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Ten Of The Top Tech Companies For Employees In LA


Who are the top tech companies to work for in Los Angeles? Despite a huge number of companies, we found there are a number which. Demand Media. OpenX.

Lean Startup Legend Steve Blank Discloses His Most Daring Guerrilla Marketing Tactics


I always walk away smarter after speaking with Steve Blank. Eventually, someone volunteered, 'We have a ton of registration cards.' Good News Bad News.

Why Silicon Valley and Hollywood Don’t Get Each Other and Who Will Win the Future

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For the past three years I have been pounding the table as loud as I can about the future opportunities in digital video. The concise guide is here.

Indianapolis is the “It Place” to Start a Startup?

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image EPA/Andrew Gombert. Being an entrepreneur is about making a commitment no matter how painfully difficult it is to keep it. Amazing.

Munchery Takes On Pop-Up Pantry, Plans LA Expansion


A Silicon Valley startup is looking to take on Pop Up Pantry in its home market of Los Angeles, saying today that it has raised a funding round which will go towards expanding in Los Angeles, as well as Seattle and New York City. Munchery said it raised $4M in a Series A from for the effort. READ MORE>>.

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A Look At The Mobile Market With Gumiyo's Shuki Lehavi


What's the best way to get your small or medium sized business online? And, how do you do that without a huge development budget and time? Thanks!

Lead by consensus wherever possible.


Dictators are not great leaders in the long run.  People follow such leaders by fear, rarely by devotion. 

Why “The Culture of Failure” is Imperative to Startup Communities

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I recently wrote about the 12 tips to building successful startup communities. remember this lesson well. Failure is critical. Anyhow. So what is that?

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Miigle up! | Interview with Luc Berlin Founder/CEO & Netrepreneur

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MIIGLE  is a LA-based social network for entrepreneurs and  innovators that recently launched its Beta version. What does that refer to exactly?

CallFire: User Error To Blame For Errant Election Call


Los Angeles startup CallFire , has been looking to drum up interest in its system in the political sector all year, as the election has ramped up--and finally has, but for the wrong reason. That reason? According to CallFire , the provider of the voice broadcast service, that was due to a "user error", and not the firm's technology. READ MORE>>.

Driving Purchase Decisions in the Social Media Era

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Thursday, November 15, 2012 -- Driving Purchase Decisions in the Social Media Era. TCOSC Marketing and Sales Executives Society. Driving Purchase Decisions in the Social Media Era Social media is evolving rapidly and is dramatically altering how purchase decisions are made. See [link] (more

Some Quick Thoughts on Exits for Technology Startups

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Later today I’m presenting at the annual Rincon Ventures Summit in Santa Barbara. Startup Exits: A Primer from msuster. ” That’s b t.

The Customer May Not Always Be Right, But You Had Better Listen Just The Same

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The other day I was sitting in my dentist waiting room, which surprising enough is one of my favorite places. Yes, I do like being there. They get you.

Sole Society Has Experience, Backing To Disrupt Women's Fashion, Shoes


A new, Los Angeles startup is looking to disrupt the women's fashion market and women's shoes--and it's not who you think. Sole Society , a startup offering a personalized, high fashion shoes, has quietly been building a brand looking to disrupt the entire model of how women's fashions reach the market--and is one worth watching. READ MORE>>.

Mobile LAVA: Mobile Local Media Opportunities and Challenges

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Thursday, November 15, 2012 -- Mobile LAVA: Mobile Local Media Opportunities and Challenges. Mobile LAVA welcomes BIA/Kelsey analysts Matt Booth and Michael Boland to share their insights into the trends, market events, companies and case studies that are driving current and future opportunities in interactive and mobile local media.

Startup Movement Hits SVC

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Published in 10, 2012. By Jana Adkins. Joining the ranks of a grass roots, global movement, the first-ever Startup Weekend Santa Clarita not only sold out, but doubled projected attendance this past weekend. Zejoop also won a working lunch with Clearstone Venture Partners of Palo Alto and Santa Monica, he said. Local momentum.

Huddlewoo Wants To Connect You To Mentors You Admire Through Online Video

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Based in Columbus, Ohio and community management in Washington, D.C, We caught up with the CEO William Zell. What do you do and Why? How does it work?

Mindspeed In Chinese Small Cell Rollout


Newport Beach-based Mindspeed reports that its baseband systems-on-a-chip (SoC) is being used in a TD-SCDMA small cell rollout in China. The firm said its chips are being used by China Mobile Group, Jiangsu Company, Ltd., Suzhou Branch to deliver wireless access for residential and enterprise customers, serving 10 million subscribers. READ MORE>>.

Tech Talk: How to Build a Scalable Application

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012 -- Tech Talk: How to Build a Scalable Application. Nate Johnson, CEO and founder of Reliam, will share expert advice on best practices for building a scalable application. See [link] (more

Hulu Launches Kids Section, Hulu Kids


Hulu , the online television and video streaming service based here in Los Angeles, has just rolled out a new section entirely devoted to children's shows, the company announced this morning. The titles include shows form Nickelodeon, PBS, and Lionsgate. READ MORE>>. hulu kids children programming plus video content hollywood television

World of Warcraft Player Wins (Real) Political Office


It looks like being a huge, massively multiple online game player isn't such a political liability. READ MORE>>.

Silicon Valley VC's New LPs: Hollywood?


Looking for some funding for your new Menlo Park venture capital fund? Image courtesy of Bigstock. READ MORE>>.

Row 44 Acquired In $430M Deal


Los Angeles-based Row 44 , the developer of in-flight wireless access and entertainment systems, has been acquired in a deal worth approximately $430M, according to Global Eagle Acquisition Corp., The exact amount paid for Row 44 was not announced, however, the backer of Advanced Inflight Alliance AG is PAR Investment Partners, L.P., READ MORE>>.

VIRURL Launches New Ad Widget


Santa Monica-based VIRURL , which is headed by Francisco Diaz-Mitoma, said today that it has launched a new widget aimed at web publishers. The firm said its new "Slideout" widget helps provide unobtrusive advertising to help publishers monetize site visitors. The firm has funding Tice Capital, the Los Angeles Syndicate of Technology, and angels.

TVC Capital Backs Wellness Software Firm


San Diego's TVC Capital has made another investment in a growing software firm, this time in Washington State. Limeade , a developer of software-as-a-service tools to manage employee wellness programs, said today that it has raised $5M in a funding round from TVC, which it will use for innovation and servicing its customers. READ MORE>>.

3D Robotics Gets $5M


San Diego-based 3D Robotics , the developer and supplier of parts and technology for personal unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has raised $5M in funding, from True Ventures and O'Reilly AlphaTech ventures. The firm said Jon Callaghan of True and Bryce Roberts at O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures have joined the company's board. READ MORE>>.

Hub of Awesome | Interview With Ann Le Managing Director of Hub LA

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One month old Hub LA already has over 100 members! How unique is Hub LA? What we offer is much more curated, thoughtful and mission driven.

3D Robotics Raises $5 Million In Funding | Expanding To New Markets

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And they share our vision of the power of open source, the Maker movement and personal robotics.

The Chernin Group Gets Strategic Investment


Size of that investment was not disclosed. The Cherin Group owns stakes in such companies as Pandora, Fullscreen, Tumblr, Flipboard and Scopely.

MiFi Liberate To Ship November 16th


The new, mobile hotspot product from Novatel Wireless, the MiFi Liberate , is shipping on November 16th, according to AT&T. READ MORE>>.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Includes Live YouTube Streaming


The new feature will require both a verified YouTube account and a Call of Duty Elite registration. READ MORE>>.

Vessix Vascular Acquired By Boston Scientific For $425M


The deal is worth an aggregate value of $425M, and includes $125M in an upfront playment plus up to $300M tied to clinical and sales-based milestones.

Boingo Expands Network In Brazil


Boingo , the Wi-Fi network operator, said today that it has inked a deal with a Brazilian Wi-Fi provider to extend its network in that country.

Silicon Beach Fest Fall Kicks Off Friday


The second Silicon Beach Fest , the celebration of all things Silicon Beach, kicks off tomorrow, for a full day of speakers and startup itches.