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Topspin Links With College On Online Music Courses


Santa Monica-based Topspin Media , the online music startup of former Yahoo Music GM Ian Rogers, said today that the firm has inked a deal with, the online continuing education division of the Berklee College of Music, to partner on a set of online music courses. According to Topspin, the two will work together to develop online music courses designed to teach artists, managers and labels on effective use of Topspin's platform.

Why The Next Generation of Online Video Companies Will be Vertical

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And of course the 800 pound gorilla – YouTube – is also horizontal in nature. In the online world the ecosystem is being fragmented into those that primarily produce content (Mitu, Vice, BuzzFeed) and those who primarily distribute it: YouTube, Amazon, Netflix, Yahoo!,

Why Entrepreneurs Should Be Respected More Than Loved

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You course correct. Marketing of course often feels the opposite. Contrast that with years of decay at Yahoo! One of the vivid memories I have from being a startup CEO is the feeling that most people in your company have a look in their eyes that like they can do your job as well as you. How hard could it be? You just assign out tasks to all of us. In the early days the CEO is the jack-of-all-trades, doer-of-all, famously the “chief janitor” or coffee maker.

Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

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Yahoo! Of course that’s not disputable. To some extent – of course they are. We saw booms & bubbles in both telecom infrastructure and Internet infrastructure and now, of course, those two things are largely the same.

Brian Coryat, ValueClick Founder And Internet Pioneer: Startups Should Wing It


I think I''ll just wing it'' and of course. Talking To Yahoo''s Jerry Yang. He quickly realized the power of the Internet when he came across a relatively obscure site, called Yahoo! A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

Some Reflections on VC Investment Decisions

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Seed investors are aplenty and of course they need downstream money to fuel their early-stage bets. Of course these are great places to network with other investors, meet great entrepreneurs and keep your connections strong with senior execs at larger companies like Yahoo!, Of course I would like to be in every great deal ever done. As in with the right ones you can weather big storms and stay the course.

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When Should You Allow Exclusivity in Deals?

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So the value on the Internet went “up the stack” to portals such as Yahoo!, The initial Apple/AT&T deal was of course limited to the geography in which AT&T operated and thus after its initial success Apple had a template for exclusivity agreements in other countries. Of course you’re not going to give them unlimited exclusivity in time or in scope but I’ll come to that in the section on how to craft exclusivity agreements.

How Event Farm Is Making Events A Part Of Your Sales Funnel

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Our clients are large, Fortune 1000 companies, like Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Nike, JP Morgan, Lamborghini, and SpaceX. Of course, we have competitors. Of course, there are follow up emails, but during an event is the next big chunk. In the corporate world, events are more than just an event�they are opportunity to connect with your customers and turn potential customers into buyers. How do you make those events happen?

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Some Thoughts on Leadership Going into 2016

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But of course all of these things are intertwined. Obviously you need to be mentally flexible enough to spot if your instincts were wrong and a change of course is necessary. Of course it’s great to bring in outside experience to complement your team but it must be done judiciously. It’s why I was always critical of the “acquihire culture” at places like Yahoo ! Of course continued failure means it’s time for change.

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When Should Technical Founders Become CEO?

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Much has been written about when it is time to hire a “professional CEO” to run a startup company and of course that has long been a norm in Silicon Valley when founders find that their inexperience may be a limiting factor in company growth ( know as the Peter Principle ). Somehow in a world of rapid change Mark had been able to right his ship much faster than the highly bureaucratic organizations that places like Google, Yahoo!

Some Career Advice for Aspiring Tech CEOs

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Of course you could start your own company. Of course I’m not suggesting people shouldn’t start a company. She joined Yahoo! A shortened, better edited and with nicer pictures version of this post first appeared on TechCrunch. But if you want it in it’s full V1 glory read on … You’ve never been a CEO but might like to be one some day. But how? Nobody sees you as a CEO since you’ve never been one?

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How Online Video Companies Can Increase Margin and Build Better Businesses

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But you must work hard to develop alternate distribution at websites like Yahoo!, I’m not saying networks shouldn’t be talent friendly – of course they should.

What to do When a Tech Giant Decides to Eat Your Lunch

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They risk little but of course knew better all along. And AOL stopped Yahoo! And Yahoo! An edited version of this post originally ran on TechCrunch. This version has some additional details on a portfolio company I’ve invested in, which are disclosed below.

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When to Use Facebook Connect – Twitter Oauth – Google Friend Connect for Authentication?


In this post, I want to look at just the question of when it makes sense to use Facebook Connect, Twitter Oauth, OpenID, Yahoo Browser-Based Authentication, Google Friend Connect or basically any of the other authentication mechanisms. Of course, you have to draw the line somewhere.

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Interview with John Ellis, PurePhoto


John Ellis, the CEO and co-founder of the firm, is the former COO and CMO of NextMedium, was a VP at ValueClick, and has also served at Fastclick, Yahoo/Overture, and Earthlink, among other firms. John Ellis: We're scaling the business, including marketing, operations, and of course, capital.

Surveying SoCal's M&A Landscape, with David Siemer


Google and Yahoo aren''t going to buy them, AOL has already made its bet, and your only real path to an exit is an IPO for any kind of liquidity. The large acquirers, the Microsoft and Yahoo''s of the world, were buying 20-40 companies a year.

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

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Very few investment decisions are unanimous “no brainers” – just imagine having been pitched Google in a world where you had previous search engines like Alta Vista or given the success of Yahoo!

Entrepreneurs Should be Respected, Not Loved

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I’ve been thinking a lot about what it takes to be a great leader and seem to be having this conversation a lot lately about Facebook, Yahoo!, Take Jerry Yang, the co-founder of Yahoo! I never worked at Yahoo! But his role as “Chief Yahoo!&#

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3 Sales Tips for Startups – Creating a Burning Platform

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Here they surround you with sales professionals, product people and, of course, lots of referenceable customers! This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.

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

Both Sides of the Table went on to ink huge distribution deals with Microsoft, AOL & Yahoo! Overture was sold to Yahoo! And now, of course, UberSocial, Bill’s latest project. Last night I had the great privilege to interview Bill Gross , one of the Internet’s true pioneers.

Learning The Ropes Of Internet Video With Michael Tringe and CreatorUp


We teach through video tutorials, with courses around specific sites, like how to make content for FunnyorDie, taught by one of the staff writers from FunnyOrDie. Michael Tringe: We're launching in the next month, and we'll have approximately twenty courses on the site to start.

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

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If you are talented, of course, you can get funded in any region with enough venture capital and obviously in markets outside of the Valley it is easier to get noticed and get access. You don’t have the founders of eBay, LinkedIn, and Yahoo!

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As Populist as it May Feel, 98% of VCs Aren’t Dumb

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Nothing was more heart warming than the photo of David Karp hugging Bijan Sabet after the sale to Yahoo! And let the entrepreneur decide the course of action.

Interview with Wes Nichols, MarketShare


Jovian's platform allows us to process and analyze campaigns in-flight, and also provide in-flight course corrections for marketers. One of their partners is Ted Meisel, who we worked with closely when he was CEO of Overture, before selling it to Yahoo.

Interview with Lane Soelberg, WePlay


He saw the power of user generated content, and the power of building a passionate community online, which certainly led to a good thing with Yahoo. If you're a family with kids in sports, how do you share all those videos, photos, and other memories about your kids games?

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A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference

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Of course I have. When you start a company in the Bay Area you can often get your first biz dev deal done with Google, Facebook,, eBay, Yahoo! And of course you need a mature venture capital industry. This article originally ran on TechCrunch.

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Toronto Based Start Up | Reads Books for You

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Google’s current market cap sits at just over $200 billion (Yahoo! He thought, ‘of course they haven’t read them, when would they get time?’ Time is a valuable commodity. Worded a bit more starkly by Benjamin Franklin: “Time is money.” For we live in speed.

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De-risk Your Startup By Doing It Again: The Joy Of Getting The Band Back Together


Alma mater, Overture: sold to Yahoo. He is a member of the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Faculty where he teaches several entrepreneurial courses. _. — In 1980, following the breakup of the American band The Eagles, Don Henley was asked when the group would reunite.

The Guy Who Took on Google (and now LinkedIn): Mike Yavonditte

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Instead, they tried to use their search position to offer a portal like Excite and Yahoo! Of course, monetization of search became one of the best business models in the history of business. This is an interview you’re not going to want to miss, I promise.

Startup Grind Turns the Tables on Mark Suster

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And of course we talked about many of my views of building startups. And we had these vans and mobile kegs in the back, and we would go to golf courses. ” I guess my point, Derek, was this: To be a CEO, you go out and you recruit somebody, and you recruit someone from Google, Yahoo, Facebook or the startup around the corner, and you say to them, “I know you’re on a career track, I know you’re earning x and I can’t pay you x , but come join me.

Social Networking Addiction Bears Fruit

Eric Greenspan

Our Director of Flow, Heather Burlesci will be attending these courses as she is looking to build up her skills in this area. I of course agreed to get involved. I was provided with introductions to execs at Myspace, Facebook, Yahoo!, Yahoo!

Social Networking Addiction Bears Fruit FAST

Eric Greenspan

Our Director of Flow, Heather Burlesci will be attending these courses as she is looking to build up her skills in this area. I of course agreed to get involved. I was provided with introductions to execs at Myspace, Facebook, Yahoo!, Yahoo!

Straight Outta Twitter

Eric Greenspan

We met on Twitter, Seth David and I, during an event I hosted at Yahoo in Burbank. With lack of capital, we eventually began selling courses to partners to help us both increase our income and to help Seth make the jump to full time.

Tapiture Taps Into Successful Social eCommerce And Secures $2.25M In Seed Funding

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Prior to founding Tapiture, he spent quality time at big tech companies including Earthlink, Overture and Yahoo. Santa-Monica based Tapiture has grown in traffic by 300%, monetized from year one and raised $2.25 million in seed funding since its founding in 2012.

Skate Where the Puck is Going

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And of course – badges. I hope they are because badges will run their course.

Twiistup 007: Date, Speakers, Early Bird Special

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In 1995 he developed with Robert Morris the first web-based application, Viaweb, which was acquired by Yahoo in 1998. Today Twiistup has announced it official date of January 28th 2010 and an awesome lineup of its first confirmed speakers. Check them out below: Om Malik.

Launchpad LA – 10 Startup Companies to Watch

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We had software executives from Google, Yahoo!, And of course we had, TheMan. DataPop : DataPop was founded by performance marketing veterans from Yahoo!, Thursday night was the unveiling of the newest batch of Launchpad LA companies.

Close5: eBay's San Diego Move Into The Mobile, Local Market


Of course, we have technology to help us with that, but we offer human intervention to make sure that transactions go smoothly. You don''t see the Google''s and Yahoo''s of the world on the street, interacting with customers. In the last few years, Southern California has been a key market in launching mobile applications and services, due to a huge, mobile-savvy consumer population.

Interview with Mike Gammarino, Students4Startups


The reason why, is because there's not only a lot of effort competing with larger companies like Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo, but because startups don't have dedicated people to recruit talent from local universities. The reason we focused on an internship programs, rather than full time, graduated students, is we're finding that Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo are getting onto campuses in the fall and talking to freshmen, and already locking up these young kids from very early.

Google's Lurking Problem.

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Even the idea of exactly how to do that, of course, didn't orginate with Google. That idea came from Bill Gross, who started (later renamed Overture and acquired by Yahoo). Yes, even Google has problems. Some are well discussed - like its difficulties in trying to break into the hand held market - and some are not. All great companies follow an arc of some sort. They rise to prominence. They become the status quo.