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What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

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You are constantly faced with decisions and there is always incomplete information.  This paralyzes most people.  Not you. Making Things Happen.

How to (re) Approach People (Advice on the Eve of LeWeb)

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When I first read this post I immediately filed away in memory that there was important information to impart on entrepreneurs and led to this post.

Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes

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You can probably get loads of information on Legal Zoom also. 3. Treat this person like your true partner where you share all information with them and involving them in the decision-making processes. often talk with entrepreneurs who are kicking around their next idea. Here are some lessons to avoid common traps. Not worth it.

How to Deal with Skeletons in your Closet

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This is part of my series with Advice on Raising Venture Capital. Skeletons in the Closet are these types of issues. 

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Are Business Plans Still Necessary?

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This information isn’t hard to find. remember going to an Under the Radar conference in 2006 in the heat of the Web 2.0 craze.  wares. 

Converging Technologies for Health Information

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009 -- Converging Technologies for Health Information: A New Venture Frontier / Entrepreneurial Opportunities: the $40 Billion Stimulus and Beyond. More is being directed into Health Information Exchanges to provide a means for EHRs to communicate. MIT Enterprise Forum of San Diego. See [link] (more

Information Superbrand Names Tal Golan CEO


Irvine-based Information Superbrand , an Internet marketing firm, is announcing this morning that it has named Tal Golan as the firm's CEO. Tags: sendio golan executive superbrand information The firm said that Golan remains on the board of directors of Sendio.

Why I Don’t Like Board Observers

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That’s what “information rights&# are for and you can promise the investor to meet 1-on-1 on a quarterly basis. So here is the rub. 

Angel Funding Advice

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But this is all public information that has been Tweeted by people who KNOW this is public information.  I think it is a legitimate research tool; however, I would never considering bringing up something you read in a person’s Tweet stream with them when you see them.  It creeps people out. The information is publicly available.

Pour And Stir I – In Pursuit Of The Ideal Business Model


If you cannot offer a trial, capture enough information online so an inside salesperson can readily contact your prospects. Note: This is Part I in a three-part series on The Perfect Business Model. Click here for Part II , and Part III. Authentic, hand-crafted Persian rugs always include intentional imperfections. Perfect Imperfection.

The Best VC Meetings are Debates not Sales

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Even more importantly you have the ability to say, “that’s a great question.  I’m not actually sure what the answer is.  I’ll look into it and get back to you.&#  It gives you an opportunity to email the VC after the meeting with more information and the potential to continue the dialog.

Creating Informed Consumers For Sustainable Health Care

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 -- "Creating Informed Consumers For Sustainable Health Care" TechAmerica. Are your employees informed? In this informative lunch gathering you will hear: Tips in creating a successful culture of health; What others have done and how they fared; Short and long-term incentive program. See [link].

Health Information Technology and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010 -- Health Information Technology and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Pease join us as Dr. Joel Kallich discusses "Health Information Technology and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009". IEEE EMBS. See [link] (more

CoreLogic Sells Unit to Private Equity Firm


CoreLogic said it would retain the remainder of First Advantage Corporation, which it acquired in November of 2009. READ MORE>>.

ZAM, Sony Tie In Game Information Deal


Los Angeles-based ZAM , and San Diego-based Sony Online Entertainment announced Wednesday that the two companies have tied on a new online site focused on information from Sony's EverQuest II massively multiplayer online game.

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

Tech Zulu Event

Contact us for more information. Contact us for more information on supporting TechZulu's growth and development. Are you interested?

Information Technology Bucks Downward LA Employment Trend


Bureau of Labor Statistics released its March 2010 employment numbers today, showing that the information sector was one of the only employment sectors to buck a further decline in employment in the region in March. percent between March 2009 and March 2010. For Los Angeles, the information sector saw a 6.5 The U.S. percent.

Founders, Ownership and Prenuptials

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They should have access to all the same information. This is part of my ongoing series, “ Startup Lessons.&#. Yesterday I wrote a blog post ( here ) in which I urged people to not have too many founders. If you’re not an overnight success or if you do struggle what happens?  . Should he/she keep 50%? Who prevails?

2009, a new year for innovation

AeA Los Angeles Council

report just released by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation says that spending $30 billion in taxpayers' money in 2009 on broadband infrastructure, health IT, and electric grid technologies could create or save approximately 949,000 U.S. We are at a critical juncture for our country. Bondi. Get involved.

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San Diego Gas and Electric Partners With Google PowerMeter


Google said that its widgets are only available to a limited group of partners, but will roll out more widely later this year with other partners.

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.

Mahalo: Our Writers Making Over $20,000 A Year


The search site began offering its users revenue share back in June, as the site began looking to crowdsourced information to supplement the work of its employees and contractors. Calacanis claims that writers of its how to articles are now making between $10 and $2000 a year, depending on traffic to those articles. READ MORE>>.

Product Management for Startups in Los Angeles – Steve Gilison


It’s the follow-up questions to the responses that really create the dialogue and valuable nuggets beyond the information. Wow, great questions.

Social Media for Service Professionals


promised that I would do a follow-up post with some thoughts out of the presentation and providing links. This is that post. It has changed my life.

Attorney and Startup Business Advisor – Aaron Shechet


I recently got together with Aaron Shechet and an early stage startup to discuss the direction the company might want to take. Yes, a physical folder.

Is Strategic Money an Oxymoron?

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They see you as an extension of their competitor and that all information will flow to the corporate parent. 6. Yeah, I know. Fun. 5.

You’re most vulnerable right after you win a deal

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This is part of my ongoing series, “ Start-up Lessons.&#. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time. That is, until I lost.

Southern California Deals Total Around $932M For Q2


Surprisingly, the numbers--based on information gleaned from funding announcements, regulatory filings, and other sources--are approximately the same as numbers in Q2 of 2008, which total around $955M, according to our own data. Tags: venture capital investment southern california 2009

Social Networking and Business Value


Just a quick note that I'll be moderating a Technology Council Event : Social Networking as a Business Strategy May 19, 2009 - Culver City Social networking media are used on a daily basis to grow businesses and expand career opportunities. Corporations increasingly see social media as a key PR, communications and marketing medium. and Ph.D.

SoCal Venture Totals Slip, But IT Shines


Among the few bright spots for Southern California as a whole was the Information Technology industry, which was up both quarter-to-quarter and year-to-year at $222.4M, up from $184.4M for the same quarter last year, and up from $179.68M in Q3. Tags: california jones 2009 venturesource southern venture capital investment invested.

Negative Customer Acquisition Costs - Creative Startup Marketing Ideas - Eric David Greenspan


It seems like a lot of what you are doing is about providing valuable information that accompanies the work that you do. I’ve recently had a chance to reconnect with Eric David Greenspan ( LinkedIn , Twitter ) He’s the CEO of Make It Work a high quality, personal, high touch technology service provider for homes and small businesses.

Businesses Must Manage the Twitter Conversation

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The volume of Tweets is enormous and growing at a rapid pace so tools are emerging to help brands manage this information.

Retro: My Favorite Blog Post on Raising VC

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The venture capital process is a necessary and informative experience that is not for the faint hearted. On December 2nd, 2006 I wrote the blog post published later in this post when I was CEO of startup Koral about my experiences in pitching VCs.  But we also had some negative experiences, too.  And covered we did.  Tempus Fugit. No joke.

Do your kids Google Poo?

Eric Greenspan

For more information about this event or Poogling in general, visit the web site. This seams harmless right? We’ve yet been turned down.

RANT: Social media/marketing or is it just Sales 101-the online version?

Eric Greenspan

I’ve been learning a ton about social media lately, but I have to say, I never feel like I’m actually getting anywhere with it all.

Enclarity Gains $5.5M In Series C Funding


Enclarity develops healthcare information systems which help keep databases up to date, including information about physicians and their practices.

Should I Tell My Staff?

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Those who argue for informing employees believe that the information will leak anyway and that it’s better to inform employees rather than let them imagine worse case scenarios. In almost every situation where the information was kept from employees, the entrepreneurs regretted the decision.

Maverick Angels Santa Barbara Arena

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Thursday, October 22, 2009 -- Maverick Angels Santa Barbara Arena. Contact for more information.

Maverick Angels Westlake Village Arena

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009 -- Maverick Angels Westlake Village Arena. Contact for more information.

The Responsibilities of Directors Before and After Company Insolvency — Some Practical Considerations

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The duty of care requires a director to be fully informed of all material information reasonably available, acting with due care and consulting with officers, employees and outside experts as reasonably necessary to make informed decisions.  See North American Catholic Educational Programming, Inc. v. Gheewalla , et al., 2007).