What Mattered in 2012: Kevin Winston, Digital LA

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The biggest news for Digital LA this year has been creating and spearheading Silicon Beach Fest, LA's first startup entertainment community festival in Santa Monica and Venice in June, 2012. This past year 2012 was all about forming teams, picking players, and choosing uniforms.

Spend 2012 on the Right Side of the Haimish Line

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The first day of 2012 seems the perfect day to do so. So in 2012 you’ll see me a lot more often at the Launchpad LA offices. Happy 2012 to all of you. Occasionally on this blog I break away from industry commentary and write more broadly.

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Angel Investing Trends for 2012

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In Miami, Timothy Cartwright’s Tamiami Angels Fund completed its first year with a $50,000 investment, leaving the angel capital group $2 million to invest in 2012. FBN: What trends in the marketplace should entrepreneurs pay close attention to in 2012? Written By Cindy Vanegas.

Southern California Venture Deals Hit $683.7M in Q4 2012

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was invested across Southern California in Q4 of 2012. raised by companies in Q4 of 2011, and less than the $701.18M raised by companies in the region in Q3 of 2012. The funding brings Southern California's total 2012 investments to $3.2 billion into 968 companies for Q4 of 2012.

Women 2.0 Conference 2012 | For The Men Who Missed It

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Just like the sky scraping investment banks of Wall Street, the technology industry tends to be a sausage party. A Silicon Valley conference is a room full of suits, with the occasional skirt suite. So when I heard about Women 2.0

2012 SoCalBio Workforce Summit

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Thursday, April 19, 2012 -- 2012 SoCalBio Workforce Summit. See [link] (more

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Black Friday Spending Up In 2012, Hits $1.042 Billion

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retail, e-commerce spending on Friday was the heaviest, online spendin day to date in 2012. According to numbers released over the weekend by Internet traffic and e-commerce measurement service comScore, online Black Friday sales surged 26 percent from last year, and totaled $1.042 billion.

The Most Important Panel You’ll Ever Attend | SXSW 2012

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When: March 11th 9am (During South by Southwest 2012). Entrepreneurship Events Social Media Social News SXSW 2012 appsumo espree Marketing Mixergy SXSWThis year’s South By South West conference in Austin, Texas, is days away.

Startup Weekend LA Summer 2012 Live!

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We are live from Startup Weekend Los Angeles at Coloft! HUGE thanks to Denise Walker for helping out with the stream! Stream will begin around 6:15pm PST. Refresh the page if video is not live streaming. Entrepreneurship Startups Video Coloft Startup Weekend Startup Weekend LA

What’s Next for TECH in 2012? | Infographic

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Leave a comment and let us know what you think is next for 2012. Featured Infographic Retail & Consumers Social Media Social News 2012 infographic innovation talkTECHIt’s always interesting to see how we’ve progressed over the years in industry.

Autobytel Sees Growth, Profits In 2012

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Online automotive information and purchasing site Autobytel looks to have finally turned a corner, saying today that it is expecting to achieve "meaningful growth" in both its revenue and profitability in 2012. The firm, reported a profit in 2011, its first profitable year since 2004.

CES 2012 Day 1 | Celebrity Endorsement Much?

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This year’s 2012 International CES is my very first, and will not be my last. Kyle here LIVE from the Consumer Electronic Show (#CES) in Las Vegas ladies and gentleman. What an amazing show.

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India Trade Conference 2012

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Thursday, June 28, 2012 -- India Trade Conference 2012. You are cordially invited to the 5th Annual India Trade Conference being presented by the Port of Los Angeles, U.S. Commercial Service, and Quanta Consulting, Inc. Partners include TIE, USC Marshall, BeWo and Southern California Edison.

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Research Expo 2012

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Thursday, April 12, 2012 -- Research Expo 2012. The UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering invites you to campus to see research underway and meet talented graduate students at our annual Research Expo. 230+ graduate student posters highlight engineering research / Ten-minute faculty talks from all six engineering departments / Meet faculty, students and technologists at the networking reception. Stay all afternoon or just a few hours in your area of interest.

Technical Advisors: Every Web/Mobile Startup Must Have One

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I did a presentation recently for a graduate class from The Founder Institute around getting online/mobile products out the door. I LOVED it because, the presenting part was over quickly and we got into specific issues that the founders had in terms of getting things built.

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Startups and a Common Misunderstanding in Agile Software Development

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I've done four Free CTO Consulting Sessions in the past month with startup founders who all had run into variations of the same problem. They didn't feel they had visibility into timelines and costs for development of their software. They couldn't plan their business.

Startup Tips From College Dropouts: Zuckerberg, Jobs, Gates, Dell, Ellison, Branson and Disney

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HIGHEST DEGREE OBTAINED BY AMERICA'S 400 RICHEST PEOPLE Source: Forbes Magazine, Jan 2012. According to a January 2012 Forbes article, nearly 16% of the 400 most affluent Americans do not have a college degree.

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TechZulu Heads to CES 2012! And Your Chance to Win A Kindle Fire!

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Because of your support, TechZulu is able to make this all happen and bring all this amazing content to those who may not be able to make it to CES 2012 this year. TechZulu is heading out to CES and we have tons of products/gadgets/games/companies to review and interview.

Concentrating Solar Thermal Power 2012

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012 -- Concentrating Solar Thermal Power 2012 will bring together over 150 solar experts to discuss the latest on utility scale solar, large-scale project updates on Solana, Mojave, Genesis, Ivanpah and Crescent Dunesfrom the project developers themselves, the value of thermal storage at all stages of implementation and the latest technological advances.

CTO Salary and Equity Trends 2009-2011

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Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners - a go to resource here in LA for recruiting C-level positions at startups - was nice enough to compile some data again this year (see last year's Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data ).

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23 Startup Tips From Oprah Winfrey

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This article previously appeared in Forbes. Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series. Other installments include: Jeff Bezos , Steve Jobs , Mark Cuban , Richard Branson , Walt Disney , Mark Zuckerberg , Michael Dell and Larry Ellison.

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Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.

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I’ve been on the road much of 2012 and part of 2011. It’s 4.50am. Sunday morning. And I couldn’t sleep. I have much on my mind since I just returned from a week on the road. 5 days. 3 cities. Late night Mexican food. Beers. Airports. Delays. I left on a Sunday.

Document Your MVP for a Developer

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I was talking with an early-stage founder who has a product vision and wants to get it built. He is not a technical person, but is somewhat web savvy. He wanted to get input from me on what he's doing, and he wants to begin to ask developers what it would take to build his product.

Nine Startup Tips From Walt Disney

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Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series. Other installments include: Jeff Bezos , Steve Jobs and Richard Branson. Pressure Helps You Break Through Your Breakdowns. "Mickey

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Salford Analytics and Data Mining Conference 2012

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Friday, May 25, 2012 -- Salford Analytics and Data Mining Conference 2012. The 2012 Salford Analytics and Data Mining Conference is aimed at bringing together researchers, practitioners, and data mining enthusiasts to learn about data mining technology from practical and theoretical experts.

Salford Analytics and Data Mining Conference 2012

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Thursday, May 24, 2012 -- Salford Analytics and Data Mining Conference 2012. The 2012 Salford Analytics and Data Mining Conference is aimed at bringing together researchers, practitioners, and data mining enthusiasts to learn about data mining technology from practical and theoretical experts.

Salford Analytics and Data Mining Conference 2012

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012 -- Salford Analytics and Data Mining Conference 2012. The 2012 Salford Analytics and Data Mining Conference is aimed at bringing together researchers, practitioners, and data mining enthusiasts to learn about data mining technology from practical and theoretical experts.

Demand Media Raises 2012 Guidance On Registrar Growth

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the online publishing business run by Richard Rosenblatt, announced its first quarter 2012 results yesterday, and also raised its fiscal 2012 financial guidance. Demand Media said it now expects full year 2012 revenues to be between $361.0M The firm said it had total revenues of $86.2M, an increase of 8 percent from the similar quarter last year.

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BunchBall | Leader in Gamification

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” Watch the video above as I interview Molly of BunchBall about SXSW 2012, gamification, and the future of motivational gaming models. Apps & Software Dev & Design SXSW 2012 Video bunchball Enterprise GamificationWe’re driven by challenges and the desire to win.

The Truth About Convertible Debt at Startups and The Hidden Terms You Didn’t Understand

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So Investor A might have bought 20% of your company in 2012 and in 2013 with no addition money invested suddenly owns 40% of your company. This article initially appeared on TechCrunch - with a minor update highlighted in red below. We’re back to discussing convertible debt again.

Some Quick Sage Advice for Young Employees Early in Their Careers

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My wife & I have a close friend who recently entered the workforce for his first-ever job. On his first day of work my wife was kind enough to write down words of wisdom from her years on the job. I don’t write about Tania very often – mostly at her request.

What Mattered in 2012: Howard Marks, StartEngine

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2012 has been a remarkably interesting year in terms of developments in technology. activision startup startengine accelerator marks howard roundup year 2012

Lean Startup Legend Steve Blank Discloses His Most Daring Guerrilla Marketing Tactics

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I always walk away smarter after speaking with Steve Blank. In addition to being a thought leader within the Lean Startup Movement , Steve is also a professor at Stanford and Berkley.