Google Enters Financial Products Comparisons Market

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Search engine giant Google has made its entree into an area long dominated by Southern California technology startups: financial products and leads generation. According to Google Thursday, it has launched Google Advisor , a new service to help users find mortgage, credit card, CD, or checking and savings account offers and rates. The new service puts Google into the same space as such local companies as LeadPoint , LowerMyBills , Oversee's Low.com , and others.

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Is it Time for You to Earn or to Learn?

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Or you have to hit the lottery and be an early player middle management player at Google, Facebook, MySpace or Twitter. This is part of my Startup Advice series.

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Save Your Spin for Someone Who Cares

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Press coverage helps you to recruit team members, it helps add legitimacy to your customers who often do Google searches on you before buying and it helps influence biz dev (partners), corp dev (acquirers) and investors. Handling PR with VCs.

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Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes

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I know it happened in the late 90’s and there are some very wealthy minority shareholders from Google’s early days. This is part of my ongoing series “ Start-up Lessons. &# If you want to subscribe to my RSS feed please click here or to get my blog by email click here.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? (1/11) – Tenacity

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The world is filled with doubters who say that things can’t be done and then pronounce after the fact that they “knew it all along.&# Look at Google. You no longer work for Google, Oracle, Salesforce.com or McKinsey where everybody calls you back.

Are Business Plans Still Necessary?

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and the subsequent acquisition sprees of companies like Google, Yahoo!, If you don’t understand why this is important I encourage you to do a little Google research.

Google Cleaning Out Their Closets

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Google has from late last year embarked on an in-house cleaning project. In November 2011, Google’s spring clean saw a number of services shut down like Knol, Friend Connect and Google Wave. Another service facing the axe is Google Talk Chatback.

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Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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BCG, Bain, LEK – they’re all great), a few years at a start-up or a few years somewhere like Microsoft, Google, Amazon or Apple. This is part of my ongoing series called “ Start-up Lessons.&#. I was reading Chris Dixon’s blog tonight.

Google Power

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 -- Google Power. Drawn from the first section of the course Finding Information Online, the presentation will focus on how Internet Power Users like Dmitry use Google and other tools to pinpoint exactly what they are looking for. SDSIC. Serial internet entrepreneur Dmitry Shapiro will provide a special presentation from his full day course in this one hour session.

Google For Icons | IconFinder Providing The Best for Developers and Designers

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It’s basically Google for icons. From 2007 to 2009 I added a lot of icons and made minor improvements. In 2009 I launched version 2 and asked the talented designers at TurboMilk to do a logo.

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

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They get paid to say, “Company X is the new FriendFeed&# just 2 days after Google acquires FriendFeed. This is part of my ongoing series “Start-up Lessons”.

Gizmo5 Acquired By Google

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San Diego-based Gizmo5 , the voice-over-IP service and software started by former MP3.com founder Michael Robertson, has been acquired by Google. Google announced the deal late Thursday afternoon. According to Google, it does not have any specific features to announce right now, but will be adding Gizmo5's engineers to its Google Voice team. Tags: gizmo5 google merger acquisition voip

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LA Goes Live With Google

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The City of Los Angeles has gone live with Google's cloud software suite, Google Apps, Google said today. Google won the a $7.2M Google said that 34,000 Los Angeles city employees will gain access to Google Apps for email and other collaboration starting today. The move to Google came after a intense battle between Google and Microsoft for the contract. Tags: angeles city google email cloud collaboration software

Boingo Powers Google Free Wi-Fi Offer

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Santa Monica-based Boingo Wireless is behind a big promotion announced today by search engine giant Google , where Google will be offering free Wi-Fi to travelers at airports across the country. Financial details and terms of the agreement between Google and Boingo were not announced.

Brickfish Snags Sales Exec From Google

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San Diego-based Brickfish , a developer of social media and networking software being used by brands, reported today that it has hired on a Paul Botto, most recently Head of Analytics for the North American Sales Organization at Google, as its Vice President of Sales.

Google Maps Adds More SoCal Traffic Info

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Search engine giant Google is now pulling more traffic information from local streets around Southern California, saying Tuesday that it has added major traffic arteries and local street data to the firm's Google Maps service. Tags: google maps traffic

Mahalo: Our Writers Making Over $20,000 A Year

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According to Calacanis, the firm is now paying $5 - $10 to writers to write articles for the site, and then splitting revenues from Google AdSense with those writers. Tags: mahalo calacanis jason search engine online writers freelance writing google adsense Jason Calacanis, the high profile founder of Santa Monica-based search engine Mahalo , claims that it now has a number of writers who are making over $20,000 a year writing freelance articles for the site.

ReachLocal Inks Alliance With Google In UK

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , which helps small businesses buy search engine advertising, has inked a strategic alliance with Google in the United Kingdom, the firm announced today. Tags: local google search business small reachlocal advertising engine

Rumor: Gizmo5 Acquired By Google

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A report from TechCrunch claims that San Diego-based Gizmo5 , the voice-over-IP startup founded by Michael Robertson, has been acquired by Google. No confirmation of any deal was provided by either Google or Gizmo5. Tags: acquisition merger google gizmo5 Quoting unnamed sources, TechCrunch claims that the deal is worth approximately $30M in cash. The report follows an earlier rumor, also from TechCrunch, which said that Skype was buying Gizmo5.

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Wave to the Moon (Google Wave Discussion)

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Join us for an online discussion about Google Wave, using Google Wave on Weds, Dec 2nd, 8pm PST. What is Google Wave? Will Google Wave change how we communicate? Will Google Wave replace email?

Do your kids Google Poo?

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I guess just knowing we were doing the seminar was enough as she went home and checked her son’s Google search history. At first, she thought she was safe because she had found that he had Googled the word “poo.&#

Google Shuts Radio Advertising Efforts

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Search engine giant Google said Thursday that it is exiting from the radio advertising business, putting an end into the firm's attempt to leverage its online advertising success into other media. Google--which pulled the plug on its newspaper advertising efforts on January 20th--said the move came because the radio advertising efforts did not have "the impact we hoped for." Tags: dmarc google radio content advertising broadcasting irvine

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Wave to the Moon (Google Wave Discussion)

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Join us for an online discussion about Google Wave, using Google Wave on Weds, Dec 2nd, 8pm PST. What is Google Wave? Will Google Wave change how we communicate? Will Google Wave replace email?

Goodbye dMarc: Google Sells Radio Automation Assets

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Google's foray into the radio automation market has finally ended this morning, as San Francisco-based WideOrbit said it has acquired Google Radio Automation and related products. The sale ends Google's ill-fated foray into radio ads, which it began in January of 2006 with the acquisition of Newport Beach-based dMarc Broadcasting. At that time, Google paid $102M in cash--with up to an astounding $1.1

Google Slashes Recruiters, Engineering Offices

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Search engine giant Google made two dramatic announcements Wednesday afternoon, saying that it will lay off around 100 recruiters at the firm, as it slows its hiring, and will cut three of its remote engineering offices. Separately, Google said it has cut its Austin, Texas; Trondheim, Norway; and Lulea, Sweden engineering offices, as it looks to reduce the difficulty of coordinating its efforts across different geographies.

The Best VC Meetings are Debates not Sales

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It’s OK to say things like, “I could see why you might think that Google would go into our market. Here’s why I think Google won’t initially be a threat to us and how we would respond if they entered our market …&#. This is part of my blog series “ Pitching a VC.&#. I’ve sat through a lot of VC pitches and having been CEO of an enterprise software firm for many years I’ve also sat through many customer meetings with sales teams.

YouMail Gets New Competition: Google

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Irvine-based startup YouMail has just gotten a new competitor: search engine giant Google, which launched a significantly comparable service to YouMail's voice mail services. The venture backed startup--which has scored funding from the Tech Coast Angels and VantagePoint Venture Partners--appears to have significant overlap to Google's new Google Voice services. Tags: google voice youmail telephone mail voicemail telecom

Deal with Your Elephant in the Room

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Google has announced that they are planning to compete with you. - Many people Google you before meetings. This is part of my series on Raising Venture Capital.

V Vehicles: New Investors Include Google Ventures

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Stealthy San Diego alternative energy vehicle firm V Vehicles , which just raised $62.25M in a funding round, apparently has added Google Ventures as an investor in the company. Boone Pickens as backers--disclosed in a regulatory filing that David Drummond--Google's Senior Vice President for Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer--is now on the board of directors. Tags: vvehicles vehicles alternative energy green cleantech venture capital google ventures kpcb

Interview with Dave Newmark, Bid4Spots On Google, Radio, and more

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Yesterday, Google announced that it was shutting down its Google Audio efforts--the search engine giant's efforts to try to sell radio advertising. What are your thoughts on the Google announcement? Tags: bid4spots google radio interview newmark advertising dave

Google Maps Mobile

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Wednesday, February 28, 2007 Google Maps Mobile I recently downloaded Google Maps Mobile for my Treo. Mobile Internet Apple Facebook ► 2009 (32) ► December (3) Startup Software Developers Startup Software Development – Do Your Homework Be. Its works great. And there was a big surprise. It includes traffic! This is something that Ive wanted on my wifes GPS for a while. If you havent checked it out, its pretty amazing.

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My Actual Google Voice voice-mails using Google Text to Speech conversion…this is hilarious!

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These are real Google Voice voice-mails converted to text by Google technology. Tags: Crazy entrepreneur tricks eric david greenspan Google Voice I laugh every time I read them, so I had to share… From my brother Randy Greene: “Hey something on the phone for the last 30 minutes and burned up 20% of my battery already.

Clearstone Gets Exit At Apture

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Clearstone Ventures has scored an acquisition in its portfolio today, with the acquisition of Apture by Google. Clearstone was involved in Apture's Series A in March of 2009. Apture's software was used to turn web pages into an interactive, multimedia experience through a browser add-on; the firm said its technology is going to be used to enhance Google's Chrome browser.