Fortnite World Cup has handed out $30 million in prizes, and cemented its spot in the culture

TechCrunch LA

The big winner in today’s solo challenge was sixteen year-old Kyle “ Bugha ” Giersdorf, who won $3 million for beating out the competition in the solo tournament. Indeed, the esports prize pool is one of the biggest awards for a popular competitive event.

Africa’s Largest and Fastest Growing Social Network | Interview with LAGbook’s Chidi Nwaogu

Tech Zulu Event

Today they say its Africa’s largest and fastest growing social networking utility with over 4,000 daily new sign-ups. They also add that LAGbook ranks #2 in the city of Yaba-Lagos, where the social network was incepted, and #37 in the city of Hirtshal, Denmark.

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Los Angeles-based Talespin nabs $15 million for its extended reality-based workforce training tools

TechCrunch LA

Traditional venture capitalists may have made it rain on expensive Hollywood studios that were promising virtual reality would be the future of entertainment and social networking (given coronavirus fears, it may yet be), but Talespin and others like it are focused on much more mundane goals.

Fifty years of the internet

TechCrunch LA

After we typed the first two letters from our computer room at UCLA, namely, “Lo” for “Login,” the network crashed. How did we go from collaboration to competition, from consensus to dissention, from a reliable digital resource to an amplifier of questionable information?

amSTATZ Social Network For Fitness Gurus, Athletes & Events | Interview With Founder

Tech Zulu Event

The fitness professional network develops business tools that make it easier for fitness professionals to run their businesses and keep their clients engaged between training sessions. Any competition in LA? We haven’t identified any competition in LA, specifically.

Investors Look for These Six Competitive Elements

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the toughest and yet most important questions you will be asked by savvy potential startup investors is “What is your sustainable competitive advantage?” Competitive” should be taken broadly to include alternative ways that people might solve the problem you are addressing.

6 Key Drivers To a Long-Term Competitive Advantage

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the toughest and yet most important questions you will be asked by savvy potential startup investors is “What is your sustainable competitive advantage?” Competitive” should be taken broadly to include alternative ways that people might solve the problem you are addressing.

Silicon Beach Report Jan 23: Esports One Raises $3 Million to Help Viewers Make Sense of E-sports Competitions

L.A. Business Journal

Esports One raises $3 million to help viewers make sense of e-sports competitions; Snapchat to let users share content on other social networks; and Boring Co. pitches Culver City Council on tunneling plan

A Comprehensive View of Social Marketing, Social Media, and Social Networks

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 -- The MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast Presents: A Comprehensive View of Social Marketing, Social Media, and Social Networks. Blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social platforms can be low-cost marketing tools (great for anyone in this economic climate!) As an entrepreneur, knowing how to use these popular platforms gives you a competitive edge.

Six Tips to a Sustainable Competitive Advantage

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the toughest and yet most important questions you will be asked by savvy potential investors is “What is your sustainable competitive advantage?” Yet many entrepreneurs, maybe in their passion for their new product, gloss over this one, or even announce that they have no competition.

Customer Loyalty Can Be a Startup Competitive Edge

Startup Professionals Musings

I think these tough economic times and social networks have re-awakened consumers to the fact that there is more to a business transaction than price. You hear a lot of talk these days about the importance of customer satisfaction, but customer loyalty is the real win.

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Let Interns Be Your Startup Competitive Edge

Startup Professionals Musings

Due in large part to the current economy and an ultra-competitive job market, a Gen-Y entrepreneurial tsunami is already upon us. Perhaps your intern might be given the freedom to design and implement an entire strategy for your company (social networking, for example).

Businesses Must Manage the Twitter Conversation

Both Sides of the Table

On Facebook (and nearly all social networks that preceded it) the relationship was always reciprocal – if I accept your invitation to follow me then I have to follow you. Are people giving you feature requests, complaining about your service or comparing you to the competition?

Startup Looks To Take On United Online's Classmates.com

socalTECH

The competition comes even as United Online appears to have been beating a quick retreat from that business, instead shifting users to Memory Lane, a new site which offers up actual, digitized high school yearbooks, nostalgic content, old magazine covers, and other products geared to a similar user base as Classmates.com. schoolfeed venture capital classmates yearbook high school social networking untd united online

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10 Ways That Entrepreneurs Need to be More Open

Startup Professionals Musings

The emergence of social networking and the Internet has caused a new focus and value on “openness,” which leads to a new element of leadership, called “Open Leadership.” Employees can share best practices with customers on social network platforms and customers can help each other.

How Dare They Block My Facebook at Work?

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on a survey just last year by Robert Half Technology , over half of today’s companies block social networks completely, while another 19 percent only permit it "for business purposes." Social networks have become a great vector for Trojans like Zeus and URLZone.

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

Xconomy

By popular acclaim, San Diego-based Echo Laboratories founder Eugene Cho claimed top honors, and a $15,000 check, for his two-minute presentation last week in the 10th annual “Quick Pitch” competition, hosted by San Diego’s Tech Coast Angels.

Qualcomm Names QPrize Finalists

socalTECH

San Diego-based Qualcomm has named the finalists in its second annual QPrize Venture Investment Competition, the firm's global venture capital competition for investment dollars. qualcomm qprize venture capital competition demo pitchAccording to Qualcomm, it has selected six regional finalists, who will each represent $100,000 in venture financing, with the chance to win $150,000 as a grand prize winner at DEMO Spring 2011 in Palm Desert.

Feel Lost On LinkedIn? ExploreB2B Wants To help You Network With People Of Your Profession

Tech Zulu Event

ExplorerB2B is a free to join exclusive network of experts who share information that matters to you and make sure you expand your professional network, interact with a relevant audience and present your expertise. Competition? How unique are you from the competition?

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Six Reasons To Rethink Your Online Dating Site

Startup Professionals Musings

Here are six key reasons, from a business perspective: Direct competition is huge. So sites have to invest heavily in viral marketing to achieve critical mass, which competes with current social networks, while users expect to join both for free. Social networks.

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China Roundup: Tencent’s new US gaming studio and WeChat’s new paywall

TechCrunch LA

That raises the question of whether Tencent can replicate its success in overseas markets where its social apps are largely absent.

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Facebook Doesn’t Seem to Care

Eric Greenspan

We are building our lives around this social network and we are dependent upon it for communicating with our friends and colleagues. They know it and so do their competition. Delight Social Marketing I’ve spent tens of thousands on Facebook ads for my companies and for clients’ I have built and manage many pages. I often have issues that need Facebook’s attention. They have the worst customer service of any company I deal with.

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7 Keys To Active Listening For Real Customer Feedback

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are looking for a way to get a competitive edge, now is the time to start building a relationship with your customers, which includes active listening. Make social network contacts into two-way conversations.

Susan Cooney

Tech.Co

Susan is a startup coach and the founder of Givelocity, a social network for giving that offers a new spin on crowdfunding for good. She was a member of the founding team at LinkExchange, pioneering the online banner advertising network.

PayDivvy to Launch at Finovate Conference

Tech Zulu Event

PayDivvy according to CEO Mike Melby is: “the first and only social bill pay solution. PayDivvy provides a smarter way to manage bills by allowing you to pay, send and share bills…simply and socially…via web or mobile. His idea and subsequent business plan won the Wharton Venture Award in 2009 and was a finalist for the Wharton Business Plan Competition. The social layer PayDivvy adds to a fragmented personal bill pay industry is really its secret sauce.

7 Recommendations For Building Your Brand With A Blog

Startup Professionals Musings

Blogging has come a long way in the past few years, from a social release for narcissists, to today’s required vehicle for promoting your consulting business and gaining valuable online exposure. Use the social networks, like Twitter, to ‘pull’ in the business.

10 Leadership Elements That Work In Today’s Business

Startup Professionals Musings

The pervasiveness of social networking and the Internet has caused a new focus and value on “openness,” which leads to a new element of leadership, called “open leadership.” Employees can share best practices with customers on social network platforms and customers can help each other.

The Changing Structure of the VC Industry

Both Sides of the Table

We’re all socially connected (so great businesses spread faster). The VC market has right-sized (returned back to mid 90′s levels & less competition). Summary: Cheap, mobile, social, global, always-on, one-click-purchase =.

Interview with Vinny Jindal, Stockr

socalTECH

What does social networking have to do with the stock market? Vinny talked with us about his start, which allows users to discuss and collaborate on their stocks and finances in a social way. We wanted to tackle that problem, by using a social network.

8 Guiding Principles For Pursuing A Winning Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Nearly all new businesses aspiring to reach meaningful scale require some sort of outside funding to finance a competitive growth trajectory. Make your business model your competitive differentiation, like Fred Smith with Federal Express, or Ingvar Kamprad with IKEA.

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The most important person on the startup team

Berkonomics

How excited am I likely to be when I see a plan for a new generation of buggy whip, or another me-too social network? The basic concept has to make some kind of sense given the technical, market and competitive environment, otherwise nothing else matters. By David S.

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This Week in VC with Mo Koyfman of Spark Capital

Both Sides of the Table

We had a special edition of This Week in Venture Capital this week shooting out of the Next New Networks offices in New York. Competition: Gilt Groupe , Ideeli , RueLaLa (sub of GSI Commerce) , OneKingsLane , department stores like Saks and Neiman Marcus.

10 Keys To Delivering Innovation As An Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

The most common proposals I hear are for yet another social networking site ( over 200 exist ), or another dating site (over 2500 in the US alone). Creating intellectual property, including patents, is the kay to long-term value and a sustainable competitive advantage.

7 Keys To Utilizing A Blog To Drive Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Blogging has come a long way in the past few years, from a social release for narcissists, to today’s required vehicle for promoting your consulting business and gaining valuable online exposure. Use the social networks, like Twitter, to ‘pull’ in the business.

3 Important Facebook Marketing Trends in 2016

Tech Zulu Event

Social networking continues to be a superior force in marketing, especially Facebook. percent of all social network ad spending worldwide. How can your company best benefit from social networking ads in 2016?

10 Keys To Open Leadership While Maintaining Control

Startup Professionals Musings

The pervasiveness of social networking and the Internet has caused a new focus and value on “openness,” which leads to a new element of leadership, called “Open Leadership.” Employees can share best practices with customers on social network platforms and customers can help each other.

How Many More Online Dating Sites Do We Need?

Startup Professionals Musings

Here are six key reasons, from a business perspective: Direct competition is huge. So sites have to invest heavily in viral marketing to achieve critical mass, which competes with current social networks, while users expect to join both for free. Social networks.

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Classmates.com Hit By Trademark Suit

socalTECH

alleging "false designation of origin and unfair competition" over the phrase "Memory Lane". United Online shifted Classmates into the nostalgic content market in February, as adoption of social networking sites like Facebook made the firm's prior business model irrelevant.

10 Principles For Sustainable Innovation In Business

Startup Professionals Musings

The most common proposals I hear are for yet another social networking site ( over 200 active ), or another dating site (over 2500 in the US alone). Creating intellectual property, including patents, is the kay to long-term value and a sustainable competitive advantage.

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Facebook Doesn’t Seem to Care

Eric Greenspan

We are building our lives around this social network and we are dependent upon it for communicating with our friends and colleagues. They know it and so do their competition. When I was working on Nintendo’s social media, they came to us in LA for meetings regularly, and we hadn’t spend any money on Ads. Delight Social Marketing

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Facebook Doesn’t Seem to Care

Eric Greenspan

We are building our lives around this social network and we are dependent upon it for communicating with our friends and colleagues. They know it and so do their competition. When I was working on Nintendo’s social media, they came to us in LA for meetings regularly, and we hadn’t spend any money on Ads. Delight Social Marketing

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When Planning A Startup, A Top Priority Is Location

Startup Professionals Musings

For example, if you are working on a great social networking idea to replace Facebook, and need funding, you probably won’t find any interested and focused VCs or Angel investors in Arizona, where I live.

8 Transformative Principles That Can Change The World

Startup Professionals Musings

Nearly all new businesses aspiring to reach meaningful scale require some sort of outside funding to finance a competitive growth trajectory. Make your business model your competitive differentiation, like Fred Smith with Federal Express, or Ingvar Kamprad with IKEA.

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