Thu.Aug 04, 2011

32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

SoCal CTO

Almost every day I'm talking to early stage startup founders (see Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions ) about what they plan to do. I tend to ask a lot of questions, challenge aspects, make suggestions. But I've often been very surprised by one aspect of these conversations.

Interview with Jeff Zwelling, Convertro

socalTECH

Every so often--particularly in Southern California--you run into a serial entrepreneur, with multiple successes and great track record-- yet, who very few people are aware of. Jeff Zwelling is one of those.

Trending Sources

32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

SoCal CTO

Almost every day I'm talking to early stage startup founders (see Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions ) about what they plan to do. I tend to ask a lot of questions, challenge aspects, make suggestions. But I've often been very surprised by one aspect of these conversations.

TakeLessons Raises $6M

socalTECH

San Diego-based TakeLessons , a business which helps users connect with music and voice lesson teachers across the country, said this week that it has raised $6M in a funding round. The round was led by Crosslink Capital, and also included SoftTech VC and other angels.

More Trending

SkinIt Rounds Out Exec Team After Private Equity Deal

socalTECH

San Diego-based SkinIt , the maker of protective "skins" for electronic devices, said today that it has expanded its leadership team. The firm--which is backed by ABS Capital Partners, said that Laura Christine is its EVP Consumer Group; Jennifer Jordan its VP of Finance; John P. O'Loughlin is VP Human Resources; Lewis Chang VP of E-Commerce and Marketing; Billy Crotty as SVP Global Operations; and Rick Foukes is VP Coatings Engineering.

GotCast Powers Sony's The Tester Casting Call

socalTECH

Santa Monica-based GotCast is again powering the online casting call for Season 3 of Sony Computer Entertainment's "The Tester" reality series. The series--geared around video game testing--has contestants competing for a production job in Sony's Santa Monica Studio and an un-announced title for the PlayStation 3. Financial impact of the deal was not announced. Sony's casting call is powered by GotCast's Mediablastr contest platform.

MySpace's Anderson Among Worst-Dressed Tech Moguls, Says GQ

socalTECH

A new article published today in GQ magazine identifies Tom Anderson , the Los Angeles resident and former co-founder of MySpace , as among the 15 worst dressed men of Silicon Valley. The article--which also ragged on such tech notables as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg--said that Anderson is a "a victim of over-layering", particularly for his penchant for wearing a "T-shirt, hoodie and blazer all at once.". fashion anderson myspace

SolarReserve In Jobs Agreement With Nevada County

socalTECH

Santa Monica-based SolarReserve , the developer of utility scale solar power projects, said Wednesday that it has amended an agreement with Nevada's Nye County and its Tonopah Solar Energy affiliate, to require 90 percent of the construction workforce on that project will come from Nevada residents. SolarReserve is developing a 110 megawatt solar energy project in that county, which the firm says it expects will create more than 600 on-site jobs during peak construction.

Local.com Gets Credit Facility

socalTECH

Irvine-based Local.com , the operator of a network of local business search sites, said this morning that it has landed a $12M credit facility. The facility comes from Square 1 Bank, and will be used for expansion, including potential acquisitions and for strategic growth initiatives, the firm said.

KFx Medical Files Patent Suit Against Competitor

socalTECH

San Diego-based KFx Medical , the venture-backed developer of medical devices used for orthopedic surgery, said this week that it has launched a patent infringement suit against a competitor, Arthrex. KFx medical alleges that Arthrex is infringing on a patent (U.S. Patent No. 7,585,311) covering knotless double row rotator cuff repair. Rotator cuff injuries are common in baseball players and other athletes.

Hulu, WD Connect Hulu Plus

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Hulu and Irvine-based Western Digital said this week that the two have connected Hulu's premium service, Hulu Plus, to WD's WD TV Live Plus and WD TV Live Hub media players. According to the two, the move will make it possible for WD TV customers to stream TV shows and movies to their television through WD's hardware. WD's hardware already supported Netflix, Blockbuster, CinemaNow, Pandora, YouTube, and Facebook. The access to Hulu content requires a $7.99