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What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

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There’s a guy in Los Angeles that I met at several tech networking events. He wanted to know how to get started and “Could I intro him to a couple of local angels?&# One night after a DealMaker Media event we got 20 minutes together after the event ended.

Networking Events in Los Angeles and Southern California

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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. VentureNet – Great annual event by the Technology Council. CalTech MIT Enterprise Forum – Great events on various topics – there's one this Saturday that would be great to go to.

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

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Right after Techcrunch50 Michael Arrington wrote this great post on how to interact at business events and conferences. Business Etiquette Tips for dealing with VCs and Corporates at Conferences. This is part of my ongoing series with Startup Advice.

3 Sales Tips for Startups – Creating a Burning Platform

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In sales we do this by creating a “compelling event” or as some people call it “a burning platform” (in case the reference isn’t obvious, when you’re on a oil platform that’s burning you have no choice but to jump. Can you express your proposition to customers in terms of a compelling event?

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SoTeC 2009

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Saturday, October 17, 2009 -- SoTeC 2009. Join a large, diversified group of individuals who are committed to achieving their goals by attending the best technology event in Southern California. Be the value add that is so vital in today's market and learn the skills and techniques that will enable you to excel to new levels. See [link].

SoTeC 2009

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Friday, October 16, 2009 -- SoTeC 2009. Join a large, diversified group of individuals who are committed to achieving their goals by attending the best technology event in Southern California. Be the value add that is so vital in today's market and learn the skills and techniques that will enable you to excel to new levels. See [link].

GadgetFest 2009

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009 -- GadgetFest 2009. Register now and secure your place in this years biggest event! This is your chance to get exclusive access to the hottest gadgets for 2009 before anyone else! The 9th annual GadgetFest is fast approaching, and tech companies in the San Diego region and beyond are preparing to showcase their newest, most innovative technologies for this years competition.

Eventful Adds Twitter Hashtags

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San Diego-based Eventful , an online service which lists local entertainment events, said this morning that it has launched a standard hashtag index for local events on its site. Tags: eventful twitter hashtag events entertainment

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

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Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. Top for January 16, 2009 - January 31, 2009 Posts Are You Selling Online Yet? This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc. You can go to the Hot List post to see what was hot then.

Technology Industry Awards 2009

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 -- Technology Industry Awards 2009. This event brings together diverse interests and provides an outstanding opportunity for networking. This event has sold out for the past nine years. TCOSC. The Best Companies, the Brightest People, and the Most Fun!

Technology Forum 2009 - Southern California

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Thursday, November 5, 2009 -- Technology Forum 2009 - Southern California. The 'must attend' TECH event of the year, immerse yourself in business changing technology for the day with professionals from across the industry. See [link] (more

Video Games Industry 2009

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 -- Video Games Industry 2009. The Event will explore the convergence of games and media, and offer views on growth directions.

2009 Social Innovation Fast Pitch

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 -- 2009 Social Innovation Fast Pitch. The Social Innovation Fast Pitch is a two-month training and mentoring program for innovative nonprofits that are effecting social change in Greater Los Angeles, culminating in the Social Innovation Fast Pitch showcase event.

Free Job Search Event

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Monday, June 29, 2009 -- "Narrators" and "Speakers by the Sea" Toastmasters Club to Host a Job Search and Career Transition Community Event. Email s.colebank@ca.rr.com.

2009 Veterans Economic and Business Development Summit

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Thursday, November 19, 2009 -- 2009 Veterans Economic and Business Development Summit. This event is designed to encourage and support Veterans and Service Disable Veteran Owned Small Businesses interested in obtain federal contract, learn more about contracting opportunities, the procurement process and resources available.

HEART Holiday Event

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009 -- HEART Holiday Event. The Annual Round-Up of Technologists: TechBizConnection, Tech America, Technology Council, AWT, TCVN, and Access Executive Network invite all to the HEART Holiday Event! Mingle! Celebrate! Enjoy a fantastic evening of food and networking, making this holiday evening one to be remembered.

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ACG Networking Event

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Thursday, September 10, 2009 -- ACG Networking Event. The Association for Corporate Growth Orange County Chapter (ACG OC) will provide access for local professional services executives, business development professionals and financial services dealmakers to new leads, resources, and relationships at its season-opening networking event.

Endless Summer Networking Event

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009 -- Endless Summer Networking Event. Meet and greet the innovation "in crowd" at Orange County Venture Group's "Endless Summer Networking Event." Cap your "after-summer Wednesday" following Labor Day with a drink (or two) and some terrific munchies. See [link] (more

Don’t drink your own Kool-Aid (surviving TC50)

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I want to talk about that day after the event. I could be TC50 or any other high profile event. I was on CNN, who taped live from the event. This is part of my ongoing series “Start-up Lessons”.

Women's Networking Event

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009 -- Savor the Success, a boutique social network and PR cooperative for female entrepreneurs, will host its first Orange County chapter event. See [link] (more

AccessEN Annual Dinner Event

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 -- AccessEN Annual Dinner Event. Featuring Doug Antone, President and CEO, Networks in Motion and Debra Fine, CEO/CMO Consumer Products, Media and On Line Entertainment. See [link] (more

CMO Club Event

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009 -- CMO Club. The CMO Club, a national group of Chief Marketing Officers whose mission is to provide a "CMOs only" executive community for networking, sharing ideas, and helping each other be better CMOs, is having a dinner/roundtable discussion event for their LA chapter.

Xirrus Signs Microsoft Events

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Thousand Oaks-based Xirrus , a developer of Wi-Fi networing equipment, reported this morning that it has signed on Microsoft CMG Events & Studios as a customer. Microsoft CMG Events & Studios is the arm of Microsoft running its Professional Developers Conferences, partners events, TechEd, and other events.

February Medical Device Event

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009 -- February Medical Device Event. As 2009 kicks off, please join us for an in depth look at trends in medical technology financing and where the market is heading. not to miss' event. Medical Device Financing Climate, Trends and Alternatives. BIOCOM. We are living and working in interesting times. Traditional financing may not be a viable option for all.

SCVN Kick off event

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009 -- SCVN Kick off event.

SCVN Networking Event - Orange County

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009 -- SCVN Networking Event - Orange County. The Southern Califonia Venture Network (SCVN.org) invites you to come meet, mix and mingle with other entrepreneurial minded individals and companies at our monthly professional networking event. See [link] (more

Video Games Industry 2009: New Opportunities

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 -- "Video Games Industry 2009: New Opportunities" TCOSC. The Event will explore the convergence of games and media, and offer views on growth directions.

Medical Device Event

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009 -- BIOCOM's Medical Device Event. Partnerships with Physicians: What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You Government and public scrutiny of financial relationships between medical device companies (as well as other life sciences companies) and physicians has dramatically increased over the last few years. Are doctors dropping clinical trials or avoiding other collaborations to avoid the public perception of conflicts of interest?

FIRSTY- First Thursday Networking Event

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Thursday, May 7, 2009 -- FIRSTY- First Thursday Networking Event. Join the OCTANe community the first Thursday of every month for happy hour networking. They're called "Firstys" (first + Thursday + thirsty), and OC finally has a watering hole. Happy hour is non-hosted, but they will offer special discounts to our group. Firstys are open to everyone! See [link] (more

Members Only Event for AWT

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Thursday, February 19, 2009 -- Members Only Event for AWT. The Association for Women in Technology is holding our annual Members Only event. Here is a great way to kick-off 2009 and expand your networking contacts! Join AWT, and attend the Members Only event to discover all the great programs and events in 2009 and hear AWT?s Please join AWT, and benefit by attending this event and expand your network with other IT professionals.

Angel Funding Advice

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Scott Sangster has made a good case for himself at the two events I’ve seen him speak at recently and I know that people love Bryce Benjamin and say he’s hands on / helpful. Most Venture Capital “A&# rounds (as of 2009) seem to start around $3 million pre-money and may go as high as $5-6 million pre-money if you’ve made a lot more progress or for some other reason the deal is “hot&#. This is part of my ongoing series Pitching a VC.

Job Search and Career Transition Community Event

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Monday, June 29, 2009 -- Job Search and Career Transition Community Event. Narrators" and "Speakers by the Sea" Toastmasters International Clubs to Host a Free Job Search and Career Transition Community Event. Fortune 100 Recruiters and Motivational Experts to speak to Job Seekers. Email Scott at s.colebank@ca.rr.com.

Xirrus Aims At Disaster Teams, Event Organizers

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Thousand Oaks-based Xirrus , a developer of Wi-Fi networking equipment, announced Monday that it has put together a portable, pre-packaged kit which is designed for deploying Wi-Fi into disaster response and temporary events. Tags: xirrus wifi networking disaster events