August, 2012

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How Much Information Should you Give VCs for Due Diligence?

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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

InfoChachkie

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

Catching Up With Joanne Bradford, Demand Media

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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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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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MyLife Launches Social Dashboard

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The new service comes as a result of the acquisition of Threadsy in March by MyLife. MyLife said the service is free. MyLife is headed by Jeff Tinsley.

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.

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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.

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Is Silicon Valley Really Coming to an End?

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He says. “In order to create a successful new company, you have to find an idea that. (1) How many ideas like that are left?” ” My 3.5

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

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Los Angeles, San Diego Among Top 10 Cities For Startups

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

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.

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? ll 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/ AngelList.co 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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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

InfoChachkie

I am a Board Member and an investor in The Resumator via Rincon Venture Partners. Much has changed in just the last 10 years of recruiting.

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Interview with John Mudge, iBN Sports

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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!

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.

Berkonomics

As we grow our businesses, we inevitably run into problems that seem for a time impossible to overcome. First: Swarming. Tiger teams.

Never, Ever Give Up

Eric Greenspan

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

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

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I have always been vehemently against board observers and wrote some of the reasons in this previous post. The Case for a Silent Observer.

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

InfoChachkie

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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Interview with Ali Benham, Tealium

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

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.

Berkonomics

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. Do customers know what they like when they see it?

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Ask the Angels

Pasadena Magazine August 2012 (click here for the original article). Written by Maria Russo. Collaboration is crucial to the success of Pasadena’s high tech entrepreneurial incubators and angel investors. in some ways the scene is typical of the tech industry: the workers are casually dressed, mostly male and mostly of the geek/hipster persuasion.

Taking on the Issues of the Day with Jonathan Strauss

Both Sides of the Table

It’s been nearly a year since I did This Week in VC on a regular basis. But I’m back. So the issues we took on this week? Yahoo! I use it.

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Olympic Lessons for Startup Life

InfoChachkie

I am a Board Member and an investor in The Resumator via Rincon Venture Partners. Sounds like a startup, right? In the early 80?s, Share and Enjoy.

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Avril Lavigne Taps Invested.in For Crowdfunding Effort

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

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

Tech Zulu Event

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.

Berkonomics

There is a major trend shaping up that is worldwide, already identified by hundreds of thousands of startup and small business CEOs.

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

Want to Know How to Better Partner With, Raise Money From or Be Acquired by a Big Media Company?

Both Sides of the Table

This is one of the best episodes of This Week in VC for a long time. But did you also know that they are a large cable operator? That they own Reddit?