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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: Picking Duck


Among the participants that applied for the online competitions, only a progressed into the semi-finals. Tech.Co: What was the road like leading up to your initial pitch for the competition? Celebrate Conference in October. Tech.Co: Since launch, what was the most challenging part of gaining market traction? Tech.Co: Favorite team?

Meet Our Startup of the Year Competition Semifinalists: Mobile Therapy


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.

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


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USC Marshall Awards $50K In Seed Funding Competition


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VOKLE Boots Up Online Singing Competition


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


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 said it has increased its total prize pool to $1M for the year, and also added Brazil and Eastern Europe as regions covered by the competition.

How to be a Startup Competition Winner | Infographic

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Just like backpacking through the mountains, startup competitions such as Startup Weekend can be difficult without some guidance. The Good luck!

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Competition Is A Lie – Tracy DiNunzio Explains Why


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

Competition Dangles $200K To Students With Clean Technology Ideas


A new competition--part of the Startup America effort launched by the Obama Administration, and spearheaded locally by Caltech, USC, and UCLA--said today that it is looking to award $200,000 in prize money to university students with clean energy business ideas. The competition is being funded via $360,000 grant from the U.S.

Qualcomm Ventures Kicks Off Startup Competition


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


The quarterly competition is being sponsored right now by Wacom. artwork competition showcase photography pxldustThe site allows artists to submit their work, and have that work voted on by visitors, with the top artwork receiving various prizes, including gift cards, consumer electronics, and more. READ MORE>>.

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HipTraveler | Taking Startup Competitions by Storm

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The team accredited their unique model in an archaic industry as a huge piece of their success in the competitions.

Using Technology to Realize a Competitive Advantage

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Computers and the Internet have now brought in a new era that relies on data to make profitable business decisions in the competitive environment.

Interview with Fariborz Maseeh, Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition


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.

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

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brought up the fact that I find many larger companies abusing the patent system to slow down smaller competitors which is actually anti competitive.

MP3Tunes Gets New Competition From Amazon


San Diego-based MP3Tunes , the cloud music storage service startup headed by Michael Robertson, has some stiff new competition today. said last night that it has launched its own, cloud music and storage service called Amazon Cloud Drive , along with corresponding web and Android music players. READ MORE>>.

USC Team Heads To Rice Business Plan Competition


A student team from the University of Southern California is one of forty two teams heading to the 2011 Rice University Business Plan Competition in April. The competition--which is one of the largest in the world--also includes a new $100,000 prize from venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, focused on clean technology.

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RightSignature's Competition Acquired By Adobe


One of Santa Barbara-based RightSignature , a provider of software-as-a-service, electronic signature services, has been acquired by software giant Adobe. Adobe said Monday morning that it has acquired EchoSign , an electronic signature competitor of RightSignature. Financial details of that acquisition were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Crowdfunder Dangles $25K In LA Startup Competition


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. To enter, startups hae to create a profile on the site.

DogVacay Gets Direct Competition:


Santa Monica-based DogVacay , the online marketplace which helps dog owners connect with pet lovers to help watch their dogs, has some new competition today: According to Seattle-based, it has just scored $3.4M from Madrona Ventures and CrunchFund for its own, pet sitting marketplace. READ MORE>>.

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


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 technologyREAD MORE>>.

Wpromote Launches Scholarship For Students In Digital Marketing


wpromote scholarship digital marketing high school student education contest competitionLos Angeles-based digital marketing agency Wpromote said on Monday that it has launched a new set of scholsrships, which will go to students interested in digital marketing. Wpromote is led by CEO Mike Mothner. READ MORE>>.

Robot Invasion! DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals In LA This Weekend


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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.

Chick Launcher Names Finalists


Chick Launcher , the local effort to help bolster women led startups, has named the five finalists for its Fast Pitch Competition, the group said this week. The entrants to the competition had to have a woman co-founder, president or CEO, or be majority owned by women, but can be in any industry. READ MORE>>.

Activision Blizzard Launches New Esports Division, Taps Former ESPN CEO


Santa Monica-based videogame publisher Activision Blizzard announced this morning that it has launched a brand new, Esports division, which will focus on competitive gaming and growth of esports. gaming games videogame sports espn competition esports blizzard activision activisionblizzardREAD MORE>>.

Performance competition is a good thing


We deeply feel that competition of this sort is a good thing. We love this! If you've not been watching the ASP.NET team's community standups , you have missed some surprisingly transparent, interesting, and oftentimes funny updates from a major web application framework development team. Every time I watch one I marvel, this is Microsoft?

IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Competition Opens Registration


The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE , the $5M competition being run by Los Angeles-based XPRIZE , has opened up registrations to teams, and has published guidelines for the artificial intelligence competition. watson xprize competition registration nonprofit challenge artificial intelligence softwareREAD MORE>>.

Be careful how you define your competition.


Professional investors laugh when they hear an entrepreneur state, “We have no competition.”  That statement has killed more investment deals than almost any other.  It is a failed litmus test for the entrepreneur, even if the plan is for a totally new device or service that could take the world by storm. 

Demand Media: No Competition For Sixteen New TLDs


The firm said it has competition for managing,cam,fishing,gay,green,map,mom,moto,rip, domains. Santa Monica-based Demand Media reported Wednesday that it is the only applicant for sixteen of the 26 new generic, Top Level Domain (gTLDs) it applied for from ICANN. READ MORE>>. demand media gtld domain domainer name level icann

Echo Labs Wins “Quick Pitch” Contest with Digital Hybrid Microscope


Watson Quick Pitch Competition, which attracted over 400 people to the Jacobs lecture hall at Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM ) headquarters.

Qualcomm Ventures Sweetens Pot In QPrize Competition


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>>.

BetterWorks Recruiting Effort: A LEGO Contest?


Companies have been known to run programming and software competitions as a part of recruiting, but the use of a LEGO competition is an unusual one for companies here. betterworks lego engineer developer recruiting jobs competition compete softwareHow do you find the best and brightest engineers and web developers? creations.

Competitive Intelligence

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 -- Competitive Intelligence: 007 Market Intel. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to estimate market size, competitive market share, how many potential customers are there, and price points. PDMA SoCal. It's Monday morning. He announces, "Let's build a gold-plated widget!" See [link] (more

Blizzard Entertainment, ESPN Partner On Gaming Competition


Irvine-based online, massively multiplayer online game maker Blizzard Entertainment said last week that it is launching a new, video game competition which will award more than $450,000 in tuition and other prizes to college students--not to mention coverage on ESPN. READ MORE>>.

What Amazon Hopes to Achieve with Prime Day

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Beat The Competition. As is the case the rest of the year, they’ll also receive a free 30-day Prime trial when signing up. Christmas in July!

Hub101 Hacks Presents: Student Life Startup Competition

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Friday, June 24, 2016 -- Hub101 Hacks Presents: Student Life Startup Competition. Event Description Life as a student can be pretty rough. Think you have the innovativeness to make it more bearable? Then come on out and show us your great idea for the startup to solve every student's problems! See [link] (more

DogVacay Gets $25M More


Los Angeles-based dog sitting marketplace DogVacay has raised $25M more in a Series B1 funding, the company disclosed this morning, as the competition heats up for the "top dog" in the market. rover dogvacay sitting marketplace market competition dogs venture capital investment aaron hirschhorn READ MORE>>.

Interview with Steve Seigel, Hatched


There are a lot of other competition shows and reality show, which are much more predatory and cut-throat, and it's nice for our entrepreneurs to not only get a real investment, but get great feedback. steve seigel television host pitching startup competition pitch hatched celebrity show content hollywood entrepreneur interview