economy.

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2008 BIOCOM Investor Conference

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Sunday, October 26, 2008 -- 2008 BIOCOM Investor Conference. Highlighting investment opportunities, over 60 of these leading life science companies will present to principal institutional and private equity investors. See [link] (more

CommNexus GadgetFest 2008

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, October 23, 2008 -- CommNexus GadgetFest 2008. Every year, CommNexus challenges tech companies within and beyond the San Diego region to enter their latest technologies into GadgetFest and compete for the coveted title of "Greatest Gadget." See [link] (more

OC Innovation 2008

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, October 2, 2008 -- Innovation and Globalization In Green. The 2008 Innovation and Globalization in Green event will launch the month of festivities. AEA and Orange County Innovation. October is Orange County's "Innovation Month", spotlighting the county's leadership in innovation. See [link] (more

OC Innovation 2008

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 -- Innovation and Globalization In Green. The 2008 Innovation and Globalization in Green event will launch the month of festivities. AEA and Orange County Innovation. October is Orange County's "Innovation Month", spotlighting the county's leadership in innovation. See [link] (more

VC in the OC 2008

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 -- VC in the OC 2008. Orange County Venture Group. See [link] (more

SMPTE 2008: Annual Tech Conference

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, October 27, 2008 -- SMPTE 2008: Annual Tech Conference. Conference covering entertainment technology and its practical applications across the entire entertainment supply chain. See [link] (more

2008 China-US IT and Business Forum

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Thursday, December 11, 2008 -- 2008 China-US IT and Business Forum. Great opportunity to meet in person with high level decision makers looking to form strategic alliances in Information Technology and Engineering. See [link] (more

The first 6 steps to homegrowing basic startup analytics | Futuristic Play by @Andrew_Chen

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September 18th, 2008 at 8:00 am. Virtual Goods Summit 2008 + last week’s Twitter links » Add New Comment. August 2008 (19).

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2008 State of the State Conference

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008 -- 2008 California State of the State Conference. Milken Institute. California's leading business executives and policy makers gather for a day of insight and debate about this state's future at the 10th Annual State of the State Conference. See [link] (more

2008 National District Export Council Conference

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008 -- 2008 National District Export Council Conference. businesses and the exporting community-at-large. See [link].

Southern California Companies Raise $751M In Funding in Q3, Says Report

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invested. Nationally, there was $7.1B in 907 deals for the third quarter, down 7 percent compared with Q2. invested. READ MORE

Los Angeles Speaking Series #3: “Mistakes People Make Before Starting a New Business”

Jason Nazar

Thursday, January 15, 2008 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm. The event is free and will hold about 140 folks, both previous events sold out. Cost: FREE.

Election 2008: How It Will Impact Your Business

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Thursday, November 6, 2008 -- "Election 2008: How It Will Impact Your Business" Gold Coast Business Forum. See [link] (more

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Interview with James Citron, Mogreet

socalTECH

This morning, Los Angeles-based Mogreet (www.mogreet.com) announced it had raised a Series B funding round for the firm's mobile greeting services.

Interview with David Sacks, Geni and Yammer

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We sat down with David to catch up on what Geni and Yammer are doing, plus got his insights into entrepreneurship and the Paypal mystique. Thanks!

2008 Asian Global Sourcing and Procurement Opportunities Conference

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Thursday, October 16, 2008 -- 2008 Asian Global Sourcing and Procurement Opportunities Conference. The format of this event will be in the form of an exposition and major mixer. See [link] (more

Hard to Build Large Advertising Support Business

SoCal CTO

Found this via Ben Kuo - The math behind Internet advertising businesses The advertising equivalence principle?

The Venture Capital Industry: The Current State of Affairs

Jason Nazar

There has been a lot of conjecture about how the Venture community will respond to the economic downturn.

Zag Spins Out TrueCar

socalTECH

Santa Monica-based Zag, the online car buying software firm headed by former CarsDirect CEO Scott Painter, has spun out a new company called TrueCar, the firm said late Wednesday. According to TrueCar, it will provide information about new car pricing, using the actual price people have paid for cars.

Star Trek Lessons

Jason Nazar

So yah, I was a huge star trek fan growing up, and proud to say it. Personally I wish our outgoing President watched so he could have been more familiar with the Prime Directive. So its with great pride that I highlight this document on docstoc: 10 Importnat Life Lessons from Star Trek.

Google Personalized Results

SoCal CTO

Google now shows me an option to push things in my search results to the top. It's an interesting choice. Doesn't it seem like it's inviting problems. Basically the only people who will spend time on this is people trying to improve their search rankings. The rest of us signal with lots of other things like links, bookmarking, etc.

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Value and Meetups - SEO / SEM

SoCal CTO

I went to a meetup yesterday that was on the topic of Internet Marketing / SEO / SEM. The meeting had a decent case study and some pretty good discussion around the room of different tools that you might consider using. Then the organizer went into a 20 minute sales pitch around his new training/coaching offering. Yikes.

Meetup - Avoiding Negative Comments

SoCal CTO

As a follow-up to my last post on Meetups SEO / SEM , I was just booted from the group and any of my comments about issues I had with the way the group was handled along with my negative vote about the event were deleted from the group. It makes me wonder if Meetup is actually encouraging this kind of thing

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Breakout Companies of 2008

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, February 26, 2009 -- Breakout Companies of 2008. Amidst many of the financial challenges of 2008, several San Diego companies achieved successful milestones, financial growth, or other accomplishments that set them apart from the pack. San Diego Venture Group. See [link] (more

Web 2.0 Strategy

SoCal CTO

Fantastic post by Dion Hinchcliffe - Ten Aspects of Web 2.0 Strategy That Every CTO and CIO Should Know. Raises some interesting points, but the general theme is: just figure out ways to get it to happen

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Technology Impact - Performance Spread

SoCal CTO

Fascinating article by Andrew McAfee - Technology Beats a Full House - discusses how variation in performance spread decreases over time as systems become optimized. He shows that the spreads in IT heavy industries has greater variation over the past decade. winners were increasingly separated from losers

Choosing Internet Platforms

SoCal CTO

I'm blogging from the CalTech Enterprise Forum. The topic is: Betting Your Company On An Internet Platform? very interesting topic, especially for those of us involved in developing for start-ups. At the CTO Group that I organize in Santa Monica, we've had lots of discussions around this. application services (security, integration), etc. Whoops.

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Social Innovation

SoCal CTO

It's funny how things intersect in life. just ran into Chris Gammil's post New Era of Social Innovation where he describes it as: The model takes the best of the OPEN model and pushes right out into the open, further distributing idea sourcing, team forming, development, commercialization and economic distribution. What are some of the drivers?