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

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trillion out of our homes and spent 2/3rds of it on flat screen TVs, trips to Hawaii, time shares, Apple products and everything else we couldn’t afford. between June and July 2010 (and 25% from a year ago).

What Mattered in 2010: Mike Jones, Myspace

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The biggest news was a complete, new launch of a new product, strategy and brand. In your opinion, what events, companies, or people made the biggest impact on the technology world in 2010? No doubt, it was Facebook and Twitter, which were incredible businesses for 2010.

Building Products for Mass Adoption

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Chris Dixon wrote a blog post last week titled, “ Techies and Normals &# in which he defined “Techies&# as people who are not just “early adopters&# but also have more of a geeky, technical, product bent. They use products because the products solve a need they have.

Product Design for Iterative Processes

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I wrote this post because I feel that too many products let features creep sink into the design under the guise of making the product more powerful but in turn they make their products less useful for the majority of users (who remain infrequent visitors and novices).

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Top 30 Startup Technology and Product Posts for September 2010

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Great content again in September that meets at the intersection of startups, technology, product and being a Startup CTO. This continues my series of posts: Top 40 Startup Posts for August 2010 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 Some great free resources listed this month that I thought were interesting. Building a Better Product.

Productivity Hacks: Voicemail, Folders & To-Do’s

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I recently wrote a post about avoiding the “ Deferred Life Plan &# and some related thoughts about personal productivity that came from Tim Ferriss’s book, The Four Hour Workweek. I would love to say that I’m the productivity guru. That’s my 2010 hack.

Quick Hack to Make Your Boss (and you) More Productive

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Yesterday I wrote a post about the " Urgency Addiction ” and how many people start important tasks late and then motivate with a huge wave of productivity and inspiration driven by deadlines and commitments to others.

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. Showscase your products and services.

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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? 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. -

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

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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.

What Mattered in 2010: Greg Martin, Archer Venture Capital

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2010 was a momentus year for me personally. Coming off a very successful exit with Networks in Motion at the end of 2009, 2010 has been a very exciting year for several of my companies, Socialvibe, 2tor, Leadpoint, Webvisible and Impact Radius.

Top 40 Startup Posts for August 2010

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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).

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Top 30 Startup Posts in June 2010

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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. Productivity.

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FindTheBest Takes On Product Comparisons

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Looking to take on comparisons between products, services, and other information, a new startup, FindTheBest.com , has emerged in Santa Barbara. Tags: search startup doubleclick oconnor kevin engine comparison product findthebest

What Mattered In 2010: Mark Suster, GRP Partners

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In your opinion, what events, companies, or people made the biggest impact on the technology world in 2010? I am looking at low cost video production and distribution, and I'm looking at new models of consumer consumption of video.

Outlook on Telehealth 2010

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Monday, February 8, 2010 -- Outlook on Telehealth 2010. This enables an ecosystem where many diverse vendors can combine their products into new value propositions. At CommNexus' Health Communications SIG, attendees will received a 2010 update on telehealth from Continua Health Alliance. CommNexus.

What Mattered in 2010: John Babcock, Rustic Canyon Partners

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In your opinion, what events, companies, or people made the biggest impact on the technology world in 2010? I'm sure that there will be some great Android tablets next year, but I believe we'll view the iPad as a seminal product.

CTIA 2010 Recap

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Thursday, April 1, 2010 -- CommNexus Presents: CTIA 2010 Recap The Industry Insider vs. Consumer Perspectives. Get the inside scoop on CTIA 2010 from Tech and Consumer guru Andy Abramson, CEO, Communicano and television personality and tech enthusiast Sam "The Cooking Guy" Zien. The panelists will share their perspectives of CTIA 2010 representing both the Industry Insider and the Consumer view.

Local.com Names Product VP

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Irvine-based Local.com , the operator of a number of local search sites, said this morning that it has appointed Eileen Licitra as its Vice President of Product Management. Licitra joins the company from MediaSpan Online Services, where she was most recently Vice President, Product Management. Tags: local local.com executive search product management

ExecTec - Productized

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010 -- ExecTec - Productized. When a manufacturer has developed new technology one of the stages on way to market is when they fold that technology into a product. The key is to make sure that in the end you have a product that utilizes the technology in a way that end users really want. Learn more. See [link] (more

New idea or product? Don’t rest until you test!

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So you have a great new product or service that you and your associates love. I would be very, very nervous without testing the product in the market as early as possible, ready to make changes and enhancements before committing to production and release. . Even with a perfect product, is the market ready for this? Will you have to be both the evangelist for the product and for its marketplace as well?

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Nexsan Releases Deduplication Product

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Thousand Oaks-based Nexsan , a developer of data storage products, said this week that it has released an upgraded deduplication product. product offers LAN-based deduplication, and is based on FalconStor's File-Interface Deduplication System (FDS).

LEHR Licenses Products To Fiskars

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Los Angeles-based LEHR , the maker of propane-fueled, eco-friendly lawn and garden tools, announced Tuesday evening that it has licensed its low-emission propane power technology to multinational Fiskars. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Digital Map Products Wins Union City

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Irvine-based Digital Map Products , a provider of geographical information systems (GIS) products, reported this week that it has signed on Union City, California, as a customer. According to Digital Map Products, Union City is using its product to collect and share GIS data among its departments and with the public. Digital Map Products is headed by Jim Skurzynski. Tags: digital products mapping

Digital Map Products Hits Azure Marketplace

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Irvine-based Digital Map Products , which provides web mapping products to real estate and local government customers, said Wednesday that the firm's ParcelStream web service now is available through Microsoft Windows Azure Marketplace. Digital Map Products' products are used by real estate sites, utilities, financial services, insurance, and others to see legal parcel divisions. Tags: digital products windows azure data realestate real estate

Vitesse Ramps Product Intros

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Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor , the developer of networking semiconductors, said today that it has added 30 new product solutions to its portfolio so far this year. The firm develops chips used in Carrier Ethernet and enterprise networks. The firm said the ramp comes as it has begun focusing its R&D efforts on adding carrier features to enterprise and public networks, and specifically aiming at Carrier Ethernet standards.

Digital Map Products Partners With Landiscor

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Irvine-based Digital Map Products said Friday that the firm has inked a channel partnership with Landiscor Aerial Information, a provider of aerial information for the real estate industry. Digital Map Products said it will make its web platform available to Landiscor, as part of a new product called LanDiscover, a product for accessing imagery and real estate data. Tags: digital products landiscor mapping

MorphLabs Launches New Product, Ties With Zend

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Manhattan Beach-based Morphlabs , the developer of cloud computing software run by Winston Damarillo, announced this morning that it has released a "significant upgrade" to its mCloud Controller product. The firm said the release simplifies the process of building and managing internal cloud computing environments. In addition to the release, the firm also said it has partnered with Zend Technologies, to integrate the software as part of mCloud Enterprise.

Invest in Lines, not Dots

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When you’re with them lower the bar by telling them, “we haven’t shipped product yet, we have lots of decisions still to make, but we’d like to show you our prototype&# or obviously if you’re more advanced show what you have and what your roadmap looks like.

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Be Careful not to Become a Conference Ho

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I have a really productive head of products cranking out code.&#. When you’re on the road all the time you’re not as productive. You know the type. You see them on Twitter, Facebook or Plancast plotting out their next 12 conference.

Fandango Rolls Out Mobile Ticketing Product

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Los Angeles-based Fandango , which operates an online movie ticketing service, announced today that it has rolled out a mobile phone ticketing option. The firm, which is a unit of Comcast Interactive, said its mobile ticket program allows users to use their mobile phones to get into movies.

Leads360 Launches Leads Prioritization Product

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Los Angeles-based Leads360 , the developer of online sales lead management software-as-a-service, said Tuesday that it has launched a new, real-time prioritization product. According to the company, the new product automatically ranks and prioritizes leads, based on custom business rules defined by its customers. The firm said the product is aimed at helping provide for more efficient and contact by sales professionals.

Design for the Novice, Configure for the Pro

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I’ve had a long-standing rule of thumb in product design, which I call “design for the novice, configure for the pro.&# I started saying this back in 2001/02, long before the era of Web 2.0, Even in 2010 I think most companies err too much on the side of complexity.

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Bluebeam Launches New Product

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Pasadena-based Bluebeam Software , which develops software which created PDF documents from CAD files, announced today that it has rolled out a new product called Bluebeam Q. The firm said that new software creates PDF from CAD and Office files, and also can apply batch operations such as automatic rotating of PDFs, addition of cover pages, and application of security and text stamps. The firm said it had previously sold the title as Bluebeam Conversion Server.

Understanding How The Innovator’s Dilemma Affects You

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Let me start with Professor Christensen’s definition: “An innovation that is disruptive allows a whole new population of consumers access to a product or service that was historically only accessible to consumers with a lot of money or a lot of skill.&#.