Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

Both Sides of the Table

He wants to compete to be the lead drummer in the competitive ensemble and study under Terence, an obsessive instructor who is hell bent on winning competitions for the school. But the film has my brain buzzing all week about obsessive and competitive people. Obsession.

Data Scientist Team Share Lessons Learned From Competition

Tech.Co

When you’re in a competition and on the spot, answering questions to industry experts can be a nerve-wrecking process. This competition required the team to answer “…questions on a Food and Nutrition data set that contained 28 features and 30,000+ rows.

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Performance competition is a good thing

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We deeply feel that competition of this sort is a good thing. We love this! If you've not been watching the ASP.NET team's community standups , you have missed some surprisingly transparent, interesting, and oftentimes funny updates from a major web application framework development team. Every time I watch one I marvel, this is Microsoft? Clearly we're seeing a new Microsoft. If you're not watching, you would have also missed how much emphasis the ASP.NET team is putting on performance.

Meet Our Startup of the Year Competition Semifinalists: Picking Duck

Tech.Co

Among the participants that applied for the online competitions, only a progressed into the semi-finals. Tech.Co: What was the road like leading up to your initial pitch for the competition? Manubay: Leading up to the initial, local pitch competition we were pitching to family and friends for practice and for possible investment opportunity.

Flowtab Wins Startup Competition

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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.

CapLinked Launches Pitch Competition

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Los Angeles-based CapLinked , the developer of an online platform for managing fundraising and investors, said this morning that it has launched a new pitch competition. The firm said that judges for the competition come form Idealab, Rincon, Rapidfire, and Actarus, including Idealab's Alex Maleki and Rincon's Jim Andelman. caplinked pitch business entrepreneur startup competition fundraising

On Drug Pricing: FDA Backs Up Its Calls for Increased Competition

Xconomy

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has been very public in expressing his desire to provide increased competition and greater choice to American consumers in a bid to drive down prices of prescription medicines.

How to be a Startup Competition Winner | Infographic

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Just like backpacking through the mountains, startup competitions such as Startup Weekend can be difficult without some guidance. The team at talkTECH put together this infographic to give you the added edge of how to be a winner in any startup competitions.

A.I. Chip Race Redraws Competitive Map Among Tech Firms, Chipmakers

Xconomy

It’s been a long time since tech’s biggest companies could be sorted into discrete buckets according to the products they pioneered—-Google, the search software giant; Apple, the computer and mobile device innovator; e-commerce leader Amazon; business software stalwart Microsoft; and social media engine Facebook. Since then, these major innovators have built on a common resource—increasingly powerful data processing chips—to branch out into a host of new consumer and business areas.

Competition Is A Lie – Tracy DiNunzio Explains Why

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Tracy DiNunzio, Founder and CEO of Tradesy , recently shared her insights regarding the best approach for entrepreneurs to address competition. competition''s a really interesting thing. Competition Is A Lie. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

VIMBY Powers Walmart's Entrepreneurship Competition

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VIMBY , the Los Angeles-based, online production studio created by Mark Burnett, is powering a new entrepreneurship competition from Walmart, the Get On The Shelf crowdsourcing competition. According to Walmart, via its Silicon Valley-based @WalmartLabs unit, it is running the contest to let entrepreneurs get their products noticed and sold on its website and potentially, the Walmart store chain.

VOKLE Boots Up Online Singing Competition

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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. The company said the competition is open to anyone with a webcam, with online auditions on October 1st. vokle live video event singing competition

Qualcomm Launches Third QPrize Competition

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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 said it has increased its total prize pool to $1M for the year, and also added Brazil and Eastern Europe as regions covered by the competition. qualcomm qprize competition business plan compete wireless

HipTraveler | Taking Startup Competitions by Storm

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In order to support all of these teams, there are several on-campus startup competitions every year, from the Silicon Beach USC competition to the New Venture Seed Competition, with prize funds to help build the companies.

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Competition Dangles $200K To Students With Clean Technology Ideas

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A new competition--part of the Startup America effort launched by the Obama Administration, and spearheaded locally by Caltech, USC, and UCLA--said today that it is looking to award $200,000 in prize money to university students with clean energy business ideas. First Look West said that the first place team will win $100,000, the second place team $60,000, and third place $40,000; the competition wlil be held April 30th and May 1st.

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Using Technology to Realize a Competitive Advantage

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Computers and the Internet have now brought in a new era that relies on data to make profitable business decisions in the competitive environment. Below is a full explanation of how small businesses can leverage technology to earn a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

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

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I brought up the fact that I find many larger companies abusing the patent system to slow down smaller competitors which is actually anti competitive. Last night I had the great privilege to interview Bill Gross , one of the Internet’s true pioneers.

Qualcomm Ventures Kicks Off Startup Competition

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San Diego-based Qualcomm Ventures , the venture investment arm of Qualcomm, has kicked off its annual venture competition, the QPrize , dangling seven $100,000 regional prizes and a $150,000 grand prize. Qualcomm said the deadline for the startup competition this year is April 18th.

Pxldust.com Launches Art, Photography Competition Site

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The quarterly competition is being sponsored right now by Wacom. artwork competition showcase photography pxldustHollywood-based Pxldust.com , a new web site focused on allowing artists and photographers to showcase their work, said this week that it is looking to let artists to compete for prizes and show off their artwork to others through its site.

Interview with Fariborz Maseeh, Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition

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Last week, the University of Southern California 's Viterbi School of Engineering announced that it had established a new, business plan competition, the Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition ([link] specifically aimed at students in the engineering school.

ASH Sneak Peeks: Novartis, Juno Update CAR-T Lymphoma Competition

Xconomy

But previews of the big data presentations are out today, yielding more insight into what promises to be the first major competition in CAR-T cell therapy: Treatments for people with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) who have run out of other options and likely have only a few months to live.

MP3Tunes Gets New Competition From Amazon

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San Diego-based MP3Tunes , the cloud music storage service startup headed by Michael Robertson, has some stiff new competition today. Amazon.com said last night that it has launched its own, cloud music and storage service called Amazon Cloud Drive , along with corresponding web and Android music players. Amazon.com said it will offer up 5 GB of cloud storage for music and other files for free, with upgrade to 20GB for users who purchase MP3 albums from Amazon.

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USC Team Heads To Rice Business Plan Competition

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A student team from the University of Southern California is one of forty two teams heading to the 2011 Rice University Business Plan Competition in April. The competition--which is one of the largest in the world--also includes a new $100,000 prize from venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, focused on clean technology.

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 28: SpaceX Hyperloop Competition Winner Goes 201 MPH

L.A. Business Journal

SpaceX Hyperloop competition winner goes 201 miles per hour, crowdfunding platform FlashFunders Inc. acquired and Hulu Live TV service adds the CW

RightSignature's Competition Acquired By Adobe

socalTECH

One of Santa Barbara-based RightSignature , a provider of software-as-a-service, electronic signature services, has been acquired by software giant Adobe. Adobe said Monday morning that it has acquired EchoSign , an electronic signature competitor of RightSignature. Financial details of that acquisition were not disclosed. READ MORE>>. rightsignature echosign adobe merger acquisition electronic signature saas software

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Silicon Beach Report June 29: Recreational Video Game Competition Super League Gaming Raises $15 Million.

L.A. Business Journal

Recreational video game competition Super League Gaming raises $15 million, Boring Co. completes test tunnel and Upfront raises $400 million for sixth early-stage fund

Crowdfunder Dangles $25K In LA Startup Competition

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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 firm, headed by Chance Barnett, said that its new crowdsourced startup contest, called CROWDSTART LA , will award $25,000 in funding for the company judged the most popular via votes on the site.

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Caplinked Business Plan Competition Live Today

Tech Zulu Event

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. Company founders and aspiring entrepreneurs of all-stripes were welcome to submit their plans for a chance at fame and glory, as well as international exposure for their company.

DogVacay Gets Direct Competition: Rover.com

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Santa Monica-based DogVacay , the online marketplace which helps dog owners connect with pet lovers to help watch their dogs, has some new competition today: Rover.com. According to Seattle-based Rover.com, it has just scored $3.4M from Madrona Ventures and CrunchFund for its own, pet sitting marketplace. DogVacay, which is led by Aaron Hirschhorn, has the backing of such firms as First Round Capital, Science Inc.,

Startup Demo Competition

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 -- Startup Demo Competition. 805 Startups is partnering with the City of Thousand Oaks to hold a startup demo competition at their beautiful Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The selected startups will present in front of an audience of 400 people from across Southern California and to a panel of judges made up of ACTIVE startup investors (angels and VCs). See [link] (more

SPOTLITE Launches Singing Competition App

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spotlite singing competition talent music musician iphone androidLos Angeles- and Beijing-based SPOTLITE says it has launched a new, mobile app, which lets music fans sing original music, cover, or karaoke songs to win money. Spotlite said its executives come from such companies as Google Music, Yahoo! Music, Microsoft, Atom Factory, and Warner/Chappell, and that its development and tech teams are in Beijing, with marketing, A&R, and business development based in Los Angeles.

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

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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 said Thursday that San Diego-based CyberFlow Analytics and Los Angeles-based Inston are one of fifteen semifinalists that were selected out of 3,000 participants from 100 countries entering the competition.

Robot Invasion! DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals In LA This Weekend

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) says it will be running the final competition for $3.5M competition event disaster robotics darpa challenge robot