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Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

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But the film has my brain buzzing all week about obsessive and competitive people. Obsession. The drive to succeed at all costs. Zuckerberg.

Meet Our Startup of the Year Competition Semifinalists: Mobile Therapy

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From apps to hardware, to KickStarter successes and international startups, we’re inching closer to finding out who will take home the title of Startup of the Year competition at our annual Celebrate Conference in October. Among the dozens of participants that applied for the online competitions, only a few progressed into the semifinals.

What it's really like to intern for an LA tech company

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ZestFinance;dammydommydimmy;The Honest Company;dammydommydimmy;PatientPop;dammydommydimmy;Sidebench;dammydommydimmy;Thrive Market. read more

Competition Is A Lie – Tracy DiNunzio Explains Why

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Tracy DiNunzio, Founder and CEO of Tradesy , recently shared her insights regarding the best approach for entrepreneurs to address competition.

Fixing Tech’s Gender Problem Starts With Company Culture

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McKinsey & Company studies find that top-performing companies have the greatest number of women in top management positions and serving on Boards.

Pitch Competition Like No Other: A Dating Site For Puppets?

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Personal rocket ship company ? pitch dating competition startup improbable comedian joke april1st april A dating site for puppets?

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What is the Right Burn Rate at a Startup Company?

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But what IS the right amount of burn for a company? Conversely if you’re burning $600,000 per month (yes, some companies do) then you only have 5 months of cash left. often see companies burning $100,000 per month (net) looking to raise $6-8 million. ” I highly recommend reading it. Let’s set up a framework. Here’s

Maximize Your Exit By Not Selling Your Company

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However, in many cases, acquiring companies behave less rationally than Mr. Jackson. A version of this article previously appeared in  Forbes.

The Silent Killer – The Company Your Community Never Created

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I was at a dinner recently in Chicago and the table discussion was about building great companies outside of Silicon Valley. It’s not the great companies you build, it’s the silent killer of those that should have been build locally and weren’t. Klout was an LA company – sold for $200 million to Lithium.

Flowtab Wins Startup Competition

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Los Angeles-based FlowTab , the developer of a smartphone application which allows users to order food and drink from their smartphone, has scored the top position in a competition hosted by Glendale-based startup incubator/office space Voivoda Labs. FlowTab competes against such companies as TabbedOut. READ MORE>>.

Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

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So he launched a company with exclusively paid search. They were a juggernaut and Google was a small company. Overture (Goto.com). eToys.

Qualcomm Ventures Kicks Off Startup Competition

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Qualcomm''s competition looks to identify the most promising, early-stage technology companies relevant to its business from across the globe.

CapLinked Launches Pitch Competition

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Los Angeles-based CapLinked , the developer of an online platform for managing fundraising and investors, said this morning that it has launched a new pitch competition. The firm said that judges for the competition come form Idealab, Rincon, Rapidfire, and Actarus, including Idealab's Alex Maleki and Rincon's Jim Andelman.

The Crowd Has Spoken: Check Out The Coolest US Tech Companies

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What American tech company is the coolest? As such, a reputation as a cool company is a competitive advantage to be cultivated and coveted.

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VOKLE Boots Up Online Singing Competition

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In an interesting application of a live, streaming video site, Santa Monica-based Vokle , the online, interactive live events service headed by Robert Kiraz, announced today that it is hosting a live singing competition on its site. The competition will be streamed live via webcam to Vokle's viewers. READ MORE>>.

Qualcomm Launches Third QPrize Competition

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San Diego-based Qualcomm has launched its third annual QPrize competition, the competition where the firm looks to vet and fund early stage technology companies from around the world. qualcomm qprize competition business plan compete wirelessQualcomm said entries are due by August 17th. READ MORE>>.

Explaining FNAC: Feature, Not a Company

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Feature, not a company. Whether something is a feature or a company is clearly subjective. It has always stood out in my mind. Why? 1.

LA Taxi Company Challenges Uber, Lyft, Sidecar

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angeles taxi company Image courtesy Bigstock.com. READ MORE>>.

Crowdfunder Dangles $25K In LA Startup Competition

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Crowdfunder , an online site offering up a platform to help startups raise money for their firms via crowd funding, is dangling $25,000 in a contest open to Los Angeles companies. The startup contest--which accepts entries through June 20th--is having a panel of judges--including Peter H. READ MORE>>.

Caplinked Business Plan Competition Live Today

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Late last year we announced that local Southern California startup Caplinked was launching a worldwide pitch competition for entrepreneurs to present their business ideas to a panel of all-star judges from Idealab, Rincon, and Chris Yeh. Today is the day they make their final decision and you could be present and watch it all happen.

10 Signs Your Company Isn’t Ready to Raise Startup Capital

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If any of the following situations describe your company, you may want to think again before seeking funding at this time: 1. Do your research.

Interview with Fariborz Maseeh, Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition

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The competition is set up to award $50,000 to the best team each year, and is also tied to a class on entrepreneurship for engineering students.

Lessons Big Companies Should Learn from Entrepreneurs

Jason Nazar

Entrepreneurs often lament big companies, but most of us hope we’ll create just that. But that doesn’t mean that they have it all figured out.

Inston, Cyberflow Advanced Towards $150,000 Cisco Innovation Award

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Two, Southern California companies have made the semi-finalist list for the much-watch Cisco Innovation Grand Challenge competition, which promises to give out $150,000 to a company developing the "next best thing" in the Internet-of-Things area. cisco innovation award grand challenge competition startup technology

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Why Solving Big Food & Healthcare Problems Will Yield Spectacular Companies

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We’re not Pollyannaish about this. In short, we’re after venture returns. They have raised $14 million to date.

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MP3Tunes Gets New Competition From Amazon

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San Diego-based MP3Tunes , the cloud music storage service startup headed by Michael Robertson, has some stiff new competition today. The new Amazon service is a direct competitor to MP3Tunes, a music locker service started by Robertson, a serial entrepreneur known for MP3.com, Gizmo5, and Linspire, among other companies. READ MORE>>.

Be careful how you define your competition.

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Professional investors laugh when they hear an entrepreneur state, “We have no competition.”  Whether the entrepreneur has not been able to find companies doing “something like” the plan, or s/he has not considered the most obvious killer of new ideas – doing nothing, it is a faux pas that should never be allowed to happen.

Conversations with Richard Chino, pt. 1

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During my seven years at the company, we went public, were acquired by Yahoo , and I continued at Yahoo for two more years. That’s true.

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What Amazon Hopes to Achieve with Prime Day

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Prime Day’s larger purpose is to help integrate the company into as many people’s lives as it can, in every possible way it can.

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Build a Product-Driven Company

Frank Addante

If you want to manage a hyper-growth company, start with a great product. That is, a company that focuses all functions on the product.

Qualcomm Ventures Sweetens Pot In QPrize Competition

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San Diego-based Qualcomm said Thursday that it is doubling the size of its QPrize annual investment funding competition, and will now award $250,000 in convertible note financing to regional winners, with an additional $250,000 to grand prize winners. This will be the fifth year of the competition. READ MORE>>.

3 Ways to Create a High Performance Company Culture

Frank Addante

Great company culture isn’t just about ping pong tables, free lunches, bouncy ball chairs and free gummy bears. As CEO of Rubicon Project, a lot of people ask me what defines the culture of our company. Here’s my take on a few things effective company culture is about…and a few things it’s not about: 1.

The Best Entrepreneurs Are Hyper Competitive & Hate Losing

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know that people who aren’t competitive always find competitive people slightly distasteful. Company B is struggling, too.

Office Cribs: 6 LA tech offices that'll give you office envy

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Teaser: The market for top offices continues to get more competitive. Series: Coolest Offices in Los Angeles. read more

Competition Gets Fierce For ParkMe, As Streetline Finds Funding

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The funding comes only a month after another, ParkMe competitor-- ParkWhiz , based in Chicago, announced $2M in a Series A funding. READ MORE>>.

Intellectual Property – Worthless To A Startup, Priceless To A Big Dumb Company

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However, to a Big Dumb Company (BDC), a startup’s IP is a thing of beauty. Some companies take pride in the number of patents they own.

Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles

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RSS ); Why You Should Start a Company in. And as a result we have bred a culture of companies that have been quite innovative on making money.

Launching An International Tech Startup: The Challenges And Benefits

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140,000 new startup companies are reportedly launched every day. travellers with inter-city bus companies in Latin America. customers.

Insights: Ten reasons to start a company; ten reasons not to

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Start up conferences and competitions. Rich valuations and venture capitalists throwing money at early stage companies. So not 2009.

Could Lack of Apple Innovation Cause an Exodus?

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Haters gonna hate. I’m not going to pretend I think Apple is a fantastic company… ever. Apple’s Current Problem.