Interesting Model for University President

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Sunday, February 25, 2007 Interesting Model for University President Saw a post by Paul Kedrosky pointing us to Graeme Thickins on How Stanford Does It. Its interesting to think about how universities might want to have their staff better aligned with moving ideas from the lab to start-ups.

Networking to a Job - Practical Advice

SoCal CTO

I'm sure other folks have ideas on this topic. For some reason over the past week, I've been asked by three different people I know about job opportunities that might fit them. Since, I've given them the same advice, I thought it was worth putting in my blog. I personally believe that the best way to hire, find partners, and find a job is through a network. So the key question is: How can I leverage my network?

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Kevin Federline Search Engine

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, March 20, 2007 Kevin Federline Search Engine Just saw a post - Sleep with a pop star, get your own branded search engine. Take a look at other sites: [link] But the overall idea is to provide branded search in order to get merchandise from your artist, star, etc. talking about Prodeges Search with Kevin Site - [link]. I actually think this is a pretty innovative model.

Challenge of Predicting Winners

SoCal CTO

skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Sunday, February 25, 2007 Challenge of Predicting Winners I just read a bit on the payout to YouTube from the Google Acquisition ( Internet News , CNN ). But even if you came to me with that idea, Im not sure I would have bought it. Part of the discussion around this is the talk about the founder who only got $83M (as compared to $3xxM for the other founders) who bailed out early and choose to go back to school. The poor guy.

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Frank Addantes FounderBlog: 5. Outsourcing

Frank Addante

Security (Today = 5; 5 Years Ago = 2): Security (of your ideas/code) used to be a big concern when outsourcing. They realize that stealing code and ideas could severely hurt their growth.

What to do when hit by a tidal wave?

Frank Addante

We expected positive results, however, we had no idea that we would get slammed with the number of sign-ups that we. My blackberry broke. Salesforce.com maxed out. 1500 emails flooded my inbox. On Monday, we announced our private beta invitation site. We spent the entire weekend putting the finishing touches on the site. We tried to anticipate everything that could go wrong with the launch.

What to do when hit by a tidal wave?

Frank Addante

We expected positive results, however, we had no idea that we would get slammed with the number of sign-ups that we My blackberry broke. Salesforce.com maxed out. 1500 emails flooded my inbox. On Monday, we announced our private beta invitation site. We spent the entire weekend putting the finishing touches on the site. We tried to anticipate everything that could go wrong with the launch.

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

Both Sides of the Table

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.

10 Essential Branding Maxims

InfoChachkie

In 1987, when Rick Astley filmed the video for his hit song Never Gonna Give You Up , he had no idea it would eventually become one of the most viewed videos of all time. Every brand expression is meant to help our customers shape a persona for our company, product or idea.

How Deka Sounds Is Using 3D Printing For Your Next Bluetooth Headset

socalTECH

Where''d the idea for the company come from? I had the idea that instead of a gray box, it would be great to change that to a beautiful flower. Finally, I started pushing the idea, like a vacuum cleaner sales men, showing it to retailers and vendors, and it finally caught on.

Why the LP Outlook is Good for Venture and Startups in 2017–2020

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If the mood of LPs that we surveyed is a reflection on how VCs get financed in the coming three years then a natural conclusion would be that entrepreneurs should continue to find the venture markets robust and capital available for great ideas and businesses with early traction.

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. Matt Cooper: What is really unique about Hollywood-style banner ads, is they've been video-based since 2007.

One Weird Trick to Build a Personal Brand

Both Sides of the Table

If you’re reading this you’ll now likely know that I became a VC in 2007 with what is now called Upfront Ventures. I had no idea I’d eventually be boxed out of the SaaS branding by Jason (SaaStr) and the LA branding by my partner Greg Bettinelli with #LongLA !

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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. First of all, what's the idea behind StockTwits, for people who haven't used the service?

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

socalTECH

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. It was a very ambitious idea, and we spent a good time around it.

Why We Think B2B Crowdsourced Logistics Will Be a Big Hit

Both Sides of the Table

Six months ago Upfront Ventures announced its first Partner hire since 2007 – Greg Bettinelli. It’s been a really exciting time for me personally to be able to see a partner come in with the energy, enthusiasm and new ideas that remind me of myself 6 years ago.

We Need to Have Sympathy for Those With Depression. It is an Illness

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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.

Do Less. More.

Both Sides of the Table

There are too many deals to look at, too many seed funds or angels asking you to look at deals and weekly “demo days” with manicured and monocultural presentations crafted by experienced story tellers to help even the mundane idea sound like it will. I know that I had things easier as a new VC because I came into the business in 2007 when the market was frenzied like today but an order-of-magnitude less so and the world wasn’t living in public.

Interview with Sean Broihier, Fine Art America

socalTECH

building Fine Art America in 2006 as a part time project, and launched the web site in 2007. I grew it from 2007 through. I instantly had the idea that if he needed to do.

Interview with Paige Craig, Betterworks

socalTECH

We're not talking publicly about that yet, but the idea is to get away from the annual review, away from the quarterly review, and give everyone within and outside a company the ability to recognize people, up and down the chain, for doing great things in the workplace.

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Silicon Beach Fest: Two Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know

Frank Addante

I have always forced myself to ask three very basic, but very important questions before moving forward with any idea. Lastly, in the find out phase be open to ideas that come to the surface that you may not have thought of before. What’s most important to determine—as part of the ‘Find Out’ period—is whether the market is ready for your idea or solution.

Spotting, Nurturing and Mentoring Talent – The Power of Troy Carter

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In many ways this was the precursor to the MVP philosophy our era espoused by Steve Blank and the ideas we discuss around product/market fit. I recently sat down with Troy Carter to talk about what he does and why he believes it is applicable to venture capital.

Organovo to Test “Patches” for Patients Awaiting Liver Transplants

Xconomy

The idea is to help improve the function of failing livers, a stopgap measure that could extend the lives of patients on the U.S.

Why You Shouldn’t Launch Your Startup at a Major Tech Event

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SXSW is where Twitter broke out in 2007. Your great idea – suggested by your PR firm – is to book out some dive bar and invite guests, rent a room at the Four Seasons and throw a party, take over a grilled cheese stand across from the main venue. It’s February now.

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%). If you say yes to every inbound meeting you don’t have the time to search out the harder-to-find, crazier ideas that are often lurking around university research projects or getting out to meet senior executives at tech companies to find out whom they’re partnering with.

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Snapchat 101 for VCs and Old Folks

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I just need to break you of the idea that Snapchat is for one thing – it is not. Now I’m on the “Add Friends” page and like the joystick in a video game I have no idea how to “get back” or ever where I’m actually supposed to go.

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

Both Sides of the Table

Not since the initial popularity of Twitter in 2007 has a product so befuddled people. I will add a place to submit ideas you’d like to see for future video topics Maybe I’ll provide a podcast version for people who prefer just to subscribe and listen in the car?

Vizio and the Story of the Sleeping Giant

Tech Zulu Event

I am currently at the annual VC in the OC program held in Irvine CA by OCTANe , an organization that connects people and ideas to resources and capital in Orange County. The company brought on retailers Circuit City, Sears and Kmart in 2006 followed by mega retailer Walmart in 2007. Due to the addition of Walmart as a retailer, 2007 was the first year Vizio became the #1 HDTV manufacturer in the world.

Interview with Steve Jillings, TeleSign

socalTECH

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).

Interview with Clark Benson, Ranker

socalTECH

It actually closed on New Year's Day, 2007. I also like the power of semantic data on the web, and the idea of linked data, so that you can really extract a lot of meaningful data and value from facts or opinions in a linked way.

Should You Really be a Startup Entrepreneur?

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You would think the obvious thing I would tell somebody is, “yes, of course it’s a great idea.&# You’d be surprised. In this particular case I wasn’t convinced it was a good idea from the limited information I had. It was 2007.

Want To Be A TechStar? Read Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson’s New Book: Venture Deals

InfoChachkie

Of the 80 companies that have completed the program since its 2007 inception, 49 have received funding, 8 have been acquired and 8 have ceased operations. Jason came up with the idea to do a music video to promote the book.

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Tear Down Your Firewalls

Frank Addante

Ive noticed that a lot of people are afraid of getting their ideas out into the public. They are afraid of their competition finding out about the idea, a bigger company trying to steal it or some other entrepreneur doing it first. That is how I decided how popular an idea would be.