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Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010

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Some really great stuff in 2010 that aims to help startups around product, technology, business models, etc. Vivek Wadwha - Campus Entrepreneurship , November 19, 2010 Best Practices for Introduction Emails - Israel Venture Capital 2.0 , March 25, 2010 Weekend Reading - The Mogul Mom , October 1, 2010 Make informal advisors part of the team.

Understanding a VC’s Seed Funding Policy is Critical

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There has been much discussion about VCs doing seed funding in the past year.  I’ve written about it myself (Is VC Seed Funding Dead?)

SightCine Gets Seed Funding

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Los Angeles-based SightCine , a developer of digital overlay projection technology, told socalTECH today that the firm has raised an initial round of seed funding. Amount of the funding and source was not disclosed. Tags: funding seed capital venture subtitle theater content movie sightcine

Grid2Home Gets Seed Funding

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San Diego-based Grid2Home , a developer of energy management software, said today that it has raised a seed round of funding. The funding was led by Granite Ventures. Financial details of the funding were not disclosed by the company. Granite is represented by Sam Kingsland on Grid2Home's board. READ MORE>>.

Startups and VCs Should Avoid “Pier” Funding

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And startup CEO’s can often suppress the anxiety that goes along with the funding uncertainty – even to themselves. And it adds up.

Connexity, Headed by FastClick's Dave Gross, Gets Seed Funding

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Camarillo-based Connexity , a new Internet advertising firm headed by former Fastclick CEO Dave Gross, said today that it has raised a seed funding round. The funding round came from Persistence Partners, which is also headed by Gross. Amount of the round was not announced. READ MORE>>.

Top 30 Startup Posts for July 2010

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This continues my series of posts: Top 30 Startup Posts in June 2010 Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010 Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April 16 Great Startup Posts from March The following are the top items based on social signals. Wannabe entrepreneur symptoms and cures - Gabriel Weinberg , July 25, 2010 I was once a wannabe entrepreneur.

Top 40 Startup Posts for August 2010

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Pricing models, the freemium myth and why you may not be charging enough for your product - Seth Levine's VC Adventure , August 12, 2010 I’ve been pulled into a number of product and pricing meetings recently (for reasons unknown I’ve become the Foundry pricing and productization guy). August 20, 2010 They say people won't pay for content.

Confessions Of A VC: Crap – Why I Passed On Uber’s Seed Round

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Did I passed on Uber’s seed round? A version of this article previously appeared on Entrepreneur.com. It’s worse than that. Sounds familiar.  .

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What’s Really Going on in the VC Industry? What Does it Mean for Startups?

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Consumers pulled their money out of these risky investments, but when LPs make commitments to VC funds they make 10-year, legally binding commitments.

Understanding the Risks of VC Signaling

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recently wrote a blog post on understanding how the size and age of a venture capital fund might affect you when you’re raising money.

Baroda In Fab.com's New $105M Funding

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Baroda has been an investor in Fab since its seed funding back in June of 2010. Bohnett is the founder of Geocities.com.

The Changing Structure of the VC Industry

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The rise of “micro VCs” or seed-stage funds. The rise of alternative sources of capital (crowd funding and the like).

The Long-Term Value of Loyalty

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They seed funded my second company and even let me buy some IP in exchange for debt to get started. Oh, boy. Here we go again.

Interview with Fariborz Maseeh, Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition

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Fariborz Masseh: The idea of funding a business plan competition is not a new idea. It has been done before, at a number of schools. My Ph.D.

Ranker Gets $750K

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Los Angeles-based Ranker , an online web site which allows users to create their own lists, and share them with friends, said Thursday evening that the firm has raised $750,000 in a seed investment round, part of a planned $1M funding effort. The new funding brings the company's total raised to $1.75M. READ MORE>>.

TCA Stresses Mixers, New Website

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The Tech Coast Angels is stressing its mixer program, seed investment efforts, and a new website, as it kicks off a 2010 program, according to the angel investing group. The group also said it is focusing on its SeedTrack program, which is specifically focused on seed stage funding and extensive mentoring. READ MORE>>.

What is it Like to Negotiate a VC Round?

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The truth is that I’ve been warning about convertible notes since 2010 it was first declared that “convertible notes have won.” In the old days VCs funded off of a “pre-money” valuation. What I’ve found over the years is that this forces way more clarity on the entrepreneurs at fund raising time.

Interview with Winston Damarillo, Morphlabs

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Earlier this month, his latest startup, El Segundo-based Morphlabs announced it had raised a Series B funding worth $5.5M. What's Morphlabs?

Pricing Customer Acquisition Sunk Costs and More - Ten Recent Great Startup Posts

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Startup Killer: the Cost of Customer Acquisition | For Entrepreneurs , February 2, 2010 Looks at the critical equation around customer acquisition cost vs. customer lifetime value similar to what I discussed in Startup Metrics but in more depth. Enjoy. Great stuff. This post looks at the implementation details of HTML 5 video.

Interview with Jeremy Gocke, Fliptu

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The firm already has seed funding from such investors as Kelly Perdew, Sugarmaker Media, and support from talent agency ICM Partners.

ShopNation Raises $800K, Launches Fashion Discovery Site

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Santa Monica-based ShopNation has raised $800,000 in a seed funding, and launched a new fashion discovery site today. Tags: shopnation venture capital funding launchpadla fashion shopping ecommerce in 2008. The firm said its team comes from LowerMyBills.com, Mahalo, and HUGE. READ MORE>>.

What Entrepreneurs Should do about Price Fixing

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When I was fund raising for my second company we had agreed a company-wide deal with Salesforce.com to use our product. This is super funny.

TekTrak Gets Seeded

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Los Angeles-based TekTrak , a developer of an iPhone application to help users locate lost a lost iPhone, said Tuesday that it has received a round of seed funding. Amount of the funding was not announced. TekTrak said it will use the funding to launch additional features, and expand its support to Android platforms.

My Chat with Dan Primack of PEHub

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Dan believed that consumer internet entrepreneurs have a choice now: traditional VC vs. super seed investors. Minutes 4 – 8. What is going on?

Bccthis Gets $500K, Launches Communications Tool

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Los Angeles-based Bccthis , a startup developing software which connects Microsoft Outlook, Twitter, and BlackBerry smart phones, announced this morning that it has raised $500,000 in seed funding and launched a beta of its service. Source of the seed funding was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Evertune Raises $800K For Guitar Tuning Gadget

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Los Angeles-based EverTune , which has developed technology to automatically keep guitars in tune, has raised $800,000 in a seed funding round, the firm said today. The firm said the funding came from William Quigley, Brock Pierce, Dave Weiderman, and Mark Chayet. READ MORE>>.

Independa Joins EvoNexus Incubator

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The firm recently announced a second round of seed funding for the firm. San Diego-based Independa , the developer of technology to help senior citizens live independently longer, has been selected for San Diego's EvoNexus incubator. According to Independa, the acceptance will help the firm accelerate the launch of its products.

Qualcomm Launches Second Annual Venture Competition

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According to the firm, this year's competition will provide up to $750,000 in seed funding to entrepreneurs working on mobile ventures. Those finalists will all get $100,000 in convertible note funding, with the grand prize winnter receiving and additional $150,000 in convertible note funding. READ MORE>>.

Interview with Michael Wong, MergeLocal

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Can you talk about how your company is funded? Michael Wong: We're with StartEngine, and have received a small amount of seed funding from them.

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This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 4

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Rustic Canyon is an LA-based, but geography-agnostic VC that is currently investing from a $200 million fund. VC Financings: 1.  Blippy.

How Chinese Startup Tradesparq Is Looking To Grow In SoCal

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Michael Kleist: We started in 2010. Michael Kleist: We''re seed funded, and have already raised money from twelve investors.

Feel Lost On LinkedIn? ExploreB2B Wants To help You Network With People Of Your Profession

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We launched the first publicly available (German) Beta Version of exploreB2B at the end of 2010. Any funding yet? How does it work?

This Week in VC with @VCMike Hirshland of Polaris Ventures

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So how is Mike able to do this at a time where others have warned against taking seed money from VC funds? Lijit. Competitors: Google.

This Week in VC with Rick Smith of Crosscut Ventures

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– I spoke about GRP’s recent exit of Ulta in which we returned $320 million to our limited partners. Don’t. Hi5. 2. InMobi. 3.

Club Cooee Brings 3D to Instant Messaging

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Club Cooee was founded in 2007, and has received an undisclosed round of seed funding from Aurelia Private Equity.

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Startup 5.0 – I’m just going to chill out for a bit… (OK, for a month…)

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Venture Capital Funding 7. ► October (1) New Video! the Rubicon Project's Secret to Succes. ► March (1) Office 2.0: Why do.