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3 Sales Tips for Startups – Creating a Burning Platform

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.  Most start-up entrepreneurs have little or no sales experience.  I know I didn’t.  Why Buy Anything?

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SodaHead Connects With Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo

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Los Angeles-based SodaHead.com , an online site focused on a combination of news discussion and questions and answers, announced today that the firm has connected the site to Facebook, Twitter, and Yahoo. Tags: sodahead twitter facebook yahoo software integration news READ MORE>>.

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

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You think that anybody really believed 1999 that two young kids out of Stanford had a shot at unseating Yahoo!, Excite, Ask Jeeves and Lycos? 

Are Business Plans Still Necessary?

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and the subsequent acquisition sprees of companies like Google, Yahoo!, craze.  wares.  Cisco and others went out to fill out their Web 2.0

Acacia Research Gets $12.4M Win Against Yahoo

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Newport Beach-based patent licensing firm Acacia Research Corporation has scored a major patent lawsuit win, this time against Yahoo! , the firm announced this morning. The firm said the total award includes $6.6M in damages, which were awarded in May of 2009, $4.5M in enhanced damages for willful infringement, and $1.1M in interest.

Social Networking Addiction Bears Fruit FAST

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The first to respond was @robinzucker of Yahoo! who gladly offered to sponsor the event and provide the venue at Yahoo!’s Yahoo!

Yahoo, Microsoft Deal Includes Up To 550 Employees

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Further details on the deal between Yahoo and Microsoft have come out in a filing by Yahoo with the SEC, with Yahoo saying that Microsoft will hire at least 400 Yahoo employees, and potentially another 150 employees to help with the transition, as Microsoft takes over the search engine features of Yahoo's sites.

AdventureLink Snags CEO From Yahoo

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Dossett was most recently at Yahoo!, Tags: adventurelink travel executive booking yahoo READ MORE>>.

Once Upon a Time in Jorts

Eric Greenspan

245 people registered, Yahoo! Notes to self: Get to know the presenters, practice presentation, call Yahoo!, It was an amazing day.

Yahoo To Shut Geocities

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Internet portal Yahoo is quietly shutting Geocities , the Internet home page portal it acquired in 1999. Yahoo said it is no longer accepting new customers, and will discontinue the service later this year. billion stock-and-option acquisition by Yahoo in 1999. The firm was later moved to the Bay Area by Yahoo.

Yahoo Sets Final Shutdown Date For Geocities

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The last chapter for Internet homepage Geocities has been written, with Yahoo telling its last remaining users of the service that it will shut down on October 26th. According to Yahoo, as of October 26th, GeoCities sites will no longer appear on the web. Yahoo had initially said it would shut GeoCities in April.

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Is Ken Goldman New Yahoo CFO Its Messiah?

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Yahoo! 22 replacing CFO Tim Morse, once acting CEO, hired in 2009 by then CEO Carol Bartz. Goldman will be responsible for  Yahoo!’s

Yahoo News Development Moved To Taiwan, Says Report

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The product development team behind Yahoo's news site, Yahoo News , has reportedly been moved to Taiwan , AllThingsD reported this morning. Yahoo's editorial team remains in Santa Monica. The move is the second one for product development at Yahoo News, which was previously located at Yahoo's media operations in Santa Monica.

DivX Gets Settlement From Yahoo On Toolbar Lawsuit

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San Diego-based DivX reported Wednesday that it has reached a settlement with Internet portal Yahoo!, DivX sued Yahoo in November of 2008, after Yahoo backed out of a deal to offer its toolbar to users who downloaded video software from DivX. Tags: divx yahoo toolbar lawsuit legal contract READ MORE>>.

A Tale of Two Pitches

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during the better days and we had lots of discussions / debates about Yahoo!’s Tale of Two Pitches. ’s strategy and missteps. 

LegalZoom Adds Former Yahoo President Decker To Board

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Decker, the former President of Yahoo!, to the firm's board of directors. Decker was president of Yahoo from 2007 to 2009, and served as CFO of Yahoo from 2000 to 2007. Tags: legalzoom legal documents executive susan decker yahoo Intel Corporation and Costco Wholesale Corporation. READ MORE>>.

Interview with Mark Suster, GRP Partners

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billion to Yahoo, we did CitySearch, we invested in the largest travel site in Europe, called LastMinute.com, and also CyberSource--a number of very early stage, Internet companies. So we think we're the right size for the market in 2009. Mark Suster: Let's start at the 50,000 foot level, then I'll segue into that question. more).

I met with an investor, what happens next?

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This is part of my ongoing series, “ Pitching a VC.&#  Getting a meeting with a prominent angel or VC is difficult enough. Let’s be honest.

The 7 Ways to Get Traffic on the Web

Jason Nazar

Search Engines – Google, Yahoo, MSN, ASK redirect billions of searches everyday. Search Engines. 2.) Referring Traffic / Press. 3.)

Interview with Josh Stomel, ResumeBucket

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Josh Stomel: My background is in the recruiting industry. I had early success working in-house with Matt Coffin at LowerMyBills in 2005, and then I was brought on by Yahoo to build out the Yahoo Publisher Network Team. Stomel--who is bootstrapping the startup from his recruiting firm, NeoHire--explained the site to us. It works.

Just Another Day in the “Assroom”

Eric Greenspan

great Yahoo blog post here). The "Assroom" at Dos Pueblos High. These kids where sharp. ended with the following: Innovate. Move fast.

Just Another Day in the “Assroom”

Eric Greenspan

great Yahoo blog post here). The "Assroom" at Dos Pueblos High. These kids where sharp. ended with the following: Innovate. Move fast.

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.

Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List

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I'm happy to announce the launch of the Los Angeles Tech Content Community. This is the beginning of a content community that collects and organizes the best content from blogs and web sites. The goal is to create a place where it's relatively easy to find current content and highly relevant content surrounding Los Angeles Technology.

MySpace Connects To TV

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Tags: yahoo intel myspace widget

Happy Anniversary Make It Work – 8 Years Today!

Eric Greenspan

finally broke down and bought a Twitter marketing application that automatically adds followers for you.  What success have you had with Twitter?

VMIX Eyes Maven Networks' Customers

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San Diego-based VMIX is eyeing customers of Maven Networks, a provider of video hosting owned by Yahoo, saying Wednesday that it will help customers of Maven to migrate to VMIX. Yahoo said earlier this week that it would discontinue the services offered by Maven Networks, which it acquired back in February of 2008. READ MORE>>.

Topspin Media Adds VP

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Santa Monica-based Topspin Media , the developer of music and band marketing software headed by former Yahoo Music GM Ian Rogers, said over the weekend that it has added Andrew Mains as its new VP Artist Relations and Services. Tags: topspin media yahoo music content executive Mains was Head of New Media at Interscope Records.

Stamps.com Links To E-Commerce Payment Providers

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Los Angeles-based Stamps.com is furthering its focus on online stories, saying today that it has linked its product to the e-commerce payment systems for Amazon.com Pro Merchant, Yahoo Merchant, Google Checkout, and Paypal. Tags: stamps ecommerce postage amazon yahoo google checkout paypal READ MORE>>.

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Happy Anniversary Make It Work – 8 Years Today!

Eric Greenspan

From TweetDeck to Yammer, WordPress to Twitter, Google Adwords to Yahoo Search, Facebook to LinkedIn, throw in a little AllTop, MyYahoo, Outlook, Powerpoint, Quicken (had to pay some bills)…my head is spinning.  It’s been an interesting week to say the least. Also, as you know, I launched my blog along with the rest of my team. 

ValueClick, Specific Media Rise In Ad Network Rankings

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According to comScore, which analyzes Internet traffic and e-commerce statistics, ValueClick is now number five, and Specific Media number six, in the top online ad networks--just behind Platform-A, Yahoo, and Google. The two are just behind Google, which had 164.5M uniques for April.

Move Loses President

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Borenstein had served as President of Move since May of 2007, after joining the firm from Yahoo. Westlake Village-based Move , which operates a number of real estate sites, including REALTOR.com , and Move.com , announced late Wednesday that the firm's President, Lorna Borenstein, is leaving the company. READ MORE>>.

Interview with William Chow, Mobophiles

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But, our software also supports a large number of other web applications--for example, things like Google Maps, Yahoo News, or even content sites.

ReachLocal Creates Ad Marketplace

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The new program--similar to Google's AdSense program--links ReachLocal's ads into publisher web sites directly, rather than through Google or Yahoo's online ad networks. According to ReachLocal, the new technology platform is targeted at both major and "long tail" Internet publishers, who want to tap into local online ads. READ MORE>>.

Global Fitness Media Names CTO

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Auld was most recently Senior Operations Architect at Yahoo, and has also served at IBM Corporation and Alchemy Communications. Los Angeles-based Global Fitness Media , which is developing a number of fitness-related online web sites, has hired on a new Chief Technical Officer, according to the firm's search agency, NeoHire. READ MORE>>.

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SodaHead.com Morphs Towards Social News

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The site--which originally started as a question-and-answer site along the lines of Yahoo Answers--said it now has a community of 2.5 According to SodaHead.com, the site is looking to create a forum to discuss breaking news and "hot topics" which are important to users on the site. million people who visit the site monthly. READ MORE>>.

VC Confessions: We Passed On Twilio’s Seed Round

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Too Early – Twilio secured a $1M seed round during the first half of 2009, nearly one year after we met with Jeff. What’s The Worst Mistake?

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Google Gets Into Ad Optimization, Takes On Rubicon Project

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Batson also said that he did not think that the biggest ad networks in the business--Microsoft, Yahoo, and AOL--would ever plug into the Google program. Google said it will open its door to third party advertising networks, allowing the ads in those networks to compete with AdWords advertisers for ad space on publishers.

Interview with Dan Yomtobian, Scour

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Dan Yomtobian: Scour is a social search engine, which meta searches Google, Yahoo, and MSN. We overlay our own algorithm and decide what listing to show, in what order, based on how Google, Yahoo, and MSN spit back data to us. Scour is an offshoot of a PPC advertising firm, ABCSearch, which was also founded by Dan. What is Scour?

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Interview with Peter Lee, Baroda Ventures

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David founded Geocities back in 1994, took it public in 1998, and in 1999 Yahoo bought the firm as a public company. From MySpace, to Google, to Yahoo, to other large successful companies like LowerMyBills--all of these firms have built a good presence here, with lots of product and engineering talent. They did really, relaly well.