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How To Become a VC

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. The inquiry is common because being a VC is (to an entrepreneur, at least) a sexy job.

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The Guts, The Glory, and The (Virtual) Gold of Bragstr, with Jon Knarreborg

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Sports fans: how do you prove you're the master of sports knowledge and sports predictions? How about an online game? It's all completely fun. Thanks!

Connecting with People and High Level Communication (A TechCrunch Disrupt 2012 Experience)

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Every conference is different. The format, the layout, the presentation, the venue, the motives of people attending and presenting. Obnoxious, right?

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My latest venture

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Announcing the formation of Greenspan Consulting, helping startups startup. For more information, visit www.greenspanconsulting.com. Eric Greenspan

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Thursday, October 25, 2012 -- SoCal Microsoft Tech User Group. Have you noticed the buzz around Microsoft Lync? Are you curious as to why so many are incorporating this tool? Do you have a set of final questions you need answered before making the final commitment? We have just the event for you! See [link] (more

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Poly Founders Host

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012 -- Poly Founders Host. Join Poly Founders as we host Keith Gibson and Matthew Austin, the co-founder of Falcon for a night of stories, questions, and networking. See [link] (more

Southern California Firms Get $694M In Q3 2012 Venture Funding

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In terms of deals, the quarter was actually down from last year, with 79 deals completed in Q3 of this year, versus 91 in Q3 of 2011. raised.

ProfileTree | LinkedIn For Services, Advertisers & The Unemployed

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At the moment, Conolly heads the startups social media team in Egypt while Turdubaev looks after Russian countries and translation of the site.

Goldstar Integrates With Apple's Passbook

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Users of Apple's new iPhone 5 and iOS 6 have another vendor supporting Apple's new wallet feature, Passbook today, as Goldstar , the Pasadena-based provider of half price live entertainment tickets announced integration with the feature. Passbook is Apple's new "digital wallet" for iOS devices. READ MORE>>.

AnyMeeting Integrates With Zimbra

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Huntington Beach-based AnyMeeting , the provider of free web conferencing and online meeting software, said this week that it has integrated its products with VMware's Zimbra Collaboration Software. AnyMeeting said its new AnyMeeting Zimlet product allows Zimbra users to schedule, launch, and manage AnyMeeting online meetings from within Zimbra.

Southern California Firms Gets $694M In Q3 2012 Venture Funding

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In terms of deals, the quarter was actually down from last year, with 79 deals completed in Q3 of this year, versus 91 in Q3 of 2011. raised.

GraphEffect Launches New Social Marketing, Collaboration Platform

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Santa Monica-based GraphEffect has launched a new product effort today, saying it has launched SHIFT.com , a new platform which connects people across and within organizations. GraphEffect said its new platform also includes and API and connections into third party app provider, including Lettuce, Gradient X, HYFN, Kenshoo, and The Resumator.

Catching Up With Jeffrey Stibel of D&B Credibility

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Jeffrey Stibel has been quietly building a technology powerhouse in Malibu, leveraging the D&B brand at D&B Credibility Corp. Thanks!

ThinkNear Acquired By TeleNav

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Los Angeles-based ThinkNear , the developer of hyper-local mobile advertising technology headed by Eli Portnoy, has been acquired by TeleNav , TeleNav said this morning. TeleNav said it would pay $22.5M, consisting of $18.5M in cash plus restricted stock and assumed options for ThinkNear. READ MORE>>.

Silicon Beach Popularity Drives Up Rent, Says Report

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Photo of Amplify's building in Venice, courtesy of Amplify. READ MORE>>. silicon beach real estate startup property commercial

Quest Software Founders Next Move? Energy Independence

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Vinny Smith , the co-founder, chairman, and former CEO of Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software , has donated $1M in an effort to spur energy independence in the U.S., Smith said this week. Smith said he is making a $1M donation to the Fuel Freedom Foundation, which says it is a non-partisan nonprofit dedicated to "breaking America's oil addiction".

DocStoc's License123.com Makes Business Licenses Easier, In LA

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License123 , the business licensing information site operated by Docstoc.com , is looking to make it easier for businesses in the City of Los Angeles to apply for the city, county, and state permitting paperwork for various kinds of businesses. License123 offers its business license information for cities around the country. is open for business."

Avalon Ventures Backs Selectable Media

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San Diego-based venture investor Avalon Ventures has backed a developer of video advertising products, Selectable Media , to the tune of $2M.

Report: Fisker Delays Plug-In Sedan Until 2014

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News of the delay came at a news conference Monday. Fisker had originally said it would start shipping the Atlantic (formerly Project Nina) in 2012.

Helix Medical Buys MedVenture Technology

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Carpinteria-based Helix Medical , a manufacturer for the medical device and healthcare industry, has acquired MedVenture Technology Corp. , a medical device design, development, and manufacturing company. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. MedVenture is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, and has offices in Indiana and Minnesota.

Ingram Micro Completes BrightPoint Buy

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Santa Ana-based Ingram Micro said Monday that it has acquired BrightPoint , a distributor of products for the wireless market. READ MORE>>.

Amazon Studios Options Two Comedies

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The option deals are coming fast and furious at Amazon Studios , the effort being run here in Los Angeles to develop content for Amazon Prime and other platforms. Amazon has been optioning all kinds of projects lately, as it looks to fill a pipeline of possible content productions. READ MORE>>.

Media Temple Launches OpenStack Cloud

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Media Temple said its new Helix private cloud service--powered by Morphlabs and Dell--lets businesses run their own private clouds. READ MORE>>.

Burner Lands Angel Round

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Ad Hoc Labs, the developer behind the Burner mobile app, has just scored a round of angel funding. Size of the round was not disclosed. Burner is a mobile app which allows users to create disposable phone numbers, which they can hand out to people for one-time or temporary use. READ MORE>>.

Nimble Names VP Engineering

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Los Angeles-based Nimble , the developer of cloud-based, customer relationship management (CRM) and contact management tools, has hired a new VP of Engineering, the company said today. Nimble said it has hired Brandon Vallade, former Vice President of Technology at Fox Digital Media to the position. READ MORE>>.

SoCal's Cloud Dreams Surface At OpenStack Summit

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Hulu Investor Gets Big Gain As It Sells Stake Back To Hulu

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Private equity firm Providence Equity Partners has sold its 10 percent stake in Hulu , the firm said Friday morning, getting a nice return on its investment in the online video streaming site. Providence Equity Partners had invested $100M in Hulu in 2007, and reportedly sold back its stake for $200M to the company this week. READ MORE>>.

Inktank In Two Partnerships

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Inktank , the developer of the the Ceph open source, distributed storage software, said today that it has inked two partnerships. In the Ubuntu link, Inktank said that the deal will expand integration of Ceph into Ubuntu. Ceph will provide the object and block storage for Metacloud's private cloud product. READ MORE>>.

Rustic Canyon Re-Ups On UrbanSitter

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An online marketplace for babysitters, UrbanSitter has just scored new funding Los Angeles-based venture investor Rustic Canyon Partners , as part of a Series A funding, UrbanSitter said this morning. READ MORE>>. urbansitter babysitter marketplace market venture capital rustic canyon

TopFloor Takes $6M For Flash Fashion Sales

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Science, Inc. , the startup incubator headed by Michael Jones, has debuted another fashion-related startup out of its incubation efforts this morning. Los Angeles-based TopFloor revealed today that it has raised $6M in a funding round, from Polaris Ventures, Google Ventures, Crosslink Ventures, and Rustic Canyon Partners. READ MORE>>.

Fisker Battery Supplier A123 Files For Bankruptcy

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Fisker Automotive was the flagship customer for A123. A123--which is based in Waltham, Mass.--said READ MORE>>.

AeroVironment Debuts New Home Electric Vehicle Chargers

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Monrovia, California-based AeroVironment said Monday that it has rolled out a new home electric vehicle charging station product, the EVSE-RS Plug-In.

Esri Buys Geoloqi

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Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Geoloqi was based in Portland. READ MORE>>.

SmartDrive Names Marketing VP

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San Diego-based SmartDrive Systems , the developer of technology for tracking the driving performance in corporate fleets, said today that it has namd Choo Kim-Isgitt as its new VP of Marketing. Kim-Isgitt joins the firm from M86 Security, where she was responsible for corporate marketing. She also has served at Websense and IBM. READ MORE>>.

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