July, 2012

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Lead Developer to CTO at a Startup

SoCal CTO

I received a great question via LinkedIn: I'm the founding engineer and working hard to launch my startup. seem to encounter a lot of people who want to attach a CTO label to me as I'm the only programmer on the founding team of three. What can I do to best equip myself to step up when the need to officially fill this role arises? Accounting?

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Coull Entrepreneurs Get More Customers

InfoChachkie

Coull Offers Advertisers Video Skimlinks. Apologies:  an incomplete draft of this article was inadvertently sent out previously via RSS.

The Most Obvious Mobile Ad Unit and What the New York Times Got Wrong

Both Sides of the Table

The New York Times recently ran an article titled, “ Tech Companies Leave Phone Calls Behind.” ” I love the NY Times and am a paying subscriber. But this article missed the real trend. They cite Quara, Google, Twitter & Facebook as obvious examples. … phones cost money, phones do not scale. But only from customers. 2.

Interview with Jeremy Gocke, Fliptu

socalTECH

With the proliferation of social media, how do you--as a brand--manage all of those various websites, content, and media? What is Fliptu? Thanks!

TZ Tech Crawl | Take A Tour of Silicon Beach

Tech Zulu Event

Join TechZulu on a tour of some of the hottest Silicon Beach tech companies. The Deets. When: July 26, 2012 6-11pm. What do you do on a Tech Crawl?

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Why Technology is Driving More Urban Renewal

Both Sides of the Table

Like many I read the headlines about Pinterest moving from Palo Alto to San Francisco and thought about the trend it portends. For those not familiar with the local geography, Palo Alto is the north end of what most consider “Silicon Valley” although nobody local calls it that. Palo Also is about 35 miles south of San Francisco. And Facebook.

Interview with Vinny Jindal, Stockr

socalTECH

What does social networking have to do with the stock market? What is Stockr all about? Vinny Jindal: Stockr's mission is to help people invest better.

Insteegram: Tech Meets Fashion | Interview with Founder Ed Park

Tech Zulu Event

Insteegram is a startup that allows you to create amazing and unique t-shirts using your own Instagram photos. Now that’s awesome!

New Doors

Eric Greenspan

As I write this, the articles and comments about my company’s demise continue. Thankfully, for every angry investor or customer, there is someone amazing who says something supportive and kind. Someone called my company a scam today. Do they really believe that? We built an amazing company, full of amazing people, doing amazing things.

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Build a Product-Driven Company

Frank Addante

If you want to manage a hyper-growth company, start with a great product. Here’s how. The best product wins. Period. Founder Lessons

Guerilla Marketing, Brad Feld Style

InfoChachkie

This article originally appeared on Forbes  HERE. companies should… focus on building amazing products. Brad Feld, Managing Director, Foundry Group.

Here are More Signs that LA Tech is Moving to the Next Level

Both Sides of the Table

I wrote a blog post on how to work with lawyers at a startup  nearly two-and-a-half years ago. It was very widely read. If you don’t have much experience in working with law firms at a startup it’s a good primer. In that post I talked about how to select a law-firm for a startup. It should be: Local; Right-sized; and. Startup-focused.

Club Caveman Takes To Kickstarter To Bring App To Life

socalTECH

and Demand Media. The team is pitching the game with an animated pitch, showing off some of its animation chops and a preview of its caveman.

Viddy Wants to Bring Developers to Silicon Beach | $10K and a Job Offer

Tech Zulu Event

To enter, request permission to our API, and build the most unique & amazing app using it!… Get on it devs!

Reinvent your business with bits not atoms.

Berkonomics

Did the proprietor of the neighborhood bookstore or national rental chain not see this coming?  Dave’s book: Positioning. Positioning

The Innovation Economy

Ask the Angels

July 19, 2012. An Article for the Technolink Association: Dr. Kevin J. Scanlon and Ms. Jessica Seay-Klatt. Pasadena Angels Investment Group. Society today continues to benefit from game-changing. innovations in medicine and business through successful. partnerships involving the investment community, government, and young entrepreneurs. This is.

Facebook’s Biggest Mistake?

InfoChachkie

The following guest post is from Molly Greathouse, a blogger for RingRevenue.  Facebook is the new crack. Yeah, right. As it turns out, not exactly.

My Pal Dave: A Triumph of Substance Over Style

Both Sides of the Table

My pal Dave has blogger Tourette’s. He has it on stage, too, at conferences. He can’t help himself: He’s Dave. My pal Dave has problems. Not the ones you’d imagine. His biggest problems are with language, colors, fonts and spacing. Not much more. He is tireless and works his arse off. But he knows that. Dave might just ACTUALLY take over the world.

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Los Angeles Accelerator Report Card: Too Early To Tell

socalTECH

But, how are those accelerators doing so far in terms of attracting capital and attention to Southern California startups? Image courtesy Bigstock.

Startup Weekend LA | An Insiders Story of a Startup on Steroids

Tech Zulu Event

For those who haven’t heard of what Startup Weekend is all about, it’s building a company on STEROIDS! We had exactly 54 hours! Pitch and form teams!

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Better is the Enemy of Good Enough.

Berkonomics

Getting any product to market is an act composed of a series of compromises in quality, product perfection, feature-functionality, and cost effectiveness.  If every development engineer could control the release date of the component or product for which s/he is responsible, the dates for completion would certainly extend outward and vary from plan.

Future of Film in the Digital Age

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, August 2, 2012 -- Future of Film in the Digital Age. In the world of filmmaking, Financing, Promotion and Distribution are the three most common challenges that prevent filmmakers from achieving their creative and professional goals. See [link] (more

Make It Work- the real story

InfoChachkie

The following guest post is from Eric Greenspan, Founder and CEO of MakeItWork, a consumer facing, in-home tech support service. We needed it badly.

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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. Nothing boils my blood more than when I feel I’ve been wronged.  I always try hard to take the high road. However, in doing that, chances are you’re blocking out a lot of good too.

Interview with Allison Dollar, SnapCuts

socalTECH

In a mobile world, what's a unique way to reach out to your friends and others? What is the SnapCuts service? What kind of clips can people access?

UX | An Old Dog With New Tricks

Tech Zulu Event

Last week, I attended an event hosted by The Los Angeles User Experience Meetup at Cross Campus in Santa Monica. The biggest myth on User Experience.

Move your team from competence to excellence.

Berkonomics

The problem seems to come after everyone settles back into some sort of normalcy and the new senior manager becomes comfortable in his or her position. 

ExecTec - Golden Rules for Business

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 -- ExecTec - Golden Rules for Business. See [link].

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Holy Viral Attribution, Batman! Why Social Gets to Win

InfoChachkie

The following guest post comes from the blog of GraphEffect. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s start at the beginning. Yes, Batman!

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LA's Technology Ecosystem Expands, As Silicon Valley Law Firm Sets Up Shop

socalTECH

We'd normally skip service provider news but felt this worthy of mention despite the conflicts.). READ MORE>>. technology startup legal firm cooley

Insteegram Mashes Up T-Shirts, Instagram

socalTECH

Are you an Instagram user, and really wished you could print your favorite Instagram photo on a T-shirt? Well, now you can, thanks to Los Angeles startup Insteegram. Insteegram is offering up custom T-shirts made from the photos of Instagram users, printed on an American Apparel t-shirt. The startup's advisors include Nicole Jordan. READ MORE>>.

Interview with Jerry Jao, Retention Science

socalTECH

How to you better convert web visitors into customers? What is Retention Science? Our technology is built around behavioral prediction. Thanks!

Startup Weekend LA Summer 2012 Live!

Tech Zulu Event

We are live from Startup Weekend Los Angeles at Coloft! HUGE thanks to Denise Walker for helping out with the stream! Stream will begin around 6:15pm PST. Refresh the page if video is not live streaming. Entrepreneurship Startups Video Coloft Startup Weekend Startup Weekend LA

Interview with Vic Alston, Ixia

socalTECH

What goes into the thought processes of companies when they're acquiring startups and other firms? We thought it would be insightful for our readerswho are usually looking to get acquired by other companieson what the thought process of those large companies making those acquisitions are. That's the first focus  what is the strategy. Thanks!