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What Makes a Successful Startup Community? Is it Possible to Build One Where You Live?

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This article originally appeared on TechCrunch. Think Fred Wilson, Tony Hsieh or Brad Feld. Here are mine: 1. And I really mean everywhere. Machinima.

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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.

In Venice Beach, A Coming Out for Silicon Beach


These days, it's not unusual for a handful of tech and startup mixers and events to be going down on the westside. These parties are always the same.

How to Talk to a Journalist When You Only Have 30 Seconds

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It’s unbelievable how often start up founders stifle their company from growing by not knowing how to effectively communicate their brand.

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Is Going for Rapid Growth Always Good? Aren’t Startups So Much More?

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I think I’ve read Paul Graham’s post on “ Startup = Growth ” three or four times now. And of course on Twitter I’ve seen the Tweets, ReTweets and superlatives on what a great post it is. Viewing the article through the lens of a venture capitalist there’s much to agree with under the mantra of “growth!”

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Coconut is the Secret Ingredient

Eric Greenspan

Remember, the secret ingredient is coconut). 1. Please make enough for ten small portions. This includes food items and beverages. 2. Eric Greenspan

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3-D Image Firm Gets Flattened

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From the Los Angeles Business Journal. BIOTECH: FDA snub pushes Imaging3 into bankruptcy. By   ALFRED LEE. Monday, September 24, 2012. The filing also marked an extraordinary fall for a company that once had a market capitalization of more than $700 million, its hyped shares rising some 6,000 percent in mere months in 2009. billion into developing.

EverySignal Looks To Filter Social Noise, With Backing From Science


No details of that investment have yet been announced. READ MORE>>. everysignal facebook social noise filtering

Carpooling Wants You To Share Your Car, Meet New Friends & Get Paid For It!

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With over 1 billion cars in the world, Carpooling says it should be possible for everyone to have access to affordable transport. When was it launched?

What to do with a dysfunctional board


It happens. Then there comes the first – or better yet the fourth – meeting of the board following the appointment of a new member. 

Digital Music Forum West

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Thursday, October 4, 2012 -- Digital Music Forum West. On October 3 and 4, DMW hosts the 8th Annual Digital Music Forum West, where 300+ of the most influential music and digital media leaders gather in the heart of Hollywood to socialize, share ideas, do deals and learn about new technologies and services. See [link] (more

Mogreet Targets Developers, Debuts Mobile API


Mogreet said in an email to users that its new service is aimed at quickly and easily add messaging and rich media to mobile applications. READ MORE>>.

Listen to any Article on the Go | Sound Gecko

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It’s 3 simple steps. So ditch “50 Shades of Grey” on Audible and instead fill our brain with what’s going on in the world.

Movie Hackathon Combines Film, Technology, Prizes


The group is offering up a $2500 first prize, $1500 second prize, and $500 third prize for entries in the hackathon. READ MORE>>.

How Wedge Buster is Building A Sports Gaming Empire, With Scott Philp


How do you convince guys to start playing social games? Wedge Buster just raised a $2.2M Explain what Wedge Buster is? No one has hit a home run.

ParkMe To Provide TomTom With Parking Info


Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. TomTom said the move wil provide it with data on over 16,000 parking facilities throughout the U.S., Ramps Mobile Efforts, Names Mobile GM


Los Angeles-based , the online marketing and domain monetization company, is bolstering its focus on mobile apps today, saying that it has hired a new General Manager of Mobile Solutions. The company said it hired Min L. Chan reports to CEO Debra Domeyer. READ MORE>>. oversee domain domainer executive lead generation mobile

Fisker Karma Panned In Consumer Reports


The latest review of the Fisker Karma , the plug-in hybrid of Irvine's Fisker Automotive , is not good news for the already embattled firm.

EQAL Acquired By Everyday Health


Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. READ MORE>>. hollywood studio content acquisition merger health everyday eqal

Deal Current Gets Backing From Private Equity Firm


DealCurrent , a developer of software used for managing local coupons and daily deals offers, has scored private equity funding from a private equity firm. Canal Partners, an Arizona private equity company, is funding Deal Current, to help the company accelerate growth, boost sales and marketing, and for developing its technology. READ MORE>>.

Miramar Backs SwiftTest For IT Testing Tools


Corona del Mar-based venture investor Miramar Venture Partners has backed portfolio firm SwiftTest in its Series B funding, according to SwiftTest.

MSC Software Acquires e-Xstream


Santa Ana-based simulation software developer MSC Software has acquired a developer of advanced materials simulation software, e-Xstream , the company said today. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Xstream's software already works with a range of MSC's software tools. READ MORE>>.

OpenX Names Idealab's McPherson As Chief Legal Officer


Los Angeles-based online advertising technology provider OpenX announced this morning that it has appointed Douglas McPherson, the former General Counsel of Idealab, as its new Chief Legal Officer. OpenX said that McPherson has joined the board of directors of Idealab as part of the move. READ MORE>>.

Xirrus Snags $23.5M For Wireless Networking


Thousand Oaks-based Xirrus , the developer of high speed, high performance wireless networking hardware, has raised another big chunk of financing, saying today that it has raised $23.5M in a Series E funding round. Xirrus said the funding will go towards sales growth and its product. READ MORE>>.

MSC Software Acquires Buys e-Xstream


Santa Ana-based simulation software developer MSC Software has acquired a developer of advanced materials simulation software, e-Xstream , the company said today. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Xstream's software already works with a range of MSC's software tools. READ MORE>>.

Beachmint Trims Staff


Los Angeles-based BeachMint , the online e-commerce and celebrity startup, has quietly let go of some staff this Friday, in what an insider called a "slight trim" of the firm's employee base. News of the layoffs first hit began circulating right before noon. READ MORE>>. beachmint celebrity ecommerce fashion

Quest Software Now Part Of Dell


Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software is now officially part of Dell , Dell said today, after the two firms completed their $2.4 billion acquisition deal. Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software develops a wide portfolio of IT management software tools. Dell had announced the acquisition back in July. READ MORE>>. Looks To Cut Class Time, Earn Students Money


A new, Los Angeles startup, has debuted its service, which lets students and colleges and universities upload their class notes, outlines, and study guides, and sell them for a commission. READ MORE>>. hotoutlines outlines school education college startup notes study

BUZZMEDIA Ties For Brand, Influence Research


Los Angeles-based content publisher BUZZMEDIA said this morning that it has tied with a research firm, to help mine its network of properties to help brands understand influencers and consumers. According to BUZZMEDIA, the partnership with Translation LLC will work on research that will explore the "interplay between influencers and consumers."

Boingo To Provide Wi-Fi Offload To Wireless Carriers


Santa Monica-based Boingo Wireless has inked a deal with a telecom organization to help provide its members with Wi-Fi offloading. READ MORE>>.

Contour Energy Targets Use In Medical Devices


Azusa-based Contour Energy Systems , the venture backed developers of advanced battery systems, said today that it is targeting the medical device market with its products. The firm said its Li/CFx battery cells are particularly well-suited for medical applications, due to a flat discharge profile, low internal resistance, and light weight.

GRP Partners Gets IPO At Qualys


Los Angeles-based venture capital firm GRP Partners has just chalked up an IPO for its portfolio, with the IPO this morning of Redwood City-based Qualys. Qualys priced its IPO last night at $12.00 per share, and was slightly up in morning trading. GRP's investment in Qualys is overseen by Yves Sisteron. READ MORE>>.

Xirrus Ranks Two In WSJ Top Startups List


In a proof that it's not all social media and e-commerce here in Southern California, number two ranking startup in The Wall Street Journal's ranking of the "Top 50 Startups" is none other than wireless hardware provider Xirrus , based in Thousand Oaks. READ MORE>>.

ViSalus, With LA Tech Founder, Drops IPO Plans


ViSalus , the nutritional supplements firm headed by former Los Angeles technology entrepreneur Ryan Blair, has withdrawn its IPO, according to a filing with the SEC. The firm did not say why it is withdrawing its IPO, only saying that it has decided not to proceed with the initial public offering of its securities at this time. READ MORE>>.