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How I Use Visualization to Drive Creativity

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The one that works best for me is visualization coupled with self talk. Really. If you plan to read the post you can skip the summary if you want.

Flavors.me Vs About.me | Splash Page Supremacy

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The battle for splash page supremacy carries on although no one told Flavors.me they have already lost. recently wrote an article explaining how About.me sold out to AOL. Visit TechZulu for full story. Arts & Entertainment New Media Social News about.me AOL Flavors.me opinion splash page

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PostUp Buys UberTwitter, Becomes UberMedia

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Pasadena-based PostUp , the Internet advertising firm spawned out of Idealab, said Friday afternoon that it has acquired UberTwitter , developer of a Twitter client that runs on the BlackBerry Platform. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of the acquisition, the firm said it has changed its named to Ubermedia. READ MORE>>.

2011 Venture Capital Outlook

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 -- 2011 Venture Capital Outlook. Come hear our expert panelists from the venture industry (NVCA, Sigma Partners, Charles River Ventures, SVB Capital) share and debate their outlook for the industry in 2011. Register online by Jan 21! See [link] (more

Why Did I Invest in the Company Pose?

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What I’d like to do is tell you the story of how the investment came to be, what my thesis is / was and share some thoughts on macro trends.

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How You May be Signaling Price without Knowing It

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One problem.  He’s struggling to raise money. You’ll find the right investor eventually through persistence. You might just suck.

Powermat: A Brief History and Walkthrough at CES 2011

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It's been just about 2 years since we first came across Powermat at CES and they have come a long way from only providing wireless charging mats. This year Powermat made announcements of a deal with General Motors to wirelessly enable vehicles, to airports, offices, and more of today’s most popular smartphones. Visit TechZulu for full story.

Julie Schoenfeld On Perfect Market's New Funding

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Congrats on funding. It's been awhile since we last talked, I wonder if you might describe what you are now offering to publishers? Thanks!

CTO Equity - Negotiation After Funding

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I received an inquiry from a reader of my blog and thought I would provide some thoughts, but would definitely welcome input: I am an unpaid CTO of a small startup. have been working full time with two founders for about 10 months on full time basis. There was an informal verbal agreement that I would work for a certain hourly rate for my time.

Growing your Community

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Monday, January 24, 2011 -- "Growing your Community with Alexis Ohanian" Tech Coast Angels Meet The Angels. Online event. How do you grow your websites userbase to 8M/monthly? Learn all the secrets that Alexis did to make reddit.com one of the top social media sites online! See [link] (more

The Future of Personal Manufacturing | The Thing-O-Matic 3D Printer

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3D printers have been around for a while, however, just until recently are the general consumer beginning to hear about them and actually have the chance to buy them. How does it work? Just as you think it might. Visit TechZulu for full story.

Cheezburger Deal Spawned Out Of LA's TwiistUp

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The $30M funding deal for Seattle's Cheezburger , the web publisher best known for its LOLcats-themed I Can Has Cheezburger? READ MORE>>.

CTO Equity - Negotiation After Funding

SoCal CTO

I received an inquiry from a reader of my blog and thought I would provide some thoughts, but would definitely welcome input: I am an unpaid CTO of a small startup. have been working full time with two founders for about 10 months on full time basis. There was an informal verbal agreement that I would work for a certain hourly rate for my time.

Business and Financial Outlook 2011

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Thursday, January 27, 2011 -- Business and Financial Outlook 2011. The German American Business Association (GABA) invites you to our Annual Business and Financial Outlook Event to discuss the current state and the 2011 outlook of the economy, financial markets, trade, funding climate and real estate market both in the US and Europe.

Brian Solis Takes The Reins For The Pivot Conference

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Congratulations to our good friend, best-selling author and social media thought leader Brian Solis! He will be heading up as Editorial Director and Host for 2011 and future Pivot Conference's. Solis will take over the reins from Chris Shipley, who will be focusing on her position as chairman and CEO of Guidewire Group.

Fonality Leaves Los Angeles, Heads to Texas

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In a loss to the Los Angeles technology industry, Voice over IP software developer Fonality has relocated its headquarters to Texas, the firm said today. According to Fonality, it has moved its headquarters to Plano, Texas from Los Angeles. Fonality said it will continue to maintain a "Center of Technology Excellence" in Los Angeles. READ MORE>>.

IP 10

The 18 month rule.

Berkonomics

It can take 18 months from initial concern about a critical employee to getting a replacement up to speed. That is a shock in so many ways. First, the costs for underperformance are both tangible and intangible, with lost revenues, lost opportunities, lost savings and loss of productivity from low employee morale difficult to estimate. 

Career Development

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Thursday, January 27, 2011 -- AITP-LA Panel on Career Development. Whats going to matter most in 2011? Knowing what skills are needed to add value to projects  and have management see you as a keeper  is vital in todays IT landscape. See [link] (more

CODA Holdings Names New CEO

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Santa Monica-based CODA Holdings , the developer of electric vehicles and Lithium-ion power battery systems, said Friday afternoon that it has named Philip Murtaugh as its new Chief Executive Officer. READ MORE>>. coda automotive clean cleantech holdings executive vehicle

SoCal Venture Capital Investments Total $497.8M In Q4

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Southern California venture capital investments total $497.8M, according to the latest numbers from the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association, which were released this evening, based on data from Thomson Reuters. Software investments took second place, with $102.2M in investments.

Qualcomm Boosts ChaCha

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San Diego-based Qualcomm has made an investment in Indianapolis question and answer site ChaCha , ChaCha said Wednesday afternoon. According to ChaCha, it raised $3M in total funding, including $900,000 in outstanding warrants from Qualcomm Ventures, the venture capital arm of Qualcomm. READ MORE>>.

Buy.com Launches Into Gift Card Sales

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Aliso Viejo-based Buy.com announced this morning that it has launched itself into the online gift card sales area. According to the online e-commerce provider, it has started offering gift cards from such brands as Sephora, Marriott, Regal Entertainment Group, Applebee's, The Home Depot and more. READ MORE>>.

Green Jobs Growth Surges In California, Says Report

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New jobs data released today by nonpartisan research foundation Next 10 , finds that green job growth surged in California over the lsat few years, despite the economic crisis. According to data released by the group, job employment in the green sector grew three times faster than total employment in California, accounting for 174,000 jobs.

Mogreet Wins CBS TV Station

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Los Angeles-based Mogreet , the video marketing and mobile messaging startup headed by James Citron, said today that it has launched a new mobile video service for WGCL-TV, CBS-Atlanta. According to Mogreet, the new service will deliver video news and weather alerts to viewers' mobile devices. Financial details of the win were not disclosed.

Insights and Opinions: A VC's Comments On Investing and Startups in LA

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Earlier this week in our Insights and Opinions section, we had a post from Ryan Born, on 3 Things to Avoid When Fundraising in LA. On associates.

uSamp, Kiplinger Tie On Market Research Panel

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uSamp said the Kiplinger organization has chosen the firm to power a custom, online market research panel under the Kiplinger brand. READ MORE>>.

Interview with Costin Tuculescu, Freebinar

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However, those services can be expensive, particularly for individual users and small and medium sized businesses. It's not a freemium model.

Illumina Expands in Latin America

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Illumina said the office will make it easier to connect wiht researchers in the Latin American region. READ MORE>>.

Insights and Opinions: 3 Things to Avoid When Fundraising in LA

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For today's Insights and Opinions article, we have an article from Ryan Born , CEO of AudioMicro , on his experience fundraising in Los Angeles.

TestFlightApp Launches iPhone Test App

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Los Angeles-based TestFlightApp , a new service developed by 23 Divide, was launched Thursday afternoon, allowing developers of application for Apple's iOS to send their beta apps over the air for testing. 23 Divide is headed by Ben Satterfield. READ MORE>>. testflightapp iphone development software apple ipod

Demand Media Expected To Hit Market Next Week

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the online publishing firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, is expected to hit the public markets late next week, according to a report today from AllThingsD. Citing "numerous" sources, the report says that Demand will launch its public offering late in the week, as the firm completes its road show. READ MORE>>.

Adconian Spins Out Joost

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Adconian Media Group , the Internet advertising firm which has been ramping up its operations in Santa Monica, said today that it is spinning out its video product, Joost Video Network , into a new, standalone business, also based in Santa Monica. Adconian acquired the assets of Joost for the founders of Skype in November of 2009. READ MORE>>.

mygameIQ Ties With Women in Games International

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mygameIQ , the digital distribution and content management platform for gaming firms developed by Westlake Village-based Pragmatic Solutions , said today that it is in a promotion with Women In Games International. Details of the partnership were not disclosed. Pragmatic launched mygameIQ in July. READ MORE>>.

Perfect Market Raises $9 Million More

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Pasadena-based Perfect Market , which provides tools for publishers to better create value from their content, is announcing today that it has raised $9M in a new funding round. The round was led by Comcast Interactive Capital, and also included Idealab, Rustic Canyon Partners, Tribune Company, and Trinity Ventures. READ MORE>>.