October, 2012

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How To Become a VC


A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. The inquiry is common because being a VC is (to an entrepreneur, at least) a sexy job.

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Santa Monica Tech Community Grows, As Another Tech Law Firm Sets Up Shop


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10 Apps & Tools for Maximizing Personal Efficiency

Frank Addante

Sanebox (Email Organization) : Service that uses algorithms to organize your email into what’s important and what’s not. It works amazing well. link].

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StoryBots Brings Edutainment to Second Screens | Delighting Kids

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Children that have iPads, and a need for great content to interact with on those iPads that meet the tough standards of Gregg and Evan Spiridellis.

Why John Frankel Leaned in Early on Klout and Cornerstone OnDemand and What He Sees Next

Both Sides of the Table

It all started in 2010 with Klout. I wasn’t a believer. I was used to this debate. Nobody had any sound logic on why Klout would be successful.

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SwingBySwing: Making Golf More Social

Steve Reich

There are days when I feel like we’ve gotten a bit carried away with social media. SwingBySwing (SBS) has done it. With SwingBySwing you can.

UX Workshops by Celebrated Author & Usability Expert, Eric Reiss

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“Great presentation. It was good to see someone else who actively thinks about the world from the user’s perspective.” budgets.

Recruiting Star Talent? Do This First

Frank Addante

When it comes to top hires, the questions people ask tell you far more than the answers they give. When I interview, I don’t ask many questions.

Use your board’s “golden contacts.”


Boards of directors have a number of important functions, both legal and structural. Boards provide or see to it that there are resources for the company (especially money) to operate. The board selects, monitors, helps, and oversees compensation for the CEO. The board can replace an underperforming CEO. So use the board for outreach.

Startup Thought Leaders With The Most Authentic Twitter Followers


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The Search Agency Unveils New Offering


Los angeles-based online search marketing provider The Search Agency said it has released a new offering today, which it is calling h(SEO).

Storytelling and Startup Fundraising

Steve Reich

Every startup has an elevator pitch, but what comes next? Do potential investors’ eyes glaze over when you get beyond the quick, punchy one liner and try to REALLY describe your company? Successful fundraisers tell a complete, engaging story and close the deal. Malauzai is an example of a company that tells its’ story well. The bigger story?

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TZ Tech Crawl | Hollywood Edition

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The Tech Crawl is back and in full swing heading to the Hollywood Tech Scene! 2012 TechZulu Tech Crawl – Technically Awesome. The Deets.

My latest venture

Eric Greenspan

Announcing the formation of Greenspan Consulting, helping startups startup. For more information, visit www.greenspanconsulting.com. Eric Greenspan

No negative surprises! Be first to warn of shortfalls.


In past insights, we’ve explored data gathering and dashboards for tracking the most important information to manage your company.

Celebrities With The Most (Allegedly) Fake Twitter Followers


I was shocked by the headline: "71% Of President Barack Obama's Twitter Followers Are Fake." million are bogus. The results were surprising. I promise.

Startups' Gangnam Style Parody: Workin' Startup Style


It had to happen sooner or later -- the startup world has its own parody of the hit song Gangnam Style. READ MORE>>.

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To Infinity And Beyond: Buzz Lightyear, T-Pain, Hot Chocolate And Technology

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I’m at the #BoxWorks conference in San Francisco this week, which is an odd place for me to be at first glance. Why odd?

Coincident.TV Is “CREATE”-ing Second Screen Transmedia Producers Out Of Everyone [Beta Invites]

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A technology that will surely revolutionize how viewers interact with content and television in the very near future. Cool, right? WOW, right?

Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk:

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, November 5, 2012 -- Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk. SCV Meetup. Immediately following will be a QandA to answer all our Startup questions. See [link] (more

Can you just tell little business lies?


“He’s not in right now.” “I am going to the doctor at that time.” “I paid only two dollars a unit to your competitor.” Right? Is there any harm?

Five Trick Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Answer Before Asking For Money


From a venture capitalist’s point of view, there are no “trick” questions. However, certain questions can be tricky for an entrepreneur to answer.


Arborbridge Helps International Students With Test Prep


Hoping to help foreign students better prepare themselves to get into U.S. colleges, a new, Santa Monica startup, ArborBridge , has recently begun to ramp up its online tutoring service for the standardized SAT and ACT tests. READ MORE>>. arborbridge international test prep testing standardized college university admissions

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LED Lighting Manufacturer Sets Up Shop In Anaheim


A Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of LED lighting products, Lunera Lighting has set up shop in Anaheim, and will manufacture its products there.

How Tradesy Makes Selling Women's Clothing Simple, with Tracy DiNunzio


If you're a woman with unwanted--but fashionable--clothing in your closet, which you wish you could sell, what's the easiest way to sell it?

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Southern California Firms Get $694M In Q3 2012 Venture Funding


in funding in Q3, up in terms of dollars from Q3 of last year, when $670.9M was raised. billion has been invested in the region via venture capital.

textPlus Lands $18M, Buys Jarvus


textPlus , the maker of the popular texting application by the same name, said today that it has raised $18M in a new funding round, led by The Raine Group. Prior investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Matrix Partners and GRP Partners also participated in the funding. READ MORE>>.

The Guts, The Glory, and The (Virtual) Gold of Bragstr, with Jon Knarreborg


Sports fans: how do you prove you're the master of sports knowledge and sports predictions? How about an online game? It's all completely fun. Thanks!

How TVC Aims At Acquisitions, Not IPOs, with Jeb Spencer


One issue has been a difficulty by indigenous funds to raise their own capital from their limited partners. Take the Accordent deal. more) READ MORE>>.

Enervee Ranks Appliance, Electronics On Energy Use


How energy efficient is that new television you just bought for your house, and how can you be sure? A new, Santa Monica-based startup, Enervee , has recently rolled out a new tool to help people estimate how much energy their television--and soon, other appliances--are consuming. READ MORE>>. enervee electronics television energy startup

Karlin Ventures Takes Aim At Los Angeles Startup Investments


Los Angeles has a new, well funded, investment firm in town, with big plans for local investments: Karlin Ventures. Zhou recently moved to Los Angeles, after a stint at Innovations Endeavors, the venture fund of Eric Schmidt. Karlin Asset Management has $1.4 billion in assets. READ MORE>>. karlin ventures startup angeles investment family office

DeveloperAuction Targets Los Angeles With Job Auctions


DeveloperAuction , a Bay Area startup which is looking to let employers bid for engineers on an auction basis, has expanded into Los Angeles, beyond an initial launch in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, and Boston. The startup is looking to take advantage of the demand for developers by getting startups to "bid" on engineering talent.

Fandango Launches Original Video Effort


The company said its original video series will be made for Fandango, spearheaded by new Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. READ MORE>>.

CityGrid Slashes Staff


In the latest cuts among Silicon Beach's high tech community, CityGrid , which runs Citysearch, Insider Pages, and Urbanspoon--has laid off a chunk of its staff, including a significant number of Los Angeles employees. Initial news of the cuts, which were made in the last couple of days, came through recruiters and others close to the company.