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Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010

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Some really great stuff in 2010 that aims to help startups around product, technology, business models, etc. 500 Hats , February 1, 2010 When to Use Facebook Connect – Twitter Oauth – Google Friend Connect for Authentication? Berkonomics , November 29, 2010 Rice Alliance IT/Web 2.0 First Principles.

Understanding a VC’s Seed Funding Policy is Critical

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There has been much discussion about VCs doing seed funding in the past year. Knowing What the Seed Funding Policy of your VC is.

SightCine Gets Seed Funding

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Los Angeles-based SightCine , a developer of digital overlay projection technology, told socalTECH today that the firm has raised an initial round of seed funding. Amount of the funding and source was not disclosed. Tags: funding seed capital venture subtitle theater content movie sightcine

Grid2Home Gets Seed Funding

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San Diego-based Grid2Home , a developer of energy management software, said today that it has raised a seed round of funding. The funding was led by Granite Ventures. Financial details of the funding were not disclosed by the company. Granite is represented by Sam Kingsland on Grid2Home's board. in October of 2009.

Independa Gets Seed Funding, Launches

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San Diego-based Independa , a startup developing products to help senior citizens live independently longer via technology, said this week that it has received a second round of seed funding, and launched its products. Amount and source of the funding was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Top 30 Startup Posts for July 2010

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This continues my series of posts: Top 30 Startup Posts in June 2010 Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010 Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April 16 Great Startup Posts from March The following are the top items based on social signals. Wannabe entrepreneur symptoms and cures - Gabriel Weinberg , July 25, 2010 I was once a wannabe entrepreneur.

Top 40 Startup Posts for August 2010

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This continues my series of posts: Top 30 Startup Posts for July 2010 Top 30 Startup Posts in June 2010 Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010 Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April 16 Great Startup Posts from March Here they are: How to Minimize Politics in Your Company - Ben's Blog , August 24, 2010 “Who the f@#k you think you f$&kin’ with.

Understanding the Risks of VC Signaling

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I recently wrote a blog post on understanding how the size and age of a venture capital fund might affect you when you’re raising money.

US Economic Risks (Sept 2010): Impact on Investors & Entrepreneurs

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So I agreed to offer my current thinking on the economy and what it portends for the VC industry & fund raising for entrepreneurs.

Interview with Fariborz Maseeh, Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition

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Fariborz Masseh: The idea of funding a business plan competition is not a new idea. It has been done before, at a number of schools. My Ph.D.

Confessions Of A VC: Crap – Why I Passed On Uber’s Seed Round

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Did I passed on Uber’s seed round? He is now a Senior Executive at Uber, although back in 2010 he had no formal affiliation with the company.

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The Changing Structure of the VC Industry

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The rise of “micro VCs” or seed-stage funds. The rise of alternative sources of capital (crowd funding and the like).

The Long-Term Value of Loyalty

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They seed funded my second company and even let me buy some IP in exchange for debt to get started. Oh, boy. Here we go again.

TCA Stresses Mixers, New Website

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The Tech Coast Angels is stressing its mixer program, seed investment efforts, and a new website, as it kicks off a 2010 program, according to the angel investing group. The group also said it is focusing on its SeedTrack program, which is specifically focused on seed stage funding and extensive mentoring. READ MORE>>.

Ranker Gets $750K

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Los Angeles-based Ranker , an online web site which allows users to create their own lists, and share them with friends, said Thursday evening that the firm has raised $750,000 in a seed investment round, part of a planned $1M funding effort. The new funding brings the company's total raised to $1.75M. READ MORE>>.

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What is it Like to Negotiate a VC Round?

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The truth is that I’ve been warning about convertible notes since 2010 it was first declared that “convertible notes have won.” In the old days VCs funded off of a “pre-money” valuation. What I’ve found over the years is that this forces way more clarity on the entrepreneurs at fund raising time.

Interview with Jeremy Gocke, Fliptu

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The firm already has seed funding from such investors as Kelly Perdew, Sugarmaker Media, and support from talent agency ICM Partners.

Pricing Customer Acquisition Sunk Costs and More - Ten Recent Great Startup Posts

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Startup Killer: the Cost of Customer Acquisition | For Entrepreneurs , February 2, 2010 Looks at the critical equation around customer acquisition cost vs. customer lifetime value similar to what I discussed in Startup Metrics but in more depth. Enjoy. Great stuff. This post looks at the implementation details of HTML 5 video.

What’s Really Going on in the VC Industry? What Does it Mean for Startups?

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Consumers pulled their money out of these risky investments, but when LPs make commitments to VC funds they make 10-year, legally binding commitments.

Baroda In Fab.com's New $105M Funding

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Baroda has been an investor in Fab since its seed funding back in June of 2010. Bohnett is the founder of Geocities.com.

ShopNation Raises $800K, Launches Fashion Discovery Site

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Santa Monica-based ShopNation has raised $800,000 in a seed funding, and launched a new fashion discovery site today. Tags: shopnation venture capital funding launchpadla fashion shopping ecommerce in 2008. The firm said its team comes from LowerMyBills.com, Mahalo, and HUGE. READ MORE>>.

Bccthis Gets $500K, Launches Communications Tool

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Los Angeles-based Bccthis , a startup developing software which connects Microsoft Outlook, Twitter, and BlackBerry smart phones, announced this morning that it has raised $500,000 in seed funding and launched a beta of its service. Source of the seed funding was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

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This Week in VC with Rick Smith of Crosscut Ventures

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We started this week’s show with a Q&A session where I answered viewer questions about fund raising and the VC industry. Don’t.

Evertune Raises $800K For Guitar Tuning Gadget

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Los Angeles-based EverTune , which has developed technology to automatically keep guitars in tune, has raised $800,000 in a seed funding round, the firm said today. The firm said the funding came from William Quigley, Brock Pierce, Dave Weiderman, and Mark Chayet. READ MORE>>.

Independa Joins EvoNexus Incubator

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The firm recently announced a second round of seed funding for the firm. San Diego-based Independa , the developer of technology to help senior citizens live independently longer, has been selected for San Diego's EvoNexus incubator. According to Independa, the acceptance will help the firm accelerate the launch of its products.

TekTrak Gets Seeded

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Los Angeles-based TekTrak , a developer of an iPhone application to help users locate lost a lost iPhone, said Tuesday that it has received a round of seed funding. Amount of the funding was not announced. TekTrak said it will use the funding to launch additional features, and expand its support to Android platforms.

Qualcomm Launches Second Annual Venture Competition

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According to the firm, this year's competition will provide up to $750,000 in seed funding to entrepreneurs working on mobile ventures. Those finalists will all get $100,000 in convertible note funding, with the grand prize winnter receiving and additional $150,000 in convertible note funding. READ MORE>>.

My Chat with Dan Primack of PEHub

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Dan believed that consumer internet entrepreneurs have a choice now: traditional VC vs. super seed investors. Minutes 4 – 8. What is going on?

What Entrepreneurs Should do about Price Fixing

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When I was fund raising for my second company we had agreed a company-wide deal with Salesforce.com to use our product. This is super funny.

Interview with Michael Wong, MergeLocal

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Can you talk about how your company is funded? Michael Wong: We're with StartEngine, and have received a small amount of seed funding from them.

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Interview with Winston Damarillo, Morphlabs

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Earlier this month, his latest startup, El Segundo-based Morphlabs announced it had raised a Series B funding worth $5.5M. What's Morphlabs?

This Week in VC with @VCMike Hirshland of Polaris Ventures

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So how is Mike able to do this at a time where others have warned against taking seed money from VC funds? So how did Mike get into VC?

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 4

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Rustic Canyon is an LA-based, but geography-agnostic VC that is currently investing from a $200 million fund. VC Financings: 1. Blippy. Marketo.

How Chinese Startup Tradesparq Is Looking To Grow In SoCal

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Michael Kleist: We started in 2010. Michael Kleist: We''re seed funded, and have already raised money from twelve investors.

Club Cooee Brings 3D to Instant Messaging

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Club Cooee was founded in 2007, and has received an undisclosed round of seed funding from Aurelia Private Equity.

Feel Lost On LinkedIn? ExploreB2B Wants To help You Network With People Of Your Profession

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We launched the first publicly available (German) Beta Version of exploreB2B at the end of 2010. Any funding yet? Who are its founders?

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Startup 5.0 – I’m just going to chill out for a bit… (OK, for a month…)

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Venture Capital Funding 7. ► October (1) New Video! the Rubicon Project's Secret to Succes. ► March (1) Office 2.0: Why do.