February, 2012

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10 Startup Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Superheroes


Jason’s inspiration for this 6 ½ minute talk was a blog entry he wrote in 2008, which went viral within the startup community. Superheroes Help Others.

How This Entrepreneur Raised $28,000 Using Airbnb to Fund Her Startup

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Tracy DiNunzio isn’t your typical Silicon Valley startup founder. She’s a painter and a self-proclaimed Bohemian. More on that later.

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Stephan Paternot shares open letter to Facebook’s Zuckerberg

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” Who is Stephan Paternot, and why is his advice so relevant? Just ask anyone who rose and fell with the Internet bubble. Is Paternot jaded?

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The Complete Guide To Southern California Accelerators and Incubators, Part I


However, with the proliferation of incubators, the difficulty in figuring out. Part I: The Accelerator Programs. What is an accelerator program?

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Is it the jockey or the horse?


                Early stage investors have been arguing over this for years.  Do they bet on the entrepreneur (jockey) or the business idea and plan (the horse)?   Other times, the entrepreneur went on to assemble a great team and execute the plan as it inevitably changed again and again. Email readers, continue here.] Raising money

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Amplify’s Guide to Crafting a Pitch Deck | Entrepreneur Resources

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As that idea grows into a business there may come a time where the need for outside funding in necessary to further grow and scale.

Interview with Steve Jillings, TeleSign


Few people have heard of TeleSign, but odds are you have used some of the services the company provides in the last week--or even this morning.

Learn the science – practice the art of negotiation.


At home, we certainly negotiate with our spouses or significant others. Depending upon others Positioning Surrounding yourself with talent

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Five Startup Tips From Bill Gates


Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series. For more than 30-years, Bill Gates has been at the pinnacle of the software industry.

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Everybody Wants Their Pound of Flesh (Negotiating with Buyers)

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I recently wrote a post about negotiating with suppliers called “ The End of the Mexican Road.” think most of us feel this way, really.

Women 2.0 Conference 2012 | For The Men Who Missed It

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Just like the sky scraping investment banks of Wall Street, the technology industry tends to be a sausage party. So when I heard about Women 2.0

Los Angeles Becomes YouTube's Content Hub With New Playa Vista Studio


The Los Angeles area is fast becoming the content hub for online video site YouTube , a position that takes advantage of both the LA region's long history in the entertainment business, and the rise of a slew of startups producing content specifically aimed at the YouTube audience. READ MORE>>.

Consider all resources before seeking investment.


I cannot tell you how many times I have seen executive summaries of business plans in which the entrepreneur seeks $5,000,000 to build the business. First, few startups can use that much money today with all of the virtual services available and increasingly inexpensive methods of development, prototyping and marketing. Email readers, continue here.]

Incubators, Accelerators, and New Choices for Entrepreneurs

Steve Reich

Wild times in Southern California—VC firms contracting and incubators/accelerators exploding!  But no one is talking about the tradeoffs (yet). 

UCI Entrepreneurship: Sydney Edwards, Allergan

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012 -- Sydney Edwards, Ph.D., Senior Director, Portfolio Management and Strategic Planning, Allergan. Entrepreneurship Course, 2012 Guest Speaker Lectures, Henry Samueli School of Engineering, UC Irvine. Free and open to the public.

Find Egg-breakers: People With Influence & Authority and Are Unafraid to Use Them

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These are the permanent members of a VC. This lesson on NINAs applies to VC pitches as well as any sale. 1. Some people have authority (A).

TechZulu LIVE from SXSWi | Join Us In Alcatel-Lucent’s Trend Lounge

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It’s the place where geeks go to cut loose, share their knowledge, test new concepts and network like crazy. That’s right. Want to Sponsor?

Wittlebee Launches, Headed by Sean Pervical, Backed by Science


Sean Percival, best known for founding Los Angeles tech blog lalawag, in addition to his work as an executive at MySpace, has booted up a new effort--Santa Monica-based Wittlebee , a new, online subscription service for baby supplies. Wittlebee is the third company from Science inc. READ MORE>>.

Be approximately right rather than exactly wrong.


I love this statement from John Tukey, coiner of the word ‘bit’ to describe a single switch of digital micro-data.  Tukey was a statistician, one you would expect to describe events in terms reeking with precision. Instead, Tukey implored us to think in terms of relevancy, cause and comparisons to known events.  Finding your ideal niche Growth!

New Concept? Ask These 3 Questions First

Frank Addante

Before you waste your time with a business case, sales pitch, or SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats), put yourself in your customers’ shoes. Then, answer these three simple questions: Why do I need a product or service like this? Why do I need yours? Why do I need it now? Seems simple? Try it.  Not so easy, right? 

Should you sell or is that a ??Sell Out???

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012 -- Should you sell or is that a Sell Out? Acquisition lessons from both sides of the deal. Dealmaker LA. Last year companies like Google, Twitter, Facebook and Salesforce gobbled up a multitude of startups to strengthen their talent and technology strategies. Will the acquisition frenzy continue in 2012? See [link] (more

The Secret to Success with Angel Investors

Steve Reich

LeisureLink, Inc., was launched with nearly $2mm in Angel funding from the Pasadena Angels  and Tech Coast Angels.  How did we do it?  We had an advocate in each Angel group who aggressively lead the effort. It’s critical to identify a lead investor who is truly excited about your company.  How do you find that Angel partner? 

American Immigration: The Invisible Wall to Innovation

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Even investors and experienced founders are caught in the same net as recently educated graduates looking to build companies. Take the U.S. entities.

Silicon Beach Heads To SXSW


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Spotlight: LA Tech Winter | Recap, Videos, and Thank You!

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To begin our recap of last week’s winter TZ Spotlight , we’d like to say our list of thank yous. Bill received his B.S.

5 Reasons Why Businesses Still Love Microsoft

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We’ve all become so used to having Microsoft in our lives that we’ve started to take their products and services for granted. came out in 1985.

Live on Sunday February 26th | Startup Weekend Los Angeles

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It’s that time of year again ladies and gentlemen. We’ve been talking about it week. Well, it’s time. Time for Startup Weekend LA.

How to be a Startup Competition Winner | Infographic

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It’s always nice to have a map in hand when going backpacking through the mountains. Without a map it’s easy to get lost. Good luck!

Mingly Launches Mingly Web and MyPeople | Manage Your TwitFaceMailBookLink

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But for a second let’s try something different and blame the technology. It’s okay, it’s not your fault. via Gmail.

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CitySourced Heads To Hawaii


The app runs on iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile. Financial details of the win were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

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Cool Planet BioFuels Claims Breakthrough


Camarillo-based Cool Planet BioFuels , the developer of technology to convert biomass to gasoline, is claiming a "major breakthrough" in its technology. Cool Planet Biofuels said it used the high yield plant giant miscanthus, developed at the University of Mississippi, in the pilot effort. READ MORE>>.

Interview with Kevin Hell, EvoNexus


A couple of weeks ago, twelve companies moved into the new downtown San Diego, EvoNexus incubator--which is run by CommNexus. Thanks, and good luck!

Cheers App Launches | Adding Cheers to your Day [Exclusive Video With Farhad Mohit]

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We all have things to cheer for in life. Most times we celebrate to milestone events or showing our affection for people in our lives. Try it. Cheers.