OpenSocial - Long Way to Go

SoCal CTO

For example, if you want to match the people being returned as friends on one system and look them up on another system, there's no common identifier across systems. I had already written about OpenSocial ( OpenSocial and Facebook as Platforms) and frankly I was hoping for a lot more in the announcements and APIs.

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

SoCal CTO

A lot of the examples that Amazon used were media related. I went to an event by Amazon on their Amazon Web Services in Santa Monica today. The focus was S3 - storage service, EC2 - their compute cloud, their queuing system, and their flexible payment system. The S3 system is not a transactional object system, it's for larger objects, larger updates. The EC2 is very similar to having a Linux box in a colocation facility.

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Startup Opportunities in SoCal

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There are more than enough meet-ups and networking events; we’ve got plenty of examples of successes in the area; and there are plenty of startups to jump to in case of a startup failure. On Ben Kuo's blog, he posted about Entrepreneurs in Southern California and pointed to a post by Will Johnson, a Southern California entrepreneur and blogger.

The $100K Startup? Changes in VC Land?

SoCal CTO

And there will be examples of start-ups that didn't cost much (although $100K is pretty extreme and certainly doesn't count human effort costs). I've been reading or hearing quite a bit about how startups these days don't take nearly as much capital to create as they used to. What used to cost $1M now takes $100K. If that's actually true, then it creates New Rules Of Technology VC.

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

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https://medium.com/media/cc969482e7abf6b75d3c0958c8ee409d/href 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.

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

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By fund II (2007) he was able to raise $15 million (if you watch the video you’ll hear an interesting story of how he did this) and he had a proper fund.

Why We Think B2B Crowdsourced Logistics Will Be a Big Hit

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Six months ago Upfront Ventures announced its first Partner hire since 2007 – Greg Bettinelli. Take for example retailers. You may have some drivers with larger cars and stronger bodies who transport white goods or TVs for example.

Interview with Sean Broihier, Fine Art America

socalTECH

The way our business model works, is, for example, if you're a. building Fine Art America in 2006 as a part time project, and launched the web site in 2007. I grew it from 2007 through. For example, we have a. For example, we give them a.

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

socalTECH

Since the iPhone in 2007, we are seeing that mobile is taking over, and what we were doing was not as relevant. I think it's a shining example of Silicon Beach's technology helping out Hollywod.

Why You Should Give Before You Get

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Some practical examples. When I joined GRP Partners in 2007 I was offered a role as a General Partner. I have a motto in business and life, “give before you get.” ” It’s a philosophy, really.

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Opening The Cloud: Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus Systems

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Since its origin as an academic research project in 2007, Eucalyptus has become the dominant open source cloud solution, boasting over 25,000 clouds formed. A good example is the shoemaker Puma.

What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

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Let me give you a non tech & thus non politically charged example. You’ll see here that in 2007 people were willing to pay 7.7x Back to my non-VC example.

With Reverse Merger, Miragen to go Public, Get $40M Boost From Investors

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A few examples of reverse mergers over the past few years include Tobira Therapeutics (NASDAQ: TBRA ) ( recently acquired by Allergan ), Pulmatrix (NASDAQ: PULM ), Retrophin (NASDAQ: RTRX ), and Halozyme Therapeutics (NASDAQ: HALO ).

Finding an Investor Who is in Love with You

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As I reflect upon the journey’s I’ve taken as a VC since 2007 I realize that the ones I was best at – and that I enjoyed the most – are ones that began by falling in love. I often talk about what I’m looking for when I meet with an entrepreneur.

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Interview With Mike Mothner, Wpromote On Growth, Acquisitions

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We caught up with founder and CEO Mike Mothner --who we first interviewed back in 2007 --to catch up with the company, gets some hints and tips on growing a company, the challenges of bootstrapping, and why Wpromote hopes to be buying more companies in the future. For example, Forever 21 has 720 locations, and they have invested extensively in their physical infrastructure.

Interview with Steve Jillings, TeleSign

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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).

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

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Shopzilla was then sold, and I worked for a couple of years at the acquirer, Scripps, until 2007. So, in September of 2007, I got back into it, and we got a group of people going on a new startup, DotSpots. The example is Twitter--Twitter is nothing without the link.

Interview with Howard Lindzon, StockTwits

socalTECH

He was also the founder of Wallstrip, which he sold to CBS back in 2007, is an investor in a significant number of web and social media companies. For example, you can add $AAPL to separate the post from regular posts, which we pulled into our own search around that ticker.

Interview with Rob Reed, MomentFeed

socalTECH

Rob Reed: I was doing social media strategy consulting from 2007 until 2009, what I would really characterize as Social Media 1.0. Could you give an example of how a customer might use your service? Rob Reed: Starbucks seems to be a good example, though they are not a client.

Introducing Snapstorms.com. Why, oh, why Snapchat?

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Not since the initial popularity of Twitter in 2007 has a product so befuddled people. For the past few months I’ve been doing nearly daily “Snapstorms” or short videos with startup advice released on Snapchat. Today I’ve made all of them available on Snapstorms.com.

Some Reflections on VC Investment Decisions

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I started in 2007 with a thesis that my primary investment decision would be about the team (70%) and only afterward about the market opportunity (30%). I don’t need to name companies for you to come up with your own examples. I was having dinner with a friend last night and we were chatting about venture capital and a bit about what I’ve learned.

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Surveying SoCal's M&A Landscape, with David Siemer

socalTECH

If you rate the market on a one to ten scale, with one being 2002 and ten being 2007, we''re probably at around five or six. E-commerce is a great example. One of the most frequent questions from high tech startups is: where''s my exit?

Interview with Wes Brodsky, SaveFans

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For example, at an event, say at the Staples Center, of the 20,000 seats they might have four or five price groups. For example, at a concert, they sell the front row -- which is clearly worth more -- the same as the cost of the 50th row.

What Might the 2015 Holiday Season Hold for E-Commerce Retailers?

Tech Zulu Event

The Index of Consumer Sentiment found in mid-October that “personal financial expectations rose to their highest level since 2007.” Nordstrom, for example, plans to offer 20% fewer sales days this year and 25% fewer in 2016.)

Data is the Next Major Layer of the Cloud & A Major Victory for Startups

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One obvious example is the OSI model in which we have seven layers ranging from the physical layer at the bottom of the stack (e.g. Let’s take some examples. Factual was created in 2007 by Gil Elbaz, the founder of Applied Semantics.

Why Startups Should Raise Money at the Top End of Normal

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For example: If you were to invest $41 million into a company (and one could assume that you owned between 33-50%) then the company is worth $82-123 million at funding. I saw this kind of pricing when I first entered the VC market in 2007.

What Are We Talking About When We Talk Valuation?

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For example, there are the private company valuation figures that get bandied about: think the numbers people reference for Uber and AirBnB for example. A little background: 409A valuations are named for the section of Internal Revenue Code Section that created them in 2007.

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Interview with John Mudge, iBN Sports

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John Mudge: We launched IBN Sports in January of 2007, focused on creating an interactive, broadcast network for sports. One of the big questions in the content world has been: what's the right formula to make content creation profitable on the Internet?

I’m Back. Why I Love January

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Example: Fred Wilson writing his end of 2012 post wrote. Never was that more clear than in this short, but tear-inducing post from 2007 by Aaron Swartz , who you probably know took his life last week at the full-life-in-front-of-him-but-didn’t-feel-that-way age of 26.

Decoding the Secret of iPhone Game Popularity, With William Volk, Playscreen

socalTECH

In 2007, we tried to launch it for the iPhone web, and the platform still couldn't handle it. There are some great examples of that, with Tiny Wings and Angry Birds, but there are lots of paid titles out there that are just drop dead gorgeous but never success.

How TVC Aims At Acquisitions, Not IPOs, with Jeb Spencer

socalTECH

Our 2011 exits of Accordent Technologies and Del Mar Datatrac (DMD) put us in the top decile of performance for 2007 vintage year, private equity funds.

As Populist as it May Feel, 98% of VCs Aren’t Dumb

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Take for example Accel. But I became a VC in 2007 and wrote my first check in 2009 – 4.5 By now you will likely have read Andy Dunn’s scathing post about Venture Capitalists in which he decries the industry’s masses.

Interview with Jimmy Hendricks, Deal Current

socalTECH

For example, if a customer has a question on a purchase, we answer that. Jimmy Hendricks: My background is I spent a year at Active.com in 2007 and 2008. In the rush toward the daily deals space, it seems like there is at least one, new, daily deals site created every day.