Demand Media Launches Long Form Article Effort

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the online publisher which runs such sites as eHow.com, typeF.com, and LIVESTRONG.COM, said Thursday afternoon that it is launching a new effort focused on long-form web content. The firm said it is looking to engage feature writers to write long articles--"north of 850 words"--for its sites. Demand Media said the new articles will look like "traditional" feature-length articles, including original reporting, exclusive quotes, and side-bars.

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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. What is Demand Media doing nowadays?

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Demand Media Offering Health Care Benefits To Freelancers

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the new media venture of former MySpace chairman Richard Rosenblatt, said today that it has just published its one millionth piece of original content, and is launching an effort to extend health care benefits to freelancers creating that content for the firm. According to Demand Media, it now has more than 6,000 freelancers creating content for the company's network of sites via its Demand Studios arm.

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Google partners with Sony Pictures Imageworks to launch an open source VFX render manager

TechCrunch LA

“As content production continues to accelerate across the globe, visual effects studios are increasingly turning towards the cloud to keep up with demand for high-quality content,” writes Google product manager Todd Prives in today’s announcement.

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Frameworks Round 6

TechEmpower

By popular demand, Round 6 introduces a plaintext test that uses HTTP pipelining, implemented in 14 frameworks so far. In preliminary tests, we experimented with more requests per pipeline but doing so caused socket write buffer overflows.

One million HTTP RPS without load balancing is easy

TechEmpower

40 threads and 256 connections Thread Stats Avg Stdev Max +/- Stdev Latency 247.05us 3.52ms 624.37ms 99.90% Req/Sec 27.89k 6.24k 50.22k 71.15% 31173283 requests in 29.99s, 3.83GB read Socket errors: connect 0, read 0, write 0, timeout 9 Requests/sec: 1039305.27 Yes, on-demand capacity and all the usual upsides of cloud deployments are real.

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Bird Backs Off On Legal Threats Against Journalist, Apologizes

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Santa Monica-based on-demand scooter rental startup Bird has backed off on legal threats against a local, LA journalist, Cory Doctorow, after widespread outroar over what was perceived as a censorship threat , saying that the company's legal team "overreached" in issuing a takedown letter.

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EnumSet and EnumMap

TechEmpower

If you write a lot of Java code, then you should read that book and follow its advice. The iterable.spliterator() method is critical when it comes to stream performance, but writing a custom Spliterator from scratch is a non-trivial task. Write a benchmark afterwards to confirm your assumptions. This is especially true for maps like EnumMap that create their Entry objects on demand. This article discusses java.util.EnumSet. and java.util.EnumMap.

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Interview with Sunil Rajaraman, Scripped

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to the business of script writing, and is looking to combine a free online tool for writing scripts with matching those scripts with content producers. Zak had an idea for a screen writing magazine, and was trying to make it as a screenwriter, and found out there was a lack of good resources for people trying to scrap and get to the top. Are you targeting Hollywood and existing script writing software?

How to Get Busy People to Take Action When You Send an Email

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On my most important ones I spend as much time figuring out what to cut out as I do putting into the writing of it. Many people write email without a “call to action” or reason they’re writing the email. Write to one person at a time.

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eHow: Users Looking For Financial Advice

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Santa Monica-based eHow, an online "how to" site owned by Demand Media, said Wednesday that the firm is seeing an increase in economy and personal finance related articles, due to the economy. eHow operates a site where users can write and find various how to articles; the firm said it now has over 500,000 how to articles, and 100,000 how to videos posted on the site. Tags: personal finance howto content advice ehow demand media

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My story: Fail locally, one customer at a time.

Berkonomics

I was fortunate that I could write software and doubly fortunate that my despair at working for ‘the Man’ – and feeling compelled to strike out on my own – coincided with the dawn of the personal computer era. By Frank Peters.

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Western Digital Rolls Out First Branded Solid State Drives

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The WD Blue offers capacities of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB, and are performance driven, with 545MB/s and 525MB/s sequential read and write speeds. The WD Green SSD is available in 120GB and 240GB, and offer up sequential read and write times of up to 540MB/s and 405MB/s, and also are "ultra-low power draw" drives, which WD says will be targeted for "everyday use".

Why Confidence is So Important in Fund Raising

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If you don’t act in demand, people will subconsciously know you’re not in demand. This is part of a series I’ve been writing on fund raising. I was recently with an entrepreneur and talking with him about his fund raising process.

How to Talk About Valuation When a VC Asks

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I thought I’d write a post about how to talk about valuation at a startup and give you some sense of what might be on the mind of the person considering funding you. This is part of a series I’ve been writing on fund raising.

Be Careful Not to Lose Twice

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Also if you do need to compromise to accommodate somebody you think is acting inappropriately it’s very tempting to fold your cards but then swipe back by saying or writing things you’ll regret. There are times to fight.

Startup Lessons From Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon

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Pink Floyd recorded DSOTM after a year of writing and performing the material in front of live audiences. A version of this article previously appeared on Inc. Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon album ( DSOTM ) only reached #1 on the US charts for a single week.

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Make It Work, Now Belongs To Geek Squad

Eric Greenspan

Next, came MIW II…but before we get to that part, let me explain why I’m writing this post. We started with Citrix again, but this time, it became obvious to us that the demand was coming from the residential sector.

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Can you profit by serving early adapters?

Berkonomics

They allow me to preview new devices and technologies before release so that I might write about and speak about them in my “Tech Trends” keynotes. I am a gadget freak, often purchasing new technologies in their first release.

How To Snag Lunch With A High-Profile Entrepreneur

InfoChachkie

Securing a meeting with Adam Cheyer was no insignificant feat, given the ceaseless demands on his time and the number of entrepreneurs who would welcome a chance to chat with him. Adam worked with different teams in each venture and only focused projects that demanded his particular skill set.

What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

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Brad was openly writing about this and it felt like he was giving the VC playbook away for free! We write about $40 million of first-checks into new deals / year and about $40 million of follow-on investments. The Laws of Supply & Demand.

How Mompreneurs Can Have it All, And Some

Tech.Co

My spouse’s work is demanding, but he is an extremely present dad, covers for me during work dinners, and still spends the time to talk to me about how to handle work matters. For some reason, the 2012 Atlantic article, “ Why Women Still Can’t Have It All ,” has always fueled me.

Extracting More Than Cash From Your Angel Investors

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In order to extract value beyond your Angel investors' cash, you must first assess three important parameters: (i) the relative strength of their personal brand, (ii) their ability to add operational value, and (iii) the amount of care and feeding they will demand from you.

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What Would You Pay To Have Dinner With A Lost Loved One?

InfoChachkie

At the time, I was heading up Computer Motion’s efforts to go public, writing the S1, orchestrating the all-hands meetings, etc. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I never gave myself a chance to grieve, because I was felt that my demanding job didn’t allow for such luxuries.

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The Loneliness of Success that Nobody Talks About

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They suffered in trying to live up to public perceptions and the demands to continue their successes.

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What is the Definition of a Seed Round or an A Round?

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So VCs started writing some smaller A-rounds. Entrepreneurs started demanding that VCs call their first-round financings “seed” rounds even if they were $3 million.

Investors, MVPs and Evidence of Traction

SoCal CTO

Yesterday, I was talking to a startup founder about their MVP and they said something that finally got me to write this post: "I have a few investors interested but they want to see a product." Investors demand more than that.

Why I F **g Hate Unicorns and the Culture They Breed

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The first was by Eric Cantor , the former Republican House Majority Leader in Congress writing a great Op Ed in the NY Times about the surprise resignation of John Boehner , the Republican Speaker of the House. I have never heard of a football team that won by throwing only Hail Mary passes, yet that is what is being demanded of Republican leaders today. ” This is not a blog post about politics – the op-ed is a Republican leader writing about the Republican party.

Why Super Pro-rata Rights are Not a Good Deal for Entrepreneurs

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Yesterday I saw a Tweet from Chris Sacca fly by that prompted me to want to write a blog post helping entrepreneurs understand why they should push back against VCs asking for “super pro-rata” rights. But I didn’t want to write this article without this small disclosure.

Why Acceptance of Failure is Critical to Startup Success

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You also ran the risk that if you hired employees quickly and then demand wasn’t as strong as expected it was incredibility hard to fire people.

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7 Business Mistakes Serial Entrepreneurs Never Make (Twice)

InfoChachkie

Fallacy: Startup ventures tend to evolve, especially after you begin speaking with pesky customers and demanding partners. Your commitments to investors must be significant enough to compel them to write you a check. “Learn from the mistakes of others.

Quarterly Gets $1.25M

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Quarterly--which currently has closed its subscription services "due to high demand", delivers interesting gifts to people every three months, based on the style and whims of "cultural icons" users decide to follow.

How Many Investors Should You Talk to in a VC Fund Raise? And How Do You Prioritize?

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If you’re raising a round where a new lead investor would invest $5 million the VC fund must have no less than $100 million and if you’re looking for them to write $15–20 million as the lead their fund realistically should be at least $400 million.

Don’t Let Faux Unicorns Screw Up Your Financing

InfoChachkie

If such write-downs only impacted the faux unicorns and their avaricious investors, there would be little need for alarm. Prudent investors do not demand that entrepreneurs pursue bet-the-company strategies. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

Serious Presentation Tips From Standup Comics

InfoChachkie

They often write their own material, book their gigs, arrange their travel and negotiate and collect their compensation from club owners. In addition, both comedians and entrepreneurs must engage and entertain their demanding audiences.

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