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Most Startups Should be Deer Hunters

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Some companies / products are designed for large organizations from day 1. This post is part of my series “ Startup Lessons &#. Basecamp?

5 Tips to Becoming a More Customer Centric Organization

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Turn Your Organization Inside Out. The world has changed much since I started my first company in 1999.  As organizations we have become more open and I believe this is great for businesses and their customers.  In the first 4 years of running BuildOnline we were an “Outside In&# organization. Back then it seemed foreign. 

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.

5 Keys to a Customer Centric Organization

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Thursday, March 12, 2009 -- 5 Keys to a Customer Centric Organization. At this premier event, you will learn five keys to successfully structuring and implementing a customer centric strategy along with transforming your organization into a truly customer centric culture. TCOSC. But they've also had to rein in costs.

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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BCG, Bain, LEK – they’re all great), a few years at a start-up or a few years somewhere like Microsoft, Google, Amazon or Apple. 

Establishing Quality Knowledge Management Practices In Your Organization: A Systems Thinking Approach

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009 -- Establishing Quality Knowledge Management Practices In Your Organization: A Systems Thinking Approach. SCQAA. Companies have taken advantage of advanced technologies, such as database tools and web-based applications, to effectively manage knowledge. See [link] (more

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VC Funding Season Ends Next Week

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But enough take vacation that organizing full partner meetings proves difficult. So why is Funding Season over for the rest of the year? 

Angel Funding Advice

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Join local organizations like OCTANe , TechStars or Launchpad LA.  If you’re really an entrepreneur you’ll find a way to network with the right people. 3. This is part of my ongoing series Pitching a VC. If you really want to know about the topic I hope this will be worth your time. How: 1. Team: You need a team. That’s OK.

Deal with Your Elephant in the Room

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This is part of my series on Raising Venture Capital. Your A round investors are not stepping up. - You raised $1.5 Issue off the table. 

Fast Follower III – First Mover Disadvantage

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Pragmatism – Fulton was more skilled organizer & a better mechanical designer than Fitch. Fitch, along with his partner, were effectively a two-man-band, carrying out all the responsibilities of the organization. This is part III of a three part series. Click here for Part I and Part II. John Fitch was first. Fitch To Fulton.

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. www.koodooz.com.

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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. Marketing Trend #6: Increased focus on organic (i.e.,

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. Marketing Trend #6: Increased focus on organic (i.e.,

Tags not Folders - LinkedIn Saved Profiles

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And I'm happy that they now have the concept of Saved Profiles and that they provide the ability to organize your saved profiles. Yikes.

Marketing, Startups and Networking in Los Angeles – Cliff Allen

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After a considerable amount of market research, we created the SureToMeet system that’s now used by organizations around the country. in 1998.

Escape to Reality

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Thursday, November 19, 2009 -- Escape to Reality: Organizational Control and the Internet in a Total Institution. associate professor of organization and management, Paul Merage. UCI Calit2. Christine Beckman. Email hondak@uci.edu.

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You’re most vulnerable right after you win a deal

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They may solicit the support of people more senior in the buying organization. This is part of my ongoing series, “ Start-up Lessons.&#.

Attorney and Startup Business Advisor – Aaron Shechet

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Visible Networking and Online Business Networking represent the following concept: organize a convenient forum for people to discuss issues.

Management of Technology and Innovation

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 -- Management of Technology and Innovation. Better manage cross-functional relationships and organizations. Caltech. Build more effective, motivated entrepreneurial teams. Lead innovation and change under technological and market uncertainty. See [link] (more

JETRO BIZMATCH

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Monday, November 16, 2009 -- JETRO BIZMATCH Event: Business-matching with Japanese Green Tech Companies. businesses to pre-arrange individual meetings with green tech companies featuring the most innovative and cutting-edge technologies from Japan. See [link] (more

SCVN Emerging Growth Awards

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009 -- SCVN Emerging Growth Awards. Southern California Venture Network (SCVN) is proud to present the 2009 Emerging Growth Awards. This prestigious event will take place on Tuesday September 29, 2009 in Newport Beach at CODE Restaurant. See [link] (more

Marketing Automation Roundtable

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Thursday, June 25, 2009 -- Marketing Automation Roundtable. While many businesses have deployed advanced sales force automation tools, only the most forward-thinking marketing organizations have embraced the power of the next generation of marketing automation tools. SoCalAMA. See [link] (more

Dinner for Decision Makers

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009 -- Dinner for Decision Makers. By definition, CI is a philosophy by which individuals within an organization look for ways to always do things better. The organization as a whole along with each employee pledges to every day make something better than it was before. TechAmerica. See [link] (more

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.

Job Search and Career Development

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Saturday, November 21, 2009 -- A Professional Challenge: Your Job Search and Career Development. Although many companies are downsizing, discontinuing, relocating or re-engineering their organizations, there are new opportunities being created by emerging technologies, business births, economic development and other factors.

Best Downsizing Strategies

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009 -- CommNexus San Diego's HR SIG Presents: Best Downsizing Strategies for 2009. Business owners, C-level executives, VP/Directors and middle managers should attend. See [link] (more

itSMF - Driving IT Cost Reduction With the Application of Continual Service Improvement

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Thursday, April 23, 2009 -- itSMF - Driving IT Cost Reduction With the Application of Continual Service Improvement. IT organizations are under pressure to reduce cost and increase efficiency; the challenge is knowing where to focus. This session will provide practical techniques in the areas of assessment, design and measure.

Managing Sales and Maximizing Revenues

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Monday, March 30, 2009 -- "The CEO's Guide to Managing Sales and Maximizing Revenues" TCOSC. In this difficult economic environment, it is more critical than ever that your organization is maximizing revenue from the sales organization. See [link] (more

Technology and the Current Technology Climate

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Thursday, March 19, 2009 -- Technology and the Current Economic Climate ? Learn how organizations are keeping up with today's highly competitive business climate, and how this economic climate is impacting IT staffing, partners and suppliers. How to Weather the Storm. See [link] (more

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Successful Acquisition Integration

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Monday, March 9, 2009 -- Caltech Executive Education: Successful Acquisition Integration. Learn how to successfully integrate the strategies and operations of merged organizations, implement the latest techniques, tools and metrics to improve performance, revitalize acquisitions that are not meeting expectations. See [link] (more

The Business Case for Agility

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009 -- The Business Case for Agility. This talk blends the best of Lean Software Development, Agile, Scrum and eXtreme Programming to give the big picture to executives contemplating transitioning their organization to Lean-Agile methods. SDSIC. See [link] (more

How To Form and Structure Your Company

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Thursday, July 9, 2009 -- How To Form and Structure Your Company. In this TCVN workshop, you will pick up the essential points on organizing your new business. This workshop will focus on the critical issues and steps in forming and organizing your business! What type of entity should you use, and why? See [link] (more

How To Form and Structure Your Company

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009 -- How To Form and Structure Your Company. In this TCVN workshop, you will pick up the essential points on organizing your new business. This workshop will focus on the critical issues and steps in forming and organizing your business! What type of entity should you use, and why? See [link] (more

Borrego Solar Gets Into Solar Finance With $30M In Funding

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Borrego said it had $58M in revenue and over $90M in contracts at the end of 2008. READ MORE>>.

Software Development Companies in Southern California

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I've helped organize the Los Angeles CTO Forum for almost 10 years. As part of doing that, I've had the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of different chief technical officers from different kinds of companies over those years. This is a private group of CTOs who are responsible for software development within their companies.

Brickfish Snags Sales Exec From Google

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Botto joined Google through Google's acquisition of Urchin Software, where he was Business Development Manager. READ MORE>>.

Nirvanix Turns Attention To Channel

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Nth Generation serves the Southern California area, including Fortune 500 and mid-tier organizations, and says it has over 650 enterprise clients.

Successful Acquisition Integration

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009 -- Caltech Executive Education: Successful Acquisition Integration. Learn how to successfully integrate the strategies and operations of merged organizations, implement the latest techniques, tools and metrics to improve performance, revitalize acquisitions that are not meeting expectations. See [link] (more

New Space Era: Global Competition, Transition to Private Projects and Space Tourism

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009 -- New Space Era: Global Competition, Transition to Private Projects and Space Tourism. The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Los Angeles is hosting their annual 4th Tuesday Technology Exchange event. Email stephen_tanaka@jetro.go.jp.

Social Networking and Business Value

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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.