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Google Enters Financial Products Comparisons Market

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Search engine giant Google has made its entree into an area long dominated by Southern California technology startups: financial products and leads generation. google advisor financial products leads mortgages rates leads360READ MORE>>.

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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. Have a product for online backups? Learn from my mistakes.

Is it Time for You to Earn or to Learn?

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This is part of my Startup Advice series. That’s Ok.  They raised $5 million in their B round.  125,000. So let’s go CRAZY!  Not bad.

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What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

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We had every chart every invented by man (or McKinsey) showing failure rates of our product, mean-times-to-repair, detailed sales forecast charts, etc. 

Save Your Spin for Someone Who Cares

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Our call recovered and we spent the rest of the time talking about the development of their management team and their product.  PR is subtle. 

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How to Deal with Skeletons in your Closet

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company has just filed suit against you for product patent infringement (obviously more serious). She loves a man with a great sense of humor. 

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WTF is Traction? A 6-Step Relationship Guide to VC

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Traction can simply mean showing that you’re making progress with customers, product development, channel partners, initial revenue as a proof point, attracting well-known angel investors, winning industry awards / recognition.  It is code word for “I’m not ready to invest for whatever reason … I need more proof.&#.

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Start-ups are all Naked in the Mirror

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Our product releases took longer to ship than we had hoped. Our competitors seemed to be flawless.  We kept reading about their customer wins, their product releases and their biz dev deals. Don’t obsess with product releases of competitors or biz dev deals.  In the scheme of things they come and go. We were hot. SHIT!!!

Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?

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Time to start thinking about how to make it more productive.  This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.  Not enough time. 

Who Should you Hire at a Startup?

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One such meeting that he set up was with the CIO of the largest consumer products company in Europe.  You’re stressed. Your solution?

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What Makes an Entrepreneur? (1/11) – Tenacity

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If you haven’t spent time over there you should. So what skills does it take to be a successful entrepreneur?  Excite, Ask Jeeves and Lycos? 

Are Business Plans Still Necessary?

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People mistook extra doses of Ajax for a successful product. Don’t know how much you can charge for your product?  craze.  wares. 

Video Games Industry 2009

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 -- Video Games Industry 2009. The question is not whether there is an opportunity in the video game space; rather, the issue is which one to choose. This Panel of gaming media, operational and development experts will share their views on the industry's evolution. See [link] (more

BIOCOM's 2009 DeviceFest

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Thursday, May 7, 2009 -- BIOCOM's 2009 DeviceFest promises to provide thought provoking panel discussions and case studies focusing on Inspiring Innovation, Overcoming Adversity and What's Next? However, bringing life saving products to patients expeditiously remains a great challenge for medical device companies. See [link].

Bank Robber or ATM Operator?

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Bank Robber will ask questions that are focused on your products, customers, and the potential size of your adVenture’s overall opportunity. This is a reposting of a ‘classic’ popular post. Fortune 500 CEO once told me that I was a Bank Robber. Initially, I was offended. However, once he explained what he meant, I was flattered.

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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Ask if you could shadow different functions like marketing, finance or product management. MBA fine, but not required. So back to MBAs. 

Startup Founders Should Flip Burgers

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This can often happen when there is a good product built but no real customer adoption yet.  This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. 

Product Manager Entrepreneur Mark Geller

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He has a really interesting background as a product manager and now an entrepreneur. Tell me a bit about your background. In L.A. In L.A.,

Startup Metrics

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Startup Metrics for Pirates (SeedCamp, Sept 2009) View more documents from Dave McClure. You only build what you need to prove that model.

Video Games Industry 2009: New Opportunities

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 -- "Video Games Industry 2009: New Opportunities" TCOSC. The question is not whether there is an opportunity in the video game space; rather, the issue is which one to choose. This Panel of gaming media, operational and development experts will share their views on the industry's evolution. See [link] (mor

What Makes an Entrepreneur (2/10) – Street Smarts

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They spot opportunities that aren’t being met and the design products to meet these needs. Two quick stories from just yesterday.

Accelerating New Product Development

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 -- Caltech Executive Education: Accelerating New Product Development. See [link] (more

Zadspace Unveils Ad Product

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Zadspace adds full color, 4x6 advertisements on cardboard shipping boxes. READ MORE>>.

MyLife Snags Siegel As Chief Product Officer

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Los Angeles-based people search engine MyLife.com has snagged technologist Ian Siegel as the firm's new Chief Product Officer, the firm said today.

Don’t drink your own Kool-Aid (surviving TC50)

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Off to the races.  We started building 4 products so that our end-to-end, supply-chain services would be complete (MVP? Yours. million A round.

Nexsan Ships iSCSI Product

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According to Nexsan, its new iSeries products provides up to 1 petabyte of storage, virtualized storage, and support for SAS and/or SATA disk drives.

Do you need a Powerpoint deck for a VC meeting?

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But admittedly I like some orientation about the market before I see the product. photo courtesy of Atlanta Braves. DO NOT drone on endlessly.

Product Management for Startups in Los Angeles – Steve Gilison

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Steve Gilison worked as a market researcher and product manager at a startup where my company, TechEmpower , did the software / web development.

Taking Technology Products to Market

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009 -- Caltech Executive Education: Taking Technology Products to Market. See [link] (more

Strategic Product Audit

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009 -- Strategic Product Audit. Larry Marine will demonstrate a strategic product design/user-experience audit method that identifies potential design issues that impact the business and marketing objectives. SDSIC. See [link] (more

Developing New Products

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009 -- Developing New Products. Today new startups and many existing companies are looking at new, innovative products to succeed in todays tough economic times. TechBizConnection. See [link] (more

5 Tips to Becoming a More Customer Centric Organization

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They communicated this to product management who looked at all of the internal requirements we had generated (e.g. and product management worked with me to decide what to build & when. They taped people using existing products.  And you’ll design a better product as a result. 3. Back then it seemed foreign. 

Zag Hires New Products Director

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Rosten has also served at Google, Edmunds, and CarsDirect.com READ MORE>>.

Sendio Upgrades Anti-Spam Product

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3ality Inks 3D Production Deal

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Tags: 3ality digital movie content production

What Makes an Entrepreneur (4/11) – Resiliency

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You’ve got to see your product weaknesses and plug them.  If you haven’t spent time over there you should. Not lose your cool.

Novatel Updates Mobile Hotspot Product

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The new MiFi 2372 HSPA products supports HSPA, UMTS, EDGE and GPRS networks. READ MORE>>.

Microsemi Buys RF Product Provider

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Microsemi explained that it will expand the unit's products into new, related markets such as satellite and space, and that it believes the acquisition will be accretive immediately to the firm. Tags: microsemi microwave product semiconductor merger acquisition analog defense endwave READ MORE>>.

Effective New Product Development

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 -- "Effective New Product Development PROCESS in Entrepreneurial Cultures" PDMA SoCal. Product development professionals have long recognized that a new products process, if not properly suited for an organization, can actually hinder new product development. See [link] (more

Most Innovative New Product Awards

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Friday, December 11, 2009 -- 22nd Annual Most Innovative New Product MIP Awards. Hear the announcement of this year's winners, view the finalist's products on display in the exhibit hall, and network with more than 800 of San Diego's top executives, entrepreneurs, service providers and academics. CONNECT. See [link] (more