Miigle Revisited | A SoCal Startup With a Global Mission

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We recently sat down with Luc Berlin, co-founder of Miigle, a SoCal startup that has an aggressive global mission to bring entrepreneurs together from around the world. Unless people feel a certain level of appeal towards what you are doing, they are less likely to want to help you.

How Deepak Chopra Is Using Virtual Reality To Improve Your Health

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Now, virtual reality is being used as a therapeutic meditation tool to help people find their zen and reduce stress-related health issues. In addition to being a tool for burgeoning startups and lucrative companies, virtual reality is also a great way to escape the stress of everyday life.

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Interview with Brett Crosby and Brew Johnson, PeerStreet

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Brett and I both grew up in Southern California. So, what is PeerStreet? So, we're focused on applying technology more efficiently and creating more value for investors. What the most important thing you've learned so far about making a marketplace like this work?

Los Angeles Hosts the Oscars and the Tech.Co Startup Showcase

Tech.Co

Whether it be renowned athletes looking to enjoy some sun in the off-season or movies stars basking in the glory of stardom in between takes, the number of recognizable faces in this southern California city can be too much for some fans to bear. You’ll be able to rub elbows with people that can help you get where you need to go. Dude I Need a Truck – connects dudes with trucks to people who need help moving their things.

What I Learned In 2015: Lief Morin, KeyInfo

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And mid-course corrections are not bad things. You may have obstacles you were unprepared for, but these opportunities to learn and grow help you gain the experience and resiliency needed to run a successful company in a demanding industry.

What I Learned In 2015: Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital

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We have added several well respected and experienced institutional investors who have helped us improve our thinking across many areas. Over the course of the year our active portfolio companies received awards or recognition on over 35 separate occasions.

Bring Gaming to the Physical World | Doozy

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The University of Southern California (USC), is famous for its games program. Designed at the University of Southern California as a class project, the team has made 10 prototypes for beta testing for this life-sized board game, allowing over 700 people to enjoy the game.

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Catching Up With Joanne Bradford, Demand Media

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media (www.demandmedia.com) has seen its share of ups and downs as one of the highest visibility technology and media companies to come out of Southern California's technology ecosystem in recent years.

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Some Thoughts on Branding Startups and Communities

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Home of JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), which helps put rockets into space. And of course a place of idyllic weather, culture and a lifestyle. ” And of course it’s not a true assessment. And do so in real life, too. So, yeah, I would like LA to be LA.

One Weird Trick to Build a Personal Brand

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I recently saw him Tweet this so I thought it would be a great title for my post on his spectacular early success in building his VC profile and bona fides. So many people I now know were there. Maybe I could be SoCal guy? Jason charted his own course though.

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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.

Upfront Ventures Raised New $280 Million Fund

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We’ve been dying to tell you all for a while that we had raised a new venture capital fund and of course given SEC filing requirements the story was somewhat already scooped by the always-in-the-know Dan Primack a few weeks ago. Louis, South Bend, Austin, Houston, and so forth.

Why Taking Some Risks in the Sales Process Can Improve Results

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Either way, it’s natural that buyers “shop around” so expect it as a healthy part of the process. So we took a stand. We knew that all buyers would be concerned about security, privacy, back-ups, data protection and so forth. So our pitch went. When we went to raise funds we faced lots of competition as there are of course many other VC funds in the country. And so on. So this is the mistake as I could boil it down for you.

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How TVC Aims At Acquisitions, Not IPOs, with Jeb Spencer

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Southern California's technology community--despite all of the recent excitement around Silicon Beach--continues to be underserved in terms of capital, with a lack of venture capital funds (with money), and other private technology investors.

How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

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Of course much of it is conflicting. And of course I’ve sat on the other side of the table: As a VC. As with any sales campaign you need to: Qualify your buyers early so you focus your scarce resources on people likely to buy your product. And so on. Not so much.

Hack This: How Edmunds.com's Hackathons Are Inspiring Outside Innovation

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We ended up, over the course of those three days, bringing in actual shoppers and consumers, and had a trade show, allowing those twelve teams to exhibit what they''d built and get feedback from actual consumers. You''ll also continue to see events in Southern California.

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Launchpad LA – 10 Startup Companies to Watch

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We want to give our brightest new startups the connections and interactions they need to help streamline success. And of course we had, TheMan. AwesomeBox : AwesomeBox is currently in stealth mode so I’ll respect that. Tags: SoCal Stuff

Announcing a Deal I’ve Wanted to Talk About for a Year

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So Ethan went to work as a product manager at Google Video. He had an idea for a startup that would help consumers better book service jobs and would take on Service Magic, which he believed had a business model that could be disrupted. So there you have it.

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If You Don’t Define Your Personal Brand the Market Will

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I, of course, knew nothing about business. One day I’m the business weenie and the next day I’m the technical geek simply because a piece of paper and a process says so. I asked him if I could join his practice as the guy who could help him bridge technology & business.

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Los Angeles Web Developer

SoCal CTO

But I digress… So the first challenge was weeding out the designers from the long list of Los Angeles Web Developers. So my flip suggestion was actually not all that helpful. There certainly are a lot of Networking Events in Los Angeles and Southern California that you can use. The LA CTO Forum , which I help organize, has more than 100 Software/Web CTOs from all sorts of companies. Yesterday, I met with someone at the early stage of a startup.

HipTraveler | Taking Startup Competitions by Storm

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The University of Southern California is home to many innovative students and companies. Travelers can earn the right to become an Ambassador on the site by consistently providing the best content, recommendations, and of course Itineraries. “We

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Find Egg-breakers: People With Influence & Authority and Are Unafraid to Use Them

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My friend and fellow SoCal venture capitalist Peter Lee wrote a post about the different roles within a VC and spent much time on the role of an associate. So how could you find all this out? So many people naturally gravitate towards NINAs.

Clinton Foy: Why We Bought Our Own E-Sports Team, the Immortals

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It's something that has been increasing year of year for the last ten years or so. It's super interesting, in particular, for Southern California, where Blizzard and Riot Games have been really helping to lead that charge, both locally and internationally.

Signal Sciences: Protecting Web Apps In The Era Of DevOps, with Andrew Peterson

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Venice Beach-based Signal Sciences (www.signalsciences.com) has created sofdtware designed for those application developers to help protect those web applications. We decided we'd take this solution out, and help solve that same pain for a broad group of people. How it is you were at Etsy, and ended up here in Southern California? We're entirely born in the cloud, so it's a piece of software installed within a customer's system.

Interview with Lane Soelberg, WePlay

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It's a very fragmented market, and there's not a lot of infrastructure to help those volunteers, who just figured out last Friday that they've got to coach their AYSO, Pop Warner, or Little League team. I got involved with Steve, to help them figure out gamification.

Lessons Learned From The Accelerator Trenches: MuckerLab's Erik Rannala

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Over the last few years, there''s been an explosion in startup accelerators in Southern California, and in particular along "Silicon Beach" on the Los Angeles westside. That is, once you invest in a company, you''re a shareholder, and you help that company for the course of its life.

Can You Really Build a Great Tech Firm Outside Silicon Valley?

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So can you really build a great tech firm outside of Silicon Valley? But LA is not Silicon Valley and we don’t need to aspire to be so. So it would be unwise to say that funding outside of Silicon Valley will be easier. So it’s always a trade-off.

How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

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This is stuff I tell people verbally at least twice / month so I’m glad to finally get it into written format. So eventually you have your company funded but only 2 of the 5 people who started the company are still around. So it doesn’t have to be a small firm.

Finding a Technical Cofounder for Your Startup

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" Typically, this requires quite a bit more information for me to be able to respond and provide real help. Of course, you will want to figure out a bit more about the specifics of what this developer needs to know vs. can learn. Your technical advisor can likely help.

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USC Students Show Off Their Innovations at 2013 Innovator Showcase

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The University of Southern California has developed a reputation for innovation and entrepreneurship over the years. After hearing the pitches, the judges gave feedback and comments to the student innovators to help them improve their product and business plans.

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Ryan Blair, HashtagOne: From Gang Member, To Entrepreneur, To Anti-VC

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We've made some investments here and there, and are now building a team, and making a lot of investments in SoCal tech companies. So, now, as a VC, I swore I'd never treat entrepreneurs like those VCs treated me. Of course, not all VCs are like that, and I've started some good relationships with them, but others are complete a**holes. So, how is it you ended up going from a technology infrastructure entrepreneur at SkyPipeline, to the consumer market with Visalus?

Changing the Face of Digital Signage: Nanxi Liu of Enplug

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They hold a strong presence in Southern California, with locations in 30 cities. Her career path was pointing her toward a future in Biotech (she’d also cofounded a biotech company around the time), but one simple introduction recharted her course completely.

Changing the Face of Digital Signage: Nanxi Liu of Enplug

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They hold a strong presence in Southern California, with locations in 30 cities. Her career path was pointing her toward a future in Biotech (she’d also cofounded a biotech company around the time), but one simple introduction recharted her course completely.