September, 2012

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The Truth About Convertible Debt at Startups and The Hidden Terms You Didn’t Understand

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This article initially appeared on TechCrunch - with a minor update highlighted in red below. We’re back to discussing convertible debt again.

With Greathouse Comes Great Responsibility


The following guest post is from some of my former UC Santa Barbara students. Fall quarter of Sr. Along with taking Sr. Share and Enjoy.

In Venice Beach, A Coming Out for Silicon Beach


These days, it's not unusual for a handful of tech and startup mixers and events to be going down on the westside. These parties are always the same.

Recruiting Star Talent? Do This First

Frank Addante

When it comes to top hires, the questions people ask tell you far more than the answers they give. When I interview, I don't ask many questions.

TZ Tech Crawl Santa Monica | Round 3

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Its time for Round 3! The Tech Crawl is back and in full swing heading to Santa Monica Silicon Beach area! The Deets. When: October 4, 2012 6-11pm.

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StoryBots And The Future of Learning,With Gregg Spiridellis, JibJab


What would Sesame Street look like, if it was created in the world of smartphones, tablets, and YouTube? So, we launched JibJab eCards. Thanks!

The Future of Automated Trading

Frank Addante

I was asked to talk about the Future of Automated Trading at the ExchangeWire ATS conference in London, here is my presentation. ATS Presentation from robcoop. Digital Advertising

The Future of UX | Retaining Humanity

Tech Zulu Event

We see it all the time. Everywhere you look. It’s a question to ask then, how much are we really LIVING in the very essence of the word? Our eyes?

The Startup UCLA Accelerator Is About Entrepreneurship Not Investment Returns

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What Makes a Successful Startup Community? Is it Possible to Build One Where You Live?

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This article originally appeared on TechCrunch. Think Fred Wilson, Tony Hsieh or Brad Feld. Here are mine: 1. And I really mean everywhere. Machinima.

The Crowd Has Spoken: Check Out The Coolest US Tech Companies


What American tech company is the coolest? A subjective, yet important question. Like It Or Not, Cool Matters. About a decade ago, when Yahoo!

Map: Southern California Hotbed Of Kickstarter Activity


A new mashup map of activity on crowdfunding site Kickstarter shows that Southern California is apparently one of the hotbeds of activity on the site.

They Just Didn’t Get It: VC Rejection

Steve Reich

A billion dollar established market. Incumbent companies so despised by consumers that they are routinely sued over the poor quality of their offerings. A dynamic founder who has proven he can run lean and get the job done. A young VC liked the idea and took it to his partner meeting. What could go wrong? A turndown. They just didn’t get it.”.

How to Talk to a Journalist When You Only Have 30 Seconds

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It’s unbelievable how often start up founders stifle their company from growing by not knowing how to effectively communicate their brand.

A good board deals with what and why, not how.


Who is responsible for the vision that drives the company? This is arguably the primary job of the CEO, with agreement from the board. Many entrepreneurs after taking outside investment defer to their board for matters of direction that include setting the vision, as well as executing the plan. Email readers, continue here.]

Is Going for Rapid Growth Always Good? Aren’t Startups So Much More?

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I think I’ve read Paul Graham’s post on “ Startup = Growth ” three or four times now. And of course on Twitter I’ve seen the Tweets, ReTweets and superlatives on what a great post it is. Viewing the article through the lens of a venture capitalist there’s much to agree with under the mantra of “growth!”

Five Trick Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Answer Before Asking For Money


From a venture capitalist’s point of view, there are no “trick” questions. However, certain questions can be tricky for an entrepreneur to answer.

WSJ Top Startups List: SoCal Matches Silicon Valley On IPOs


One of the most interesting things about the Wall Street Journal's list of top startups in the U.S.? READ MORE>>.

Coconut is the Secret Ingredient

Eric Greenspan

Remember, the secret ingredient is coconut). Please make enough for ten small portions. This includes food items and beverages. Eric Greenspan

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Social Media Week Lands in Los Angeles Sept. 24-28

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” SMWLA will take place next week Sept. 24-28. There will be panels, meetups and workshops across the city all week long. HOW CAN I ATTEND?

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Do you always follow the advice of your board?


This may be news, but boards of directors can offer bad advice. A typical board is composed of five persons in a company that has received outside funds from professional investors. The financial investors typically have deep experience running companies, often in other industries. The board knows best” is not always true.

Should Investors in the Same Round of Financing Ever Get Different Prices?

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If you were on Twitter on Saturday you might have noticed a lively discussion with Dave McClure, Fred Wilson, Chris Dixon and myself. And a few others.

Quick Tips For Hiring Your First Employee


I am a Board Member and an investor in The Resumator via Rincon Venture Partners. You, my lucky friend, are ready to hire your very first employee.

EverySignal Looks To Filter Social Noise, With Backing From Science


A new, Los Angeles startup, EverySignal looks to be tackling that problem with its new service. No details of that investment have yet been announced.

3-D Image Firm Gets Flattened

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From the Los Angeles Business Journal. BIOTECH: FDA snub pushes Imaging3 into bankruptcy. By ALFRED LEE. Monday, September 24, 2012. When Imaging3 Inc., The filing also marked an extraordinary fall for a company that once had a market capitalization of more than $700 million, its hyped shares rising some 6,000 percent in mere months in 2009.

TechZulu Top 2013 SXSW Panel Picks & More

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Hurry, the deadline for scholarship applications is this Friday, September 14th: [link]. Does your startup need a boost? Community and Activism.

Eric Kuhn: 'I'm Developing An App' Is The New 'I'm Writing A Script'

The Huffington Post

Technology accelerators and incubators have sprung up around L.A., making it easier for a new entrepreneurs and seasoned Hollywood executives alike to quit their jobs and pursue the startup dream.

Startup Weekend

SoCal Tech Calendar

Friday, October 5, 2012 -- Startup Weekend Santa Clarita. Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. See [link] (more

Shutup And Sell: Entrepreneurs Shouldn’t Discuss Religion, Politics Or Sex(ual Orientation)


In 2003, the lead singer of the country music group, The Dixie Chicks, criticized then-current President George Bush during a concert in London.

Mogreet Targets Developers, Debuts Mobile API


Mogreet said in an email to users that its new service is aimed at quickly and easily add messaging and rich media to mobile applications. READ MORE>>.

What to do with a dysfunctional board


It happens. Boards are elected by the shareholders, sometimes with preferred shareholders holding seats by right of their investment. Or not.

Lyfe Mobile | Augmented Reality Ad Network With Real-Time Bidding

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Initially, they decided to join forces in 2010 to create a new ad network called Ocean Park Interactive that matched publishers with advertisers.

Los Angeles Companies Continue To Dominate Top YouTube Channels


The August 2012 ranking by comScore ranks Machinima at number three on YouTube, with 21.8M unique viewers; number four is Maker Studios , with 20.9M

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DTS Launches Android Connected, Whole Home Audio System With Phorus Buy


Calabasas-based audio processing technology firm DTS is expanding into the Internet-connected, whole home audio market today, saying that it has released an Android-based, whole home audio system. DTS said the new product also connects directly into existing home audio systems, also make them part of its whole home audio network. READ MORE>>.