What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

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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. This is part of my Startup Advice series.

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

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When it’s your turn in the ambush greeting line get all of your energy pumped up and with great enthusiasm say, “Hey Mark, I really enjoyed your panel on social media marketing. Business Etiquette Tips for dealing with VCs and Corporates at Conferences.

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Jetpack Gives a Boost to Mobile and Rich Media Advertising

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Until recently, three legacy providers (Sizmek, PointRoll and Google’s DoubleClick) have dominated the rich media market. The best-performing ads are often custom, high-impact rich media ads that integrate seamlessly into a publisher’s content with interactivity, video and other features.

Save Your Spin for Someone Who Cares

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Most notably you need to understand Earned Media and how blogging, public speaking and social media play an important role in the new PR landscape. Handling PR with VCs. This is part of my series on How to Raise VC but could equally be filed under Startup Advice more generally.

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GadgetFest 2009

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009 -- GadgetFest 2009. This is your chance to get exclusive access to the hottest gadgets for 2009 before anyone else! So join entrepreneurs, CEOs of venture backed companies, executives, venture capitalists, and media for a dynamic evening of networking and presentations that can help your company gain recognition and success!

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.

Startup Metrics

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Startup Metrics for Pirates (SeedCamp, Sept 2009) View more documents from Dave McClure. channels (search, social, viral, new media), cost-efficient distribution He also points a fair bit to Eric Ries – The lean startup.

Startup Founders Should Flip Burgers

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Quick aside: how can VC’s invest in online businesses, digital media, social networks or mobile applications if they don’t actually use the products actively themselves? This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. This is a story of one of the risks of venture capital.

Demand Media Alum Gets $100M For Domain Registrar

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A brand new, domain registration startup headed by a set of ex- Demand Media executives, has just raised an astounding $100M for its efforts. headed by former Demand Media President and Chief Strategy Officer Paul Stahura, said today that the funding came from such investors as Austin Ventures, Adams Street Partners, Emergence Capital Partners, TOL Ventures, Generation Partners, and Stahurricane. He continued to serve at Demand Media until 2009.

Video Games Industry 2009

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 -- Video Games Industry 2009. The video game industry sits at the center of an increasingly sophisticated network of growth opportunities: advertisers can reach difficult population segments in a targeted manner; retail outlets can expand their business by adding a new product that caters to their customers; and traditional media companies can find novel ways to present their products.

BIOCOM's 2009 DeviceFest

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Thursday, May 7, 2009 -- BIOCOM's 2009 DeviceFest promises to provide thought provoking panel discussions and case studies focusing on Inspiring Innovation, Overcoming Adversity and What's Next? This venue is an opportunity for medical device companies to showcase one or more of their devices in a tradeshow setting to an audience of 100+ life science and medical device individuals, venture capitalists, media and more.

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

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Around this time B2C eCommerce had been dominating the media but the wheels were starting to come off. It kind of reminds me a bit of how “social media experts&# are talking to customers today). Use social media to be sure people are aware of it.

Networking Events in Los Angeles and Southern California

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LA CTO Forum Dealmaker Media Digital Family Reunion Startups Uncensored Social Media Club, LA Twiistup Mindshare LA LA Hadoop Meetup Dorkbot Geek Dinners LA Cloud Computing LA Web Application Developers LA PHP Developers In addition to these, I'd recommend looking at: Technology Council of Southern California – Surprised John didn't mention this one. This is why I say that Local Event Organizers Need to Adopt Social Media. Great post by John Shiple.

Social Media for Service Professionals

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I did a presentation about the use of Social Media to a great group of people who mostly are different kinds of service professionals (attorneys, accountants, consultants, etc.). I'm trying to build a network of people who can help with this as I discussed in Los Angeles Social Media Starters.

ActionAllStars.com Signs Up 100K Users For Sports Site

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The site--which counts both the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball Advanced Media as partners--offers an online site focused on interacting with friends, playing games, and chatting with other sports fans. Marina Del Rey-based Six Degree Games is off to a rapid start with its new Action AllStars virtual world, the firm tells socalTECH, with more than 100,000 registered user in the first two weeks of public availability.

Angel Funding Advice

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Last night I attended a DealMaker Media (whom I love because they always host such great discussions) panel on raising angel money moderated by Dan Gould and with panelists Rob Hayes (First Round Capital, more seed or A round than angel), Scot Sangster (with OrganicStartup and [.]. This is part of my ongoing series Pitching a VC.

Video Games Industry 2009: New Opportunities

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 -- "Video Games Industry 2009: New Opportunities" TCOSC. The video game industry sits at the center of an increasingly sophisticated network of growth opportunities: advertisers can reach difficult population segments in a targeted manner; retail outlets can expand their business by adding a new product that caters to their customers; and traditional media companies can find novel ways to present their products.

Angel Funding Advice

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Last night I attended a DealMaker Media (whom I love because they always host such great discussions) panel on raising angel money moderated by Dan Gould and with panelists Rob Hayes (First Round Capital, more seed or A round than angel), Scot Sangster (with OrganicStartup and the best spokesperson for Tech Coast Angels that I have met to date), Tom McInerney (TGM) and Jarl Mohn (who invests on his own “account&# and whose track record is truly humbling).

Los Angeles Social Media Starters

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I find myself speaking at various venues in Los Angeles to tell people (most often service providers) about how I've used social media and particularly my blogs, LinkedIn, twitter and topic hubs as part of my own services business. I'm hoping you can help me figure out who I should be connecting with on this.

Media Leaders

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 -- Media Leaders networking event. Join us as we forget about the state of the economy and enjoy beach weather while mingling with the south bay's hippest professionals in marketing, advertising, tech and media. See [link] (more

Media Leaders

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009 -- Media Leaders Fundraiser. Bring your business cards to take part in a cutting edge junction of leaders in PR, media, marketing, advertising and tech while discussing current events and new ideas. We are a group of influencers that come together to exchange and thrive on meeting new people and making lasting connections. See [link] (more

Media Leaders

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009 -- Media Leaders. A night of experiential social networking at the V Lounge in Santa Monica. See [link] (more

Media Leaders Hollywood

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009 -- Media Leaders Hollywood. See [link] (more

New Media Interchange Media Walk

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Saturday, January 17, 2009 -- New Media Interchange Media Walk. New Media Interchange is hosting a Media Walk! s spend some time creating and talking New Media. Bring your still cameras, video cameras, audio recorders, microphones, Flip videos et al and let?s See [link] (more

Media Leaders

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009 -- Media Leaders. Bring your business cards to take part in a cutting edge junction of leaders in PR, media, marketing, advertising and tech while discussing current events and new ideas. We are a boutique experiential think tank group with only 100 select influencers that come together to discuss, exchange and thrive on meeting new people and making lasting connections.

Penske Media Names COO

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Los Angeles-based Penske Media Corporation , which owns such media brands as Variety, WWD, Deadline, Indiewire, and other online and offline publications, says it has named George Grobar as its new Chief Operating Officer. Grobar was previously Executive Vice President of the company, and has been at the company since 2009, and before that, spent 13 years at The Walt Disney Company. penske media corporation variety deadline publishing publisher

Media Mixer LA

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009 -- Media Mixer LA. Mashable and Demand Media are joining forces to host Media Mixer LA, the official after party of the 140Conf LA. See [link] (more

WD Announces New Media Player

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Lake Forest-based storage firm WD has announced a new, media player product, which the firm said will provide 1080p, HD video stored on USB and network hard drives. Tags: western digital wdtv live media player hardware electronics

Social Media to Build Reputation and Reach Prospects – More Ideas

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Based on a question I posted in LinkedIn, Serena Ehrlich posted How to Use Social Media to Find Prospects. and provides the following list of suggestions for ways to use social media to build a reputation and to reach prospects. Tom Humbarger had some great suggestions in his post Visible Networking with Tony Karrer – Los Angeles Social Media Starters. Or Sell a House.

TechZulu's Best Of 2009

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Looking back at 2009 we had our ups and downs within the industry but the need to innovate, produce amazing content and the creation of great gadgets still remained. The Best of 2009: Interviews: Interview with Microsoft's First Blogger: Don Box.

New Media Vault

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009 -- New Media Vault. Join us for the best downtown Los Angeles new media networking event! This month we're getting ready for Turkey Day  gobble gobble gobble! Don't miss out on our last chance to hang before we usher in 2010! See [link] (more

Social Media Strategy

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Thursday, September 24, 2009 -- Social Media Strategy. Leveraging social media requires planning. Learn from an expert in the field what the benefits can be, and how to plan for success using social media. Like any other part of your business planning process, social media requires some strategic thinking. For many of us using this new technology is unknown and somewhat daunting.

Topspin Media Adds VP

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Santa Monica-based Topspin Media , the developer of music and band marketing software headed by former Yahoo Music GM Ian Rogers, said over the weekend that it has added Andrew Mains as its new VP Artist Relations and Services. Mains was Head of New Media at Interscope Records. Tags: topspin media yahoo music content executive