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Startup Software Development – Do Your Homework Before You Develop Anything

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What special data, content, APIs, etc. I just had an all-too common conversation with the founder of a startup who had spent more than a year working with a software development company who had produced a mess. The mess really comes from a developer who was willing to get started on a product that was not fully thought out. Partners?

Do your kids Google Poo?

Eric Greenspan

Last year my son Jacob was in sixth grade at Montecito Union Elementary School. This seams harmless right? He replied laughing, “Not anymore!&#

ActionAllStars.com Signs Up 100K Users For Sports Site

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Tags: actionallstars virtual content world games

Break Ramps Branded Content, Growth

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Los Angeles-based online publisher Break Media said today that the firm has more than tripled its branded content projects this year, and expects that it will grow 18 percent this year, despite the economy. Break has been developing content series with advertisers, aiming at creating "viral" videos which get a lot of online viewers.

Developing a Marketing Communications Strategy

Cliff Allen on Marketing

The marketing communications function (commonly called "marcom") has many communications tools available. Selecting effective marketing programs.

VCs: Southern California Startups Not Just Content

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Southern California's venture capital industry isn't just content and media, but is gaining a reputation for companies who "actually know how to make money,"--or so says Highland Capital's Richard de Silva. He echoed the sentiment of DFJ Frontier's David Cremin, who said the industry here has grown quite a bit since he started 11 years ago.

TechZulu's Best Of 2009

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The Best of 2009: Interviews: Interview with Microsoft's First Blogger: Don Box. CellFrog Announces Embeddable Conference Calling. Who Are You?

2009 Coming To A Close, 2010 Just Around The Corner!

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Put your digital audio content up for sale with AudioMicro, simply and securely. We already have a jammed packed schedule for 2010.  Discover.

Break.com, G4 In Content Deal

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Financial terms of the content deal was not disclosed. Tags: break content hollywood television Los Angeles-based Break.com , which operates a video and entertainment web site focused on men, reports today that it has inked a partnership with G4's "Web Soup" television series, where "Web Soup" will feature a Break.com segment.

Big Stage Targets Content Creators

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Los Angeles-based Big Stage Entertainment , which develops avatar creation technology for turning photos into animated, 3-D likenesses, said Wednesday that the firm has launched a new effort targeted training content creators on the firm's products. Tags: bigstage stage entertainment avatar content READ MORE>>.

Crownpeak Revs Content Management Software

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Los Angeles-based CrownPeak , a developer of content management software, said Tuesday that the firm has rolled out a suite of new features for its CMS tools. Tags: management content saas software crownpeak READ MORE>>.

HowSimple Launches Content Viewer

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Huntington Beach-based HowSimple has launched the firm's "desktop viewer" at DEMO in Palm Desert, saying that it has created software which allows users to browse, navigate, and search the web in a multiple-panel, desktop user interface.

Mzima Selected For NetDNA's Content Delivery Network

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Los Angeles-based Mzima Networks , a provider of network services, said earlier this week that content deliver network firm NetDNA --also based in Los Angeles--has selected the firm's low-latency, 10 Gigabit backbone. NetDNA provides content delivery network services for ad networks and application acceleration.

How to Save MySpace

Jason Nazar

Work with the studios to have premium Hulu-ish content prominently branded and for sale. I wouldn’t bet against MySpace. MySpace = Yahoo2.0:

Interview with Mark Suster, GRP Partners

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So we think we're the right size for the market in 2009. Obviously, this being LA, we're also very interested in digital content and distribution. This morning's interview is with Mark Suster , a venture capitalist at GRP Partners (www.grpvc.com). Mark Suster: Let's start at the 50,000 foot level, then I'll segue into that question.

Outcast In Content Deals with CBS, CNET, HGTV

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Financial details of the content relationships were not disclosed. The firm says it now has 12,600 of its screens deployed. READ MORE>>.

The 7 Ways to Get Traffic on the Web

Jason Nazar

Refreshing Content. 6.) Increase the production of your content. Get more websites linking to your various content pages.

RightScale Partners With Content Management Firm

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Santa Barbara-based RightScale , a developer of cloud computing software, has linked with a London developer of enterprise content management software, Alfresco Software, the two said this week. Financial details behind the partnership were not disclosed by the company. READ MORE>>.

Hulu Launches Publishing Tool, Linux Support

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9 Marketing Trends for 2009

Cliff Allen on Marketing

While the economy in 2009 looks challenging for most companies, the outlook of marketing executives is rather bright and upbeat. Deborah Kania and her team at Brightworks Interactive have just released results of their survey of marketing executives' plans for 2009. free) search engine optimization (SEO) content targeting.

9 Marketing Trends for 2009

Cliff Allen on Marketing

While the economy in 2009 looks challenging for most companies, the outlook of marketing executives is rather bright and upbeat. Deborah Kania and her team at Brightworks Interactive have just released results of their survey of marketing executives' plans for 2009. free) search engine optimization (SEO) content targeting.

Bestcovery.com Rolls Out Web Widget

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Santa Monica-based Bestcovery.com , an online expert review and ranking site headed by former Pricegrabber.com co-founder and CEO, Kamran Pourzanjani, said today that it has rolled out a new widget which will allow web publishers to display its content. Bestcovery was started in 2008, and has 8 employees. READ MORE>>.

Big Stage Adds New Content From GGL Global Gaming

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Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment , the startup which uses photos to create animated, 3-D facial avatars of users, has added new content from a game from GGL Global Gaming. Big Stage told its users yesterday that they could now insert their avatars into content from Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, a video game published by Funcom.

Internet Brands 2009 Acquisition Total: $24.2M

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Los Angeles-based Internet Brands revealed it spent $24.2M in acquisitions, earnout, and holdbacks during 2009, as part of its 2009 fiscal results release. Tags: internet brands merger acquisition consumer content publishing earnings million in January. READ MORE>>.

Disney Invests In Hulu

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Demand Media Offering Health Care Benefits To Freelancers

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the new media venture of former MySpace chairman Richard Rosenblatt, said today that it has just published its one millionth piece of original content, and is launching an effort to extend health care benefits to freelancers creating that content for the firm. READ MORE>>.

Guarding your Ones and Zeroes - Securing Intellectual Property Rights in Digital Content

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Thursday, August 27, 2009 -- Guarding your Ones and Zeroes - Securing Intellectual Property Rights in Digital Content. See [link] (more

SEO for Startups

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They went on to describe a fairly common type of site that has some original content, but not much. won't say that I'm truly an expert on SEO.

Mahalo Revs Site Design, Home Page

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The new version of the site is looking to combine search, content, and Q&A. Santa Monica-based Mahalo , the online search site headed by Jason Calacanis, rolled out version 3.0 of the firm's web site. READ MORE>>.

Content Monetization: 3 Models that WorkContent Monetization: 3 Models that Work

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Thursday, July 16, 2009 -- Content Monetization: 3 Models that Work. these revamped models are opening up a whole new way of looking at content monetization.In Dealmaker LA. rom video to music and games to news, everyone and their mother is looking for better ways to monetize online content.and it's starting to pay off.

Social Media for Service Professionals

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If I can do a good job with my blog content, then I can effectively be doing a keynote per day. This is that post. It has changed my life.

Interview with Josh Stomel, ResumeBucket

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So, it's safe to say, there will be more resumes, more content, and more organic traffic to our site, which in turn will provide us with a profitable business, since we're monetizing from ads. Stomel--who is bootstrapping the startup from his recruiting firm, NeoHire--explained the site to us. What's the idea behind the site? It works.

Product Manager Entrepreneur Mark Geller

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My guess is that will be the case with a lot of different kinds of content and applications. Tell me a bit about your background. In L.A.

10 Things You Need for Your Social Media Road Trip

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It’ll solidify your position and help you focus your content. 4. Make content creation your job. Written by Jolie O’Dell.

TechZulu Partners with meebo!

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You can post TechZulu content directly to Facebook, Twitter, email or IM. It’s the way to share your content, and watch the live reaction.

Southern California Tech Central

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I am excited to be participating in and announcing the of: Southern California Tech Central This is a community of people in Southern California who have come together to help find and organize the best content from blogs, news sources and other web sites all around technology in So Cal. And perhaps to stimulate new connections.

Retro: My Favorite Blog Post on Raising VC

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There was no viral social networking products back then like Twitter where people could easily discover your content.  It seemed that the main discovery mechanism was the “blog roll&# that everybody kept.  It was sort of like Twitter’s list of who you follow but much, much smaller.  But we also had some negative experiences, too. 

Disney Online Acquires Sites From Kaboose

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Boingo Wireless Courts SlingPlayer Users

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Boingo Wireless said it would offer one month free of Boingo Mobile to SlingPlayer Mobile users to attract them to its Wi-Fi service. READ MORE>>.

Interview with Vince Bianco, Newsforce

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Our clients can promote any content they want on those sites, with guaranteed exposure. Tell us a little bit about Newsforce? alone. Thanks!