June, 2012

Startups and a Common Misunderstanding in Agile Software Development


I've done four Free CTO Consulting Sessions in the past month with startup founders who all had run into variations of the same problem. They didn't feel they had visibility into timelines and costs for development of their software. They couldn't plan their business.

Startup Tips From College Dropouts: Zuckerberg, Jobs, Gates, Dell, Ellison, Branson and Disney


HIGHEST DEGREE OBTAINED BY AMERICA'S 400 RICHEST PEOPLE Source: Forbes Magazine, Jan 2012. According to a January 2012 Forbes article, nearly 16% of the 400 most affluent Americans do not have a college degree.

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Represent.LA Looks To Map LA Startups


A new, grassroots effort by Alex Benzer, Tara Tiger Brown and Sean Bonner, Represent.LA , is looking to map out the Los Angeles startup community, by plotting out the list of startups, incubators, accelerators, and others in the community.

Leadership Strategy: Always Take the High Road

Frank Addante

When you lead a business, moving forward and achieving results are always more important than being right. Maybe it's because I'm part-Italian. Nothing boils my blood more than when I feel I've been wronged. I always try hard to take the high road. But it's often far easier said than done.

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7 Business Mistakes Serial Entrepreneurs Never Make (Twice)


“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”. Eleanor Roosevelt – US Diplomat & Wife of President Franklin Roosevelt. As an entrepreneur, I helped create companies which achieved two IPOs and two trade sales totaling $385 million.

Interview with Matthew Goldman, Wallaby


Do you have a wallet full of rewards credit cards, but don't have any idea how to best earn enough points to take advantage of those rewards? A few days ago, Wallaby ([link] the latest startup out of Los Angeles technology incubator MuckerLab unveiled itself, to solve just that problem.

Manage your MANTRA.


I am constantly surprised when speaking with entrepreneurs and CEO’s who act puzzled and a bit flustered when I ask, “So what is your mantra? Tell me about your company in ten words or less.” Almost every one begins a long explanation of their business that is nearly impossible to follow, let alone recall a few moments later. And each lost an opportunity to tell their story in a memorable way that has power and boosts their enterprise value in the minds of the listener.

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India Trade Conference 2012

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, June 28, 2012 -- India Trade Conference 2012. You are cordially invited to the 5th Annual India Trade Conference being presented by the Port of Los Angeles, U.S. Commercial Service, and Quanta Consulting, Inc. Partners include TIE, USC Marshall, BeWo and Southern California Edison. We offer an interactive experience with global executives and experts in: New India Opportunities, Markets and Trends Social Entrepreneurship Non-Conventional Financing Trade and Logistics Nuances.

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LA Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti to Keynote Inaugural Silicon Beach Fest

Tech Zulu Event

LA City Council Member Eric Garcetti will give the opening keynote for the inaugural Silicon Beach Fest , a celebration of digital innovators in startups and entertainment happening June 21 – 23.

Want to Get Rich? Listen to Your Customers Like These Founders……

Steve Reich

This is not an article about the high moral purpose and the nobility of listening to your customers. It is an article about how to make your company worth a fortune by listening to your customers. Why does Google dominate search? They obsess about having the best search out there. Why do so many of us have iPhones? It gives the best customer experience of any phone. Listen to your customers and grow rich. The good news is you can do it, too, and there are great examples in Socal.

Inventor Or Innovator – Which Are You?


This article originally appeared on Forbes HERE. Philo Farnsworth created a technology which underlies one of the 20 th Century’s most ubiquitous products, yet he died a man of modest means and is relatively unknown today. Philo was an inventor, not an innovator.

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LoveIt Gets $6M For Photo Sharing, Collecting


Look out, Pinterest -- Pasadena-based LoveIt is looking to unseat the popularity of the photo sharing site, with its new platform, and $6M in funding.

Incremental differentiation doesn’t cut it anymore.


One important element of positioning a company is pricing strategy. There are five niches you can chose when defining your positioning strategy: price, quality, service, innovation, and elegance. And although many positioning efforts cross the lines between these, great companies play to the strength of just one. And within that slice of differentiation, to make any sort of impact and lasting company, the difference between you and your competitor cannot be incremental. “Me

Social Media School - Beginners

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, June 28, 2012 -- Social Media School - Beginners. It's time to dive into the social media world. If you have been wondering about social media and how to get involved , this is the class for you. Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, Google+ and other platforms are reviewed in this interactive class. Email Amani@woodsidemediagroup.com.

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Boston Startup School Launches | Education 2.0

Tech Zulu Event

As we continue this monumental year in the startup realm, we welcome a newcomer – Boston Startup School. Last week Boston Startup School officially launched and began with their inaugural class.

Rally Raises $4.4 Million via Crowdfunding

Steve Reich

If you’re interested in crowdfunding, you need to read this PandoPost: Rally Funding. Ok, so they cheated a little. They already had major VCs in the deal. It’s still a huge step for crowdfunding. The money is in…now the real fun begins. Track this one. Angel Investing Crowdfunding Raising Captial Uncategorized crowdfunding entrepreneurs venture capital

6 Hands-on Tips To Conquer Your Entrepreneurial Fears


This article originally appeared on Forbes HERE. Serial entrepreneur Seth Epstein recently gave a keynote address as part of the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

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MySocialCloud: Avoid Hacks, Use Our Random Password Generator


Are you one of the folks who spent this afternoon changing your LinkedIn password, after a password leak at the popular business social networking site? If so, Los Angeles-based MySocialCloud has a feature for you: an automatic, random password generator. MySocialCloud said it has had a feature which allows users to create extremely secure passwords for the passwords stored at the site, to help prevent issues like the one which occurred at LinkedIn.

A good case study is worth many paid ads.


We have grown more than a bit weary of most advertising, no matter in what form. We are constantly bombarded by ads in multiple types of media, to the extent that we most often tune them out unless particularly entertaining from the first moment. Dave’s book: Positioning.

Variety 2012 Venture Capital and New Media Summit

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 -- 2012 Venture Capital and New Media Summit. Variety is pleased to announce the return of its Venture Capital and New Media Summit on June 27 at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles. The Summit, produced in association with International ESQ, will feature top investors, entrepreneurs and entertainment leaders who are supporting innovation in the new media industry.

Strategy is Defined by Big Picture | Art of Leadership 2012

Tech Zulu Event

“Competition for the future is about what you are doing today,” Vijay Govindarajan preaches passionately from the stage at the front of the Metro Toronto Convention center on June 5th, 2012 at the Art of Leadership Conference.

Raising Money from “Super Angels”

Steve Reich

The stories are everywhere…VCs and Angel groups are passe’–the cool kids are raising money from “Super Angels” Just go talk to a friendly millionaire, and he/she will simply write a check to finance your “A” round. Need a few million? No problem. Oh, and it happens quickly, too. Now where did I leave his phone number… Well, maybe. As usual, the truth is a little murkier. .

An Interview with Dr. Kevin J. Scanlon

Ask the Angels

June 2012. link]. Axon Intelligence Media’s Sandya Menon and Ashwini Naganthran. interviewed Dr. Kevin J. Scanlon, Chairman of the Pasadena Angels Investment Group. What are you doing to improve Pasadena Angels? We have learned many investment lessons over the past 12 years; we. have reviewed over 5,000 applications for funding by the Pasadena. Angels. We think educating entrepreneurs by having them attend our. monthly screening process will enable them to present more. effectively.

BlockBeacon Releases iPhone App For Local Deals


Santa Monica-based BlockBeacon , a new, venture backed startup developing mobile applications to help connect users with local restaurants and bars, has released a new iPhone app aimed at helping locals discover interesting, socially active places nearby.

Define your story before anyone else does.


It is an old warning in the entertainment industry. Define your persona the way you want others to view you – before someone else defines you by comparing you to someone not as flattering as you would like. I have a friend in the music business who worked hard to gain introductions to, and become mentored by, several known names in the business. One well known informal mentor called him the “Stevie Wonder of Hip Hop.”

Social Media School - Intermediate

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 -- Social Media School - Intermediate. Come and enjoy the second part of Social Media School. Take a deep dive in platforms such as paper.li, ifttt, quora, Facebook Insights, Delicio.us and others and learn how they can enhance your personal and professional life. Email Amani@woodsidemediagroup.com.

Silicon Beach Fest | Panels, Hackathons, and Much More!

Tech Zulu Event

Things are starting to heat up and not just weather wise here in the LA Tech scene. We are just a week away from the Silicon Beach fest and registration is open. Join us for 3 days of Panels, Hackathons, BBQ, and beach fun.

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Exploring the YouTube Ecosystem at YT Access 2012

Steve Reich

John Greathouse of Rincon Ventures told me the YouTube ecosystem was “the Wild West.” ” That was the understatement of the week, as I learned by attending YouTube’s Premium Partner conference, YouTube Access 2012. The event was last week in New York. It’s a huge ecosystem–YouTube has 800 million users, and 72 hours of content is uploaded every MINUTE.