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Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

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But the film has my brain buzzing all week about obsessive and competitive people. Obsession. The drive to succeed at all costs. Zuckerberg.

Meet Our Startup of the Year Competition Semifinalists: Mobile Therapy


From apps to hardware, to KickStarter successes and international startups, we’re inching closer to finding out who will take home the title of Startup of the Year competition at our annual Celebrate Conference in October. Among the dozens of participants that applied for the online competitions, only a few progressed into the semifinals.

USC Marshall Awards $50K In Seed Funding Competition


According to USC Marshall, it awarded $15,000 in seed funding for two first place winners, and four $5,000 seed prizes to companies.

Pitch Competition Like No Other: A Dating Site For Puppets?


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Flowtab Wins Startup Competition


Los Angeles-based FlowTab , the developer of a smartphone application which allows users to order food and drink from their smartphone, has scored the top position in a competition hosted by Glendale-based startup incubator/office space Voivoda Labs. FlowTab competes against such companies as TabbedOut. READ MORE>>.

Competition Is A Lie – Tracy DiNunzio Explains Why


Tracy DiNunzio, Founder and CEO of Tradesy , recently shared her insights regarding the best approach for entrepreneurs to address competition.

What is the Right Burn Rate at a Startup Company?

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But what IS the right amount of burn for a company? Burn rate in case you don’t know is the amount of money a company is either spending (gross) or losing (net) per month. (it Conversely if you’re burning $600,000 per month (yes, some companies do) then you only have 5 months of cash left. Gross Burn vs. Net Burn.

VOKLE Boots Up Online Singing Competition


In an interesting application of a live, streaming video site, Santa Monica-based Vokle , the online, interactive live events service headed by Robert Kiraz, announced today that it is hosting a live singing competition on its site. The competition will be streamed live via webcam to Vokle's viewers. READ MORE>>.

Qualcomm Launches Third QPrize Competition


San Diego-based Qualcomm has launched its third annual QPrize competition, the competition where the firm looks to vet and fund early stage technology companies from around the world. qualcomm qprize competition business plan compete wirelessQualcomm said entries are due by August 17th. READ MORE>>.

The Silent Killer – The Company Your Community Never Created

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I was at a dinner recently in Chicago and the table discussion was about building great companies outside of Silicon Valley. It’s not the great companies you build, it’s the silent killer of those that should have been build locally and weren’t. Klout was an LA company – sold for $200 million to Lithium.

Maximize Your Exit By Not Selling Your Company


However, in many cases, acquiring companies behave less rationally than Mr. Jackson. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

HipTraveler | Taking Startup Competitions by Storm

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The University of Southern California is home to many innovative students and companies. Apps & Software Entrepreneurship Startups

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

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So he launched a company with exclusively paid search. They were a juggernaut and Google was a small company. Overture ( eToys.

Qualcomm Ventures Kicks Off Startup Competition


Qualcomm''s competition looks to identify the most promising, early-stage technology companies relevant to its business from across the globe.

The Crowd Has Spoken: Check Out The Coolest US Tech Companies


What American tech company is the coolest? As such, a reputation as a cool company is a competitive advantage to be cultivated and coveted.

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Interview with Fariborz Maseeh, Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition


The competition is set up to award $50,000 to the best team each year, and is also tied to a class on entrepreneurship for engineering students.

MP3Tunes Gets New Competition From Amazon


San Diego-based MP3Tunes , the cloud music storage service startup headed by Michael Robertson, has some stiff new competition today. The new Amazon service is a direct competitor to MP3Tunes, a music locker service started by Robertson, a serial entrepreneur known for, Gizmo5, and Linspire, among other companies. READ MORE>>.

3 Ways to Create a High Performance Company Culture

Frank Addante

Great company culture isn’t just about ping pong tables, free lunches, bouncy ball chairs and free gummy bears. As CEO of Rubicon Project, a lot of people ask me what defines the culture of our company. Here’s my take on a few things effective company culture is about…and a few things it’s not about: 1.

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Lessons Big Companies Should Learn from Entrepreneurs

Jason Nazar

Entrepreneurs often lament big companies, but most of us hope we’ll create just that. But that doesn’t mean that they have it all figured out.

Crowdfunder Dangles $25K In LA Startup Competition


Crowdfunder , an online site offering up a platform to help startups raise money for their firms via crowd funding, is dangling $25,000 in a contest open to Los Angeles companies. The startup contest--which accepts entries through June 20th--is having a panel of judges--including Peter H. READ MORE>>.

Caplinked Business Plan Competition Live Today

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Late last year we announced that local Southern California startup Caplinked was launching a worldwide pitch competition for entrepreneurs to present their business ideas to a panel of all-star judges from Idealab, Rincon, and Chris Yeh. Today is the day they make their final decision and you could be present and watch it all happen.

Explaining FNAC: Feature, Not a Company

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Feature, not a company. Whether something is a feature or a company is clearly subjective. FNAC. It has always stood out in my mind.

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Inston, Cyberflow Advanced Towards $150,000 Cisco Innovation Award


Two, Southern California companies have made the semi-finalist list for the much-watch Cisco Innovation Grand Challenge competition, which promises to give out $150,000 to a company developing the "next best thing" in the Internet-of-Things area. cisco innovation award grand challenge competition startup technology


Wpromote Launches Scholarship For Students In Digital Marketing


The company will award a $1500, $1000, and $500 scholarship to students who are in high school, undergraduate school and graduate school, and are open to students of all majors and academic disciplines. wpromote scholarship digital marketing high school student education contest competitionWpromote is led by CEO Mike Mothner.

Be careful how you define your competition.


Professional investors laugh when they hear an entrepreneur state, “We have no competition.” Whether the entrepreneur has not been able to find companies doing “something like” the plan, or s/he has not considered the most obvious killer of new ideas – doing nothing, it is a faux pas that should never be allowed to happen.

LA Taxi Company Challenges Uber, Lyft, Sidecar


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Insights: Ten reasons to start a company; ten reasons not to


Start up conferences and competitions. Rich valuations and venture capitalists throwing money at early stage companies. So not 2009.

Echo Labs Wins “Quick Pitch” Contest with Digital Hybrid Microscope


Watson Quick Pitch Competition, which attracted over 400 people to the Jacobs lecture hall at Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM ) headquarters.

10 Signs Your Company Isn’t Ready to Raise Startup Capital

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If any of the following situations describe your company, you may want to think again before seeking funding at this time: 1. That’s your ask.

What Amazon Hopes to Achieve with Prime Day

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Prime Day’s larger purpose is to help integrate the company into as many people’s lives as it can, in every possible way it can.

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Why Solving Big Food & Healthcare Problems Will Yield Spectacular Companies

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We’re not Pollyannaish about this. In short, we’re after venture returns. They have raised $14 million to date.

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SquadHelp: A Game For Nameless Companies

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Achieving a good brand for your company is everything. For the creatives, this is serious competition. So, how does it work?

Demand Media: No Competition For Sixteen New TLDs


The firm said it has competition for managing,cam,fishing,gay,green,map,mom,moto,rip, domains. Demand Media is one of a number of companies which are looking to stake out their new global top level domains, as ICANN expands beyond the domain names. READ MORE>>.

BetterWorks Recruiting Effort: A LEGO Contest?


Santa Monica-based BetterWorks , the developer of software and services to help companies manage their fringe benefits for employees, has an interesting one: have those software developers compete to build the best, LEGO. betterworks lego engineer developer recruiting jobs competition compete softwarecreations. READ MORE>>.

Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles

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RSS ); Why You Should Start a Company in. And as a result we have bred a culture of companies that have been quite innovative on making money.

Conversations with Richard Chino, pt. 1

Ask the Angels

During my seven years at the company, we went public, were acquired by Yahoo , and I continued at Yahoo for two more years. That’s true.

Qualcomm Ventures Sweetens Pot In QPrize Competition


San Diego-based Qualcomm said Thursday that it is doubling the size of its QPrize annual investment funding competition, and will now award $250,000 in convertible note financing to regional winners, with an additional $250,000 to grand prize winners. This will be the fifth year of the competition. READ MORE>>.

Build a Product-Driven Company

Frank Addante

If you want to manage a hyper-growth company, start with a great product. That is, a company that focuses all functions on the product.

Competitive Intelligence

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 -- Competitive Intelligence: 007 Market Intel. The company president calls you into his office after attending a brainstorm session. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to estimate market size, competitive market share, how many potential customers are there, and price points. PDMA SoCal.

DogVacay Gets $25M More


Los Angeles-based dog sitting marketplace DogVacay has raised $25M more in a Series B1 funding, the company disclosed this morning, as the competition heats up for the "top dog" in the market. rover dogvacay sitting marketplace market competition dogs venture capital investment aaron hirschhorn READ MORE>>.