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Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010


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. -

How to Not Suck at a Group Presentation

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Most people suck at presenting to big groups. It’s a shame because the ability to nail these presentations at key conferences can be once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to influence journalists, business partners, potential employees, customers and VCs.

TechZulu Presents: The Annual Startup Forecast

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Topics of discussion will be Wearables Technology, Bitcoin, SaaS, Cloud, Mobile, Gaming, Social Markets, what surprises are coming for 2014, creating value with your company, hiring problem solvers, and building a sensible businesses.

Top 57 Online Startups Meets Technology Meets Product Posts for November 2010


I continue to collect great content that is the intersection of startups, products, online and technology. aka: An Open Letter to the Next Big Social Network) - 500 Hats , November 1, 2010 I've held off writing this post for a long time, because I couldn't quite get my head around all the issues. When It’s Darkest Men See the Stars - Steve Blank , November 24, 2010 When It’s Darkest Men See the Stars. It’s 2010 and that idea has not graduated to mainstream yet.

Startup CTO or Developer


I’ve been having discussions with several people recently about the role of the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) in very early stage companies. What technology research is required? What technologies will we use? This is a classic kind of combined product / technology question.

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Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Presenting Companies at CalTech

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For those who still might be wondering what Spotlight: LA Tech is all about, It’s a screening room for new technology homegrown in our region. This Spotlight takes place Thursday, July 14, at The California Institute of Technology (CalTech). Their focus is green technology.

Data is the Next Major Layer of the Cloud & A Major Victory for Startups

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dealing with how digital or analog signals are actually transmitted for point A to point B), the network layer in the middle that deals with routing packets of information, to the presentation and application layer at the top end.

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Social Networking (the Shorter Version) Past, Present, Future

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Social Networks: Past, Present & Future. I recently spoke at Caltech at the Caltech / MIT Enterprise Forum on “the future of social networking,&# the 30-minute video is here and the PowerPoint presentation is here on DocStoc ).

73.6% of all Statistics are Made Up

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Fortunately I was mostly a technology consultant, which meant that I coded computers, designed databases and planned system integration projects. There are so many ways to present data to tell the story you want that I can’t even list every way data is skewed.

The Yo-Yo Life of a Tech Entrepreneur – A Cautionary Tale

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Alcohol wasn’t consumed in enormous quantities (ok, well, occasionally it was) but it was an ever present fixture in our socializing. So no prizes for guessing my New Year’s resolution for 2010. I plan to be 25 pounds lighter by December 31st, 2010.

Top 30 Startup Posts for July 2010


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. Coming up with a memorable tagline can present an even greater challenge.

Top 30 Startup Posts in June 2010


This continues my series of posts: Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010 Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April 16 Great Startup Posts from March There was some really great content in June. 10 Ways To Be Your Own Boss - A VC : Venture Capital and Technology , June 18, 2010 The folks at Behance and Cool Hunting asked me to talk at their 99% Conference a couple months ago. 37 Startup Insights - OnStartups , June 7, 2010 Earlier this year, I had a chance to attend SxSW.

Top 40 Startup Posts for August 2010


August was a slow month in terms of traffic and I was away for a lot of the month, but there were some really great posts at the intersection of startups, technology, product and being a Startup CTO. Pricing models, the freemium myth and why you may not be charging enough for your product - Seth Levine's VC Adventure , August 12, 2010 I’ve been pulled into a number of product and pricing meetings recently (for reasons unknown I’ve become the Foundry pricing and productization guy).

Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010


Continuing my series of posts that I’ve been collecting that live at the intersection of Startups and being a Startup CTO : Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April 16 Great Startup Posts from March here are the top posts from May 2010. Kathy Sierra at Business of Software 2009 - Business of Software Blog , May 4, 2010 "In the old days, getting customers was easy. MongoDB at Etsy - Code as Craft , May 19, 2010 Hi!


Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Presenting Companies at UCLA

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For those who still might be wondering what Spotlight: LA Tech is all about, It’s a screening room for new technology homegrown in our region. And now without further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Companies: Spotlight Companies. If you’d like to see some of the best technologies and meet some of the brightest minds in beautiful Southern California, SIGN UP NOW. As of May 2010, CallFire has over 20,000 customers!

This Week’s Keynote Presentations

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Startup Matchmaking (Wed 5th Oct – Santa Monica) - The first event is tonight (Tues, Oct 5, 2010) at Wokcano in Santa Monica. In LA we lack the same scale of technology ecosystem as they have in the Bay Area. with high calibre technology people will get my time.

CommNexus Presents Andrew Seybold

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 -- CommNexus Presents:Keynote Presentation: Andrew Seybold, CEO and Principal, Andrew Seybold Inc. He is widely known throughout the wireless communications industry for his keen perspective, his sense of what customers want, need and are willing to pay for and his track record for accurately predicting trends in mobile wireless technology and convergence.

Interview with Fariborz Maseeh, Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition


The reason for that, is in my opinion, the majority of the innovations that have improved our nation in the past 150 years have been due to technology and engineering innovations. They'll even help them with presentation skills.

2010 USC Student Innovator Showcase and Competition

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Friday, October 1, 2010 -- 2010 USC Student Innovator Showcase and Competition. In total, 53 student presentations  from art to business, and technology to social sciences  will be featured at this years showcase. Judges select ten finalists from the showcase to give a two-minute presentation about their ideas. Hosted by the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation.

2010 State of Evolving Media Address

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Thursday, January 28, 2010 -- 2010 State of Evolving Media Address. New media and entertainment lawyer James Nguyen will talk on the latest technology and business trends, key intellectual property issues in the evolving media landscape, and practical tips for negotiating content licenses in the digital age. Presented by the Beverly Hills Bar Association Intellectual Property, Internet and New Media Section.

Is WebEx “Dead Man Walking?”

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’ When you use technology for a really long time you begin to spot patterns. The very next week I organized a call with Babak Nivi of VentureHacks to present to the Launchpad LA class.

How Do I Identify A Great adVenture Opportunity? The Answer Is Obvious, Yet Insightful


I am paraphrasing the above question and answer from an inspiring presentation by Dr. Larry Cox, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Pepperdine’s Graziadio School. Question : How do I identify a great adVenture opportunity?

What’s it Like Being a VC?

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If I’m interested I get to spend more time with them, if I’m not I don’t have to – A few companies per month come in that have fascinating business ideas that warrant my spending more time trying to understand their people, company, technology and market.

Entrepreneurship: Nature vs. Nurture? A Religious Debate

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Brad Feld and his cohorts graduated in the late 80’s and worked through the 90’s when many more technology companies were built that favored super-bright, technical people. Wadhwa presents his arguments and his data as more conclusive. Nature vs. Nurture.

The Semiconductor SIG Presents: State of the Semiconductor Union

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010 -- The Semiconductor SIG Presents: State of the Semiconductor Union. A pioneer within the technology space, Shelton was instrumental in the creation of the Alliance and has continuously addressed global issues in the industry as the voice of its members. CommNexus. KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jodi Shelton Executive Director, Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) Jodi Shelton is the co-founder and president of GSA.

Have a Look Inside an Angel’s Brain

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Some of the best pitches we’ve seen have been from entrepreneurs that have taken a very complex technology and/or target market and described it in very simple language in 1-2 slides. For most of the 40 minute presentation, the Founder did nothing but try to convince us that Los Angeles had a traffic problem (really?). As Angel investors, we like to see entrepreneurs with a laser-like focus on themselves, their venture, and fundraising.

Scaling Sales: Arming & Aiming – A’s, B’s & C’s

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In fact, many of these people can adjust the company presentations on the fly as you roll out new product features or can reposition versus the competition as they get feedback from customer losses.

Video Surveillance Technology

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010 -- CommNexus Presents:Video Surveillance Technology at Work Facilitating Security in Private and Public Locations. In the private domain, local companies such as Layer 3 Security Systems, Micropower and Kratos Defense are providing technology and services to enterprises with a goal of enhancing security. This panel explores the technology, benefits and controversial issues associated with the permeation of Video Surveillance throughout our lives.

Foley??s Emerging Technologies Conference

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 -- Foleys Emerging Technologies Conference: Do You Speak Entrepreneur?, presented with CONNECT. To succeed in the tech company world, you need to talk the talk and walk the walk. Join us for an immersion course in the language and strategies of successful entrepreneurs as Foley attorneys, tech executives, experienced advisors, and tech company investors help you become fluent in entrepreneur. See [link] (more

Evolution of Bluetooth Wireless Technology

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Thursday, February 11, 2010 -- Evolution of Bluetooth Wireless Technology. Bluetooth low energy is the next step in the evolution of Bluetooth wireless technology. Consuming a fraction of the power, it will give consumers new ways and new places - like sports, wellness and entertainment - to put Bluetooth technology to use. As usual, San Diego is a hotbed of activity for this new wireless technology with the RandD operations of several companies based here.

Four Companies Where Hollywood Is Intersecting With Technology


Despite a perpetual belief that the presence of both high tech companies and Hollywood should be spawning out hundreds of entertainment and technology related startups, it actually happens much less than one might think. Tags: content startup technology hollywood

The Art, Technology, and Business of 3D

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010 -- The Art, Technology, and Business of 3D. The current renaissance of 3D is an unexpected consequence of the entertainment and consumer electronics industries conversion from analog to digital technology. This talk will present an overview of the current situation, including emerging areas that entrepreneurs can consider for product and service development. AccessEn.

Communication Technologies in the Cleantech Space

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010 -- CommNexus and The Clean Technology SIG Presents. Communication Technologies in the Cleantech Space Current and Future Opportunities. Cleantechs significant growth trends in solar, wind, electric vehicles and the infrastructure associated with them has directly, and indirectly, benefited the communication technologies used in these industries.

I Would Only Fund an Entrepreneur with High Integrity

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If we’ve seen a company present where we feel that the CEO is shady. A few months ago we saw a CEO present who had personally made hundreds of millions of dollars in a financial services business and had a plan to capitalize on the current market conditions.

Quarterly Interactive Technology Forum Using Social Media

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010 -- Quarterly Interactive Technology Forum Using Social Media. AWT presents an evening dedicated to the discussion of social media business practices by an impressive panel of experts who have successfully embraced this technology to grow their businesses.


Spotlight On Zugara (Presenting Company at Spotlight: LA Tech)

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Zugara is an Augmented Reality technology company based in Culver City, CA. Tags: Advertising & PR Events Retail & Consumers Science & Technology Startup Video Augmented reality Spotlight Zugara We develop Augmented Reality software and robust applications that advance the way in which people are able to interact with real time digital data. Visit TechZulu for full story.

The social Web in 2010: The emerging standards and technologies to watch

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However, despite the movement of social computing into our daily lives we’re all clearly on a long journey together as the technologies themselves emerge from infancy. The Social Web Challenges of 2010: A List What are the challenges with the social Web today?

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The Best Entrepreneurs Are Hyper Competitive & Hate Losing

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Mark Zuckerberg seems to be me to be one of the most talented young technology professionals of his generation and seems to have an amazing vision for technology and product. I look for that fighting spirit in those that present to me.

Interview with Alex Schneider, Ventura Ventures Technology Center


On Thursday, the City of Ventura is formally launching a new incubator, the Ventura Ventures Technology Center (, targeted at high tech businesses. The incubator so far includes startups Lottay , Geodelic , and a number of other Internet and other technology firms. Half of the companies in the incubator are there because of Geodelic, because Rahul has been presenting at lots of conferences and generating lots of good buzz for the incubator.

Health Information Technology and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010 -- Health Information Technology and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Pease join us as Dr. Joel Kallich discusses "Health Information Technology and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009". This presentation provides information concerning definitions of meaningful use of EHR, demand for electronic capture of health care utilization and costs, and pharmacovigilance data bases and methods.