May, 2012

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

This article originally ran on PEHub. If you prefer the super short version – I’ve summarized the post in the final section. Many observers of the venture capital industry have questioned whether its best days are behind it.

6 Steps To Raising Venture Capital – Hint: Preparation Matters More Than Your Pitch


“One of the big misconceptions in baseball is that playing the game keeps you in shape to pitch. I wish that was true. It’s not.” Steven Ellis, Professional Pitcher. Major League baseball pitchers spend far more time preparing to pitch than they actually do pitching.

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Interview with Sean Broihier, Fine Art America


If you're a photographer or artist, what's the easiest way to display, print, frame, and sell your photos or artwork to. customers? You could handle all the details of printing, framing things, collecting payments, dealing with shipping, and.

Los Angeles Startup Events


I recently posted about the Increase in Early-Stage Startup Activity in Los Angeles. In that post, I mentioned how one of the signals is the big increase in number of startup events and the number of attendees at those events. I realized that it has been a little while since I posted about the Los Angeles Startup Community and so needed to update my list of startup events that will be out of date almost before I finish publishing it.

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Don’t Pitch Your Idea To Venture Capitalists, They Don’t Care


This entry originally appeared on Forbes HERE. Although it is tempting to overly intellectualize modern-day venture capital, its underlying construct has been part of human society for thousands of years.

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LA Demo Day Crowd: The Good Times Are Back


Are the good times for startups back? That seemed to be the mood running through the cloud at the more-than-sellout crowd at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica Thursday at the first LA Demo Day , organized by Docstoc's Jason Nazar. At the event, the enthusiasm for startups was palpable.

Startup Surge in Los Angeles


Ben Kuo just posted on SoCalTech: Are the good times for startups back? That seemed to be the mood running through the cloud at the more-than-sellout crowd at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica Thursday at the first LA Demo Day. At the event, the enthusiasm for startups was palpable.

63 Los Angeles Entrepreneurs To Be Proud Of

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Our Best Interviews Via Email: Monthly. Weekly. Idea Mensch. where entrepreneurs share their stories. About. Events. Contact. Subscribe to RSS. Subscribe to RSS. 63 Los Angeles Entrepreneurs To Be Proud Of By mario on May 2, 2012 in Features , grid. Free Corporations For First-Time Entrepreneurs.

Announcing Silicon Beach Fest! | June 21-23

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TechZulu is proud to team up with Digital LA and accelerators Amplify, StartEngine, Launchpad, local companies BetterWorks, PromoJam, start-ups and co-working spaces, all working together to create the first-ever Silicon Beach Fest to celebrate startups, tech, and entertainment!

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What to do About that Chip on Your Shoulder?

Both Sides of the Table

I’m fond of saying that I look for entrepreneurs that have a chip on their shoulder. That they have something to prove. That they’re not afraid to stick their noses up to the establishment. I have always felt this way. It’s something I kind of seek out.

Entreprenurs Must Kick Down The Door When Opportunity Knocks


Because Your Big Break May Start As A Little One. This article originally appeared on Forbes HERE. Ever heard of the band “Five Cool What?” I am not surprised. When opportunity knocked, rather than busting open the door, they first asked, “What do you want?”.

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PromoJam: Facebook IPO Celebrated In Drinks?


Planning on celebrating that Facebook IPO tonight? Los Angeles-based PromoJam just posted an amusing list of tech-themed mixed drinks to celebrate the occasion, which is now the biggest technology IPO on record, ever.

You Can Compete with Free-and Win

Frank Addante

A good product is always more valuable than the free alternative, even when you sell yo-yo upgrades. I recently visited a colleague at home, where I met his 10-year-old son, Andrew. When prompted by his dad, the boy told me about the yo-yo business he had founded with a classmate. I recently visited a colleague at home, where I met his 10-year-old son. When prompted by his dad, the boy —Andrew —told me about the yo-yo business he had founded with a classmate.

Startup CTO Speaking


Over the past several years, I've done lots of presentations around a wide variety of topics. I was recently asked by an organization, "Tony, what topics can you cover?" " I realized that I've never captured topics that I've covered (I'm always willing to look at other topics), nor have I put up my speaker bio. So, here goes: Dr. Tony Karrer Over the past 15 years, Tony has been a part-time CTO for more than 30 startups.

YouSpin | A More Interactive World

Tech Zulu Event

Sometimes a picture just isn’t enough. Times when you just want to see something from all angles. With the growth of mobile apps and high-res cameras, people are out to change that experience. YouSpin is in on the forefront of that change.

Launching A Website

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 -- LAUNCHING A WEBSITE: Protecting Yourself and Protecting Customers Online. CONNECT. Launching a new website can be a daunting process given the many commercial factors and legal implications that come into play along the way. From pre-launch to completion, what are the steps necessary to ensure a successful launch? Our panel of experts will delve into this process and the pitfalls most companies face when creating and launching a website. See [link].

When Intent And Content Align, Online Ads Suck A Whole Lot Less


During my tenure at Expertcity (creator of GoToMyPC and GoToMeeting), one of my responsibilities was leading our online marketing, a role I retained until our eventual acquisition by Citrix. When we launched GoToMyPC in 2001, the rules of online marketing were still being written.

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upStart.LA Merges With Cross Campus


Los Angeles business accelerator program upStart.LA , one of numerous startup acceleration and incubation efforts to start in the last year in Southern California, is merging with a startup in Santa Monica, Cross Campus. According to a note to supporters form upStart.LA

Want to Dump Your Ad Network? Dear Ad Network: It’s Not You, It’s Me.

Frank Addante

Would you ever go to your sales team and say? Sell whatever you want to who ever you want. Sell it for whatever price you can. By the way, when you make calls, you can’t use our brand or tell them anything about our users. So, here’s my question… Why in the hell would you ever let someone else do that? My roots are in the Internet advertising industry. I started one of the first ad servers and ad networks 12 years ago.

The four “P’s” of Building a Great Business.


Some of us remember things better when given a catchy phrase or rhyme. Here’s one to help you with squeezing the most out of your available resources. It reflects the new reality in our business world, one with little room for mistakes and no room for bloat within our companies. The first “P” stands for people. The wrong person in a job causes all below or above that person in the production system, that depend upon that person, to operate at a reduced rate or quality of output.

CO The Domain for Getting Business Done

Tech Zulu Event

In the beginning there were few variations of domain types you purchase as you had a selection,net, As the Internet gained popularity with businesses and the general public domains began to expand. you had

SDVG Presents: 10th Annual Venture Summit

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 -- SDVG Presents: 10th Annual Venture Summit. Stay tuned for a list of SDVG's Cool Companies participating! This is a great event for networking, learning about new local companies, and enjoying 2 keynote speeches over breakfast and coffee. Join Roger McNamee, co-founder of Elevation Partners; and David Ewing Duncan, award-winning, best-selling author. See [link] (more

Marketing Presentation from Blue Glass Conference

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I recently spoke at the Blue Glass conference on the topic of marketing. I’ll write up some thoughts in a blog post format soon. I’ve been spending time looking at marketing conversion metrics at portfolio companies lately. We’ve been testing things like: How do Facebook “Likes” perform relative to FB ads that drive you directly to a web page. How do brand pages convert relative to the Timeline.

Interview with Wil Schroter, Fundable


If you're a startup business owner, how do you get to the next step, and build your first product? One way is getting funding from your potential customers.

Could Crowdsourcing Capital Kill Your Company?

Steve Reich

Yesterday, I joined a group of Pasadena and Tech Coast Angels for a discussion of crowdsourcing equity investments for startups. The discussion was lively, to say the least. The key takeaway–there are pitfalls here that could kill your company if you do it wrong. The JOBS Act of 2012 makes it possible to raise equity capital from small investors for the first time. Your company will be able to sell stock (through authorized “portals”) to up to 500 unaccredited investors.

Really do think outside the box.


Creative entrepreneurs find niches for their business that are not full of competitors fighting over the last dollar of margin, or niches that are mature and shrinking in size. They search for areas unexplored, or those covered by companies with less of a vision for quality, service or innovation. But even creative entrepreneurs are often trapped inside the box of their experience. Recently in a discussion of this very subject in a roundtable of CEO’s, one CEO reminded us of the Titanic tragedy.

Should the FDA Regulate Mobile Health Apps?

Tech Zulu Event

Is a mobile health app a medical device? Should an app that shows you how many steps you’ve taken be regulated exactly the same way as a blood glucose monitor? According to the FDA the answer is yes, and if pending legislation passes in the U.S.

Can Green Superheroes Develop Sustainable Business Strategies?

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 -- Can Green Superheroes Develop Sustainable Business Strategies? Clean Technology Council is the areas largest clean tech gathering. Our keynote speaker is Gerald Olesker, CEO of award winning ADG ECO LIGHTING PRODUCTS. Gerald will discuss how to create a sustainable business and what are the best opportunities. His company has designed award winning eco-lighting solutions for major commercial properties around the world. See [link].