November, 2011

Future of TV: The Quick Version

Both Sides of the Table

I recently gave a talk about the Future of Television. I’m still planning to write some in depth pieces on the topic but I thought, “given that this is about how video will consume the Internet over the next 5 years, what better way to exemplify this than with a 10-minute video.”

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From The Grateful Dead

InfoChachkie

“Contrariwise,” continued Tweedledee, “If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.”. Lewis Carroll, from Through The Looking Glass. Entrepreneurs often must take counter-intuitive, contrarian positions in order to succeed.

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Why Facebook OpenGraph Will Work and Why To Hate It

Tech Zulu Event

I was reading an article by Robert Scoble earlier today about how amazing Spotify and some other news app are on Facebook, and how awesome frictionless sharing is for the Internet. I openly can’t stand OpenGraph.

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Interview with Dat Do, Derivatas

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For today's interview, we spoke with Dat Do , the founder and CEO of Derivitas (www.derivatas.com), a new startup in Los Angeles looking to address some of the financial issues that CFOs of privately held firms have to deal with.

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Bank Robber Or ATM Operator – Which Are You?

InfoChachkie

Note: This is Part IV in the Startup Team Building series. Read Part I HERE , Part II HERE and Part III HERE. A Fortune 500 CEO once told me that I was a Bank Robber. Initially, I was offended. However, once he explained what he meant, I was flattered. Entrepreneurs are law-abiding Bank Robbers.

Take Back Your Internet, Leave Klout

Tech Zulu Event

Klout, PeerIndex, Kred, and even Empire Avenue need to go away. These metrics-application rely on our need to know our “value” and will only continue to perpetuate the dilution of online engagement.

Republican Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson on Technology

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The most satisfying life journey is never about the money.

Berkonomics

As I look back over more than fifty years as an entrepreneur, I can think of the financial focus of my three entrepreneurial businesses as a prime driver in my life during the early stage of each.

Venture Capital in Southern California: Catching Up and Going Beyond

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 -- Venture Capital in Southern California: Catching Up and Going Beyond. Northern California gets all the attention when it comes to venture capital investment. But Southern California does VC, too, just not at quite the same scale as Silicon Valley. That will have to change as SoCal moves into the 21st century. Our panelists will discuss the state of VC in Los Angeles, Orange Country, San Diego, and elsewhere.

Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding: $50,000 Per Startup

Both Sides of the Table

Launchpad LA today announces it will accept applications for its third class of Los Angeles-based tech startups. We have significant VC commitments (listed below) – every entering company will get $50,000 in funding, mentorship from top VCs and successful entrepreneurs plus free office space.

A Serial Entrepreneur’s Take On Brad Feld & Jason Mendelson’s Venture Deals

InfoChachkie

As an Instructor of entrepreneurship at UC Santa Barbara, I welcomed the chance to read Brad Feld & Jason Mendelson’s Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer And Venture Capitalist.

Mike Jones Echoes Hollywood | If You Build It, They Will Come

Tech Zulu Event

Mike Jones may be known for his most recent role as CEO of MySpace , but this Internet entrepreneur is no stranger to the startup world.

Adobe Buys UCLA Startup Auditude

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Adobe Systems said today that it has acquired Auditude , a provider of video ad management and monetization technology. Auditude, although now based in Palo Alto, had originally been developed for a UCLA MBA business plan competition, by Nicholas Seet. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Seet founded Auditude for the KNAPP competition at UCLA, while he was at the UCLA Anderson School of Management at its fully employed MBA program. READ MORE>>.

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The thrill of the adventure!

Berkonomics

There is nothing quite as thrilling in business as igniting a startup and watching it blossom. Especially when starting a company with personal savings or money from relatives and friends, early signs of success are intoxicating. Each new customer, each mention in the press or online adds to the feeling of early accomplishment. And it is more satisfying because it is yours, from idea to execution. But the excitement begins much earlier.

Why I Moved My Bricks and Mortar Business To The Cloud

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 -- Why I Moved My Bricks and Mortar Business To The Cloud. Leonard Linton, CEO of 1NW Contact LLC, compares the cost and organizational structure of a traditional call center and his new business in the cloud. Mr. Linton operates a contact center company that resides in the cloud with 110 agents living in 38 states. Agents provide inbound and outbound services (phone, email and chat) to B2C and B2B clients of all sizes and multiple industries. See [link] (more

Ever Wonder What It’s Like Inside a VC Pitch Meeting? You Can Be a Fly on the Wall Here

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve often wanted to let people see what a VC pitch is like to help new entrepreneurs have a better sense of what it’s like to present.

Kevin O’Connor Discusses The Secrets Of Success - Hint: There Are No Secrets

InfoChachkie

Nearly one year ago, I published my first infoChachkie interview, with Kevin O’Connor , Co-Founder of FindTheBest. At that time, I was not utilizing video. Thus, I was very excited when Kevin graciously agreed to make an encore appearance via Skype.

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How to Profit: “Thank You Metrics” – Community First, Money Second

Tech Zulu Event

I am a raving fan of AppSumo.com. NOT just because they have the best deals on web based business tools. NOT because the founder of the company has an established credibility working for both Facebook and MINT when those companies were in infancy.

Scripps Insitute, IBM Look To PCs to Cure Malaria With Jeopardy Winnings

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La Jolla-based biomedical research nonprofit Scripps Research Institute and IBM said this morning that they are looking for the public's help, in volunteering to donate their computer time to help a new effort to cure malaria, funded by IBM Watson's $1M prize from Jeopardy!

Find your rock in Ensenada. An encore.

Berkonomics

This week, for the first time, we republish an earlier post. With readership up three-fold since that posting in April, 2011, and with many great reader comments then, it is only natural to send you to the original post with those reader comments attached, rather than republish it here. So press this link to go right to that original posting. And thanks for your many comments and emails after last week’s final posting in the first cycle of BERKONOMICS.

INVESTOR OUTLOOK 2012

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 -- INVESTOR OUTLOOK 2012 - Will investors continue to spend like drunken sailors? Strategy Series and Mixer. Dealmaker Media. As we approach 2012 the debates on bursting bubbles and Series A crunches are heating up. Want to know what industry leaders think about investment trends given the economys instability? Come to the next Dealmaker Media Investor Outlook session to find out.

HealthDataInsights Sells for $400 Million. Big Win for GRP Partners.

Both Sides of the Table

The tech market is filled with many stories of early-stage funding. It’s even more exciting when you can report an exit of a company that is a major win.

Len Short (Red)ily Discusses Google, Bono & Steve Jobs

InfoChachkie

Len Short is truly an online marketing pioneer, heading up marketing at Charles Schwab, AOL and then (PRODUCT)RED. He is now leading Chug , a car buying search engine, as its Founder and CEO.

First Ever Startup Weekend Orange County Live!

Tech Zulu Event

As you all know TechZulu is a huge supporter of Startup Weekend, and when we had the chance to be part of the very first Orange County (my home town) Startup Weekend we jumped on board. We are going to do what we do best and bring you all the awesome presentation action live tonight at 5PM PST.

Online Retailers Start Up Black Friday Sales, Early

socalTECH

Shoppers looking for those traditional, after-Thanksgiving deals from retailers can start early, as online retailers decided to kick off their Black Friday promotions Tuesday.

Leave something on the table in a sale.

Berkonomics

Isn’t the goal of any negotiation to get the maximum possible out of the other side? I have learned from long experience that the last bit of concession is the most expensive in a negotiation. Invariably, it’s after the negotiation, whether during the final documentation of the deal or after the closing when the buyer finds those unexpected surprises, and that the seller who drives the hardest bargain is the one attacked with the most energy by the affronted buyer. .

Near-Field Communication

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 -- Near-Field Communication. CommNexus. Who are you without your mobile phone?? With NFC, your phone is your identity, your wallet, your business card, your hotel room key. Near Field Communications (NFC) technology is one of the newest technologies designed to add additional utility to our cellular phones. In essence, it uses your phones short-range wireless technology to send and receive personal data to other devices.

The Future of Television Presentation

Both Sides of the Table

I will be giving a speech today on The Future of Television at the PaidContent conference in LA. I will write way more details about this in the coming months but I thought I’d give you a sneak peak at my presentation for today. Future of TV. Feel free to leave comments and we can have a discussion about the topic in the Disqus comments section. (if if there are typos in the presentation don’t bust my chops. I tend not to care about that sorta thing.