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Who Should you Hire at a Startup?

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Only Hire A+ People Who Punch Above Their Weight Class. This is part of my ongoing posts on  Startup Advice.  You’re stressed. Your solution?

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Pour And Stir I – In Pursuit Of The Ideal Business Model

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Note: This is Part I in a three-part series on The Perfect Business Model. Click here for Part II , and Part III. Authentic, hand-crafted Persian rugs always include intentional imperfections. They are said to be, “Perfectly Imperfect, and Precisely Imprecise.” If you haven’t already subscribed yet, subscribe now for. Perfect Imperfection.

Buy.com Goes International

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Aliso Viejo-based online retailer Buy.com has made a major move into the international market today, and has opened up stores in Canada, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. According to Buy.com, it has established local, in-country warehouses, and is providing localized product information and local currency support in all of those countries.

Social Media for Service Professionals

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promised that I would do a follow-up post with some thoughts out of the presentation and providing links. This is that post. It has changed my life.

Retro: My Favorite Blog Post on Raising VC

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On December 2nd, 2006 I wrote the blog post published later in this post when I was CEO of startup Koral about my experiences in pitching VCs.  But we also had some negative experiences, too.  Another called Parker Harris, the co-founder and CTO.  In case VC’s haven’t figured this out yet, shit rolls downhill.  And covered we did. 

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Good Times Ahead for VC-backed Tech Companies?

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Montgomery & Co Projects Deal Volume to Grow by 167% in Just 2 Years with No End to Growth in Sight. We feature a prominent speaker at every event. 

The New Media Vault: October

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 -- The New Media Vault: October. Hosted by Tubefilter, Stella Media, and LA Mixers, sponsored by MarxandTrotsky and supporting the Open Entertainment Alliance. See [link] (more

Metagenics Nabs $28.1M

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San Clemente-based Metagenics , a developer of nutraceuticals, has raised $28.1M in a funding, according to numbers in the Q3 PricewaterhouseCoopers/NVCA MoneyTree report. Source of the funding was not revealed, however, Amway announced in August that it would take a majority stake in Metagenics, via its Alticor Corporate Enterprises arm.

Social Media to Build Reputation and Reach Prospects – More Ideas

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Based on a question I posted in LinkedIn, Serena Ehrlich posted How to Use Social Media to Find Prospects. Or Sell a House. and provides the following list of suggestions for ways to use social media to build a reputation and to reach prospects. They still will need ways to get this out to an audience. That way you get value both places.

M&A Outlook for Tech Companies

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te. M&A Outlook for 2010 / 2011 – text.

Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 -- Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs. Startups Uncensored. This month's Startups Uncensored will be on the "Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs". We are joined this month by Jason Calacanis the CEO of Mahalo, co-founder of Weblogs Inc and publisher of Sillcon Alley Reporter. See [link] (more

Zumbox Hires Publishing Executive

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Westlake Village-based Zumbox , which is developing a system to deliver postal mail electronically using street addresses, said today that it has hired Peter O. Price as head of its media division. Price has served at Time Inc., He's also chairman and CEO of Premiere Previews, a role he will continue to maintain. READ MORE>>.

LearnTrends Speakers and Topics Accounced

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Sorry - I posted this on the wrong blog. You can find it here: [link

Get in the "Zone" with B2B Marketing Zone

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Marketing has become more and more complex as the Internet has become part of everyone's lives. Blogs have sprung up everywhere on all aspects of marketing, but it's been hard to find the really good marketing blogs, especially good blogs on B-to-B marketing.

SoCalBio Networking Forum

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 -- SoCalBio Networking Forum. Why Bioscience Companies Should Care About Social Media. See [link] (more

Demand Media Offering Health Care Benefits To Freelancers

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the new media venture of former MySpace chairman Richard Rosenblatt, said today that it has just published its one millionth piece of original content, and is launching an effort to extend health care benefits to freelancers creating that content for the firm. READ MORE>>.

VC Seed Funding is Dead, Long Live VC Seed Funding!

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This is part of my ongoing series about Raising Venture Capital. What gives?  Am I a hypocrite? The contra is also true.  They have a large-ish fund. 

ReachLocal Tops Fast 500 List

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , a provider of local search advertising services, has topped Deloitte's 2009 Technology Fast 500 list, an annual listing of companies ranked by their five year growth rates. According to the list, ReachLocal topped the list with a five-year, fiscal growth rate of 146,050 percent.

CFX Battery Raises $15M More

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Azusa-based CFX Battery , a developer of advanced battery technology, said today at Los Angeles Technology Week that the firm has just closed a $15M, Series B funding round. CFX, a spinout of Caltech, is developing both primary and secondary batteries. READ MORE>>.

Lionsgate Kicks Off User Generated Content Effort

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Santa Monica-based entertainment studio Lionsgate reported this afternoon that it has linked with Massify, an online community for the film industry, to help develop feature film projects for the studio. Financial details of the effort--which the firms are billing the Lionsgate Incubator Project--were not disclosed.

Geni Hit By Downtime

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The company said it managed to get the service back online at 4:30am Wednesday. READ MORE>>.

Zadspace Unveils Ad Product

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Zadspace adds full color, 4x6 advertisements on cardboard shipping boxes. READ MORE>>.

Slacker Brings Round To $12.1M

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The details came according to a regulatory filing from the firm Monday. READ MORE>>.

Overland Turns To Foxconn For Manufacturing

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According to Overland, Foxconn will collaborate with the firm to manufacture one product line. READ MORE>>.

Nirvanix In Museum Archiving Win

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The firm, which provides cloud storage services, said its services will be used as an offline archive for the information at the museum. READ MORE>>.

Sendio Hires New VP, Looks To Channel

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According to Sendio, it has hired Ron Claypool as its Vice President of Sales, and Susan Gooch as its Channel Sales Manager. READ MORE>>.

AWR Wins SBIR Grants

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Total value of the SBIR grants was not announced by the firm. According to AWR, two of the grants come from the U.S. The other comes from the U.S.

Power-One Names New Board Member

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Camarillo-based Power-One , a manufacturer of power supplies and related products, said Friday afternoon that it has appointed Kambiz Hooshmand to its board of directors. Hooshmand was most recently President and CEO of AppliedMicro. He has also served at Cisco Systems and StrataCom. Power-One said that Hooshmand replaces Jon E.M.

SEMICOA Names Quality VP

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Costa Mesa-based SEMICOA , a developer of high reliability semiconductors, reported Thursday that it has hired Harry James as its Vice President of Total Quality. James has previously served at Texas Instruments, Fairchild, Hewlett-Packard, Signetics, and Apple Computer. SEMICOA is backed by private equity firm Vance Street Capital. READ MORE>>.

Mindspeed Wins Ooma

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Newport Beach-based Mindspeed reported this week that it has scored a win with Ooma, a provider of Voice-over-IP hardware and services. Mindspeed said its Comcerto 100 customer premise equipment processor is the core enabling technology behind the Ooma Telo. Financial impact of the win, and shipment volumes, was not disclosed by Mindspeed.

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Kythera Gets $10M More

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Calabasas-based Kythera Biopharmaceuticals , a developer of aesthetic medicine products, has added $10M more in new funding. The new funding came to light in this week's PricewaterhouseCoopers/NVCA MoneyTree report. No details on the funding have been announced by the company.

Skinit Names CFO

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San Diego-based Skinit , a provider of electronics personalization technology, said today that it has named Greg Wimmer as its Chief Financial Officer. Wimmer has been acting CFO at the firm since October. He has also served at WaveMarket, Zembu Labs, NightFire Softare, Vite' Inc. Talcott Holdings, L.T.D., as well as Deloitte & Touche.

Fundamentals of Finite Element Analysis for Mechanical Design using NASTRAN

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 -- Fundamentals of Finite Element Analysis for Mechanical Design using NASTRAN. Finite Element Analysis (FEA) has become an important tool in the product design process for companies of all types. This course will help design engineers and others involved in the product design process use FEA effectively and efficiently.

TEDMED 2009

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 -- TEDMED 2009. The fifth in a series created by Marc Hodosh and Richard Saul Wurman, TEDMED celebrates conversations that demonstrate the intersection and connections between all things medical and healthcare related: from personal health to public health, devices to design and Hollywood to the hospital. See [link] (mor