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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.

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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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.

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)? This is serious stuff. 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.]

Optimizing Websites, Social Media and Mobile Devices: Risk and Reward in the Wild West of Technology

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Thursday, February 16, 2012 -- Optimizing Websites, Social Media and Mobile Devices: Risk and Reward in the Wild West of Technology. CONNECT. ebsites are becoming more interactive and mobile applications are impacting brand awareness and sales. Do you wonder how to best utilize your mobile applications to improve your business and brand?

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UCI Entrepreneurship: Henry Samueli, Broadcom

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Thursday, February 16, 2012 -- Henry Samueli, Ph.D., Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer, Broadcom Corporation. Entrepreneurship Course, 2012 Guest Speaker Lectures, Henry Samueli School of Engineering, UC Irvine. Free and open to the public.

New Incubator/Coworking Space Emerges In Glendale


A new startup incubator and coworking space in the Los Angeles area-- Voivoda Labs --said this week that it is looking to looking to vet new startups in the area to join its newly built incubator in Glendale. Voivoda says that Babajov has ties to the Band of Angels, Tech Coast Angels, Pasadena Angels, Keiretsu Forum Angel networks. READ MORE>>.

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.

Start-up Step 1: Build A Culture Plan

Frank Addante

The formula for a great company is not a business model, or financial projection. I used to think that company culture happened naturally. After starting and building five companies, I've learned that great culture doesn't just happen—you need to make it happen. In general, a company's most expensive asset is its people. culture inc

Overcoming Startup Company Challenges

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Thursday, February 16, 2012 -- SoCalBio Women, Work and Wisdom (W3) Mixer in Los Angeles. Elena Medo of Neolac (Murrrieta) and Shenda Baker of Synedgen (Claremont) will speak about "Overcoming Startup Company Challenges". See [link] (more

Mike Jones On Science Inc.'s First Firms


In November, Michael Jones, the former CEO of MySpace, announced his plans for Science Inc. Can you talk about the companies you launched this week?

Viddy Announces Series A Raise | Mobile Social Video App

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Remember that feeling the first time you got an iPhone? You were all excited and happy to have the coolest technical gadget to date. million dollars.

SpaceX Sets Satellite Launches


SpaceX said that it will launch two satellites for Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) in 2014, from Cape Canaveral.

Fisker Automotive Chops Staff


Department of Energy. Fisker apparently is try to re-negotiate those milestones with the DOE, after receiving only $193M of a promised $593M in loans.

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USC Project Uses Tweets To Predict Oscars


Can you use Twitter to predict who is going to win the Academy Awards? IBM , and the Los Angeles Times. READ MORE>>.

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OK Go Super Bowl Video Illustrates Collision Between Content, Technology


Not a tech startup, but one of the more intriguing ads debuted during the Super Bowl on Sunday. The video was posted yesterday on YouTube. READ MORE>>.

Cornerstone OnDemand Promotes Three


Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand , the developer of software-as-a-service for talent management, learning, and human resources management, said today that it has promoted three of its executives. All three have been at Cornerstone OnDemand through its recent IPO. READ MORE>>.

Guidance Software Acquires CaseCentral


Pasadena-based Guidance Software , which develops digital forensics and e-discovery software, said Tuesday afternoon that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire CaseCentral , a developer of electronic discovery software. Guidance Software said it will pay $17.1M for CaseCentral, with up to $33M in earn out. The deal is split between $8.3M

Viddy Sees $6M


Venice, California-based Viddy , a developer of social video sharing applications for mobile phones, has raised $6M in a new funding round.

Interview with Alex Benzer, SocialEngine


One of the few who has is Alex Benzer ,the co-founder of Silverlake-based SocialEngine ( and Fanmix ( READ MORE>>.

LAUNCH Conference Prize Money Hits $151K


The prize money for Jason Calacanis' LAUNCH Festival technology conference has hit $151,000, after early stage venture investor Venture51 agreed to invest $51,000 in the winner of the conference's "Best in Show" award. The conference is being held in March in San Francisco. Mahalo is based in Santa Monica. READ MORE>>.

MomentFeed Partners With Location3 Media


Santa Monica-based MomentFeed , the startup which is developing software to provide analytics on such things as check-ins and customer interaction at retail locations, said this week that it has partnered with digital marketing firm Location3 Media. READ MORE>>. momentfeed location3media media location3 location based marketing analytics software

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Ceres Delays IPO


Thousand Oaks-based Ceres has delayed its IPO, after lowering its IPO pricing estimates this week. READ MORE>>.

FamilyFinds Takes Page From Pinterest, Launches myFINDS


FamilyFinds told its users Thursday that it has launched myFINDS! , READ MORE>>. myfinds pinterest sharing photo lists family daily deals

Concerro Acquired By Francisco Partners


Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to Francisco Partners, the acquisition came via its portfolio firm API Healthcare.

Boingo Signs Two Shopping Center Deals


No financial details were released for either deal. In the Cafaro deal, Boingo will install and operate systems in Virginia, Ohio, and Washington.

Cynvenio Spins Out BioMolded Products


Westlake Village-based Cynvenio Biosystems , the developer of molecular diagnostics systems for cancer, has spun out a new subsidiary, BioMolded Products , focused on blow molded plastic parts for the biopharmaceutical and life science industries this week. READ MORE>>. plastic manufacturing medical lifescience cynvenio products biomolded

Report Tallies $7.7 Billion In SoCal IT Exits In 2011


A new report released today tallies up $7.7 billion in IT exits in 2011, the highest since 2000, for Southern California IT firms. The report--compiled by Ocean Road Partners--included both venture-backed and self-financed information technology companies. The exit was the eighth highest in the database, according to Ocean Road Partners.

OVGuide Buys Live Matrix


Los Angeles-based OVGuide , the online video guide site backed by Baroda Ventures, said today that it has acquired Live Matrix , a provider of an online guide to live events on the web. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Reddy replaces Peter Lee, who was serving as CEO of OVGuide. READ MORE>>.

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Soraa Unveils LED Lighting Product


Soraa , the UC Santa Barbara spinout funded by Khosla Ventures, NEA, and NGEN Partners, has unveiled its first product, a new LED lighting lamp. Soraa, which was started in Goleta, said its Soraa LED MR16 lamp is intended as a replacement for traditional, halogen MR16 bulbs. Pricing on the LED lamps has not been released. READ MORE>>.

Report: Rapportive, Backed By Calacanis, Acquired By LinkedIn


Angel investor Jason Calacanis looks to have scored an exit in his portfolio, according to reports today from AllThingsD. According to those reports, San Francisco-based Rapportive , a developer of plug-ins which overlay social networking information on your Gmail account, has been acquired by LinkedIn. READ MORE>>.

Superconductor Technologies Spins Off Subsidiary


Superconductor Technologies , the developer of superconducting materials which was, until recently, located in Santa Barbara, said earlier this week that it has spun off a subsidiary working on its Reconfigurable Resonance (RcR) technology. The spinoff-- Resonant Inc. --is is looking to find financing before actively developing its technology.

Goodreads Connects To Facebook Timeline


Los Angeles-based book community website Goodreads has connected the service to Facebook Timeline, Facebook's new feature which lets users look back what they were doing at any time. Goodreads said the new Timeline support can is available immediately. READ MORE>>. goodreads facebook timeline book community social networking reviews

Cheers Looks to Spread Love Around the World


Mohit has launched Cheers , an iPhone and iPad app which the firm says helps "people express love and appreciation" for anything. READ MORE>>.