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More Startup Tips From The Beatles


This part two of a series; you can access part one HERE. Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series. free weekly Infochachkie articles!

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Interview with Matt and Amanda MacNaughton, PromoJam


What's the best way to get the word out about your brand on social media? What is PromoJam? How did you two start the company? Amanda MacNaughton: No.

Next Generation Hardware | Miselu Presents Musical Democracy at SXSW

Tech Zulu Event

Press, Pause, Play ‘s message of mediocrity is one that musical hardware device maker of this year’s SXSW, Miselu , plans to overcome.

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Microsoft Windows 8. Is it Game Changer?

Alon Schwartz

Like all of us, I’ve been using Microsoft Windows forever, thank to Bill Gates, Windows became a fact of life. Now, that is a nice market to have.

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The Berkus Method: Valuing an Early Stage Investment.


For those of us who’ve invested in early stage companies, especially technology startups, we have confronted a universal problem.  There are many ways to project the value of a company for purposes of pricing an investment, but all rely upon the revenue and profit projections of the entrepreneur as a starting point.  Email readers, continue here.]

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Web 1.0 Entrepreneurs: we are roadkill unless we learn to run as fast as today’s founders.

Steve Reich

New companies are being created at stunning speed by today’s founders.  If you can’t keep up, you are dead. Let me give you a few examples: SwingbySwing Golf  created an iPhone/Android app that lets golfers use the GPS in their phone to measure distance to the hole and track statistics.  Three full time developers and no marketing spend.  They

Report: UCLA Among Top Schools For Googlers


That giant sucking sound you hear? READ MORE>>. student education students hiring employee angeles jobs employment ucla google


OCTANe Firsty

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, April 5, 2012 -- OCTANe Firsty. Firsty is heading towards the South Pacific.South Orange County/Pacific Ocean that is! Join OCTANe, CHI, OCRA on April 5th for a night of dynamic networking in the Dana Point Harbor at the Wind and Sea. Although this Firsty will be biomedical-industry focused, all industries are welcome. See [link] (more

Entrepreneurs: The Funding Landscape Has Changed.


Guest post by Sara Mackey. Dave’s Note:  This is the first time we’ve had a guest author on the BERKONOMICS site.  Sara focuses upon another side of small business financing not typically considered in the angel and venture world, financing from sources for companies that will probably never be attractive to those niches. .

A Taste of the LaunchPadLA Experience with inLife

Steve Reich

Tuesday, I joined Charles Buhler and Matt Nishiguchi, the founders of inLife ( ), for a quick tour of the LaunchPad accelerator and a visit with Sam Teller.  The quick takeaways… the space is very cool, and Sam has more energy than any other 3 people I know. First, the space.  The team went away smiling, but thoughtful. .

Fandango Breaks Record With The Hunger Games Ticket Sales


The company said that the sales represent the largest share of sales for any movie in its 12-year history. READ MORE>>.


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Thursday, April 5, 2012 -- LA CEOs, an education and support group for CEOs presents: Protecting Brand and Image: Reputational Risk Management While todays business climate presents an array of challenges for corporations, the risk of damage to the companys good name and reputation is one of the most difficult risk areas to minimize.

Gridtest Systems Secures Investment from Pasadena Angels and Tech Coast Angels

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Pioneer of test and measurement systems for electric vehicle charging systems prepares to roll out technology that enables R&D labs and installers of charging systems to reduce time to market. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 20, 2012 – [link]. The nascent electric vehicle market requires a dependable charging infrastructure. billion by 2017.

Synergy Incubator in Santa Barbara

Steve Reich

The MIT event mentioned in my last post was held at the beautiful new Synergy Business Technology Center ( ) in Santa Barbara.  Michael Holliday, architect who conceived the incubator and designed the space has built one of the most inspired environments I have seen in a very long time. An incubator 2 blocks from the beach? 

Punchcard Links With Pasadena Chamber of Commerce


Pasadena-based Punchcard , the startup headed by Andy Steuer which is developing mobile applications to enable local businesses to run punchcard-based loyalty programs, said today that it has linked with the Pasadena CHamber of COmmerce to enable local Pasadena businesses to use its service. READ MORE>>.


SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, April 5, 2012 -- TEDxAFC will be presenting an evening simulcast of TEDxChange 2012. This is a TEDx event co-organized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and TED. Convened by Melinda French Gates and hosted by Chris Anderson, TEDxChange will focus on issues surrounding global health and development. See [link] (more

Set Achievable Goals; You’ll Win

Frank Addante

Here’s why, if you want to get to $500 million, you should set your goal at $450 million. have a non-standard philosophy on goal setting.  I believe that if you hire the right people (winners), they naturally want to succeed.  Goals themselves are not motivators.  Create a culture of winning :  Winning is contagious. Set achievable goals.

Jessica Alba's The Honest Company Scores $27M


The funding was led by General Catalyst, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Institutional Venture Partners (IVP). READ MORE>>.

FindTheBest Partners With SeatGeek


Looking to connect its users with concerts, sports, and entertainment events, Santa Barbara-based FindTheBest , the comparisons startup headed by Kevin O'Connor, the former founder of DoubleCLick, said Tuesday that it has partnered with seat search engine SeatGeek. READ MORE>>. findthebest seatgeek tickets comparison search

Disney Links With Japanese Social Games Firm DeNA


Financial details of the deal between the two companies were not disclosed. READ MORE>>. disney walt social japan japanese dena gaming

eHow Launches Technology Channel


eHow said the new channel will provide user-friendly, reliable advice about consumer technology and tech-related tasks and projects. READ MORE>>.

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Mobile Roadie Powers New Madonna iPad App


Another high profile, celebrity app has rolled out from Los Angeles mobile app developer Mobile Roadie today--this time, from Madonna. READ MORE>>.

Hulu Swizzles Android UI


Hulu said that the new app includes a new design featuring horizontal "trays" to swipe through to browse through TVs and movies. READ MORE>>.

TrueCar Bolsters Dealer Outreach With New VP


Santa Monica-based TrueCar said Friday that it has hired a new Vice President, Dealer Development, to bolster its efforts to retain and grow its network of dealer partners. The firm said it has hired Ken Potter, most recently VP and General Manager at Automotive for Internet Brands, to the new position. READ MORE>>.

TrueCar Tops 500,000 Cars Sold


Santa Monica-based TrueCar , the online automotive purchasing program and technology developer, has just topped 500,000 cars sold on its platform, the firm reported this morning. The numbers reflect some momentum to the firm's services, which took five years to sell the first 100,000 vehicles. READ MORE>>.

Quarterly Gets $1.25M


The funding was first disclosed in a regulatory filing this week. The funding included True Ventures and Collaborative Fund. READ MORE>>.

Praedicat Raises $8.0M, Spins Out Of RAND


The new company--which was announced by the RAND Corporation and Risk Management Solutions, Inc. READ MORE>>.

My Damn Channel Going Live Today With YouTube Show


The show--headed by host Beth Hoyt--had been announced by the company last week in conjunction with YouTube. READ MORE>>.

Seismic Games Debuts First Title, CelebrityMe


Celebrity Me. READ MORE>>. seismic games celebrityme facebook social videogame pandemic celebrity

Fisker Automotive Upgrades Warranty Due To A123 Battery Issue


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THQ Chips 114 Employees, Refocuses Warhammer Efforts


Agoura Hills-based game developer THQ said Thursday afternoon that it is cutting 114 employees, and that it has "refocused" its efforts on its Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium development efforts. As a result of the moves, the firm said it is chopping its staff. studios, where 39 employees have been let go. READ MORE>>.

DFJ Frontier Gets Exit At ClearAccess


Los Angeles- and Santa Barbara-based DFJ Frontier , the venture capital firm founded by David Cremin and Scott Lenet, has scored an exit at one of its portfolio firms, ClearAccess. According to networking giant Cisco , it has acquired ClearAccess to bolster its network management capabilities for the service provider market. READ MORE>>.

Nami Media Grows Operations


Los Angeles-based Nami Media , which provides online marketing technology aimed at the pay-per-click (PPC) market, said today that it has doubled its staff, and has moved to a new, larger facility in order to accommodate expected growth this year. Higgason has previously served at MediaTrust, and VeriSign, Inc. READ MORE>>.

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TeleSign Partners For Improved Security


Los Angeles-based TeleSign , the developer of two-factor, phone authentication services which are used by Internet retailers and web sites to protect against online fraud, has linked with a provider of device identification and fraud prevention serviecs. Financial details of the link between the firms were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

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