X1 Loses Competitor: Google

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Pasadena-based X1 Technologies , the developer of desktop search software, has one less competitor: Google , as Google said Friday that it is shutting down its Google Desktop search software project. Google's service shuts down on September 14th.

Google Enters Financial Products Comparisons Market

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Search engine giant Google has made its entree into an area long dominated by Southern California technology startups: financial products and leads generation. According to Google Thursday, it has launched Google Advisor , a new service to help users find mortgage, credit card, CD, or checking and savings account offers and rates. The new service puts Google into the same space as such local companies as LeadPoint , LowerMyBills , Oversee's Low.com , and others.

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ReachLocal Strengthens Ties To Google

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , the online marketing firm which helps small and medium sized businesses place online ads, has strengthened its ties into Google AdWords today, saying it has been added to the Google AdWords Premier SMB Partner (PSP) Program. Google announced the new program this morning, to help small and medium sized business connect with others to place advertising on AdWords. Google did not say how many partners have been added to the program.

Google Ramps Hiring In Irvine

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Search engine giant Google appears to be ramping its hiring efforts in Irvine, according to representatives of the company. Google said in January that it was expecting 2011 to be its biggest hiring year ever. Google is also making a big push to hire at its Santa Monica location.

Google+ Pages | Businesses and Brands Rejoice

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Only a few weeks ago, Google executives announced Google+ Pages for brands and companies were on the way. Anticipation of Google opening up the doors to businesses on Google+ has been a long awaited feature-add to their fast growing, and widely used platform.

Len Short (Red)ily Discusses Google, Bono & Steve Jobs

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Len Short is truly an online marketing pioneer, heading up marketing at Charles Schwab, AOL and then (PRODUCT)RED. Len later joined (PRODUCT)RED as its Founding CMO. We’re focusing now on some search products…where we think there is a long way to go.

NewEgg Deal Glitches Google Offers

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A promotional deal by City of Industry-based NewEgg briefly crippled Google Offers this morning, after Google offered $40 to spend at NewEgg for only $20. daily electronics deal offer google newegg

Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

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Google was clear that they WOULD NOT go into this business. They were a juggernaut and Google was a small company. But obviously Google won the war. Mostly, Google just had way better organic results (“the loss leader&# ) so it was always preferred by consumers.

32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

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Major Phases / Major Features - What are the major features in the major phases for the product? Do you transact immediately or on delivery of some product or service? See also - When to Use Facebook Connect – Twitter Oauth – Google Friend Connect for Authentication.

The Future Is Here Today | Augmented Reality Event 2011

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monocle or Google Goggles allow you to take pictures of restaurants/objects and give you more in-depth information on the subject. Think a google maps digital overlay over a police helicopter chase video, with all visible street names and numbers on the screen.

San Diego Gets Live Bus Updates From Google

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Google said today that it has enhanced its online mapping service, to provide live, real time updated transit updates for San Diego and a number of other cities. google transit times schedule diego mapping

Aptera Considering Production Move Out Of State

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Oceanside-based Aptera , the developer of a three-wheeled electric vehicles, told its supporters this morning that it is considering a move of its production operations out of California, in order to gain access to "multi-million-dollar" incentive proposals from other states.

The Amazing Power of Deflationary Economics for Startups

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Open standards that make it easier to plug into other products & services, creating a global bazaar. Socially connected individuals and platforms that enable faster roll-outs of successful products. Are there alternative ways to monetize your product where incumbent are not?

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An Enchanting Conversation With Guy Kawasaki

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Guy’s latest book, Enchantment , was released in March of 2011, to overwhelmingly upbeat reviews. An entrepreneur, in particular, has to be likeable and trustworthy AND have a great product. I think Google+ is a great, great mechanism for enchanting people.”.

Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?

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While Google and Facebook will buy “acquihires” (at least as of Dec 2011), many acquirers hate the idea of buying companies that aren’t profitable. Is it one product line or multiple? They hired a marketing team to promote their products more broadly.

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How to Hunt Programmers for Your Startup - A Field Guide

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Do you know the relative effort to build your prototype or minimum viable product? If you come up to a programmer and just ask them to help you build your product. This post is admittedly the outcome of a conversation with a few people over some beers.

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The End of the Web? Don’t Bet on It. Here’s Why

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He argues for a world he calls POSO (post social) in which we will only use social applications which drastically cut down our time involvement and/or increase our productivity. The one big concern many people had was how to constrain the total dominance of Google. I love the products.

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32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

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Major Phases / Major Features - What are the major features in the major phases for the product? Do you transact immediately or on delivery of some product or service? See also - When to Use Facebook Connect – Twitter Oauth – Google Friend Connect for Authentication.

Los Angeles Startup Weekend August 2011 | The Complete Breakdown

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Highlights included Tyler Crowley (of Sqweal and the Launch conference), Myke Armstrong and William Barnes’ presentation of Votoboth and how it’s not about badges anymore, but county fair ribbons (keep this in mind as you gamify your product). What a weekend!

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Demand Media Buys Two Firms, Renews Google Ad Deal

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the online publishing empire run by Richard Rosenblatt, said Tuesday afternoon that it has acquired two companies, plus renewed a deal with Google. According to Demand Media, it acquired IndieClick , a Los Angeles-based online advertising company, and also acquired RSS Graffiti , another Los Angeles firm developing social media products for Facebook.

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Transphorm Unveils Products

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Goleta-based Transphorm , the stealthy, Google and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers startup in the energy conversion space, has unveiled its first product today at a conference. The firm said that its product cuts energy waste by 20 percent, and simplifies design and manufacturing of electrical systems and devices. Transphorm, which is headed by Umesh Mishra, just announced $20M in a Series C funding led by Google Ventures last month.

Whom Should You Hire at a Startup? (Attitude Over Aptitude)

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Whatever you’re working on now, the half-life of innovation is so rapid now that your product will soon be out-of-date. In this globally connected world product leads disappear in nano-seconds. This post originally ran on TechCrunch. Startups. We know the mantra: Team matters.

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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?

Why I’d Rather Err on the Side of Direct Feedback Than Pleasantries

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In today’s economy it is counter productive because the best employees have options.” I then asked for editing rights to his Google Doc and I rewrote a version of it. It’s counter productive.

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Why Reed Hastings Should be Applauded for Netflix Split

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He defines this as new products that are dramatically cheaper, lower quality, lower margin but larger markets. It would be like if Microsoft undermined it’s Office franchise by aggressively pursuing a Google Docs like strategy.

Nirvanix Grabs Google Exec

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San Diego-based Nirvanix , the developer of cloud storage services, has snagged Google's former Head of Global Data Center Infrastructure, the firm said today. Froutan was responsible for building and managing Google's worldwide green data center operations.

The Future of Advertising will be Integrated

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In the IAB study that revealed the graph above, brand advertisers indicated that their number one objective in online advertising was “creating awareness&# followed by “creating purchase intent&# or “likelihood to recommend&# the product.

YouTubers Come Of Age – Google Scores A Solid Return On Its Video Development Fund

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During the latter half of 2011, Google awarded a number of leading YouTubers and nascent Internet TV networks grants of $1 million to $2 million. Although estimates of Google’s total investment vary, the industry insiders I spoke with believe it exceeded $100 million.

9 Women Can’t Make a Baby in a Month

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The part of the movement that resonates the most with me (in my words) is that entrepreneurs should keep their capital expenditures really low while they’re experimenting with their product and determining whether there is a large market for what they do.

How to Hunt Programmers for Your Startup - A Field Guide

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Do you know the relative effort to build your prototype or minimum viable product? If you come up to a programmer and just ask them to help you build your product. This post is admittedly the outcome of a conversation with a few people over some beers.

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Why I’m Doubling Down on the Twitter Ecosystem

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And better yet, the company has a product that will turn the stream into a lake. DataSift has a product that builds a permanent database for you of just the information you want to capture. One story is, “Hey, maybe there’s something to this Google+ product?”.

How Startups Can Use Metrics to Drive Success

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I was recently talking with a startup company who wanted me to try their product. I’m a big believer in product stability & performance before adding too many features. If you have multiple versions of your product, how many are web vs. mobile? You Manage What you Measure.

What Should You Do with Your Crappy Little Services Business?

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There’s a line of thinking in Silicon Valley that you should build product businesses rather than services businesses. And stop effing around trying to create a product company.&#. Often in this strategy you end up giving them the product for free and bill them only services fees.