August, 2012

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Catching Up With Joanne Bradford, Demand Media


The firm has now become one of the largest technology companies in Southern California, and one which is committed to the region. eHow Spark!

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How Much Information Should you Give VCs for Due Diligence?

Both Sides of the Table

This is a hot topic I’ve been asked a lot about recently. You’re on a first date with a VC – how much should you tell them? The First Meeting.

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Startup Lessons From Olympic Innovators


Such innovations include new training routines, inventive diets, and novel gameplay tactics. Not All Flops Are Failures. Inventive Innovations.

TZ Tech Crawl Venice | So Nice We Are Doing It Twice

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2012 TechZulu Tech Crawl – Technically Awesome. Join TechZulu on a tour of some of the hottest Silicon Beach tech companies. The Deets. Tech Crawl Map.

Go West Young Men: Winklevoss Twins Buy $18M L.A. Mansion To Dive Into SoCal Tech Scene

SoCal Delicious

Startups. Mobile. Gadgets. Europe. Video. Enterprise. Venture. Social. GreenTech. Gaming. Opinion. Drama. Guides. Smartphones. Tablets. Laptops. Apple.


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How Pinterest, Tumblr, HootSuite, Klout, Posterous, Bitly and Mashable Rapidly And Repeatedly Hire Great People


Rapidly and repeatedly hiring star employees is a competitive advantage. This phenomenal success led to a ravenous need to increase their headcount.

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Story of a Startup Weekend Veteran | The Good, The Bad, and the UGLY!

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There are so many activities and events that have sprouted this year to support the thriving tech scene in Southern California. THE GOOD. THE BAD.

5 things Silicon Valley gets wrong about Southern California

SoCal Delicious

VentureBeat | News About Tech, Money and Innovation. Whats Hot Menu. Skip to primary content. Skip to secondary content. what’s hot? Apple. iPad Mini.

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The Odd Couple: Angels and Accelerators

Steve Reich

At a recent accelerator event on the West Side, a friendly young founder told me that he had been coached by his mentor not to talk to Angel groups.  As a Pasadena Angel, I wanted to be shocked, but I wasn’t.  The Angel funding process can be arduous.  With the VC ranks shrinking, founders need to tap every source of capital out there. 

Los Angeles, San Diego Among Top 10 Cities For Startups


READ MORE>>. today usatoday startup city angeles diego sandiego entrepreneur business venture nvca

Is Silicon Valley Really Coming to an End?

Both Sides of the Table

He says. How many ideas like that are left?” ” My 3.5 minute response on Bloomberg is here  in this interview I did with Emily Chang.

Commission Junction Co-Founder Lex Sisney Applies A Scientific Approach To Analyzing Your Business


This article originally appeared on Forbes  HERE. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly Infochachkie articles!

Hallo | Just Say Hallo with Social Voice App

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Who doesn’t like to save a little dough on texting? Well for those with limited texting plans anyway. The Hallo app from Developer Hallo, Inc.

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Startup Business Development

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, August 23, 2012 -- Startup Business Development. Coloft Academy. Are you a Founder and want to learn more about growing your venture via partnerships and alliances? Or are you interested in a job in Business Development at a Tech or Internet company? outline characteristics of a great Business Developer ? See [link] (more

Crowdfunding SEO Advice From AngelList

Steve Reich

I was lucky enough to be at LaunchPad LA last night to hear Dustin Dolginow from Atlas Ventures/  coach the incoming class on how best to use AngelList to fund their companies. Much of the advice was basic–have your elevator pitch down, raise enough $$ for 18 months runway, etc.  Simply outstanding.

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Interview with John Mudge, iBN Sports


One of the big questions in the content world has been: what's the right formula to make content creation profitable on the Internet? Thanks!

Should You Really Sit on Other Boards When You’re a Startup Founder?

Both Sides of the Table

I recently read Brad Feld’s thought provoking piece encouraging founders to sit on the board of another startup company. Entrepreneur Advice

Four Recruiting Lessons From Grandpa


Much has changed in just the last 10 years of recruiting. You might have even found your current job on social media. Do you want either one? 

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Viddy #Splashmob | Balls, Bikinis, Boards plus personal Snoop Dogg & Justin Bieber Vids

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Viddy , called by many as the new Twitter, but for video, had a #splashmob this weekend  at Santa Monica Beach.

Swarms, crowd sourcing, and tiger teams. Oh my.


As we grow our businesses, we inevitably run into problems that seem for a time impossible to overcome.  First: Swarming. Depending upon others Growth!

Never, Ever Give Up

Eric Greenspan

On Tuesday of last week, I hung this on my wall. received it rolled in a tube from this year’s TED conference. Life is truly remarkable.

Interview with Ali Benham, Tealium


How do you streamline that process? Last month, San Diego-based Tealium ( announced a healthy, $10.5M Ali Benham: I believe it has.

Rethinking Board Observers – The Role of the “Silent Observer”

Both Sides of the Table

have always been vehemently against board observers and wrote some of the reasons in this previous post. ” And by silent I mean it literally.

Diva Startup Tips: @LadyGaga, @JLo, @Cher, @KatyPerry, @MariahCarey & @NickiMinaj


Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series. Make no mistake, successful entertainers are entrepreneurs. Fear Mediocrity. Share and Enjoy.

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Collect, Organize, and Share on LoveIt | Interview with Ron LaPierre Co-Founder & CEO

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They say ,” Because we’ve learned it’s an easy format for people to use.” What is LoveIt and why the name? When was it launched? Cheers!

Keep constant contact with key customers.


An executive’s job is not easy, nor is there much time in a typical day for outreach of any kind. Especially in a growing company, the CEO is drawn into daily process issues by all of his or her direct reports, often responding to questions and problems, leaving little time for strategic thought. Growth! The fight for quality

Intro to Search Engine Optimization

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, September 6, 2012 -- Intro to Search Engine Optimization. Coloft Academy. What is Search Engine Optimization? This class is designed to teach you how to drive more traffic to your web site and increase sales, by using tools suited for anyone! See [link] (more

Avril Lavigne Taps For Crowdfunding Effort


Singer/songwriter Avril Lavigne has tapped online software from Los Angeles-based startup for a new crowdfunding campaign for her Avril Lavigne Foundation , according to Lavigne., which is headed by Alon Goren, helps power web-based crowdfunding sites for individuals, businesses, and charitable organizations. READ MORE>>.

Taking on the Issues of the Day with Jonathan Strauss

Both Sides of the Table

But I’m back. And this episode was with the always enjoyable and philosophical  Jonathan Strauss of , a company in which I am an investor.

Olympic Lessons for Startup Life


Bleacher Report  recently put together a list of the  30 Greatest Athletes in Summer Olympics History. Sounds like a startup, right? In the early 80?s,

Frank Gehry to Build 420,000sq ft Campus as New Facebook HQ

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Mark Zuckerberg has hired World-renowned 83 year-old architect Frank Gehry to design the new Facebook HQ. One Giant 420,000-Square-Foot Room for Code.

Hire for your core. Partner for the rest.


Depending upon others Growth

Port Tech LA 2012 Expo

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, September 6, 2012 -- Port Tech LA 2012 Expo. On September 5th and 6th, PortTech Los Angeles welcomes community and industry leaders, technology entrepreneurs, university researchers, and investors to PortTechEXPO 2012. See [link] (more

Gene Dolgoff's 3D Vision: Using Crowdfunding To Turn the World 3D


Santa Monica-based Fundable ( is a newly launched, crowdfunding site which is headed by local entrepreneur Wil Shroter. Thanks!