San Diego’s KnuEdge, Stealthy Since 2005, Unveils Neural Tech


After operating in the shadows for the past 11 years, a San Diego neural technology company founded by former NASA administrator Dan Goldin is stepping into the light to introduce two commercial products intended to advance the frontier of human-machine interaction.

How to Avoid a Common Product Mistake Many Teams Make

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I’ve been involved with technology product design in one form or another for nearly 25 years and seen one mistake consistently repeated. ” Most technologists design for themselves and then test with uncorrelated user groups only months after product launch – if ever.

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Why Open Offices May Be Bad for Your Tech Startup [ Infographic ]


You, the leader, think of the possibilities for greater collaboration and productivity once the team is all together. In a 2005 study , researchers examined the effects of things like flexible use of workspace on job productivity and team cohesion.

Why Email May Be Draining Your Company’s Productivity

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That great productivity drain that we somehow all buy into. So I ask you – if you’re being reactive to somebody else’s emails are you really being as productive in your company as you could be? He turned me down for a job in 2005. Email. Ah, email.

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How the Seed-Stage VC Trend Began, The Downsides of Unicorns & Much More

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Let me take you back just 10 years ago to 2005 in Silicon Valley where I returned after 11 years of living in Europe. But back in 2005 there were a few people who spotted the trend before others and one of the true pioneers was (and continues to be) Jeff Clavier who founded SoftTech VC.

FamilyFinds Launches DailyFinds Email


Los Angeles-based FamilyFinds , the daily deal service headed by Matt Coffin, the founder of, looks to running another experiment with the service this week, telling subscribers that it is launching a new product called DailyFinds.

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Success, Santa Barbara Style: Patagonian Sexwax With A Side Order of UGGS


According to Doug, “ productivity fell dramatically whenever the surf was up.”. Three decades later, it has matured into a multi-hundred million dollar product category. Today, Zog’s wax product line is used by surfers, snowboarders, musicians and hockey players.

How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

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So when Sam Rosen came to me with the idea of disrupting storage with a product that is priced cheaper than existing incumbents and he could build a product that is a better service I was intrigued. Many startups in stead launch “cool” products that their friends and peers love initially but don’t yield large amounts of revenue or profits and certainly can’t support the costs structure. But that’s harder to build in 2016 than it was in say 2005.

What Jonah @Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed, Sees in the Future of Digital Media

Both Sides of the Table I moved to Los Angeles in 2007 and as a VC who had built his career as a programmer, database designer, program manager, CEO then VP Products at Salesforce, I wanted to build a portfolio of software investments. BuzzFeed.

7 Keys to Using Your Network to Test Your Product

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The testing phase of developing our iPhone app, flik , has lead to enormous strides in honing our product. I have played professional baseball since graduating college in 2005, most recently playing in Triple-A with the Kansas City Royals.

3D Printing Redux: How Idealab's New Matter Wants To Bring 3D To The Masses


How far from shipping product are you? Since then, we''ve been very busy staffing up the company, finishing our product, and getting it into production, and also have raised a Series A funding. At this point, we''re in the process of bringing our factory online in Asia, and expect to be shipping product over this summer. We expect we''ll be shipping all of those 2500 units we have on preorder, and expect to have product in hand by September.

How Liferay Grew To More Than $100M After Starting In A Church Basement


Bryan Cheung: What we're specifically doing, is a product called the LifeRay digital experience platform. How did the shift come from consulting services to a product? Our engineering process had to change, so that, instead of only having the single version of the latest and greatest, we created branches of software more suitable for a production environment.

MindTouch Picks Up $12M For Customer Self Service Software


MindTouch, which was founded by Steve Bjorg and Aaron Fulkerson back in 2005, said the funding will go to increase its integration with software such as Salesforce, SAP, and Oracle, and grow its marketing, business development, sales, and engineering teams. MindTouch's software provides customer support search tools, product information, and more to end users.

Steve Blank Discusses The Origin And Future Of The Lean Startup Movement


He is credited with pioneering the Lean Startup Movement in 2005 via the publication of his bestselling, Four Steps To The Epiphany. By conceptualizing, selling, gathering feedback and then developing a product, startups achieve success more quickly and economically.

TZ Presents 2013 Startup Forecast

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Before Harrison Metal, Erik was most recently vice president of product management and strategy at TripAdvisor, the largest travel community site on the Web. TechZulu is excited to invite you to the 2013 Startup and Entrepreneurial Forecast taking place on Thursday Jan.

When Should You Allow Exclusivity in Deals?

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Before weighing in on the subject I would point out one thing that should be obvious to many of you – the iPhone was originally launched in 2007 in an exclusive partnership with AT&T and this was vital to both Apple and AT&T and was a hard negotiation throughout 2005 and 2006. Longer-term contracts – If the price of your product is very firmly fixed or a customer has enough resistance to higher prices then I would always push for a longer-term contract.

StoryBots And The Future of Learning,With Gregg Spiridellis, JibJab


Our product is called Starring You, which lets oyu put yourself into any video we create. Gregg Spiridellis: We've got four products in the market right now. Gregg Spiridellis: We were producing viral video hits in 2005.

Interview with Steve Jillings, TeleSign


Steve Jillings has a long track record of running successful startups in Southern California, ranging from such companies as FrontBridge Technologies (sold to Microsoft in 2005 for over $200M) and Vantage Media (acquired in 2007). They started in January of 2005.

How Addroid Is Hoping To Solve The Ad Industry's Flash Problem, with Matt Cooper


Matt Cooper: It was a classic, scratch-your-own-itch product. I started a company, Neoganda, in the digital advertising area in 2005. We started working in stealth mode on the product, and built the product and got it working.

Why Taking Some Risks in the Sales Process Can Improve Results

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In this post I advocate taking a harder stand on where your product or solution differentiates in the market – even if it means you lose some deals as a result. Often if you’re pushing hard on USPs you’ll find that these won’t resonate with certain leads and therefore it feels easier to stay within your comfort zone and avoid taking a hard stand on why somebody should buy your product.

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Riding Moonshot, FDA Will Revamp Its Cancer Practice. To What End?


Whoever becomes permanent chief, said Baghdadi—and Pazdur should be a top candidate—would have “formalized broad authority and final say” over a range of cancer products and the regulatory philosophy that shapes how the agency evaluates them.

How Open Should a Startup CEO be with Staff?

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We funded one in 2005 and lost a lot of money. 9 months seems like a lifetime but given how long it will take to ship your V1 product (5 months) and how long it will take to raise your next round (3-4 months) there isn’t a lot of room for error. They want the end product.

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Morphlabs Raises $5M


Manhattan Beach-based Morphlabs , the developer of cloud computing products headed by Winston Damarillo, announced this morning that it has raised $5M in a Series C funding round. Morphlabs develops products used to manage the deployment of cloud-based infrastructure. The firm's flagship product, the mCLoud DCU, are hardware appliances which make it easy for data center providers to provide cloud-based computing to clients.

Gene Dolgoff's 3D Vision: Using Crowdfunding To Turn the World 3D


Because we want to get into production, marketing, and sales, right now we're listing on We have a business plan and private placement on that site, and recently started searching for investors to raise the funds we needed to go into production, and start marketing and sales.

Flipagram: Using Photos And Music To Create A Viral Machine, with Farhad Mohit


Farhad Mohit: As you know, Bizrate spawned Shopzilla, which took us from 2000 to 2005. One, is you need to simplify the product. official acquired Flipagram LLC in October 15, and from then on we were chasing the product I had described, turning into the product you see today.

5 Reasons Why Businesses Still Love Microsoft

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We’ve all become so used to having Microsoft in our lives that we’ve started to take their products and services for granted. Since then, Microsoft has come out with product after product, always improving and innovating – and you can keep counting on it to keep doing so.

Interview: Isaac Garcia of Central Desktop


Central Desktop was founded in 2005 to provide an easy-to-use, SaaS collaboration solution to the SMB market. "We look at our existing customers, close to 3,000 companies using our products, and looked for clusters within that user base – common industries and common uses.

After 20 years: Updating the Berkus Method of valuation


In 2005, Alan McCann created a graphic representation of the Method: Note that Allan changed the title of the risks from technology-execution-market-production to investment-marketing-execution-development. Well, it had to happen.

StoryBots And The Future of Learning,With Gregg Spiradellis, JibJab


Our product is called Starring You, which lets oyu put yourself into any video we create. Gregg Spiradellis: We've got four products in the market right now. Gregg Spiradellis: We were producing viral video hits in 2005.

Announcing a Deal I’ve Wanted to Talk About for a Year

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I’m super excited to announce that GRP Partners led the investment in Ethan Anderson’s new company MyTime (link has LA-based merchants but will give you a good feel for the product). I first met Ethan in 2005. I think it’s a beautifully designed site and product.

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Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

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Platform cloud players like provide compute resources so that third parties can build applications that integrate with its core product. Every startup I knew in 2005 (when I started my second company) was using this.

TVSync’s Open API Uses Video and Audio Recognition Across All Four Screens

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TVSync’s parent company Voible , has provided fingerprint protection technology to most major movie studios and TV networks since 2005. Platforms, in a sense, whether you use a large screen or smaller mobile screen — the product is essentially a mobile device,” said Wan.

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How Frequency Wants To Bring You Internet Video, with Blair Harrison


We have a browser-based product, and an iPad app that's gotten an enormous amount of critical acclaim and user adoption. Blair Harrison: I sold iFilm to Viacom at the end of 2005, and got out of there at the beginning of 2008.