June, 2012

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Startups and a Common Misunderstanding in Agile Software Development


I've done four Free CTO Consulting Sessions in the past month with startup founders who all had run into variations of the same problem.

7 Business Mistakes Serial Entrepreneurs Never Make (Twice)


“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”. During those same 15-years, I made innumerable mistakes.

Leadership Strategy: Always Take the High Road

Frank Addante

When you lead a business, moving forward and achieving results are always more important than being right. Maybe it's because I'm part-Italian.

The Power of Torso TV (Why Media is Racing to the Middle)

Both Sides of the Table

This article originally ran on TechCrunch. Chris Anderson wrote a really influential book some years ago called “ The Long Tail ” that shaped how many people think about emerging Internet markets. If you haven’t read it you should consider adding it to you library. It was especially influential in my mind in thinking about media.

Represent.LA Looks To Map LA Startups


Brown says that the site is a way to "promote the LA tech scene and strengthen the community bonds that span across a wide distance and many freeways."

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Want to Get Rich? Listen to Your Customers Like These Founders……

Steve Reich

This is not an article about the high moral purpose and the nobility of listening to your customers.  It is an article  about how to make your company worth a fortune by listening to your customers.  Why does Google dominate search?  They obsess about having the best search out there.  Listen to your customers and grow rich. Where will you focus?” 

An Interview with Dr. Kevin J. Scanlon

Ask the Angels

June 2012. link]. Axon Intelligence Media’s Sandya Menon and Ashwini Naganthran. interviewed Dr. Kevin J. Scanlon, Chairman of the Pasadena Angels Investment Group. What are you doing to improve Pasadena Angels? We have learned many investment lessons over the past 12 years; we. Angels. effectively. screening process. investors. product.

LoveIt Gets $6M For Photo Sharing, Collecting


Look out, Pinterest -- Pasadena-based LoveIt is looking to unseat the popularity of the photo sharing site, with its new platform, and $6M in funding.

LA Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti to Keynote Inaugural Silicon Beach Fest

Tech Zulu Event

He communicates regularly with constituents using his Twitter account: @ericgarcetti. Click here to register.

Manage your MANTRA.


I am constantly surprised when speaking with entrepreneurs and CEO’s who act puzzled and a bit flustered when I ask, “So what is your mantra?  Tell me about your company in ten words or less.”  Almost every one begins a long explanation of their business that is nearly impossible to follow, let alone recall a few moments later. Positioning

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Inventor Or Innovator – Which Are You?


This article originally appeared on Forbes  HERE. Philo was an inventor, not an innovator. Inventor And Innovator Characteristics. Small Fortune.

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How Investors Really See Your Startup

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, June 18, 2012 -- How Investors Really See Your Startup. SCV Startup. Ever wonder how an investor would view your startup? How do they make decisions on what to invest in? How do they decide how much to invest? If you read Tech Crunch it seems like every startup is raising capital.that's far from the truth. What is the "magic checklist"?

Raising Money from “Super Angels”

Steve Reich

The stories are everywhere…VCs and Angel groups are passe’–the cool kids are raising money from “Super Angels”   Just go talk to a friendly millionaire, and he/she will simply write a check to finance your “A” round.  Need a few million?  No problem.  Oh, and it happens quickly, too.  And they are out there.

Interview with Matthew Goldman, Wallaby


We spoke with founder Matthew Goldman about the startup. What is Wallaby? What does that look like to a consumer? On average, people have 3.5 Thanks!

Strategy is Defined by Big Picture | Art of Leadership 2012

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According to Govindarajan these three boxes are universally significant; where strategy should be divided at every company. In the boxes he writes: 1.

A good case study is worth many paid ads.


Dave’s book: Positioning. How do you reach an audience that pays less attention to advertising then at any time in the past one hundred years? 

6 Hands-on Tips To Conquer Your Entrepreneurial Fears


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

India Trade Conference 2012

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, June 28, 2012 -- India Trade Conference 2012. You are cordially invited to the 5th Annual India Trade Conference being presented by the Port of Los Angeles, U.S. Commercial Service, and Quanta Consulting, Inc. Partners include TIE, USC Marshall, BeWo and Southern California Edison. See [link] (more


Exploring the YouTube Ecosystem at YT Access 2012

Steve Reich

John Greathouse of Rincon Ventures told me the YouTube ecosystem was “the Wild West.”  ”  That was the understatement of the week, as I learned by attending YouTube’s Premium Partner conference, YouTube Access 2012.  The event was last week in New York. And YouTube is doing everything it can to expand professional content. 

MySocialCloud: Avoid Hacks, Use Our Random Password Generator


Are you one of the folks who spent this afternoon changing your LinkedIn password, after a password leak at the popular business social networking site? If so, Los Angeles-based MySocialCloud has a feature for you: an automatic, random password generator. LinkedIn said Wednesday afternoon that about 6.5 READ MORE>>.

Silicon Beach Fest | Panels, Hackathons, and Much More!

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Join us for 3 days of Panels, Hackathons, BBQ, and beach fun. William Hsu, MuckerLab , Co-Founder. Adam Lilling, Launchpad LA, Director. Register Here.

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Incremental differentiation doesn’t cut it anymore.


One important element of positioning a company is pricing strategy.  There are five niches you can chose when defining your positioning strategy:  price, quality, service, innovation, and elegance. And although many positioning efforts cross the lines between these, great companies play to the strength of just one.  Positioning

BlockBeacon Releases iPhone App For Local Deals


The startup--backed by Resolute.vc--also said it is expanding beyond Santa Monica to include all of California. READ MORE>>. blockbeacon iphone

Interview with Michael Wong, MergeLocal


Are users willing to check into local businesses with another, mobile check-in product? What is MergeLocal? Why would someone want to use your site?

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Interview with Sam Teller, LaunchpadLA


For readers, LaunchpadLA is all about? Sam Teller: Launchpad is an accelerator in Santa Monica. We're really excited for the next steps. Thanks!

Boston Startup School Launches | Education 2.0

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As we continue this monumental year in the startup realm, we welcome a newcomer – Boston Startup School. great jobs. ” - Shaun Johnson.

Likeabilitee Helps Identify Users' Most Popular Facebook Posts


The new service--created by by Mark Sylvester, the founder of IntroNetworks--is in private beta. READ MORE>>.

Leads360 Snags CTO From LiveOffice


Los Angeles-based Leads360 , which develops sales automation software, said this morning that it has named Mark DuVall as its Chief Technology Officer. DuVall joins the company from LiveOffice, which was recently acquired by Symantec. DuVall also has served at such firms as TRW, and has more than 29 years of experience in the industry. READ MORE>>.

Space Geeks Rejoice: JPL Opens Doors This Weekend


However, the region's spaceflight roots run deep, with one of the anchoring institution being the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.

Insights and Opinions: Learning How to Meet Investors


How do you go about meeting investors? One key are is learning how to network. Networking skills aren't obvious. It wasn't. That was his opening line.

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Appcelerator | The Mobile Developer Platform

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For those companies looking to venture into the mobile space, there are multiple platforms in market to help accomplish the move.

SpaceX Success May Mean Military Flights


A report today says that the hugely successful flight and mission by SpaceX may open up the doors for that firm to gain a new customer: the U.S.

Silicon Beach Heads To The White House To Discuss Jobs, Innovation


Photo courtesy BigStock.com READ MORE>>. jobs house white whitehouse beach silicon

FundaGeek Looks To Help Researchers Find Crowdfunding


Are you a scientific researcher, looking to help fund one of your research projects using crowdfunding? FundaGeek , the crowdsourcing site led by Dan Gutierrez, has launched a new portal site it says is specifically aimed at helping those researchers use the crowdfunding craze to address their research areas. READ MORE>>.

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