December, 2011

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Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?

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There are certain topics that even some of the best journalists can’t fully grok. One of them is profitability. Internet scale. Operating Costs.

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Eleven Startup Tips From Mark Cuban


Article first published as Eleven Startup Tips From Mark Cuban on Technorati. Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series. It’s not.

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TechZulu Presents 2012 Startup Forecast | Featuring Science, Tech Coast Angels, Amplify, StartEngine, upStart.LA

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TechZulu is excited to invite you to the 2012 Startup and Entrepreneurial Forecast taking place on Tuesday Jan. 24 7pm at Coloft in Santa Monica. We

Surfline's Collins Dies


Sean Collins , the founder of Huntington Beach-based Surfline , has died, according to the company. Collins was 59. READ MORE>>.

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Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

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Hope this helps. And as a bonus threw in a video for those folks looking for a job on the best way to get that interview

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TechZulu Heads to CES 2012! And Your Chance to Win A Kindle Fire!

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TechZulu is heading out to CES and we have tons of products/gadgets/games/companies to review and interview. So make sure you Follow @techzulu. Simple!

Rovio Wants To Rival Disney, As It Heads Towards IPO


as a media company. Rovio, now says it is planning an IPO on the Hong Kong stock exchange in 2013, according to an interview in a Finland paper.

Jacob Greenspan and David Schaeman perform at TEDxAmericanRiviera 11/11/11

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My son Jacob (14) and his pal David Schaeman (15) perform at TEDxAmericanRiviera 11/11/11. Needless to say, I’m very, very proud of this.


The trend is your friend.


One flying into the wind uses double the difference in both fuel (money) and time.  Email readers, continue here.] Either way, very few startups can afford to forge new markets or create a product that does not fit into an existing class of increasing demand.  . Certainly there were resources available to point the company toward the information. 

The End of the Web? Don’t Bet on It. Here’s Why

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Fred Wilson recently posted a great video on his blog  with the CEO of Forrester Research, George Colony. The money slide is the graphic below.

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Want To Be A TechStar? Read Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson’s New Book: Venture Deals


I recently reviewed Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson’s book Venture Deals , in THIS ENTRY. Writing a book is very different from writing a blog.

Teaching Children Through Mobile Gaming | Go Go Mongo

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Go Go Mongo, steps into that realm and has helped children learn about healthy eating. As English was their second language (ESL).

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Qualcomm Launches Medical Devices Subsidiary, $100M Fund


San Diego-based Qualcomm announced this morning that it has created a new, wholly owned subsidiary called Qualcomm Life , which will focus on wireless solutions for the medical devices market. The service will help medical device manufacturers connect their devices wirelessly via mobile phones, cell connections, and other technology. READ MORE>>.

Just Shipped 2011


2011 was a BIG year for me. My business partner and I launched CitySourced Sept 2009, so we’ve been at it for just over two years now.

The Fifty Percent Startup Rule


  Fifty percent of all businesses formed fail within the first two years.  . There are many variations of this number since there are a number of ways to measure failure.  But the number is a startling reminder that creating a business is not easy, nor is it any assurance of success. . Email readers, continue here.] Ignition! Starting up

Why I’d Rather Err on the Side of Direct Feedback Than Pleasantries

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A few weeks ago I was reading a blog post by MG Siegler that really struck a chord. agree with that mentality. Don’t be a Grin Fucker. 2.

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Unlike You, Mark Zuckerberg And Bill Gates Can Go Both Ways


Article first published as Unlike You, Mark Zuckerberg And Bill Gates Can Go Both Ways on Technorati. free weekly Infochachkie articles! Objective.

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E-commerce’s Changing Landscape | Customization

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Retail therapy has long been a rich country’s rite of passage. Or rather, nudged store-fronts to question their position.

Party Earth Finds $4.0M


Los Angeles-based Party Earth , a new startup focused on connecting people to bars, night clubs, lounges, and other night life, announced today that it has raised $4.0M in a funding round. Source of the new funding was not announced. Party Earthy currently covers cities in both the U.S. Chicago, Amsterdam, Madrid, London, Ibiza, and other cities.

ExecTec - Networking is like Baking a Cake

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012 -- ExecTec - Networking is like Baking a Cake. See [link] (more

Is success a goal or a byproduct?


The goal is often stated in revenues, such as “Become a twenty million dollar company in three years.”.                 Achieving such a goal is a direct measure of the success of the company’s strategies and tactics.  And when that goal is achieved, another should be set, then another.  Finding your ideal niche Growth

Let Me Introduce Myself

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I am a big believer in VC pitches that the bio slide should come up front. Actually, I think the advice in this post applies to any sales meeting also.

Top Ten infoChachkie Entries Of 2011


I began publishing my blog in 2008. For the first couple years, I wrote under the pseudonym Uncle Saul. I was hesitant to use my own name, as I did not want my blog to be perceived as a self-promotional vanity project. By early 2010, I found my stylistic voice and identified my audience of emerging entrepreneurs and thus dropped my penname.

What’s Next for TECH in 2012? | Infographic

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It’s always interesting to see how we’ve progressed over the years in industry. The most rapid of those industry’s being technology.

Skype Launches Free Airport Wi-Fi Deal


Skype said the free access will be available from December 21st through December 27th. Skype's WiFi service works for users on PCs, Macs, and iOS.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012 -- LA CEOs, an education and support group for CEOs presents: Banking on the Difference; Changes and Strategies for Businesses AFTER The Great Recession After the summers Debt Standoff, Sand Ps Downgrade of the U.S., and this falls European Credit Lockup - whats in store for business in the New Year and beyond?

The Eighty Percent Acquisition Rule


Eighty percent of all businesses purchased by another company or by a new investor-operator fail to meet the stated expectations of the buyer after one year. As with the fifty percent rule, this rule is hard to find an author willing to be quoted as the source.  With this rate of disappointment, why would anyone or any company purchase another? 

Getting to Know Maker Studios

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A year ago I invested, along with Dana Settle at  Greycroft Partners , in a startup company called Maker Studios. Sure, you need to start with talent.

(Re)Mixing It Up With Entrepreneurial Filmmaker, Kirby Ferguson


In my recent interview with Kirby, he discusses the origin of his videos and how he called upon his entrepreneurial muse to bootstrap their creation.

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Get in the Holiday Spirit at the Annual Digital Family Reunion Bash!

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It’s that time of year again. The bash takes place tomorrow from 6-11pm at Wokcano Restaurant in Santa Monica.

SpaceX: Build Your Own Falcon 9 Rocket


Plus, the firm has also just been tapped by new space startup Stratolaunch--backed by Microsoft billionaire Paul G. READ MORE>>.

The State of the Capital Markets

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012 -- The State of the Capital Markets. ACG 101. The economy remains weak, the national debt is growing rapidly, corporate profits are at all-time highs, and private equity firms have nearly $1 trillion in purchasing power. What does all this mean mean for the state of the capital markets? See [link] (more


Submissions Now Open For Spotlight: LA Tech Winter

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TechZulu and The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are pleased to announce Spotlight: LA Tech Winter. Spotlight: LA Tech is part of a quarterly demo series that will highlight the finest technology entrepreneurship in Southern California. We’re TechZulu is ramping up to do it all again with an all new group of companies and a SuperDemo.

Kabam Launches The Godfather: Five Families Exclusive to Google+

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It’s some pretty major news at it signifies an interesting list of milestones in the social gaming industry: 1.