How Snapchat Could Increase Team Production

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Being intentionally productive is something we all strive for, but often fail to achieve. While back in 2011, a cell phone user received or made 12 phone calls a day on average, the number has dropped to just 6 calls in 2015. Routine work is the worst enemy of productivity.

Top Ten infoChachkie Entries Of 2011

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With the exception of the week of Thanksgiving, I published two entries every week during 2011. I published 21-Skype interviews during 2011. In addition, I was honored to speak with such notable entrepreneurs as: Kevin O’Connor (Founder DoubleClick and FindTheBest), Brad Feld (Founder TechStars, Partner The Foundry Group), Marten Mickos (Founder MySQL and CEO of Eucalyptus Systems) and Len Short (CMO, (Product) RED, AOL and Charles Schwab). 2011 Rank.

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Local.com Launches New Product

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Irvine-based Local.com is extending out its products aimed at small and medium sized businesses today, saying it has launched a new product called Exact Match. Local.com did not detail the cost of the new product.

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. google advisor financial products leads mortgages rates leads360According 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.

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Ten Startup Tips From Amazon Founder, Jeff Bezos

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At Expertcity (creator of GoToMyPC and GoToMeeting, acquired by Citrix), our VP of Product and Customer Experience led a number of teams during his seven-year tenure including Professional Services, Customer Service and Product Management.

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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?

The Future Is Here Today | Augmented Reality Event 2011

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From attending the 2nd official Augmented Reality Event (2011) , the AR industry really seems to be getting some traction and moving itself beyond the buzz realm; into something a bit more substantial, seeing an ever-more increasing presence into consumer, commercial, and artistic realms.

Fisker Automotive Delivers First Production Vehicle

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Irvine-based Fisker Automotive said this week that it has delivered one of the first, initial batch of production cars from the electric car startup, to venture capitalist Ray Lane.

Cyber-Rain Launching New Product

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Encino-based Cyber-Rain , the venture backed developer of smart irrigation controllers, is launching a new product this week for remote management of those controllers.

Friendgift Looks To Spur Friends To Buy You Products

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Los Angeles-based FriendGift said Tuesday that it has launched a service which will allow users to shop for products, and then convince their friends to help pay for those products. Friendgift is a spinoff of Friendgiftr, and is headed by Rob Carpenter, said its new FriendPay service can be used as a gift registry, or just as a way to get friends to help out with big purchases.

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.

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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Border Stylo Launches New Product

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Los Angeles-based Border Stylo , the developer of browser extension for sharing and having conversations about web sites, said today that it has launched a new product called GlassThis , which breaks free of browser extension barriers. The firm said its new product allows users to tap into conversations on top of any website, without having to load software or browser extensions.

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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Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions

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This overview (executive summary) needs to include: Product and Business What is the product? How does the product solve a pain? What are related products/companies? What product, market testing have you done so far, if any? If we were to engage in paid services with you, then issues about disclosure, confidentiality, work product, etc. I talk to roughly 2 or 3 new startups every week who need advice from an experienced CTO.

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Ten Startup Tips From Steve Jobs

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Quality Does Not Stop At Your Product’s Faceplate. “We Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series. Other installments include: Words of startup wisdom from Jeff Bezos.

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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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Predicting Product Adoption in Large-Scale Social Networks

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Lead, Follow or Get the Fuck Out of the Way

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He founded the company, raised a bunch of money, built the product and established a good reputation and market position. In my first company we were building 4 products at the same time, which was a mistake. We only ever came back and took one of the other products off the ice.

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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?

Startups Are A Remix

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Filmmaker Kirby Ferguson has created a collection of short films which beautifully underscore Mr. Jobs’ definition of creativity (the term beautiful is appropriate here, as the production values are sweet). “Creativity is just connecting things.

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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. I love the products.

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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!

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.

Fisker Starts Production In Finland

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A report today says that Irvine-based Fisker Automotive , the developer of electric vehicles, has started limited production of its Karma plug-in hybrid in Finland. The firm has said it will start production delivery in October.

JustEnough Launches New Product

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Newport Beach-based JustEnough Software , a developer of demand management and inventory planning products, reported today that it has launched a new product, aimed at managing retailer promotions. Pricing on the new product was not disclosed. The firm said its new Promotions Planning & Analysis solution is aimed at retailers, and lets them measure the effectiveness of their promotions. JustEnough is headed by Malcolm Buxton. READ MORE>>.

Why You Should Put Yourself Out There and Try New Products

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In 2011 I started using Instagram. Here’s the thing: If you never try new product and new networks you’ll never learn anything. In 2006 I started using Facebook and most of my friends & colleagues thought I was strange.

Quest Software Bolsters Security Products

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The firm said the product now includes antivirus detection and better reporting, among other features. Quest Software targets its PacketTrap remote monitoring and management product at managed service providers. Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software said this morning that it has released a new version of its PacketTrap MSP remote monitoring and management platform for SMBs. READ MORE>>. quest software security

10 Reasons To Start A Company In An Economic Downturn

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For instance, a product that enhances productivity can be sold as a revenue generator in an “up” market and as a cost saver in a “down” market. However, when survival becomes an immediate goal, products that help companies weather near-term economic storms become especially attractive.

Topanga Technologies Plans Product Launch

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Los Angeles-based Topanga Technologies , the stealthy, Khosla Ventures-backed plasma lighting startup, said today that it plans to launch its products next week at an upcoming trade show. Topanga Technologies--which says it is developing solid-state plasma light engines which are far more efficient than existing lighting--said the products will be shown at the LIGHTFAIR International annual lighting trade show.

When Hiring Entrepreneurs, Ignore Their Resumes

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If you hire Beach Volleyball players when you should be recruiting their indoor counterparts, your company’s morale, productivity and culture will suffer dramatically. . Note: This is the third installment in the Startup Team Building series. Read Part I HERE and Part II HERE.

Central Desktop Names Product VP

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Pasadena-based Central Desktop , the provider of cloud-based project and collaboration software, announced today that it has named Kristy McKnight as its Vice President of Products. McKnight joins the company from Telecommunications Systems, Inc., the firm which acquired Networks in Motion, and also has served at Match.com, Intuit, and Arthur Andersen. Central Desktop develops online, project management and collaboration tools. The firm is headed by Isaac Garcia. READ MORE>>.

Predixion Software Updates Product

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San Juan Capistrano-based Predixion Software , which is venture backed by DFJ Frontier, Miramar Venture Partners and Palomar Ventures, said today that it has upgraded its flagship predictive analytics software. The firm said its updated Predixion Insight 2.0 software adds enterprise collaboration features, interactive visualization, and--interestingly enough--an on-premise version of the cloud software. Predixion is headed by Simon Arkell.