January, 2012

Nine Startup Tips From Walt Disney


Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series. Other installments include: Jeff Bezos , Steve Jobs and Richard Branson. Pressure Helps You Break Through Your Breakdowns. "Mickey

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How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

Both Sides of the Table

Raising money is hard. And when you’re relatively new to the process it’s easy to be confused by the process. There is all sorts of advice on the Internet about how to raise capital. Of course much of it is conflicting.

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StartupRoar Adds Personalized Subscriptions


Aggregage , the platform that powers StartupRoar has added a powerful personalization engine. That means that the site now allows users to sign-up and have their content personalized based on their interests.

HipGeo Launches Updated iPhone Travel Blogging App


Fullerton-based HipGeo , the location tracking and social sharing software developer headed by Rich Rygg, has launched a new iPhone app, looking to help users track, document, and share their travels.

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Web Second, Mobile First

Both Sides of the Table

Fred Wilson wrote two posts in 2010 that were very influential with the startup community. The titles were: Mobile First, Web Second. Mobile First, Web Second (continued). If you’re in the minority that never read them – you should.

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Don’t Take for Granted…

Jason Nazar

Don’t take for granted your life, even if you think it’s filled with strife. Don’t take for granted your health, it can’t be replaced any amount of wealth. Don’t take for granted your friends, they may be all you have in the end. Don’t take for granted your kin, for they love you in spite of your sins. Don’t take for granted your dad, he may get mad when you’re bad but his love is no fad.


Factual Releases PHP Driver


Los Angeles-based Factual , the developer of application programming interfaces to a giant, database of places and other data used for location based applications, said this week that it has launched an official PHP driver for its API.

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UCI Entrepreneurship: Milton Chang, Incubic

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 -- Milton Chang, Ph.D., Managing Director, Incubic Management (a venture capital fund in Mountain View, CA). Entrepreneurship Course, 2012 Guest Speaker Lectures, Henry Samueli School of Engineering, UC Irvine. Free and open to the public. This series is part of a course on Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers, but enrollment is not necessary to attend these guest speaker lectures Email goran@uci.edu for details.


Spotlight: LA Tech Judges and SuperDemo Bill Gross of Idealab!

Tech Zulu Event

I know you all have been dying to know who the Spotlight: LA Tech Winter SuperDemo is going to be. We have been holding off on this announcement for quite a bit and now we can officially announce Bill Gross of Idealab as our SuperDemo presenter.

A Serial Entrepreneur’s Guide To Uncovering Awesome Startup Ideas


Seth Epstein, Founder and CEO SocialStay , former Founder and CEO of FUEL (acquired by Razorfish) and Emmy Award winner for his work on the X-Games, recently spoke at UC Santa Barbara as part of the Technology Management Program’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

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Spend 2012 on the Right Side of the Haimish Line

Both Sides of the Table

Occasionally on this blog I break away from industry commentary and write more broadly. The first day of 2012 seems the perfect day to do so. One of the most important articles I read during the entire year was David Brook’s op-ed article on “ The Haimish Line.”

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The Characteristics of Exceptional Entrepreneurs: How to Break Out of the Pack

Jason Nazar

I recently gave a speech at the MBA program at Pepperdine University on “How to Break Out of the Pack” It was a talk to a large group of budding entrepreneurs who were looking for some advice on what exceptional business leaders do to distinguish themselves from everyone else. The follow presentation is a set of 10 lessons I’ve learned. The presentation covers the main topics and quotes I put together on the subject. The video (to be added soon) will include the full talk.

MySpace, Panasonic Unveil Social TV Service


Social entertainment site Myspace , which is now owned by Irvine-based Specific Media, is making a big push this week at CES, and launched a new, social TV service with Panasonic Monday.

Watch out for the gray areas in non-competes.


What if you are the seller of a previous business or shares amounting to more than an insignificant percentage of a previous business? Certainly the buyer’s asset purchase documents included a non-compete clause, usually valid for two years from the date of the closing. And because there was consideration paid to you in the sale, that clause is binding upon you and is effective almost everywhere. Well, what if the buyer is now bankrupt?

Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Winter Presenting Companies at Caltech

Tech Zulu Event

The time has finally arrived! Months of submissions and the amazing help from our judges , the Spotlight is shinning down on awesome companies that were born right out of Southern California. For those who still might be wondering what Spotlight: LA Tech is all about, It’s a screening room for new technology homegrown in our region. It’s a gallery of great entrepreneurship. It’s a toast to those who build and innovate. It’s a gathering of friends and tech enthusiasts of all stripes.

Nine Startup Tips From Michael Dell


Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series. Other installments include: Jeff Bezos , Steve Jobs , Richard Branson , Walt Disney and Mark Zuckerberg. Degree? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Degrees. "As

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Interesting New Tech Blog for your Radar Screen

Both Sides of the Table

Over the holiday I became aware of a new tech blog that aims to have deep insights into the next generation of technology, which they call The Hypernet. Why should you care? Well, it is established by some of the industries more successful investors – Mike Maples and Roger McNamee.

LADOTNET February Event

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, February 6, 2012 -- LADOTNET February Event. The Los Angeles.NET Developers Group is The Premier Forum for Los Angeles Area.NET Developers. The purpose of the organization is to support local developers and businesses with the latest information and education on Microsoft.NET technologies. On February 6, our speaker will be technology consultant John Shiple.

Elon Musk To Deliver Caltech Commencement


California Institute of Technology in Pasadena said over the weekend that Elon Musk , the technology mogul who founded SpaceX and Tesla Motors, and co-founded PayPal, will deliver this year's commencement address in June.

Entrepreneurs: Do it your way.


Yes, this is a takeoff from Frank Sinatra’s song, where he did it his way and got away with it. You’re building a company from your vision and a passion, and lots of people are going to tell you that you have this or that wrong, and that it just won’t work. The truth is that very, very few early business plans survive in a form completely recognizable when looking back a few years.

Social Media Trend Spotting Turns $20,000 into over $2 million

Tech Zulu Event

. Recently when at Blog World I got an advance copy of “Laughing at Wall Street” by Chris Camillo. He teaches how to take the risk out of being risky. Where was he when I was 18 and just starting out!?

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Steve Blank Discusses: The Ideal Venture Capitalist


I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Steve Blank, author of Four Steps To The Epiphany , Stanford Professor and noted entrepreneur. Steve was very generous with his time, allowing us to cover a variety of topics during our Skype conversation.

How to Be a Great Entrepreneur: VIDEO

Jason Nazar

I recently went back to the University of California at Santa Barbara to give a leadership talk to about 250 students. I put together a presentation (embeded below from Docstoc ) on the 21 Golden Rules of Entrepreneurship.

TechBrew Event

SoCal Tech Calendar

Saturday, February 4, 2012 -- TechBrew Mega Mixer Event. See [link].


Astronauts: SpaceX Opening A New American Frontier


The astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are eagerly awaiting the planned, February 7th docking of Hawthorne-based SpaceX Dragon capsule, likening the event to the opening of the American frontier.

What about previous company non-competes?


Entrepreneurs tend to remain in the business arena they came from. Some are alumni from companies that would be a competitor to the enterprise being created or joined. And some are former selling shareholders of just those businesses. What is the rule about those pesky non-compete agreements signed upon discharge or sale of the previous company?

CES | Healthy Living and Fast Cars

Tech Zulu Event

Wrapping up an amazing trip at the Consumer Electronic Shows (#CES), we find ourselves in the North Hall. Taking us through all things auto, audio, and digital health.

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Mark Suster’s Advice To Emerging Entrepreneurs – “Do Not Do, As I Have Done”


As part of UC Santa Barbara’s Distinguished Lecture Series, serial entrepreneur and noted venture capitalist Mark Suster recently shared his advice with a large crowd of emerging entrepreneurs.