2009

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Is it Time for You to Earn or to Learn?

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my Startup Advice series. That’s Ok.  They raised $5 million in their B round.  125,000. So let’s go CRAZY!  Not bad.

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Startup Software Development – Do Your Homework Before You Develop Anything

SoCal CTO

I just had an all-too common conversation with the founder of a startup who had spent more than a year working with a software development company who had produced a mess. The mess really comes from a developer who was willing to get started on a product that was not fully thought out. always take a very different approach in early conversations.

Bank Robber or ATM Operator?

InfoChachkie

This is a reposting of a ‘classic’ popular post. Fortune 500 CEO once told me that I was a Bank Robber. Initially, I was offended. However, once he explained what he meant, I was flattered. Bank Robber is someone who craves the thrill of the chase. They relish the role of the underdog, with the odds are stacked against them.

Got 2020 Clear Vision?

Daradiction

Folks over estimate what they can do in a year and under estimate what they can do in ten. No doubt you’d agree how quickly this past decade has flown by.  My one regret is that I wasn’t nearly as intentional about the effects I wanted to create. Bottom line, they love what they do. Jack Johnson. Elliot Smith. Now what is your Northstar?

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ActionAllStars.com Signs Up 100K Users For Sports Site

socalTECH

Marina Del Rey-based Six Degree Games is off to a rapid start with its new Action AllStars virtual world, the firm tells socalTECH, with more than 100,000 registered user in the first two weeks of public availability. However, he said that the site also has eyes on Major League Baseball's opening day. READ MORE>>.

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Just Another Day in the “Assroom”

Eric Greenspan

The "Assroom" at Dos Pueblos High. great Yahoo blog post here). These kids where sharp. ended with the following: Innovate. Move fast.

Entrepreneurs Beware of Overlawyers

Ask the Angels

Every once in a while, I’m reminded just how harmful overlawyering can be.  I just finished preparing an operating agreement for 3 partners in a new venture.  That’s about all they need at this nascent stage. After all, I’m company counsel, not founder counsel.)  Needless to say, many hours and thousands of dollars later, we are all “agreed”. 

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Technology Industry Awards Dinner - April 30

Technology Council

Join us at the 2009 TCOSC Technology Industry Awards dinner for the best companies, the brightest people, and the most fun! The Technology Industry Awards is celebrating its 15th year of recognizing individuals and companies that have made significant, superior contributions to Southern California’s technology industry.

Most Startups Should be Deer Hunters

Both Sides of the Table

This post is part of my series “ Startup Lessons &#. Elephants, Deer and Rabbits – Some thoughts on start-up segmentation. Basecamp? Ditto.

Startup Metrics

SoCal CTO

A post by Fred Wilson pointed me to Dave McClure's Startup Metrics presentation. You only build what you need to prove that model. Great stuff.

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

InfoChachkie

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.

TweetDeck as the Real-Time Browser

Tech Zulu Event

Popular Twitter client TweetDeck recently launched a List directory featured extensively on the site's home page.

Interview with Sean McCleese, Student of Fortune

socalTECH

It's interesting to see how the Internet continues to create new marketplaces for what are otherwise inefficient businesses. An area we've been seeing a lot of companies attacking recently is tutoring and homework help. One of the firms looking to make its market in the area is Altadena-based Student of Fortune (www.studentoffortune.com).

10 Things You Need for Your Social Media Road Trip

Daradiction

Written by Jolie O’Dell. By the way, our RoadTwip panel just got selected by SxSW Interactive. More on that later. Get sponsorship.

Register For A CEOFlow Consult

CEO Flow

Know any CEOs feeling overwhelmed while juggling life, employees and the world? More enjoyment of your business and your daily work. How To Apply.

Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs with Jason Calacanis - Startups Uncensored #12

Jason Nazar

We are joined this month by Jason Calacanis the CEO of Mahalo , co-founder of Weblogs Inc and publisher of Sillcon Alley Reporter.  00pm on, Reception.

Just Another Day in the “Assroom”

Eric Greenspan

The "Assroom" at Dos Pueblos High. great Yahoo blog post here). These kids where sharp. ended with the following: Innovate. Move fast.

False Negatives and the Anti-Portfolio

Ask the Angels

Seeing last week’s Venture Capital Dispatch in the online Wall Street Journal, When Venture Capitalists Let One Slip Away , reminded me of Jim Armstrong’s (Clearstone Venture Partners) comment last year about false negatives. You cannot afford to be looking the wrong way.&#. Electric guitars are now old hat. in 1977). You ain’t goin’ nowhere son.

Southern California Tech Central

Technology Council

The Technology Council of Southern California and TechEmpower are happy to announce the launch of: Southern California Tech Central This is a community of people in Southern California who have come together to help find and organize the best content from blogs, news sources and other web sites all around technology in So Cal.  The goal is [.].

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

Both Sides of the Table

You are constantly faced with decisions and there is always incomplete information.  This paralyzes most people.  Not you. Making Things Happen.

Networking Events in Los Angeles and Southern California

SoCal CTO

Great post by John Shiple. He talks about a bunch of the different networking events that occur in Los Angeles and other parts of Southern California. In his post, he mentions the following events / event organizers, and you should visit his post for a bit more on each of them. They put on great events. AITP-LA – Monthly events.

Fast Follower III – First Mover Disadvantage

InfoChachkie

This is part III of a three part series. Click here for Part I and Part II. John Fitch was first. He spent the majority of his adult life fruitlessly attempting to capitalize on the novelty and uniqueness of his invention. He debuted his technology in Philadelphia at the 1787 Constitutional Convention. free weekly Infochachkie articles!

TechZulu Partners with Sony For CES!

Tech Zulu Event

This is your chance to let us know what you want us to cover and get to interact with the creators themselves.

Friendgiftr Launches Facebook Gift Card App

socalTECH

Hollywood-based Friendgiftr , an angel funded startup developing Facebook applications, said today that it has launched a new Facebook application which allows users to send real gift cards to friends, family, and others. The startup said it is now offering over 120 U.S. The firm was founded by Rob Carpenter and David Murphy. READ MORE>>.

Story Crawler

Daradiction

My pal Denny Dansereau gave me beta access to his new “Story Crawler&# web app and I’m stoked, and for a few reasons. Hats off!

Register For A Free CEOFlow Coaching Session

CEO Flow

Know any CEOs feeling overwhelmed while juggling life, employees and the world? More enjoyment of your business and your daily work. How To Apply.

Building an E-commerce Business - Startups Uncensored #11

Jason Nazar

We are joined this month by Wil Schroter the former CEO of SwapaLease and founder of the GoBig Network. TO SIGN UP FOR THIS EVENT, CLICK HERE.

Once Upon a Time in Jorts

Eric Greenspan

There were 50+ Minis parked in a row , that was cool! It was an amazing day. The team was energized. Eric and Jeremy, co-founders, circa 1997.

When is a Trade Sale a Strategic Exit?

Ask the Angels

Over the last few years I’ve written extensively on strategic exits and encouraged Angel investors to concentrate their investments where a strategic exit is highly likely.  I have focused on strategic value investments as I have found convincing evidence to show that these have higher ROI, shorter investment periods and lower execution risks.

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Turning Marketing Strategy into Marketing Program Plans

Cliff Allen on Marketing

Every good strategic marketing plan includes two elements: strategic direction and plans for moving the company in the new direction.

How to (re) Approach People (Advice on the Eve of LeWeb)

Both Sides of the Table

Business Etiquette Tips for dealing with VCs and Corporates at Conferences. This is part of my ongoing series with Startup Advice. Waste.

Early Stage Marketing and Branding – Farida Fotouhi

SoCal CTO

I've known Farida for quite a while. Maybe ten years. It has been fun to get to know her again. Remind me about your background. Having fun again.

Pour And Stir II – Managing Your Cost Per Customer

InfoChachkie

 “I know half the money I spend on advertising is wasted, but I can never find out which half.” John Wanamaker. free weekly Infochachkie articles!

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How To Give Great Presentations With Greg Ferenstein

Tech Zulu Event

You do not need to be super funny. You do not need to be the best speaker in the world. Be Genuine and have good ideas. Talk from Experience.

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