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.

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."

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.

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Startup Tips From College Dropouts: Zuckerberg, Jobs, Gates, Dell, Ellison, Branson and Disney


HIGHEST DEGREE OBTAINED BY AMERICA'S 400 RICHEST PEOPLE Source: Forbes Magazine, Jan 2012. Shocking? Hardly. Or we’ll give it to you. Start.

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VIDEOS: My Advice for Entrepreneurs (it’s all here)

Jason Nazar

10 Strategies for Startup Success. 21 Golden Rules for Entrepreneurs. How to Break Out of the Pack

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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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.

Social Media School - Beginners

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, June 28, 2012 -- Social Media School - Beginners. It's time to dive into the social media world. If you have been wondering about social media and how to get involved , this is the class for you. Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, Google+ and other platforms are reviewed in this interactive class. Email Amani@woodsidemediagroup.com.

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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.

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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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?” 

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

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.

Variety 2012 Venture Capital and New Media Summit

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012 -- 2012 Venture Capital and New Media Summit. Variety is pleased to announce the return of its Venture Capital and New Media Summit on June 27 at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles. See [link] (more

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>>.

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!

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Rally Raises $4.4 Million via Crowdfunding

Steve Reich

If you’re interested in crowdfunding, you need to read this PandoPost: Rally Funding. Ok, so they cheated a little.  They already had major VCs in the deal.  It’s still a huge step for crowdfunding. The money is in…now the real fun begins.  Track this one.

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? 

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.

Social Media School - Intermediate

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 -- Social Media School - Intermediate. Come and enjoy the second part of Social Media School. Take a deep dive in platforms such as paper.li, ifttt, quora, Facebook Insights, Delicio.us and others and learn how they can enhance your personal and professional life. Email Amani@woodsidemediagroup.com.

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

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.

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.

Define your story before anyone else does.


It is an old warning in the entertainment industry.  Define your persona the way you want others to view you – before someone else defines you by comparing you to someone not as flattering as you would like. have a friend in the music business who worked hard to gain introductions to, and become mentored by, several known names in the business. 

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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Mobile Marketing

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 -- Mobile Marketing. CommNexus. There's been a lot of excitement in the mobile advertising space lately as recent announcements from Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Apple, etc. have sparked a renewed interest in the industry. The mobile phone is the perfect platform for marketers to engage consumers wherever they may be.

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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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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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>>.

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>>.

Amazon Studios Sets First Four Content Projects


Amazon Studios , the content development effort being run out of Amazon.com's Los Angeles arm, the People's Production Company, has set the first four projects being developed by the company. According to Amazon, it has selected one children's show and three comedies as the first four content development efforts at the company. READ MORE>>.

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


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