Jason Nazar On Startups, Execution, and Hiring

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Nazar--who moderated a panel on the venture capital industry in Los Angeles at Twiistup 8 yesterday, and who is considered by many to be one of the key "super connectors" in the LA technology community--took a few minutes with us to give his advice to startup entrepreneurs.

It Takes a Village to GROW and Nurture Innovation

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People like Mike Macadaan , who came down from San Francisco to throw professionally-produced Twiistup events showcasing our budding startups and Francisco Dao who turned them into full-blown conferences.

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Twiistup 6 Highlights

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Twiistup 6 has come to an end. Out is the “cocktail only&# Twiistup and in is the new format of a conference that should take its rightful place on the national technology calendar. I believe that Twiistup is now a platform from which to grow and highlight what is uniquely LA.

Twiistup 7: Talks, Interviews, and Startup Pitches

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Twiistup has been a great place for startups to get their name out there and we love giving them that extra boost from just offline to online. So without further delay TechZulu presents to you the winner of Twiistup 7. Richard Rosenblatt and Om Malik - The Evolution and ROI of Content.

Tsavo Loses Macadaan

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Macadaan is well known in the Los Angeles technology community for creating and running Twiistup, the popular Los Angeles technology networking and startup showcase event. Tsavo develops content-focused web sites which apply technology to serve up more relevant information and advertising depending on who was visiting those web sites. Tags: tsavo mike macadaan twiistup executive content

Nevolution: Windows App Store Startup Closes $450K Angel Fundraising Round

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A licensed version of the platform will offer large software publishers, content creators and hardware manufacturers a turnkey solution to create their own private-label storefront.

Interview with Mike Macadaan, Urbandig

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One of Urbandig's co-founders, Mike Macadaan -- the former VP of User Experience at MySpace, and creator of the technology conference Twiistup--sat down to talk to us about the company. We're just being super true to content.

Amazon Sets Santa Monica For Big Announcement: Hollywood Link?

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Apparently, Amazon has booked Barker Hanger--which techies here might know from multiple events, including Twiistup--for its big announcement, which either is about a 10-inch Kindle, or some other effort. amazon santa monica hollywood content kindle ereader hardware electronicsThe tech press is abuzz about an announcement from Amazon, set for September 6th, speculating that the company is either planning a new Kindle announcement or something related to Hollywood.

Interview with Fouad ElNaggar, Redpoint Ventures

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Fouad ElNaggar: I think one of the challenges is that entrepreneurs who have a super technical background, probably don't have the network to get in front of the content owners.

EQAL Launches Social Publishing Tool

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Los Angeles-based EQAL , said this morning at Twiistup that the firm is launching a new, social publishing tool it is calling Umbrella, focused on independent producers, celebrity talent, and online personalities. The launch of the platform extends EQAL beyond its roots in developing content and web sites for studios, into a broader customer base. Tags: eqal lonelygirl15 content video hollywood studio social networking software publishing

Demand Media's Rosenblatt On IPO, Exits

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Richard Rosenblatt , the CEO of Los Angeles-based Demand Media said today at the Twiistup conference in Los Angeles, that he sees an IPO as a possible opportunity for the firm. Tags: demand media exit content Rosenblatt, who confirmed the firm has revenues of around $200M and is profitable, responded to a question from GigaOm's Om Malik on a panel saying that the firm is definitely thinking about an exit at some point. Rosenblatt had suggested earlier this year at the Web 2.0

Seethroo: Revamped And In The Black

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Former Twiistup showoff Seethroo has undergone a lot changes since their debut at TU4. Their technology anonymizes and analyzes the content that people submit to social websites. Based on that content they send each person a genuinely-relevant ad that matches the customer.

Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List

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I'm happy to announce the launch of the Los Angeles Tech Content Community. This is the beginning of a content community that collects and organizes the best content from blogs and web sites. The goal is to create a place where it's relatively easy to find current content and highly relevant content surrounding Los Angeles Technology. The content comes from other places.

Report: Demand Selects Goldman Sachs For IPO Effort

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Los Angeles-based Demand Media , the online content publishing firm run by Richard Rosenblatt, has reportedly selected Goldman Sachs to run its IPO effort, according to a report this evening from the Financial Times. Rosenblatt said in January at the Twiistup conference that the firm has over $200M in annual revenues, and has been looking at its options for months.

Local Event Organizers Need to Adopt Social Media

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They really need to take a look at how Twiistup , Mixergy and others are doing to both promote and help make their events better for attendees. I personally think the content provided at the old school event providers is often very high quality. A while ago I posted about Secret for Networking at Events - Prenetworking where I recommended that people should look at who's attending the event prior to going to the event in order to make their networking more effective.

Digital Revenue Expert – Vince Thompson

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Vince: On the consulting side we are working with a unique social network, a new television network and some original video content businesses. Here’s a series I did for CBS last year - [link] An some some videos along the same lines - [link] Tony: Some great content in there. Vince: Always On Paid Content TwiistUp DealMaker Events Digiday Events And many private events. More Visible Networking? this time with Vince Thompson. You’ve got a REALLY diverse background.

The Best Entrepreneurs Are Hyper Competitive & Hate Losing

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Funnily enough I was at the Twiistup conference yesterday and I was chatting with an engineer whom I really like and he told me that he enjoyed reading this series but that now he wasn’t sure he was ready to see me because he wasn’t sure that he scored highly enough on all attributes.

Interview with Rahul Sonnad, Geodelic

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Actually, from that, I just got lots of analogies with publishing geographic specific content.

TechZulu's Best Of 2009

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Looking back at 2009 we had our ups and downs within the industry but the need to innovate, produce amazing content and the creation of great gadgets still remained. Twiistup Shows Off Its New Legs And The Judges Say.

Want to Start a Technology Company in LA?

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First, I’d like to quote (paraphrase) Brad Feld speaking at Twiistup in LA in 2009, “I keep hearing people in LA talking with a chip on their shoulders about building a tech business here relative to Silicon Valley. Los Angeles. People either love it our hate it.

Making The Most out of Sitting on Panels

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photo from left to right: me, QD3, Brian Solis, Chamillionaire, Ian Rogers and Brian Zisk – most of whom I got to know through Twiistup panels). Tip : Get the audience to respect you for your content contributions.