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Networking Tips for Entrepreneurs

Jason Nazar

Ten Tips on How to Make it in the Meet-up Scene. The technology meet-up scene is an odd co-mingling of entrepreneurs, engineers, social media mavens, service providers, and up and comers. Here are ten actionable tips to make the most of your meet-ups. Meet More – the key to any meet-up is first to meet others.

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People Management: Startup Teams Should Dip but not Skip

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And having sold two companies I worked inside much larger companies that acquired us and observed even bigger company structures. Skipping. Strange.

Telogis Buys Remote Dynamics

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Aliso Viejo-based Telogis , a developer of route planning and fleet management software, said late Thursday evening that it has acquired the assets of Remote Dynamics , a developer of GPS fleet management technology. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Remote Dynamics' products are used in the construction and heavy lifting industries.

Bandana: Boost Your Gaydar

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Software development company ACME AtronOmatic has just released iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch application named Bandana.

AT-A-BOYS (Follow Up)

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Virginia's Post got me thinking a lot about how entrepreneurs and business owners treat their employees. You might be surprised.

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Mix @ Six

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Thursday, July 8, 2010 -- Mix @ Six. See [link] (more

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Pay for frequent moves over risky long term leases

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Employees move into their new cubicles and offices, spread out far more than in the previous facility.  The excitement and noise of working in too-close proximity to cohorts suddenly becomes an unexpected near silence, as everyone notices that they do not have to raise their voices any more to be heard above the din of noise. .

Qualcomm Targets Augmented Reality With SDK, Research Lab

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San Diego-based Qualcomm is hoping this week that the newly developing field of augmented reality--the layering of software and the real world via mobile phones and computers--will help bolster use of its products, and has released both a software development kit and announced a new research center around the field. READ MORE>>.

NeighborGoods Goes National!

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Announced this morning, Los Angeles startup NeighborGoods.net is taking its sharing goodness all across the country.

Maverick Angels Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs

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Thursday, July 8, 2010 -- Maverick Angels Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs. Do you have a great business idea but are not quite ready to present to angel investors? Many entrepreneurs have promising business plans, but are not skilled in how to present their ideas to investors. See [link] (more

This Week in VC with @VCMike Hirshland of Polaris Ventures

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Here is the link to this week’s TWiVC with Mike Hirshland. You’ll hear this story in the video. This lasted from about 2001-2004. Lijit.

Ad.ly Expands To Twitter Apps

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iGarageSale: A Bargain Shopper Dream App

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iGarageSale allows you to find the gems without digging through the dirt. Finding Garage sales is not all the app does.

Legal Nuts and Bolts for Early Stage Companies

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Thursday, July 8, 2010 -- Legal Nuts and Bolts for Early Stage Companies. TriTech SBDC. In this informative and interactive program, you will hear from Crowell and Moring attorneys experienced in guiding early stage companies through the intricacies of business formation and growth. See [link] (more

Anametrix Wins San Diego Union-Tribune

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San Diego-based Anametrix , a developer of web analytics technology, said this week that it has signed The San Diego Union-Tribune as a customer.

Interview with Tom Grasty, Stroome

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The Knight News Challenge is a contest which highlights digital news experiments and technology, and is closely watched by those in the news industry.

Starbucks Set To Launch Free Wi-Fi

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In what can only be good news for many a high tech professional, coffee chain Starbucks said today that it will turn on free Wi-Fi in its stores July 1st, at all of its U.S. and Canadian company-owned stores. Starbucks said that it will give Wi-Fi enabled laptops, tablets, and mobile phones with unlimited access to the Web.

OnGreen.com Launches Clean Deals Marketplace

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Los Angeles-based CleanGreenGuy.com , which operates an online marketplace for green business deals, said it has renamed itself OnGreen.com , and is live with its new service. The site allows users to post green investment and business deals, find investors, and connect with others in the clean technology sector. READ MORE>>.

Demand Media Ties With Tyra Banks On Beauty, Fashion Site

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Los Angeles-based Demand Media , the online media firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, announced today that it has inked a partnership with celebrity model Tyra Banks , to create a new site focused on fashion and beauty. The deal will make Tyra Banks a shareholder in Demand Media, which is rumored to be in the process of filing for an IPO.

Blizzard Launches Beta of World of Warcraft Cataclysm

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Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment said last night that it has launched a closed beta test of its new expansion for World of Warcraft, Cataclysm.

Geodelic Raises $7M

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The funding came from MK Capital, Clearstone Ventures, and Shasta Ventures. The funding brings the company's total raised to around $10.5M.

Abraxis BioScience Acquired For $2.9 Billion

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Los Angeles-based Abraxis BioScience , a developer of cancer treatments, is being acquired by Celegene Corporation in a deal worth $2.9 billion. According to Celegene, it will pay $58.00 in cash and 0.2617 shares of its common stock for Abraxis, in addition to payments tied to future regulatory milestones and commercial royalties.

Eleven of Southern California's Firms In The Alternative Vehicle Market

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On the heels of the much heralded IPO of Silicon Valley electric car darling Tesla Motors today on the NASDAQ, investors are now looking to what other firms might benefit from the electric vehicle market--and what appears to be a growing appetite for IPOs. number of companies providing systems and infrastructure for the industry are also here.

Worlize Names CTO

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Los Angeles-based Worlize , the user-generated social gaming firm headed by Brian McKelvey, has added a new Chief Technology Officer, the firm is announcing tomorrow. Worlize is adding Sabri Sansoy, former CTO for Animax Entertainment, to the position. READ MORE>>.

Illumina Names VP

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San Diego-based Illumina announced this morning that it has named Nicholas J. Air Force. Illumina is a supplier of gene sequencing and analysis tools.

TweetUp Funding Worth $3.5M

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The April funding of newest Idealab startup TweetUp was worth $3.5M, according to regulatory filings from the firm released Thursday. READ MORE>>.

Fisker Eyeing IPO, Says Report

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Hulu Details Subscription Service

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Nirvanix Releases Hybrid Cloud Storage Service

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Pricing on the new offering was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

LeisureLink Plans Vacation Pricing Report

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LeisureLink said it will be providing the list on its site ABetterStay.com. and week to week changes in lodging prices, based on the firm's own data.

Newest Tech Mogul in Town: Microsoft's Paul Allen

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The newest technology mogul in Los Angeles this week appears to be Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen , according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The report says that Allen has purchased beachfront property in Malibu, which was listed at $29.5M. Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates and is estimated to be worth $13.5 billion.

Ceres Raises $20M

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Thousand Oaks-based Ceres , a developer of biofuel crop technology, has raised another $20M in funding, according to a regulatory filing from the firm Friday. Source of the new funding was not disclosed. The filing indicates the round came from five investors. READ MORE>>.

Disney Buys Tapulous

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Burbank-based Walt Disney Company said Thursday afternoon that it has acquired Tapulous , a Silicon Valley maker of music games for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Disney said that Tapulous will become a wholly owned subsidiary, reporting into Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG).

MySpace Inks Advertising Deal With Orange

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Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said today along with French firm Orange that they are in an advertising and content partnership. According to the companies, Orange Advertising Network will manage both premium and performance advertising sales for MySpace in France. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.