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? Steve Blank , January 25, 2010 10 Tips for Adding Game Mechanics to a Non-Gaming Service - ReadWriteStart , September 21, 2010 Startups & VCs: Learn How to Design, Market, & Eat Your Own. -

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. I’ve written about it myself (Is VC Seed Funding Dead?) and (Is There Really a Signaling Problem with VC Seed Funding?). Knowing What the Seed Funding Policy of your VC is.

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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 According to the firm, its initial product allows movie theaters to display subtitles in multiple languages on a single screen.

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. According to the firm, Doug Rasor has joined the firm as Chairman of its board, and Rick Kornfeld has joined as President and CEO, along with the funding.

Connexity, Headed by FastClick's Dave Gross, Gets Seed Funding

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Camarillo-based Connexity , a new Internet advertising firm headed by former Fastclick CEO Dave Gross, said today that it has raised a seed funding round. The funding round came from Persistence Partners, which is also headed by Gross. Amount of the round was not announced. Connexity said that it is integrating social networking and recommendation engine technology into its advertising technology.

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. 5 Lessons from 150 startup pitches - A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks , July 11, 2010 I just reviewed several hundred startup pitches for Capital Factory. In other words, the future of financing is continuous funding, not discrete.

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. August 20, 2010 They say people won't pay for content. I've funded some myself.

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. I believe these VC funds have suffered some amount of reputation fall out. Why are VC’s really doing seed deals? Big fund.

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. While not 1999 all over again but I am observing first-hand the signs of funding frenzy. between June and July 2010 (and 25% from a year ago).

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. In 2003 or 2004, I moved to California, and decided to change from running an engineering company into running a hedge fund. Now, I run a hedge fund and finance firm in Southern California.

The Long-Term Value of Loyalty

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But the firm that funded my first startup was loyal to me for having stuck around in what they knew to be pretty tough times and having suffered much dilution. They seed funded my second company and even let me buy some IP in exchange for debt to get started. Oh, boy.

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). Lower costs to start a business (95% reduction), many more companies created & funded by angels / seed.

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? Too bad, as the initial funding round has increased over 4,000 times in value, making a $250,000 investment worth more than $1,100,000,000. A VC has done their job when their funds include enough great companies to generate an industry-leading outcome.

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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. Tags: tech coast angels funding venture capital seed fund

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. Tags: ranker venture capital seed funding lists content

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. In the old days there usually weren’t convertible notes on early-stage deals and there weren’t party rounds with 20 angels or 6 seed funds.

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. Jeremy Gocke: The first incarnation of the idea for Fliptu started to gel between 2008 and 2010.

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. HTML5 video markup, compatibility and playback - Niall Kennedy's Weblog , February 8, 2010 The emerging HTML 5 specification lifts video playback out of the generic element and into specialized handlers.

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

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The VC industry grew dramatically as a result of the Internet bubble - Before the Internet bubble the people who invested in VC funds (called LPs or Limited Partners) put about $50 billion into the industry and by 2001 this had grown precipitously to around $250 billion.

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

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Los Angeles investor Baroda Ventures , the venture capital arm of David Bohnett, has re-upped on online fashion and e-commerce site Fab.com , in a big, $105M third round of funding for that site. Baroda has been an investor in Fab since its seed funding back in June of 2010.

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. ShopNation said the seed round of funding came from Kurt Johnson (former CEO of FastClick and CFO of ValueClick), Christophe Louvion (CityGrid Media), Brian Wiegand (CEO of Alice.com/former CEO of Jellyfish.com), and Glen Graff (Avid Life Media). Tags: shopnation venture capital funding launchpadla fashion shopping ecommerce

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. Heck, stick around and watch me discuss the seed funding debate that is going on right now and what is happening in the VC industry overall.

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. Tags: bccthis venture capital seed mobile twitter email outlook blackberry software communications

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. Chayet is the founder of Evermark, a CD and DVD manufacturing and distribution firm, and becomes the CEo of the firm along with the funding.

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. San Diego-based Qualcomm said Tuesday that it is launching its second annual venture investment competition, the Qualcomm Ventures QPrize competition.

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. People like Fred Wilson who say let all the small companies fund and bloom, create more jobs, etc. Is there a bubble going on in seed investing?

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. My advice: Do not mention the other VC firms, angels, seed funds, etc. This is super funny. I wrote the post below after work.

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. earlier this year, and then got it funded, raising about $5.5 I've also just got funding for my fifth firm, which we'll be talking about soon.

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. They were originally founded inside of Times Mirror and had a huge string of major investment success before spinning out as a fully independent fund.

This Week in VC with @VCMike Hirshland of Polaris Ventures

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Since then Mike his built his career by investing in early-stage companies (seed or series A), which is remarkable given that Polaris Ventures is a $1 billion fund. So how is Mike able to do this at a time where others have warned against taking seed money from VC funds?

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. We're also funding it out of pocket. Are users willing to check into local businesses with another, mobile check-in product?